Thank You!
Visitors, Volunteers, The Weather, Everyone and everything!
The Best of Norfolk Food Team thanks everyone who came along, took part in and contributed towards The Worstead Festival 2013

Waitrose Sponsoring Worstead Festival
Waitrose North Walsham are the main sponsor of the annual Worstead Festival supporting the weekend of events.
Festival Coffee Morning
Coffee mornings! Barista, Alex, of Strangers Café in Norwich will share his coffee secrets at 11 each morning in the Food Marquee. Start your day here and get your caffeine hit!
Silent Disco
Is confirmed! Huzzah!
Welcome Back!
Best of Norfolk Food at the Worstead Festival is back with a great line up of chefs and food and produce suppliers.
Worstead festival

Here's what we did in 2013.. Stay tuned for 2014 news later in the year...

It's a long list!... Take your time...


Providional times are here, but you will be given a programme when you arrive.

Two display rings

In 2013 we will have the ever popular 'country ring' with displays of Heavy Horses. We also see the return of the main ring with lots of exciting acts including animal displays, duck herding and all the favourites


Worstead 5 Road Run

Please see for details. The race usually draws some great crowds so it pays to get your entry in quickly. You’ll be cheered along the route and there’s the chance to chill out with music and a drink after the race.


On the Field

This is an exciting new area for 2013 click here for more details - Don't miss the Silent Disco or the Parkour Display!


Main Field


Proud to be supporting the Worstead Festival

The Waitrose tent will be providing a balloon modeller, story teller, and a unique bit of 'green screen' technology which will allow visitors to step back in time and have their photo taken 110 years ago when the first Waitrose store opened. They will use this technology to super impose people's faces onto Edwardian style characters standing in front of the original Waitrose and Taylor branch (opened in 1904). The Waitrose team will then print the photos on site to allow visitors to take a souvenir and memory of their experience home with them.



Science in a Suitcase will be back once again this year performing their pop-up science show.
We don't know where they'll pop-up (or when)... So keep you eyes open!

Medieval Encampment

In days of old when knights were bold . . .they would have probably enjoyed joining the fun of a festival or two. So this year we’ve invited the Norfolk and Norwich Medieval Association along to join the weekend of fun. There will be the chance to see knights in fighting form, for youngsters to see what wearing the traditional armour was like and have a go at age-old crafts and see a medieval encampment as it would have been all those years ago. They’re an enthusiastic bunch and will be happy to chat about their hobby, encourage you to join in and give you a few tips on archery.


Best of Norfolk Food

In its own dedicated marquee The Best of Norfolk Food will seek to bring the very best Norfolk chefs, cooks and produce for visitors to see demonstrations and shop for ingredients. Click here for more details

Craft Stalls

We've got some particularly talented folk around Worstead and we're aiming to showcase some of the best crafts from the area and nearby. From children's wooden toys to handmade jewellery and stalls selling unusual or funky gifts, the aim is to bring a real cross section of crafters and suppliers to the 2011 festival. Have a browse round and see what you think. Bet you find something you like.


Kids Zone

Join a race or two, hear some stories, delight in some madcap science and have a go at making some exciting crafts. That’s all for the kids, though we’re happy if mums and dads help them out a bit too. There’s clowning around with razz, too, and face-painting and it’s all a great chance to have some fun and games. Click here for more details


Silent Disco

A tiny, but fully featured discotheque, put on your wireless headphones and boogie all day - There's two DJ mixes, so you can choose what to dance to!


Tradional Sideshows

Including a Coconut Shy, the "Mousetrap" game, Splat the Rat, Bowling for a pig and many more.


Rocket Tent

Build your own rockets and launch them!


Workshops and displays

Brought to you by the Parkour Alliance and Trix 'n' Stix Drumming group (Saturday) and Aspire Dance (Sunday)


Display Ring

All the favourites including Sheep Shearing, Dog & Duck Herding, Terrier Racing, the Bird & Seal Rescue Trust display, Starting Handle Club parade, Westovers Vets Dog Show. And the return of Egg Throwing (Saturday) and Tug of War (Sunday).



Featuring music from Rivers performing an acoustic set, The Worstead Choir, Twig & Berries plus other acts to be announced.


Story Yurt

Brought to you by Paul Jackson (Saturday)



Village Hall

The Village Hall came to life as a benefactor of the festival’s earlier fundraising and in now fundamental part of village life. During the festival it will be serving up traditional teas and visitors can browse indoor stalls. Go on, treat yourself!


Art Show

The Art Show will feature work for sale primarily by Artists from NOVA  (North Norfolk Organization  for Visual Artists) and North Walsham Artists. The work will include contemporary paintings and drawings, collage, relief and free standing sculpture, and glasswork in a variety of expressive and exciting styles by a group of highly talented artists.


Mill Hill

Heavy Horses

Any festival in Worstead wouldn’t be the same without the well-loved heavy horses who will be brought along to delight visitors and parade in a ring dedicated to rural history. There’s the chance to find out more about them from their owners who will be happy to chat.


Vintage Tractors (Starting Handle Club)

Again, the tractors are a big draw as exhibitors take people back in time to a more steady pace of life. There will be the chance to browse around plenty of old models and see some in action. See


Breckland Land Rover Club


Norfolk Amateur Radio Club


Norfolk Military Vehicle Group


Animal Zone

Animals can really make an event magic and we will be giving visitors the chance to get up close to a few species. Snakes, goats, ducks, Llamas and loads more! - The Bird and Seal Rescue Trust will be here with their ever popular display.


Fun Dog Show

We will be holding a Fun Dog Show for all of you canine lovers, so bring your pet dog along and enter them into the show. The Dog Show is on both the Saturday and Sunday and open to everyone. - Run by Westover Vets.




Worstead’s a weaving village so any celebration of rural life wouldn’t be complete without the Worstead Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers. The group is proud of its heritage and will be demonstrating the art of weaving as well as displaying what the traditional looms can produce.

More weaving info here:









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