The annual Worstead Festival held in this
compact Norfolk village takes place during July, when this small community
of around a hundred souls plays host to live entertainment, exhibitions
and over two hundred stalls, threaded throughout the
village. Many attractions have been added to the Festival over
the years and visitors can now enjoy children's rides, raptors and
reptiles, small animals, working heavy horses, vintage tractors and
bygones, football, bands, dancers, tractor trailer rides, weavers
spinners, information stands and so much more for a great value family day
out. The first Worstead Village Festival took place in July 1966 at a cost
to the general public of one shilling (5p).
Inside the church are a number of reminders to Worsteads past weaving industry. Brasses on the floor of the church tell the story of Worstead weavers like Tom Watt who died on 16th August 1506. On the outskirts of the village is Worstead Station whose Bittern Line runs between the seaside town of Sheringham on the North Norfolk Coast and the inland historic city of Norwich, with its shops, museums and theatres.
The village has a local pub/inn, the New Inn for food and drink. For a good range of local shops there is the market-town of North Walsham (4 miles) with its supermarkets, weekly market, local shops and facilities including ten-pin bowling and swimming pool, also accessible by train from Worstead.
The Broadland village of Wroxham
is also on the Bittern Line, located within the Norfolk Broads National
Park, here you can catch any number of boat tours of the Norfolk Broads
that last from thirty minutes to many hours.
Have a look at the wonderful hammerbeam roof inside the church of St. Mary.
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