The Village of Worstead in Norfolk

Worstead Norfolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the old weaving village of Worstead in Norfolk, located under 6 miles from the North East Coast of Norfolk. The name Worstead is more commonly associated with a type of cloth which was woven in the village during the middle ages by Flemish weavers who migrated to England during the reign of Edward II, resulting in the early fourteenth century as Worstead being listed as the 19th wealthiest town in Norfolk. Nowadays old weavers houses shelter in the shadow of its truly huge church, denoting the prosperity that this village once had. 

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.

William Paston 1378-1444 wrote to his cousin Robert ' I shall make my doublet all Worstead, for the glory of Norfolk'.

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