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Worstead Festival

Worstead Festival - Credit: Archant

Gay attended the very first Worstead festival in 1966, as a three-month-old baby, and hasn’t missed one yet. She helps prepare for and run the festival and is in charge of press and publicity. As well as being a great community event, Worstead Festival raises money for the village, and organisations including its choir and youth club and local churches.

What are some of the highlights of this year’s Worstead Festival?

We’ve got all the traditional country attractions which people love, such as the heavy horses and farm machinery, but we blend this with lots for the family to do, such as rocket making, Bewilderwood, crafts, Razz and Aunty Pearl. There’s also music, the Best of Norfolk Food marquee, and an art show, craft stalls and ring events.

Will there be any new attractions?

We’re welcoming back the cast of Cromer Pier’s Summer Show, on both days instead of just one for 2014. There will be music and we’re hoping to have artists from Barrington Farm, a social centre for adults with learning difficulties.

How many people do you expect to attend this year?

We had about 15,000 last year over two days and hope to at least match that.

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What was your favourite part of last year’s festival?

The community spirit we experienced during 2013 was amazing, with a huge amount of support coming from our volunteers young and older. We are indebted to our helpers every year as the festival is run entirely by volunteers. The youngsters from the village and nearby really got stuck in too – it’s good to think that in a few years’ time they might be in the driving seat to take the festival into the future.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

The sun shining always makes for a good show, so fingers are crossed for that. The Pimms and fizz bar was a huge success last year and helped us boost what we raised for local groups and charities. The Booze Brothers will be performing with us this year on the field and that always attracts a good crowd for a fun show.

The Worstead Festival takes place on the village playing field over the weekend of July 26 and 27. Tickets can be bought on the gate for £5, under-12s go free; worsteadfestival.org