Daffodil Weekend 2017
The weather was glorious, the new Children's Thriplow and Country Thriplow went down a storm, The Sealed Knot added plenty of drama, the stallholders were happy and we raised a phenomenal £43,000 for local charities.
Film by Kayleigh mayo
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
This year, our nominated charity is EACH Milton who care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. The family-centred approach meets the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
New for this year, Children's Thriplow featured traditional games, a modern (and very entertaining) Punch & Judy show, a petting zoo, face painting and, of course, a bouncy castle. The kids loved all the prizes (kindly donated by Tesco in Royston). All at the bargain price of £1 for 4 tokens!
The new Family Dog Show and Gun Dog Scurry at Country Thriplow drew in quite a few doggie visitors this year, with Kacey Ainsworth (ITVs Grantchester) giving out the prizes. We also had archery, The Game & Wildlife Trust, Raptor Foundation, Pet Portraits and Forever Hounds Dog Rescue brought some of their greyhounds for rehoming.
The Family Dog Show was run brilliantly by the lovely ladies of Phoenix French Bulldog Rescue Charity. There were lots of family fun classes including the 'Waggiest Tail' and 'Dog the judge would most like to take home', with great prizes and super goodie bags for all the entrants and prize winners.
The new Gun Dog Scurry made its mark regionally within the national shooting community, expertly run by professional gun dog trainers Julie Wayman of Truequest Gun Dogs and Carol Ford, Gun Dog Trainer. Essentially, this was a fun event with a 'have-a-go' approach providing delight for the competing dogs and much hilarity from the audience. However, more serious field trial competitors had travelled from as far as North Notts and the South Coast to enter and take part.
The Sealed Knot
A regiment of The Sealed Knot re-enacted the encampment of Cromwell's New Model Army on Thriplow Heath in 1647. Not only did they march through the village to the beat of their drums, but they had some altercations with the local cavaliers too.
Best-selling author Helen O'Neill talked about her award winning book 'Daffodil: biography of a flower'.
We are very fortunate to have a beautiful, working Smithy here on The Green at Thriplow. Visitors were queuing up all weekend to see the blacksmith at work and the fascinating artefacts on display by the Thriplow Society.
St George's Church
The church looked stunning with the flamboyant flower displays celebrating the arrival of spring. The sound of the organ and the ringing of the bells added to the atmosphere.
Taste of thriplow
The Taste of Thriplow, now in it's 4 year, has become a bit of a foodie destination with around 30 stalls serving delicious street food accompanied by refreshing beer and live music.
Garden, craft, gift and food stalls
At Daffodil Weekend we like to showcase some more traditional and less frequently seen attractions too...