Celebrate Suffolk Day in Orford June 21st

Posted on June 15, 2017

Suffolk Day will celebrate the county’s heritage, culture and future

The annual event, on 21st June, will be an opportunity to celebrate the county known for its chocolate-box villages, 50 miles (80km) of coastline and horseracing at Newmarket.

It is also home to Constable Country, an area of outstanding beauty made famous by the painter John Constable.

Suffolk Day is based on a successful model in Yorkshire, where a special day has been running for more than 40 years.

The idea was put forward by BBC Radio Suffolk and is being backed by Suffolk County Council.

Colin Noble, the county council leader, said: “A Suffolk Day is a great way to celebrate all that is so wonderful about living in our beautiful county from Constable Country to our heritage coast.

Orford will be celebrating Suffolk Day with local businesses and organisations gathering on the Village Green outside Orford General Store and in the garden of The King’s Head.

Orford, Sudbourne and Gedgrave Flower Show August 26th

Posted on June 5, 2017

A major event in the Orford calendar, is the annual Orford, Sudbourne & Gedgrave Flower Show and Fête, held usually, on the Saturday of the August Bank holiday. The Show marquee houses almost 200 exhibits of locally grown vegetables, fruit and flowers exhibited under exacting Flower Show Rules. Handicrafts, cooking, painting, photography and other talents are also included in the competitions with the extremes of the heaviest marrow, pumpkin etc. and the longest parsnip and runner bean, provide a major interest for both growers and novelty for visitors. Modest cash prizes as well as cups, trophies and certificates are keenly contested.

Whilst produce, art and fine handicrafts form the focal point of the Show, the Fete provides a first–class afternoon out for all the family. Bouncy Castle, Punch and Judy, Coconut Shy and many other side-shows attract children and adults of all ages.

Children’s races, some with parents are a popular draw, but perhaps the biggest attraction is the famous Orford Dog Race. Rules for this event are liberally interpreted with classes for small and large dogs.
The ‘hounds’ are lined up by their owners, given a juicy bone to sniff which they chase over a short course. The spectacle of mixed breeds, some keen, some totally uninterested and some whose interest wanders in other directions, makes this exciting contest a fitting finale to the Fête.

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