Posted on September 4, 2017
The Orford Craft Shop was very popular with visitors who were attracted by the eclectic range of baskets displayed in front of the shop. Much of the stock in Orford Crafts was locally made or had a local theme, including baskets, pottery, books, jams and preserves.
Owner, Stuart Bacon, is a noted marine archaeologist and has dived in the waters off Dunwich many times, exploring the ruins of the former town of Dunwich. Information gained from these dives was documented in an exhibition on the first floor.
Stuart has now decided to retire and the shop is undergoing refitting and refurbishment in the hands of the licensees of The King’s Head. On completion of this work the shop will re-open as the Orford Craft Centre. Details will be released soon.
Posted on August 7, 2017
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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