Ickworth wool fair

Join us for a great family day out on Sunday 1 June, from 11am - 5pm, for our new wool fair. We've a whole day lined up for you, your friends and family with loads of wool and craft stalls and woolly attractions including sheep shearing, dancing sheep and alpacas.

Discover the talented world of competitive sheep dog trials or just sit around our arena and enjoy the show. Bring your four legged friends and have a go at dog agility with 'On The Scent Training'. Be entertained by the Green Dragon Morris, World of Wings and Runner Duck shepherding. A great family day out in the beautiful setting of our glorious parkland.

    Sheep dog trials and demo

    Sheep being herded by a dog and its handler

    The East Anglian Sheep Dog Society will be running sheep dog trials all day. Watch these talented dogs and handlers herd their sheep through a complicated set of hurdles before getting them into the final gate and pen. Throughout the day a wide range of dogs and handlers will be taking part in the trials, and you can also see a demonstration of their skills during the day to help you make sense of this age old skill and tradition.

    The Sheep Show

    The Sheep of The Sheep Show on display

    This unique show has captured the hearts of many. The New Zealand style team of presenters educate and entertain, with their fantastic sheep. Nobby the Norfolk Horn stands centre stage while others are introduced to their podiums. You'll learn about each breeds attributes and how wool from the sheep's back becomes a jumper to wear. The shearing demonstration is well commentated and has the audience captivated. The highlight of the show is the “The sheep show Hustle of dancing sheep.

    Alpacas

    An alpaca looking very very sweet

    Alpacas are members of the South American Camelid family and are bred for their amazing luxurious fleece. There are two kinds of alpaca; the huacaya which has sheep-like woolliness and the suri that has long spiral locks. Woodbine farm, who started farming Alpacas in 2007, are joining us for the day with a few Alpacas from their herd. Come along and meet them and discover these beautiful creatures and the wonderful wool that they produce.

     

    Dog agility fun

    A dog showing off its talents on a dog agility arena

    Bring your dogs and have a go on the dog agility course. On The Scent Training will be with us for the day and working with you and your four legged friends as you race around the course giving your dog the most wonderful playtime. They'll also provide us with some expert shows with their crack team of dogs and handlers, possibly showing us how it really should be done!

    Green Dragon Morris

    Close up of a Green Dragon Morris dancer

    Green Dragon Morris are a family oriented Border Morris side based in Bury St Edmunds. Their aim is to have fun with flamboyance and finesse! So we're sure you'll be thoroughly entertained by them as they dance up a storm in our central arena during the day. Sit back, smile, enjoy an ice cream or two and watch the show.

     

    A World of Wings

    A Macaw parrot displaying its colourful plumage

    The aim of A World of Wings is to promote birds and share them with people of all ages through free-flight bird displays. Enjoy this incredible show, in our arena, from Mike Simmons who is a professional bird conservationist and trainer.

    Instead of birds being trained to perform tricks, it's them who teach us to understand how to build a relationship on trust, allowing us into their World. With this amazing partnership the birds have demonstrated amazing feats of intelligence and soar, glide and climb their way into the eyes and hearts of us all.

    Runner Duck Shepherding

    Runners ducks being shepherded with a sheep dog and handler

    Professional shepherd Ed Hawkins has a lighter side and when he's not managing a flock of sheep he manages his flock of runner ducks. Ed will delight us with a display of runner duck shepherding with his trusted four legged working dogs. Fun, frivolous but incredibly talented sit back and let him and his ducks bring a smile and laugh to your face.

    Wool crafts and stalls

    A beautiful handmade spinning wheel

    Open your eyes to the world of wool. Our Orford Ness shepherd will be selling a variety of fleeces, and we've got spinners and dyers, felt makers and wool sellers. Also a number of craft stalls selling different woollen crafts or sheepskin items. Great browsing to buy and to learn about this ancient craft.

    Beautiful crafts & kids' fun

    Beautiful pottery stall at Ickworth wood fair

    We also welcome a variety of craft stalls specialising in handmade beautiful products, always from environmentally sourced areas. How about helping to make your own pottery plate, or enjoy trying on some jewellery, find the perfect wind chime and admire the talented skills of our craft stall holders, all of whom have made the items they are selling.For your kids we'll have fun sheepy and woolly crafts for free and amazing stories in the yurt with Storybeard.

    Barracuda's Criss Cross fun

    Giant inflatable human ball fun with criss cross

    Ever wondered what it's like to be in a hamster ball? Now's your chance to have a go. This zorb ball course is brilliant fun for all ages, you can run in the ball or be pushed around the giant track!

    The double skinned balls allow you to strap yourself in and totally emerge yourself in the ball for the ultimate exhilarating experience. A unique and slightly dizzinging aspect of looking at the wool fair!