Daffs the way to do it! It’s time for one of the largest village festivals of fun and colour in the county, when Thriplow Daffodil Weekend and Country Fair springs into life on 17 and 18 March.
More than 10,000 people are expected at the event, which is a chance to stroll through the car-free village and take in daffodil displays, visit attractions and open gardens, and potter around stalls.
Punch and Judy shows, traditional children’s games with prizes, face painting, a petting zoo and bouncy castle will keep younger visitors entertained, while the primary school has a wide range of stalls and hosts magic shows, music and a poetry recital.
For those wanting to take weight off their feet for a while, there are train, tractor and dray rides, while St George’s Church is the place to go for a flower festival, bell ringing, organ recitals, history talks, songs of praise and history talks.
Vintage Thriplow features classic cars, engines and tractors and there will be Morris dancing throughout the village. There’s also a fun dog show, gun dog scurry and have-a-go archery.
The village provides a wonderful backdrop, with 350 volunteers – featuring virtually everyone in the village and many neighbouring villagers – helping to organise the event, from baking cakes, serving teas, keeping the car park flowing and litter picking.
Cakes and sandwiches are served in tea rooms (at the school, village hall and cricket pitch), or delicious hot street food can be eaten in The Taste of Thriplow while listening to live music. Head there too, for the beer tent.
Organisers take care to ensure that the stalls throughout the village, whether it’s crafts, gifts, food or things for the garden, offer a broad appeal for all ages and tastes. Don’t miss one of the most popular events of its kind in the area.
Tickets are £8 for adults and children £4, under-fives are free. If you book online you get 10% off. Car parking is free.