Inaugural Deepdale Outdoor & Wildlife Festival Huge Success
The first Deepdale Outdoor & Wildlife Festival was blessed with big blue skies and sunshine all weekend.
Thousands of people came to visit
Dalegate Market and Deepdale Backpackers & Camping in Burnham Deepdale on the
beautiful North Norfolk Coast.
The idea of the weekend was to
entertain and educate, highlighting the great activities this glorious part of
the world has to offer, while preventing damage to its environment which is so
important to the fishing, farming and tourism industries.
Dalegate Market has become know as
the home of lovely shops, Deepdale Café and of course the Deepdale Christmas
Market, so the Deepdale Outdoor & Wildlife Festival is a new attraction.
“With such a successful first
year, there’s lots to build on for 2014 and into the future.” said Jason
Borthwick, one of the festival organisers. “It was great to see locals and
visitors enjoying the sunshine, the activities and finding out about this
beautiful part of the world.”
Organisations like the National
Trust, RSPB and Eastern Sea Fisheries explained the wildlife of this beautiful
part of the world. The climbing wall, guided walks, orienteering and bird
watching tours kept visitors entertained.
“We were really pleased with the
way the programme came together over the last few months. Personally I wasn’t
tempted by the climbing wall, but there was always a queue of (younger) visitors
who fancied the challenge. My personal favourite was the rescued barn owl with
the Seal & Bird Rescue Trust.” said Estelle Townshend, one of the organisers.
Two of the most enjoyed highlights
were the archery on Saturday, organised by Active Norfolk, and the Deepdale Dog
Show on Sunday, organised by Animal Magic Dog Club and the Deepdale Backpackers
& Camping team. The archery instructor was kept busy all day and there were
loads of entries for the Deepdale Dog Show. The Deepdale dogs, Jazz and Merlin,
even came away with a rosette, but the competition was fierce for categories
like Prettiest Girl, Handsomest Boy and Film Star.
Dates for 2014 aren’t yet
confirmed, but there will definitely be a 2014 Deepdale Outdoor & Wildlife
Festival and dates will be announced in the next couple of months online at
café, backpackers hostel, campsite and glamping in Burnham Deepdale are open
throughout the year, so visitors are most welcome come rain or shine to this
beautiful part of the world.