A festival of brollies…

British weather conditions delivered a festival of brollies today at Chadkirk.
Visitors came, wearing wellies and waterproofs.

Donkey sanctuary

Donkey sanctuary

Keeping dry

Keeping dry

In the Walled Garden

In the Walled Garden

Undeterred, the dancers danced, the musicians played and the animals entertained.

Listening to the Silver Band

Listening to the Silver Band

Young dancers showcase their moves

Young dancers showcase their moves

A ferret (with trainer/handler)...after the race

A ferret (with trainer/handler)…after the race

Local artisans displayed their wares under awnings, gazebos and within Chadkirk Chapel.

Quality creations by local crafter.

Quality creations by local crafter.

Pin cushion teapot anyone?

Pin cushion teapot anyone?

Master craftsman, fine woodworking....and it's the folk who did the frame for the East Window too!

Master craftsman, fine woodworking….and it’s the folk who did the frame for the East Window too!

Bustling and browsing amongst the stalls in Chadkirk Chapel

Bustling and browsing amongst the stalls in Chadkirk Chapel

Beautiful hand crafted jewellery on sale - and a chance to meet the makers and discuss their craft.

Beautiful hand crafted jewellery on sale – and a chance to meet the makers and discuss their craft.

Locally inspired artisan jewellery - with designs linked to local features

Locally inspired artisan jewellery – with designs linked to local features

Silver rings, crosses and pendants - including a cross inspired by St. Chad's cross. Beautifully made by a local craftsman.

Silver rings, crosses and pendants – including a cross inspired by St. Chad’s cross. Beautifully made by a local craftsman.

Cards and comfrey oil for sale on one of the Friends of Chadkirk stalls.

Cards and comfrey oil for sale on one of the Friends of Chadkirk stalls.

Plenty to do for young children, who were fascinated by the birds of prey, donkeys and ferrets.Some even had the chance to transform their faces into something feline. This year they also had the chance to make their own wizard sticks and fairy wands.

All the fun of the festival. Funny feline face on young fan of the festival.

All the fun of the festival.
Funny feline face on young fan of the festival.

Lesley and Adam of shapedbynature with their wizard sticks and fairy wands

Lesley and Adam of shapedbynature with their wizard sticks and fairy wands

Gather round, get involved, craft your own...with the help of Lesley and Adam.

Gather round, get involved, craft your own…with the help of Lesley and Adam.

Shapedbynature stall attracts plenty of interest.

Shapedbynature stall attracts plenty of interest.

Mary and family

Mary and family

And then of course, there’s the food. An abundance of choice. Eat now or a treat for later. Local produce or something more exotic.Something for all tastes.

Organic produce from local supplier at Chadkirk

Organic produce from local supplier at Chadkirk

On a cool day, a reminder of sunshine (and the best feta cheese I think I've ever tasted).

On a cool day, a reminder of sunshine (and the best feta cheese I think I’ve ever tasted).

St. Chad watches, the T'insole Bells sound and festival goers are tempted by the delicious wares for sale.

St. Chad watches, the T’insole Bells sound and festival goers are tempted by the delicious wares for sale.

It's cream tea weather in the walled garden (whatever the weather!)

It’s cream tea weather in the walled garden (whatever the weather!)

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