Thriplow Daffodil Weekend to return in April
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Thousands of people will descend on a Cambridgeshire village when Britain’s most famous daffodil weekend returns in April.
Thriplow hosts its 46th annual Thriplow Daffodil Weekend on April 5 and 6.
It is an event which unites the village - virtually everyone does something towards the event, be it baking cakes, helping serve teas, working in the car park or picking up litter.
Visitors will get to walk the beautiful traffic-free lanes and connecting footpaths, visiting residents’ open gardens, craft barns, marquees, stalls and demonstrations.
A flower festival will be held in the church and sheepdog demonstrations will take place on the meadow.
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Morris Dancers will perform outside the pub and vintage vehicles and classic cars will be on display at the school.
Heavy horses will give rides up and down the main street and traditional music will be played throughout the village.
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Local food producers are celebrated at ‘Taste of Thriplow’ on Peggs Close and ‘Thriplow Teas’ will whet the appetite.
Thriplow Daffodil Weekend started in 1969 because the village church was in need of major roof repairs.
Residents decided to open up their gardens and made cups of tea from their own homes.
They made £206 and were so delighted they decided to do it all again the following year.
Since 1969, the weekend has raised more than £400,000 for charity.
In 2011, the committee received The Queens Award for Voluntary Service (the equivalent of an MBE for charities).
This year, the weekend will support Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire, which helps families with children under the age of five cope with post natal depression, illness, isolation, bereavement, disability and domestic abuse.
The event is open between 11am and 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Entry is £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and free for those under school age.
For more information about the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend, go to www.thriplowdaffodils.org.uk