Heritage Comes to Life at Stanwick Lakes

The Trading Places heritage project is in the middle of a very busy week, breathing new life into the traditional skills of the Nene valley. The project is based at Stanwick Lakes and has been funded by the Heritage Lottery fund to work with communities along the Nene Valley from Wellingborough to Thrapston.

Over the last two days, more than 100 children from Irchester Community Primary School have been discovering more about some of these traditional skills. In small groups they have spun fleece on a drop spindle, used locally harvested willow to make a hurdle and learnt how to use the census to find out more about their village. The children also met the blacksmith and watched him at work.

Tomorrow, on Friday 9th May, we have local people booked on traditional skills taster workshops. Some will be trying their hand at blacksmithing, others will be joining the bodger to make a wooden flower while sitting on a shave horse!

But it’s not too late for you to join in! On Saturday 10th May we would like to invite you to join us for an afternoon of Nanty Narking! (from 12:00 – 4:00pm). Nanty Narking is Victorian slang for “great fun” – and that’s what we plan to have! We will be celebrating Nene Valley life from 150 years ago with a variety of fun and educational family activities at Stanwick Lakes.

Come and visit the blacksmith in his forge, get involved with lace making and help to build a dry stone wall. You can also relax in traditional Victorian style: enjoy swing boats and a carousel, visit our “Stanwick-on-Sea” beach and dig in with a bucket and spade…… or maybe just have a snooze in a deckchair! Why not make and perform your own show in our mini Punch and Judy theatre? And if all that makes you thirsty and hungry, tuck into a Hokey Pokey Ice Cream, and (if you are over 18), sup on a pint of locally brewed beer.

To find out more about Trading Places, visit our Facebook page Trading Places Nene Valley or email stuart@rftrust.org.uk

~ By Liz ~