Thriplow Daffodil Festival and The Green Man

The annual Thriplow Daffodil Festival took place on the weekend of the 20th and 21st March. Thriplow is a small village in Hertfordshire, located only 8 miles south of Cambridge, and every year it holds a village festival to celebrate the coming of spring and the blooming of the first daffodils, and the money it takes goes towards supporting local charities.

Thriplow Daffodil Festival

Thriplow Daffodil Festival

This is more than just a little village fete; for these two days, Thriplow sees about 10,000 visitors, far more than I expected. It was heaving on the Sunday when I went, and I can honestly say that it  felt like the first day of spring with the sun blazing down upon us. Granted, there weren’t many daffodils in bloom, but I bet by the time I write this they will all be out and in full force as they were just on the verge.

Horse and dray

Horse and dray

But the daffodils are not the only reason why people come to this festival. There are hundreds of craft stalls, live music, open gardens, horses giving dray rides, demonstrations in the local smithy on the village green (which was great to see), delicious barbeques, owls to stroke from the Raptor Foundation (and I did my fair share of stroking, sorry children if I hogged the owls for a while!) as well as morris men dancing outside the local shop and pub.

Local cider

Local cider

Devil's Dyke Morris Men

Devil's Dyke Morris Men

Which brings me onto the pub, the Green Man. It’s a pretty pub in a perfect location, situated on the green in the middle of the village, and a natural spot for morris men to dance outside. I purchased a cold and tasty Woodforde’s Wherry (3.8%) from inside the heaving pub and headed outside to watch the dancing, beer in hand, perfect. (We even had a photo taken of us which was shown in the Royston Crow newspaper, something I wasn’t aware of at the time – spot the Wherry by my feet!)  The pub is a free house; it also had Nethergate’s Suffolk County, 4.0%,  on tap and has regularly changing ales. The bar staff were very busy, but they kept it together to serve the never ending crowds. The pub also has a pretty rear garden, but I preferred to go and sit out the front where all the action was taking place.  A lovely pub in a perfect location; I look forward to going back there when the village is back to its sleepy self once more.

Morris dancers outside The Green Man, Thriplow

Morris dancers outside The Green Man, Thriplow

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