Gypsy Roma Travelling Community leads crafts fun in Homes on the Road at Gressenhall Farm

By Ivan Stoyanov | 24 June 2010
A photo of a group of young children participating in craft activities in a field on a sunny day

Event: Homes on the Road, Gressenhall Farm and Workshop, Norwich, June 27 2010

This special one-day event offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about the Gypsy Roma Travelling Community and their way of life, featuring art, music, dance and storytelling sessions led by members of the group at the ancient farm.

Gypsy storyteller Richard O’Neill will weave wondrous tales and share his yarn-spinning experience, and Gloria Buckley, the first English Roma woman to be awarded an MBE, will be on site to talk about her traveller life.

Demonstrations of how Gypsy traveller crafts and have-a-go opportunities will teach visitors skills as exotic as the basics of step dancing and how to build a bender tent from willow poles, accompanied by discussions of life in Vardos, Buccaneer and Touring caravans and insights into current living conditions for travellers.

A photo of a group of young people being introduced to a caravan by a gypsy

Members of the Gypsy Roma Travelling Community will open up their world to young visitors

The day is the result of a five-year partnership between Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, the Travelling Community, Norfolk Traveller Education Service and Norfolk Arts Partnership, aimed at schoolchildren in the area.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for communities in Norfolk to come together and spend time finding out more about each other,” said Councillor Derrick Murphy, Norwich City Council’s Cabinet Member for Cultural Services.

“Travellers represent one of Norfolk’s largest ethnic minorities and it is vital that the wider public has a knowledge and understanding of their heritage and culture, can hear about their stories and way of life and learn about the contributions these communities have made to Norfolk.”

Open 10am-5pm. Admission £6-£8.40.

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