Days Out with Kids – Going on a Wolf Hunt in Suffolk
While many of our guests are more than happy enjoying all that we have to offer at our child-friendly hotels, we’re always delighted to point them in the direction of fun days out nearby. And this summer, staff at the Ickworth have been telling families about a great new trail taking them around Bury St Edmunds in the footsteps of 26 wolves created by local artists.
The trail celebrates the legend of St Edmund's Wolf. For those who don’t know the tale, Edmund, King of East Anglia and patron saint of England from 869 until 1350, was tied up, shot with arrows and decapitated by Danish invaders after refusing to renounce his Christian faith. The king’s men came to find his body but were unable to locate his head – until they heard a cry of ‘Here, here, here’ from a nearby wood. There they came across a wolf protecting the head. When then took it back to the body, the two miraculously fused together again.
The wolf trail runs until St Edmund's Day (November 20th) 2015. The wolves are in a variety of materials from metal and stained glass to willow, wood and topiary. Those who find all 26 can enter a competition – leaflets are available from the Cathedral Tourism Information Point on Angel Hill. There’s also a separate prize draw for those who can find all 26 Magna Carta barons on the bollards around town.
Edmund was buried in the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, making it an important pilgrimage location. Read more about the wolves and the artists who created them at www.ourburystedmunds.com/wolftrail.
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