Out and About in Norfolk with the Pellpax Bullet
It’s been a busy summer for the Pellpax Bullet. Designed and built by skilled craftsmen at GSG Shepherds’ Huts, in Norwich, our bespoke trailer has certainly turned a few heads at shows and carnivals this year.
About two years ago, we decided that it would be good to get out and about a bit – to be a part of some of Norfolk’s marvellous events – and therefore we needed a trailer. Our trailer had to be big enough to display equipment, with storage space for additional stock, and standing room for staff. It had to be fully mobile, stable, spectacular, and safe … and it had to be shaped like a bullet.
The Bullet’s frame is constructed from semi-circular plywood ribs, which are joined together to form hoops, and the exterior cladding comprises narrow strips of Accoya, giving the illusion of a curve. Accoya is the world’s leading brand of acetylated softwood – a material that is dimensionally stable, extremely durable, and resistant to decay. The interior cladding is painted softwood, and the floor is made of engineered oak. The Bullet’s coned nose is a complex structure of studwork and cladding.
Out on show
On the weekend of June 24th and 25th, we took the Bullet to the Suffolk Armed Forces Week celebrations in Felixstowe. Our next-door neighbours were the Royal Marine Association (RMA), with their zero-danger firing range, and it was a pleasure to talk to these guys about the work that the RMA does for the Royal Marine family. This was a particularly busy and exciting weekend, as the Royal Marines’ Darell’s Day celebrations were being held in Felixstowe at the same time.
In August, we joined thousands of others at the ever-popular annual Cromer Carnival, famous, among other things, for an aerobatic display by the Red Arrows. Since the 1950s, the focus of Cromer Carnival has been a parade of floats on the Wednesday of carnival week; but during the first half of the 20th century, all the fun happened on the new pier, built in 1901. Amazingly, Cromer has been enjoying an annual week-long fair since the 1280s!
One of the most popular events in Norfolk is the Aylsham Agricultural Show, held each August Bank Holiday Monday at the Blickling Estate. The only problem with this one-day show is that you’re hard pressed to fit everything in! This year there were classic cars, military vehicles, marching bands, dog training displays, rural crafts, art exhibitions, cookery theatre, hot-air balloon rides, sheepdog trials …
And alongside all of this, we were delighted to welcome people to the Pellpax Bullet, and we received some lovely comments. Our favourite was from a little boy, who asked us if the Bullet was a submarine!
Stay tuned to the blog for details of further adventures on the Pellpax Bullet. To learn more about the construction of the Bullet, go to GSG Shepherd’s Huts.