Organisers get set for the fifth annual French fair. Picture: Paul Tibbs.

France is set to come to Great Bircham this weekend with the fifth annual French fair.

It will see St Mary’s Church in the village transformed into a French church.

And visitors will be able to experience the bustling atmosphere of a French market, which will be held within the church nave and churchyard.

Organiser George Hall said: “There are more than 50 people working hard getting everything ready.

“It seems to get bigger each year.  The committee envisages an even greater day of French fun for all the family, including a children’s treasure hunt and fancy dress competition.”

The event has been held to coincide with Norfolk Open Churches Week, which has been organised by the Norwich Diocese.

This is to highlight the churches in the county and to encourage visitors.

Anyone who visits the fair will have plenty to do. There will be a paintings exhibition and many stalls including bric-a-brac, plants and produce.

French cars will be showcased and a break in Brighton will be  up for grabs in a prize raffle.

There will be French bread, cheese, onion soup, as well as other food.

There will also be a ‘British Embassy’ where visitors can get a cup of tea.

Mr Hall said any money raised from the stalls will go towards the upkeep of the church.

“Money will come from the fair. However, it is most important that people enjoy themselves. But we need to fundraise for the church for future generations.”

The fair, which is free to enter, will run from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, August 1.