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Museum of East Anglian Life

 
Start date
25 March 2014
End date
11 October 2014
Hours
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Cost
£6.90; concessions £5.90; children £3.90
Address
Museum of East Anglian Life Stowmarket Iliffe Way
Telephone
+44 (0) 1449 612 229
Email
infocentre.ipswich@libher.suffolkcc.gov.uk
Directions
Bus to Stowmarket
An agricultural steam engine at the Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Courtesy of Museum of East Anglian Life

Inside the Boby Building, which dates back to the 1870s, there are reconstructed craft workshops illustrating printing, wood turning, brush making, basket making, saddlery, rake making, coopering, rope making and brick making. There is also a watermill, windpump and non-Conformist chapel, which was locally termed a "Tin Tabernacle" due to its corrugated iron roof.

A collection of rare breeds graze on the water meadows by Rattlesden river and a number of pretty walks offer visitors a chance to stretch their legs after a tour.

Other Events

 
  • Snape Proms

    01 Aug

    The Snape Proms series of evening concerts brightens up the late summer days at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Benjamin Britten's wonderful performance venue in coastal Suffolk. The month-long programme presents everything from steel bands to chamber music and orchestral concerts.
  • Ipswich Beer Festival

    16 Aug

    What would a British town be if it didn't have its own beer festival? A village perhaps... Ipswich proves its stature with the annual Ipswich Beer Festival at the Corn Exchange. Expect a muddle of beers, ales, cider and music.
  • NASC Street Rod Nationals

    24 Aug

    The biggest custom car show in Europe, the Street Rod Nationals at Trinity Park attracts customised 1950s-style cars, high-tech Street Rods, Hot Rods and high-performance Street Machines. The weekend includes live music, children's events, competitions and more.
  • Harvest at Jimmy's

    09 Sep

    Families gather at Jimmy's Farm in Suffolk every September for a weekend of great music, food cooked by celebrity chefs and loads of activities for children. The festival attracts big names and its focus is on both great food and music.

  • Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival

    10 Sep

    Dragon-boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradtion, where large teams of rowers compete on vessels each with its own drummers. A fun, friendly event, this festival on the River Cam welcomes participants of any level and supports East Anglia's Children's Hospices.
  • Cambridge Film Festival

    15 Sep

    Cambridge Film Festival shows new features, shorts, documentaries, silent films and 70mm screenings at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and other city venues. Other events on the agenda include lectures, several masterclasses and a children's section.
  • Cambridge Glass Fair

    25 Sep

    The Cambridge Glass Fair is held at Chilford Hall Vineyard. More than 100 exhibitors from across Europe showcase glass collections from Georgian to Art Deco, Art Nouveau and contemporary work.
  • Cambridge Shakespeare Festival

    30 Jul

    As a renowned centre of learning and literature, Cambridge is an appropriate setting for this festival dedicated to all things Shakespeare. Taking place every summer, it celebrates the Bard's brilliance with performances of some of his most famous works.

  • Ipswich Transport Museum

    30 Jul

    Housed in a 1937 trolleybus depot, Ipswich Transport Museum has an extensive collection of local transport - either built in the area or used to transport its populace around. Visitors can discover old buses, cars, bicycles, fire engines and trams.
  • Sculpture Promenade

    30 Jul

    After the success of its inaugural year, Cambridge's Sculpture Promenade returns to the grounds of the Fitzwilliam Museum. A free installation of contemporary sculpture, it showcases works by some of the most talented artists working today.