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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

 
  • 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.
  • Duxford Autumn Air Show

    16 Oct

    The Duxford Autumn Air Show at the Imperial War Museum Duxford hosts vintage bombers and fighters, modern aircraft and spectacular aerobatics to keep the whole family enthralled. Fun fairs, tank rides and bungee trampolines provide on-the-ground entertainment.
  • Halloween Punting & Walking Ghost Tours

    21 Oct

    Discover Cambridge's dark and troubled past on the city's annual Halloween Punting & Walking Ghost Tours. The Jack O'Lantern-lit punt trip along The Backs is followed by a scary guided walk around the city's most haunted places.
  • Crafts and Gifts at Chilford Hall

    29 Oct

    Brighten up dull autumn days with a visit to the Crafts and Gifts fair at Chilford Hall. With over 70 exhibitors in attendance, pictures, glass, clothing, toys, ceramics and hand-crafted furniture are among the items available.
  • Gardeners' Question Time - The Live Tour

    03 Nov

    Budding botanists and green-fingered gurus should descend on Cambridge's Corn Exchange for Gardeners' Question Time - The Live Tour. In its inaugural year, the tour sees the experts from the BBC4 show tackle listeners' most taxing gardening gripes.

  • Chilford Autumn Quilt Festival

    04 Nov

    With the approach of winter, arts and craft enthusiasts have an extra incentive to attend the Chilford Autumn Quilt Festival at Chilford Hall. Dedicated entirely to quilts, visitors can learn all about this comforting and cosy accessory to the home.
  • Cambridge Bonfire Night

    05 Nov

    The Cambridge Bonfire Night at Midsummer Common has been run for more than 20 years by the city council. It claims to be the biggest free firework display in East Anglia, attracting around 30,000 spectators every year.
  • Cambridge Christmas Lights Switch On

    20 Nov

    The arrival of Christmas in Cambridge is heralded every year when the city turns on its impressive display of Christmas lights. Events take place throughout the city, all leading up to the big switch-on once night falls.
  • Cambridge Word Fest

    27 Nov

    Held in the heart of the city, the biannual Cambridge Word Fest is warmly received in this illustrious literary landscape. Attracting well-known contemporary writers and artists, its programme of readings, talks and workshops caters to all ages.

  • Ipswich Transport Museum

    01 Sep

    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

    01 Sep

    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.