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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

 
  • QIPCO Guineas Festival

    05 May

    The QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket, the home of English racing, is a must for any horse-racing fan. Only Epsom can match its claim to stage two Classic races in the course of one meeting.

  • Star Shine Stroll

    19 May

    Join hundreds of women on a 10-mile sponsored night walk from Shelford Rugby Club around Cambridge in aid of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. It's a good way to get fit, catch up with friends and support a great cause!
  • Cambridge Beer Festival

    21 May

    The Cambridge Beer festival is one of the oldest in Britain, attracting crowds of over 32,000 visitors. Hundreds of different ales and beers, ciders and meads are all available for sampling.

  • Strawberry Fair

    02 Jun

    Strawberry Fair, held at Midsummer Common and now into its third decade, is a major musical celebration on the Cambridge calendar. Lasting eleven hours it's a full day's entertainment and then some, and it's free.

  • Leestock

    03 Jun

    The quiet town of Sudbury bursts into life each summer with the return of Leestock. A small-scale festival set up to commemorate Lee Dunford, it fuses music with artistic events and plenty of community spirit!

  • Suffolk Show

    07 Jun

    The Suffolk Show is held on its own showground outside Ipswich, Trinity Park. It features farm livestock and equine classes, agricultural trade stands, flower shows, horticultural exhibits and grand ring displays, including international showjumpers.
  • Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts

    13 Jun

    Aldeburgh Festival was the brainchild of Suffolk composer Benjamin Britten and his life partner, the tenor Peter Pears in 1948. Every year Aldeburgh programmes not only acknowledged masterpieces but also new contemporary works at the Snape Maltings and in seaside Aldeburgh itself.

  • Ipswich Arts Festival

    15 Jun

    Ipswich bursts into life each summer with the return of the annual Ipswich Art Festival. A fusion of music, arts and family entertainment it draws tens of thousands of good-humored punters, and a fair few celebrity headliners, to locations throughout the city. 

  • Cambridge Midsummer Fair

    20 Jun

    The Cambridge Midsummer Fair has been held on Midsummer Common since the early 13th century. Starting with a Mayor's Procession, the fair features the usual rides, a comedy marquee and live music as well as a number of market stalls.
  • Sculpture Promenade

    17 Apr

    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.
  • Ipswich Transport Museum

    17 Apr

    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.