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Walking into History in the Heart of Suffolk 14th May - 5th June

Author: Sue Green Published: 5th June 2016 09:20

The Suffolk Walking Festival 14th May - 5th June 2016Walking into history in the Heart of Suffolk 14th May - 5th June 2016Walking into history in the Heart of Suffolk 14th May - 5th June 2016

Discover the History on your doorstep.

A Stroll Through the Ages’ (part of the 2016 Suffolk Walking Festival number 48) will enrich your knowledge of Stowmarket which has pre-Saxon roots, and there is evidence of a Roman settlement. 16th, 17th and 18th century buildings are dotted around the town in the conservation areas. For more information about the 9th Walking Festival, please call in to the Tourist Information Centre (just opposite ASDA, up the hill) or visit www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk. The Tourist Information Centre also has a free self-guided walk around Stowmarket.

Did you know there is a 75 acre museum in the heart of Stowmarket, with many historic buildings relocated from elsewhere to be preserved? They include the Settling House, from Bury St Edmunds market, Edgars Farmhouse from Combs Lane and Alton Watermill. On Sunday 8th May, the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket will be hosting TRACTION’16. This new event will draw together a range of tractors and machinery, including examples seen at work in the fields of Suffolk during the last 100 years. For more information go to www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

There are several fascinating smaller museums in the surrounding villages – Woolpit, Laxfield, Buxhall (Granary Crafts), Brockford Light Railway, and The Mechanical Music at Cotton. All have a wealth of information about their specialisms, and most are open at weekends from May-September.

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