Relive 2000 years in just two days at the Museum of East Anglian Life
PUBLISHED: 09:27 02 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:27 02 August 2016
History comes alive in this family friendly event in Stowmarket
Come face to face with the past at the first ever East Anglian Living History Fayre at the Museum of East Anglian Life on August 13 and 14. Be part of the action as rampaging Vikings and heroic British troops invade the heart of Stowmarket, reliving history through the ages.
Marvel at the military might of Romans in East Anglia as you explore their vast empire. Discover Viking settlers in a strange land, preparing for further warfare or march with the army of Edward III on their campaign to France in the Hundred Years War. Hold cities and hearts to ransom with have-a-go siege artillery and jousting. Pick your side as the Civil War rages all around you, shelter from cannon fire in Napoleonic conflict and hunker down in the trench warfare of the two World Wars.
Hold fire! It’s not all shouting, war and weapons. Indulge your senses with the sights and sounds of terrible Tudor doctors, while the smells of early mediaeval cooking get your taste buds tingling. Party like it’s 1599 with the Colchester Waits – a musical treat for any occasion. Pit your wits against ne’er-do-wells and smugglers, and be amazed by birds, bards and storytellers. Stroll through a bustling market place or take time out with our Tin Tabernacle Talks delving into haunted East Anglia, the historic livelihoods of women and the work that goes into bringing history alive.
Collections manager Lisa Harris says: “We’re always on the lookout for new and exciting ways for visitors to discover the stories of history, and will be filling our 75 acre site with passionate re-enactors who will help you to experience history first hand.” Touch artefacts, try on costumes, watch fascinating demonstrations, and ask questions of the experts as they live the past in the present.
Set to become a fixture in East Anglia’s event calendar, the East Anglian Living History Fayre is run in conjunction with re-enactment specialists Black Knight Historical. This is a family-friendly event with loads of activities for you to get involved in. Food and refreshments will be available across the site, as well as a real ale bar in the magnificent 13th century Tithe Barn.
For more information or to take advantage of the early bird ticket rate, visit the museum’s website and online shop, www.eastanglianlife.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01449 612229.
The Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am – 4.30pm and Sundays 11am – 4.30pm.