Easter is named after the Anglo Saxon goddess Eostre, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate her legacy at the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, this Easter holiday.
Craeftiga – the Sutton Hoo Festival of Craftsmanship, takes place over the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April. Inspired by the Sutton Hoo treasures, the festival celebrates the skills and legacy of the Anglo Saxon craftsman from metalwork to weaving, and much more. You will also find quality crafts for sale, children’s craft activities and the opportunity to climb aboard the Sae Wylfing, the Anglo Saxon replica ship.
On Sunday 10 April from 1.30-2.30pm you can also come along to an informal talk and handling session in our Exhibition Hall to discover replicas of the Sutton Hoo, and get a real sense of how the original items would have looked and felt 1,400 years ago.
Throughout the Easter holidays you can also find out more about our new project Releasing the Sutton Hoo Story. The project, which has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will transform visitors’ experience at the site revealing the full story behind the historic site and its discovery. Although still in the early development stage, the project will ultimately see visitors follow a new route through the landscape, with the importance and setting of the burial mounds playing a central role.
We will be testing out some ideas for the project over the Easter period, including opening up free access through the burial mounds and inviting a geophysicist to survey part of Garden Field, an activity visitors can get involved with.
Find out more about this exciting project from display stands in the Visitor Centre, or by chatting to our knowledgeable volunteers. You will also have the chance to contribute your ideas to the project and donate to this worthy cause.
To find out more about any of these events, their availability and opening times, please see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo.