Come face to face with the past at the first-ever East Anglian Living History Fayre at the Museum of East Anglian Life on the 13th and 14th August 2016. Be part of the action as rampaging Vikings through to heroic British troops invade the heart of Stowmarket with their interactive living history demonstrations.
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. Many of them have asked for ‘living history’ so we’ve listened and will be filling our 75-acre site with passionate re-enactors who will help you to experience history firsthand. Have a go at object handling or trying on costume, watch fascinating demonstrations, and ask questions of our experts as they live the past in the present.“
Set to become a staple 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. We look forward to seeing you there!
Food and refreshments will be available across the site, as well as a real ale bar in our magnificent 13th century Tithe Barn.
This special new event promises to be an unforgettable experience. For more information or to take advantage of our early bird ticket rate, have a look at the museums website and online shop, www.eastanglianlife.org.uk, email email@example.com or call on 01449 612229.
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The Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 4.30pm and Sundays 11am – 4.30pm.