Cider and Song Festival

An exciting new era for the Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket will be ushered in with the inaugural Cider and Song Festival launching on the 20th October 2018.

The Cider and Song Festival will include the unveiling of the first tree to be planted in a brand new orchard at the museum, with 67 new trees and a new animal and crops area to open in Spring 2019 as part of the museum’s brand new Heritage Farm.

The festival will feature a range of specialist craft ciders and apple juices as well as apple experts from Orchards East and the Suffolk Traditional Orchards Group on hand to identify apples, show a range of different varieties and answer questions. There will be a limited number of spots for a preview of the ciders and tasting experience on the evening of 19 October.

Music is provided by the Rogue Shanty Buoys – a shanty crew from Lowestoft – Suffolk’s own Quay Street Whalers and the Company of Horham Old School – a collective of singers, players and dancers. With song workshops from the Rogue Shanty Buoys and melodeon and jig-doll workshops provided by the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, there will be lots to see and do for all ages.

The Saturday is packed with family activities, including a show from the Nutmeg Puppet Theatre, have-a-go archery and apple-based craft activities and stories. There’s lots for children to enjoy and get involved with. You can even make your own juice to take home – bring your own apples and Maynard House will juice them for you!

UK Apple Day was created as a celebration of the diversity of heritage fruit varieties available and the ones we are in danger of losing. It aims to raise awareness of food heritage and to help us better understand where our fruit comes from, something which the museum’s ambitious Heritage Farm project will continue to do, providing an educational resource for the community and beyond.

Tickets will be available soon, with entry to the evening concerts just £5 and the daytime events free with standard museum entry. For further details visit

Date: Saturday 20th October 2018 with preview evening on Friday 19th October