Getting up a head of steam for the start of Long Shop Museum’s spring season

Preparations for the Leiston Long Shop Steam Up reopening event this weekend.

Preparations for the Leiston Long Shop Steam Up reopening event this weekend. - Credit: Archant

One of Suffolk’s best-loved attractions, the award-winning Leiston Long Shop Museum will be reopening for the season this weekend in style – with an action-packed steam and activity day.

The Spring Steam-up event takes place on Saturday from 10am-5pm with large and small engines in steam, including the Sirapite shunting engine, while the Works Band – alias Leiston Royal British Legion Band – will play around the museum.

Costumed interpreters will also be on hand to lead a variety of hands-on activities for those of all ages and interests, including making a nail box, doing some washing the Victorian way, and creating a plaster copy of an engine part in a sand mould.

Visitors are encouraged to wear Victorian or Edwardian dress to join in the spirit of the event, and refreshments will be available all day. Normal museum admission charges will apply.

The museum will be open throughout the school Easter holidays – 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 3pm Sundays.


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