Gallery: Easter weekend serves up fun for all ages

Easter fun at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.Daniel Arthur with his sister Lauren Art

Easter fun at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.Daniel Arthur with his sister Lauren Arthur-Butlin. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

The last of the Easter weekend’s events have taken place across the region, with fun for children and adults alike.

In Ipswich, the town’s transport museum had a busy day yesterday as they held an Easter egg trail.

Children and their parents were treated to two Easter eggs as they made their way round the buses and found 12 clues hidden in the museum.

The museum, which is the largest of its kind – a collection of transport items dedicated to just one town – saw around 200 people come through its doors in the morning alone.

Adrian Cooper, a trustee of the museum and joint event co-ordinator along with his wife Sue, said: “I think the adults had as much fun as the children!”


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Those visiting the museum also got to see a 1920s Ford Model T bus, which was originally registered in east Suffolk, and a detailed look at the history of the lawnmower.

The museum’s next event is the Ipswich to Felixstowe road run on Sunday, May 3.

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In east Suffolk, vintage car enthusiasts marked the start of the season with their first rally of the year.

The 11th Ufford Car Rally at the White Lion pub saw more than 100 classic and vintage vehicles go on display on Saturday.

Pub owner Stephen Thurlow said there was a healthy turn out despite the overcast weather and an impressive range of motoring pedigree on display.

Among the vehicles on display were several vintage Bentleys dating back from as early as 1915 as well as Rolls Royces and Mercedes.

“We’ve got quite a few people who are motoring enthusiasts in the village and although I’m not personally a car fan I can certainly appreciate everybody’s passion,” Mr Thurlow said.

Deben Jazz, a local musical group, performed during the event, which Mr Thurlow said provided a “very soothing” ambience.

The pub also served up ales from its microbrewery along with homemade burgers and a hog roast with the pub’s own pigs.

In Stowmarket, the Museum of East Anglian Life opened up its 75-acre site on Easter Sunday to allow people to get close to nature.

There were seedling workshops in the museum’s walled garden and children were also able to make their own rabbit ears, as well as making egg cups from recycled materials. There were plenty of animals on hand to welcome families at the museum too, as youngsters got to feed spring lambs and meet chickens, cows and pygmy goats.

And it was full steam ahead at the weekend as the Mid Suffolk Light Railway reopened for the season – and celebrated Easter with a few firsts.

Members of the heritage railway museum, also known as The Middy, launched their new programme of events with an ‘Easter Steam Up’ in Wetheringsett near Stowmarket.

For the first time, the railway which was last year named ‘Suffolk’s Best Museum’, featured three engines “in steam” and one of them quite rare.

Speaking on Easter Sunday, the museum’s marketing manager John Reeve said he hoped the brighter weather would pull in big crowds.

“It’s our first big day of the season and we have three locomotives in steam which is a first and quite exciting for train spotters,” he said.

Throughout the event, trains ran every 20 minutes giving visitors plenty of opportunity to ride up and down the tracks. There was also a chance for enthusiasts to take part in a trackside walk – plus an Easter egg hunt for children.

But the stars of the event were undoubtedly the locomotives.

Mr Reeve added: “The most interesting engine of the three is a Belgian tram engine, which is over 100 years old and very rare.

“We also have a 1936 Bagnall that was built for the Central Electricity Generating Board.

“The third is a Hudswell Clarke, which worked at Wissington Light Railway in Norfolk and was owned by the British Sugar Corporation. It was the last commercial steam locomotive to be in regular use in East Anglia.”

The “Middy in the War Years” is the museum’s biggest event of the year and will take place on May 3 and 4. This will feature re-enactments in full costume and a fly past by a Battle of Britain Spitfire.

For more details, vist www.mslr.org.uk or call 01473 890622.

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