Suffolk History in the Easter Holidays

Exploring Suffolk history during the coming Easter holidays

In past blogs we have looked at some of the famous names and dates in history that are associated with Suffolk.
But with the Easter holidays coming up we have some suggestions for historic places that you might be interested in exploring with your children.
Here are some suggestions:

Christchurch Mansion

A fine Tudor mansion built between 1548 and 1550 with later additions. A good collection of furniture, panelling, ceramics, clocks and paintings from the 16th to the 19th Centuries including Rodin’s “Kiss” until 28th April

Framlingham Castle

This late 12th Century castle is always popular with children (also teens and adults now due to Mr. Ed Sheeran) It was designed both as a stronghold and as a symbol of power and status and has a walk around the top of the walls. It was in Framlingham Castle that Mary Tudor waited to hear whether she or Lady Jane Grey had been declared Queen after the death of Edward VI. The castle also has a new exhibition in the Poorhouse telling the story of the people who have lived there over the years.

Lavenham Guildhall

One of the finest timber-framed Tudor buildings in Britain, with tearoom, shop and children’s guide.

Spring day

Daffodils and Tulips

Melford Hall

A romantic Tudor mansion, home of the Hyde-Parker family. New interpretations, craft displays, special events.

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford

This is another fine Tudor house, built between in stages between about 1500 and 1540, and a good place to visit during the holidays with a wide variety of events, especially over Easter.
There will be plenty of Tudors about the manor, under cover and in the grounds, celebrating Easter Tudor-style from April 19 to 22. There will also be a Children’s’/Family Easter Egg Trail – where searchers can find all the wooden eggs and crack a code to win a prize.
There will be plenty to see and do undercover if the weather’s not so great and you can find out about all the activities here

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

If you want to go event further back in time you can at this “village” near Bury St Edmunds. Visitors can experience medieval life in this reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Village built on an original settlement site.
These are just a small selection of the many places of historic interest throughout Suffolk for you to explore during the Easter holidays.

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