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Annual Festival, Fri 19 - Sat 20 Oct 2018, £5-£8.25


Cider and Song Festival

Cider and Song Festival


Crowe Street,
IP14 1DL


Saturday 20 October, 10-11pm, with a special preview on Friday night 5.30pm-11pm for cider tasting and music

The museum comes alive for apple day!

Cider-drinkers and apple aficionados can sample from our range of specialist craft ciders and apple juices. There will be a preview on the Friday night with flights of cider and a special tutored tasting session with food (book ahead for this) and a bar all day on the Saturday.

Apple experts from Orchards East and the Suffolk Traditional Orchards Group will be on hand to identify your apples, show a range of different varieties and answer your questions.

Enjoy demonstrations of apple and fruit cookery from food historian Monica Askay.

Try apple-based cakes, pies and treats including Dutch Appelgebak.

Applewood-smoked meat will be provided by Smokey Jones and a variety of treats from Cabbages & Kings.

The Nutmeg Puppet Company will present Apple Pip, a show for 3-6 year olds, with storytelling, exquisite puppets, an atmospheric set, original music and songs to join in with.

Enjoy a range of music performances to suit all tastes including 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.

Witness the planting of the first tree in the museum’s new Heritage Farm orchard, which will be open from spring. We are planting 67 new trees and creating a new animal and crops area as part of our new attraction.

See a thrashing demonstration with our newly-restored historic steam engine, The Empress of Britain.

The Ferguson Club will be at the museum displaying historic tractors all day on Saturday.

Learn a drinking song at one of our song workshops for use later in the day.

Have a go at making a traditional jig doll dance with the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust who will be running drop-in workshops.

Learn the rudiments of melodeon-playing in a Melodeon Taster workshop with the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust. We have child-size and adult-size melodeons available.

Make some juice to take home – bring your own apples and Maynard House will juice them for you. Bottles will be on sale or bring your own.

Buy your own tree at the plant stands or shop the craft stands.

Test your archery skills at our William Tell experience, courtesy of Reach the Core!

Apple-based craft activities and story-time. Make your own apple pig to take home.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 19 - Sat 20 Oct 2018
Friday 19 October 5.30pm-11pm
Saturday 19 October 10am-11pm


Friday evening entry £5
Saturday daytime entry (included in museum entry) Adult: £8.25 Concession £7.15 Child £4.70 Family Ticket (2 adults and 3 children) £22 Family Ticket (1 adult and 3 children) £15.40
Saturday evening entry £5

Also at this Venue

Events at this Venue

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Fri 19 - Sat 20 Oct Cider and Song Festival
Fri 26 Oct Fright Night at the Museum
Sat 27 Oct Fright Night at the Museum
Wed 31 Oct Fright Night at the Museum



See location of Museum of East Anglian Life on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TM 047585  Lat: 52.18709 Long: 0.99452

By Road: Take the A14 to Stowmarket. It is signposted from the A14 and the B1115. Maps are available on our website.
Stowmarket Station is a 5 minute walk.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Stowmarket station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted