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Curator’s Corner October 2019

Looking back

It’s been a busy summer here at the Long Shop Museum, with several events that have attracted a large number of visitors to the area in general.

In July we celebrated the centenary of the Unique Suffolk Punch Steam Tractor by holding and event called Joker 100, dedicated to 1919 in Leiston, accompanying this event was also the launch of a new exhibition which covers significant events of 1919 that occurred in and around Leiston. This exhibition will be running until the end of our season so please do come along and take a look.

Three traction engines all dating from 1919 for the Joker 100 event. Mark Grooms Ransomes traction engine on the left, the Unique Garrett Suffolk Punch “The Joker” middle and Trevor Wrench’s Clayton & Shuttleworth traction engine on the right.

In early July the Long Shop Museum played host to our annual Steam Punk event. This was a great success with attractions including a Teapot racing, Nerf Gun shootouts, Tea Duelling, vintage stalls and a bubble blowing Time Machine! The event was attended well and plans are already in place for next years Steampunk day.

Tea Duelling

Umbrella Jousting

Looking forward

We round off the 2019 season at the Long Shop Museum with a busy October.

On the 11th, 12th &13th of October see’s the return of our very popular Real Ale and Music festival. This year we will have 15 different ales available plus wines and ciders and a breath-taking line up of music acts.

The Friday night opens at 6pm and we welcome the return of the Random Blues Co from 8pm till 11pm.

Saturday opens from 11am until 11pm and will have traditional music throughout the afternoon, followed by the Steve Boyce Duo “Lost” in the evening.

Sunday opens once more at 11am and we will be entertained by the Legendary “Dr Busker” from 1pm until 4pm. If you’ve never seen Dr Busker before, have a look on YouTube, you won’t be disappointed!

The Legendary “Dr Busker”

The Random Blues Co

Steve Boyce Duo “Lost”

Final Fling

To round off our 2019 season, we end with our regular Final Fling event, there will be visiting traction engines, Vintage cars, mechanical organs, side shows, vintage stalls, Tea Room, BBQ and much more.

We like to end our season in style and this event always brings everything together for a day to remember.

Don’t forget Community Pass holders will get in free for all our events.

Christmas Fayre.

On the 1st of December the Long Shop Museum will be throwing its doors open for its Christmas Fayre. Father Christmas will be there giving out early presents to all the children that visit him and the museum buildings will be full of festive stalls and crafts.

Be sure not to miss this exciting Christmas Fayre and everything it has to offer from good food and drink to loads of festive cheer.

If you would like to have a stall at this event, please do get in contact with us at the museum as space is limited and we only have a few places left.

The New Community Pass

New for 2019 is the Long Shop Museum Community Pass,

This pass allows all residents that live in the IP15, IP16, IP17 post code area to have admission to the Museum for 12 months from date of purchase INCLUDING all remaining major on site events, these events are;

  • Real ale & Music Festival, 11th,12th & 13th October
  • Final Fling, 27th October

And entry to next year’s events once they are announced in early 2020.

Enjoy the pass and visit the Long Shop as many times as you wish.

£8 adults, £4 Children.