English Heritage Events in East Anglia during August

English Heritage  gives you unlimited access to over 400 historic places. Live and breathe the story of England at royal castles, historic gardens, forts & defences, world-famous prehistoric sites and many others.

Membership starts at £45 for the year and Children up to the age of 19 go FREE. A Family Membership of 2 adults and up to 12 children (finally, somewhere that caters for the larger family!) costs just £8 per month by direct debit, or a one off payment of £96. You can also save 15% off Annual and Gift membership by quoting EH2017 (exp 30.09.17).

We are huge fans of English Heritage, you can read about our latest visit to Framlingham Castle, so if you are visiting the East Anglia during the summer, check out some of these events.

Wrest Park ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS STORE TOURS

First Monday of every month

Join our collections team and discover a treasure trove of unusual and special objects, spanning 2,000 years of England’s history, not normally on display. Tour highlights include a collection from Eltham Palace in South London, containing items found from the Medieval palace such as fragments of the unique and decorative tile pavement with intriguing designs, items needed for battle including horse shoes and surviving elements of weaponry, and everyday items lost by those living in the palace including toothbrushes, clothing buckles and an unusual bronze pen.  Larger objects such as bell jacks from the roof of Colombia Market based on 16th century tradesmen towering at almost 8 feet, can be seen lining up amongst the enormous shelves of architectural history as guides and volunteers lead visitors round the store. Dates of the tours:  7 Aug, 4 Sep, 2 Oct.

Wrest Park WALLPAPER ROOM TOURS

First Sunday of the month

Join us for a unique peek inside the mansion house at Wrest Park as we explore rooms rarely open to visitors – the amazing wallpaper rooms. See the stunning ‘Eldarado’ papers in the French Room and the intricate hand-painted papers in the Chinese Room as our knowledgeable volunteer guides explain the history of these rooms and the family’s use of them. Remember to bring your camera!
Booking in advance via calling Wrest Park is recommended as the tours are limited to 12 people maximum due to the size and delicacy of the rooms. Any spare places can be booked on the day at the visitor centre. Dates of the tours:  6 Aug, 3 Sep, 1 Oct.

Orford Castle GUIDED TOURS OF THE CASTLE

Every Friday June-October

Join us for a guided tour of Orford Castle as we explore the fascinating history of the Castle and King Henry II peel back the layers of history, and take a more in-depth look into this brilliant castle.

Audley End House and Gardens UGLY BUG SAFARI 

Monday 31 Jul – Friday 4th August

Small game hunters wanted.Grab a magnifying glass and join our big hunt for some mini beasts. We’ll peer into the parterre, unearth insects near the lake and encounter gruesome bugs in the woodland. Discover the secret life of our creepy friends and create your own

Framlingham Castle  KNIGHTS AND PRINCESSES

Monday 31 July – Friday 4th August

Polish your armour and dust off your tiara, it’s time to learn the tools of the trade as you become a knight or princess for the day. You’re cordially invited to Framlingham Castle where our courtly experts will teach you skills in heroic chivalry and eloquent etiquette – you’d be a jabbering jester to miss it!

Wrest Park VICTORIAN DELIGHTS

Monday 31st July – Friday 4th August

Join the adventure as you travel back to the wonderful world of Victorian Britain. There’ll be drama aplenty as you hear stories about Queen Victoria and her grandchildren and discover innovative inventions and tremendous toys.

Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ Palace GUIDED TOUR

Friday 4th August

Guided tour suitable for everyone.

Audley End House and Gardens STABLES WEEKEND HORSES IN HARNESS

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August

Join us this weekend to find out about the life of a horse on a Victorian estate. From the elegance of carriage driving to working in harness, our resident horses will be on-hand to demonstrate the horse work that would have taken place at Audley throughout the 1800s.

Audley End House and Gardens LIFE ABOVE AND BELOW THE STAIRS

Saturday 5th/12th/19th and Sunday 6th/13th/20th August

 Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face-to-face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.

Grimes Graves – Prehistoric Flint Mine FLINT FESTIVAL

Saturday 5th- Sunday 6th August

Sharpen your prehistoric tools for a day out to remember as we celebrate everything that is great about flint! Explore the undulating grounds of Grimes Graves, the only prehistoric flint mine open to the public in the UK, before heading deep underground into the prehistoric flint mine* wearing your hard hat! Flint knapper Will Lord will be on hand to wow visitors with tales from prehistoric days as he demonstrates exactly why flint was so important and what it was used for. Kids can get hands on a try making sparks, creating string or even making an arrow head.* Please note that access to the flint mine is for over 10’s only.

Wrest Park MUSIC ON A SUNDAY

Sunday 6th/13th/20th August

Enjoy your very own theme tune to your day out at Wrest Park this summer as your afternoon is accompanied by a musical treat each week.

Whether you’re picnicking with friends, or taking a summertime stroll, every Sunday in August you can enjoy music in the stunning surroundings of the Wrest Park gardens.

Audley End House and Gardens DISCOVERIES AND INVENTIONS

Monday 7th – Friday 11th August

Are you a budding Darwin or an up-and-coming Brunel? Get your thinking caps on and your brains buzzing at Audley End! Take a trip through history’s most exciting inventions from the totally practical to the downright wacky can you design something to add to the record books?

Framlingham Castle HEROES AND VILLAINS

Monday 7th – Friday 11th August

Deadly enemies and bitter battles, choose your character and watch the drama unfold this summer.

Children can become heroes and villains from history in our fun interactive plays and ‘have a go’ at being the fool!

Wrest Park TRAIN THE TROOPS

Monday 7th – Friday 11th August

Attention! Right you ‘orrible lot, it’s training time.

Become a Home Front hero and be put through your paces at Wrest Park. Fall into step and polish your shoes or it’ll be basic rations for you.

Discover Wrest Park’s secret wartime past with this hands on experience of soldiers on the front line.

Glemham Hall THROUGH THE OWNER’S EYES

Friday 11th August

Set in over 300 acres of Suffolk parkland, Glemham Hall holds many tales and secrets. Join owner Major Philip Hope-Cobbold for a private guided tour and discover the history of the hall and gardens, including the architecture, art and previous occupants. You will be taken down to the cellars and up to the attics and everywhere in between for this personal, in depth tour. Our visit will conclude with tea and cake in the conservatory.

Framlingham Castle CLASH OF KNIGHTS

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August

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Chain-mailed and adrenalin-fuelled, massed ranks of armoured knights meet head on.

Feel the heat of the battle as four teams fight with clubs and shields in this contest of skill and strength. Tensions will rise, alliances will be made and broken but only one team will triumph. Revel in the atmosphere of the encampment as it buzzes with the activity of everyday medieval life.

Enjoy merry music while your budding young knights test their bravery on the field and burn off energy in battle drills.

This event is part of our Medieval Knights Season.

Audley End House and Gardens MUSIC ON A SUNDAY

Sunday 13th/20th August

Enjoy your very own theme tune to your day out this summer as your afternoon is accompanied by a musical treat each week.

Whether you’re picnicking with friends, or taking a summertime stroll, every Sunday you can enjoy music in the stunning surroundings of the Audley End gardens.

Castle Acre Priory ONE KNIGHT AND HIS HORSE

Sunday 13th August

Come to Castle Acre Priory today and meet our medieval knight and his trusty steed. He’ll be talking about his armour and weapons and riding his horse throughout the day. Feel free to ask him questions about medieval times and make sure to get your picture with him!

Framlingham Castle MEDIEVAL MAYHEM

Monday 14th – Friday 18th August

Step back in time and have Medieval fun this summer!

Meet Sir Cuss for your squire training and get active in games to test your skill and courage.

Audley End House and Gardens VICTORIANS WORST JOBS

Monday 14th -Friday 18th August

Join our careers fair with a difference! From chimney sweeps to pure collectors, match stick makers to porcelain glazers – travel back in time and discover the vile Victorian jobs your history teacher’s too timid to tell you. There’s dirt, filth, disease and possible death! Would you be brave enough to be recruited?

Wrest Park FAIRY FINDERS

Monday 14th – Friday 18th August

Tip toe around the gardens to find the smallest, most magical residents! Join our Victorian adventurers as they guide you around the site and tell you fascinating stories inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s experience with fairies. How many doorways will you find?

Audley End House and Gardens PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Tuesday 15th August

Join us for a Chapterhouse outdoor theatre production of Pride and Prejudice. Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s most loveable heroine. When Elizabeth meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Brought to life by award winning writer Laura Tuner, this brand-new adaptation celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer. So, join friends and family as you picnic under a beautiful summer sky at Audley End and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story. Please bring a picnic blanket or low back chair to watch the performance – and be prepared for the British weather! Gates open at 6.30pm, performance starts at 7.30pm.

Boston, Lincolnshire HISTORIC NORTH SEA PORT AND MARKET TOWN

Tuesday 15th August

Join Investigator for Historic England, and co-author of Boston, Lincolnshire: Historic North Sea Port and Market Town, Katie Carmichael for this walking tour of Boston. This walk will explore the distinctive architecture, townscape and history of central Boston, once one of England’s most important market and port towns, and learn more about its changing fortunes and trade links. This event has been graded as having moderate access.

Framlingham Castle KINGS AND QUEENS

Monday 21st – Friday 25th August

Put on a right royal welcome at Framlingham Castle as we teach you to avoid the pitfalls of palace life and impress your regal rulers.

Uncover the ultimate curtsey, bow like a pro, and entertain without being a fool.

Find out how to be the King’s right hand man or the Queen’s favourite lady in waiting at this school for novice nobles. Get it wrong and it’ll be off with your head!

Audley End House and Gardens TRAIN THE TROOPS

Monday 21st – Friday 25th August

Attention! Right you ‘orrible lot, it’s training time.

Become a Home Front hero and be put through your paces at Audley End. Fall into step and polish your shoes or it’ll be basic rations for you.

Discover Audley’s wartime past with this hands-on experience of soldiers on the front line.

Wrest Park VICTORIANS WORST JOBS

Monday 21st – Friday 25th August

Join our careers fair with a difference!

From chimney sweeps to pure collectors, match stick makers to porcelain glazers – travel back in time and discover the vile Victorian jobs your history teacher’s too timid to tell you.

There’s dirt, filth, disease and possible death! Would you be brave enough to be recruited?

Framlingham Castle BLOODY MARY RETURNS

Sunday 26th – Monday 28th August

Travel back to Tudor England and meet one of the most gruesome monarchs of all.

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the 1500s in our Tudor encampments and hear tales of Queen Mary and how she got her treacherous nickname. Watch out for your head as you meet our terrifying executioner!

Audley End House and Gardens WWII WEEKEND

Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August

Get ready to take cover as this explosive action packed bank holiday weekend propels you into wartime Britain. From the Trooper of the D-Day landings to the kitchen maid dishing out meagre wartime rations, prepare yourself as you’re drawn into the theatre of war at Station 43. Fall into step as we teach you how to be a soldier, put on your dancing shoes for 1940s music, fashion and food, dig for victory and be blown away at the spectacle of the explosive wartime assault.From the sadness and injury of the battlefield to the make-do-and-mend lifestyle of the homefront, we’ll tell the stories behind the battles that shaped the world as we know it.

Wrest Park BANK HOLIDAY BANDS

Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August

Join us for bank holiday weekend and enjoy music in the stunning surroundings of Wrest Park. Whether you’re picnicking with friends, or taking a spring stroll, be transported back in time with our fantastic band players.

Will you be attending any of these events ? Do you have membership to English Heritage, if so, what is your favourite place to visit ?

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