Preview: This weekend's days out

PUBLISHED: 16:57 23 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:58 02 July 2010

Simon Parkin

Norfolk's agricultural roots will be celebrated at the Spring Working Day that gives people the chance to see how farms of the past worked the fields. Plus: Vintage Weekend at the East Anglian Transport Museum.


Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, April 25, 10am-5pm, £8.40 adults (£7.10 cons), £6 children 4-16, 01362 860563.

Norfolk's agricultural roots will be celebrated at this special event that gives people the chance to see how farms of the past used heavy horses and vintage machines to work the fields.

Members of the Eastern Counties Heavy Horse Association will be working up to 18 heavy horses on the day - with Shire horses, Cobs and Percherons joining Gressenhall's resident Suffolk Punches in ploughing, harrowing and rolling the land in preparation for the spring crops. Various seed drills will be used to plant rye and beet seed as well as seeds that will be planted specially to support the wild bird and bee populations on the site. Potatoes will also be planted by hand and visitors will be invited to have a go too.

The event ties-in with the museum's Toil and Plenty permanent exhibition, that charts the development of farming from the mid-18th century to the first combine harvesters. Objects on display range from a massive threshing machine to tractors, ploughs and hand tools. The 50-acre site will be open as usual, along with the workhouse, Mardler's Rest café and woodland adventure playground.


East Anglia Transport Museum, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, April 24, 1pm-5pm, April 25, 11am-5pm, £6.50 (£5.50 cons), children 5-15 £4.50, 01502 518459.

East Anglia Transport Museum began back in 1962 when four local tramway enthusiasts rescued the body of an old Lowestoft tramcar, no. 14.

From this grew the idea of forming a transport museum, showing the development of mechanical transport over the best part of a century, which was founded on its present site in 1965.

The museum now has one of the widest ranges of preserved vehicles of any museum.

This spring classic and vintage weekend will include displays of classic and vintage vehicles, plus working steam models and railway layouts too. There will be a free vintage bus service from Lowestoft town centre every 30 minutes.

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