Five Minute Focus On Eye
The pretty Suffolk town of Eye derives its name from the old English word for island and it is believed that the first settlement here was once surrounded by water and marshland.
Many timber framed buildings, lovely thatched cottages, a castle ruin and the Church of St Peter and St Paul offer an insight into the town's past.
At various times in its history, Eye has had a deer park, theatre, leper hospital, work house, gaol, coaching inn, guildhall, 52 pubs(!) and an airfield which was occupied by USAAF during World War II.
Today, Eye is a vibrant town with weekly market, held in the town square on Wednesday mornings. Surrounded by picturesque countryside, there is much to explore and a town trail and 'Cycling Around Eye' leaflet are available in the local newsagent and you can even download an audio tour of the town.
Do include Thornham Walks in your visit, where you can stroll along 12 miles of waymarked footpaths and also visit the Thornham Walled Gardens, which are designed to provide a therapeutic environment and promote well being.
Eye will be part of the Waveney Valley Food & Drink Festival, which takes place 2nd - 11th October 2015 and there will be a pie making competion (the 'Eye Lids' event) on Saturday, 10th October, open to all ages.