Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket
The Museum of East Anglian Life (MEAL) is situated in Stowmarket, Suffolk. It is an open air museum set in 75 acres of countryside, with over 20 historic buildings and collections of over 45,000 objects exploring the rural and social history of East Anglia.
There are some fascinating displays including steam traction engines, reconstructed historic buildings and lots of animals, including a Suffolk Punch horse, rare breeds sheep, cattle and pigs.
It's also a lovely place to take a picnic and go for a walk with three kilometres of riverside and woodland walks.
An extensive programme of events throughout the year will keep the children amused throughout the holidays with welly walks, nature hunts and many special events. There's plenty for adults too, with steam days, music festivals and an annual beer festival.
There is also a very nice tea room in the grounds of the museum called The Osier Cafe, which serves excellent coffee and homemade cakes, lunches and other snacks.
Don't miss the Abbot's Hall which is open all year round and is free of charge.
The Museum of East Anglian Life is open towards the end of March to end of October, Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5.
Landline: 01449 612229