From 6th - 9th and 13th - 16th September, many of The Suffolk Coast's museums and historic buildings will be opening their doors to celebrate this year's Heritage Open Days.
With over 100 events across the towns and villages on The Suffolk Coast, there's plenty on offer to suit all ages and tastes.
We've picked a few that you might like to check out!
The Red House, Aldeburgh - 8th & 9th September
As well as exploring Britten’s music, visitors to The Red House can see his and Pears’ eclectic collection of art, books and objects, wander around their gardens, and discover more about their lives. Entry is free on the 8th and 9th September with special events and activities taking place throughout the afternoon.
No booking required.
Harvest House, Felixstowe - 8th September
Landguard Fort, Felixstowe - 9th September
Visitors can explore the Grade I listed Landguard Fort; a building with a fascinating history on Sunday 9th September.
Replacing an earlier 17th-century fort on this site, the current fort is Georgian with later modifications in the 19th and 20th centuries. After your visit, enjoy a picnic and a walk through the nearby Landguard Nature Reserve.
Open from 10am - 5pm, no booking required.
The 5th/60th Rifles Living History Group at Martello Park - 15th & 16th September
This popular group of re-enactors who will be showing drills, skirmishes and weapons firing, maintaining high standards of historical accuracy, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time!
10am - 4pm, no booking required.
The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe - 9th September
Framlingham Heritage Food Trail - 8th September
Visit Framlingham's favourite eateries to sample foodstuffs with a local Heritage theme. Starting with a demonstration of butter-making and cheese-rolling, you will then collect a Trail Map from the 'HoD Hub' at The Unitarian Meeting House in Bridge Street to explore the places in the town offering free samples of heritage foods.
10am - 5pm, no booking required.
Walpole Old Chapel, Halesworth - 7th, 8th, 9th September
Enjoy a visit to this unique example of a 17th-century congregational chapel on the edge of Halesworth in Suffolk.
Walpole Old Chapel is one of the most intriguing places in East Anglia and one of the earliest Independent chapels in the country. The chapel is the earliest surviving non-conformist chapel conversion from a domestic dwelling in the country, with tangible links to early Suffolk Independence, and one of the most evocative and finest meeting houses interiors in England.
Tours take place between 10.30am - 4pm on 7th, 9am - 5pm on 8th and 10.30am - 4pm on 9th September. No booking required.
A Walk Through 700 Years of History, Lowestoft - 8th & 14th September
Discover more about the Beach village, historic buildings and links with people from their past, wartime memories, fishing & maritime stories, old railway links, heritage industries and 3 extraordinary women with this guided walk from Ness Point to St Margaret's Church in Lowestoft.
This fascinating heritage guided walk, given by Jennifer Tucker, takes approx 90-120 minutes and runs from Ness Point, through Spurgeon Score, Flint House and the Heritage Centre, the Town Hall and Crown House, over to the Light House and Belle Vue Park, and via the Eastern Linear Park to St Margaret's Church.
Saturday 8th's walk is now fully booked so an extra walk has been added on Friday 14th September, but booking early is advisable at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-walk-through-700-years-of-history-friday-14-september-tickets-49426001501
'Is herring still the King of the sea?' @ The Mincarlo, Lowestoft - 16th September
Lowestoft Lifeboat Station - 16th September
A rare chance to see the Lowestoft Lifeboat (subject to operational needs) in its home at one of the oldest stations in the country. Tour the building and gift shop, along with an exhibition of Bascule Bridge.
Lowestoft Lifeboat Station is a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) operated lifeboat station, located at the mouth of Lowestoft's outer harbour on the South Pier. It is one of the oldest lifeboat stations in the British Isles, established in 1801, and has carried out many notable rescues including the evacuation of British forces from Dunkirk.
Open from 10am - 3pm.
Lowestoft's Ghost Walk
Come on a voyage of discovery though Medieval Lowestoft, and find out more about the ghosts that lurk in the shadows! Local historian and author Ivan Bunn traces the stories behind the UK's most Easterly spirits.
Ivan Bunn hails from Lowestoft and is widely appreciated and recognised as an expert in Lowestoft's local history. His first book was a small pamphlet published in 1975 entitled Haunted Lowestoft. The book was re-edited in 1988 and a third edition was released in the Winter of 2010. In 1997, he published a book detailing the Bury St Edmunds witch trials with American Criminologist Gilbert Geis, a book which remains to date one of the most comprehensive studies of the trials and is used in most major universities.
His television appearances have included appearing in the Animal X segment about Black Dogs, being adviser for and appearing in the documentary "Witchfinders", starring opposite Rory McGrath in the Witchfinder General episode of Bloody Britain and in 2014, he appeared in the fourth episode of the Yesterday TV series "Inquisition".
In 2015 he appeared opposite John Humphrys in a Panorama General Election special looking at hope in Lowestoft.
He is known for his talent at combining historical detail with humour and insight, which makes him a highly sought-after speaker and tour guide.
The walk takes place from 7pm - 8.30pm, booking is essential at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lowestoft-ghosts-walk-with-ivan-bunn-tickets-48307846068
Patricia the Fisher Girl, Lowestoft - 16th September
Join Patricia the Fisher Girl as she wanders along the Harbour and Prom, and see what she carries in her basket. Listen to her tales of the town’s herring heritage and see how many family-friendly fish you can ‘gut’ in a minute!
As part of the Making Waves Together project, meet Patricia as she introduces you to artefacts from Lowestoft Maritime Museum and brings the past to life.
10am - 3pm, no booking required.
Bawdsey Manor - 8th & 9th September
A rare opportunity to visit parts of the Grade II listed Bawdsey Manor house built in 1886. Tours will include access to some interior rooms and the garden. This fascinating building played a major part in the development of radar and from 1936-1986, it was a military establishment.
Tours take place on both days at 9am, 10.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm, booking is required at http://www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/whats-on/events-diary/heritage-open-days-felixstowe/
Bawdsey Radar Transmitter Block - 8th & 9th September
Bawdsey Radar Transmitter Block - the first operational radar station in the world! The exhibition, in the original 1937 building, tells the story of how operational radar helped win the Battle of Britain.
In top secret in the months before the outbreak of WW2, scientists developed radar technology that quickly made the difference in protecting Britain. Operational radar meant that the RAF fighter pilots could be up in the air ready and waiting. The operational advantage that radar made meant that the battle of Britain was won and the threat of Nazi invasion faded.
The exhibition, in the original 1937 transmitter block building, tells the story of the women and men who worked as scientists, radar operators and technicians and gives a glimpse into their life and work at Bawdsey.
Open between 10.30am - 4pm.
Maritime Woodbridge - 8th & 9th September
Maritime Woodbridge is a bi-annual celebration of Woodbridge's maritime heritage that aims to inform, educate and entertain visitors around a historical theme! The theme for 2018 will be the Saxons. The festival will include classic & traditional boats, enactments and exhibitions. There will be also craft stalls, refreshment stalls and the famous Maritime Woodbridge Coracle Pond for youngsters to learn how to control a coracle.
Taking place between 10am - 6pm both days.