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Sudbury enjoys successful start to Heritage Open Days as 'Edible England' weekend approaches




Visitors dived into the sights and history of Sudbury at the weekend as the town enjoyed a successful start to Heritage Open Days.

Venues such as St Peter’s, All Saints’ Church, St Gregory’s Church, the Masonic Hall and Sudbury Museum staged unique heritage-themed activities on Saturday and Sunday, while free guided walks and tours took place across the town.

Town centre manager Rachel Price hailed the response on the opening weekend as fantastic, with people coming into Sudbury from all over the UK.

Heritage Open Days in Sudbury..PICTURED: St Peter’s Church - Kelly-Jane Easton, Nathan (5), Dylan (4) and Megan (7) with their colouring artwork and silk mouse craft kits....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151253)
Heritage Open Days in Sudbury..PICTURED: St Peter’s Church - Kelly-Jane Easton, Nathan (5), Dylan (4) and Megan (7) with their colouring artwork and silk mouse craft kits....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151253)

“Sudbury has much to celebrate and Heritage Open Days is an excellent opportunity to embrace our uniqueness,” she said.

“There are many things that make Sudbury special – our ancient water meadows, diverse townscape, characterful architecture, our industries past and present. Sudbury retains its status as the UK capital of silk.

"Sudbury often gets overlooked as a visitor destination, but where else can you enjoy picture-perfect riverside and ancient water meadows, and in under five minutes, be in a bustling town centre with your pick of cafés, shops, pubs and everything in between?

Heritage Open Days in Sudbury..PICTURED: Sudbury Heritage Centre - Fossil exhibition with local collector Phyllis Felton holding a 20 million year old Mammoth tooth found at Brundon pit 100 years ago....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151256)
Heritage Open Days in Sudbury..PICTURED: Sudbury Heritage Centre - Fossil exhibition with local collector Phyllis Felton holding a 20 million year old Mammoth tooth found at Brundon pit 100 years ago....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151256)

"Sudbury also has 242 listed buildings – for a town our size, that is one of the highest concentrations in the country.

“Heritage Open Days is an opportunity for us to really showcase our incredible town, which is steeped in fascinating history with centuries of stories to tell.”

Further events are planned for this coming weekend, underpinned by this year’s Heritage Open Days theme of ‘Edible England’.

Heritage Open Days in Sudbury..PICTURED: St Peter’s Church - Amanda Gerry (Project Director from the Church Conservation Trust) and Alli Burke (Development Manager from CCT)...Picture by Mecha Morton..... (51151255)
Heritage Open Days in Sudbury..PICTURED: St Peter’s Church - Amanda Gerry (Project Director from the Church Conservation Trust) and Alli Burke (Development Manager from CCT)...Picture by Mecha Morton..... (51151255)

They include a ‘Taste the World in Sudbury’ event at the town hall on Saturday, and Green Sunday on Market Hill, showcasing a variety of businesses with an eco focus, alongside a creativity stand called Corn Exchange Creations.

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Heritage Open Days in Sudbury..PICTURED: Hilary Spivey (Chairman of the Friends of St Peter’s Church) and Mayor Sue Ayers, holding a painting of the church by Tony Moore ...Picture by Mecha Morton.. (51151254)
Heritage Open Days in Sudbury..PICTURED: Hilary Spivey (Chairman of the Friends of St Peter’s Church) and Mayor Sue Ayers, holding a painting of the church by Tony Moore ...Picture by Mecha Morton.. (51151254)
Heritage Open Days in Sudbury..PICTURED: All Saints’ Church - All Saints church members Helen Perrott and Hilary Sparks ....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151258)
Heritage Open Days in Sudbury..PICTURED: All Saints’ Church - All Saints church members Helen Perrott and Hilary Sparks ....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151258)