‘Welcoming’ Eye to share its wealth of history for this year’s Heritage Weekend

Last year's heritage weekend in Eye was hailed as a success.

Last year's heritage weekend in Eye was hailed as a success.

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The north Suffolk town of Eye will once again open up its doors to the public as part of Heritage Weekend .

This year’s theme for the event, which takes place on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday September 13, is important buildings and places in Eye.

Last year's heritage weekend in Eye was hailed as a success - pictured is town clerk Roz Barnett.

Last year's heritage weekend in Eye was hailed as a success - pictured is town clerk Roz Barnett.

Last year’s weekend was deemed a success and saw hundreds of people visit the town.

At the town hall, activities will include a pop-up museum, which will give information on the building, Eye Airfield, and some of the listed buildings in the town.

Guided walks are also due to be given.

The first will take place at 1pm at the town hall from clerk Roz Barnett, and will consist of a walk through the town to visit the Abbey where the current owner will give a guided tour and give a brief history of the priory of St Peter.

The second starts at 1pm on the Sunday and led by the heritage officer of Mid Suffolk District Council for a guided tour of the castle.

This year the town council is also launching the Heritage of Eye Photography Competition.

Residents will be asked to capture photographic evidence of the elements of Eye’s landscapes and architecture. Professional photographer Ally Bain will be on hand from 11.30am to 1pm on both days to offer tips and advice.

There will be a free paper crafting workshop and Lindsey Penny will be at the town hall on Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 2pm making magic wallets suitable for primary aged children and adults.

Town clerk Ms Barnett told the Diss Express: “Eye is such a welcoming community and we have got such a wealth of history to share.

“So many organisations and individuals have got involved this year to share their history which is great.

“The theme this year is important buildings and places in Eye so there will be some really lovely old photographs on display, and we have also got plans of old buildings and their deeds, so that should be really interesting.”

Entrance to all events are free and refreshments will be provided, but donations are welcome. For more information on the weekend’s events, call 07713 196251 or email townclerk@eyesuffolk.org