I love working with the team at the Charles Burrell Museum in Thetford and this year was their 25th anniversary. Read more....
To celebrate their 25th anniversary the museum held a prize draw throughout the year and the winners were picked on Saturday 1st October. A lucky winner from Kent won the main prize, a day with volunteers driving/steering the steam engine and the runner up prizes included a museum hoodie and tea towel. It was a great day with plenty of visitors and also coincided with two of their engines returning from Bressingham, so great to see Queen Mary and the Roller steam up to the museum.
The museum is run by trustees and hard working volunteers and is open from Easter to the last Saturday in October. The End of Season event was held of 29th October and it was a record breaking day for visitor numbers. All steam engines were fired up and in the car park along with visiting engines, Princess Royal from Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Buster from Bressingham. There was also plenty of model engines turn up, more than expected but was great to see them lined up next to the full size engines and they even had a road run through Thetford town to the Dads Army Museum, which attracted a lot of attention. Inside the museum there were model fairground rides, a beautifully detailed model train set from the Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers and steam engine paintings for sale. The Steamers Cafe was kept busy serving teas and coffees and delicious cakes and snacks.
Here's my video of the days events, including a ride on the model engine Sapphire through Thetford town back to the Charles Burrell Museum at the end of the day, and what a great day it was....
To find out more about Charles Burrell Museum, visit their website.