When Mumsnet Local met Sid.

One of the perks of Mumsnet Local is the opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t necessarily get to meet in every day life.

Mumsnet Norfolk & Suffolk recently got the chance to meet Actor and CBeebies present Sid Sloane at a press day and ask him some questions posed by Mumsnetters and their families. And yes the biscuit question was asked, well this is Mumsnet after all…..

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Check out the blog post with the lovely Sid.

http://mumsnetsuffolkandnorfolk.wordpress.com/category/we-meet/

Record Breaking Easter at Sacrewell Farm

Staff at Sacrewell Farm near Wansford are wiping the sweat from their brows as they celebrate a record-breaking Easter.

The farm, which opened its new play barn on April 5th, has had more than 13,000 people through its doors in the last fortnight, making it the busiest Easter on record.

Marketing and communications officer Megan Horner said: “We are astounded at the number of people who have come to visit us this Easter and enjoy the Big Bunny Hunt and the new play barn.

“As it is our 50th anniversary as a charity it means even more to us that people are coming and supporting us this year. The play barn is just the beginning of the exciting things we have planned for this year.”

The farm has also welcomed a litter of extremely rare breed piglets to its attractions. Ada, their British Lop sow gave birth to 12 adorable piglets last month and all are doing well.

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(Picture courtesy of Sacrewell Farm)

To top off the good news, a Soay lamb was born on Easter Sunday, bringing the farm’s lambing season to a close. The lamb has been named Skye after the region of Scotland the sheep originate from.

Miss Horner added: “It has been yet another successful year for rare breeds at Sacrewell. We have had a mix of 21 Lincoln Longwool and Jacob lambs born. Skye brings our total to 22.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our visitors who continue to support us as an educational charity and who take an interest in British farming.”

The next big event at the farm is the 1960s Spring Fair on May 4th and 5th which will celebrate 50 years of the William Scott Abbott Trust and feature May pole dancing, Morris Men, local ales, farm activities and even a bucking sheep.

For information visit http://www.sacrewell.org.uk

Otter Park – New playground at Ferry Meadows

If you’ve been to Ferry Meadows laterly you will have noticed the new playground that opened on 4th April.

Pupils from St Botolph’s CE Primary School, have been involved in the project for some months, opened the playground and were the first children to play on the amazing new play equipment.

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A meandering path travels through the playground taking children on a journey of discovery.  With water and sand play, cradle swings, an oversized slide, a hollow log, a clambering bridge, a tree den and swinging acorn pods, there is going to be plenty to explore.

Andrée Davies, of landscape architects Davies White Ltd, said “Nature is the ultimate playground and that’s exactly what we have designed here. Inspired by the local wildlife and landscape, the Otter playground is inclusive and fun for all the family, especially young children and toddlers.”

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Teresa Wood, Visitor Services Manager, said  “The Otter playground will be an exciting place for young children to come and explore.  This is the first of a three year programme aimed at improving the play areas in Ferry Meadows.  We have worked with local schools, our Nene Park volunteers and other groups to understand what our visitors want from the play provision in the Park.  Things like the acorn seats are a direct result of this work.”

Have you been to Otter Park yet?

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Longthorpe Tower is brought to life with downloadable audio guides

Longthorpe Tower is often a forgotten gem amongst Peterborough’s historical venues. I received this press release regarding new audio guides to accompany you whilst you look around.

Longthorpe Tower

Vivacity Heritage is proud to announce the release of audio guides to accompany your visit to Longthorpe Tower!  From this Easter, you will be able to hear the stories and secrets of the Tower, from its construction in 1300 to its conservation today.

The guide features different characters from over 600 years of history. Meet an irate quarryman who brought stone from Barnack to use around the windows and doors, and listen to Lady Margaret de Thorpe making party plans for the harvest festivities!

Discover how the Home Guard used the Tower as an observation post during World War Two, and how in the aftermath Hugh Horrell unearthed the sumptuous medieval wall paintings that had hidden under plaster for centuries.

The creation of the audio guides was managed by Abi Wilson, Heritage Development Officer at Vivacity, who was delighted to see this project through from foundation to fruition: “It has been a real privilege to work on this project, and I am so excited that everyone can now share in it. Longthorpe Tower is a fascinating building, full of surprises, and finding a way to bring its story to life has been an incredibly rewarding experience.”

This project has been achieved in partnership with English Heritage. Download the audio guide for free onto your smartphone or MP3 player by visiting www.vivacity-peterborough.com/longthorpeaudio. If you do not have an audio device, there are a small number of MP3 players available for use at Longthorpe Tower.

Longthorpe Tower reopens on 5 April, when there will be a very special event running Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 April, 10am-5pm: Preparing for War – The Tower and Richard III. It’s 1485 and Sir Robert Whittlebury is preparing to fight for King Richard III. Now’s your chance to meet soldiers, handle weapons, see the ‘arming of the knight’ daily at 11am and 3pm, find out about delicious food and gruesome cures, and take part in children’s military drill sessions! Adults £4, concessions £3 and families £10. There’s no need to book – just drop-in!