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Autumn -activities -2016 (2)Alastair Baker, General Manager here at Bressingham Steam museum, has been here for about 26 years on and off. He keeps the wheels on the tourist attraction that is Bressingham!

Now summer’s over we chased him down to ask him how it went and we’ve got to look forward to in the autumn.

Was it a busy summer at Bressingham?

It was a great summer here at Bressingham - slightly busier than the last two years.

Great weather meant we had no peaks and troughs in footfall, we had a nice steady flow of visitors all the way through the holiday.

A good time was had by all!

What do you get up to when things quieten down after the summer holidays?

Once everybody’s gone back to school we take a bit of a breather ourselves, after which we crack on with organising Halloween and Christmas (which will be upon us before we know it!)

Also now’s the time coach parties and people visit Bressingham who aren’t at school - this is when we tend to see more of our older visitors strolling in our gardens.

In addition today we have got 18 people in learning how to drive standard gauge road rollers, traction engines - so something’s always going on!

Do people regularly learn how to drive steam engines at Bressingham?

Lots of people either want to know how to drive a train or just do something very different from their normal job - so we started offering steam train driving experiences.

We have packages available where you can spend the day learning to operate a standard gauge train, steam roller or traction engine - people can choose to have a 1-to-1 experience, or lessons can be done as a group - whatever suits the individual.

Anyone who wants to learn to drive a steam locomotive can just get in touch and we’ll be happy to arrange something!

When is the next big event?

The next big event is our spooky half term where the pumpkin people will start to emerge ready for the final weekend of the October (Saturday 29th and Monday 31st) when we’ll be open for our Bressingham Scream & Gardens experience.

What can you do at Bressingham in Autumn that you can’t in summer?

The autumn is a great time to come and visit the gardens - people sometimes forget it’s not just all about the steam side of things.  There’s almost 20 acres of garden that change throughout the year.

There’s great autumn colour as the trees start to lose their foliage different perspectives and vistas open up.  It’s a great place to visit when we’re not so busy in the autumn months.

Are there any local places or events you think we should know about?

If you’ve particularly enjoyed any places or events in Norfolk or Suffolk let us know.

We always like hearing about other local attractions!

If there is get in touch and let us know – you can also do it on Facebook or Twitter.

By Alastair Baker at 7 Oct 2016, 00:00 AM