Final Fling

Written by MiriamSpall on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:17

The Long Shop Museum will once again mark the end of the season with a spectacular celebration of steam on Sunday 22nd October. Final Fling is our annual steam and activity day with full size and miniature engines being demonstrated in all their working glory. It runs from 11am to 4pm and highlights how the museum’s site in Leiston’s former Garrett Engineering Works, was a hub of industrial production with the design and manufacture of a prolific and diverse array of magnificent machines.

The lovely Consuelo Allen’, the Museum’s own 1923 Garrett steamroller, will be on display after having been out and attracting much attention at Grand Henham Steam Rally, our famous Suffolk Punch, and the much loved shunting engine Sirapite will be in full steam and available for rides! Acquired by Garretts in 1926, she became a symbol of the works and a source of local pride and was renovated in recent years to become a key exhibit.  Our portable engine has now been fully restored by our Men’s Shed team so come and revel in seeing her om all her working glory!

Why walk when you can take a tractor ride from nearby car parks and get a sense of the sights, sounds, smells and sensations on offer through a mobile slice of agricultural history!  Home-made refreshments be available in our pop up vintage tea-room and there will also be a bar on site with a selection of real ales.

Activities for children, a prize draw, and further attractions to be announced.  

There will be a range of visiting exhibits large and small including an Aveling and Porter steam roller and the unique Robey Showman’s traction engine. Visitors can look around the Museum’s original Garrett Works buildings and exhibits. Don’t miss the Final Fling of 2017, a static and moving pageant of engineering history – and a steamy affair!

Ticket prices are £8 / £5 and annual passes will not be valid for entrance on event days. For details of this and other events at the Long Shop, go to


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