World Book Day is an established annual event in schools and bookshops alike, and as in previous years, Sudbury has taken part along with a number of other National Trust properties across the UK. There are eight World Book Day £1 books available in our shop while stocks last, and there were some extra story and book themed activities happening over the weekend.
We were joined on Friday and Saturday by the fantastic Story Imagin-ory team, who ran storytelling and play sessions for us using the Stories Gallery in the Museum. These sessions were great fun and visitors’ feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The sessions ran for 45 minutes and involved everything from singing and signing to stories, and dens to play trays!
We also tried something a bit different and set up this year’s World Book Day trail in the Hall. This year’s trail was based on one of the World Book Day books, ‘Where are you Puffling?’ and families enjoyed searching for the coastal creatures which were hidden in different rooms around the Hall, while they followed the story of the Vernon family’s preparations for a trip to the coast to watch wildlife.
Visitors were also able to pause for a while and read books in the Long Gallery, and the popular Indoor Garden space in the Billiard Room was busy with children (and grown-ups!) competitively building dens, playing games and searching for the final animal on the trail, a cute baby puffin or ‘puffling’!
Some visitors also came in costume this weekend, and those who did received a Sudbury bookmark, ready to colour in and use to mark the page in their favourite book. There were also costumes available to try on in the Saloon in the Hall. The usual Regency style costumes were joined by a variety of weird and wacky storybook character costumes for visitors to try on and have their photo taken.
We’ve welcomed a lot of visitors this World Book Day weekend – thank you if you came to see us!
This blog was written by Keren Randall, our Visitor Experience Officer. Keren is working closely to help us bring Children’s Country House programming to life.