May Newsletter

Posted by Louise - April 26, 2018

Kentwell Hall Tudor May Day Celebrations - Saturday 5 - Monday 7 May, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.  A fantastic Tudor event with over 100 costumed Tudors in the main house and gardens.  There will be musical events, plays, processions, dancing and pageantry.

Ghost Hunt at Landguard Fort - Saturday 5 May.  Experience a night of ghost hunting at Landguard Fort in Felixstowe with Ghost Hunt Events.  Tickets cost £45 per person, over 18's only.  The event consists of a lot of stairs and walking.

The Suffolk Walking Festival 2018 - 12 May - 3 June.  Walks throughout Suffolk amongst unspoilt countryside, forests, heaths, and traditional market towns.  The perfect location for a springtime Walking Festival.  A good range of short walks to 4 day challenge walks.

Lavenham Vintage 1940s Commemorative Weekend - 18 - 21 May marking the 75th anniversary of  RAF Lavenham being built.  Lots of events taking place during the weekend including a 1940s swing dance, vintage vehicle display, vintage fair, Evacuees exhibition, vintage afternoon tea and lots more.

Steam and Vintage Show - Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May, Stonham Barns.  A great family day out with historic steam engines, working horses, trade stalls food and drink and much more.  Adults £7.50, family ticket £20.

Bury St Edmunds Festival - 18 - 27 May, various venues all over Bury.  A fabulous festival featuring music, exhibitions, film and theatre.

The Hadleigh Show - Saturday 19 May.  The 179th show will be a great family day out with over 160 trade stalls, 42 local producers, The Sheep Show, Vintage Tractors, The Dog and Duck show, Dog Agility plus many more ringside shows.  Gates open at 8am.

LeeStock Music Festival at Melford Hall 2018 - Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 May.  The festival is a fantastic celebration of music including The Feeling, Newton Faulkner, and Toploader all in the picturesque setting of Melford Hall grounds.  For more information email

Through the Ages Special Event, Kentwell Hall - Saturday 26 to Monday 28 May, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.  A wonderful journey through time from a Neolithic camp to the twentieth century, this is a fantastic event for all the family.

Helmingham Hall Gardens - Spring Plant Fair & Artisan Market - Sunday 27 May 10am - 4pm.  Cost £6.  A fabulous day out for gardening enthusiasts, all set against the stunning backdrop of the beautiful moated Helmingham Hall.  A fun day out for the whole family with live music, food and drink, lifestyle stalls, lunches and teas.  There will also be an opportunity to take a tour around the magnificent grade I listed gardens.  Tour cost £10 each.

Framlingham Gala Fest - Saturday 26 May to Monday 28 May.  A fun filled 3 day event with a parade, games, live music, BBQ.

Jockey Club Rooms Champagne Afternoon Tea and Tour - Sunday 27 May, 13.45 - 16.30.  Learn about the illustrious history of The Jockey Club and the sport of horseracing through the knowledgeable team of Rooms Stewards at The Jockey Club Rooms.  Guests will be able to enjoy a guided viewing of the collection of sporting art and memorabilia for approx 1 1/2 hrs before afternoon tea.  Booking is essential £30 per person tel: 01638 675 509.

Children's Festival - Tuesday 29 to Wednesday 30 May, Stonham Barns, Stowmarket.  A fantastic Children's Festival being held for two days during the May half term week.  There will be fun and creative workshop participation including a silent disco, puppet making, theatre, sports, music, art, circus skills and dance classes.  An inflatable world will keep all ages busy.  Picnic packs, ices and drinks available at the event.  Children 3-15 £10 per day, accompanying adults, over 16's and under 3's free.

The Suffolk Show - 30 and 31 May, Trinity Park, Ipswich.  Suffolk's annual two day event celebrating everything that is great about Suffolk.  Gates open at 7am.  Download your Show app to find out what is happening and plan your day.  The Suffolk Show app is thought to be the first interactive app for an agricultural event of its kind in England.

Kings and Queens - Framlingham Castle, 11am - 5pm.  Discover your ultimate curtsey, bow like a pro at Framlingham Castle.



April Newsletter

Posted by Louise - April 6, 2018

Eggtastic, Arts-Travaganza - Until Friday 13 April, 11 am - 4 pm.  Palace House Newmarket, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EP.  Lively Easter themed surprises await families with children of all ages.  Parents can unwind while children are transported on a fantastic learning journey,

Arty Easter - Ipswich Museum, High Street Ipswich - 3 April - Thursday 12 April, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm or 1.30pm - 3.30 pm.  Get stuck in to hands-on art activities with Ipswich Museums this Easter holiday.

The Framlingham Country Show - Saturday 7 April - Sunday 8 April, Suffolk Show Ground.  Many new and exciting attractions this year such as amazing Horse and Motorbike Stunts to the wonderful World of Birds demonstrations.  Supporting small producers and Food and Drink Markets, the Classic British Bake Off and the fabulous Celebrity Chefs.

The Snape Maltings Vintage and Makers Market, Snape Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SP - Sunday 8 April, 10 am - 4 pm.  Vintage traders and local makers and artisans to Snape Maltings, featuring a wide range of vintage furniture, timeless fashion and unique homewares.

Drive it Day 2018 at Kersey Mill - Sunday 22 April 10 am - 4 pm, Kersey Mill.  Many attractions and hundreds of vintage and classic vehicles. Free Entry, free display, public parking £5 per car.  No ticket required.  Tel: 01473 829317.

Milling Demonstration at Woodbridge Tide Mill - Saturday 7 April, 14 April, 22nd April, 26 April 11 am.  Step inside the iconic, fully working Tide Mill,  a living museum, sitting on the banks of Woodbridge's River Deben.  You will see how the flour is milled.

The Great Felixstowe Museum Easter Egg Hunt - Wednesday 11 April.  Search the Museum for the coloured eggs, then exchange them for a yummy reward!




March Newsletter

Posted by Louise - March 3, 2018


So You Think you know about Dinosaurs! with Dr Ben Garrod - 8 March, 6 pm the Corn Exchange.  The hit stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod.  An exciting pre-historic adventure.  Tickets Adult £17.50, child £14.50.

Ickworth - Spring Trail - throughout March.  Follow the trail map and embark on a journey of discovery across the estate.  Find out about the natural world and learn more about the women who helped shape Ickworth.  Ickworth, The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds.

Lavenham Guildhall - Spinning Demonstrations - 8, 15, 22, 29 March.  Visit Lavenham Guildhall on one of the spinning days and see the volunteers in action.

Lavenham Guildhall - Discover Lavenham's Secrets - Saturday 10 March.  A short talk about the Guildhall followed by a guided walk around historic Lavenham.  A lovely light lunch is included.  Tour lasts around 2 hours, start 10.30 and ends 1 pm.  Booking is essential tel: 0344 2491895.

Landguard Fort, Felixstowe Ghost Hunt - 10 March.  Experience a night of ghost hunting at Landguard Fort, with Ghost Hunt Events.

Kentwell Hall's Gardens & Grounds Spring Awakening - 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 29 March.  At Kentwell Hall life is coming back to life in the gardens with Snowdrops and Winter Aconites starting to carpet the woodlands.

Ickworth - Living History, Opening up the House - Sunday 11 March.  See the 1930s basement in action with the Living History Servants.

The Magic of Minsmere Weekend Walks - throughout March until Sunday 25 March.  Discover more than 5,300 species and a wealth of history in a series of guided walks with a member of the RSPB Minsmere team.  Walks begin at 9.15 am and last 3 - 4 hours.  Tickets cost £8, children £4.  Booking is essential tel: 01728 648281.

Raptors Revealed - An Introduction to Falconry at Framlingham Castle - Friday 16 March.  Learn about, handle and fly falconry birds with professional trainers.  Hot drinks and cake are served upon arrival.  1 pm - 4 pm.  Experience costs £55 and available for English Heritage members only.

Kentwell Hall's Lambing and Gardens - Saturday 17 March, Friday 23 March.  kentwell is home to a flock of rare-breed Norfolk Horn Sheep and lambing begins in mid March.  See the newborn lambs in the Tudor Stables or the older lambs on the front lawns of the Hall.

Melford Hall - Tales from the High Seas, Saturday 24 March.  Join one of the naval history experts as he recounts tales of the Hyde Parker naval exploits.  Meet in the library.  Start 2 pm - 2.15 pm.

Ickworth - Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Saturday 24 March.  Find the hidden clues around Ickworth to lead you to the treasure and claim your Easter prize!  Ickworth, The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds.

Lavenham Farmers' Market - Over 30 of the highest quality, small scale producers in Suffolk, Sunday 25 March.  Lavenham Village Hall, Church Street.

Kentwell Hall's Easter Re-creation Tudor and Egg Hunt Event, Friday 30 March.  This year Kentwell Hall's Easter Festivities is set in and around one of England's finest Tudor homes is more magical, more traditional and combines Tudor splendour with over 100 costumed Tudors.

Flatford - Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Friday 30 March - Monday 2 April. Follow the trail through the lovely Flatford countryside, hunt for nature clues and enjoy a yummy Cadbury egg as your prize!  Booking Not Needed.

Snape Maltings Easter Weekend features two days of dramatic musical masterpieces performed by some of the country's finest musicians, alongside a host of family-friendly activities around the site, including a special Easter Farmers' Market and Easter Egg hunt.

Easter Egg Hunt at Easton Farm Park, Woodbridge - Friday 30 March - Monday 2 April.  Find all the clues around the farm to solve the Easter puzzle and receive a freshly laid chocolate egg.

 A Medieval Weekend at West Stow - Saturday 31 March.  Meet Medieval living history group NANMA at this fun family event at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village over the Easter weekend.

February Newsletter

Posted by Louise - January 27, 2018

Landguard Fort - February half term trail - 9 - 18 February, 10am - 3pm.  Join in the half term fun with the quiz trail around Landguard Fort.  Normal admission charges for the Fort apply, plus a £1.50 for a trail sheet.

February Half Term fun at Easton Farm Park, Wickham Market, IP13 OEQ - Saturday 10 - Sunday 18 February from 10.30am - 4pm.  £4.60 per person.  There will be pony rides, the Barrel Bug ride, family train ride, hug a bunny, outdoor adventure area, indoor soft play area, the chance to see baby goats, lambs, mini farm trail....

Lamb Cuddling over Half Term at Baylham House Farm - 10 February - 18 February, 10am - 5pm.  Lamb cuddling, pig grooming, bunny barn, goat grooming, den building.  10am - 5pm each day throughout Half Term, adults £7, concessions £6, children 4-16 £3.

Shield making - Saturday 10 - Sunday 18 February.  February half term at Sutton Hoo.  Make your own Anglo-Saxon shield all the craft material will be provided.

Her Say:  Extraordinary Women of Sutton Hoo - 2018 marks 100 years since some women were granted a parliamentary vote.  To mark the centenary Sutton Hoo is celebrating the women who significantly contributed to the history of Sutton Hoo.

National Nestbox Week at RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve - Saxmundham, IP17 3BY.  Monday 12 - Friday 16 February.  Make a nestbox for your garden.  £5 per nestbox, plus usual reserve entry fees.

Gruesome Graves Tours at Sutton Hoo - Monday 12 February.  Discover the burial ground with a time travelling Anglo-Saxon guide.

Knights and Princesses at Framlingham Castle - Monday 12 - Friday 16 February,  11am - 3pm.  A fabulous day out for kids both big and small as you dress up as royality at Framlingham Castle and learn to become a princess or a knight.  English Heritage member free, adult £8.90, child 5-15 years £5.30.  For more information visit

Valentines Dinner at Southwold Pier - Wednesday 14 February.  There's something magical about watching the sunset with your loved one.  Enjoy a romantic meal served over the waves in the candlelit Broadwalk Restaurant - £70 per couple.






November Newsletter

Posted by Louise - November 5, 2017

49th Big Night Out - Friday 10 November, Melford Hall Park, Long Melford, Sudbury, CO10 9AA.  Gates open 6pm fireworks at 8pm.  Pains Pyro music display theme rock hard brexit, fun fair for all the family and a giant bonfire.  Adults £6, children £4.     Tel: 07980526067.

Lavenham by Lantern Light - Lavenham Guildhall, Saturday 11 November, Friday 17 November, Saturday 25 November.  See the medieval village of Lavenham in a whole new light on a Lantern Walk.  The beautiful timberframed buildings will come alive as you listen to the history of the village.  Start 6.30pm - 8pm.  Tel: 08442 491895.

Christmas Fayre at Sutton Hoo - Saturday 11 November.  The perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping.  Lots of crafts, gifts, food gifts and festive music.  Chilren can also visit Santa for storytelling.

Lavenham Guildhall - Spinning Demonstrations.  Visit Lavenham Guildhall on one of the spinning Thursdays and see the volunteers in action, Thursday 16 November, Thursday 23 November, Thursday 30 November.

Lavenham Literary Festival 2017 - Friday 17 - Sunday 19 November, Village Hall, Lavenham, Church Street, CO10 9QT.  The fifth Lavenham Literary Festival with something for all tastes with an exceptional line-up of speakers.  Tickets £9 per session

Canape Masterclass, The Hadleigh Ram, Friday 17 November 10am.  £25 per person.  Tel: 01473 822880.  Impress your guests with the perfect canpes.  Demonstration of a range of popular canapes perfect for entertaining during the festive season.  Then a delicious brunch.

We are handmade Christmas Craft Fair, 10am - 4pm, Saturday 18 November, The Old School, Hall Road, Long Melford.  With over 40 stalls, this event will offer shoppers a wonderful choice of beautifully designed and handcrafted gifts for Christmas.

Wetheringsett Victorian Chrstmas Fayre - Saturday 18 November, Mid Suffolk Light Railway, Hall Lane, Wetheringsett, IP14 5PN. 11am - 3pm.  Fun for the whole family, steam train rides, drive for a tenner and a variety of gift and refreshment stalls.

Christkindlmarket Christmas Market, Saturday 18 November, 10am - 4pm, Preston Manor Barn, Lavenham Road, Preston St Mary.  The 20th annual traditional German Christkindmarkt, specialising in a diversity of high quality gifts.  Refreshments, £150 cash prize draw.  £3 admission on the door.

Ickworth - Christmas pudding workshop with the 1930s cooks, Ickworth, The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds.  Tuesday 21 November, Wednesday 22 November, Monday 27 November, Tuesday 28 November.

Ladies Festive Shopping Night - Thursday 23 November, 6.30pm until 9pm, Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Woodbridge.  A fantastic shopping evening with festive stalls. 

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre - 23rd - 26th November.  Annual Christmas Fayre featuring over 200 festive stalls with live music and festive fun for all the family.

Clare Christmas Fair - Friday 24 November - Saturday 25 November, 5-8pm, 10am-4pm, St Peter and St Paul's Church, High Street, Clare.  Showcases a selection of gifts decorations, crafts and Christmas produce all in the atmospheric candlelit surroundings of the church.

Chelsworth Christmas Fair, Saturday 25 November, 10am - 3pm.  All Saints Church, The Street, Chelsworth IP7 7HU.  Gifts, produce, bric-a-brac entry £3

Christmas Craft Fair - Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November, 10am - 4pm.  Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonhan Aspal IP14 6AT.  There will be many craft stalls, small children's rides, FREE face painting, steam engine rides, plus visit Father Christmas and his reindeer at the Owl Sanctuary.

Birds by Barge Cruise on the River Stour - Saturday 25 November, Ipswich CO12 3HH.  Don't miss the opportunity to experience one of East Anglia's finest wildlife spectacles and see thousands of birds on a magnificent estuary from the river    tel: 01473 258070.

Lavenham Farmers Market - Lavenham Village Hall, Church Street, Lavenham, Sunday 26 November.  Over 30 of the highest quality small scale producers in Suffolk.


October Newsletter

Posted by Louise - October 2, 2017

Birdwatching for Beginners at RSPB Minsmere - 1st, 15th and 29th October.  Learn how to identify the fantastic species of birds at Minsmere with the help of RSPB guides.  Tickets cost £8 per adult and £4 per child plus usual reserve entry fee.

Scaresville 2017 - The award winning scare attraction takes place after dark in almost complete darkness at Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Thursday 5 October - Saturday 4 November.  Tel: 01787 310 207.  Now in its 11th year many old favourite scares return as well as lots of devilish new ones.  Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult and not for the very young.

Lavenham Guildhall - Spinning Demonstrations.  Visit Lavenham Guildhall in one of the spinning Thursdays and see volunteers in action - Thursday 5, 12, 19 October.  Lavenham Guildhall, Market Place, Lavenham.

Melford Hall - Art revealed by torchlight.... Hidden depths of Melford Hall's paintings.  Friday October 6, Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury.  An opportunity to view some of the paintings as they have never been seen before.

Ickworth - Wood and Craft Fair - Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October.  A weekend for everyone to enjoy as woodcraft and country craft professionals and enthusiasts come together to demonstrate and sell their crafts.  10am - 4pm.  Ickworth, The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5QE.

Flipside Festival - Friday 6 - Sunday 8 October.  The arts festival with a latin beat.  Books, films, food, art and family fun.  Held at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, IP17 1SP.

Ickworth - The Roots of Ickworth - Children's activities.  Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October, 10.30 - 4pm.  Get exploring with your 50 things activities and I spy woodland trail.

Melford Hall - Melford Hall's Railway Walk - Saturday 7 October 10.30 - 1pm.  Meet at Lavenham Guildhall tearoom.  A guided walk taking in some railway history as well as the natural beauty of the Suffolk countryside.

Bury St Edmunds Book Fair - Saturday 7 October, 10am - 4pm.  The Athenaeum, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds.  Experienced, professional booksellers from around the UK will be offering for sale a wide range of collectable, rare and secondhand books.  Adults £1 children under 15 free.

East Anglian Falconry and Countryside Fair - Saturday 7 October, 10am - 4.30pm, Mid Suffolk Showground, Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal.  A celebration of Falconry and Countryside Pursuits - horses, dogs, ferrets, food stalls, craft stands, bar, hounds, carriage driving, air gun shooting.  Ticket includes entry to Suffolk Owl Santuary.  Tickets Adult £7.50, children £6 under 4's free.

Afternoon of Racing - Saturday 7 October, opens 12.05pm.  The Rowley Mile, Newmarket Racecourses, Newmarket, CB8 OTG.  An amazing days racing at the Rowley Mile with an incredible amount of prize money on offer.  Tickets from £16.20 per person

Bury Farmers' Market - Sunday 8 October, 10am - 4pm, The Traverse, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1BT.  Over 30 of the region's finest local producers.  Free entry

The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival - Sunday 8 October, 10am - 4pm.  Framlingham hosts its annual celebration of all that is great about the British sausage.

Sutton Hoo - Aspects of the sword at the time of Sutton Hoo - Sunday 8 October, 2.30pm - 4pm.  Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, IP12 3DJ.

Lavenham Guildhall - Discover Lavenham's Secrets - Wednesday 18 October, 10am - 12pm.  A short talk about the Guildhall over coffee and biscuits followed by a guided walk around the historic centre of Lavenham.  Light lunch included.  Booking essential tel: 03442491895.  Meet at the Guildhall Tea room.

Gothic Falconry at Framlingham Castle - 21st and 22nd October, 11am - 4pm each day.  This weekend when visiting Framlingham Castle you can witness beautiful birds, such as falcons, owls, and hawks as demonstrated by the professionals.

The Snape Maltings Vintage and Makers Market - Sunday 22 October, 9.30am - 4pm, Snape Maltings Snape, IP17 1SP.  A hand-picked selection of the regions leading vintage traders, local artisans, makers and craftspeople.

Landguard Spooky Day - Saturday 28 October, 12pm - 4pm, Felixstowe Museum, View Point Road, Felixstowe, IP11 3TW.  A fun-packed afternoon of gentle chills and thrills.  Spooky puppet show, balloon-modelling, spooky crafts, quiz....  Tickets children £7, adults £2.

Halloween Special - Horrible History for Families - Tuesday 31 October, 6pm.  Ipswich Tourist Guides Association, St Stephens Church, Ipswich, IP1 1DP.  A fascinating range of guided walks for the public around the town.  Learn some spooky facts about this fascinating Town.  Places must be booked in advance tel: 01473 258070.



September Newsletter

Posted by Louise - September 4, 2017

Somerleyton Hall and Gardens Tours - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday until 28th September.  One of the finest Tudor-Jacobean style architectural examples.  Take a tour and of The Hall and The Gardens from 10am - 5pm.  Tours last 45 mins and run regularly from 11.30 - 3pm.

Hightide Festival 2017 - Tuesday 12 - Sunday 17 September.  Aldeburgh IP15 5DS.  An annual festival of new plays, surrounded by a programme of talks with world-class artists, play readings, comedy and much more., tel: 01728 573 101.

The Grand Henham Steam Rally - 16 and 17 September. Vistors can enjoy an exhibition of vintage and classic cars, steam rollers, mini traction engines and working demonstrations of agricultural machinery.  A fantastic family day out including a vintage fairground, dog agility, stage coach display, Punch and Judy, marching bands, Samba drumming, helicopter rides...

Newmarket Food and Drink Festival - Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 10am - 4.30pm, Newmarket Town Centre, Palace Street and The Guineas Shopping Centre Newmarket, CB8 8EP.  A traditional food and drink fayre featuring celebrity chefs, including Theo Randall and Sophie Grigson, on hand for demonstrations, alongside top local chefs.  Also top wine writer Oz Clarke.

Autumn Plant Fair and Artisan Market - Sunday 17 September, Helmingham Hall Gardens, Helmingham Suffolk, IP14 6EF, £7 adults, £3.50 children.  Lots of stalls in beautiful surroundings.

Long Melford Stately Home Car Boot Sale - Sunday 17 September, 9am - 2pm.  In the grounds of Melford Hall, Long Melford, CO109AA.  Over 150 stalls, marquee for collectors stalls and refreshments.

Suffolk Cream Tea Barge Cruise - Wednesday 20 September, Sunday 24 September, Wednesday 27 September, Ipswich IP4 1BY.  Suffolk Cream Tea Cruises run every Wednesday and Sunday until the end of September, departing from the Old Custom's House in Ipswich Dock.  Tel: 01473 258070.

RNLI fundraising Beer Festival - Friday 22 September - Sunday 24 September.  Starting 6pm Friday, Midday Saturday and Sunday, Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, The Ferry, IP11 9RZ.  Interesting beer, plus live music, sailing, trawler race, duck race, craft stalls, BBQ.  Free entry.

Suffolk Supper Barge Cruise - Friday 22 September, Ipswich IP4 1BY.  A sailing trip on Sailing Barge Victor offers a memorable and affordable opportunity to experience living history. Tel: 01473 258070 for more information.

Art Tours - September 22.  Discover Britten and Pears' extensive art collection in their home.  The Red House, Golf Lane, Aldeburgh IP15 5PZ.  Tickets £2.50.  tel: 01728 451700,

Medieval Event and Craft Fayre - Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 September, 10am - 5pm, Haughley Park, Nr Wetherden, Stowmarket, IP14 3JY.  Medieval event with traders, story tellers, jester, living history, craft fayre.  £10 adults, £5 children.

Tudor Life Re-creation, Kentwell Hall - Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 September, Kentwell Hall, High Street, Long Melford.  Come and see 250 Tudor's Re-creating Tudor life at historic Kentwell Hall.

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival - Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 September, 9.30 - 5pm, Snape Maltings, Snape IP17 1SP.  A must-see event on Suffolk's calendar not to be missed!  The festival features over 90 food and drink producers.  2 cookery demonstration stages with local chefs.  Cookery activities, face painting and more.  Adult tickets £8 for a day ticket or £14 for a weekend ticket.

August Newsletter

Posted by Louise - August 2, 2017


Throughout the summer holidays until Sunday 3 September museums across Suffolk are offering a host of exciting events, activities, workshops and trails for the whole family.  Most of the activities are either low-cost or free.  You can download your free Summer in Suffolk Museums program at

Lavenham Guildhall - Spinning Demonstrations - 3 August.  Visit Lavenham Guildhall on one of the spinning Thursdays and see volunteers in action demonstrating the traditional art of spinning.

Red Rose Chain presents Shakespeare's As You Like It - Until Sunday 27 August, Jimmy's Farm, IP9 2AP.  A fantastic production of one of Shakespeare's most bewitching comedies, full of energy, music and dance and an ideal introduction to Shakespeare for all-ages.  Tickets from £10 to £25.50.

Melford Hall - Melford Hall's Railway Walk - Saturday 5 August.  A guided walk taking in some railway history as well as the natural beauty of the Suffolk countryside.

The Country Fair - Melford Hall, Long Melford - Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August.  A weekend of falconry, dog agility, dancing horses and trade stands featuring crafts, food and drink in the ground of beautiful Melford hall.  £10 adult, £5 child.

Real Ale and Oyster Festival - Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August, The Anchor, Main Street, Walberswick.  Walberswick is definitely worth a day out and why not combine it with the festival with live music, oysters, ale and food.

Guided Tour of Clare Castle and Clare Castle Country Park - Saturday 5 August, 11am - 12.30pm.  Visit the remains of the Norman castle built by the founder of the de Clare family and also the beautiful village of Clare.

Kentwell at War - Saturday 6 and Sunday 6 August, Kentwell hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA.  A great day out for all the family.

The Festival of Classic and Sports Cars - Helmingham Hall Gardens, Helmingham IP14 6EF - Sunday 6 August, 10am - 5pm. There will be 100's of cars on display, as well as the chance to visit the beautiful Hall and gardens.

Music in the Gardens - Helmingham Hall - Sunday 13 August. Listen to lovely music in the beautiful gardens at Helmingham Hall.

FolkEast - 18 - 20 August, Glemhall Hall.  Nominated for the Best Small Festival Award in the UK Festival Awards.  A family-friendly festival all set within the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

Flatford Ramble - Constable's Footsteps - Saturday 19 August, 1pm until 4pm.  Flatford, East Bergholt, CO7 6UL.  Join experienced guides for a 3 hour 4 mile ramble visiting the views that inspired the artist John Constable.  The tour will also visit East Bergholt and Dedham.  Booking essential tel: 0344 249 1895.  Children welcome.

Aldeburgh Carnival - Saturday 19 August - Monday 21 August.  Three wonderful days of carnival fun including live music, carnival procession and a fantastic fireworks display on Monday at 9.15.  See for more informtion.

Tudor Hands On Days - Monday 21 August - Thursday 24 August, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.  Fun actitivity day for the whole family.

Lavenham Farmers Market - Sunday 27 August, Lavenham Village Hall, Church Street. 10 am - 1.30pm.  Over 30 of the highest quality small scale producers in Suffolk.

The Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival - 27 and 28 August.  Hosted in the Arc Shopping Centre the festival includes a Farmers Market, street entertainment and celebrity chef appearances.

BBC's Antiques Roadshow - Helmingham Hall, IP14 6EF - Thursday 31 August.  Bring your treasures along to the BBC's Antique Roadshow at Helmingham Hall.



July Newsletter

Posted by Louise - July 3, 2017

Bures Music Festival - 5 July - 9 July.  The festival sees acts from all genres, from rock to blues, pop to choral and jazz.   Tickets £45 in advance, adult 5 day pass, £20 for teens and children aged 11 years and under £5.  Camping £15

Suffolk Cream Tea Barge Cruise - Every Wednesday and Sunday until September, departing from the Old Custom's House in Ipswich Dock £34.50.  Tel: 01473 258070.

Music in the Gardens - Sunday 9 July, Helmingham Hall Gardens, IP14 6EF.  Relax to beautiful music in the picturesque gardens at Helmingham Hall. 

The Bildeston Brocante - Sunday 9 July, 10am - 2pm, The Square, Market Place, Bildeston, IP7 7EN.  A French style market for home and garden accessories, collectables and vintage clothing.  A Frence cafe will provide refreshments.

Vintage Afternoon Tea at Helmingham Hall - Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday between 3pm and 5pm.  Treat yourself to afternoon tea in The Coach house Tearooms in the beautiful surroundings of Helmingham Hall Gardens.  Pre-booking is required.  £15 per person or £20 per person including a visit to the gardens.

Suffolk Supper Barge Cruise - Enjoy a relaxing sail and supper on Saling Barge Victor.  Friday 14 July and Friday 21 July.  Tickets £38.50.  Departs 6.30pm returns 10pm.  Old Custom House, Common Quay, Ipswich Waterfront, Ipswich, IP4 1BY.  Tel: 01473 258070.

Latitude Festival - 13th - 16th July.  Suffolk's biggest Music Festival.  Returning for its 12th year at Henham Park, near Southwold.  Great music, art, poetry, literature, comedy, dance, food and drink.  This year's headlines include Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes and The 1975.

Moet & Chandon July Festival - Thursday 13 July to Saturday 15 July.  Adnams July Course, Newmarket Racecouses, Newmarket, CB8 0TF.  Racegoers are treated to world class racing and a feel of an ultra-cool English garden party. 01638 675 500.

Ipswich - You'll be Surprised - Friday 14 July, 2.15pm.  Ipswich Tourist Guides Association, St Stephens Church, St Stephens Lane, Ipswich, IP1 1DP.  Ipswich Tourist Guides provide a fascinating range of guided walks for the public around the town.  Ticket prices £4 per person lasting around 90 minutes.

Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair - Sunday 16 July, Woodbridge IP12 1BY.  This year's Woodbridge Regatta and fair takes place along the river from The Tide Mill to the Deben Yacht Club - 12pm - 5.15pm.

Felixstowe Carnival - The seaside town of Felixstowe celebrates Seaside Traditions at this year's carnival on Saturday 22 July.  1pm traditional procession moving through the town to the seafront.  The weekend concludes on Sunday with a spectacular Fireworks display from 10pm off the beach.

Jimmy's Festival - 22 and 23 July.  Jimmy's Farm Wherstead. The festival is a celebration of live music, local produce and family fun.  Tickets on sale at

Theatre in the Forest - Red Rose Chain presents Shakespeare's As You Like It - Jimmy's Farm Pannington Hll Lane, IP9 2AP.  Wednesday 26 July to Sunday 27 August.  One of Shakespeare's most bewitching comedies set in the magical woodlands of Jimmy's Farm.  Tickets from £10 - £25.

The Snape Maltings Vintage and Makers Market - Sunday 30 July, 9.30am - 4pm, Snape Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SP.  A hand-picked choice selection of the regions leading vintage traders, local artisans, makers and craftspeople.

A Taste of Suffolk Pork and Apples - Sunday 30 July, Long Melford Swan, Hall Street, Long Melford, CO10 9JQ.  Live music, garden bar, cocktails, cider, garden games and food.


June Newsletter

Posted by Louise - June 2, 2017

Somerleyton Hall & Gardens Tours - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday each week.  Considered one of the finest Tudor-Jacobean style houses.  Take a tour of The Hall and gardens from 10 am until 5 pm.  Tours last approx 45 minutes from 11.30 am until 3 pm.

Elveden Classic Car Show - Sunday 4 June, 11am - 4pm.  Elveden Estate, Elveden Farms Ltd.  Classic car show, family fun all proceedings going to charity.  Free entry for owners showcasing their classic cars.  Adults £5, children £3.

Aldeburgh Festival - Friday 9 June - Sunday 25 June.  The prestigous Aldeburgh Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of music at Snape Maltings.  Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed as it was 50 years ago.  Tel: 01728 687110.

Suffolk Supper Barge Cruise - Friday 9th June.  Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and tradionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel with comfortable modern facilities for guests.

Taste of Sudbury Food and Drink Festival - Sunday 11th June.  Mark David from the Cookery Eperience will be showcasing cookery demonstrations by local chefs which will take place outside St Peter's Church.  Free entry.

Suffolk Cream Tea Barge Cruise - Suffolk Cream Tea Cruises run every Wednesday and Sunday from June to September, departing from the Old Custom's House in Ipswich Dock.

Continental Railway Day - Sunday 18 June.  Enjoy  Steam Railway Day when our Belgian tram engine will be in action and there will be lots of Continental goodies available including frites, waffles, Belgian chocolates and a selection of Continental beers in the Kitchener Arms.

Music in the Gardens - Helmingham Hall Gardens, 18 June. Listen to the sweet sounds of music in the gardens at Helmingham Hall.

Suffolk Day - Wednesday 21st June, celebrate the first annual Suffolk Day at Suffolk Food Hall with the Suffolk Horse Society.  Mares and foals, braiding and harnessing, drays and wagons will all be on parade highlighting the agricutural past for which the local area is famed.

Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend, Landguard Fort - Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th June.  A one off free event for all age groups with a unique package of entertainment including music from choirs and military bands to an evening of pop and rock, military displays, food, stalls, kids activities and fireworks as well as some thrilling battle re-enactments between the Dutch and English with cannon, muskets and swords.

Ipswich Jazz Festival - Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June.  The Ipswich Jazz Festival takes place over 3 days and 3 venues.

DragonFest 2017 - Saturday 24 June to Sunday 25 June, 10am - 5pm.  Dragon Festival returns to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village in 2017, celebrating all things dragon from folklore to dinosaurs across a weekend of fun activities for all the family.

Southwold Arts Festival - Saturday 24 June - Saturday 1 July.  An eight day celebration of the arts, music, drama, poetry, visual art, photography, dance, talks and literature.

Africa by Night at Africa Alive! - Saturday 24th June.  Visit Africa Alive for an evening of fun in the unique atmosphere of the park at dark.  This event also includes displays by the Mighty Zulu Nation Dance Troupe.


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