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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.  www.info@hightide.org.uk, 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, info@brittenpears.org.

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 http://bit.ly/SuffolkSummer2017.

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.  www.melfordcountryfair.co.uk

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 www.aldeburghcarnival.com 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 www.buresmusicfestival.com.

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.  newmarket.boxoffice@thejockeyclub.co.uk/tel: 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 www.jimmysfestival.co.uk

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.

 


May Newsletter

Posted by Louise - May 1, 2017

Sketching birds from life Minsmere/Woodbridge - 3 - 5 May.  Art Safari and RSPB Minsmere, Harbourmaster's Office, Ferry Quay, Woodbridge IP12 1BW.  10 am - 5 pm.  Artists of all abilities are welcome tel: 01394 382235.

Lavenham Guildhall - Spinning Deomonstrations - Visit Lavenham Guildhall on one of the spinning Thursdays to see the wonderful traditional art of spinning, Lavenham Guildhall, Market Place, Lavenham 4 May,  Thu 11 May, Thu 18 May, Thu 25 May.

The QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourses - Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 May.  One of the most important fixtures in international Flat racing.  Advanced tickets from £15, £36 for both days.  For further information or to book tickets visit www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk or tel: 03445793010.

Suffolk Cream Tea Barge Cruise - Sunday 7 May, Wednesday 17 May, Sunday 28 May.  Departing from the Old Custom's House in Ipswich Dock.  Enjoy a cream tea on board this 19th century sailing boat sailing down the beautiful and historic River Orwell.  Price £34.50

Weird and Wonderful Wood Festival - Saturday 13 May - Sunday 14 May, 10.30 - 5 pm, Haughley Park, Nr Wetherden, Stowmarket, IP14 3JY.  Over 120 artists and crafts from all over the country gather to celebrate wood.  A family event featuring demonstrations, wonderful workshops for all ages, archery, den building, willow weaving and even a working mobile sawmill.  There will also be local food, drink and music.  Tickets: adults £8, concessions £6.

The Suffolk Walking Festival 2017 - 13 May - 4 June.  Over 100 diverse and interesting guided walks around Suffolk. from family strolls to more challenging walks.  There is something for everyone.  For more information please go to the website www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk.

Archaeology Today - talks about the archaeology and history of Suffolk - Saurday 13 May, 10 am - 4 pm, Quay Place, Key Street, Ipswich, IP4 1BZ.  A series of talks and displays on a range of recent archaeological sites and other heritage projects from around Suffolk.  Tickets £12.  Tel: 01449 900124.

Lavenham Guildhall - Discover Medieval Lavenham -  Enjoy a short talk over coffee followed by a guided walk around the historic centre of Lavenham - Wednesday 17 May.  Lavenham Guildhall, Market Place, Lavenham

Suffolk Supper Barge Cruise - Friday 19 May enjoy a relaxing sail and supper on board Sailing Barge Victor.  £38.50          tel: 01473 258070.  Sailing from Ipswich Waterfront IP4 1BY.

The Spring Meeting at Newmarket Racecourses - Thursday 18 May - Saturday 20 May.  Friday is Newmarket Business Day, the perfect day out with colleagues, friends or family.  Saturday is Newcomer Day with a warm welceome to everyone, especially those who may never have been to the races before.  Children under the age of 18 are free.  Tickets from £11.                    Tel: 02445793010.

The Hadleigh Show - Saturday 20 May, Holbecks Park, Hadleigh.  A great family day out at the 178th Hadleigh Show.  Ringside entertainment includes The Sheep Show, Vintage Tractors, falconry displays....

Bury Festival - Friday 19 May - Sunday 28 May.  The Bury Festival showcases artists of international renown and local talent.  There is street theatre, music, plays, walks, films, ballet....   The 59 events span 13 venues.  Tickets are from £8-£38.  For further information please go to www.buryfestival.co.uk or tel: 01284 758000.

Stately Home Charity Car Boot Sale - Sunday 21 May, 10 am - 3 pm, Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, CO10 9AA.  First Stately Home Charity Car Boot Sale to be held at Melford Hall in aid of the Guide Dog's association.

LeeStock Festival - Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 May.  Melford Hall, Long Melford.  The tenth year of LeeStock Festival including headliners Newton Faulkner, Toploader, Wheatus and many more.  Day tickets from £12, under 12s go free.

May Half Term Fun at Framlingham Castle - 27 May - 3 June.  Lots of special events for the whole family during half term

The Snape Maltings Vintage and Makers Market - Sunday 28 May, 9.30 - 4 pm.  A selection of the regions leading vintage traders, local artisans, makers and craftspeople. 

Spring Plant Fair and Atisan Market - Helmingham Hall Gardens - Helmingham, IP14 6EF, Sunday 28 May.  A lovely day out and also combine a visit to the hall and gardens of this beautiful house. £7 adults, children £3.50

 

 


April Newsletter

Posted by Louise - April 1, 2017

There are lots of Easter themed events, days out and Easter Egg hunts taking place in Suffolk this month.

 

Ickworth - Making thing and having fun - Easter Holidays - until Monday 17 April.  Come and join in the fun Easter activities and children's crafts.  Ickworth, The Rotunda, Bury St Edmunds.

Chinese State Circus - Dynasty - Tuesday 4 April - Sunday 9 April.  Fancy a trip to the circus?  The amazing Chinese State Circus is playing at Chantry Park Ipswich.

Beatrix Potter Story Readings at Melford Hall - 5 and 12 April.  Narrated by one of Melford Hall's storytellers come and hear the magical adventures of Peter Rabbit and his friends.

Bury St Edmunds Book Fair - Saturday 8 April 10 am - 4 pm.  The Athenaeum, Angel Hill.  Experienced, professional booksellers from around the Uk will be offering a wide range of collectable, rare and secondhand books for sale.

The Snape Maltings Vintage and Makers Market - Sunday 9 April, 10 am - 4 pm.  A choice of the regions leading vintage traders, local artisans, makers and craftspeople offering one-off vintage furniture, fashion, homewares, artworks, fabrics and jewellery.

The Kings People - Snape Maltings - Sunday 9 April Snape Maltings welcomes Sae Wylfing, The Sutton Hoo replica ship which will sit on the Henry Moore lawn outside the Concert Hall.  Anglo Saxon re-enactment group Ealdaeder, will stage some activities where families can learn about Anglo Saxon life and culture with storytelling and coin stamping.  Children will be able to climb on the ship and learn all about its history with a real life Anglo Saxon warrior!

RSPB Minsmere Easter Holiday Events.  A selection of events taking place from Monday 3 April - Thursday 13 April. 10 am - 4 pm, including Minsmere's minibeasts, Easter crafts and family nature walks, Pond dipping and Bird ringing demonstration.

The Great Felixstowe Museum Easter Egg Hunt - Wednesday 12 April.  Come and join the giant Landguard Bunny for a fun Easter Egg Hunt.  Search the museum for coloured eggs and win an award.  Suitable for children aged 3 -10 years.

Somerleyton Hall and Gardens Tours - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday each week from Thursday 13 April.  Somerleyton Hall is considered one of the finest Tudor-Jacobean style architectural examples.  This year you can take a tour of The Hall and The Gardens from 10 am - 5 pm.  Entrance is by tour only lasting 45 mins and run regularly from 11.30 - 3 pm.

Southwold Fine Art and Antiques Fair - 14 - 16 April, St Felix School Reydon.  Fantastic fair with over 50 dealers.  Open from 11 am - 5 pm each day.  Admission £4.

Cadbury's Easter Egg Hunt at Melford Hall - 14 - 17 April.  Come along and join in on this fun easter egg hunt, solving the clues to claim your egg prize.  Egg and spoon races are also being held.  A great fun day out for the children.

Eastertide at Kentwell Hall - 14 - 17 April.  Eastertide consists of an Easter quiz for the whole family, children's Easter egg trail, tudors parading around the grounds, open house and gardens.  Lunches, snacks also available at the Stableyard.

Cadbury's Easter Egg Hunt at Sutton Hoo - 14 - 17 April.  The hunt will take you through the woods and past the burial mounds with clues to solve and claim your Cadbury chocolate treat at the end.

Easter Egg Hunt at Snape Maltings - 16 April.  Follow the trail and try and find the Easter treats on this fantastic egg hunt.

Easter Steam Up - Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Wetheringsett, IP14 5PW - Sunday 16 - Monday 17 April.  The railway's first opening days of 2017.  Two locos in steam and Easter egg hunts for the children, plus all the Middy attractions, museum, cafe.

Easter Curise on Orwell Lady Ipswich - Cruise along under the Orwell Bridge and along to Pin Mill on Easter Monday.  Price £20.  Orwell Quay, Ipswich IP3 OBQ tel: 01473 258070.  Leaving 10.30 and returning at 1 pm.

Melford Hall's Railway Walk - 18 April.  Visit Melford Hall for a guided 4 mile walk retracing the route of the former Great Eastern Railway Line linking the medieval wool towns of Lavenham and Long Melford.  Starting from the Guildhall in Lavenham.  Refreshments and admission to Melford Hall are included in the ticket price.  Contact Melford Hall for more information.

Orwell Barge Lunch Cruise - Friday 21 April.  A leisurely cruise on board sailing barge Thistle from Ipswich Dock to the mouth of the river and back.  Cruise from 11.30 - 2.30 pm.  Price £41 including a delicious freshly prepared lunch.  Ipswich Waterfront IP5 1FH                  tel: 01621857567.

Alfie The Alien Hunter - Africa Alive - Saturday 29 April - Monday 1May.  Head to Africa Alive and join Alfie the Alien Hunter on his hunt for aliens great and small with a special interactive presentation and trail.

The Mid and West Suffolk Show - Sunday 30 April - Monday 1 May, 10 am - 4 pm.  Come and see The Lowestoft Dog Display Team, birds of prey flying displays, craft stalls, children's activities, steam engines, classic vehicles and more.  Adult £7.50, Children £4.

 

 

 


March Newsletter

Posted by Louise - February 26, 2017

The 16th Aldeburgh Literary Festival - Thursday 2 - Sunday 5 March, Jubilee Hall, Crabbe St, Aldeburgh IP15 5BN.  18 talks from a range of award winning writers.  Tel: 01728 45287 to book tickets.

The Magic of Minsmere Weekday Walks - Weekdays througout March there is the opportunity to take part in walks which last approx 2-3 hrs.  You will discover more than 5,300 species of birds and a wealth of history on these guided walks by a member of the RSPB Minsmere team.  Tickets cost £8 per adult and £4 per child.  To find out more please call tel: 01728 648281.

Birdwatching for Beginners at RSPB Minsmere - Sunday 5 March and Sunday 19 March visit RSPB Minsmere and learn how to identify a range of species with an RSPB guide.  Begins at 10.30 and lasts approx 2.5 hours.  Tickets cost £8 per adult and £4 per child

Havergate's Hares - Saturday 4 March.  Havergate Island is one of the best places in the UK to watch wild brown hares.  The boat will depart from Orford Quay and the guided walks on the island will last approx 3 hours.

Felixstowe Book Festival - Spring Mini Fest - The Felixstowe Book Festival returns Sunday 5 March at The Orwell hotel.  The programme features works by Erica James and John Nightingale.  Tickets are £8 per showcase.

Ickworth - March Speciality Walks - Come and walk around the Ickworth estate and see the changing colours of the season, Wednesday 8 March.

Ickworth Opening up the House -  Come and follow the servants as they open up the house for a new season, Saturday 11 March

Lambs and Spring Bulbs at Kentwell Hall - Kentwell Hall's flock of rare-breed Norfolk Horn sheep begin lambing in mid-March, one of the best times to explore Kentwell with spring bulbs, flowers and walks through the gardens and grounds, 18,19,25 and 26 March.

Flatford Ramble - Constable's Footsteps - Join one of our experienced guides for a 4 mile ramble, visiting views that inspired the artist John Constable.  The tour will also visit East Bergholt and Dedham, where Constable was born.  Saturday 18 March, Flatford East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL.

Sutton Hoo - Out of the Case - Get a close look at the fantastic collection of Sutton Hoo replica treasures at an informal talk and handling session in the Exhibition Hall.  Sutton Hoo, Tranmer House, Woodbridge, IP12 3DJ, Sunday 16 and Sunday 19 March

Sutton Hoo - Myth and Magic Sunset Tours - Discover how the Anglo-Saxons experienced their landscape and how they interpreted it through their language and beliefs.  Booking is essential tel: 01394 389714, Sunday 26 March, Friday 31 March.

Lavenham Guildhall - Melford to Lavenham Historical Railway Walk.  Over 100 years of railway history awaits you on one of our guided walks from Melford to Lavenham.  Lavenham Guildhall, Market Place, Lavenham, Tuesday 28 March.

 

 


February Newsletter

Posted by Louise - February 1, 2017

February, the month of romance and organising a weekend away to escape to the country!  We have the first signs of Spring in Kersey, with the Snowdrops just starting to flower.

 

Ickworth - February Speciality Walks - 1 February.  Come and walk around the Ickworth estate and see the changing signs and colours of the season.  Guided walks are taking place throughout February 11 am - 1 pm.  The cafe is also open for refreshments and lunch.  Booking is advisable tel: 01284 736140.

Magic - The Entertainment of Deception Exhabition - Moyse's Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1DX.  The exhibition offers a window into the art of the illusionist, featuring items used by some of the world's greatest magicians from as early as the 17th Century.  Opem until Sunday 26 March.  Mon-Sat 10 am - 5 pm and Sundays 12 - 4pm.  Adults £4 and children £2.  Family ticket up to 5 people £10.

Sutton Hoo - Birds of the River Deben - Saturday 4 February.  Walk through the landscape of Sutton Hoo and discover the bird-life of the River Deben.  Tickets include a light lunch.  Start 10 am - 12 pm.  A National Trust Event and please meet outside Visitor Reception.  Booking is essential tel: 01394 389714.  Sutton Hoo, Tranmer House, Woodbridge, IP12 3DJ.

The Ghostly and Macabre Walk - 10th and 24th February.  Want to see some of the more bizarre and macabre corners of Bury St Edmunds and the Great Churchyard?  This guided walk is suitable for adults and children 14+.  6.30 pm - 8 pm.  Tickets £5.  For more information tel: 01284 764667.

Life of the Witchfinder General - Moyse's Hall Museum are thrilled to host acclaimed Professor Malcolm Gaskill as he presents a fascinating insight into the life of Witchfinder General and the East Anglian witchhunt 1645-7.  Friday 10 February, 6.30.  Tickets £10.

Wizarding Weekend - Saturday 11 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 12 February 12 pm - 4 pm.  Moyse's Hall Museum Bury St Edmunds.  Meet Abramelin the Mage and Morgana the witch with their magical laboratory, dragons and fabulous wizardry at Moyse's Hall.  £10 families up to 5 family members

Punch and Judy Show at Southwold Pier - 11 February - 13 February.  Come and see the famous Punch and Judy Show at Southwold Pier this half term!

Half Term at Landguard Fort - 11 - 19 February.  You can join all the fun at Landguard Fort with their quiz trail around the fort this half term.  Normal admission, plus £1.50 for a trail sheet 10 am - 4 pm.

Snowdrops and Spring Bulbs at Kentwell Hall - 11 February - 19 February.  Visit the gardens and farm at Kentwell Hall and see all the spring bulbs starting to bloom. Lunches and teas available too!

Our Story - The Real Middle Earth - Saturday 11 February.  Find out the links between Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon world with a guided tour and talk at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds IP28 6HG.  12 - 3 pm, adults £15 and children £10.  Booking essential on tel: 01284 728718.  

Ickworth - Making things and having fun - February Half Term.  Saturday 11 February - Sunday 19 February.  Come and explore Ickworth and complete some of the 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4s.  Start 10.30 - 4 pm.  General admission prices apply.  Tel: 01284 735270.

Lamb Cuddling at Baylham House Farm - Sat 11 Feb, Sun 12 Feb, Tue 14 to Sun 19 Feb.  A number of hands on animal experiences are planned for you.  lamb cuddling, pig grooming, bunny barn, as well as having a go at den building, two play areas and a cafe.  10 am - 5 pm.  Adults £7, children £3, under 4's are free, family ticket £18.  Baylham House Farm, Mill Lane, Baylham, IP6 8LG.

Shake Your Tail Feather!  - Saturday 11 February - Sunday 19 February.  Love is in the air at Africa Alive this February so go along and find out how the animals find their perfect match!  9.30 am - 4 pm.  Africa Alive NR33 7TF.  www.africa-alive.co.uk.

Knights and Princesses - Monday 13 - Friday 17 February. Become a knight or princess for the day at Framlingham Castle and learn heroic chivalry and eloquent etiquette.  11 am - 4 pm.  Framlingham Castle, IP13 9BP.

Sutton Hoo - Tales at Twilight - Wednesday 15 February. Discover the Anglo-Saxons with tales of heroes, monster and gods.  Booking is essential tel: 01394 389714.

Wild Wednesday - Fabulous February - RSPB Lakenheath Fen nature reserve, Brandon.  Wednesday 15 February.  Join us for some wildlife related family activities indoor and outdoor.

Flatford Ramble - A Winter Wander - Saturday 18 February.  Enjoy a 2.5 hour (4 mile) guided ramble through the beautiful landscape of the Dedham Vale.  Start 10.30 am - 1 pm.  Booking is essential tel:0844 249 1895.  Flatford, East Bergholt, C07 6UL.

Clare Antiques Fair - Saturday 18 February at The Old Town Hall.  This fair is well known for its wide range of antiques on offer.

 

 

 

 

 


January Newsletter

Posted by Louise - January 2, 2017

A very Happy New Year to you all!  Here's to a great 2017.

 

Beat the January blues and plan a weekend away to Suffolk! Explore the beautiful, unspoilt countryside, walking, cycling, visiting pretty villages and great traditional pubs with open fires.

Perhaps you fancy a weekend away learning a new skill or are thinking of planning a corporate team building weekend, Assington Mill offers 70 different rural skills and crafts courses throughout the year, including beekeeping, story telling, upholstery, willow fencing, stone walling, clay oven building, archery, landscape painting, the list is endless.  Lunch and refreshments are included.  Please see their website for further information www.assingtonmill.com.

The Magic of Minsmere Weekend Walks - Saxmundham Sunday 15 January.  With over 5,600 recorded species there is so much to discover at Minsmere.  Walks last around 3-4 hours.  Start time 9.15.  Booking is essential.  Dates are 7th, 15th, 21st, 29th January.  Adults £8, children £4.  www.minsere@rspb.org.uk, tel: 01728 648281.

Languard Fort Ghost Hunt - 21 st January.  Experience a night of ghost hunting at Languard Fort Felixstowe with Ghost Hunt Events.

Delizioso Italian Food and Wine Night - Thursday 26 January Lavenham Greyhound.  A night of Italian delicacies, cocktails, wines and coffees.  Please see www.lavenhamgreyhound.com.

Long Melford Book Fair - Saturday 28 January.  Between 15 and 20 exhibitors will be offering a wide range of secondhand and collectable books for sale.  Refreshments available.  The longest running book fair in East Anglia.  10 am - 4 pm.  Admission £1 for adults,  Memorial Hall (opposite Bull Hotel) Long Melford, Co10 9LQ

Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden - Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January, East Bergholt, CO7 6UL.  Lots of family fun activities making bird feeders, and take part on a nature trail around the garden.

Lavenham Farmers Market - 29 January Lavenham Village Hall, 10 am - 1.30 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


November Newsletter

Posted by Louise - November 2, 2016

November is the month to wrap up warm and enjoy a bracing walk amongst the beautiful, autumnal Suffolk countryside.  There are lots of fabulous firework displays taking place too around the county!

Bonfire Night at The Lindsey Rose - Saturday 5 November, Live music, outside bar, BBQ, bonfire and fireworks. £3.50 a ticket and under 5s go free.  Gates open at 5.30pm.  Red Rose Inn, The Tye, Lindsey, IP7 6PP.

Ickworth - Christmas baking day with the 1930s cooks, 9 November and 16 November 10.30-3pm.  Join the house's cooks to learn all about their work making traditional mincemeat and orange pastry.

Craft & Food Fair - Sunday 6 November 10 am - 4 pm, Hadleigh Town Hall.  There will be stalls selling foods and various crafts.  Adults £1.

Sutton Hoo - Carols around the Fireplace - Saturday and Sunday from Sat 12 November - 18 December.  Discover Tranmer House dressed for a 1930s Christmas.  Listen to the festive music round the fireplace in the drawing room.  There will be different choirs and musical groups every day.  There will be a Christmas Fayre on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November.

Ghost Hunt at Fort Languard - Saturday 19 November.  Fort Languard is a Grade 1 listed building.  This spectacular building is home to several apparitions and poltergeist activity.  £30 per person 8.30pm-2am www.supernaturaltours.co.uk.

Lavenham Guildhall - Lavenham by Lantern Light - Thursday 10 November, Saturday 26 November, 6.30pm-8pm.  Booking essential tel: 08442 491895. Starting at the Lavenham Guildhall, Market Place, Lavenham see the medieval village of Lavenham by lantern light.  The beautiful timber-framed buildings come alive as you listen to the history of the village.

Christmas Fayre at Sutton Hoo - Saturday 12 November, 10.30am-4.30pm. Children can visit Santa for storytelling as well as the opportunity to buy early Christmas presents with lots of crafts, gifts, and festive music.

Stoke by Nayland Christmas Fayre - Thursday 19 November, 9.30am-3.30pm at the Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa at Leavenheath.  Over 50 stalls selling a fantastic range of festive gifts.

Kersey Christmas Gift Fayre 2016 - Start your Christmas shopping in the beautiful surroundings of Kersey Church - Friday 25 7pm-9.30pm £5 per adult which includes a glass of mulled wine, mince pie and entry into the draw and re-entry on Saturday 26 November 10.30-4pm.  Saturday visit only £2.  St Mary's Church Kersey, Suffolk.  Shopping by candlelight on the Friday eve.

Christmas with the Owls - Suffolk Owl Sanctuary - Stonham Aspal.  Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November.  Come and see the owls, eagles, falcons, buzzards as well as father Christmas in his Yuletide Grotto and Holly Owl and her woodland friends.

Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival - 26 November-2 January, 8am - 5pm.  The famous festival offers a variety of themes and styles of decorated trees in St Peter and St Mary's Church and The Mix and Abbots Hall.

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre - 24 - 27 November.  Annual Christmas Fayre with over 200 festive stalls and live music.

Ickworth - Crafting for Christmas - Saturday 26 - Friday 2 December.  Giving grown ups the opportunity to come and make some beautiful decorations 10.30am-3.30pm.

Flatford - Christmas at Flatford -  Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November, Valley Farm will be decorated and there will be a blazing fire.  Tables will be set for a Tudor feast and you can find out about Christmas customs old and new.  Food tasting and Christmas gifts will be on sale.  11am-4pm, Flatford, East Bergholt.

Lavenham Farmers' Market - Sunday 27 November, Lavenham Village Hall, 10am-1.30pm.

 

 


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