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.


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 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

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 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.



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