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.



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.

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.






February Newsletter

Posted by Louise - February 1, 2017

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.






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

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., 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

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

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.



October Newsletter

Posted by Louise - October 1, 2016

Woodbridge Vintage and Modern Market - Saturday 1 October 9.30am - 4pm.  Woodbridge Shire Hall and Market Hill.  If you enjoy seeking out vintage treasures, then head to the beautiful market town of Woodbridge to this fantastic market.

Undley Pumpkin Patch - Saturday 1 - 30 October, 10am - 5pm.  Peterhouse Farm Undley Road, Beck Row, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 8BU.  Open every weekend for pumpkin picking, themed maize maze, bounce and climb and lots of other activities and every day for half term week.  Free admission and free parking.

Melford Hall - Beatrix Potter's Melford: Holiday sketches 1899-1916 - Until the end of October - An exhibition of sketches drawn by Beatrix Potter whilst on holiday at Melford Hall, Long Melford.

Birdwatching for Beginners RSPB Minsere - Sunday 2 October, Saxmundham IP17,3BY.  Come and learn how to identify the fantastic birds that gather on the reserve at this time of year.

Mind Body Spirit Fayre - Sunday 2 October, 11am - 5pm, The Bull Hotel, Long Melford.  Holistic therapies, free workshops, reiki, crystals, psychic art readings and more.

Scaresville The Haunted Village - 5 October - 5 November.  Scaresville is the haunted village which mysteriously appears in the grounds of Kentwell Hall.  It is one of Britain's Top Scare Attractions.  Booking is essential and not for the faint-hearted, not suitable for under 14s.  Please visit for further information and tickets.

Framlingham SausageFest - Saturday 8 October.  This year the event is packed full of fun with sausage making workshops and tasting stalls.

Flatford Ramble - Constable's Footsteps - Saturday 15 October.  A guided 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: 0844 249 1895.

Lost at Africa Alive - 22 - 30 October - Lots of fun for October half term.  Follow clues to round up your kit, crack the expedition code and find the treasure.

Creepy Crafts at Framlingham Castle - Saturday 22 - Friday 28 October. A perfect day out for the family this Shocktober half term, 11am -4pm.

Ickworth October Half term - Making things and having fun - Saturday 22 October - 30 October.  Enjoy a variety of children's craft activities and games.  Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds.

Landguard Spooky Day - Saturday 22 October, 12pm - 4pm.  A fun packed afternoon suitable for children aged 2 - 12 years.  Children £7 ad Adults £2.  You must pre-book in advance for this event.

Final Fling - Long Shop Museum - Sunday 23 October.  Engines in steam and lots more for the final major event of the season.

Lavenham Farmers' Market - Sunday 23 October, Lavenham Village Hall

Halloween and Fireworks - Friday 28 October, Stonham Barns Leisure and Retail Village, Stonham Aspal.

Hadleigh Annual Fireworks Display - Friday 28 October, The Millfield Hadleigh.  Fireworks start at 8pm.  Adults £5 and under 16's £4.

Lavenham Children's Festival - Friday 28 - 29 October, The Village Hall and The Swan Hotel in Lavenham.  Lavenham's first ever Children's Festival, storytelling, workshops, meet the author and more from £3-£6.  Please goto for more information.

Little Fort of Horrors - Saturday 29 October, 7pm - 11pm.  Languard Fort, Felixstowe.  Enter the Zombie Fortress.  Adults and young people (aged 13-18) £8.  Two adults and two young people £30.  No admittance to anyone under 13.  You must pre-book

.The Big Draw Framlingham - Saturday 29 October 9.30am - 3pm, Market Hill, Framlingham. The Big Draw is a free event for all ages, which aims to promote drawing and all its many uses and pleasures.

Halloween Horrible History - Monday 31 October 6pm.  Discover the darker side of Ipswich's history - hangings, the plague, bear baiting and grave robbers.  Ideal for children aged 8 to 12 and well behaved adults.  £4 per person.  Ipswich Tourist Guides Association.






August Newsletter

Posted by Louise - August 2, 2016

Theatre in the Forest - The Tempest! - 26 July - Sunday 28 August.  Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sat at 2pm.  Jimmy's Farm.  The Red Rose Chain will perform their version of The Tempest outdoors and under the stars at Jimmy's Farm.

Snape Proms - 29 July-28th August.  A fantastic array of music ranging from classical to folk.

Southwold Model Yacht Regatta - 6th, 10th, 16th, and 24th August.  Come and see an amazing display of model yachts at the Model Boat Pond.

Heroes and Villians, Framlingham Castle - Monday 8 August - Friday 12 August, 11am - 4pm.  Listen to astonishing tales and then pick up your sword for training and taking part in your own battle.  Adults £8.50, Children £5.  English Heritage Members FREE.

Freaky Forensics, Long Shop Museum, Leiston - Wednesday 10 August  Become a scientist for the afternoon and explore the Magic Magnets Trail.  1pm-4pm.

Summer Fun Day - Felixstowe Museum - Wednesday 10,17,24,31 August, 12pm-4pm.  Come and celebrate The Queen's 90th Birthday with fun royal quizzes, get knighted, even make your own Royal crown.

Adnams Tasting Events - Hadleigh -  Friday 12 August, 7pm.  Your chance to sample, fizz, beers, wines, spirits and more, together with a range of nibbles to compliment your drinks.  Tickets £10 per person tel: 01473 230330.

Local Lobster Weekend - Long Melford Swan - Friday 12 - Sunday 14 August.  Sample and savour The Swan's gastronomic Summer Lobster Menu with special wines and champagne.

Medieval Mayhem - Framlingham Castle - Monday 15 August to Friday 19 August.  Step back in time and have Medieval fun this summer.  Fantastic stories and even take part in your own battle.  Adult £8.50, Children £5.

FolkEast Festival, Glemham Hall - An incredible 3 day Folk Festival in rural Suffolk with local and international musical talent - 19th-21st August.  For more information please visit

Thorpeness Regatta and Fireworks - Friday 19th August.  A full day out with BBQ, live music, fireworks at The Meare.

Around The World in 80 Days - An exciting musical adventure for the whole family at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, 6.30pm on Friday 19 August.  Adults £13, Children £9, Family £35.  Bring a picnic and enjoy this fabulous adventure in the open-air.

Knights' Tournament, Framlingham Castle - Saturday 20 August - Sunday 21 August.  Watch knights as they take part in a medieval contes and step back in time to see the sights and sounds of daily life in a medieval encampment.  Adults £9.10, Children £5, family £23.50

Lavenham Carnival and Rare Breeds Motor Show - Sunday 28th August.  This year's Carnival brings Rio to the streets of Lavenham.  Join in the festivities, fair rides, samba workshops, fabulous acts and displays.  Follow the colourful procession which leaves the Market Place at 12pm.  Adults £5 and children agen 15 and under go FREE.

The Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival - 28th and 29th August.  Hosted in the Arc Shopping Centre the festival invities you to come along and taste culinary delights, with a Farmers Market, street entertainment and celebrity chef appearances!

Rail n Ale Weekend - Mid-Suffolk Light Railway - 25th Anniversary Year, Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Sunday 28th - Monday 29 August.  Steam and beer with two locos in steam and a selection of the finest local ales.


July Newsletter

Posted by Louise - June 28, 2016

Pigs Gone Wild - Ipswich and the Waterfront - Monday 27 June to Friday 2 September.  St Elizabeth Hospice have teamed up with Wild in Art to stage Suffolk's biggest ever mass-participation public art event.  The interactive trail features 39 large pig sculptures, beautifully decorated by local artists as well as 30 junior pigs designed by local schools.  For more information visit

Tudor Midsummer at Kentwell 1593 until Sunday 3 July.  Step back in time during Tudor Kentwell.  Visitors embark on a time travel experience which takes them back to Tudor times.  Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.

Melford Hall - Melford Hall Art Fair.  View and buy paintings from a group of East Anglian artists, 3 July.

Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles - Framlingham Castle, Friday 1 July.  Gates open at 6 pm performance starts at 7 pm.  Bring a picnic and your best detective skills for an unforgettable evening of mystery, suspense and theatre under the stars at Framlingham Castle.

Much Ado About Nothing Outdoor performance - Friday 1 - Saturday 2 July, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket.  Bring your own picnic and settledown early for a summertime treat in a beautiful setting tel: 01449 612229.

History Alive 2016 - Saturday 2 July - Sunday 3 July, Stonham Barns Showground, Stonham Aspal.  Reenactment groups depicting Life and Combat through the ages!

Adnams Tasting Events - Bury St Edmunds - Friday 8 July at 7 pm

Latitude Festival - 14-17 July Glemham Hall.  The regions premier music and arts festival this year sees The Macabees, The National and New Order.  Wander from film to music, comedy to literature, theatre and poetry.  Please visit

Jimmy's Harvest Festival - Saturday 23 July - Sunday 24 July, 11 am - 11 pm.  Jimmy's Harvest Festival of Sausages and Beer is an annual celebration of great live music, delicious food and family fun.

Felixstowe Carnival - 23 - 24 July

Orfordness Lighthouse Summer Open Day - Orford, Sunday 24 July.  The perfect opportunity to discover and explore this wonderful landmark.

Theatre in the Forest - 26 July - 28 August, Jimmy's Farm, Wherstead.  Red Rose Chain is staging The Tempest.  To book tickets please call 01473 603388.

Romeo & Juliet, Kentwell Hall, Friday 29 July, 7.45 pm.  Bring your picnic for a lovely evening in Kentwell's beautiful grounds.  Tickets from £12.50.  For further information, please email:

Waterfront Wander - A guided walk around Ipswich - Sunday 31 July, start time 10.30 am.  Ipswich Tourist Information Centre.  Please book in advance.