June Newsletter

Posted by Louise - June 3, 2016

Monks Eleigh Fete and Dog Show - Saturday 4 June, Recreation Ground, Church Hill, IP7 7JL

Dunwich Heath - Coastal Centre and Beach, Beginners 6 week Nordic walking course.  Wed 1 June, Wed 8 June, Wed 15 June.  Learn how to Nordic walk whilst enjoying the beautiful Dunwich Heath.  Dunwich, Saxmundham, IP17 3DJ tel: 0844 2491895.

Ickworth Wool Fair - Saturday 2 and Sunday 5 June, Ickworth, The Rotunda, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5QE.  Sheep dog trails, demos and sheep shearing.  Lots of wool crafts and The Sheep Show as well as duck shepherding.

Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts - Friday 10th - 26th June.  Some of the world's leading musicians meet at the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall to perform opera, chamber recitals and world music.

A Very Royal Weekend at Africa Alive!, Kessingland - Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June.  Join in the celebrations for the Queen's official 90th birthday at Africa Alive!

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve - Bombs and Beasties - all day guided walk, Saturday 11 June  9.30 am - 5 pm. Orford Ness, Quay Office, Orford Quay, Woodbridge, tel:0844 249 1895.  A 5 minute boat ride leads to a 5 mile walk with a ranger.  Once a Top Secret military test site and now a National Nature Reserve.

Taste of Sudbury Food and Drink Festival - Sunday 12 June, 10 am - 4 pm.  Market Hll and St Peter's Church

The Party in the Park - Sunday 12 June 12 pm - 6 pm.  Clare Castle Country Park, Station Rd, Clare, CO10 8NW.  A fantastic party to celebrate HM the Queen's 90th birthday with a beer tent, hog roast, Pimms and Prosecco, live music, games, stalls, Suffolk Punch horse, dog show, and lots more.

Lunch Sails from Ipswich, Ipswich IP4 1BY - Friday 17th June, 11.30 am - 2.30 pm  A relaxing three hour cruise from Ipswich Dock down the River Orwell to the mouth of the river and back. Price £39.50 incl 2 course lunch, tel: 01621 857567.

The Great Annual Kersey Ball Run and Summer Fayre - Saturday 18 June, 12 pm - 3 pm,  Kersey CEVC Primary School, Kersey.  A great fayre with lots of stalls for the whole family - 2 pm watch hundreds and balls released from the back of a tractor being brushed down the hill by local children - first ball to reach "The Splash" is the winner.  Still time to buy your balls and win!!

Journey Through the Ages Vintage Rally and Country Fair - Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June, 10 am - 6 pm, Goodrich Park, Palgrave, IP22 1BA.  As well as a vast array of vintage cars, tractors, and military vehicles, there is a giant sand pit, donkey rices, vintage fairground, Alpacas, birds of prey....  Adults £6, children £4.

Lavenham Guidhall - Discover Medieval Lavenham - Tuesday 21 June, 10.30 - 12.30 pm, tel: 01787 247646.  A guided walk around the historic center of Lavenham.

Tudor Midsummer at Kentwell 1593 - Saturday 25 June, 11 am - 5 pm.  Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA.  Step back in time during Tudor Kentwell and see the re-creations with more than 200 Tudors creating the dress, speech, food, drink, music, dance, crafts and activities. Adults £20.50, children £14.50.

Felixstowe Book Festival - 25th - 26th June.  Come and celebrate some of the best loved books and authors.

Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair 2016, Sunday 26 June, 12 pm - 5.30 pm, The River Wall, Tide Mill to Deben Yacht Club, IP12 4BB.  Yacht racing, dinghy races, rowing and tener racing.  There is a children's activitiy centre with face painting, games and crafts, as well as live music.  Free entry.



VisitEngland 5 Star Gold Award

Posted by Louise - May 4, 2016


We are so delighted that Cressland has been awarded 5 Star Gold again this year by VisitEngland.  We have also qualified for the Walkers Welcome Scheme.




May Newsletter

Posted by Louise - May 3, 2016


May is the start of The Suffolk Walking Festival, which is a fantastic way to explore the county whilst helping to keep fit too!  The 2016 Hadleigh show also takes place on Saturday 21st May - a great family day out, featuring livestock displays, vintage tractors, falconry and ferret displays, Dog and Duck Show and the world famous Royal Signals White Helmets Display Team.  Book your tickets early

The South Suffolk Show - Sunday 8 May, 8.30 am - 5 pm, Ampton Point-to-Point Racecourse, Ingham, Bury St Edmunds.  A traditional ond day agricultural show.  Tickets £10

Suffolk Antique & Vintage Weekend - Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 May, 9am - 3pm, Stonham Barns Leisure and Retail Village.  A large selection of stalls selling an array of antiques, vintage and collectables.

Science Saturday - Freaky Forensics - Saturday 14 May, Long Shop Museum, Leiston.  A fabulous event for the whole family.

Suffolk Walking Festival - Saturday 14 May - Sunday 5 June.  77 Guided Walks across Suffolk for everyone with varying difficulties.  The Mega Challenge from Lowestoft to Felixstowe covers 60 miles in 24 hours.  Other walks include two stress-busting mindfulness walks, a prambling walk for parents with prams and even a 'Horrible History For Families' in Ipswich walk

The Bury Festival - 20 - 29 May.  The Bury Festival offers ten days of music, theatre, film and exhibitions in venues and spaces around the town.

Hadleigh Show - The 177th Hadleigh Show, Saturday 21st May at Holbecks Park, Hadleigh.  An amazing country show for the whole family

Pulse Festival, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich - 26 May - Saturday 4 June.  A ten day festival of contemporary theatre.

May Half Term Fun at Framlingham Castle - 28 May - 3 June.

Half Term Hobbies and Adventures at Ickworth House - 28 May - 5 June, 11am - 5pm

The 2016 LeeStock Festival - 28 - 29 May, Melford Hall.  Held in the grounds of Melford Hall, LeeStock raises money for the Willow Foundation and features many local acts including The Feeling, The Hoosiers, New Town Kings and Lucy Spraggan.



April Newsletter

Posted by Louise - April 7, 2016

Woodbridge Gingerbread Trail - 21st March - Friday 15 April.  Buy a trail sheet for £1 from The Cake Shop or The Tide Mill and follow the trail to find the seven biscuits hidden around Woodbridge town centre.  Win an Easter egg shaped biscuit by The Cake Shop.

Easter Holiday Family Activities at the Longshop Museum - Friday 25 March - Sunday 10 April.  Adults £6.50, children £3.50

Easter Trail at Landguard Fort Felixstowe - 25 March - 10 April

29 March - Sunday 10 April.  50 Things to do before 11 3/4. - Experience many activities like bug hunting, pond dipping and geocaching. A National Trust Event 10.30 - 3.30.  Visitors to meet at Heath Barn.

Framingham Country Show - 9 - 10 April.  Live demonstrations across 5 rings, including performances by many celebrities, trainers and experts

The Magic of Minsmere Weekend Walk - Sat 9 April, 17 April, 23 April starts 9.15 RSPB Minsmere. The walk lasts around 2-3 hours

Classic Bike Show - April 10, 9th Suffolk Bike Show.  British Legion Hall, Long Melford, 10 - 3 pm, £1 entry.

Africa by Night Africa Alive, Kessingland - Monday 11 April.  An evening of fun in the unique atmosphere of the dark at twilight, including displays by the Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Troupe.

Long Melford Farmer's Market - 16 April at the Village Memorial Hall.  The market is held on the last Saturday of every month, featuring a wide range of locally produced food and drink.

Foodie Workshop at Lavenham Farmer's Market - Sunday 24 April at Lavenham Village Hall.  2 hour workshop £25 per person. 

Colourful Characters and Fascinating Facts - Afternoon Tea Walk around Ipastich, 2 pm £8 per person.  Ipswich Tourist Information Centre.

All About Dogs Show - 27 and 28 April, Suffolk Trinity Park, Ipswich 

Lunch Sails from Ipswich - Friday 29 April.  A relaxing 3 hour cruise from Ipswich dock down the river Orwell.  £39.50 incl 2 course lunch, tel: 01621 857567 Old Customs House Ipswich Dock

Marvellous Minibeasts Africa Alive - 30 April - 2 May.  A marvellous prize trail and special displays 9.30 - 5 pm.  Cost £18.10 adult, children £12.65.

Works in Wartime, Long Shop Museum - Saturday 30 April.  Bringing the 1940's to life with re-enactors, village fair and live music.



March Newsletter

Posted by Louise - March 2, 2016

Banham Zoo - World Wildlife Weekend - Sat 5 and Sunday 6 March.  Enjoy a weekend of activities to mark World Wildlife Day.  Open from 9.30 am,

The 15th Aldeburgh Literary Festival - 3 March - 6 March.  The festival features a wide range of talks from writers and personalities, 3 exhibitions and a book launch at the Jubilee Hall.  For more information please call tel: 01728 452587.

Long Melford Book Fair - Saturday 5 March, 10-4pm.  Adults £1. The longest running independent book fair in East Anglia, selling a wide range of secondhand books.  Village Memorial Hall off Hall Street, CO10 9LQ.

The Magic of Minsmere Weekend Walk - Sunday 6 March, Sunday 12 March, 20 March, Sat 26 March starts 9.15 am RSPB Minsmere.  A guided walk around Minsmere where over 5,300 recorded species can be found.  Please contact RSPB Minsmere for more information.

Africa Alive! - Sunday 6 March mums go free on Mother's Day.  Treat your mum to a day out at Africa Alive!  Open daily from 9.30 am.

Woodbridge Book Fair - 13 March, 10 am - 4 pm, Woodbridge Community Centre, Station Road Woodbridge, IP12 4AU.  Sale of secondhand collectable books.  Adults £1, children under 15 free tel: 01245 361609.

Sutton Hoo - Out of the Case - Sunday 13 March.  Get a close up look at our fantastic collection of Sutton Hoo replica treasures at an informal talk and handling exhibition.

Ickworth - Living History Opening up the House - Sunday 13 March, 12 am-4 pm.  The basement is brought to life and discover life as a servant in the 1930s.  Bury St Edmunds IP29 5QE.

Flatford - Flatford Ramble - Constable's Footsteps -  Saturday 19 March.  A 3 hour (4 mile) ramble, 10.30 am visiting the views that inspired the artist John Constable tel: 0844 249 1895.

Stowmarket Half Marathon - Sunday 20 March, 11 am main race and 10.15 junior race.  Open to entrants aged 17 years or older with a course suitable for racing wheelchairs.  The route takes in some of Suffolk's quietest rural country roads.  Entry £12 - £16, juniors £2.  Enter online at  Venue address: Hall Orchard, 1 Brettenham Road, Buxhall, Suffolk, IP14 3DL.

Ickworth - Look Out Archery at Easter - Friday 25 March - Sunday 3 April.  The ultimate archery experience for all ages! 11 am - 4 pm.  Tel: 01284 735270.

Flatford - Cadbury Easter Bunny Hunt - Friday 25 March - Monday 28 March.  Follow the trail, hunt for clues and enjoy a yummy Cadbury chocolate bunny, Flatford, East Bergholt.

Ickworth - Easter Holidays - hobbies and adventures, egg hunts, 25 March - Sunday 10 April.  Enjoy a variety of Easter children's craft activities and games at Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds.

Lavenhall Guildhall - Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - Friday 25 March - Monday 28 March.  Lavenham was once one of the wealthiest places in Tudor England and there's still plenty of treasure waiting to be found.  Join our Crooked Houses Trail, follow the clues around the village and then back to the Guildhall to claim your yummy prize.  Lavenham Guildhall, Market Place, Lavenham.

Easter Adventure Quest at Framlingham Castle - 25 - 28 March.  Explore Framlingham Castle and solve clues.  You may even get a chocolate reward to take home.

Eastertide at Kentwell Hall - 25 - 28 March.  See 100 Tudors about the manor, undercover and in the grounds, celebrating Easter Tudor-style with music, dancing and hot cross bun making.  Try the Quiz challenge for the whole family for a chance to win a large egg.  There is also an Easter Egg Hunt trail.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Melford Hall - 25 - 28 March.  Try and find the eggs hidden in the grounds.  Have a go at the egg and spoon race - suitable for all ages.  Tickets cost £2.50, plus normal garden admission 12 pm - 4.30 pm.

Africa Alive! Egg-splore, Egg-site and Egg-samine - 25 - 31 March.  Visit Africa Alive during the Easter holidays and learn all about the amazing behaviour of the animals.

February Newsletter

Posted by Admin - February 1, 2016

Spring is just around the corner, it is only the start of February, and the Snowdrops are already out in bloom.  Whether you are planning a romantic weekend away or looking for things to do at half term, there's plenty to do in Suffolk in February: Walking, exploring picturesque villages and great local pubs, or perhaps visit....

The Aldeburgh and Suffolk Coastal Young People's Film Festival - Friday 5 - Friday 19 February.  For more information please email

The Magic of Minsmere Weekend Walk - 9.15 am on Sunday 7 February, Saturday 13, Sunday 21 and Saturday 27 February.  The walk lasts around 2-3 hours where you will be guided by RSPB guides on a discovery of the vast array of birdlife around the reserve (home to BBC Spring Watch).  Non members £8 adults and £4 children

Dickens in Ipswich Guided Walk - Friday 12 February, 2 pm.  A Dickens themed walk followed by tea and cake.  For more information

Valentine's Evening - The Suffolk Food Hall - Saturday 13 February.  Between 7 pm and 9 pm, £42.95 per person.  Enjoy a 5 course Valentine's Dinner including romantic sharing courses as well as Prosecco and Canapes to start enjoying the stunning views of The River Orwell.  Tel: 01473 786

Valentine's Dinner on Southwold Pier - Saturday 13 February and Sunday 14 February. Head to Southwold Pier to romance your valentine over the moonlight sea under the stars £59.95 for two.  Contact, tel: 01502 722 105.

Visit Anglo Saxon England at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds - Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February.  Ormsguard re-enactors will be providing the first living history weekend of the year at England's First Village.  Join them for a time travelling event which brings the village to life. 10 am - 4 pm

Punch & Judy Show at Southwold Pier - 13, 14 and 16 February.  Southwold's pier show is back this February half term.  Shows take place throughout the day.

Monkey Madness at Africa Alive! - 13 - 21 February.  Celebrate the Chinese year of the monkey at Africa Alive.

Half Term Hobbies and Adventures at Ickworth House - 13 - 21 February.  Enjoy a variety of children's craft activities this half term.  Explore the play area, den building and become a nature detective with a family explorer pack. 11 am - 3 pm.

Landguard Fort Half Term Trail - 13 - 21 February.  Visit Landguard Fort and take part in the quiz trail.

Snowdrops and Spring Bulbs at Kentwell Hall - 13 - 21 February.  Visit the garden and farm of Kentwell Hall and enjoy the spring flowers.  Lunches and teas are available at the cafe (main house is closed).

Ring Quest - West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village - Monday 15 Feb - Sunday 21 Feb.  Visit Tolkien's Middle Earth at West Stow for the whole of half term.  Children dressed as hobbits are particularly welcome!

Kids Activity Day, Anglia Indoor Karting, Sproughton - Monday 15 February.  For children aged 8-14

Heroes and Villians Magna Carta at Framlingham Castle - 15 - 19 February.  An amazing 12th century fortress once refuge of Mary Tudor before she became Queen.  A great family day out!

Youngster Activity Day at High Lodge - 17 February.  Join in the activities which include clay pigeon shooting, archery and much more.  Sessions start at 10 or 11 am.  For more information, please email or call tel: 01986 784347.

Lavenham Farmers' Market - Sunday 28 February.  Over 35 of the region's best small scale producers showcasing a delicious array of meat.  Lavenham Village Hall, Church Street, Lavenham






January Newsletter

Posted by Louise - January 15, 2016

 fire_cressland.JPG January is the month to snuggle up in front of the open fire, go on long walks and explore the tea rooms, restaurants and pubs in Suffolk's pretty villages.

West Stow Country Park and Anglo Saxon Village - 1 January - 29 February, Bury St Edmunds.  West Stow is a remarkable reconstruction of six Anglo-Saxon buildings on their original site with displays of archeological finds from local Saxon sites.  There is also a cafe, gift shop, play area and visitor centre.  For more information go to

Lavenham Guildhall - This fabulous timber-framed buiding houses a museum which tells the story of one of the best-preserved and wealthiest towns in Tudor England.  You can also visit the gift shop and tea room. Open weekends only in January 11 am-5pm

The Magic of Minsmere Weekend walks with the RSPB - January to March.  The guided walks last approximately 2-3 hours from 9.15 am when you can discover more than 5300 recorded species.  Tickets cost £8 adult and £4 children.  For more information, please call 01728 648281.

Birdwatching for Beginners at RSPB Minsmere - Sunday 17 and 31 January from 10.30 and lasting approx 2 1/2 hours.  Adults £8, child £4An RSPB guide will take you through all he steps for recognising birds.  Just bring your binoculars.

Pride and Prejudice - The Cut in Halesworth - 22 and 23 January.  Jane Austen's classic re-told on stage.  Friday 22 7.30 pm, Saturday 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm.

Thorpeness Landscape Photography Walk Sat 30 January - for beginners and intermediates

Gainsborough House in Sudbury home to the great artist Thomas Gainborough.  The house is now a museum that exhibits a collection of his works and also offers a range of 1 - 3 day art courses, including printmaking, woodcutting and life drawing.

Burns Ceilidh - Lavenham Village Hall Saturday 30 January.  Haggis supper and Piper Dancing with The Caledonian Reelers and Caller.  Tickets available from Angel Gallery, Market Place and Lavenham Village Hall.

December Newsletter

Posted by Louise - December 12, 2015

Christmas Sparkle at Ickworth House - 5 - 21 December.  Visit Father Christmas at Ickworth House and enjoy doing Christmas crafts.

Ipswich Christmas Market - December 11 - 13, 10am - 6pm, Sunday until 4pm.  Over 60 festive stalls and entertainment in Ipswich town centre.  Father Christmas will arrive each day at 10.30 am.

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Wetheringsett - Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December.  Meet Santa on the steam train for children up to the age of 10.

Christmas at Landguard Fort - Sunday 13 December 1 pm - 7 pm.  Follow the illuminated Santa Trail around the fort, complete with live elves, snow machines, music and surprises, before reaching Father Christmas in his grotto - admission £5

Christmas at Africa Alive, Kessingland - Sunday 13 December - Thursday 24 December.  A fantastic family day out with a Santa Safari roadtrain, face painting and make your own Christmas decorations.  Santa's Grotto will be from 11 am - 3 pm

Father Christmas Sails into Snape Maltings - Sunday 13 December approx 2 pm. Bring the whole family for this wonderful festive spectacle.

Wickham Market Christmas Street Market, Woodbridge - Wednesday 16 December 9.30 am-4.30 pm.

A Christmas Weekend at Snape Maltings - 18 - 20 December.  On 19 December there will be a Christmas Farmers' Market from 9.30 - 1.30 pm

Dickensian Christmas at Kentwell Hall - 12/13 December and 19/20 December.  Learn about a Victorian Christmas.  Make Victorian style Christmas decorations and visit Father Christmas in his cottage.

Felixstowe Christmas Dip - Christmas day come along and take part in this charity swim.  Registration is at 8.30 am opposite Manning's Amusements.  £5 per person or £10 for the Felixstowe Christmas Dip t-shirt.



November Newsletter

Posted by Louise - November 6, 2015

There is a fantastic selection of traditional Christmas Fayres taking place in Suffolk this month.

The Big Night Out - Friday 6 November 6pm, Melford Hall Park, Long Melford. Giant bonfire, spectacular fireworks, BBQ.

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival - Snape and Aldeburgh.  Friday 6 - Sunday 8 November.

Framlingham Firework Spectacular - Saturday 7 November, 6 pm, Pageant Field.

Lavenham Literary Festival - Friday 13 November - Sunday 15 November - talks by Shelia Hancock, Kate Mosse, Tom Holland.  Box Office tel: 01284769505,

Long Melford Olde Christmas - Hall Street, Long Melford.  A traditional Christmas Street event, Sunday 29 November, 6-30 - 8 pm.

Lavenham Guidhall Lavenham by Lantern Light - Saturday 7 November and Saturday 14 November.  See the medieval village of Lavenham by lantern light and listen to the village's history, Market Place, Lavenham.

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre - 26 - 29 November.  The largest fayre in East Anglia throughout the town.

Kersey Christmas Gift Fayre - Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November.  Shopping by candlelight Friday 27 November, 7 pm - 9.30 pm.  Enjoy a magical evening of shopping while enjoying mulled wine, mince pies and listening to our choir, St Mary's Church Kersey.

Victorian Christmas Fayre - Saturday 28 Nov, Mid Suffolk Light Railway, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket.  A selection of gift and food stalls, rides on the train a `Frozen' Grotto for the children.

Christmas with the Owls in the Land of Narnia - Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary.  Real reindeer, Santa's Grotto, Children's play area.  Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket.

Christmas Crafts for Adults at Ickworth House - 30th Novemer - 4th December


October Newsletter

Posted by Louise - September 25, 2015

Come and see the stunning skies and autumnal colours of Suffolk's beautiful countryside.  Relax in front of cosy open fires or enjoy the many spooky events taking place across Suffolk this October.  If you dare, visit Scaresville at Kentwell Hall - one of Britain's top Halloween attractions.

Here's an interesting fact taken from the "Halloween - Why Blame Suffolk?  According to Doc Rowe a folklorist back in the 70's there was a documentary programme on BBC2 called `Look Stranger` about the Woodbridge American Airbase in Suffolk.  It showed children doing trick or treating and within 2 years the tabloids had adopted the festival and promoted it.  So despite our predecessors in Scotland and Ireland taking the Halloween tradition to America in the mid 19C our American friends brought them back to the airbase in Suffolk".

Undley Pumpkin Patch Bury St Edmunds - 3rd October - Saturday 31 October. PYO pumpkins and family activities, Boucy castle, themed maize maize, craft marque, tel: 078231 146432,

Flipside Festival - 2 - 5 October.  Flipside is a celebration of Brazilian literature, music and art at Snape Maltings, Snape.

Melford Hall, Long Melford - 3 October 10.30 am - 1 pm.  A National Trust organised 4 mile walk following the route of the old GER Line between historic Lavenham and Long Melford.  £16 per person tickets available from Melford Hall, tel: 01787 379228,

Guided Walk around Medieval Lavenham - Saturday 3 October 2.30 pm, Sunday 4 October 11 am.  Adults £4, children free.  Also 10 October at 2.30 pm, 11 October at 11 am, 17 October at 2.30 pm and 31 October at 2.30 pm.  Lavenham Tourist Information Centre, Lady St.  Enjoy a guided walk around Lavenham, Suffolk's best preserved medieval village.  To book, please call the Tourist Information Centre on tel: 01787 248207.  Please turn up in good time.

Framlingham SausageFest - 10 October.  Sausage making workshops, tasting competitions.  Tickets at £5 per person, family of 4 ticket £16 www.

Wood and Craft Fair Ickworth House - 10-11 October.  There will be a pottery tent, local food, children's activities and craft stalls, 10 - 4 pm, Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds.

Scaresville The Haunted Village - Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Friday 10 October - Saturday 1 November.  Discover what awakens after dark at one of Britain's Top Scare Attractions and winner of the prestigious Screamie Award.  Not suitable for children under 14.  Younger guests can join in with Halloweenies! Scaresville's Little Monsters.  For more information and tickets please go to or tel: 01787 310207. 

Autumn Bird Walk Museum of East Anglian Life - October 11 at 1.30 pm.  Tickets are available from Stowmarket Tourist Information Centre or, tel: 01449 612229 £5 per adult, £1 per child, £10 family.

Sailing Barge Lunch Cruise - 16 October 11.30 am - 2.30 pm, Ipswich Waterfront.  Enjoy a leisurely sail from Ipswich to Shotley and back on board sailing barge Thistle.  £37.50 per person, incl ploughmans and pudding.

Birdwatching barge cruise Ipswich Waterfront - 10.30 am - 4.30 pm, £55 per person - 18 October. A relaxing sail on the Orwell and Stour with the Essex Wildlife Trust to help spot and identify other winter birds.

Halloween Castles & Villains Hollow Trees Farm - Fri 23 October - Saturday 31 October, 10am - 4pm.  Together with the standard farm trail activities there will be: Rascals Castle in the Barn, The Villains Maze and Witches Wood, Soundrels Straw Stack, inflatable fun, Hoots cafe and more.., Hollow Trees Farm, Semer.

Annual Halloween Hoot at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary-  Saturday 26 October, Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspall.  Solve clues along the tombstone trail and win a prize.  80+ owls, bobbing apples, lantern making and lots more fun activities.  For more information go to

Languard Spooky Day - Saturday 24 October, 12 pm - 4 pm, Felixstowe Museum.  Fun afternoon of gentle chills and thrills.  Tickets in advance, children £6.50, adults £3, tel: 01394 675283,

Gruesome Goings on at Framlingham Castle - 26 October - 30 October,  11 am - 4 pm.  Find out about ghastly gallows, terrifying torture and punishments from history at the castle,

Eat, Drink and be Scary - Suffolk Food Hall - Wherstead.  Wednesday 28 October - 31 October, 12.30 pm - 3.30 pm.  Pumpkin carving, spooky games.  Ticket price £9.50, please call tel: 01473 786618

Suffolk Food Hall Halloween Party - 28 October - 31 October, 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm - 5 pm.  Come along in fancy dress, pumpkin carving, ghost hunt.  Children's tea party with worm burgers. Tickets £11.50 per child, tel: 01473 786618,

Fireworks Spooky Spectacular - Friday 30 October at Stonham Barns Leisure and Retail Village, 10 am - 4 pm.  Free face painting, firework display, fun and games.

Horrible Histories for Families - Friday 30 October - Saturday 31 October, Ipswich Tourist Guides Association.  Spooky Halloween walk around Ipswich

Little Fort of Horrors Languard Fort - Saturday 31 October 7 pm - 10.30 pm Languard Fort, Felixstowe.  Scary evening of fun with plenty of spooky shocks and surprises.  Explore the terrifying tunnels with our live scarers.  Tarot readings, BBQ and refreshments.  Book to arrive at 7 pm or 8.30 pm  Tickets in advance only.  No admittance to anyone under 14.

Spooky Fireworks in the Park at Christchurch Park - Saturday 31 October.  Gates open at 6 pm, with fireworks at 8 pm.  Advance ticket prices children £4, adults £6,