August Newsletter

Posted by Louise - August 4, 2015

Snape Proms 2015 - 1 - 31 August. Featuring the world's best musicians every evening in August at Snape Maltings.

Flatford Mill - Flatford Nature Day on 4 and 25 August.  Explore Flatford Mill and take part in lots of environment based children's activities. 27 August - Bushcraft Survival Skills around the grounds of Flatford Mill.

Twelfth Night Open Air Performance - Friday 7 - Sunday 9 August, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford performed on the Cedar Lawn.  Sunday 9 August Much Ado About Nothing

Long Melford Book Fair - Saturday 8 August 10 - 4pm, Memorial Hall.  Secondhand and collectable books for sale.

Suffolk Secret Gardens - Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August, 2 - 5pm, Riverside House, Stoke Rd, Clare, CO10 8NS.  The gardens at Riverside House hold the prize for the best gardens in Suffolk in the one-acre category and features one of the biggest trees in England, a massive black poplar.  Entry £3.50 per person in aid of Suffolk Age UK.

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Wetheringsett Summer Fayre Sunday 9 August 11am - 5pm.

Suffolk Coast Charity Bike ride - Sunday 9 August, Glenham Hall.  There is a choice of 3 routes 35, 60 and 100 miles raising money for Action for Children £19 advance entry

Family Nature Walks and Crafts RSPB Minsere - near Dunwich Wednesday 12 August

Havergate Adventure - Saturday 15 - Monday 17 August.  RSPB Havergate Island organised by the RSPB Woodbridge.  Boats will regularly run allowing visitors to see this unique island and enjoy guided walks

Punch and Judy Shows - Southwold Pier Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 August 12pm, 2pm, & 3.30pm

Maritime Ipswich Sundowner's Firework Cruise - 16 August 6.30pm.  Enjoy the finale of the fabulous Martime Ipswich weekend on board Sailing Barge "Victor" 3 hour cruise £25 per person

Knight Time - Monday 17 - Friday 21 August 11am - 5pm.  Become a knight for the day at Framlingham Castle.

Folk East at Glenham Hall - 21 - 23 August.  Best in folk, roots and acoustic music

Family Fishing and Fun Day - Saturday 22 August, 10am - 4pm, Suffolk Water Park.

Ipswich Cycling Weekend & Crafted Classique 2015 - Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 August, Ipswich Waterfront for regular and beginner cyclists.  Entry £25 online, £30 on the day.  email

Lavenham Farmer's Market - 23 August, Lavenham Village Hall 10 am - 1.30 pm

Awesome Archaeology - Monday 24 - Friday 28 August, 11am - 5pm, Framlingham Castle.  Discover hidden treasures becoming an archaeologist for the day

Summer Sunday Fair - Sunday 30 August at The Ship at Dunwich.  Live music and local food.

Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival - Sunday 30 August - Monday 31 August, 10am - 5pm, Bury St Edmunds Town Centre

Lavenham Carnival & Rare Breeds Classic Car Show - with a 1940s theme - Monday 31 August, 12pm.  A carnival procession will start from the market place - recreation ground.  There will be food and entertainment for the whole family and the popular rare breed's car show.






July Newsletter

Posted by Louise - July 3, 2015

Picnic in the Park - Christchurch Park - Featuring Heart of England Strings, with a varied programme from Handel and Bach to Coldplay and Lady Gaga.  Firework finale.  Friday 3 July 7.30 - 10.30.  Tickets £19.50 are on sale from

Maverick Festival 2015 - Easton Farm Park.  Award winning Americana, Roots and Alt-Country  Music Festival.  Headlined by Billy Bragg 3 - 5 July

Music Through The Decades - Aldeburgh Seafront.  Open air charity concert with music from 60s onwards, ending with firework finale 4 July

Woodbridge Carnival - 4 July.  A fun day out for the whole family

Friston Classic Cars on The Green - Friston Village Green IP17 1PY.  Bring your own classic/vintage car or just come along to see all types of classic cars.  9 July 3pm

Petta Fiesta - 11 - 12 July.  A relaxing boutique festival

Discover Medieval Lavenham - Lavenham Guildhall.  A short guided walk around the historic centre of Lavenham.  Saturday 11 July 10.30 - 12.30, Tel: 01787 247646

Latitude Festival - 16 - 19 July Henham Park.  Headliners include Noel Gallagher, Boomtown Rats, Portishead, Manic Street Preachers and many more

Theatre in the Forest - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jimmy's Farm 22 July - 30 August

Sausage and Beer Festival - Jimmy's Farm, Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 July, 11am - 11pm.  Great family fun festival.  Fantastic food, music and entertainment for the whole family

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village - Celebrate 50 Year's of West Stow from archaeological excavations to the reconstruction of the Anglo-Saxon Village, Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 July 10am - 5pm

Heroes and Villains, Magna Carta - Framlingham Castle, Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 July.  Discover the castle's bloody history with the Magna Carta.  Tickets £7.20 for adults and £4.30 children 

June Newsletter

Posted by Louise - June 19, 2015

Aldeburgh Festival 2015 - 17 days of the world's leading musicians taking part in one of Europe's leading classical music festivals.  Snape Maltings 12 - 28 June.

Tudor Kentwell 1588 - Come and join in the 16th Century Tudor experience at Kentwell Hall, Long Melford - Saturday 13 - Sunday 21 June.

The Great Annual Kersey Ball Run and Summer Fair - Saturday 20 June, 12pm - 4pm, Kersey Church and School.

Woodbridge Regatta and Riverside Fair - Sunday 21 June.  A fantastic family day out with a host of riverside activities.

Father's Day at Baylham House Farm - Sunday 21 June.  Free entry for Dads 10am - 5pm

Steam Railway Days - Mid Suffolk Light Railway.  Bring the family and ride on vintage steam trains. Sunday 21 June, Sunday 28 June 11am -5pm

Southwold Arts Festival - Saturday 27 - Saturday 4 July, St Edmund's Hall, Southwold.

Magna Carta - The Great Charter - Framlingham Castle, Saturday 27 June, 11am - 5pm.

Long Melford Book Fair - Memorial Hall Long Melford, Saturday 27 June 10am - 4pm.

Melford Hall - Three Miles Walk - A guided walk along the old railway line, passing 3 water mills as well as Sudbury's famous water meadows.  Walk starts from Melford Hall and finishes at Gainsborough's House in Sudbury - Saturday 27 June, tel: 01787379228.

Felixstowe Book Festival Event 2015 - Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June.  A fantastic line-up of authors will be giving talks and conducting workshops on their latest books.  For more information on the authors attending this year's festival, go to and for tickets, please go to

Alton Water Park - Countryside Event - Charterhouse Theatre Company presents Pride and Prejudice - 4pm Sunday 28 June.  Bring your rugs and picnics

Chelsworth Open Gardens - For nearly 50 years residents in the village of Chelsworth have opened their private gardens to the public.  This year's event will include over 20 open gardens. Sunday 28 June, Chelsworth 11am - 5pm.  Adults £6, children free

Otley Hall Gardens and Cafe - 10 acres of formal and informal gardens along with an H canal and a half moat.  Open every Wednesday 11am - 5pm until 30 September.  Garden entry £3 per person, tel: 01473 890204



May Newsletter

Posted by Louise - April 24, 2015

May Day at Kentwell Hall - Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.  Tudor processions, music and dancing. Saturday 2 May - Monday 4 May

Summer Beer Festival - The Ship at Dunwich.  Local brewery beers, live music, craft stalls and food served throughout the day.  Saturday 2 May - Sunday 3 May

Middy in The War Years - Mid-Suffolk Light Railway.  Displays, vehicles and memorabilia from World War II and re-enactment of a country railway during the war.  Sunday 3 May - Monday 4 May

Suffolk Walking Festival - Suffolk is the perfect county for walking and at this year's walking festival, there are so mny walks to choose from: historical trails, food trails, coastal walks.  9 - 31 May

Moat House - Open Garden for NGS - Bury St Edmunds.  Set in a 2 acre historic, partially moated site, the owners have developed a tranquil mature garden over 20 years tel: 01284 810941.  2 - 6 May

The Hadleigh Show - The 176th Hadleigh Show at Holbeck's Park, Hadleigh and this year is the Hadleigh Year of the Sheep.  There will be lots of sheep related activities including dancing sheep, I'm a Sheep Get me out of Here, as well as over 160 trade stands, falconry displays, cattle, sheep, goats, horses. Go to for advance tickets.  Saturday 16 May

Look Out Archery - Ickworth House - Fun for all the family, with bows to suit all ages.  Have a go with professional tuition.  Sunday 17 May

Pamper Evening in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice - Kersey Mill.  Shopping and pamering evening at Kersey Mill.  Free entry, including a free glass of prosecco.  Wednesday 20 May 5pm - 9pm

Lavenham Hall Open Garden for NGS.  Sunday 24 May

Helmingham Hall Spring Heritage Plant Fair - A beautiful 15th century moated estate with stunning gardens, deer park, heritage orchard, providing a fabulous floral day out!  Sunday 24 May

Long Melford Open Gardens - A variety of gardens open throughout the village.  Ticket price £5, children go free.  Monday 25 May

The Suffolk Show - Trinity Park, Ipswich.  Suffolk's largest family farm and agricultural show.  Gates open at 7am Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 May.  Go to

Dunwich Heath - 50 Things to do before you are 11 3/4. Fun adventure trails for the children - 23 May - 31 May








The Suffolk Walking Festival 9th - 31st May 2015

Posted by Louise - March 10, 2015

suffolk_walking_fest_15.jpgWith over 90 guided walks in this year's Suffolk Walking Festival, it will be the biggest yet.  During the 3 weeks of planned walks, there will be something for everyone, ranging in difficulty from a couple of miles to 15 long mile treks, covering the whole county, around the coast and Suffolk's beautiful towns and villages.  Among the many fabulous walks is a mini Beast Trail for children, Stetch Book Strolls and the Brecks Challenge Walk.  To find out more and book tickets, please go to

March Newsletter

Posted by Louise - March 10, 2015

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary - Half price entry to Suffolk Owl Sanctuary for mums and grans for the day.  80 + owls and birds of prey.  Sunday 15 March

Ickworth House - Living History-Opening up the House.  Discover life in service in the 1930s. Sunday 15 March 11am - 4pm

Look Out Archery at Ickworth House.  Saturday 28 March - Monday 6 April

Easter Egg Trials at Ickworth House.  Saturday 28 March - Thursday 2 April

Cooks in the Kitchen.  Tuesday 31 March.

Science & Nature Festival Jimmy's Farm - bringing science and nature to life for all the family.  Saturday 21 March - Sunday 22 March, 10am - 4pm.

Museum of East Anglian Life - Stowmarket Day.  Family activities and demonstrations of 19th century printing.  Sunday 22 March.

Lavenham Farmers Market - Lavenham Village Hall Sunday 22 March 10am - 4pm

Long Melford Book Fair - Over 20 exhibitors offering a range of secondhand books.  Village Memorial Hall opp Bull Hotel.  Saturday 28 March

Lambing Festival Kentwell Hall - New born lambs and Easter crafts in the barn.  Sunday 29 March - Thursday 2 April 11am - 5pm.  Kentwell Hall, Long Melford

February Newsletter

Posted by Louise - February 4, 2015

Ickworth House - Snowdrop Walk - Throughout February Ickworth is beautiful as the carpets of snowdrops appear.  Enjoy short family strolls or longer rambles starts 11 am - 12.30.

Lambing at Baylham Farm in February Half Term - During February lambing starts and Baylham is a great place to come and cuddle the new-borns and even see some being born.  There are other animals too, a nature trail and treasure hunt and the cosy cafe serves light lunches, homemade cakes.  Open from 14 February 10am - 5pm

Kentwell Hall - Snowdrops & Spring Bulbs - Explore the spring at Kentwell with lovely walks through woodland and gardens.  There is also a wellie walk and children's Trails, you can go on a Bear Hunt and also call into the tea room.  Open Saturday 14 Februrary - Sunday 22 February, Saturday 28 February - Sunday 1 March.

Framlingham Castle - Once a fearsome 12th century fortress and home to Mary Tudor.  A special family event during half term - Heroes and Villians Monday 16 - Friday 20 February 10am - 4pm. Hear tales of your favourite rogues and plot your ambush of Framlingham Castle.  The castle is also open Saturday and Sunday only 23 - February - 29 March 10-4pm

Orford Castle - Discover one of England's most complete and unusual keeps.  Throughout February - 29 March only open Saturday and Sundays 10am - 4pm

Audley End House and Gardens - Monday 16 - Friday 20 February Victorian Games Galore!  From skittles to quoits, croquet to chess, play like a Victorian as you step back in time this February half term

January Newsletter

Posted by Louise - January 16, 2015

RSPB Minsmere - Head to the coast for a spectacular birdwatching experience with guided walks and boat trips

Fancy a heath walk - There are guided walks taking place locally throughout January

Long Melford Farmer's Market - Saturday 17 January 10 - 1 pm at the village Memorial Hall in Long Melford

Cycling - Skyride local guided rides - Sunday 18 and Sunday 25 January Free local led cycle rides in and around Ipswich

Lavenham Farmer's Market - Sunday 25 January in Lavenham Village Hall 10 - 1.30 pm

South Suffolk Cycle route - takes you through some of the prettiest countryside in Suffolk.  There are six circular routes of various lengths.  The Kersey Loop Cycle Route is 24 miles and takes you through Monks Eleigh, Lavenham, Cockfield, Bildeston and back to Kersey.




Visit England 5 Star Gold for Cressland

Posted by Louise - January 7, 2015

We are delighted that Cressland has been awarded 5 Star Gold by Visit England for the third year running.

Facebook Competition

Posted by Louise - May 23, 2014

iphone.png Facebook Competition Hooray Cressland is now on Facebook!  To celebrate the launch of our Facebook page we are running a competition to WIN a FREE 3 night break at Cressland for up to 4 people.  There are no catches, we just want to spread the word.  Go to

click `Share' at the bottom of the post and click `Like' our Facebook main page (top right of the page).  On 12 August 2014 a winner will be randomly selected from all those people who have shared the post and Liked our main Facebook Page.  We wish you the very best of luck and look forward to welcoming the winner to Cressland.

Please note, the holiday is subject to availability and our standard terms and conditions, which are on our website.  Peak season dates are excluded.  A £150 refundable security deposit will be required prior to arrival.  Entrants must be over 21.  The holiday needs to be booked and taken within 1 year from the announcement of the winner.