April - May Events
Spring has sprung and the Easter bunny pays visit to a number of attractions in the county! The spring flowers pop up after a long winter’s sleep, the whole county seems to burst in to spring colours. Bluebell walks, markets, and many other events really kick off around this time of the year.
It’s the perfect time to beat the summer crowds to some of our top attractions. Check out what's happening during April and May in Suffolk with our list of events below.
Delicious Easter Bread Workshop
Friday 12th April 2019
The Food Hub at Kenton Hall is putting on a fantastic Easter workshop, led by Sue Hudson, which gives participants the opportunity of creating fragrant hot cross buns and other seasonal favourites from around the world. Recipes include bagels, challah and snail rolls. The workshop runs from 10.30am – 3.30pm and includes a light lunch, refreshments and recipes for the day. To book a place please call 01728 862062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southwold Fine Art and Antiques Fair
Friday 19th April 2019
Taking place at St Felix School in Southwold, the Southwold Fine Art and Antiques Fair host over 50 dealers in antique furniture, ceramics, clocks, jewellery, glass, silver, artworks and much more. A great day out at this much-loved seaside resort. Open 11am - 5pm each day. Admission £4, under 16s free. For more information please call 01379 586134.
Beccles Antiques Street Market
Sunday 5th May 2019
Beccles Antiques Street Market held in the centre of Beccles plays host to a hundred general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of good quality antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, books, clocks, retro and vintage design and decorative items. Many of the local shops and restaurants and bars will be open and first class local ‘street food’ catering is incorporated into the market, including a yummy hog roast. What makes it even better is entry is free!
The Suffolk Walking Festival
Saturday 11th May - Sunday 2nd June 2019
Unspoilt countryside, pristine forests and heathland, traditional market towns and gorgeous heritage coast makes Suffolk the perfect destination for a springtime Walking Festival! Choose from historic trails, farming/food trails, coastal walks and more. Each trail has an entry fee and a good range of difficulties are available from short walks to four-day challenge walks.
Friday 17th - Sunday 26th May 2019
Each year the Bury St Edmunds Festival provides an opportunity for you to enjoy a wide range of music and art across ten days, hosted in venues around the town.
Beccles Food and Drink Festival
Saturday 25th May 2019
Beccles town centre is set to be transformed as the Beccles Food and Drink Festival returns for its 5th year in another foodie bonanza, celebrating local producers. The free event which runs from 10 am - 4 pm is following a tried and tested formula, and upwards of 50 stalls will be selling a variety of raw and cooked food, preserves, pickles, oils and other condiments, confectionery, and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
LeeStock Music Festival
Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th May 2019
LeeStock Music Festival is back for 2019. With last years festival a sellout, this year is set to be bigger and better than ever. The festival takes place on the bank holiday weekend and is a fantastic celebration of music with past acts including The Feeling, Newton Faulkner and Toploader all in the picturesque setting of Melford Hall grounds. For more information, email email@example.com.
Framlingham Gala Fest
Saturday 25th - Monday 27th May 2019
Framlingham Gala Fest is a fun filled 3-day event for Framlingham, with something for all the family to enjoy. Exciting additions to the weekend include a team duathlon held on Saturday morning, finishing at Framlingham Sports Club, followed by a BBQ and live music night - Feel free to pitch up your tent and stay the night! Sunday will include more fun by the castle pond, with more music and food, along with the well-loved craft fair taking place throughout the day! On the Bank Holiday Monday there will be the new and improved parade through the town, followed by games, magic, face painting and more music, along with the traditional fun fair on the Castle Meadow.
The East Anglian Game & Country Fair
Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th April 2019
The East Anglian Game & Country Fair is an annual two-day family show which will be taking place at Euston Estate, Thetford. The Game & Country Fair will be hosting its 16th show for the third time at the estate, following a successful debut in 2017. The show offers action-packed entertainment with Main Arena demonstrations, forestry village, an array of pet and working dog demos and competitions, a 'have a go' and competition clay shoot, horse pen demos with a horse behaviourist, mouth-watering food in the food hall and local celebrity chefs demonstrating their cooking skills in the cookery theatre. If shopping is your thing, there will be over 300 trade stands offering everything from shooting products to new cars. The member's marquee which overlooks all of the Main Arena attractions has its own licensed bar and restaurant, so you can make your day even more special. Advanced discounted tickets are available online. For more info, please visit www.ukgamefair.co.uk or call a team member in the Game Fair office 01263 735828.
The Suffolk Show
Wednesday 29th - Thursday 30th May 2019
Celebrating the best in Suffolk agriculture, promoting food, farming and the countryside, The Suffolk Show is the largest two-day event in the county and is a family-friendly event not to be missed. Taking place in Trinity Park near Ipswich, there will be a huge selection of things to enjoy including displays in The Grand Ring, activities such as the Military Zone, 1000's of animals, live music, fashion, art and runs just to name a few. The event opens at 7 am each day and under 15s go free. Visit The Suffolk Show website to book tickets.
Red Rooster Festival
Thursday 30th May - Saturday 1st June 2019
If you're a fan of Rhythm and Blues - the Red Rooster festival is for you! Set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside this fabulous festival will feature some fantastic R&B, Roots, Americana, Country and Blues musicians around and is hosted at the beautiful Euston Hall in Suffolk. To ensure you don't miss out on tickets that are likely to seel out, both weekend and day tickets, head to the Red Rooster website to book yours.
Italian Baking at Kenton Hall
Monday 27th May 2019
Whilst on holiday here in Suffolk, why not brush up those baking skills and create the perfect pizza, ciabatta or cheesy olive stick. Passionate baker Sue Hudson will guide you through some of her favourite Italian bakes in this Italian baking workshop. The course will run from 10.30am until 3.00pm and includes practical and demonstration cookery sessions, lunch and refreshments. All the ingredients, equipment and the recipes for the day will be provided. Places cost £70. Book online or call Kenton Hall on 01728 862062 for more information.
Eastertide at Kentwell Hall
Friday 19th April - Monday 22nd April
Enjoy one of Kentwell Hall's most popular events, Eastertide, a Tudor themed Easter extravaganza. Guests can enjoy an open house, 100 Tudors about the manor, an Easter quiz, open gardens, children's Easter egg trail, family fun trails including a Heffalump Hunt and the grounds farmyard with new editions of lambs, chicks and piglets. Opening times 11am - 5pm. Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury. For more details call 01787 310207. Online tickets must be booked before the event.
The Alde Valley Spring Festival
Saturday 27th April - Sunday 26th May 2019
The Alde Valley Spring Festival returns to our county celebrating food, culture, landscape and farming at White House Farm, Great Glemham in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley of East Suffolk - just a few miles from the Suffolk Coast. The main events for the 2019 Programme are listed on the Alde Valley Spring Festival website. Many of the events are free however some are ticketed and it is advised to buy tickets in advance.
Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre
Sunday 26th May - Monday 27th May 2019
Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre is a gardener’s utopia. For two days on the last bank holiday weekend in May the town centre is transformed into a sea of colour with plant, flower and home produce stalls, and the popular urban beach. Stalls will be open from 10 am till 4 pm.
Ghost Hunt at Landguard Fort
Saturday 11th May 2019
Experience a night of ghost hunting at Landguard Fort in Felixstowe with Ghost Hunt Events. Visitors and locals have reported instances of paranormal activity at Landguard Fort which dates back as far as the 1500s. Discover these ghostly goings on for yourself with an exciting evening at one of Felixstowe's most iconic buildings. Tickets cost £45 per person, over 18's only. Free parking on site and tea and coffee is provided. Please note that the evening consists of a lot of stairs and walking.
From Friday 22nd March 2019
Visit the United Reformed Church Hall between March and December for their Friday Artisan Market. On offer are various arts and crafts including handmade cards, pebble art, textiles, jewellery, natural products and more.