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.
Beach Bonkers at National Trust Dunwich Heath
Wednesday 5th April 2017
Time: 11.00am - 3.00pm. The Beach Bonkers group will be at the National Trust Dunwich Heath & Beach who will be offering nature activities like pond dipping and bug hunting. In addition, Beach Bonkers will be bringing a tableful of beach treasures, a portable beach for you to explore and a giant beachcombing board game - all to encourage you to go off and find your own treasures. Free of charge but parking charges apply.
Beatrix Potter Story Readings at Melford Hall
5th & 12th April 2017
Ideal for the kids - get carried away by the magical adventures of Peter Rabbit and his friends as written by Beatrix Potter and narrated by one of Melford Hall’s storytellers. Admission charges apply.
Easter Bread Workshop
Friday 7th April 2017
Where: The Food Hub at Kenton Hall. This workshop, led by Sue Hudson gives participants the opportunity of creating fragrant hot cross buns and other seasonal favourites around the world. Recipes include cinnamon scrolls, brioche, chocolate babka and more. The workshop runs from 10.30am – 3.00pm and includes lunch, tea and coffee plus refreshments and all ingredients and equipment is included.
Beach Bonkers Beachcombing at Sizewell
Saturday 8th April 2017
Where: Sizewell Beach. Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm. Join the Beach Bonkers team to explore Sizewell beach while you discover your own beach treasures and learn the stories being told. Suitable for adults and children and well-behaved dogs welcome on a lead. Meet at the large brick toilet block in Sizewell Beach car park, Sizewell Beach, Sizewell Gap, Sizewell. Costs just £3 per person.
Cadbury's Easter Egg Hunt at Melford Hall
14th - 17th April 2017
Event sponsored by Cadbury. Come along and join in on this fun easter egg hunt - solve the clues and claim your Easter egg prize. Also show your skill in the Egg and Spoon races (for all ages) being held each day. In addition there will be drawing and colouring sheets to complete. A lovely event for the kids. The Easter Egg hunt takes place outside so please do bring suitable clothing. Admission charges apply.
Eastertide at Kentwell Hall
14th - 17th April 2017
Kentwell Hall hosts it’s ‘Eastertide’ event – one of the most popular events of the year. Eastertide consists of an Easter quiz for the whole family, children’s Easter egg trail, tudors parading around the grounds, family fun trails, open house and gardens – there’s so much for all the family to enjoy over the Easter weekend. Also available are lunches, refreshments and snacks from the Stableyard. For ticket prices please visit the Kentwell Hall website.
Cadbury's Easter Egg Hunt at Sutton Hoo
14th – 17th April 2017
Discover the incredible story of Sutton Hoo this Easter. This hunt will take you through the woods and past the burial mounds with clues to solve before claiming a Cadbury chocolate treat at the end.
Melford Hall's Railway Walk
18th April & 13th May 2017
Visit Melford Hall for a guided four-mile walk retracing the route of the former Great Eastern Railway Line linking the medieval wool towns of Lavenham and Long Melford. The walk starts at Lavenham where in the Guildhall will be the opportunity to have some refreshments and a short introduction before starting off. At the end of the walk you’ll be able to enjoy lunch at Melford Hall and listen to a brief history of the house. Refreshments and admission included in ticket price. Contact Melford Hall for more information.
Ink Festival 2017 at The Cut Arts Centre
21st - 23rd April 2017
Where: The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth. The Ink Festival was created to showcase the best new scripts from East Anglian writers all put together for a weekend of new, short stage productions, radio plays and films. This festival includes inspiring workshops, talks from industry professionals, kids programme, live music and much more. See The Ink Festivals website for a full programme of events.
Hen Reedbeds Open Day
Sunday 23rd April 2017
Organised by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, an opportunity to visit this special nature reserve in the village of Reydon, next to Southwold. Guided walks, refreshments and transport from Southwold to Reydon is available. Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Beccles Antiques Street Market
Sunday 30th April 2017
Visit the Beccles Antiques Street Market – back for another year and taking place over the bank holiday weekend. The market consists of quality antiques and collectables such as furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, books, clocks, retro and vintage design and decorative items. Alongside the market there will be a hog roast on offer, ice cream, tea and coffee. There is free entry to this event.
Vintage Afternoon Tea at Helmingham Hall
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday between 3.00pm and 5.00pm from 1st May - 14th September 2017
Where: The Coach House Tearooms. Treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea in the stunning surroundings of Helmingham Hall Gardens. This lovely Vintage Afternoon Tea afternoon consists of sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee, all beautifully presented on vintage china. Why not add a glass of Pimms or Champagne (extra charge applies). Pre-booking is required. £15 per person or alternatively £20 per person including a visit to the gardens.
Suffolk Walking Festival
13th May - 4th June 2017
Unspoilt countryside, pristine forests and healthland, traditional market towns gorgeous heritage coast makes Suffolk the perfect destination for a spring time Walking Festival! Choose from historic trails, farming/food trails, coastal walks and more.
The Felixstowe Kite, Craft, Kids & Car Festival
Sunday 21st May 2017
Where: Felixstowe International College. Organised by The Landguard Rotary Club, this event is a great day out for all the family in Felixstowe. There will be a classic car show, craft fair, kit flying demonstrations, local music, dance, food and drink stalls, amusements for the kids and much more. This event kicks off at 11am and is expected to finish at 5.30pm. Adult tickets are £5 per adult and children are £2 per child. There is a free car park and toilets on site.
May Half Term Fun at Framlingham Castle
27th May - 3rd June 2017
Where: Framlingham Castle, Church St, Framlingham, IP13 9BP. Managed by English Heritage, Framlingham Castle organises a fabulous school holidays programme during Easter, Summer and all half terms. Perfect for all of your budding Knights and Princesses!
This atmospheric 12th-century fortress - one-time refuge of Mary Tudor before she became Queen - is an educational and fun-filled Suffolk attraction with lots to see and do. Visit the Framlingham Castle website for more details.
Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre
28th & 29th May 2017
Following the success of last years event Bury St Edmunds will be hosting another Whitsun Fayre. More details to follow.