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.
The Red House Tours
Tuesday – Saturday each week
The Red House provides insight into the life and living of Britten and Pears’. You are now given the opportunity to tour the home by an informative tour guide. During the tour you can explore both floors of Britten and Pears’ home and see original interiors and personal effects sitting alongside stunning artworks collected by the pair throughout their lives. Each tour lasts approximately 40 minutes. Tour tickets cost £2.50 which is in addition to the admission charge of £5.
Spring Steam Up at The Long Shop Museum
Saturday 1st April 2017
Spring may feel like it’s been a long time coming but the Long Shop Museum in Leiston will reopen in style by launching the 2017 season with a fantastic steam and activity day from 10am-4pm. This will be heralded by live music from the Leiston Royal British Legion Band who will be serenading the town as part of a grand parade from the Co-op car park departing at 9.45am en route to the museum where a host of attractions are in store.
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.
Somerleyton Hall & Gardens Tours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday each week
Somerleyton Hall is home to the Crossley family and is considered one of the finest Tudor-Jacobean style architectural examples. This year you can take a tour of The Hall and The Gardens gardens from 10.00am until 5.00pm, beginning on Thursday 13th April and running until Thursday 28th September. Entrance to the hall is by tour only. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and run regularly from 11.30am until 3pm. Please note on Wednesday you can only tour The Gardens. Admission charges apply and ticket purchase permits guests to use the Kitchen Garden Café and Gift Shop.
Southwold Fine Art & Antiques Fair
14th, 15th & 16th April 2017
Where: St Felix School, Reydon. Come along and visit this fantastic antiques fair with 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 16's free.
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.
Audio Easter Egg Hunt at The Red House in Aldeburgh
Saturday 15th April 2017
Linked to the family concert of 'The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra' at Snape Maltings on Easter Sunday, come and hunt out instruments of the orchestra (and chocolate eggs!) in our ‘audio egg hunt’. Friends and family groups welcome throughout the afternoon. Please note that the hunt take place outside in The Red House garden. Tickets cost £7.50 per group.
Easter Egg Hunt at Orford Castle
Saturday 15th April 2017
Visit this beautiful castle site with the kids and take part in the Easter Egg Hunt! There's free entry to the Castle, fun stalls, refreshments, raffle and much more. Tickets cost £2.00 per child. This events starts at 10.00am.
Deben Community Farm Easter Open Day
Easter Sunday (16th April) 2017
This brand new community farm in Melton opens to the public on Easter Sunday this year between 12.00pm & 4.00pm. There will be plenty of activities for all the family plus tea and homemade cakes.
Give the Easter egg hunt a go (prizes for all); meet the farm animals; be a farmer for the day; build a bird box; feed the animals; adopt your favourite animal; help launch the community growing project & finally browse high quality handmade crafts. Please note there is a charge for some activities.
Easter Egg Hunt at Snape Maltings
Easter Sunday (16th April) 2017
Bring the kids along to Snape Maltings on Easter Sunday for an Easter Egg Hunt! Pick up a trail map and try and find the goodies! Free entry, call 01728 687110 for more information.
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.
Alde Valley Spring Festival 2017
22nd April - 21st May 2017
The Alde Valley Spring Festival returns to our county celebrating food, culture, landscape and farming. This years festival focuses on a wood theme - there will be showcases of woodland paintings, workshops, talks by many sculptors and much more.
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.
Drive It Day at Kersey Mill
Sunday 23rd April 2017
Kersey plays host to a spectacular show of vintage & classic cars this April. You can tour The Mill & gardens; see the art exhibition, donkey rides & attractions for the whole family. It costs £2 to park (including occupants) and it kicks off at 10.00am.
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.
The Mid & West Suffolk Show 2017
30th April & 1st May 2017
The Mid & West Suffolk Show is a family friendly event featuring spectacular arena demonstrations and is one of Stonham Barns largest shows. There are plenty of attractions to keep the whole family entertained which include children’s activities, free face painting, fun fair, charity stalls, trade stalls, craft stalls and refreshments.
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.
Ipswich to Felixstowe Vehicle Road Run
Sunday 7th May 2017
The premier road run in East Anglia –with over 500 vehicles such as cars, lorries, motorcycles, buses and military vehicles. These assemble in Christchurch Park in Ipswich from 08.30am – 10.30am, then start to leave for Felixstowe at 11.00am, where they are displayed along the promenade during the afternoon (from approx 12.00pm onwards). Admission free.
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.
Bury St Edmunds Festival 2017
19th - 28th May 2017
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. For tickets and to see what's on over the course of the ten days visit the website: https://www.buryfestival.co.uk/
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.
Push the Boat Out! - Family Open Day, Aldeburgh Yacht Club
Sunday 21st May 2017
Suffolk Secrets is proud to support this event. Come and try your hand at sailing. Expert tuition given. 10am until 4pm. Everyone welcome
May Fair - Foxburrow Farm, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Melton near Woodbridge
Sunday 21st May 2017 11am til 4pm
Family fun including pond dipping, storytelling, face painting, donkey ride and games, plus a craft fair, live music and dance. Pop-up cafe and sausage wagon.
Adults £3, Child £2, No need to book. Free parking. Sorry no dogs.
LeeStock Festival 2017
27th & 28th May 2017
Where: Melford Hall. LeeStock Music Festival is back for its 10 year anniversary! Headliner this year will be Newton Faulkner. The festival takes place on the bank holiday weekend & will see Newton Faulkner joined by American rockers Wheatus and British act Toploader both returning to play the festival for a second time. In celebration of the festival's 10th anniversary, this year's event is being billed as a "Greatest Hits" and sees the return of two of the most requested acts. Wheatus, famous for their huge hit Teenage Dirtbag ,which has since been covered by One Direction on their recent tours, headlined the festival in 2012 and are returning from America to bring their electric live show. Toploader had top billing at the festival's first year at Melford Hall in 2013 and have been announced as the headline act on the Sunday of this year's festival.
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.