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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.

Hot Cross Buns

Delicious Easter Bread Workshop 2018

24th March 2018

The Food Hub at Kenton Hall are 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.

Southwold Fine Art and Antiques Fair 2018

Friday 30th March - Saturday 1st April

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. The fair will take place on the 30th March and 1st April. Open 11am - 5pm each day. Admission £4, under 16s free. For more information please call 01379 586134.

Eastertide

Eastertide at Kentwell Hall 2018

Friday 30th March - Monday 2nd 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.

Beach Bonkers - Bringing the Beach to Lowestoft Library.

10th April 2018

Beach bonkers can be found in the Lowestoft Library on the 10th of April.There will be a mini shingle beach, can you decipher the clues to find the treasures hidden in the mini-beach? There will be a tableful of beachcombing treasures for you to handle. Have you ever seen a mammoth's tooth?! Will you look at the beach in the giant beachcombing board game and make it to the end and become a successful beachcomber? This is a free event.

Beer Tray

Cretingham Beer and Cider Festival 2018

Friday 27th - Sunday 29th April

Cretingham Golf and Country Lodges will be putting on a wonderful three-day event where beer enthusiasts can enjoy an excellent selection of ales, stouts, ciders, music, food and entertainment. Advanced tickets are only £5, for all ticket information go to cretinghamgolfclub.co.uk.

Alde Valley Spring Festival 2018

21st April - 20th May

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 2018 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.

Ghost Hunt at Landguard Fort

Saturday 5th May 2018

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 1500's. 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.

Beccles Antiques Street Market

Beccles Antiques Street Market

Sunday 6th May

The Beccles Antiques Street Market 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 are open that day and first class local ‘street food’ catering is incorporated into the market, including a hog roast. If you haven’t been before you really should give it a visit and experience the pleasure of a busy outdoor specialist market. Free entry, well signposted, SAT NAV NR34 9HA. For further details please contact Kate Lee on 01502 711174. Open from 8am - 4pm.

The Suffolk Walking Festival 2018

The Suffolk Walking Festival 2018

12th May 3rd June 2018

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.

Maui Waui presents... 'Into the Woods' A Pirate's Ball.

Friday 11th - Sunday 13th May.

Returning for its 4th year and for the first time over two nights, A Pirate's Ball, run be the growing and popular Maui Waui Festival, is a party not to be missed! Located in Thorington Woods, they'll be two nights worth of DJ's, circus and cabaret performances and live bands along with an astonishing supply of rum. This is an over 18's event.

Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds Festival 2018

Friday 18th - Sunday 27th May

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 26th May

Beccles town centre is set to be transformed as the Beccles Food and Drink Festival returns for 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. Among local producers, Chet and Waveney Vineyard will be making their first appearance at the event, while from further afield The Chutney Barn, Curry Pie and Mr Bees will be attending.

LeeStock Music Festival at Melford Hall 2018

Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th May 2018

LeeStock Music Festival is back for 2018. 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 send an email to contact@leestock.org.

Framlingham Gala Fest

26th - 28th May

Framlingham Gala Fest is a fun filled 3-day event for Framlingham, with something for all the family to enjoy. Exciting new additions to the weekend this year 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. This year for the first time entry to the Castle Meadow on Monday will be FREE TO ALL!

Bury St Edmunds during the day

Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre

2018 Dates TBC

Following the success of last years event Bury St Edmunds will be hosting another Whitsun Fayre. More details to follow.

The Suffolk Show

30th - 31st May

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 15's go free. Visit The Suffolk Show website to book tickets.