January - March Events
Starting the New Year with a trip to Suffolk will leave you refreshed and ready to get back into the swing of things. It’s one of our favourite times of the year as you can enjoy all of Suffolk's beautiful cycling and walking trails without the summer crowds. It's also the ideal time of year to book one of our cosy cottages where you can relax with your favourite book in front of an open fire.
If you're looking to get away during the February half term, many of Suffolk's fabulous attractions organise some exciting family activities. For more information on half term activities see below or click here to view our February half term cottage availability. Suffolk really is the perfect destination for an out-of-season break.
The Magic of Minsmere Weekend Walks
Saturday 6 January to Sunday 25 March
Walking in Minsmere is a firm favourite amongst visitors to Suffolk so if you're new to the area, or can't get enough of nature, then take part in the weekend walks hosted by RSPB Minsmere. Discover more than 5,300 species and a wealth of history in a series of guided walks with a knowledgeable member of the RSPB Minsmere team. Walks begin at 9:15 am and generally last 3-4 hours and are tailored to the season and visitor knowledge.Tickets cost Adults £8, children £4 (plus normal reserve entry fees for non-members). Booking is essential. To find out more and to check available dates please telephone 01728 648281.
Explore Havergate Island
Saturdays from 6th January - 1st December
Join the RSPB on an adventure to Havergate Island. Embark on an exciting twenty-minute boat journey from Orford Quay which will take you to the island where you'll spend four hours exploring. You'll see a variety of wildlife, particularly hares which Havergate Island is famous for. Ensure to book early as there are limited spaces available. The trip is self-guided however a guide is available should you wish to learn more. £19 for RSPB members, £24 for others, half price for children ages 3-17. Boat leaves at 10 am and leaves Havergate Island at 3 pm. Full list of dates: 6th January, 3rd February, 3rd March, 7th April, 4 August, 1 September, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December.
Minsmere @70 Wildlife Walk
Tuesdays through January and Febuary
Explore the seasonal sights and sounds at Minsmere, discover some of the amazing wildlife and learn about key moments in Minsmere’s 70-year history during the walk with knowledgeable guides. Minsmere @70 Wildlife Walks take place on Tuesday 9 January, Tuesday 16 January, Tuesday 23 January, Tuesday 30 January, Tuesday 6 February, Tuesday 20 February and Tuesday 27th February and kicks off at 09:30 am. Adults £8 Children £4 plus usual reserve fees for non-members.
Otter Tracks and Signs
Wednesday 17 January to Tuesday 13 February 2018
Join the RSPB volunteer as he carries out the RSPB otter surveys. You'll be taken off-road to look for footprints and droppings and discover how the reserve monitors the popular mammal. Groups will also be able to check camera footage and may be lucky enough to spot an actual otter! Surveys begin at 07:30 am and last for two hours. Dates of surveys taking place are Wednesday 17th January, Sunday 28th January, Tuesday 13th February. RSPB members: £20, non-members: £25, children half price. Maximum group sizes of 6.
Wine and Food Pairing Evenings at the Westleton Crown
Friday 19th January and Friday 23rd February
Enjoy a three-course meal with carefully selected wines from various countries. Everich Wines will be hosting the evenings and will discuss where the wines come from and why they have been matched with the courses served. The courses have been created by the head chef and were inspired by local farms and the Suffolk countryside. For more information contact the reception team on 01728 648777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weber Essential BBQ Course at Kenton Hall Estate
Saturday 20th January
10:00am - 02:00pm. Get ready for summer BBQ's at Kentwell Hall with the Weber Essential BBQ Course. You'll be taught lighting techniques, controlling temperature and knowing when your food is perfectly cooked. You'll learn how to perfect steaks and roasts and have the opportunity to create your own pizza all in the beautiful setting of Kenton Hall Estate. The day also includes a 3-course meal, complimentary drinks and a goodie bag to take home. Places cost £99, book at www.grillacademy.co.uk.
Southwold Pantomime - Robinson Crusoe
21st - 27th January 2018
Southwold hosts its annual, award-winning, local pantomime at St Edmunds Hall with the story of Robinson Crusoe. The all-female cast put on an entertaining show each year full of on-trend humour and wit. Tickets available to purchase at Southwold Library, Southwold Arts Theatre or via the Ticket Source website. Tickets are £8 for adults, £4 for under-16s and £20 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 under-16s). Shows begin at 02:00 pm matinee and 07:15 pm evening.
Birds for Beginners at RSPB Minsmere
Various Sundays throughout January, February and March 2018
Visit RSPB Minsmere this year and learn how to identify a range of bird species which can be found. An RSPB guide will take you through all the steps for recognising the birds as well as showing you how to use binoculars. No previous experience needed. Please remember to bring your binoculars or you can hire a pair from the RSPB reception area. Birds for Beginners is being held on Sunday 21st January, Sunday 4th February, Sunday 18th February, Sunday 19th February, Sunday 4th March and Sunday 18th March 2017.The events begin at 10:30 am. Tickets cost £8 per adult and £4 per child, plus the normal reserve entry fee.
East Anglia Potato Day at Stonham Barns
Saturday 10th February
Established in 1996, the East Anglia Potato Day is an event dedicated to Britain's favourite root vegetable with 80 plus different varieties on display. Visitors can enjoy organic produce from local gardeners, trade stands, local food samples and activities such as chip tasting and seed potato swaps. Open from 9:30am - 1:30pm. Admission £1.50.
FolkEast Sanderling Sessions
Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th February 2018
FolkEast are back to present a weekend of winter workshops, intimate performances and dance at Snape Maltings. This event takes place from early evening on Friday to late afternoon on Sunday. There will be the opportunity to work and play with some of the UK’s leading folk artists. The Sandlings Sessions is made up of a combination of participatory workshops to suit all interests and levels of experience during the day and a series of intimate performances, sessions and collaborations taking place in the evening. A range of ticketing options are available to suit all from £10 for an evening dance to £50 for a whole weekend pass and are available on the Snape Maltings website. For information email email@example.com.
Breadmaking Workshop with Sue Hudson at Southwold
Monday 12th February 2018
2.00pm - 4.00pm. Learn how to make real bread! Either a nutritious loaf of bread or some rolls to share! Join Sue Hudson’s Bread Workshop at Saint Felix School, Southwold for a 2-hour workshop on 12th February 2018 starting at 2 p.m. Sue has been sharing her knowledge of bread making for years, today drawing on her expertise Sue will guide you through making your own bread and demonstrate how to make several other breads using dough. The cost is *£25pp, have lots of fun and leave with your own freshly baked bread, useful tips, a recipe sheet, a good understanding and the confidence to continue baking at home! Your own apron and a basket or hessian bag for hot bread are recommended. To book please email Sue firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01379 688374. * A fee-paying adult must accompany young people under the age of 14.
Knights and Princesses at Framlingham Castle
Monday 12th - Friday 16th February
11am - 3pm. A fabulous day out for kids both big and small as you dress up as royalty at Framlingham Castle and learn the tools of the trade to become a princess or a knight! Framlingham Castle is an English Heritage site and standard entry fees apply. 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. English Heritage member - free, adult - £8.90, child 5-15 years - £5.30, concession - £8.00, family - £23.10. For more information visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk.
Frozen Planet in Concert at Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Saturday 17th February
Join the BBC Concert Orchestra on a frosty expedition to the polar regions of the earth. Watch amazing HD footage from BBC's Frozen Planet alongside the sounds of a live orchestra which brings the pictures to life. Immerse in the sites and sounds from one of the world's most loved documentary series. For the box office call 01728 687110. The event begins at 07:30 pm, please arrive in good time. Tickets from £9 - £40.
Clare Antiques Fair at The Old Town Hall
Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th February 2018
This Antiques Fair in Clare at the heart of Suffolk is very well-known for its wide range of antiques on offer and this February the popular fair returns. With items such as pottery, ceramics, glass, vintage clothing, collectables, lighting, jewellery and much more, there’s sure to be something for everyone. £1 entry. 9am-4pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Ample parking nearby.
Festival of Fabric at The Orwell Hotel
Saturday 3rd March
Festival of Fabric returns to Suffolk this March with a day of vintage heaven. Visit the event and enjoy vintage fashion lectures, sewing and millinery workshops, exhibitions, afternoon tea and a swing DJ. The event runs from 10 am to 4 pm and a cost of £5 is required per person on the door. For more information call 07787981493.
Women Who Inspire
Wednesday 7th March
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Southwold and District, this evening event is set to celebrate International Women's Day which celebrates women's achievements throughout history. Four women will be sharing their inspirational stories during the evening, along with a two-course dinner and fizz. Tickets cost £45 and the proceeds with go to selected women's charities. Last years tickets sold out so be sure not to miss this wonderful event. The evening commences at 18:30 and will be held at Halesworth Golf Club.
Raptors Revealed - An Introduction to Falconry at Framlingham Castle
Friday 16th March
Learn about, handle and fly traditional falconry birds with professional falconry trainers English Heritage Falconers. As well as spending time with these beautiful birds of prey, you'll be in one of Suffolk's well known historic sites, Framlingham Castle. Hot drinks and cake are served upon arrival. The session will run from 1 pm to 4 pm. Experience costs £55 and is available to English Heritage members only.
Patrick George Retrospective - River Stour Festival
Saturday 17th - Saturday 24th March
An exhibition of the works of Patrick George, who spent a period of his life painting in the Stour Valley at Hickbush, Great Henny.
Health Walk by the River - River Stour Festival
Sunday 18th March 10am - 1pm
Join others on a delightful walk in Chelmondiston near Shotley. This is a linear walk of approximately 6 miles (people may walk back on the same route on their own if they wish) from the Red LionPublic House, Chelmondiston to Shotley Gate. A specialist guide will accompany the group. The walk is FREE!
Spring Equinox Walk - River Stour Festival
Wednesday 21st March 10 am - 12:30 pm
Darren Tansley, Water for Wildlife Officer at Essex Wildlife Trust looks at the seasonal wildlife and habitats along the River Stour and some of the many challenges they face, both natural and man-made. Starting at Flatford Mill car park (Grid ref TM075336 charges apply) this walk will last about 2 hours taking in both upstream and downstream habitat. For tickets, email email@example.com or phone 01621 862960.