January - March Events
Starting the New Year with a trip to Suffolk will leave you refreshed and ready to get back in to 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 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 fabulous 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 Weekday Walks
Weekdays throughout January, February and March 2017
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 which last approximately 2-3 hours (subject to the season) with a knowledgeable member of the RSPB Minsmere team.
Tickets cost £8 per adult or £5.50 per student and £4 per child. To find out more and to check available dates please telephone 01728 648281.
Birdwatching for Beginners at RSPB Minsmere
Various Sundays throughout January, February and March 2017
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.
This event is being held on Sunday 8th January, Sunday 22nd January, Sunday 5th Feburary, Sunday 19th February, Sunday 5th March and Sunday 19th March 2017.
This event begins at 10.30 am and lasts for approximately 2.5 hours. Tickets cost £8 per adult and £4 per child, plus the normal reserve entry fee.
Southwold Pantomime ft. Aladdin
22nd - 29th January 2017
Southwold hosts its annual pantomime at St Edmunds Hall and this year is their 35th year! The pantomime this year is Aladdin. Tickets available to purchase locally and via the Ticket Source website.
Star Gazing at RSPB Minsmere
27th & 28th January 2017
7.00pm - 9.30pm. Discover what lies within Suffolk's skies with the opportunity to view planets, galaxies and and stars through telescopes. The evening will start with a introductory talk. Please remember to bring a torch with you. Please note event is subject to weather conditions.
FolkEast's Sanderling Sessions at Snape Maltings
3rd - 5th Feburary 2017
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. Limited spaces available therefore booking your tickets in advance is highly recommended. Ticket price £140.00.
Punch & Judy Show at Southwold Pier
11th – 13th February 2017
Famous Punch & Judy show returns to Southwold Pier! You'll be able to watch the famous duo this February half term!
Half Term Trail at Landguard Fort
11th - 19th February 2017
This February half term you can join in all the fun at Landguard Fort with their quiz trail around Landguard Fort. Normal admission charges apply, plus £1.50 for a trail sheet. Starts at 10am - 4pm.
Snowdrops & Spring Bulbs at Kentwell Hall
11th - 19th February 2017
Visit Kentwell Hall and have a look at their spring bulbs! This February half term you will discover daffodils, primroses, violets and much more. Please be aware the gardens and farm are open but the house is closed until Easter. Lunches and teas available. Visit Kentwell Hall's website to find out more information.
Shake Your Tail Feather at Africa Alive
11th – 19th February 2017
With Valentine’s Day approaching love is truly in the air at Africa Alive! Join the team this February half term and find out how animals find their perfect match!
Valentines Bread Workshop
Sunday 12th February 2017
Visit The Food Hub at Kenton Hall and join Sue Hudson of Bread Workshops as she teaches the craft of artisan bread making.
Bring your other half to this Valentines Day workshop and share magic moments baking!
Recipes on the course include savoury and sweet cinnamon love knots, Danish ‘twist’ bread and heart clusters with the opportunity of taking home at least four loaves. The workshop starts from 10.30am until 3.00pm and include a light lunch with tea and coffee breaks plus refreshments. The workshop includes all the ingredients, equipment, refreshments and recipes for the day. The Food Hub are offering a discounted rate for couples from £65 per person to £100 per couple (£50 each!). Individual tickets can also be purchased. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knights and Princesses at Framlingham Castle
13th - 17th February 2017
A fabulous day out for kids both big and small as you dress up as royalty at Framlingham Castle! 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.
Visit the Framlingham Castle website for more details.
'Tell Me The Truth About Love' at The Red House in Aldeburgh
Tuesday 14th February 2017
Time: 5.00pm - 6.00pm. A programme of love songs and readings performed by the Swiss mezzo-soprano Véronique Rapin and pianist Lucy Colquhoun. Come along and experience this wonderful programme of songs about passion, love and loss in four languages, and at least four centuries, including music by Handel, Britten, Debussy and Weill. This hour-long concert on Valentines Day will take place in the intimate and historic setting of the composer Benjamin Britten’s Library. Tickets cost £12.50 per person.
Live Music & Afternoon Tea at The Westleton Crown
16th February & 16th March 2017
Unwind on a midweek afternoon and visit The Westleton Crown for live music and afternoon tea! Including homemade cakes, scones, finger sandwiches and tea whilst listening to local musicians. Takes place between 3.00pm and 4.30pm.
Clare Antiques Fair
Saturday 18th February 2017
Where: The Old Town Hall. 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 this 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. There is ample parking nearby (charges may apply).
Pizza Masterclasses at Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold
22nd & 23rd February 2017
In this masterclass you will learn how to make and shape a sourdough pizza at the Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold. Choose from a range of toppings and then watch your creation being baked! You'll also be able to take home a Two Magpies sourdough starter kit and your pizza recipe. Participants must be aged over 14. £45 per person. Contact Two Magpies Bakery for further info.
The Aldeburgh Literary Festival
2nd - 5th March 2017
2017 is the Aldeburgh Literary Festival's 16th year! This festival began in 2002 and has hosted many global and local talks some of which you will find philosophical, others extremely amusing! The festival takes place at the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall and invites visitors and locals to join in.
Programmes are available by visiting the Aldeburgh Book Shop website.
Saturday 4th March 2017
This activity has been recognised by Visit England in their 2013 article titled ‘101 Things to do in England before you go abroad’. Havergate Island is one of the best places in the UK to watch wild brown hares. The boat will depart from Orford Quay and the guided walks on the island will last approximately three hours.
See website for ticket prices. Children aged between 3 and 17 half price. Places are very limited, so you’re advised to book in advance with RSPB.
Felixstowe Book Festival - Spring Mini Fest
Sunday 5th March 2017
The Felixstowe Book Festival returns for an extra special ‘Mini Fest’ in March. Taking place at The Orwell Hotel, the programme features works by Erica James and John Nightingale. Visit the Felixstowe Book Festival website for a programme of showcases. Tickets are charged at £8 per showcase.
Murder Mystery Evening at The Long Shop Museum
Saturday 18th March 2017
Travel back in time to the scene of the crime to witness the aftermath of some dark deeds for the next instalment of our, now annual and hugely popular, murder mystery at the museum! You can enjoy a medieval banquet in the barn while trying to solve the puzzle. This promises to be a highly engaging and suspense filled evening which is designed to run alongside a three course dinner and will be led by East Anglian crime writer and murder mystery specialist Mark Mower. Tickets cost £25.00 and include a 3 course meal. Please call 01728 833633 or 01728 832189 to book.
Lambs & Spring Bulbs at Kentwell Hall
18th, 19th, 25th & 26th March 2017
Kentwell Hall’s flock of rare-breed Norfolk Horn sheep begin lambing in mid-March, one of the best times to explore Kentwell with spring bulbs, flowers and welly walks through the gardens and grounds. Head to the Tudor Stables to see the newborn lambs, you may even be able to see a lambing if you’re lucky! Lunches and refreshments available in the Stableyard Tearoom. Visit the Kentwell Hall website for ticket prices and booking.
Masters of Invention at Snape Maltings
24th March - 29th May 2017
Where: The Letterings Arts Centre, Snape Maltings. From cave painting to style masters - the evolution of graffiti at the UKs home of lettering arts. There will be new work by some of the most influential graffiti artists of the past 40 years. Masters on Invention brings together a new collection of paintings and artworks, alongside unseen sketches and photographs to build a powerful picture of 40,000 years of creative handmade lettering and image making. Admission is free.
Music for My Beloved Man at The Red House, Aldeburgh
Thursday 30th March 2017
Britten wrote nine song cycles and five Canticles for Pears, as well as countless other songs and major roles in his stage works. Tenor Matthew Sandy explores their astonishingly creative partnership, linking it to their personal relationship and also to resonances in modern gay culture.
Britten and Pears: A Celebration in Song at The Red House, Aldeburgh
Friday 31st March 2017
5.00pm - 6.00pm. Following his discovery session the day before, Matthew Sandy will be joined by pianist Rebecca Evans to perform a recital of music that Britten wrote especially for Pears.
Tickets: £12.50 https://thelittleboxoffice.com/brittenpears/event/view/59094