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.
Tuesday Winter Wildlife Wander at RSPB Minsmere
Tuesday 8th January - Tuesday 12th February 2019
Discover the magical reserve of Minsmere this winter with RSPB's Tuesday Winter Wildlife Wanders. Every Tuesday until mid-February, RSPB Minsmere will be running 3 hours long walks beginning at 09:30 where guides will show wanderers wildlife and historical highlights. Enjoy looking for birds, mammals and embark on a bracing stroll along the beach. Price: RSPB members £9, non-members £11.25 plus reserve entry fees; RSPB Wildlife Explorers £4.50, non-member children £5.60.
Otter tracks and signs at RSPB Minsmere
Tuesday 8th January, Saturday 2nd February, Thursday 14th February 2019
Join David as he carries out his regular otter surveys at Minsmere. He’ll take you off the beaten track to look for spraints (droppings) and footprints and explain how Minsmere monitor these elusive mammals through their tracks and signs. You’ll also be able to check our trail camera footage. After the walk, you’ll meet the Suffolk Mammal Group volunteers to learn more about Minsmere’s otters. RSPB members £20, non-members £25. Children half price. Maximum group size: six people.
Robin Hood at the Marina Theatre
Saturday 19th - Sunday 27th January 2019
‘Robin Hood’ promises to deliver the very best in pantomime… a spectacular comedy extravaganza for the whole family! Robin and his Merry Men, Maid Marion and the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, along with a host of crazy characters will be waiting to take you on a roller coaster ride of festive mayhem and madcap merriment. This fast-moving comedy pantomime with toe-tapping music, stunning scenery and costumes, special effects, hilarious slapstick comedy and plenty of audience participation will entertain and enchant everyone. In true Players tradition, all the ingredients will be there, and much, much more for a spellbinding post-New Year treat.
Reydon & Southwold Pantomime Group - Jack and the Beanstalk
Saturday 27th January - 2nd February 2019
Taking place at St Edmunds Hall in Southwold, the award-winning Reydon & Southwold Pantomime group will be showing Matone and evening performances of Jack and the Beanstalk. Fun for all of the family, this group have been called fun and wacky by critics, providing two hours of pure joy, oh yes they do.
Birds for Beginners at RSPB Minsmere
Various Sundays throughout January, February and March 2019
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. The events begin at 10:30 am. Price: Adults £11.25, RSPB members £9, children £5.60, Wildlife Explorers £4.50 plus usual reserve entry fees for non-members.
World Wetlands Day at RSPB Minsmere
Saturday 2nd February 2019
Celebrate World Wetlands Days with a walk in search of the many ducks, geese, swans and waders that make Minsmere their home in winter. This event takes place from 10 am for 2 and a half hours. Price: Adults £11.25, RSPB members £9, children £5.60, Wildlife Explorers £4.50 plus usual reserve entry fees for non-members. Booking is essential.
Creating Wilderness - Southwold: Evening talk by Michael Strand
Thursday 7th February 2019
An evening talk by Michael Strand at Southwold Arts Centre (St Edmunds Hall) starting at 07:30 pm with a £3 entry charge.
East Anglia Potato Day at Stonham Barns
Saturday 9th February 2019
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. Tubers 17p each.
Valentine's Cooking at Kenton Hall
Saturday 9th February 2019
Treat you and your loved one to a cookery experience this Valentine’s day. You will create a delicious 3-course menu with canapés and learn how to make restaurant style dishes with a focus on seasonal ingredients, presentation, taste and importantly timings. The perfect course for those looking for inspiration or a confidence boost ahead of your next evening entertaining. The course will run from 10.00am until 3.00pm and includes practical and demonstration cookery sessions, lunch and refreshments. All the ingredients, equipment and the recipes for the day will be provided. To book a place please call 01728 862062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geometric Terrarium Workshop
Saturday 9th February 2019
Join the trendy hang out Urban Jungle this February and create a gorgeous geometric garden under glass. These stunning ‘mini’ environments make a wonderful addition to any windowsill, shelf or table centrepiece. Cacti and Succulent enthusiast Kim (Romeo and Succulent) will introduce the history and theory behind these perfect planters and help you to create your very own to take away. The jungle will provide 3 plants (cacti, succulents or air plants), coloured sands and other decorative objects such as precious stones or crystals for you to make your masterpiece plus all of the information and support you need in looking after your beautiful new miniature garden, ensuring this remains a showstopping centrepiece for your home. A much needed tea, coffee and scrumptious cake break is also included within the ticket price.
Gruesome Goings On
Monday 18th - Friday 22nd February 2019
11am - 3pm. Travel back in time and discover the painful punishments your history teacher’s too timid to tell you at Framlingham Castle's pop-up activities. Re-write history and decide who are Top of the Chops with this amusing and macabre double act. Discover the A-Z of torture, a whole alphabet of grim and grisly tortures and punishments throughout history. The usual ticket price to Framlingham Castle includes entry to the event.
Clare Antiques Fair at The Old Town Hall
Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th February 2019
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 before 10:00 am and £2 after. 9 am - 4 pm. Ample parking nearby.
February Half-term Trail at Languard Fort
Saturday 16th February - Sunday 24th February 2019
Take a trip to Felixstowe's iconic and historic Languard Fort during February Half Term for half term fun with the quiz trail around the fort. Normal admission charges for the Fort apply, plus £1.50 for a trail sheet.
Woofers Winter Walk
Sunday 3rd March 2019
A very special, charity dog walk at Helmingham Hall, Woofers Winter Walk will raising money for Suffolk Community Foundation. Embark on a wonderful 3-mile walk around Helmingham Hall's parkland, all for a good cause. Entries are £5 per person and dogs and children go free with free goodie bags for everyone!
Friday 22nd March 2019
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.
Southwold Artisan Market
Friday 22nd March 2019 - Friday 26th April (Every Friday)
A selection of local Suffolk crafts including textiles, pebble art, photography, jewellery, homemade natural toiletries, paper cutting, prints, home knits, homemade cards, homemade cakes and more. Meet the makers! Everything you see is created by the stallholder. Refreshments available at the in-house café. Well-behaved dogs welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Free admission.
The Aldeburgh Literary Festival
Thursday 28th - Sunday 31st March 2019
The 18th Aldeburgh Literary Festival returns in 2019 for another booked filled winter weekend. The festival plays host to local and global talks from the serious to the comical and is hosted at the Jubilee Hall. Programmes are available through the Aldeburgh Book Shop.