July & August Events
Things really hot up during summer holidays! From its shingle beaches and quaint coastal towns, to its charming villages and hamlets in the countryside, the county becomes a hive of activity.
Head out to a special event at one of Suffolk’s great attractions, or take a trip to a traditional Suffolk market town. There is something to do all through the summer in a number of beauitful locations! View our list of events in Suffolk in July and August below...
Women on Wheels Suffolk
22/04 Rendlesham, 08/07 Bury St Edmunds, 22/07 Southwold, 16/09 Sudbury 2018 with further dates still to be announced.
Women On Wheels events are mass participation female-only bike rides, that put a strong focus on the fun, friendly and inclusive aspects of cycling, usually raising money for a local charity. They are aimed at non-cyclists and existing cyclists alike, with routes of an achievable distance, and are open to all ages. Various prices for routes. Under 12's go free.
For more information visit their website.
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. 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.
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.
Maverick Festival 2018
6th, 7th, 8th July
The Maverick Festival is a celebration of Americana and roots music from both sides of the Atlantic right here in Suffolk. This child and dog-friendly festival is set amongst the picturesque Victorian farm buildings of Easton Farm Park where artists mix with the spectators and the campsite is filled with impromptu jam sessions. The festival is an eclectic mix of music, comedy, dance, film & workshops across six stages indoors and out. Music begins on Friday at 5pm and runs until around 11:30pm, Saturday 11am-11:30pm and Sunday 10:30am-14:30pm.
Exotic Flower Crown Workshop
7th July 2018
Flower crowns symbolise love and celebration, and with Festival Season just around the corner, you'll want to have yours at the ready. Dandelion and Bloom will help create your bespoke Crown with an exotic twist at Urban Jungle Suffolk in Beccles. Chose from forever faux flowers that will last a lifetime or fabulously fresh florals designed for a short-term, serious statement-piece, or you can even combine a mixture of the two styles. Each Crown will be a handmade, one-of-a-kind, using a mixture of carefully sourced tropical bright colours, traditional blooms and foliage. During the workshop, Dandelion and Bloom will help you get that festival look with beautiful facial glitter designs, using vegan, biodegradable and cruelty-free sparkles. Rejuvenate midway through with a scrumptious 'cake break', with teas and coffees and sweet treats included. Tickets cost £50.
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.
Latitude Festival 2018
12th - 15th July
Fast becoming one of England’s favourite summer festivals, Latitude is returning to the beautiful Suffolk coastal area for its twelfth time. This fabulous, multi-arts festival and winner of last years 'Best Major Festival', will return to the beautiful Henham Park estate near Southwold in July 2018. For line up or ticket information visit their website, call 020 7009 3001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
27th & 29th July 2018
Visit Felixstowe and enjoy the annual Felixstowe Carnival! Founded over 60 years ago, this fun affair will make way for live music, trade stands, family entertainment, competitions and fireworks. Don't miss the traditional procession which takes place on the Saturday from 1 pm from the top of Colneis Road into Beatrice Avenue.
21st & 22nd July 2018
Back for another year is the ever popular Jimmy's Festival hosted by Jimmy's Farm in Wherstead. The festival is a celebration of live music, local produce and family fun. Running over two days, the venue is jam-packed with things to do and is a wonderful way to spend a summer weekend. Tickets are currently on sale via the Jimmy's Festival website.
Beccles Duck Race
Saturday 29th July 2018
The ever-popular Beccles Duck Race returns to Beccles Quay! Bring along a duck, or buy a duck at the show. You can dress it up and watch the fun unfold along with other entertainment throughout the day. The day begins at 11 am.
Suffolk Dog Day
Sunday 30th July 2017
From Westies to Bloodhounds, Poodles to Corgis, there's so much tail-waggingly good fun to be had at the annual Suffolk Dog Day. From grooming tips, to sheepdog trials, puppy training to demonstrations, this fabulous event is simply pooch-heaven!
The Suffolk Dog Day is set against the magnificent back drop of Suffolk’s beautiful Helmingham Hall Estate. Incorporating the historic moated 16th century Helmingham Hall, a 400 acre deer park, walled kitchen garden and various picturesque gardens designed by Lady Xa Tollemache, the Suffolk Dog Day offers a fantastic day out for the whole family.
Refreshments are available onsite at The Coach House Tearooms.
1st August - 1st September 2017
A vibrant smorgasbord of music ranging from classical to folk, roots to jazz will feature at the ever-popular Snape Proms. Throw in an entertaining sprinkle of comedy, poetry and workshops and you've got a fantastic festival to suit all tastes (and ears!).
Halesworth Big Gig
4th - 6th August 2017
Three day event promoting local and national talent. This year there's lots for families too including circus skills, family games, play area, and lots of family friendly entertainment.
Beccles Harvest Moon Music Festival
Saturday 12th August 2017
Turn up and chill out at this FREE music festival along the Beccles Quay. Bring a picnic, rugs and chairs and the whole family. Pets welcome too!
18th - 20th August 2017
Where: Glemhall Hall, Suffolk... Nominated for the Best Small Festival Award in the UK Festival Awards, FolkEast is a friendly, eclectic , and family-friendly festival - all set within the beautiful Suffolk countryside.
It was also included in BBC Radio Suffolk's "Ultimate list of 50 things during summer 2014".
19th - 22nd August 2017
This popular carnival returns for 2017! The theme for this years carnival is Amazing Aldeburgh. Get involved in this colourful, fun carnival with music, performances, stalls and much more.
Maui Waui Festival 2017
25th, 26th & 27th August 2017
Where: Peakhill Farm, Theberton. Maui Waui Fesitval is an International Festival of Music & Arts! This three day festival is in its fifth year and is fast becoming one of the area’s most exciting festivals, enticing accomplished as well as undiscovered bands and performers from all around the globe.
Maui Waui focuses on an all-welcoming family feel with lots to do for the kids as well as adults; hosting world class bands, full circus shows in a dedicated circus tent, small upbeat bands and acoustic acts, plus cabaret and comedy.
Beach Bonkers - Bringing (Another) Beach to Dunwich Heath National Trust
29th July 2018
Beach Bonkers will be bringing a tableful of beach treasures, a portable beach and a giant beachcombing board game to National Trust Dunwich Heath & Beach. All activities are free although donations are welcome. There is a charge for car parking. If the day inspires you to find your own beachcombing treasures then join Beach Bonkers on a beachcombing walk or workshop. The event will take place from 11:00 - 15:00.