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...
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 2017
30th June - 2nd July 2017
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 five stages indoors and out.
Felixstowe Book Festival 2017
1st & 2nd July 2017
The Felixstowe Book Festival returns for it's fifth year! Come along and celebrate some of the best loved books including themes of crime, love, politics and sports. Come along and discover a range of fantastic authors and you'll even get to meet some of your favourites too!
We Are Sound - The Burst Gig
Saturday 8th July 2017
We Are Sound are coming to Bury St Edmunds, bringing their critically acclaimed 100+ strong group of singers and instrumentalists to St John's Church. Performing a festival of tracks from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Mumford and Sons, Bastille and much more, their genre-bending sound will be sure to get you up on your feet
Saturday 8th July 2017
After the huge success of Soul By the Sea and Music by the sea in Aldeburgh, the organisers now present 'ThorpFest' This charity event features live acts and bands, food and drink stalls and is a great night out for all.
More details on this popular event to follow...
8th - 23rd July 2017
This two week event takes place in the popular location of Bungay and showcases the Great Bungay Duck Race, Ale Trail, a musical, Shakespeare performance at Bungay Castle and an art and antiques fair on Sunday 23rd.
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 2017
13th - 16th July 2017
Henham Park Estate, Southwold. Fast becoming one of England’s favourite summer festivals, Latitude is returning to the beautiful Suffolk coastal area for its ninth time this year.
This fabulous, multi-arts festival and winner of the UK Festival Awards “Best Line-Up” title in 2013, will return to the beautiful Henham Park estate near Southwold in July 2016.
Old Newton Country Fayre & Dog Show
Sunday 16th July 2017
The Old Newton Country Fayre and Dog Show takes place on Sunday 16th July this year at the Village Hall. This event promises to be a fun-filled day that celebrates the very best of the rural countryside community. Join in the Dog Show with Pedigree and Fun Classes, Paws of Parham Dog Agility & Have a Go. Centre stage we have a line up to include, Karl Knights and Star Dog Trick Display, The Mid Suffolk Gymnasts, Owls & Birds of Prey as well as live music, Punch & Judy, Classic Cars, Fun & Games, Arts & Craft Stalls. There will also be refreshments and food & drink available with a licensed bar. For the children they can enjoy the Tombola, face painting and bouncy castles. The Dog Show starts at 10.30am. If you would like to join in with a display, exhibit, or trade stand outside or inside the hall, please call 07766 395779 or email email@example.com .
Woodbridge Regatta & Riverside Fair 2017
Sunday 16th July 2017
The wonderful Woodbridge Regatta is a fantastic day out for the whole family featuring a whole host of riverside activities, entertainment, children’s rides, music and face painting.
Free car parking available, food and drink and much more to explore and enjoy!
22nd & 23rd July 2017
Visit Felixstowe and enjoy the annual Felixstowe Carnival! More details to follow.
22 - 23rd July 2017
The festival in Lowestoft returns this summer! Including a food fayre, 'Lowestoft's Got Talent' show, live music, car show, children's entertainment and of course the now famous sandcastle building event!
22nd & 23rd July 2017
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. Ticket's on sale now: http://www.jimmysfestival.co.uk/
Suffolk Coast 100 Bike Ride
Sunday 23rd July 2017
Returning for its fourth year, the 100 mile challenge route in the tranquil Suffolk countryside is back to raise money for charity. Kicking off and finishing at the elegant Glemham Hall, the route heads north through pretty countryside villages before reaching Covehithe. Following the coast south, the route crosses open heathland near Dunwich before going back to finish back at Glemham Hall where you will find massage, refreshments, live music and a bar. If any friends or family of the cyclists would like a tour of Glemham Hall at 10.00am on the day of the ride, please book in advance with Glemham Hall. Tour lasts for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
Theatre in the Forest at Jimmy’s Farm
26th July – 27th August 2017
Where: Jimmy's Farm, Pannington Hall Lane, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AR. Red Rose Chain brings you another fantastic Theatre in the Forest season. This year’s event is Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’, one of Shakespeare’s most bewitching comedies. To book tickets call Red Rose Chain on 01473 603388.
2017 English National Sheepdog Trials
28th, 29th & 30th July 2017
For the first time ever the National Sheepdog Trials are coming to Suffolk. Competing for a place on the England sheepdog team, these exciting displays will determine who wins the top spots. Working alongside 'Suffolk on Show', the event will take place in Stowmarket, celebrating all things Suffolk.
Beccles Duck Race
Saturday 29th July 2017
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! Other highlights include the Moore Music Roadshow, displays from the Suffolk Fire and Rescue service, music from Sea Cadets.
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.
Festival of Classic & Sports Cars at Helmingham Hall
Sunday 6th August 2017
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm. In association with the Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiasts Club (SVEC) – the Festival of Classic & Sports Cars returns to Helmingham Hall! Over 7,000 people attended the 2016 festival. This event attracts classic and sports car owners who exhibit their cars some of which parade up and down the main drive on the two concourse runs throughout the day. On display includes Alvis, Bristol, Jensen, AC Riley, Armstong Sideley, Lea Francis, Crossley, BSA, Lagonda, Lanchester and Gordon Keeble.
As well as this impressive display the festival is also a great day out for families with mini Land Rovers for children to drive, fairground stalls, craft and trade stalls, entertainment, birds of prey, local food and drink.
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.
20th & 21st August 2017
Beccles Carnival weekend returns this August. This traditional carnival parade has on offer a great programme of events for the whole family to enjoy. Saturday sees teddy bears parade with judging of the best dressed teddy, entertainment with prize giveaways, fun and games. Fancy dress for children, Glam Gran and Bonny Baby competitions, displays and stalls, along with entertainment in the evening. Sunday sees the Grand traditional Carnival procession through the Beccles Market town leave at 1.00pm to the Beccles Quayside for the static display of vintage classic and steam exhibits, Stocks Fun fair, displays and competitions and entertainment for all the family. Admission via donation.
Thorpeness Regatta and Fireworks
Friday 25th August 2017
Celebrate with family and friends at the Thorpeness Regatta! Hosted at The Meare is a all day BBQ, live music, fireworks 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.
The Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival
27th & 28th August 2017
The Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival hosted in the Arc Shopping Centre invites you to come along and taste some culinary delights. Includes a Farmers Market, street entertainment, and celebrity chef appearances!