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November - December Events

Suffolk becomes a winter wonderland over this festive period. Fireworks light up the skies, and there's not a better time to wrap up warm and go for a bracing walk through the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

There is so much going on in Suffolk at this time of year, from poetry festivals to Christmas fairs. Suffolk really is the ideal place to get away from it all and relax before the start of the New Year. See our November and December events below...

Heveningham Hall Fireworks Display Suffolk

Heveningham Hall Fireworks Display

Saturday 4th November 2017

A popular event which takes place annually at Heveningham Hall - the Heveningham Hall Fireworks Display.

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Felixstowe Firework Spectacular

Sunday 5th November 2017

Time: Gates open 4.30pm & display takes place at 6.30pm. Where: Felixstowe & Walton Utd FC, Dellwood Avenue. This year is the 9th Felixstowe Firework Display. A great night out for the whole family including funfair, entertainment, BBQ, pizza and much more.

A Fireworks Display!

Sunday 5th November - 5 pm

Head to King's Field Aldeburgh for a fabulous firework display along with hot food stalls, a lantern parade, bringing the guy and entertainment. On top of all that, it's free entry!

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Way With Words Festival 2017

9th - 13th November 2017

Each November Ways With Words runs a literature festival in Southwold – where better to host this event than a town which has been so loved by so many different writers! The festival makes an ideal escape from the stress and strain of daily life, a time to engage with books and ideas in the most comfortable of settings.

Christmas Fayre at Sutton Hoo

Saturday 11th November 2017

The perfect opportunity to do a spot of Christmas shopping! Find the perfect gift at the Sutton Hoo Christmas Fayre with its abundance of crafts, gifts, food gifts and festive music. Children can also visit Santa for storytelling at various moments throughout the day.

We Are Handmade Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday 17th November

Taking place over four rooms from 10 - 4 in The Old School, Long Melford, this event will offer shoppers a wonderful choice of beautifully designed and handcrafted gifts for Christmas. Makers will be showcasing the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired handmade items. Stallholders include Capricorn Crafts, makers of wooden toys and gifts; Honeybee Natural Beauty; Driftwood Designs; Woodturner Glyn Hall; Dolly Mixtures Glass and Nanuk Jewellery. A full list of makers will be on nearer the event. Norah from Fantasia Textiles will be demonstrating various textile techniques throughout the day, and we also have Sandra Hall Ceramics who’ll be demonstrating her work. Visitors can sit down and enjoy some delicious homemade cakes with a cup of tea, all served in lovely vintage style crockery, courtesy of Plum Fairy who will be running the tearoom. This event is free to attend.

Lavenham Literary Festival in Suffolk

Lavenham Literary Festival

17th - 19th November 2017

Come along to the Lavenham Literary Festival taking place in November 2017.

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Beccles Beer Festival

17th - 19th November 2017

Where: Beccles Public Hall. Visit Beccles this and join in the celebration of local real ales, cider and lagers from 22 breweries all within 30 miles of Beccles. There will be live music, food stalls and soft drinks for drivers. Free entry.

Lowestoft Christmas Lights Switch On

Saturday 18th November 2017

The Lowestoft big switch on takes place with highlights including the Lowestoft Players with their Christmas Spectacular, with the lights being switched on around 5pm.

Christmas Decorations

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre

23rd - 26th November 2017

Annual Christmas Fayre featuring over 200 festive stalls with live music and festive fun for all of the family. With a variety of stalls on offer such as gifts, crafts, food, seasonal produce and much more, you'll be sure not to miss this highly anticipated annual event.

Southwold Christmas Lights Switch On

Saturday 24th November 2018

Southwold lights switch on is always a lovely evening for all the family with Father Christmas switching on the lights!

Blythburgh Christmas Market 2017

Saturday 25th November 2017

More than 20 stalls including locally made crafts, Christmas gifts, holly wreathes, Christmas decorations, and much, much more.
Refreshments including hot homemade soups, mulled wine and tea/coffee and cakes.
Five minutes drive from Southwold. Follow the signs from the A12 to the church.
Large free car park and all welcome!

Pantomime - Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Dick Whittington 1st December - 14th January 2018

A great pantomime for all the family to enjoy in one of the most popular theatres in Suffolk. One of the best loved stories of all time, this exciting adventure takes our hero all the way from his home in sleepy Suffolk, to rat infested London Town and on to Paradise Island on the good ship Leaking Lizzie - the perfect family treat for the festive season.

Beccles Christmas Lights Switch On

Beccles Christmas Lights Switch On

24th November 2017 5:30 - 9:00 pm

Local acts on stage and a variety of stalls and entertainment throughout the town topped off with traditional lights switch on.

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Reydon Christmas Lights Switch On

Saturday 1st December 2018

Reydon Christmas Lights Switch on will include traditional carols, Christmas lights, the blessing of the crib and nativity figures which have featured every December on Reydon Corner for over 45 years. In recent years the committee has been able, due to the generosity of local people, fund decorations, trees and lights in other village locations. The switch on night is always very well supported and in recent years has included the Southwold firemen escorting father Christmas to the event, The Helen Price Handbell ringers and the village choir - Music Vox.

Christmas Fair at Clare

Saturday 2nd December 2017

The Clare Christmas Fair hosted at St. Peter and St. Paul's Church is a great chance to get some Christmas shopping completed in the centre of town. This event will showcase a selection of gifts, decorations, crafts and Christmas produce. Sip a glass of something warm whilst you take a look at items such as jewellery, cakes, dolls, pottery, artwork and more. Refreshments will be available as well as Christmas carol performances.

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Aldeburgh Christmas Lights

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Enjoy this event of festivities for the lead up to Christmas in Aldeburgh. This event will be sure to get you in the festive spirit with mulled wine, christmas carols, opening ceremony by the mayor, a visit from Santa, mince pies and so much more!

Felixstowe Christmas Lights Switch On & Fair

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Get into the festive spirit by joining in the fun at Felixstowe's Xmas Lights Switch On and Xmas Craft market. Hamilton Road and The Canopy will be filled with lots festive food and craft stalls and there will be carol singing and live entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Christmas at Africa Alive!

2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & Christmas Eve 2017

Special festive times at Africa Alive. Full details to follow.

Family Christmas Sparkle at Ickworth House

Saturday 9th December 2017

Create some magical memories with your family at Ickworth House this December with plenty of family events taking place – make Christmas decorations, crafts, crackers and sit next to the tree with stories and gifts from Santa. Don’t forget to follow the Christmas trail and discover what the cooks are stirring up in the basement kitchen.

Christmas Wreath Making at Ickworth House

Friday 1st December 2017

Visit Ickworth House this December and learn how to make your own festive wreath in this workshop. There will be a demonstration and materials are provided to make your own. Please do bring your own gloves and secateurs. Also available during the day are refreshments, two course lunch, afternoon tea and cake. A great opportunity to make something unique for your front door.

Pantomime - The Quay Theatre, Sudbury

Aladdin 15th December - 1st January 2018

A great pantomime for all the family to enjoy brought to you by the Sudbury Dramatic Society. This years Pantomime is the story of Aladdin.

Christmas Hanging Decorations

Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Saturday 23rd December 2017 9.30 - 1.30

Snape Maltings hosts their Christmas Farmers Market where there will be lots of local produce, story telling and Christmas craft making.

Christmas at Blackthorpe Barn

Christmas at Blackthorpe Barn

Various dates throughout November and December.
Blackthorpe Barn in Bury St Edmunds was built in 1550 and is a beautiful, historic building that hosts an abundance of Christmas events. This year they will be creating Santa's Grotto which will be open on weekends from the 25th of November to the 17th of December plus the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd of December. Children will love meeting Santa as they take their token into the grotto and receive their present. The barn will also be hosting a string of craft shows where they showcase the very best of British craftsmanship on weekends leading up to Christmas from the 11th of November. At the barns, you can also have a look around the Country Christmas Shop, take part in some Christmassy workshops and purchase some natural decorations and a live Christmas Tree.

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Felixstowe Christmas Dip

Christmas Day 2017

This fun Christmas Day event raises money for local charities. More details to follow.

Christmas Day Swim at Southwold

Christmas Day 2017

More details to follow...