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September - October Events

You may require an extra layer as the nights draw in, but that's not to say the pace of life in Suffolk cools down! With beautiful golden trees and stunning skies at sunrise this is a great time of the year to visit Suffolk.

Despite the absence of buckets and spades, shorts and sandals, there is so much going on in this cosy season to leave you feeling relaxed on your holiday. View our September and October events below...

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.

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, running until Thursday 28th September. 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.

Vintage Afternoon Tea at Helmingham Hall

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 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.

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Walk with a Fork

Sunday 3rd September 2017

Love eating? Love walking? Then why not visit Helmingham Hall for “Walk with a Fork". Walk with a Fork is a fundraising event organised by Ormiston Children & Families Trust.

This year’s walk will return to Helmingham Hall in Suffolk and you’re invited to join in the fun with a stroll around this stunning country estate. Stop off along the way to sample delicious treats from some of Suffolk’s finest food and drink producers such as Alder Tree Ice Creams, Hillfarm Oils, Stokes Sauces,and Aspall Cyder.

Splat Quack GO

Splat Quack GO 2018

Sunday 16th September

Suffolk's muddiest mud run... Expect to get mucky and down-right dirty. The obstacles in this race will make you crawl, jump, climb and splat, you may even quack! With pond dips, boggy ditch’s, you’ll be sure to stink. You can run, walk, waddle, or be dragged to the finish line. Suitable for ages 6+. Entries start at £25.

Birdwatching for Beginners at RSPB Minsmere

3rd September, 17th September, 1st October, 15th October, 29th October 2017

If you’ve always wanted to learn about birdwatching we certainly recommend you try at RSPB Minsmere! Learn how to identify the fantastic species of birds that gather on the reserve at this time of year with the RSPB guides on hand to assist you. Tickets cost £8 per adult and £4 per child plus usual reserve entry fee. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars or ask at reception about hiring a pair. Booking is essential.

HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh

12th - 17th September 2017

The HighTide Festival 2017 returns. Line up includes four premiere HighTide productions, as well as readings, music programme and comedy. Day passes available. More information to follow.

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The Grand Henham Steam Rally

16th & 17th September 2017

Henham Steam Rally returns to Henham Park and continues to be a family favourite. Visitors can enjoy a historical exhibition of vintage and classic cars, steam rollers, mini traction engines and working demonstrations of agricultural machinery.

Entertainment for all the family normally includes a vintage fairground, dog agility and heavy horse displays, a stage coach display, Punch and Judy, marching bands, Samba drumming, kite-flying display and helicopter rides.

Great British Beach Clean

Sunday 17th September, 2017 TBC

Time: 12:00pm - 14:00pm. Taking it upon themselves to get more people than ever cleaning and recording litter from English beaches, The Marine Conservation Society and Waitrose have teamed up to create the Great British Beach Clean. Amongst the many beaches having a spruce up is Felixstowe. MCS staff will be running the occasion and meeting at the Manor Terrace Car Park. Everyone is welcome to join in and help towards a wonderful cause.

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Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

23rd & 24th September 2017

The Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival has fast become one of the foremost food festivals in Britain.

Frequently rated as one of the UK's best food and drink festival by National media critics, the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival was started to celebrate and promote the abundance of beautiful local produce found in the Alde Valley and Suffolk coastal region. Don't miss our fantastic competition with hillfarm oils to win a three-night stay in Aldeburgh during the festival and our Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival promotional offer.

The Woodbridge Shuck Festival

The Woodbridge Shuck

29th September - 1st October 2017

Hosted at Whisstocks Boatyard, the festival will bring pop up restaurants at The Tide Mill, seasonal market, Seafood Sunday and Shuck specials throughout various pubs and restaurants in the area.

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Flipside Festival

6th - 8th October 2017

Where: Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk. "Carnaval" comes to the Suffolk Coast! Taking place at the iconic Snape Maltings, Flipside is a celebration of Brazilian Literature, Music and the Arts.

In addition to the fabulous arts programme which includes children events, enjoy some delicious Brazilian street food, caipirinhas and feijoada!

Westleton Heath Red Deer Rut | Suffolk Secrets

Westleton Heath Red Deer Rut

Early October

Westleton Heath in Suffolk is one of the best places to witness the amazing red deer rut each October, where majestic red stags bellow and clash horns in a fierce mating battle.

Westleton Heath in Suffolk is one of the best places to witness the amazing deer rut each year, where majestic red stags bellow and clash horns in a fierce mating battle. Red deer usually form large “harems”, and during rutting season, male stags invest most of their energy in fighting and competing with other stags to mate with their chosen hinds.

Aggressive stags pumped full of testosterone can often be heard roaring loudly as they clash and lock horns and engage in a fierce mating battle.

Halesworth Arts Festival

7th - 22nd October 2017

Now in its 16th year, the Halesworth Arts Festival is a celebration of music, poetry, art, photography and more.

Framlingham SausageFest 2017

Sunday 8th October 2017

Come and join in the fun at the Framlingham SausageFest event! This year the event is packed full of fun with sausage making workshops, tasting stalls and you will get the opportunity to vote for your favourites!

Paws With a Cause at Glenham Hall

Sunday 15th October 2017

The East Anglian Air Ambulance sponsored charity dog walk will be taking place at Glenham Hall for the third year running. A fantastic opportunity to raise money for a lifesaving charity, the walk will take place through the beautiful grounds along with dog agility and dog portrait painting. Yummy bacon sandwiches and tea will also be served, a welcome treat after a one, three or five-mile walk.

The 2018 Whole Hog Obstacle Course and Mud Races

14th October 2018

The Suffolk Whole Hog is an annual event for charity and a race through obstacles, water and lots and lots of mud. 2018 is the 12th year of running the Suffolk Whole Hog and is set to be the biggest race yet! Choose from a 5-mile race or a more challenging 7-mile race. Located in Woodbridge, you'll be running through beautiful Suffolk Countryside with a fantastic group of other keen adrenalin junkies. To find out more and to register to visit The Whole Hog website,

My Family and Other Animals at the Halesworth Arts Festival

20th October 2017

In conjunction with the World Land Trust, celebrated author and naturist Gerald Durrell's wife, Lee, will be talking about the Durrell's family life in Corfu in the 1930's. She'll also talk about growing up and television programmes and books that her a Gerald collaborated on over the years.

Gothic Falconry at Framlingham Castle

21st & 22nd October 2017

When visiting Framlingham Castle over this particular weekend you can witness beautiful birds such as falcons, owls and hawks as demonstrated by the professionals. This events kicks off from 11am - 4pm each day.

The Big Draw & Art Festival

Saturday 21st October 2017

Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm. Wickham Market. Come to the Village Hall and enjoy the pleasure of drawing and be part of over 400,000 people participating each year in The Big Draw. Admission is free and includes all materials for the budding Picasso’s, everybody at any age can join in the fun. This year’s theme is called ‘Living Lines’ which also gives participants the chance to have a go at animation. The East Anglian Traditional Art Centre are hosting an exhibition of original drawings by East Anglian masters including John Constable, Harry Becker, Leonard Squirrel and other famous artists.

Landguard Spooky Day

Saturday 28th October 2017

A great day for the kids!
On offer includes spooky puppet show, spooky disco room, spooky crafts and much more!
See the museum decorated spooky-style with plenty of surprises and treats.
Suitable for children between 2 and 12 years old. Please come in fancy dress. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-book in advance for this event - regret no tickets available on the door.

ScareTacular Southwold Maize Maze

ScareTacular Southwold Maize Maze

Saturday 21st October - Sunday 29th October

All the usual activities of Southwold Maize Maze with a spooky edge. Enjoy the eight acres of maize, jumping pillows, pedal go-karts, cradle nest swing, climbing tower and slide, pedal tractors/ride ons, giant sand pit, cafe and picnic area which will be decked out in Halloween style threads. Children will love finding the ten monsters and then collecting their small prize, daily fancy dress competitions, pumpkin carving, face painting a haunted house and a fortune teller witch.