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...
Vintage Afternoon Tea at Helmingham Hall
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday from 1st May - 13th September 2018
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.
Walk with a Fork
Sunday 2nd September 2018
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. Visit the Ormiston website to purchase tickets.
Birdwatching for Beginners at RSPB Minsmere
2nd September, 16th September, 30th September, 14th October, 28th October 2018
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 between £4.50 and £11.25 plus usual reserve entry fee. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars or ask at reception about hiring a pair. Booking is essential.
Walk for Wildlife at Africa Alive
Saturday 8th September
Join Africa Alive for a great cause in September as they walk for wildlife. Walk around this beautiful park before it opens to the public with friends, family and the Africa Alive team. There are two routes, a 1 mile (1.6km) route taking in Lemur Islands, and a 1.6 mile (2.6km) route taking in the new pathway behind the Lake and the “Marsh” paddocks, both walks will start and finish at the Lion House. You can select whichever route you and your team members would like to do, or you can do both if you like and as many times as you want. Once you have finished your walk you can relax and enjoy the rest of your day in the Park at your leisure. Funds from this event will go directly to the Save the Rhino International (STRI) project operating in South Africa’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park where, in recent years, poaching has become a big problem.
HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh
11th - 16th September 2018
The HighTide Festival returns to Aldeburgh, considered by The Times as one of the most exciting theatre festivals in the country. This year's line up includes high-end performances with the likes of diverse theatre, as well as readings, music, talks, comedy and family-friendly events. Refer to the HighTide Theatre website for more information on performance times. Tickets start from £5.
Great British Beach Clean
Friday 14th & Saturday 15th September 2018
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, Aldeburgh, Southwold, Trimley Marsh and various beaches close to Ipswich. Everyone is welcome to join in and help towards a wonderful cause. For more information on which beaches in Suffolk will be cleaned and times, visit www.mcsuk.org.
Splat Quack GO
Sunday 16th September 2018
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.
The Grand Henham Steam Rally
15th - 16th September 2018
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 includes a vintage fairground, dog agility and heavy horse displays, a stagecoach display, Punch and Judy, marching bands, Samba drumming, kite-flying display and helicopter rides. Tickets are now on sale via the Henham Steam Rally website with a range of passes to choose from.
The Woodbridge Shuck Festival
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd September 2018
Hosted at Whisstocks Quayside, 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. Open from 11:00 am - 16:00 pm each day, this will be one of the first opportunities for the public to view the newly developed Woodbridge waterfront.
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival
29th - 30th September 2018
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. Over 100 producers take part in the two-day event, the focal point of a two-week food-related fringe programme. The popular Hill Farm Family Meadow will be at Snape again this year as will the Adnams' Drinks Experience and the Wild Suffolk area.
RSPB MINSMERE - RED DEER RUT VIEWPOINT ON WESTLETON HEATH
Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th October 2018
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. 12 pm to dusk on Sat, 8 am to dusk on Sun. This is a free event.
Halesworth Arts Festival
13th - 28th October 2018
Now in its 17th year, the Halesworth Arts Festival is a celebration of music, poetry, art, photography and more. Now a major force in the arts in North Suffolk, it attracts capacity crowds every October, who come for the chance to see top quality artists in small, intimate surroundings. The HAF is run by entirely voluntary people, both on the organising committee and at the venues.
Paws With a Cause at Glenham Hall
Sunday 30th September 2018
The East Anglian Air Ambulance sponsored charity dog walk will be taking place at Glenham Hall for the fourth 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. Dogs and their owners are invited to start any time after 10.00 am following one mile, three miles, or five-mile route in the Suffolk countryside. This event is £5 per person and £5 per dog. Child entry is free.
Scaresville - The Haunted Village
3rd October - 4th November 2018
During the month of Halloween Kentwell Hall becomes Scaresville, The Haunted Village. An intensely spooky event, guests are invited to embark on an hours walk through the Scaresville Village where they will be met by ghouls, monsters, frights and their worst fears. If you're brave enough to take a walk through this terrifying town, tickets can be purchased via the Scaresville website. The event also offers an unfair ground, bar and escape room.
Film Feast Suffolk
5th - 7th October 2018
A new festival that showcases feature films, documentaries and short films on the subject of food and drink is coming to Woodbridge this autumn. Local foodies will be able to enjoy the screenings at The Riverside theatre and restaurant and at partner cafés including The Fire Station, Honey & Harvey and The Tea Hut. Each day a meal will also be recreated from one of the feature films at three local restaurants, The Riverside, The Galley and The Table. Sponsored by The East of England Co-op, the event will feature special guests including film critic, broadcaster Nigel Floyd, TV presenter Ruth Watson and The Sunday Times journalist and author, India Knight. Multi-award winning local baker, David Wright, of The Cake Shop will also be baking a wedding cake in under 45 minutes live on stage during the festival.
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, https://wholehograces.co.uk/.
The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival
Sunday 14th October 2018
Come and join in the fun at the Framlingham Sausage Festival event! The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival is a celebration of the Great British Sausage, or to be more specific, the Great Sausages that are made right here in East Anglia using local ingredients and some mouth-watering recipes. 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! Tickets start from £3.50 for the event that runs from 10 am - 4 pm.
Lavenham Children's Festival
20th - 21st October 2018
With live readings and writing workshops, children will love the Children's Festival at Lavenham Village Hall and Pre-School. Find a full programme list on the Lavenham Literary Festival website.
ScareTacular Southwold Maize Maze
20th - 28th October 2018
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 sandpit, 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. There are plenty of creepy things to keep you on your toes, during Halloween week.
Explore 4x4 - Quarantine: The Zombie Survival Run
Sunday 28th October
Explore 4x4’s Halloween Experience is back this year with a vengeance. The thrill of the chase but in the safety of daylight! This year Quarantine: The Zombie Survival Run will take place in the morning of Sunday 28th October at Explore 4x4’s East Anglian base, the Elveden Estate. A fabulous 5km run or walk of your life.