Half Term Things to do in Suffolk

Looking for activities for the children in Half Term? Suffolk is the place to be! There are plenty of events happening and Things to Do in Suffolk to keep the children entertained over Half Term.

Summer Half Term Mon 29th May - Friday 2nd June

Friday 26 May to Tuesday 30 May - Potters and Friends Craft Fair
10am - 5pm. Little Hall, Market Square, Lavenham CO10 9QZ
A selection of quality items handcrafted by the stallholders, mostly pottery but including weaving, a blacksmith,textiles, and other traditional crafts. Tel: 01284 827417

27/05/2017 - 02/06/2017, Half term events in libraries
Events at various venues see website for details
Wondering what to do with your children this May half-term? We've got a variety of events to entertain them across the county's libraries. Family events include medieval history, balloon modelling, writing masterclasses and more. Broomhill Library are hosting an Arts La'Olam Story Seekers performance in Broomhill Park (weather permitting) on Monday 29 May. Southwold Library are screening York Theatre Royal's production of The Railway Children at Southwold Arts Centre on Thursday 1 June. There will be a matinee showing and an evening showing. For a full list of half-term activities for children, please visit our website:

Saturday 27 May to Sunday 28 May - LeeStock Festival
Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, CO10 9AA

The tenth year of LeeStock Festival, including headliners Newton Faulkner, Toploader and Wheatus plus many more, and a beer and cider festival. LeeStock has raised over £100,000 for the Willow Foundation.
Great for entertaining the older kids, and with day tickets from £12, it won't break the bank plus under 12's go FREE! See LeeStock Festival for more information.

Saturday 27 May to Sunday 28 May - Lawshall Scarecrow Festival
10.00am - 4.00pm both days. Lawshall, IP29 4PB
A fantastic display of scarecrows, all shapes and sizes throughout the village. A great day out for all the family. Either walk the route around or drive. There will be over 30 scarecrows on display throughout the village. It is free to come and look, programmes with the map are available for £1 from All Saints Lawshall Church where there will also be cakes and refreshments for sale.
Free Event, programmes £1. Email: Emma Clements, Tel: 07967270262

Pennikkity Pots Ceramic Painting Cafe, Ipswich
Choose a ceramic from a wide range then get busy painting! It can be hand glazed and fired on the premises, and sent to you or picked up when it's ready to go. There's also a cafe with yummy home baked cake and sandwiches. For more information, click the link above.

Sunday 28 May - Charity Family Fun Day
9.45am. Skyliner Sports Centre, Rougham Tower Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7QB
Coastline Graphics have organised the second Coastline football tournament and Charity fun day!
It will take place at the newly built Skyliner Sports Centre, on the all-weather pitches. Our aim is simply to have a good time, play a few games of football whilst raising money and awareness for The Stroke Association - ideally in the sunshine! Sound interesting?
We have organised a variety of activities for all ages to enjoy including a bouncy castle, raffle, penalty shoot out, shot speed test and much more. Refreshments being served by local catering.
Please visit our Facebook Event group for further information or visit

Sunday 28 May - Spring Plant Fair & Artisan Market at Helmingham Hall
A great choice for green fingered families! For the children there are free Goodie Bags, activities in their own Marquee, craft activities with the RSPB, and Mosaic Making, plus lots of beautiful space to roam and fresh air. Grown ups can enjoy Garden, Conservation & Artisan zones, live music, a dance tent, homemade teas and lunches as well as a range of food stalls. Plus a Free Plant for 800 Visitors. This prestigious event is much more than just a plant fair.

Sunday 28 May - Cars On Bardwell Village Green 2017
10.00am - 5.00pm. Bardwell Village Green, The Green, Bardwell, IP31 1AW
Classic and vintage car show,plus plenty to see and do. Free Entry
Tel: 01359 253525

Sunday 28 May - Stonham Truck Show
Gates open 10.00am-5.00pm. Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket, IP14 6AT

If you love all things trucks then come along and see the different varieties that are on display. There will also be many trade stands, food & drinks stalls, entertainment, children’s playzone and all the other facilities and attractions on offer at Stonham Barns, including the Owl Sanctuary, Teapot Pottery, shopping village, golf and fishing. We are supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance so a well as being a great family day out, it is for a worthwhile cause too.

See Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail VillageStonham Barns Leisure & Retail Village for more information

Sunday 28 May - Ipswich 5K Colour Dash
12:00pm to 2:00pm. Christchurch Park, Ipswich, IP4 2BX
Come together to support East Anglia's Children's Hospice. We rely on support from community to help make home-from-home at our hospices. We care for children and their families with life-limiting conditions. For more information Email:, Tel: 01473 276196.

Meet the Suffolk Punch Horses
Meet the gentle giant Suffolk Punch Horses. Plus yearlings, rare Large Black Pigs, Red Poll Cattle and Suffolk Sheep. There's lots to keep the whole family entertained including Cafe, Working horse training demonstrations, Pets Paddock, Activity playground, Heritage Garden and more. Click the link above to plan your visit.

Sunday 28 May - The Snape Maltings Vintage and Makers Market
9.30am to 4.00pm. Snape Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SP

A hand-picked, choice selection of the regions leading vintage traders, local artisans, makers and craftspeople. The market will feature everything from one-off vintage furniture, fashion, and homewares, to locally made products, artworks, fabrics and jewellery.

Monday 29 May - Bank Holiday BBQ, Ufford Park Woodbridge
From 12 noon until 2pm. Whatever the weather, join Ufford Park for a delicious BBQ with family and friends. Pop down, have a drink, a bite to eat and enjoy the Bank Holiday Monday! PLUS, hear the mellow sound of Jaxx from Mr Tim our resident saxophonist AND Mr Bean, local children's entertainer will keep the kids happy! Click on the link above for more details.

Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June - Young Music Makers
9:45am to 1.00pm. Pro Corda, Leiston Abbey, Leiston, IP16 4TD
Youth Music Suffolk

Pro Corda's YOUNG MUSIC MAKERS (YMM) half term course offers 5 mornings of music ensemble training for young children between ages 5 and 10. Instrumentalists and non-instrumentalists welcome.
There will be a celebration of the week's achievements on Friday 2 June.
£135 for the whole week. Email: or 01728 831354

Monday 29 May - Flux Freestyle Fun Day
10:00 - 20:00. Flux Freestyle Jumping, Cardinal Park, Grafton Way, Ipswich IP1 1AX
The Flux team will be raring to go; letting you bounce off the walls and let the children let off some of that built up energy! And with ten freejump sessions throughout the day, you have plenty of time slots to choose. Booking is highly recommended. £10 per person

Come and meet the animals at Jimmy's Farm

Join Jimmy down on the farm for lots of fun this half term, pet the animals, woodland walks, play areas, yummy restaurants and lots more. Check it out here - Jimmy's Farm, Ipswich

What's on over Half Term in Suffolk

Wednesday 31 May to Thursday 1 June - Suffolk Show
Gates open from 7am. Trinity Park, Ipswich, IP3 8UH

The Suffolk Show is a day out like no other – a traditional county show and a unique celebration of food, farming and the countryside, plus as much all round family entertainment as it’s possible to imagine. You’ll be amazed at how much there is to see and do!
Gate Prices: Adult £27, Young Person: £11, Senior Citizen: £24, Under 15's go free. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance online. For more information, see Suffolk Show

Thursday 1 – Saturday 10 June 2017 - Pulse Festival, Ipswich
New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS

A 10 day Festival of inspirational contemporary theatre with established and emerging artists, both local and those from further afield. The 'Suitcase Prize Day' returns with a prize for the best environmentally sustainable show that can be toured on public transport. There are 49 events to choose from and tickets for those under 26 start at £5, so great for older and younger theatre lovers!
For more information, see New Wolsey Theatre

Beacon Rally Karts

For a thrilling day out for all the family, whatever the weather try Beacon Rally Karts. They offer off road karting for everyone between 5 and 75 years old! For booking and details click on the link above.

Thursday 1 June to Saturday 3 June - Red Rooster Festival
Gates open on Thursday 1st June at 4pm. Euston Hall, Euston, IP24 2QW

A family friendly weekend experience of Deep South music, food and culture with the very best in RnB, Americana, Blues, Soul, Roots and Country. Don your cowboy boots and get those guitars ready for a campfire sing a long! Weekend camping tickets are just £55 (+booking fee) for 3 nights and children are FREE. Find out more including the line-up and and how to book at - Suffolk Festivals

Children's Rainy Day Activities in Suffolk


We all expect - and hope! - to have sunny days throughout Half Term but just in case the weather lets us down here are plenty of things to do on rainy days in Suffolk - just click on the link above to discover them

Friday 2 June - Family Bowling Tournament, Ipswich
Tenpin, Gloster Road, Ipswich, IP5 3RJ
19:00 arrival to 21:30. £10 per person for 2 games - Teams of 4.
Magpie Performers are hosting a family bowling tournament to help raise funds for our first show in January. All ages and skill levels welcome. Prize for the highest scoring team of the evening
For more info or to book a lane please email us:

The Secret Garden by The Spinning Wheel Theatre 26th May - 18th June
This charming and heartwarming adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett�s treasured childhood novel hits the road. A joyful and uplifting tale of magic, friendship and hope, this is a show for all the family - not to be missed! Click on the link above for dates and locations.

Pennies From Heaven at Manning’s Amusement Park
Stay dry while having fun at the most traditional of seaside activities. Manning’s Amusement Park offers an indoor arcade with old favourites such as the penny pusher and casino area plus the latest in video games to keep children entertained this half term. Crazy golf and children’s rides are great fun – whatever the weather. Open every day from 10am Mannings Amusements

Explore nature with a visit to the RSPB
Suffolk has many fantastic RSPB sites and nature reserves, many have special activities on over school holidays and all are family friendly. Click on the link above to find the site nearest to you.

Saturday 3 June - Charsfest 2017, Woodbridge
Charsfield Recreation Ground, Chapel Lane, Charsfield, Nr Woodbridge, IP13 7PX
A mixture of fete, stalls, fun races, Tug of War etc on Saturday 3rd June from 2pm until late. All day licensed bar and a variety of food. Entertainment will be provided by Farlingaye Big Band and Pete & Sharon singing a medley of 60s/70s, country and Elvis, plus an open mic slot so come and showcase your talents. 2pm to 11pm. Free entry
Tel: 01473 737701

Saturday 3 June to Saturday 10 June - Springfield Follies Variety Show 2017 ''Celebration''
St Augustine’s Church Hall, Bucklesham Road, Ipswich, IP3 8TH
The Follies present a fun filled show of songs and sketches for all the family.
Tickets: £8 Adults £5 Children Family £24 (2A + 2C). Tickets are available on 01473 719089.

What's on over Half Term in Suffolk

Half term craft activities for kids
Half term craft activities for kids
At the Blue Owl in NaylandWhilst the children enjoy ceramic painting, decopatch and beading, Silver Jewellery making plus more, the grown ups can indulge in some freshly ground coffee, teas, hot chocolate, homemade cakes and snacks! Booking is recommended - click Blue Owl for contact information -

Saturday 3 June - Monks Eleigh Fete
1pm to 5pm. Monks Eleigh Recreation Field, Church Hill , Monks Eleigh, IP7 7JL
Doggy Days Out Suffolk

Traditional good fun and fantastic dog show in one of Suffolk’s prettiest villages. Family and dog friendly. Entertainment, stalls, teas, barbecue, beer …
Free Entry. Web: - See more at: /Doggy-Days-Out-in-Suffolk.asp#sthash.K1i46buw.dpuf

Sunday 4 June - Brandon Carnival
11.00am - 5.00pm. Brandon, Market Hill, Brandon, IP27 0AA
This year's Brandon Carnival will be taking place on Sunday 4th June 2017 on Market Hill in Brandon, Suffolk. The event kicks off at 11am with the carnival parade passing through the town at 1pm.
Food and refreshments will be available throughout the day and don't forget to check our website for a full list of confirmed events, stalls, attractions, food and more. Come and join us for Brandon's biggest annual event.

Sunday 4 June - Elveden Classic Car Show
11am-4pm. Elveden Estate, Elveden Farms Ltd, London Road, Elveden, IP24 3TQ
Classic car show, family fun, all proceedings going to charity. Free entry for owners showcasing their classic cars. Held by Bury St Edmunds Abbey Rotary club and NSPCC.
Adults - £5.00. Children (5yrs - 15yrs) - £3.00. Children 4 and under - free. Family Tickets - £12.00. Classic/Vintage Car Entrants - free.

Sunday 4 June - Felsham Family Funday
2-5pm. Felsham and Gedding Playing Field, Lower Green , Felsham Bury St Edmunds, IP30 0PP
An afternoon out for all the family. Come and pet the farm animals, have a go at a variety of rural crafts, show your dog in our fun dog show and marvel at the skills of the dog agility. Talk to the local farmer and take a close up view of farm equipment you normally see only in the distance and have a go at milling grain. Enjoy watching the events in the central arena and join in with the egg throwing and classic children's games and races. Whilst waiting for the magic show the children can have a go at the traditional village fete games, fairground ride, fun play equipment, and make their very own mosaic to take home. And for those who have surplus energy come and bounce on the bouncy castle! Exhausted parents and carers can refresh themselves at the food hall; beer, wine and soft drinks to wash down burgers or hotdogs. (Vegetarian options also available). For the more refined relax with tea and cake or scones, jam & cream. Finish off with ice cream and Pimms...
FREE ENTRY, Activities cost, but all very reasonable prices to suit all pockets and families of any size. FREE PARKING ON SITE.

What's on over Half Term in Suffolk

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