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May Bank Holiday Events in Suffolk

There's lots on for everyone this May Bank Holiday weekend in Suffolk!

30th APR to 2nd MAY 2016

Saturday 30th April, Works in Wartime, Long Shop Museum, Leiston
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Enjoy this Living History event with a vintage fair, live music, re-enactors and more to bring the 1940's to life Long Shop Museum, Leiston

Expect wartime reenactors including Valour in Youth, and the Royal Norfolk Regiment Living History Group, with displays on life at home and abroad for men and women. Why not have a go on a milking training stand used by the Women’s Land Army! Plus see wartime military and civilian vehicles, and hear about the work of the Eighth in the East project and nearby Parham Airfield.

Don’t miss Chocks Away For Dancing providing marvellous music and dance performances throughout the day, with a chance for visitors to join in, plus a performance from Tallulah Goodtimes with her unique voice and post-modern jukebox style.

Why not join in on the atmosphere and come in your best wartime clothes, and have a mini retro makeover from Betty’s Rock & Rollers, before hunting for a gem with our vintage traders and stall holders? You never know what you might find!

Wartime inspired refreshments and delicious homemade cakes will be available, plus the Duck & Pheasant Bar and BitterSweet Curious Coffee (served out of a Morris Minor!) will be on site to quench your thirst.

Saturday 30th April & Sunday 1st May, 2 Day East Suffolk Country Market, Orford Town Hall, Orford
2 day market of home grown, home baked and home crafted goods, ranging from fresh crabs, lobsters, fresh fish, home reared meats, free range eggs etc to hand crafted items such as wood turning arts, cards, hand made jewellery, home baked goods and preserves . Refreshments and light lunches available.
Free entry

Saturday 30th April & Sunday 1st May THE MID & WEST SUFFOLK SHOW 2016
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at Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Village, Stonham Aspall

RETURNING DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND – KNIGHTS OF THE DAMNED – Spectacular Jousting Performance Stunt Team
There will be spectacular arena demonstrations & displays – A range of children activities
Trade Stands – Charity Stalls – Craft Stalls – Have a go Dog Events – Birds of prey flying display – Lowestoft Dog display team – Wood turning Display – Classic Cars – Steam Engines – Suffolk Land Rover off roading experience – Petting Farm – Hot Air Ballon Launch (weather permitting). Click on the link above to book your tickets for this great day out!

Orwell Lady River Cruises

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Get to know Suffolk from its waterways with an Orwell River Cruise this May Bank Holiday!

Sunday 1st May, Siege! Framlingham Castle
10.30am-5pm. Catapult yourself into the awesome spectacle of a castle under Norman attack. Take cover! For the 800th anniversary of the 1216 siege, witness the opposing forces prepare for battle. Pick your side and check your armour before the awe-inspiring siege weapons hurtle into action. Hear tremendous tales from the medieval minstrels and experience the fear and anticipation of battle with the rallying cry of generals as they prepare their soldiers for the impending bloodshed.
Tickets: Adult £9.10/Child £5/Family £23.20/Concession £8, ENGLISH HERITAGE MEMBERS: Adult £1.50/Child £0.50/Family £3.50/Concession £1.20
Tel 0370 333 1183 for more info.

Saturday 30th April, Elizabeth to Elizabeth
A special concert of words and music to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, St Peter's Church, Cockfield

Elizabeth to Elizabeth May Bank Holiday

Trio ''In Voice and Verse'' take us through the humorous highs and serious lows of British history from Queen Elizabeth I to the present day.
Ticket Price: £10 (or £8 in advance)
Norman Kelly - tel. 01284.828904,
Mike Swiney - tel. 01284.828652

1st May - The Vintage & Makers Market at Snape Maltings

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The market will feature everything from one-off vintage furniture, fashion, and homewares, to locally made products, artworks, fabrics, jewellery and tasty food and drink.

Tim Clover of Deben Events, says, 'We're thrilled to be back at Snape Maltings to kick off summer with some shopping with a difference. We've got some great traders and local artisans coming along to offer unique, one-off pieces and cool crafts and vintage finds that you won't find anywhere else. Snape Maltings is the perfect location for some relaxed Sunday shopping, a spot of lunch and riverside walks. FREE Entry

Why not hire a bike this May Bank Holiday with Suffolk Cycle Hire?

Suffolk Cycle Hire

***NEW FOR 2016 - ELECTRIC BIKE HIRE***Discover Suffolk by bicycle. Local delivery and collection service available to your home, camp site or starting point. Free parking onsite. Substantial discounts on longer hires.
For booking and prices see:Suffolk Cycle Hire

1st May - Spring Plant Fair, Woottens of Wenhasten, Wenhasten
Spring plant fair
28 stalls, plant specialists, artist, crafts and more!

1st May - Strutt Your Mutt Charity Dog Day and Walk, Woodfarm Barns, Benacre
9.00am - 5.00pm
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A family fun day that celebrates the unique relationship that we share with our dogs. The event raises funds for Dogs for Good. There will be a full programme of displays such as the very funny and entertaining Dog and Duck Show, have-a-go events, demonstrations, trade and charity stands, Dog Show and walks. Find out more in our Doggy Days Out feature

Sunday 1st May, Beccles Antique Street Market, Beccles
Beccles Street Market

The market plays host to a hundred general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of good quality antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, books, clocks, retro and vintage design and decorative items. The dealers have a great selection of antiques on offer and are experts in their field; happy to share their knowledge and expertise with collectors.
Many of the local shops and restaurants and bars are open that day and first class local catering is incorporated into the market, including a hog roast, ice cream and tea and coffee. If you haven't been before you really should give it a visit and experience the pleasure of a busy outdoor specialist market.
Contact: Kate Lee Tel: 01502 711174 Email:
Venue Address: Beccles, Suffolk. NR34 9HA

Book a Craft or Rural Skills Course at Assington Mill
The 70 acre organic farm tucked away near Sudbury offer a huge selection of 1-3 day courses, from bee-keeping to landscape painting. Perfect for those wanting a little slice of country life.

Sunday 1st May & Monday 2nd May, Middy in the War Years - Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Wetheringsett
MSLR May Bank Holiday Weekend

In addition to the usual museum attractions there will be special re-enactments with soldiers, sailors and airmen visiting plus on 2nd May there will be the Flypast of Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota. An excellent day out for all the family, for further information please see: Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

Monday 2nd May - Mendlesham Annual Street Fayre indoor Craft Show, Mendlesham Community Centre
The Craft Show is held in a large airy building with 25 stalls selling a huge variety of original crafts. The Annual Street Fayre attracts around 3-4.000 visitors each year.

Monday 2nd May - Table Top Sale, Somerleyton Village Hall
Table Top Sale, selling unwanted items, DVDs, household items, crafts, vintage clothing, ceramics, art work, lots more.
Tea & Cakes available
50p Adults, children Free on the door

Monday 2nd May - Culford Pre Prep School May Day Fun Day, Culford Pre-Prep School
Family Fun-day with craft, toy and book stalls, BBQ and other refreshments, try your luck games, face painting, children's entertainer and much more - come along and join in the fun!
Free Event
Venue Address: Culford Pre-Prep School, Culford, Suffolk. IP28 6TX

28th MAY to 30th MAY 2016

Saturday 28th May, Sunday 29th May, Lee Stock Festival, Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, CO10 9AA
A weekend of live music and festival fun at the 2016 LeeStock Festival with headliners The Feeling, Hoosiers and New Town Kings, plus many more. In aid of the Willow Foundation Charity.

Tickets from £12.00 **FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A PAIR OF FREE TICKETS - Visit our LeeStock Festival page below**

For further information please see: LeeStock Music Festival

Saturday 28 May, YolanDa Brown - Reggae Love Songs, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
8.00pm, For more details, see Music Concerts

Saturday 28 May to Sunday 29 May, Red Lodge Beer and Music Festival 2016
Red Lodge Millennium Centre, Bury St Edmunds. For further details please see Suffolk Festivals

Sunday 29th May, Treehouse Colour Dash, Christchurch Park, Ipswich
Treehouse Colour Dash

Sign up today and be part of the third Treehouse Colour dash taking place at Christchurch park Ipswich. Join in with friends, family, or work colleagues and get showered with clouds of coloured powder! Open to people all ages and fitness abilities for everyone who would like to part in a fun event.

Adults aged 16+: £20 ( Includes white t-shirt and paint to throw at the end of the race)
Children aged 5-16: £10 (includes medal and paint to throw at the end of the race)

Family Tickets:£45 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)
Team Tickets are also available at £175 (10 adults which includes 10 t-shirts)

Visit one of Suffolk's many RSPB sites this May
An array of wildlife with informative talks and activities for young and old, visiting an RSPB site in Suffolk is a brilliant day out for everyone. Lots of locations to choose from including the famous Minsmere as featured on the BBC's Springwatch.

Sunday 29 May, West Suffolk Spin, Nowton Park, Nowton
Charity bike ride around West Suffolk covering either 25, 50 or 100 miles. Plus free family cycle ride. Raising funds for West Suffolk Hospital
£25 per cyclist. Family ride is free
Tel: 01284 712952

Monday 30 May, Nayland Church Fete, Nayland Village Hall
2.00pm-4.30pm. Traditional Fete with Music by Victory Jazz Band, Classic Vehicle Display
Homemade cakes and Teas, Ice creams and Hotdogs, Children's Sport and Adult Novelty Races, Tug of War, Raffle, Sideshows including Splat the Rat, China Smash, Lucky Dip, Face Painting, Nayland's Roller Coaster, Stalls including Plants, Books, Toys, Vintage, China and Glass. Free Parking.
Entry Adults £2 Concessions £1 Children 50p
Contact: Lorna Burgin Email:

For information on other Events in Suffolk please see our What's On in Suffolk Guide
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