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May Bank Holiday Events in Suffolk

Whats On SuffolkThere's lots on for everyone this May Bank Holiday weekend in Suffolk!

28th MAY to 30th MAY 2016

Suffolk Walking Festival

Taking place between 14th May-5th June, the Suffolk Walking Festival has lots of walks planned over the Bank Holiday weekend for those who enjoy a bit of fresh Suffolk air! To find out more, see Suffolk Walking Festival

Thursday 26 May to Saturday 4 June, PULSE - Ipswich's biggest live theatre Festival

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS
10 days of inspirational contemporary theatre from International and local talent with events over the bank holiday weekend. Tickets from £5.00
See Suffolk Festivals for more information

Saturday 28th May, Mowtown Disco Cruise, Orwell Quay, Ipswich
Orwell Lady be cruising up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell to the funky sounds of Motown.
Includes two course buffet and 3.5 hour return cruise.
Get out your platform shoes and visit: Orwell Lady for more information.

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 & further information please see: LeeStock Music Festival

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 this bank Holiday. 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

Saturday 28th May to Monday 30th May - Bloody Mary Returns, Framlingham Castle, Framlingham
Framlingham Castle

Come and meet one of the gruesomest Monarchs of them all as you travel back in time to the 1500's. Learn how Queen Mary received her nickname and much more at Framlingham Castle

Saturday 28 May, YolanDa Brown - Reggae Love Songs at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Find out more here - Concerts in Suffolk

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

Saturday 28th May to Monday 30th May, Clare Art Club Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Clare Town Hall, Market Hill, Clare
The exhibition is home to a wide variety of original art, crafts, jewellery, prints and cards for sale. There will be art demonstrations going on throughout the weekend, so pop down and learn some tips from the artists themselves. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes are available for you to enjoy after browsing through the artwork. Free entry all weekend and make sure you enter the prize draw for a chance to win a stunning original painting!

Sunday 29th May, Cars On The Green - Bardwell Village Green
10.30am-5.00pm, Bardwell Village Green, Bardwell, Sufffolk, IP31 1AW
Display of classic and vintage cars,plus loads of stalls to suit all,refreshments including real ale bar and BBQ.
Church tower roof and windmill open.
Jazz Band at 3.55pm we also have a flypast by an RAF WW2 Dakota weather permitting.
Tel: 01359 253525 - See more at: Whats On Suffolk

29th - 30th May, The Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre
The 2016 Whitsun Fayre will again be held over the Spring Bank Holiday and its bigger and better than before with entertainment for everyone!

Some of the activities we have on offer this year are:

- A motorsports car show on Angel Hill
- Childrens activities throughout the town, from face painter to magician, fairground rides to stilt walkers there will be something to keep everyone happy
- Free Circus workshops, big games and science displays in the arc shopping centre
- The beach is back in the Traverse, with a special Ourburystedmunds stick rock available
- The popular flower and plant stalls will be in the Buttermarket and Cornhill
For further information see: Fetes, Fairs and Shows in Suffolk

Sunday 29th May, Snape Maltings Vintage & Makers Market
The Snape Maltings Vintage & Makers Market returns to Snape Maltings with upwards of 50 local vintage traders, artisans and craftspeople setting up their stalls. The traders will be selling a huge range of vintage furniture, fashion and homewares, alongside locally made artworks, craft, jewellery, fabrics and food and drink. For More info see:
Snape Maltings Vintage & Makers Market

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

Come along and support the runners in 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.

Visit one of Suffolk's many RSPB sites this May Bank Holiday
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 30th May, Bank Holiday Quiz, The Kirtling Red Lion, Kirtling,
Bring friends and family for an afternoon of fun. Bring something for the raffle, free snacks and lots of fun for all the family. For more info see: The Kirtling Red Lion

Monday 30th May, Bee Themed Activities, RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden,
Buzz along to the Wildlife Garden for a special set of Bee themed family activities during half-term. Activities will run from Bank Holiday Monday, May 30th. For more information see:RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden

Monday 30th May, Bank Holiday Quiz, Ufford Park, Hotel, Golf & Spa, Woodbridge,
Whatever the weather, join us for a delicious BBQ with family and friends. Pop down, have a drink, a bite to eat and enjoy the Bank Holiday with us!
Ufford Park Woodbridge
PLUS, enjoy the mellow sounds of Jazz from Mr Tim our resident saxophonist AND Mr Bean, local children's entertainer will keep the kids entertained with his balloon skills. For more info see: Ufford Park, Woodbridge

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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