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Iken Canoe, Snape
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May Bank Holiday Events in Suffolk

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

23rd to 25th MAY 2015



Village fete Shottisham

Saturday 23rd May - Shottisham Reminiscence & Heritage Day, St Margaret's Church, Shottisham
10.00am-4.00pm
*Refreshments
*Meet the Architect, see the display & find out about the project
*Ask about the history of the Church from someone who knows lots about it
*Find out about Shottisham’s very own Angel
*Sit & chat with older residents about how things used to be
*Try your hand at identifying mystery archaeological finds found in the village
*Let the years of village life in this special Suffolk village catch up with you through a photographic Powerpoint display
*Tune in to recent fame with a Paralympic Flame & Oscar on show
*Let the children play traditional games of yesteryear & find that elusive Church mouse
... and even more ... !
Free admission, though donations to Church Tower Repair Fund very welcome
Email: emma.thomas@uwclub.net
Venue Address: Church Lane, Shottisham, Suffolk. IP12 3HG

Saturday 23rd May - imagine....Craft Fair, St Peter's Church, Sudbury
9.00am-4.00pm
With over 30 tables full of unique gift ideas for all the family, plus superb cafe, and face painter for children, there is something for everyone.
Venue Address: Market Hill, Sudbury, Suffolk CB9 7GA

Iken Canoe
Iken Canoe

Why not come down to the Alde estuary and hire a canoe from Iken Canoe this May Bank Holiday? Great fun for all the family, just click on Iken Canoe


Saturday 23rd May - Book Signing, Lowestoft Waterstones
11.00am-2.00pm
Meet local author Tasha O'Neill at Lowestoft Waterstones where she will be signing copies of her new children's novel ''Charlotte Stone and the Children of the Nymet''.
Venue Address: 98 London Road North, Lowestoft, NR32 1ET

Saturday 23rd May - Table Top Sale, The Red House, Sudbury
10.00am-2.00pm
Pop along and find yourself a bargain at this table top sale which is part of the summer events programme at the Red House residential Home, Sudbury.
The Red House: 01787 372948 enquiries@redhousesudbury.co.uk
Venue Address: The Red House, Meadow Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2TD

Saturday 23rd May - Long Melford Book Fair
10.00am-4.00pm Memorial Hall

This is the longest running independent book fair in Suffolk and there will be a wide range of second hand and collectible books on offer covering an extensive range of subjects. Home made refreshments will be available and there is free parking.
Entry: Adults £1.00, under 15's free
Contact: Chris Missing Tel: 01245 361609 Email: missingbooks@madasafish.com
Website: Missing Book Fairs
Venue Address: Memorial Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk. CO10 9LQ

Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th May - Redlodge Beer & Music Festival, Red Lodge Millenium Centre, Red Lodge, Suffolk
There is something for everyone at this weekend of live music and real ales. Bands, solo/duet performances plus top DJ's. Also for the kiddies there's a children's entertainer with magic show, disco, face painting plus much more. Find out more here Suffolk Festivals

Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th May - LeeStock Music Festival at Melford Hall
Melford Hall, Long Melford


Now in its 8th year, this years fantastic Music Festival will be held at Melford Hall in Long Melford and will feature 26 acts over two days. There will be a Family Area, Food Area and licensed bar. All proceeds from LeeStock are donated to the Willow Foundation. Check out LeeStock Music Festival




Saturday 23rd May to Monday 25th May, Bloody Mary Returns, Framlingham Castle
11.00am-5.00pm
Travel back to 1500 and meet one of the most gruesome monarchs of all. Discover how Bloody Mary got her treacherous nickname and watch out for the petrifying executioner! For further information please click: Framlingham Castle

Go Ape!


go ape suffolk activity

Why not join us at Go Ape for a Tree Top Adventure this May Bank Holiday? Go Ape!


Sunday 24th May - Snape Maltings Vintage & Makers Market
10.00am-4.00pm
The Snape Maltings Vintage & Makers Market brings together 50 leading vintage traders, alongside designs, crafts and artworks created by local artisans.

Tim Clover of Deben Events, organisers of the market, says, “It’s great to be back in the fabulous setting of Snape Maltings as it’s the perfect backdrop to showcase some talented local craftspeople, makers and artisans, alongside some cool vintage traders who really know their stuff.”
The market will be packed with a wide range of vintage furniture, classic fashion, ceramics, kitchenalia and pieces for the garden, coupled with artworks, printed fabrics, unique homewares and jewellery.
Free Admission
Venue Address: Snape Maltings, Nr Aldeburgh, Suffolk. IP17 1SR



Sunday 24th May - Waves, Wings and Wheels Scale Model Show, Suffolk Aviation Heritage Musuem, Ipswich
10.00am-4.00pm
A wide selection of scale models; including boats, ships, aircraft, cars and trains. Local club exhibition stands. The Aviation museum will be open throughout the day. On site car parking and refreshments.
Ticket Prices: Adults £2-00 Under 16s £1-00
Venue Address: Suffolk Aviation Heritage Museum

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

Suffolk Cycle 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


Saturday 23rd - Monday 25th May - Kentwell Through The Centuries, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
Experience all time periods at one event as you visit a Medieval Village, join in with the Tudor crafts and take a look around the Victorian Household and WWII Camp. To find out more please see: Kentwell Hall, Long Melford

Cars on Bardwell Village Green

Sunday 24th May - Cars on Bardwell Village Green 2015, The Green, Bardwell
10.30am-5.00pm
Head to The Green at Bardwell this May Bank Holiday to view the display of classic & vintage cars. There will also be a selection of stalls, BBQ and food/bar.
Free Admission
Email: info@carsonthegreen.org.uk
Venue Address: The Green, Bardwell, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. IP31 1AW


Sunday 24th May - May Fest at The Great Eastern Hotel
Live bands, DJ's and dancers plus lots of stalls, rides, food van and more.
All in aid of our charity - Cancer Research.

For more information see: Great Eastern Hotel, Brandon



Sunday 24th May - Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair at Helmingham Hall Gardens
10.00am-4.00pm
Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair


Whether you are an experienced or novice gardener this is set to be a great day out. With hundreds of rare and unusual plants, food and drink and music plus insider tips and tricks on everything from pruning to propagating. Entry to the Spring Plant Fair is £7 for adults and free for children which includes free admission into the fabulous Grade 1 Listed gardens.

Lady Xa Tollemache, gold medal winner at the Chelsea flower show will also be taking a group of visitors on a tour around the garden from midday on the day of the fair, places are strictly limited so early booking is advisable. Tickets for the tour are £10 each.

For further details please see: Helmingham Hall Gardens



Sunday 24th May - Aspalls Cyder Night Supper Club at The Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
6.30pm for 7.00pm

Come along and enjoy a 6 course Aspall Cyder themed taster menu with carefully selected wines. See: Stoke by Nayland Hotel for full details.

Sunday 24th May - Monday 25th May - The Magic Ear Exhibition, Bawdsey Radar Station, Nr Woodbridge
Within the Worlds first operational Radar Station, see the Magic Ear Exhibition at Bawdsey Radar Station today, telling the story of the ‘invention that changed the world‘ with interactive displays. - See more at: Bawdsey Radar



Monday 25th May - Craft & Gift Fayre, Fynn Valley Golf & Restaurant, Witnesham, Ipswich
10.00am-3.00pm
A large selection of stalls displayed in the beautiful Edwardian building that is Fynn Valley Golf & Restaurant. In aid of L'Arch a local charity helping adults with special needs to live independently.
£1 Entry, free after 1.00pm

Family fun day bank holiday monday

Monday 25th May - Family Fun Day at The Kirtling Red Lion, Kirtling
Head to The Kirtling Red Lion this Bank Holiday Monday for some family fun, with a bouncy castle and delicious freshly made stone baked pizzas, its a fantastic way to end your bank holiday weekend.

National Gardens Open Scheme

national gardens chairty opening suffolk bank holiday

Visit one of the many gardens open in Suffolk this Bank Holiday weekend, raising money for Charity -
National Open Gardens Scheme in Suffolk


EVENTS FROM 2nd to 4th MAY 2015



Kentwell Hall May Bank Holiday

Saturday 2nd May - Monday 4th May - May Day at Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
The House, Gardens and Farm will all be open as you celebrate May Day at Kentwell Hall, Long Melford this year. There will be plays and processions with over 100 costumed "Tudors", music, dancing and many activities for the whole family to enjoy.


Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Saturday 2nd May - Monday 4th May - Wild For The Weekend - May Bugs, Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve
During this weekend you can search for bugs that can be found around the Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve. Children can collect a May bug spotter sheet from the centre and guides will be on hand to help you search out and identify the many types of wildlife around the reserve.

Hawk, the insect specialist will be waiting to help you discover more about the fascinating world of bugs, and he will be available on Saturday 2nd and Monday 4th May between 11.00am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-3.30pm.

Mike will be searching for pond creatures as you go pond dipping on Sunday 3rd May, between 11.00am-12.00pm or 2.00pm-3.00pm.

To find out more please visit - Suffolk Wildlife Trust



Saturday 2nd May - Make a Clay Pizza Oven at Depden Farm
10am - 4pm
Come and join us on this 1 day workshop and learn how to make a BBQ for your garden using puddled clay.
For prices and booking see: Depden Farm Shop Cafe and Training

St Peter

Saturday 2nd May - Craft & Gift Fair, St Peter' by the Waterfront, Ipswich
Browse a wide variety of gift ideas within the arts and heritage centre - St Peter's by the Waterfront set within the beautiful and historic surroundings of St Peter's Church, Ipswich.

Saturday 2nd May - The Drinkstone Sale Trail, Drinkstone Village Hall and surrounding village
9.30am-2.30pm
This event attracts both local visitors and many from much further afield. Households around the village open up their garages to sell their wares - others prefer a table top in the superb new Village Hall which also offers mouth-watering home made refreshments, sale of maps, toilet facilities (including disabled), car parking. Come along and visit this sleepy village and enjoy some fresh air in the Suffolk countryside!
Free entry
Email: suefoulshamster@googlemail.com Tel: 01449 736314
Venue Address: Gedding Road, Drinkstone, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. IP30 9SZ

Saturday 2nd May - Table Top Sale, Lavenham Village Hall & Events Centre
10am - 2pm
Pop along and grab yourself a bargain at this bustling table top sale within the village hall.
Venue Address: Church Street, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk. CO10 9QT

Saturday 2nd May to Sunday 3rd May - Summer beer festival at The Ship at Dunwich
Start your bank holiday weekend with our beer festival - promising to be a great day with live music, craft stalls and plenty of beer from our favourite local breweries. Food served all day.
See: The Ship at Dunwich for more details.



Sunday 3rd May to Monday 4th May - Middy In The War Years
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Wetheringsett


Mid Suffolk Light Railway May Bank Hol

Re-enactors will add to the atmosphere at the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway as they portray what it would have been like at a country railway station during the 2nd World War. There will be displays, memorabilia, weapons and vehicles on show too so pop along for a great day out for all the family.


Sunday 3rd May - Red Cross Open Garden, Horringer Hill House, Bury St Edmunds
2.00pm to 5.00pm
Mature four-acre gardens overlook paddocks and are partially divided into ''rooms''. Including an Italianate terrace, Victorian walkway with roses and lilacs, and a herb garden. Also three water features, herbaceous borders and a gravel garden. Teas and Plant stall available.
Entry: £4 .00 per adult, children under 12 free
01284 727247
janedow@redcross.org.uk
Venue Address: Horringer Hill House, Horringer Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. IP33 2EE


Sunday 3rd May - Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fair, Earsham Hall, Bungay
Gates will open from 10.00am until 5.00pm.
There will be plenty to see - classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and both commercial and military vehicles. Other attractions on the day will include food and craft stalls, licensed bar, trade stands, auto jumble, children's games, entertainers and workshops. Funds raised from the event will go to local Lions causes.

Bungay Lions invite you to a great day out for all the family.

Ticket Prices: £3 Adults; under 16s free
Email: michaelegardiner@hotmail.com
Venue Address: Earsham Hall, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 2AN

Sunday 3rd May - Beccles Antiques Street Market
8.00am - 4.30pm
Beccles Town Centre

The market boasts a varied and interesting collection of 100 general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of 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 and are experts in their field and 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 catering is incorporated into the market; including Big Sky Pies, a local hog roast, local 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.
Free admission
Contact: Kate Lee on 01502 711174
Venue Address: Beccles Town Centre, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9HA

Sunday 3rd May to Monday 4th May - Clash of Knights, Framlingham Castle
10.30am-5.00pm
Watch as the four teams of chain-mailed, adrenalin fuelled knights battle it out in this contest of skill and strength. Your young knights can burn off some energy by joining in battle drills as you revel in the medieval atmosphere. To discover more please see: Framlingham Castle

Sunday 3rd May to Monday 4th May - Magic Ear Exhibition at Bawdsey Radar
12.30pm-4.30pm
With its interactive displays this unique exhibition tells the story of the "invention that changed the world".
Please see Bawdsey Radar for further details.

Monday 4th May - May Day Family Fun Day - Manor Social Club & Ballroom, Ipswich
12.00pm-6.00pm
FREE entry to the family fun day, including a barbeque, disco, raffle and lots more.
Email: joe@manorclub.co.uk
Venue Address: 4 St Margaret's Green, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP4 2BP


Eating Out this May Bank Holiday


Treat yourself to a meal out in Suffolk this May Bank Holiday -

Book now to enjoy El Fresco Dining in the lovely garden at The Cock Inn, Polstead with its stunning setting overlooking the Village Green. Open All Bank Holiday Weekend.

May Bank Holiday MONDAY Brunch - 4th & 25th May
9.00am-2.00pm
Spoil yourself with a May Bank Holiday Monday Brunch at Tuddenham Mill, with a wide variety of options to choose from including homemade smoothies, tempting buttermilk pancakes and smoked kippers. There really is something for everyone.





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