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May Bank Holiday Events in Suffolk

MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND 3rd to 5th MAY



Kentwell Hall

Come to Kentwell Hall this May Day weekend and take part in this fantastic event for all the family!

Celebrate May Day at our liveliest event of the year. There is something for everyone, from music, dancing, plays and processions and over 100 of our costumed Tudors. Join in with making garlands for the processions; make posies and help to decorate the buildings and dress the well; help to dress the May Tree; make paper boats to sail on the Washerwomen's pond; dance in the grand circle dance around the May Tree and join in with the songs. Lots to do and fun for all! Also the House, Gardens and Farm are all open so join us at Kentwell Hall

Art Unequalled
3rd - 5th May

Art Unequalled

Find high quality handmade work presented direct from the maker. Artists will be presenting work in a range of media including sculpture, glass, ceramics, painting, prints, textiles.

For full details see: Art Exhibitions in Suffolk


Saturday 3rd May - Monday 5th May - Clare Art Club Exhibition, Clare Town Hall, Sudbury
10.00am-5.00pm
Clare Art

Browse through a large selection of artwork, jewellery, crafts, prints and more whilst learning tips from the artists themselves. Refreshments available and remember to enter the prize draw to win the painting above. For full details see: Art Exhibitions Suffolk

Saturday 3rd May - Drinkstone Sale Trail at Drinkstone Village and Village Hall
9.30am-2.30pm
Households around the village open their garages up to hold garage sales and others sell from tabletops in the brand new Village Hall. Refreshments, toilets, etc in Village Hall. Fund raising for the Village Hall Charity. Contact: Sue Foulsham - Chairman Drinkstone Village Hall (Registered Charity), Tel: 01449 736314

Sunday 4th May - Monday 5th May - "Middy in the War Years" - Mid Suffolk Light Railway
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War reenactment, including real ail bar and steam train rides!! See -
Mid Suffolk Light Railway

Sunday 4th May - Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2014 at Earsham Hall, near Bungay
10am - 5pm
There will be plenty to see from classic cars to tractors and military vehicles.
For full details see: Fetes and Fairs in Suffolk

Pepper Pig is coming to Colne Valley Railway!
Colne Valley Railway

Pepper and younger brother George will be making appearances throughout the day, so come along and reserve your seat at:
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham



Sunday 4th May - Beccles Antiques Street Market, Beccles Town Centre
8am - 4.30pm
Come down to Beccles for a wide range of antiques and collectables.
More information can be found here - Fetes, Fairs and Shows in Suffolk



Events from 2013

The Bell Hotel in Clare has a packed weekend planned for this Bank Holiday


bank holiday weekend suffolk bell hotel clare

Friday 24th May - Live Band 'Resurrected'
Saturday 25th May - Family Fun Day at The Bell
Sunday 26th May - Our first Wedding Fayre!!
For more details see:The Bell Hotel


Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May LeeStock Festival
at Melford Hall Park, Long Melford

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With headliners Toploader and Space you are in for a great weekend at this Suffolk Festival with proceeds donated to the Willow Foundation. For more information and to book your tickets see: LeeStock Music Festival

Saturday 25 May to Monday 27 May - Kentwell Through the Centuries
11am to 5pm at Kentwell Hall, Long Melford

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For more information see: Kentwell Hall

25th to 27th May The Vintage Market, Southwold
If retro is your thing, head to Southwold for the Bank Holiday weekend's Vintage Market.
Open from 10am till 5pm at The Town Hall - you are sure to find a Bargain!
For more details see:
The Vintage Market Southwold

Saturday 25 May - Master Crafts Fair
10am - 2pm at Botesdale Village Hall, near Diss

bank holiday craft fair suffolk

For more information see: For more information see: Fetes Fairs and Shows - Suffolk

Saturday 25 May to Monday 27th May - Yoxford Flower Festival
10.00am until 5.00pm at St. Peter’s Church, Yoxford
For more information see: Yoxford Flower Festival

Saturday 25 May St Peter's by the Waterfront Spring Craft Fair
10am to 4pm at St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich

A chance to buy some great locally crafted gifts at St Peter's. For more details see: For more information see: Fetes Fairs and Shows - Suffolk

Visit The Suffolk Punch Trust

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The Hollesley Bay Colony Stud is the world's oldest stud farm breeding the extremely rare Suffolk Punch. Visit this Bank Holiday Weekend to see a living and working part of Suffolk's history - see Suffolk Punch Trust


Saturday 25 May - The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
7:30pm at St Edmund’s Church, Southwold

Head to Southwold to hear the of Medieval and Renaissance music in a thrilling concert by the brilliant Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments.
For more information see: Music Concerts - Suffolk

Looking for something to do? Click on the links below to find out what's on in your area.
What's On Suffolk?
What's On Ipswich?
What's On Bury St Edmunds?
What's On Woodbridge?


Saturday 25 May to Monday 27 May - Insight Massage Open Weekend
9am to 5pm at Red House Yards, Thornham Magna

For more information see: Red House Yards

Saturday 25 to Monday 27th May
Beer Festival with BBQ & Music

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Join the Festivities at href='http://www.suffolktouristguide.com/Wenhaston/The-Star-Inn-1317.asp' target='_blank'>The Star InnThe Star Inn, Wenhaston this Bank Holiday Weekend
Real Ales & Ciders from Noon - 11pm

Enjoy Half Term Fun in Suffolk

half term fun in Suffolk events

Continue your holiday and spend Half Term in Suffolk, take a look at all the events coming up! - Visit our Half Term Things to do article


Saturday 25 May - Charity Antiques & Collectables Valuation Day
10am until 1pm at Holiday Inn, Ipswich

All proceeds to St Elizabeth Hospice.
For more information see: What's On in Ipswich

Saturday 25th to 2nd June
bank holiday suffolk walks festival

This annual Suffolk Walking Festival continues throughout the Bank Holiday Weekend. There will be strolls through medieval villages and rambles in the countryside. For details see: Suffolk Walking Festival

Saturday 25 May - Mexican Fiesta
Thornham Coach House Restaurant

Join this family run friendly café & restaurant at one of their special theme nights for a delicious feast and a lively night out! Thornham Coach House Restaurant

Saturday 25 May - Baroque Theatre Company Presents - “Kindly Leave the Stage”
7.30pm at The Seagull Theatre, Pakefield near Lowestoft

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For more information see: What's On Suffolk


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


Sunday 26 May - Open Day - Museum of the 95th Bomb Group.
10am-4pm at Red Feather Club - 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association

The award-winning museum houses only uniforms and memorabilia relating to the 95th Bomb Group who were based at Horham during WW2.
Venue Address: The Red Feather Club, Horham. Suffolk IP21 5DG (four miles south-east of Eye off the B1117

Sunday 26 May - Aldeburgh Family Fun Day
12:00 - 16:00 at Kings Field, Aldeburgh

Attractions will include a megaslide, gladiator duel, bouncy castle, a barbecue and entertainment. Vehicles from a host of emergency services including police cars, fire engines and RNLI and Coastguard transportation.
For more information see: Fetes Fairs and Shows - Suffolk

Sunday 26 May Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair
Helmingham Hall Gardens

helmingham hall suffolk plants

Hundreds of rare and unusual plants, garden and lifestyle accessories as well as local food, drink and music make this a day not just for the plant enthusiast but the whole family. See: Helmingham Hall Gardens

Sunday 26 May Sunday Afternoon Cream Teas
12 noon to 5pm at Brick Kiln Barn, Sibton

Cream teas and cakes will be served today as part of Peasenhall Open Gardens
For details - Brick Kiln Barn

Sunday 26 May British Red Cross Open Gardens
2-5pm at Glemham Hall, near Woodbridge

open gardens suffolk charity

Elizabethan mansion in parkland. Wide lawns bordered by magnificent yews. Walled garden with pond. No dogs, Teas, wheelchair access, dedicated parking, Toilets. £4 recommended donation. Children under 16 free.
Venue details: Glemham Hall

Enjoy the Thrills at Pleasurewood Hills!

thrills suffolk park

With 4 new rides this year plus all your favourites including Wipeout - the tallest, fastest and most extreme rollercoaster in the East of England. You can also enjoy the Sea Lion and Parrot shows and relax in the Terrace Cafe. For more information see: Pleasurewood Hills


Sunday 26 May Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra with Julian Lloyd Webber
4.00pm at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

lloyd webber in suffolk

For more details see: Music Concerts - Suffolk

Sunday 26 May Jazz Night - Melodius Thunk
at The Fox Inn, Bury St Edmunds

For more information see The Fox Inn



Monday 27 May - Model Engineering Day at Colne Valley Railway
Castle Hedingham, Halstead
model railway suffolk

For more details see:
Colne Valley Railway

Monday 27 May Craft & Gift Fayre
10.00am - 3.00pm at Fynn Valley Golf Club, Ipswich

A large selection of locally made crafts & quality gifts displayed in our converted Edwardian barn.
Refreshments available, Free parking. For more information see: Fynn Valley Golf Club, Restaurant and Luxury Lodges

Monday 27 May - Long Melford Open Gardens
10am - 5.00pm

open gardens suffolk bank holiday

For more information see: Visit Long Melford

Monday 27 May Sudbury Community Festival
1.30pm until 9pm at Delphi Centre, Sudbury

This is a charity event in Sudbury Suffolk. The day will start with a childrens coaching master class by Ex Ipswich Town player Fabian Wilnis (closed event) followed by a celebrity football match and finished with a music concert with local, national & international bands/artists.
Tickets: £5 - Concessions (under 16's/over 60's) £4, family (2 std 2 concessions) £15
Contact: 01787 378250, Ticket Hotline 0844 884 2920 or visit www.sudburycommunityfestival.co.uk
Venue Address: Alexandra Road, Sudbury. Suffolk CO10 2RR

Monday 27 May Suffolk Villages Festival Concert - HANDEL: SUSANNA
6pm at St Mary’s Church, Boxford, nr Sudbury

For more information see: Music Concerts - Suffolk

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