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May Bank Holiday Events in Suffolk

There's lots on for everyone over the May Bank Holiday weekends in Suffolk!

Early Spring Bank Holiday - Monday 1st May & Spring Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017



Saturday 29 April - Halesworth Spring Garden Market
9.30am to 4.00pm. The Market Place, Halesworth, IP19 8BA

The Halesworth Spring Garden Market will be held in the historic Halesworth Market Place. The market will showcase local growers, nurseries and garden related artisans. If you like your garden you will love this market. Free admission.
Email: ablackdogevent@gmail.com

Saturday 29 April - Ipswich Town Player Awards Evening

6.15pm. Legends Bar and Sir Bobby Robson Suite, Ipswich Town Football Club, Portman Road, Ipswich, IP1 2DA.
Hosted by Mark Murphy, the Ipswich Town Supporters Club annual Player Awards Evening. Come along and meet the first team squad and coaching staff and see presentations to the Player of the Year, the season's debutants and the Academy Player of the Year. Tickets: £23
Email: officialitsc@btinternet.com, Phone: 07968 876504

Saturday 29 April - Ipswich Choral Society Presents..
7.30pm. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape Maltings, Snape IP17 1SP
Ipswich Choral Society Presents Mendelssohn's Elijah with special guests Halifax Choral Society.
Elijah has been a popular piece within the British choral repertory and performed countless times. For moe information, see Music Concerts in Suffolk



Saturday 29 April - Charity Concert
7.00pm. Christchurch, Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds IP32 7EW
Bedford Congress Hall Salvation Army Band are coming together with vocalist, Hazel Launn to organise a charity concert in aid of East Anglia's Children's Hospices. EACH support children with life-limiting conditions in East Anglia. Free entry
Tel: 01473 276196. Email: natasha.brame@each.org.uk

Clare Art Club Arts and Crafts Exhibition - Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May
10:00am - 5:00pm. Clare Town Hall, Market Hill, Clare, Sudbury, CO10 8NN
The Clare Art Club Art and Craft Exhibition is home to a wide variety of original art, crafts, jewellery, prints and cards for sale, all produced by local artists. 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 picture!
Free entry.

Sunday 30 April - Quiz & Dinner at the Hadleigh Ram
Mark Mason returns to host an interesting & informative quiz accompanied by a delicious 3 course dinner. Teams of 2-6 people. Click on the link above to book your table.



Classic Vehicle Rally and Country Fayre - 30th April
10.00am - 5.00pm
Earsham Hall, Earsham, NR35 2AN

500+ classic vehicles on show in the beautiful grounds of Earsham Hall. There will also be live music, children's entertainment, a wide variety of stalls, autojumbles and catering outlets. There are 6 categories for judging: Cars, American, Military, Heavy Commercial, Tractors and Motorcycles.
£5 adults, under 16s free.
Contact: Michael Gardiner, Tel: 07599 935113, Email: michaelegardiner@hotmail.com Stalls Contact: Mandy Hawksley, Tel: 07599 935165, email: lionspandm@btinternet.com

Beccles Antique Street Market - Sunday 30th April
8.00am - 4.00pm
Beccles Town Centre, Beccles, NR34 9HA

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. Many of the local shops and restaurants and bars are open that day and first class local street food catering is incorporated into the market, including a hog roast. 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: 01052 711174



Sunday 30 April - SESCA's 5th Antigua Sailing Day Regatta
First race 10.30am
Run to celebrate and coincide with the 50th 'Antigua Sailing Week'. Sponsored by the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority. 3 races for adult & junior divisions. Steel band providing lunchtime entertainment. Click on the link above to fine out more.


Middy in the War Years - 30th April - 1st May
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Brockford Station, Station Road, Wetheringsett, IP14 5PW

‘Middy in the War Years’ is the big event of Mid Suffolk Light Railway’s calendar, when in addition to the railway attractions, there is a full programme of displays and re-enactments including visiting ‘soldiers, sailors and airmen’ with all their kit and vehicles and maybe even a major historical figure or two. And, of course, steam train rides all day with two locomotives in steam. See Mid-Suffolk Light Railway for more information.



Sunday 30 April to Monday 1 May, The Mid and West Suffolk Show
10am - 4pm. Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT

Headlining act this year is Xtreme Stunt Team with their motorcycle verses man on a cycle display. Also come and see The Lowestoft Dog Display Team, birds of prey flying displays, trade Stands, craft stalls, children's activities, free face painting, classic vehicles, farm machinery and steam engines and more. For more information see Events over the May Bank Holiday Weekends

Tickets: Adult £7.50, Children £4, Concessions £5 and family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £20
Tel: 01449 711111 or 01449 710191 or email: events@stonhambarns.co.uk See Stonham Barns for venue information.

Monday 1 May - Mind Body Spirit Fayre
11am to 5pm, The Bull Hotel, Hall Street, Long Melford CO10 9JG
HOLISTIC THERAPIES - SPIRITUAL READINGS - FREE WORKSHOPS
Reiki, Crystals, Tarot, Mediumship, Runes, Palmistry, Spiritual Books Gifts & Tools, Himalayan Salt Lamps, Psychic Art, Astrology, Oracle Cards, Unicorn Healing, Reflexology And More! Pre-book your ticket for the chance to win one of two prizes - 1hr Reiki Treatment and 1hr Spiritual Guidance Reading.
Entrance Ticket £5.00 (U16's Free)
Call The Bull Hotel 01787 378494 or 01787 467671 or email bull.longmelford@greeneking.co.uk



Monday 1 May - Mendlesham Annual Street Fayre & Craft Show
Open at 10am, procession at 12noon, Old Station Road, Mendlesham, Stowmarket, IP14 5RT
The annual Mendlesham Street Fayre. A wonderful day out for all the family, traditional and modern entertainment, an indoor Craft Fayre with a huge variety of handmade goods. A wide selection of stalls in the street itself and a huge choice of refreshments from a choice of places.
Free entry.

Monday 1 May - Rose May Fete
10am til 4pm, Ringsfield Village Hall grounds, Church road, Beccles NR34 8NT
Traditional May day fete, Various stalls inside and out, cream teas, arena, displays, fun dog show and more. Free admission
For more info email: becclesmaydayfete@hotmail.co.uk



Spring Bank Holiday Events



13th May-4th June - The Suffolk Walking Festival

This years marks the 10th Anniversary of the Suffolk Walking Festival and there are over 100 wonderful walks on offer, providing the opportunity to explore the diverse Suffolk countryside; stroll around medieval towns, amble along the coast or learn about history. There's a huge range with something to suit everyone, including special Family Walks. See Suffolk Festivals to find out more.

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.



Friday 19 May to Sunday 28 May - Bury Festival
Venues across Bury St Edmunds, Bury St Edmunds

The Bury Festival showcases artists of international renown alongside home-grown talent, there is street theatre, music, plays, walks, films, ballet and lots more. The 59 events this year span 13 venues across Bury St Edmunds.
Tickets range from £8-£38 with free street theatre performances.
See Suffolk Festivals to find out more.

26th May - The Secret Garden, Spinning Wheel Theatre
Theatres in Suffolk

Starting this May Bank Holiday Spinning Wheel Theatre’s charming and heartwarming adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s treasured childhood novel hits the road across East Anglia. A joyful and uplifting tale of magic, friendship and hope, this is a show for all the family - not to be missed! See Spinning Wheel Theatre for full information.

27th-28th May - LeeStock Festival, Melford Hall

Venue Address: Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9AA
LeeStock Music Festival celebrates its 10th year in style! This years headliners include Newton Faulkner, Wheatus, Toploader, Goldie lookin Chain plus lots of other local and national acts. Held in the grounds of Melford Hall, a National Trust property, LeeStock has donated over £100,000 to the Willow Foundation, a national charity who offer special days to seriously ill young adults.
For more information including ticket prices see LeeStock Festival



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

Suffolk Cycle 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


Sunday 28 May - Cars On Bardwell Village Green
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 - 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.

Sunday 28 May - Spring Plant Fair & Artisan Market at Helmingham Hall
Set in the wonderful grounds of Helmingham Hall and featuring; Garden, Conservation & Artisan zones plus a marquee with plant experts, activities for Children and 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. Visit the link above to find out more.


Monday 29th May - Ufford Park May Bank Holiday BBQ
from 12noon until 2.00pm
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 Monday with us!

PLUS, enjoy the mellow sound of Jaxx from Mr Tim our resident saxophonist AND Mr Bean, local children's entertainer will keep the children entertained.

£9.95 per 2 items from the BBQ and salad. See Ufford Park, Woodbridge for contact information.



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

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