Summer Holiday Activities in Suffolk

With so much on in Suffolk you'll be spoilt for choice this Summer Holiday. Here we have a great selection of family events on over the Summer Holidays, including lots of FREE events but if you're looking for all events check out what's on in Suffolk, and, for less active Things to Do click here

Summer Holidays run from Monday 24 July 2017 to Friday 1 September 2017

Saturday 22nd July - Comic Book Masterclass with Kev F Sutherland (FROM THE BEANO!!!)
9.30am - 12midday & 1pm - 3.30pm
Woodbridge Library, New St, Woodbridge, IP12 1DT
The Frolics & The Art Retreat are delighted to announce our inspirational 2 and a half hour comic masterclass. Kev F Sutherland illustrates for The Beano & Marvel Comics. His comic workshops will inspire and delight children ages 7+. During the sessions, the children will learn how to draw characters, then create their very own comic book in groups. At the end, not only will they have that comic to take home, but Kev F will draw and give each child an amazing caricature of themselves. Snacks and drinks provided. £20 + booking fee
Contact: Samantha Barnes, Tel: 07891698847 Bookings: www.eventbrite/KevFComicBookMasterclass

Saturday 22nd July - One Of Our Dwarfs Is Missing!
One of Our Dwarfs is Missing Hundon

Hundon Village Hall, North Street, Hundon, CO10 8EE
A new musical production created and performed by Radical Arts Theatre School. Join us for the premiere performance on July 22nd. A disgruntled Witch plays a trick on a group of Dwarfs, leading them to discover something they didn't realise they were missing.
£7 Adults/£4 under 13s. Tickets available on the door. Email:

Saturday 22nd - 3rd September - Summer in Suffolk Museums
Suffolk Museums, Suffolk, IP
Summer In Suffolk

If you are looking for fun and adventure this summer, Suffolk museums have got your family covered! Throughout the summer holidays museums across the county will offer a jam-packed line-up of exciting events, activities, workshops and trails for the whole family to enjoy. From arts and crafts to archeological digs, science workshops, amazing collections and discovery trails galore there's something for everyone to enjoy in museums this summer. Most museums and activities are either low-cost or absolutely free and many sites offer free parking, refreshments and a chance to unwind with a picnic in the sun. You can download your free Summer in Suffolk Museums program at or keep up to date with all the latest information at

22-23 July - Jimmy's Festival of Food & Music, Jimmys Farm
A celebration of great live music, delicious food, and wholesome family fun. With great performances from Scouting For Girls, KT Tunstall, our good pal Matt Cardle and the legendary, Chas & Dave.
The Aspall Kitchen will see some truly tasty demos from River Cottage’s Gill Meller and Saturday Kitchen’s Joe Hurd. There’s loads of entertainment for the kids too with Happy’s Circus, Science Mania, Justin Fletcher, Dick ‘n’ Dom and Mr. Bloom. Tickets are on sale now! For contact details, see Jimmy's Farm

Sunday 23 July - East Anglian Air Ambulance Suffolk Coast Bike Ride
Start time 8.00am -10.00am
Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Woodbridge, IP13 0BT
A beautiful Summer day's cycling around the heathland, fields and coast of the Suffolk countryside.
Children's Entry (12-14 years, £8.50). See Whats On Suffolk for full information.

Tuesday 25 July - A musical journey through time
7.30pm. Northgate Arts Centre, Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, IP4 3DF
Suffolk Young Strings (SYS) will take you on a journey through time as they perform a variety of music from the 16th - 20th centuries. Enjoy Susato ''Renaissance Dances'', Vivaldi ''Four Seasons'', Mozart ''Minuet'', Faure ''Pavane'', Piazzolla ''Two Tangos'', and more!
Aged between 12-16 years old, the talented members of SYS enjoy performing a range of repertoire for string orchestra and chamber ensemble. SYS is part of Suffolk County Music Service's County Ensemble programme for Suffolk's most able, gifted, and talented young musicians. Free parking.
Tickets available from Suffolk County Music Service by phone 01473 281866 or email

Walberswick Beach campsite is open for 6 weeks only - July 22nd to September 4th so be quick & book a pitch! This back to basics site is perfect for a relaxed stay. Camp next to the dunes, amongst the beach huts, with the sea at your door.

If you prefer a bit more luxury, then try Haw Wood Farm Campsite just off the A12, with brilliant kids play area (including zip wire!) award winning shower block, shop & cafe open every day - even if you're not camping.

Wednesday 26th July - IFT Family Matinee
Ipswich Film Theatre, The Corn Exchange, King Street, Ipswich, IP11DH

After his mother disappears a young boy, nicknamed Courgette, is sent to a foster home where he finds friendship and love. A beautiful new animated film. 66 mins.
£3 All Tickets. Email:
See Ipswich Regent Theatre & Corn Exchange for venue information.

Wednesday 26 July to Sunday 27 August - Red Rose Chain presents Shakespeare’s As You Like It
Jimmy’s Farm, Pannington Hall Lane, IP9 2AP
One of Shakespeare’s most bewitching comedies, featuring some of his best-loved characters. Forget the rules of romance… Orlando & Rosalind have their own ideas! Follow Red Rose Chain into the magical woodlands of Jimmy’s Farm for an unforgettable adventure full of rivalry, redemption and a most unexpected wedding! Packed with engaging energy, music and dance - Theatre in the Forest is an ideal introduction to Shakespeare for all-ages and a must-see for any fan.
Tickets range from £10 to £25.50 (discounts for Over 60s, concessions, groups and families.
See Red Rose Chain for more information.

Beachcombing Walks SuffolkBeack Bonkers Beachcombing Walks

BEACHCOMBING ON FELIXSTOWE BEACH (All are two walks back to back each
about an hour long)
Saturday 5th August 2:30pm & 3:30pm
Saturday 12th August 10am & 11am
Saturday 19th August 2:30pm & 3:30pm
Saturday 2nd September 2:30pm & 3:30pm
No booking required. Cost £3 for each person. Suitable for all ages. Please wrap
up warm. Sorry, dogs are not allowed on this part of the beach.
Thursday 27th July 10am to 12pm
Thursday 3rd August 10am to 12pm
Friday 11th August 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday 17th August 10am to 12pm
Saturday 26th August 10am to 12pm
Thursday 31st August 10am to 12pm
Saturday 30th September 10am to 12pm
Join Beach Bonkers for two hours to explore Sizewell beach (good for fossils),
discover your own beach treasures and learn the stories they tell. We will also
discover more about the rare and unusual habitat that is Suffolk shingle as well
as look at some more unusual beachcombing finds.
Meet at: The large brick toilet block in Sizewell Beach car park, Sizewell Beach,
Sizewell Gap, Sizewell IP16 4UH
No booking required. Cost £3 for each person. Suitable for all ages. Please wrap
up warm and wear sensible shoes, not flip-flops or open toed sandals. There is a
large pay & display car park next to Sizewell Beach. Well behaved dogs on a lead​
are welcome.
Please arrive ten minutes before each beachcomb begins so we
can start on time -- if you are late you won't be able to join us.
Click link above for further information

Friday 28 July to Sunday 30 July - English National Sheepdog Trials and Suffolk on Show
Haughley Park, Haughley, Stowmarket, IP14 3JY

The English National Sheepdog Trials are coming to Suffolk for the first time ever with 150 top dogs and their handlers in the beautiful parkland setting of Haughley Park, near Stowmarket. Alongside them will be Suffolk on Show, a celebration of what's on offer in the county, including local food stalls, the Suffolk Baa, rural businesses and demonstrations of countryside crafts and skills.
£10 in advance, £12 on the day. Children under 16, dogs on leads, and parking, are free.

Friday 28 July to Sunday 30 July - Mekonville
Laffitts Hall, Framsden Road, Pettaugh, Stowmarket, IP14 6DT

A unique weekend festival in rural Suffolk featuring The Mekons - current and original line-ups will play together for the first time this summer to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary. There are also lots of other things happening during the weekend, for more information see: Suffolk Festivals

Sunday 30 July - 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.

Southwold Pier
southwold pier, seaside, punch judy

The Summer Holiday's wouldn't be complete without Britain's most favourite couple - Punch & Judy, so head along to Southwold Pier to join in the seaside fun.

Sunday 30 July - Suffolk Dog Day, Helmingham Hall
10:00am - 4:00pm
Fun filled activities including dog classes, wonderful food, great stalls from local suppliers, as well as lots of exciting entertainment. In support of Suffolk charities, with over £400k to date. Tickets: Adults: £10.00 (cash only at entrance gate on the day), Children & concessions:£5.00, Family (2 adults & 2 children):£25.00. Parking: FREE. Programme included. Click the link above for more info.

Wednesday 2 August - Charity Open Gardens - Vintage @ Otley Hall
Charity Fun Day Otley Hall

10.00am-4.00pm. Otley Hall, Hall Lane, Otley, IP6 9PA
Love Vintage, Retro & Upcycling? Then join us and help raise money for Emmaus Ipswich. Plenty of stalls, Swing Band, auction, kids events and two special guest stars! A fab day out for all the family!
£3 per person (children under 16 go free!).
See Otley Hall for venue details.

Friday 4 August to Sunday 6 August - The Big Gig
Halesworth Town Park, Halesworth, IP19
The Big Gig Halesworth

Each year we build on the show and try to make it the perfect weekend for you to come down and relax, this year we are putting on a whole host of things for kids to do, there are 100's of children in the town and we would like to make the show much more welcoming and exciting for them, so bring the whole family. See Festivals in Suffolk for full information.

Mannings Amusement Park

Mannings Amusement Park Felixstowe

Visit Mannings Amusement Park, Felixstowe! Fun is a promise at this traditional seaside amusement park, with childrens rides, penny pushers, video games, bowling, casino areas, crazy golf, Sunday markets, bars, cafes and much much more! Click on the link above.

Saturday 5 August - Bacton Fayre and Flower Show
12.00pm until 5.30pm. Meadow opposite Bacton Manor House, Church Rd, Bacton, Stowmarket, IP14 4LJ
Bacton Fayre and Flower Show is a traditional event which has been held in the village of Bacton for well over one hundred years, the large traditional Flower Show marquee takes centre stage to the whole event. The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment Free Fall Parachute Team the "Tigers" will be dropping in during the afternoon, Stowmarket Concert Band, The Stowmarket Boy's Brigade Marching Band, Arena Events, Childrens Novelty Races, Childrens Entertainer, Stowmarket Flower Club Floral Displays, Trade Stands, Charity and Craft Stalls, Vintage and Classic Cars, Tractors, Traditional Fun Fair with Vintage Chairoplanes, Traditional Teas, Bar, Food Stalls, Barbecue and much much more! Trade, Craft and Charity Stall space available.
Adults £4.00 Children sixteen years and under FREE, Parking FREE.
Email: Contact: Philip R. Jeffries, Tel: 01449 781131

Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 August
Country Fair Melford
Midday - 6pm. A weekend of traditional entertainment including Falconry, dog agility, dancing horses and more and a plethora of trade stands featuring crafts, food, drink and more all in the beautiful grounds of Melford Hall, Long Melford. Weekend Ticket: £10 Adult, £5 Child. See for more information and tickets.

Saturday 5 August - Summer Saturday: Great British Picnic
12 noon
Adnams July Course, 72 Clover Grove, Newmarket, CB8 0XE
From Newmarket to Darkest Peru you won't find a better way to spend your Saturday! We've got appearances at intervals from Paddington, face painting, inflatables, pedal go karts and a brilliant giant balloon show.

Sunday 6 August - Maisebrooke Farm Summer Fair
10.00am - 4.00pm
Maisebrooke Farm, Shipmeadow, Beccles/ Bungay B1062 , NR34 8HJ
Maisebrook Summer Fair

Summer Fair with Live music from the XMen. All Day Barbeque + Wild Boar Hog roast. Beer tent. Terrier racing. Tractor Pull. Swing boats. Donkey rides. Stalls. Gymnastics. Amusements and lots of Family Farm Fun!!! Dogs on leads welcome. Admission £1 - Under 3's Free
Tel: 01502 711018 Mobile: 07436264612

Special events for families at RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk

There are a great many special events happening at RSPB Minsmere in Saxmundham this Summer - ranging from birdwatching and guided walks, to pond dipping and a number of events and activities for families and children. If you and your family are nature lovers, click on the link above for a full list, and to make a booking.

Sunday 6th August - Suffolk Coast Bike Ride
A Summer day cycling around the beautiful heathland, fields and coast of the Suffolk countryside. This is a Charity Bike Ride in aid of The Down’s Syndrome Association who is dedicated to helping people with Down’s syndrome (DS) live full and rewarding lives by providing information and support, improving knowledge of the condition and championing the rights of people with DS. Starting and finishing at the elegant Elizabethan mansion of Glemham Hall next to the A12, there’s a choice of two scenic routes of 35 & 60 miles. Children's Entry (12-14 years) £8.50, Entry Pack (£19.00), Team Entry (Price per person) £18.50 THIS IS A SPONSORED CHARITY RIDE. Your entry fee only covers the costs of running the ride so please ask family and friends to sponsor you generously to make a real difference. For more information, see: Suffolk Coast Bike Ride

Spend a day at Easton Farm Park this summer. Meet lots of farm animals including pigs, goats and chickens, have a ride on a pony or the tractor train. Visit the indoor soft play areas or get stuck into the outdoor adventure playground. Have a wander around the Damp Wood for more wildlife spotting then back to the Barmy Barn for lunch!

Sunday 6 August - The Festival of Classic & Sports Cars, Helmingham Hall
Helmingham Hall Gardens, Helmingham, Suffolk IP14 6EF
Come along to the annual Festival of Classic & Sports Cars at Helmingham Hall. 100's of cars, stalls etc. From lovingly restored classics to all out petrol head power cars. There's something for everyone including some unique custom builds. See: Helmingham Hall

House of Fun - Monday 7 August to Friday 11 August 2017
Ipswich School , Henley Road, Ipswich, IP1 3SG
Non Residential summer holiday activities, multi activity camp. Among activities on offer are:
Aerobics, Art, Athletics, Army, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Board Games, Bouncy Castle, Cheerleading, Computing, Cricket, Disco Dancing, Drama, Face Painting, Film Making, Fives, Frieze Painting, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Indoor Cricket, Indoor Ball Games, Indoor Soccer, Inflatables, Initiative Games, Jewellery Making, Masks, Model Making, Nail Bar, Netball, Orienteering, Painting, Pottery, Quiz Time, Rounders, Short Tennis, Softball, Soccer, Squash, Superstars, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Tie-Dyeing, Trampolining, Treasure Hunt, Ultimate Frisbee, Unihoc, Water Polo
Standard week cost £168. For further information, please call us on 01473 408300

Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Cafe, Ipswich

summer discount pot painting suffolk

For a fun and unique activity in the Summer Holidays, visit Pennikkity Pots in Ipswich!
With prices starting from just £5 and open 6 days a week, let your creative side shine, you can also enjoy a yummy snack from the cafe.
See Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Cafe for details.

Friday 11 August to Saturday 12 August -Alice in Wonderland
1.00pm & 3.30pm
Bungay Castle, Castle Lane, Bungay, NR35
Following their hit tour of ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'', Strange Fascination Theatre are bringing this magical tale to your neck of Wonderland this summer! Our show is a family friendly extravaganza of puppetry, audience participation, songs and zany characters! Join Alice as she falls down the rabbit hole in search of her sister. Wonderland offers many delights and strange creatures, weird adventures and lots of fun! Will the Cheshire Cat help Alice? Is the Mad Hatter really mad? Will the Mock Turtle cheer up? And then there's the Queen of Hearts, who wants to chop off everyone's heads! Bring a picnic and let us entertain you in our own strangely fascinating fashion! Suitable for children and adults alike.
Running time: 1 hour 20 mins (including interval) perfect for excited little ones!
Price: £8/£12
Tickets available at:

Saturday 12 August - The Crafted Classique Family Cycle Event
Rolling start from 7AM
Cult Cafe Bar, James Hehir Building, University Ave, Ipswich, IP3 0FS
Continuing to build on the past 3 years success, the Crafted Classique blends beautiful surroundings with a selection of exciting routes suitable for all abilities, quality local produce and a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere. The Crafted Classique really is the premier cycling sportive of East Anglia.

Challenge yourself to cycle 55km, 100km or 100miles through the stunning Suffolk landscape and picturesque coastal scenes. Beginning at the historic Ipswich Marina with its unique maritime architecture, rolling out across the Suffolk countryside through idyllic towns and villages. The 100mile course stretching all the way up to Aldeburgh on the Heritage Coast, before returning to the Neptune Marina finishing line for live music, fresh cider and beer, a post-ride massage and complimentary hog roast.

Where else would you find all this?

+ Timed event
+ Complimentary coffee and bacon rolls at the start
+ 3 stunning country and coastal routes to choose from
+ A rolling start
+ Mapped, signed and GPS routes (GPS routes for pre entries only)
+ Ride nutrition
+ Mechanical support
+ Post ride massage
+ Hog roast and food (available from 11am)
+ Local Cider and Beer at the finish
+ Live music and family entertainment at Cult Cafe
£25 online or £30 on the day for more information and tickets

Saturday 12 August - The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales
The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft NR33 OJH
11am & 1.30pm

On a lake somewhere not far away, a mother duck is sitting on her eggs. But one doesn't look like the others; it's a different shape, a brighter colour and is much, much bigger! What will happen when the egg hatches and what stories will hatch with it?
Tickets: £7/£5 (£20 family ticket)
For tickets, see:

Saturday 12th to Monday 14th August - RSPB Havergate Island Bird Watching Adventure
We welcome families, individuals, those new to bird watching and those with experience to see what birds and other wildlife you can find on our guided tour of Suffolk’s only island.
Boats depart from Orford Quay hourly from 9.30am to 1.30pm and tours last 2 hours 40 minutes.
Tickets: Adults £12.00, under 16’s £ 3.00.
Free binocular hire and homemade refreshments available to purchase.
To book and for more information see: RSPB Havergate Island

The Cooking Club workshops (from 14th August) are a really fun and productive activity for your kids to get involved in over the school holidays.
Summer Holiday Activities in Suffolk

Children create two delicious courses from scratch using good-quality, seasonal ingredients, and get to take everything they have made away with them to enjoy at home.

Monday 14th August 10am - 12.30pm
Monday 21st August 10am - 12.30pm
Tuesday 22nd August 10am - 12.30pm

Venue: Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead, Ipswich, IP9 2AB
£29 per child (includes recipe cards & takeaway containers for the food)
Suitable for children aged 8 - 15

See The Cooking Club for more information.

Tuesday 15 August - Henri Matisse inspired workshop in the Starglazing Studio
10am - 12pm
Starglazing Ceramics Studio, Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead, IP9 2AB
Things To Do In Suffolk

Starglazing Studio has teamed up with Jump n Jive to bring an exciting and usual mix of ceramics and dance, inspired by Henri Matisse.
Cutting out shapes, collaging into sketchbooks, ceramic decoration, with movement and dance lead by an experience dancer - Liz Pope, owner of Jump n Jive. The session will finish with a performance at 12pm
For 7 years and up. See Starglazing Ceramics Studio for contact details to book your place!

Tuesday 15 August to Thursday 17 August - Children's Art Workshops
10am - 1pm
Home Farm House, Thorpe Morieux, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 0NT
Two creative children's art workshops this August. Tuesday 15th August have fun exploring monoprinting to make colour pictures. Thursday 17th August come and play with clay - make animals in air dry clay using lots of exciting techniques. Age 8+ Workshop run by qualified and experienced teacher with teaching assistant. £25 each. Please email to book
See my website and for more details and pictures.

Folkeast Festival at Glemham Hall - 18th, 19th & 20th August
Suffolk's top family friendly Folk Festival! Headlining the music this year... Jon Boden (former Bellowhead frontman), 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees Nancy Kerr, Kris Drever & Ninebarrowm plus Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys plus much much more.

Plus an array of wonderful festival delights... art, comedy, poetry, yoga, great food & drink and a ton of fun stuff for the kids (under 11's go free). To see more information, including ticket and camping costs, click the link above.

Saturday 19 August - Into the Wild with Fire and Steel
9.00am - 4.30pm
West Stow Country Park, Icklingham Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6HG
Come into the wild of West Stow Country Park and join bushcrafter John Stewart. Learn to light good fires, carve spoons and much more!
A great opportunity to spend the day in our woodland base camp with experienced bushcraft tutor John Stewart. Learn everything there is to know about fire lighting: good locations, finding and using the right wood and natural materials...getting a spark and how to keep a good fire going. Bring some simple food to cook and then use the wooden spoon you've made to try to eat it! You will get to take home the spoons you've made and your own natural fire-lighting kit.
Please wear suitable clothing for the weather and bring sunscreen. Bring a suitable sharp knife if you have one. Bring your lunch and drinks...there will be a chance to cook your own simple food in the fire pit, so bring a pan for your sausages too!
Suitable for ages 12+ and all under 18's must be accompanied by a responsible paying adult.
Price: £20. Contact:

Go Ape!

ape go, tree swinging

Why not bring the kids along to Go Ape for a Tree Top Adventure this Summer? Click on Go Ape! for details.

Sunday 20 August - Bands of Hope and Glory, Lowestoft
The Sparrows Nest, Whapload Road , Lowestoft NR32 1XG
There will be 90 people performing on stage throughout the day including the best local bands and talented entertainers. Bouncy castles, face painting, BMX experts etc. In aid of east coast hospice and hospital radio. Free Event
Tel: 01502 732798 or 07775 812284

Sunday 20 August - Threshing Day at Bardwell Windmill
10.30am - 4.30pm
Bardwell Windmill, School Lane, Bardwell, IP31 1AD
Steam threshing, crafts, refreshments, freshly baked bread, real ale bar, vintage vehicles, windmill tours. £2 Entry

Sunday 20 August - Fun Family Horse & Dog Show
Horse classes starts at 9.00am, dog classes starts at 12 noon
The Suffolk Punch Trust, Sink Farm, St David’s Lane, Hollesley, Woodbridge, IP12 3JR
Suffolk Punch Trust Woodbridge

This fun event is now in it's fourth year and designed to entertain the whole family. If competing is not for you then come along to spectate free of charge. Plenty of classes to suit all horses & dogs with the most amazing rosettes to be won!! Come along and join in the fun!
£4 per horse class, £1 per dog class, Spectators for the show - Free. Normal admission prices apply for entry to The Suffolk Punch Trust.
Tel: 07776 210238
See Suffolk Punch Trust for more details.

Monday 21st - 28th August - Tudor 'Hands On' days at Kentwell Hall
Kentwell Hall Suffolk Tudor Day

250 costumed Tudors / 40 activities for the whole family to get ‘hands on’ . See Kentwell Hall for more information and contact details.

Saturday 26 August - Walberswick Village Fete
Village Hall and on the Green, The Street, Walberswick, IP18 6TZ
This year’s Walberswick fete has a nautical theme - look out for the cut-out sailors and pirates lining the Street as you enter the village. An old-fashioned family fun day at its best, our fete offers food and refreshments, a fun dog show, traditional fete games, donkey rides, interesting stalls, and hilarious family races. Funds raised go towards supporting the Village Hall and the Village Church.
See Fetes, Fairs and Shows in Suffolk for full information.

Sunday 27th - Monday 28th August - Eye Family Fun Day Sunday
11.00am onwards
Eye community centre , Magdalen Street, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7AJ
Eye family fun day, classic cars, lurcher show and fun dog show, hog roast, birds of prey displays, 490th bomb group, Morris Men, craft stalls, veg show, donkey rides, car boot, park radio, plus a famous anglia news reporter who will be opening the show, plus lots more and the best thing it's FREE entry to the show. Tel: 01379 870568.

Sunday 27th & Monday 28th August - Fenland Country Fair
Stow-cum Quy Park. 9am-5.30pm.
The annual Fenland Country Fair promises superb, traditional rural entertainment for 2 days over the August Bank Holiday weekend. With free admission for children under 11, there are plenty of activities to keep young people entertained – riding the Steam Gallopers, archery or watch the Vintage Parade. Canine lovers are welcome to bring dogs on leads and there is an array of attractions for fans of mans’ best friend, including a parade of hounds, terrier racing and a gun dog demonstration. Tickets £12.50, under 11's free. For more information see: Fenland Country Fair 2017

Monday 28 August -Tiffers The Bus Shelter Ipswich Launch Party
11am - 6pm
Christchurch Park, Bolton Lane, Ipswich, IP4 2BX
A family fun day where people will have the opportunity to see the converted double decker bus, which is a 14 bed shelter for the rough sleepers of Ipswich.
There will be stalls, food, drink, games and inflatables. THERE WILL BE NO ALCOHOL
Tickets can be got from Free event. Email:

Enjoy a fascinating and informative day out at The Museum of East Anglian Life

Explore history and the natural world of East Anglia on this beautiful 75 acre site. Nearly 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails, East Anglian crafts and traditional Gypsy culture, powerful steam engines and friendly animals, including Suffolk Punch Horses and rare breeds of cattle and sheep, 15 restored historic buildings and delicious food and local produce in the museum bistro.

Saturday 2 September - Cavendish Fete & Horticultural Show
1.30pm - 5.30pm
Cavendish Village Green, The Green, Cavendish, CO10 8BA
The Annual Fete and Horticultural Show on Cavendish Village Green will take place on 2nd September commencing at 1.30pm. Entrance is free but ''lucky programmes'' will be available for 50p. This is a big Fete with numerous attractions and side stalls. Punch and Judy, scale traction engine, donkey rides and raptors to name only a few. Tel: 07966518296

Sunday 3 September - Thurlow Fayre
12-4pm. Thurlow Sports Ground, Wratting Rd, Thurlow, CB9 7LJ
Family Fun Day. Car Boot from 8am, Craft and food fair, Produce show, Beer Festival, Classic Cars, Hadstock Silver Band, Belchamp Morris Men, Gemma's Farm Sheep racing ,Falconry display, Fire & Ice Majorettes,Lisa Mason School of Dance, Reptile tent, Dog Show, Pony rides, Tea Tent and many more attractions.
Tickets: Adults £3.00 Under 16 free
Contact: Allan Loveday.

Sunday 3 September - Bury Colour Dash
12.00pm to 2.00pm
Nowton Park, Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5LU
Come together to support East Anglia's Children's Hospice and join in the most messy fun run you'll ever be part of. Walk, jog or run a short distance as our colour pirates shower you in colourful powdered paint!
See Whats On Bury St Edmunds for full details.

Sunday 3 September - Felixstowe's Art on the Prom 2017
10.00am - 4:30pm
Felixstowe between the pier and the Spa Pavilion, IP11 2DX
This year Felixstowe will celebrate 14 years of Art on the Prom, which attracts thousands of visitors from across the region. The free art festival will take place on the Felixstowe seafront and is a great event for all ages. See Whats On Felixstowe for full information.

Sunday 3 September - RSPCA Open Day & Fun Dog Show
11:30am - 3:30pm
RSPCA Animal Centre, Mill Lane, Martlesham, IP12 4PD
The RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch is holding our annual Open Day & Fun Dog Show. In addition to the Dog Show, there will be a BBQ, refreshments, raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac, candy floss, bouncy castle, face-painter and various other stalls. Plus the opportunity to see some of our animals who are looking for new, loving homes. Parking is at the Community Centre.
Entry is £1 for adults, 50p for children. Email:

Saturday 9th September - Tattingstone Village Fete
11.30am - 4.00pm
Tattingstone Village Fete, Playing Field, Tattingstone, IP9 2NB
Traditional village fete with activities for children, family dog show, Punch & Judy, bouncy castles etc, Beer tent, BBQ, tea tent, cakes and stalls selling local produce. Plus raffles and tombola.
Entry £1 with a lucky programme. Contact: Sue Gipps -

Saturday 9 September - Drinkstone Village Fete and Fun Dog Show
11.30am - 4.30pm
Drinkstone Village Hall (and adjoining field), Gedding Road, Drinkstone, IP30 9SZ
A traditional village Fete with Car Boot Sale and Fun Dog Show.
In aid of Drinkstone War Memorial Institute (Village Hall) Reg. Charity No: 304876.
See Fetes, Fairs and Shows in Suffolk for full information and list of activities.

Saturday 9 September - Coddenham Village Fete
12noon to 4pm
Coddenham Community Centre & Recreation Ground, School Road, Coddenham , IP6 9SR
A traditional village fete for all the family. Games, stalls, food, drink and a bit of music.
Free Entry. Email:

For more events happening in Suffolk all over the summer, please see our What's On Guide

For other Summer Holiday Activities in Suffolk check out Days Out in Suffolk and Things to Do in Suffolk

What's your favourite thing to do over the summer holidays in Suffolk? please let us know by emailing us at

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Swilland Mill Luxury Self Catering, Woodbridge
Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham
Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham
The Westleton Crown, Westleton
The Westleton Crown, Westleton
The Moon  &  Sixpence Holiday Park, Woodbridge
The Moon & Sixpence Holiday Park, Woodbridge
Best of Suffolk - Self Catering Accommodation
Best of Suffolk - Self Catering Accommodation
Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant, Woodbridge
Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant, Woodbridge
Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich
Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich
RSPB Suffolk
RSPB Suffolk
Woodfarm Barns, Luxury Holiday Cottages, Crowfield
Woodfarm Barns, Luxury Holiday Cottages, Crowfield
Polstead Camping and Caravan Site
Polstead Camping and Caravan Site
Visit Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley
Visit Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley
Stonham Barns Leisure  &  Retail Village
Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Village
The Great House, Lavenham
The Great House, Lavenham
Tirah Guest House, Nr Aldeburgh
Tirah Guest House, Nr Aldeburgh
Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe
Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe
Kessingland Beach Park Resort
Kessingland Beach Park Resort
Suffolk Secrets Holiday Cottages
Suffolk Secrets Holiday Cottages
The Amber Shop, Southwold
The Amber Shop, Southwold
Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa
Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa
The Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa
The Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa
High Lodge Holiday Resort, Saxmundham
High Lodge Holiday Resort, Saxmundham
Go Ape, Thetford
Go Ape, Thetford
The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
Iken Canoe, Snape
Iken Canoe, Snape
Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant, Ipswich
Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant, Ipswich, Suffolk, Suffolk
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