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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

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 county.musicservice@suffolk.gov.uk

CAMP ON THE BEACH THIS SUMMER!!
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 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.



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
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.

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: bactonbears@aol.com. Contact: Philip R. Jeffries, Tel: 01449 781131




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



VISIT THE ANIMALS AT EASTON FARM PARK!
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

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: laura.bushell@theapex.co.uk

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

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.

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.



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.




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.


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 suffolkguides.admin@suffolktouristguide.com.

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