Festivals & Events
Festivals & Events in Suffolk 2022
Suffolk has a variety of festivals throughout the year, so pick the ones you like best with our helpful little ‘save the date’ list.
Choose from a variety of art festivals, photograph exhibitions, walking tours, sporting events, music performances, fine dining, and pubs and restaurants to dine out at. Explore all that makes our beautiful Suffolk towns so wonderful.
Theatre in The Parks – 9 August 2022
Peter Rabbit and Benjamin are on an exhilarating adventure in this charming adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s beloved novel—one the whole family will enjoy.
Your ticket will provide you access to the theatre outdoors, but you will be required to pay for a day pass at the reception if you additionally want to visit the Anglo-Saxon Museum and Village.
Buy your tickets here today!
Robin Hood – 14 and 15 August 2022
Al Fresco is back with another fantastic family farce after the success of Summertime Cinders in 2021. It’s pure familial enjoyment with Robin Hood—there’s the grasping and thoroughly deplorable Sheriff of Nottingham, Maid Marion, and Robin Hood himself, not to mention a lot of humour, singing, dancing, and plenty of men in tights! This panto, hosted at Thorington Theatre, is for everyone.
Julian Bliss Septet: Jazz in Hollywood – 18 August 2022
An esteemed group will provide great music from Hollywood, ranging from classic Disney films to wartime musicals. Explore more of the exciting events at Snape Maltings here, and get your tickets today!
Folk East – 19 to 21 August 2022
FolkEast, a folk music and art event, will take place at Great Glemham Estate from August 19 to 21, 2022. Folkeast has tickets available now, but the acts will be announced soon. Visit https://folkeast.co.uk/ to purchase your tickets today!
The Framlingham Country Show – 20 to 21 August 2022
There’s something for everyone at the Framlingham Country Show. Jonathan Marshall’s falconry on horseback, motorbike stunt demonstrations, heavy horse displays, Britain Got Talent contestant Dima and his dogs, and foodies are just a few examples. Our Punch and Judy show will provide some old-fashioned amusement, along with the Festivals of Kids’ wonderful Gemma’s Petting Farm or Amazing Reptiles. Get your tickets here, and don’t miss out on a one-of-a-kind Framlingham experience.
Maui Waui Festival – 25 to 28 August 2022
Our long-established music and performing arts festival will return to Dereham in 2022 to its beautiful new location, Hill Farm, in a beautiful ancient meadow and woodland setting.
Family-friendly Maui Waui is a weekend of music, art, and culture where people of all ages can express themselves creatively. Bands from all over the world, local talent competitions, DJs, circus performances, creative activities, theatre, workshops, and children’s entertainment are all on the agenda.
Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival – 28 to 29 August 2022
There’s good news for foodies planning to visit Bury St Edmunds this summer, as the annual Food and Drink Festival will be taking place for its 10th time.
There are over 100 stalls where you can sample delicious delicacies. There are also cooking demonstrations where you can learn from pros and take home some local produce to enjoy later. See www.visit-burystedmunds.co.uk/food-drink-festival-2022 for more information.
Rock Orchestra By Candlelight – 2 September 2022
We are pleased to announce that we will be returning to the UK this autumn with an all-new, 90-minute setlist filled with the greatest Rock and Metal songs of all time, performed in beautiful, candlelit settings. Book your tickets today, and relive the rock era in a unique way at the Ipswich Regent Theatre.
Tina Live: A Tribute Show To Tina Turner UK Tour – 2 September 2022
An extravagant live performance that recounts the life and achievements of Tina Turner, the Queen Of Rock, is what you can expect from Tina Live. This performance is full of favourites like ‘River Deep Mountain High,’ ‘Private Dancer,’ ‘Nutbush City Limits,’ ‘Let’s Stay Together,’ and ‘Proud Mary,’ among others. It is an excellent evening out. Tiny Live is guaranteed to be “Simply the best” night you could possibly have at The Apex.
The Showstopper! The Improvised Musical – 8 to 9 September 2022
The most excellent spontaneous musical comedy is coming to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, straight from the West End! These fabulous performers are certain to amaze with their fast-paced, action-packed shows, dramatic dance routines, and catchy songs created spontaneously on the spot.
The Trip Out – 9 to 11 September 2022
The Trip Out is a popular British weekend event devoted to classic motorcycles, hot rods, and custom vehicles. A weekend ticket includes a camping stand, and visitors can enjoy a vast selection of food stands, tattoo stops, skate ramps, souvenir shops, and so much more. Get your ticket here.
Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival – 24 to 25 September 2022
Snape Maltings, set near the Suffolk coast alongside the River Alde, where reed-covered marshlands lead the way to Aldeburgh, hosts this massively popular food festival.
There will be over a hundred local food and drink producers present to sell their goods, including organic vegetables, raw milk, sourdough bread, Aspall cider, award-winning beer and spirits from sponsors Adnams, and finger-licking street food.
There are free children’s activities and hands-on cooking classes at the festival and free tickets for under 15s. You can also find an array of local products in addition to being able to see local and visiting chefs in action during cookery demonstrations on stages. They have had some exceptional chefs visit Suffolk in recent years, including Thomasina Miers, Henry Harris, Valentine Warner, Natalie Colemann, Sabrina Ghayour, and Jane Baxter, among others.
See https://www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk/ for more information.
Suffolk Mind, Body, Spirit Festival – 24 to 25 September 2022
The first Life Arts event at Trinity Park across Suffolk and Essex is growing fast in the Mind, Body & Spirit Festival community. Purchase your tickets at www.lifearts.co.uk or simply when you arrive at the door.
Theatre Royal Comedy Club – 24 September 2022
Would you like to have a good laugh? There are a variety of comedians from across the UK touring circuit, as well as up-and-coming comedians, at the Theatre Royal’s very own comedy club. Join the fun and laughs at The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.
Suffolk Wedding Show – 2 October 2022
Suffolk Events are organising one of the biggest wedding events in Ipswich at Wherstead Park. There are more than 45 local wedding suppliers on display, including wedding dresses, caterers, stationery, menswear, florists, makeup, cars, entertainment, hair, jewellery, and photography, among other things. There is wheelchair access to the venue; however, due to the narrow walkways, pushchairs are not permitted. Please bring a baby sling if necessary. For only three pounds, you can enjoy a colourful day at Wherstead Park filled with the magic of a beautiful wedding day.
Framlingham Sausage Festival – 9 October 2022
At Framlingham, you can sample and purchase the renowned sausages made in East Anglia, using only local ingredients.
The sausages are cooked over open flames, and there’s a variety of them to sample. There’s more than just sausages to feast on at this year’s festival, with entertainment, free workshops, and food and drink vendors all waiting for you.
Visit https://www.framlinghamsausagefestival.com/ for more information.
Newmarket’s Racing Royalty Tour – 14 October 2022
During this fascinating and enlightening guided tour, we will tell the fascinating stories of some of Newmarket’s most prominent Royals, whose strong connections have played an integral role in shaping the town’s long and illustrious history. Palace House, where Charles II once lived, will also be visited. The origin of Newmarket’s prominence as a horseracing centre is an interesting tale. Learn about the most famous Royals from the past 2000 years, who raised the stature of the city as a country hub.
Race For Wildlife – 16 October 2022
Our very popular Race for Wildlife is back after two years’ absence! Choose between a 5km or 10km route on October 16, and enjoy a picturesque woodland setting, beautiful reedbeds, and the captivating Little Ouse river. We want to give visitors meaningful connections with wildlife during the event by using the money raised from ticket sales to care for animals. Every penny of profit generated during the event will be used to support conservation initiatives at the preserve. Purchase your tickets here, and make a true difference while getting some exercise and fresh air.
Rock For Heroes – 21 October 2022
Which rock icons do you remember? Were you around when Bon Jovi was Livin’ on a prayer or when Prince got drenched in Purple Rain? The boys and girls have returned to town to honour the greatest heroes of rock in this incredible musical production. It’s the only UK touring rock show with over 20 classic rock songs, incredible sound and lighting. Hold on tight because ‘For those about to rock, we salute you!’
Psychic & Pamper Evening – 28 October 2022
There will be a lot of different readers there to give you some guidance and insights, in addition to various pampering treatments to make your stay as pleasant as possible. In addition, there will be several shopping stalls for some retail therapy. For only six pounds, you can have a reviving experience at Needham Market.
Breathe: Orchestra Live Film – 2 November 2022
A joint venture between the Manchester Camerata, Faber Music and the Victoria Baths, BREATHE aims to connect with audiences and inspire conversation on the theme of togetherness through an original orchestral piece that has been specially designed for the screen. Take a moment to let the film’s enchanting setting seduce you, as the accompanying music entices you to slow down. To experience a truly unforgettable musical journey, buy your tickets today!
Farmers’ Market – 5 November 2022
Experience the splendour of Snape Maltings’ concert hall while shopping for local, seasonal produce. During this event, you can meet local producers and artisan makers and learn about their excellent, distinctive offerings on the Henry Moore lawn. It’s recommended to show up early to get the most out of the event, which will be open air and safely maintained. The takeaway hut and River View Cafe will be open, serving snacks throughout the event.
That’ll Be The Day: XMas Show – 10 November 2022
That’ll Be The Day is here to help you celebrate Christmas in the most enjoyable way possible. The show blends your favourite pop Christmas tunes with hilarious comedy skits and world-class impersonations to provide a refreshing show every year. It is the most sought-after Christmas performance of the year. You will be uplifted and left wanting more after seeing it for yourself.
Abbey of St Edmunds 1000 Celebrations: St Edmund’s Day Weekend Spectacular – 17 to 20 November 2022
St Edmund’s Abbey is celebrating the 1000th anniversary of its foundation by producing a stunning light display every night between the 17th and 20th of November. The show will combine specially created lighting effects with music and voices to create an authentic medieval experience. An enchanting themed light trail through the Abbey Gardens will accompany carefully researched historical images to tell the story of St Edmund and Abbey’s foundation.
Talisk – 20 November 2022
It’s no surprise that Talisk is one of the most sought-after folk-based groups to come out of Scotland in the last decade and more, ground-breaking, genre-bending, chart-topping, instantly enthralling, globetrotting. With three master craftsmen at its core, it is a unique and compelling live performance and an unmistakable, bold sound.
Christmas at Bressingham – 27 November 2022
Bressingham is always enchanted during Christmas, and it is a tremendous experience for the whole family. The Steam Train on the Fen Railway, the Merry Go Round, and Father Christmas himself, who grants every child a present, are all included in your visit. The lights twinkle in the darkness, and the family has a wonderful time. In addition to the pleasure of exploring Walmington-on-sea’s Exhibition Hall to see the Dad’s Army display and cars decorated particularly for the season, there is something to keep every family member entertained at Bressingham Christmas this year.
Purple Zeppelin – 2 December 2022
Whether you experienced the original band performances in the UK or not, Purple Zeppelin will take you back to the excitement, the magic, and the pure energy generated by those amazing people who haven’t performed together in ages. Join the fun at the Quay Theatre, and enjoy a night of golden classics from the past.
Champagne Afternoon Tea and Tour – 4 December 2022
Take a walk through the Jockey Club Rooms to learn about the sport of horse racing and its illustrious history. Prior to partaking in a glass of prosecco, guests can peruse the hotel’s extensive collection of sports-related artwork and memorabilia. Executive Head Chef Daniel Perjesi and his team will prepare a sumptuous afternoon tea.
A Swinging Christmas With Jazz At The Movies – 21 December 2022
The Chris Ingham Quintet, led by Joanna Eden, provides a spirited, jaunty take on Christmas classics at A Swinging Christmas. Each year, the show’s ever-changing song selection delights audiences at Ronnie Scott’s and nationwide festive performances with a delightful mixture of 20th-century holiday classics as well as a unique mixture of irreverence, poignancy, and joy.