What's On in Suffolk

Welcome to the Essential Suffolk guide to What's On in Suffolk in the coming month. Scroll down to see events by date order.

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The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk IP17 1SP Friday to Monday from 11.00am to 5.00pm

The Letterimg Arts Trust presents “Orchestra of Letters” bringing together a remarkable ensemble of all the disciplines associated with the art of lettering. 36 of the UK’s foremost lettering artists - letter carvers, graphic designers, calligraphers, letterpress exponents and engravers - curated by master letterer Mark Frith, present original works for sale.
The exhibition provides a rich narrative, which celebrates the relationship between lettering, music and the beautiful location at Snape Maltings, marking the 50th anniversary of the Concert Hall. There are quotes from Benjamin Britten, references to composers and musicians and interactive sculptures to entertain.

Entry price: free

Contact (telephone/email): 01728 688393





Snape Proms

Snape Maltings, Suffolk

Box Office: 01728 687110


August 1


Meet the Storyteller

Location and time : Ipswich Museum, High Street, Ipswich IP1 3QH @ 10:30 - 13:30

Have fun listening to stories from the Music Man… he comes from far away with tall tales of triangles, trumpets and terrible tunes!

Workshops at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm

Online Booking – 20 places per session

Age 4+

Entry price: £3.30/£3.50

Contact (telephone/email): 01473 433551



Lunchtime Recital: Martin Ellis, organ

Location and time : St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich, at 1:10pm-1:150pm

Event description: Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns & Vierne

Entry price: Free

Contact (telephone/email): stmaryletower@hotmail.com or 01473 225610



August 2


Moving Pictures

Ipswich Art School, 1 Upper High Street, Ipswich IP1 3NE @ 10:30 - 14:30

Be inspired by the lunar landscapes of Clangers and the rolling Welsh countryside of Ivor the Engine to design your own cartoon set and characters to create moving pictures.

Workshops at 10.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm.

Online booking – 15 places per session

Age 7 – 11

Entry price: £3.30/£3.50

Contact (telephone/email): 01473 433551



August 3


Hair Story

Christchurch Mansion, Soane St, Ipswich, IP4 2BG @ 10:30 - 14:30

Come and hear how Mrs Kilderbee got painter Thomas Gainsborough to restyle her hair. Find out from our storyteller about other interesting hair stories from the collections.

Story-telling at 10.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Online Booking – 15places per session

Age 7-11

Entry price: £3.30/£3.50

Contact (telephone/email): 01473 433554



August 3 & August 17


The Great British Seaside Special

The Spa Pavilion Theatre, Undercliff Road, felixstowe, Suffolk, Ip11 2DX - 2:15pm

From the production team who bring you our immensely popular Good Old Music Hall Days show ...

This fabulous show takes you on a whirlwind tour of Great British Variety from the past 6 decades and beyond. It is a full production show and features a superb cast of 9, providing 2 hours of pure non-stop entertainment and is a "must see" for the whole family.

Audiences have loved this show for the last 5 years on the North Norfolk Coast and now you can see it on the beautiful and sunny south Suffolk coast too! So bring your bucket and spade and come down to enjoy the best value-for-money show on the coast this year!

Entry price: Tickets are £15.00 for Adults and £12.50 Concessions. Children under 16 just £5

Contact (telephone/email): 01394284962




Farmers Markets

Stowmarket Market Place, 9am-1.30pm


Suffolk Youth Orchestra

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Elgar’s rarely-heard symphonic prelude is an apt choice for a homecoming concert after a Polish tour. Enigma Variations needs no such introduction. Conceived as a personal tribute to the composer’s ‘friends pictured within’ its central slow movement – Nimrod – has come to symbolise a nation, used at times of country-wide celebration and commemoration alike. Andrzej Panufnik’s own musical tribute is a plea for world harmony dedicated to ‘peace-loving people of every race and religion, of every political and philosophical creed.’

Tickets: £18

Box Office: 01728 687110



Farmers Markets

Beccles Heliport, 9am-1pm
Metfield Village Hall, 9am - 12 noon
Snape Maltings, 9.30am-1pm


An Alternative Auditorium

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Step back in time as you supper in style on the stage of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, with the performances delivered from the auditorium! See the Theatre as if you were treading the boards yourself, while a cabaret of local acts takes you on a journey through its history, performing well-known classics, scenes of years gone by, plus treats you may never have seen before. A Black Tie event, with refreshments on arrival and available throughout the evening.

Tickets: £35

Box Office: 01284 769505



Old Jet and Small Gatherings PowWow

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, IP12 2TW, 7:30pm

PowWow is a new event that brings together Suffolk’s finest creative talent within visually inspirational surroundings for an evening of stimulating talks, live art, pop up shops, food and creative chit chat.
Pre-order tickets now, line-up to be announced.
The Old Jet bar will be open and delicious hot food will also be available to buy.

Entry: £10

Contact (telephone/email): info@oldjet.co.uk 01394420500



Old Jet Market

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, IP12 2TW, 10am - 1pm

The Old Jet Market started as a Jumble Sale but has grown into something much bigger and more exciting. Private sellers will be selling their homewares, jumble and bric-a-brac while commercial sellers will be selling jewellery, antiques, clothes, pantings and prints. The Distressed Artist will be running painting workshops for children. There will be tea, coffee and delicious snacks available. All pitch fees and donations will go to charitable causes in the local community.
Private pitches are £10, commercial pitches are £20. It is free to come and browse. From 10am - 1pm. For more information or to book a pitch please email ellie@oldjet.co.uk

Entry: Free to browse

Contact: 01394 420500



August 5 & 6


The Hall at War

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford 11am - 5pm

Focused upon domestic country house life in 1917, at the start of the fourth year of the Great War.

The 'Family' in the Hall will be entertaining their guests, tended to by their butler and footman. The cooks will be busy in the kitchen. A Recruiting Sergeant will be looking to sign you up, as will the local representative of the nursing VAD. If weather permits, there may even be a game or two of lawn bowls, or some cricket after luncheon.

All is set in the year 1917 - see how the Hall and the village responded to the dramatic changes brought by The Great War.

We will also have some of our Tudor archers demonstrating longbow archery and associated crafts at the Butts, and a few 'surprise' Tudors in some other locations.

Entry price: Adult £14.50 Senior £13.50 Child £11.50 Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £50 Online Discounts Available

Contact (telephone/email): 01787 310207





The Fair on the Green, Southwold

A fantastic day out in the world famous seaside town, the antiques and collectors fair is held every year on the first Sunday in August on the green. More than 120 stalls selling everything from collectables to genuine antiques.

Entry: free



The Four Quarters

The Garage Gallery, Snape Maltings

The Four Quarters are four artists whose common link is Printmaking; explore their connection with Suffolk and beyond in print, paint and mixed media.

Entry: free


Woolpit Festival Society

Woolpit Village Hall

Now in it’s 42nd year, the Woolpit Festival celebrates music, art and theatre with events taking place throughout the village within the village hall, St Mary’s Church and the Institute.

Entry price: £9 - £15

Contact (telephone/email): 01359 240866



August 8


Family Music Workshop

Ipswich Museum, High Street, Ipswich IP1 3QH @ 11:30 - 14:00

Join local musicians for a fun music lesson, and a chance to perform your music in the museum galleries at the end.

We ask that parents and carers remain with their children.

Suitable for age 4+.

Entry price: £3.30/£3.50

Contact (telephone/email): 01473 433551



Lunchtime Recital: Zephyr Baroque, wind trio

St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich, at 1:10pm-1:150pm

Works by Handel & Telemann

Entry price: Free

Contact (telephone/email): stmaryletower@hotmail.com or 01473 225610



August 9


Incredible Instruments

Ipswich Museum, High Street, Ipswich IP1 3QH @ 10:30 - 14:30

Join our friendly artist, Lisa Temple-Cox, to create a ginormous 3D collage inspired by fantastical instruments.

We ask that parents and carers remain with their children.

Sessions at 10:30, 13:00 & 14:30

Suitable for age 4+.

Entry price: £3.30

Contact (telephone/email): 01473 433551



Life Drawing at Old Jet

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, IP12 2TW, 7pm - 9pm

Life drawing workshop at Old Jet. Assistance and guidance will be available to those who would like it. For those who don’t, just come and draw to your heart’s content. Please book your place at www.oldjet.co.uk/courses-and-classes/

Entry: £12.50

Contact: 01394420500



Show and Tell

Ipswich Museum, High Street, Ipswich IP1 3QH @ 10:00 - 15:00

Have you ever found something interesting and wondered what it might be? Whatever your treasures bring them along to our Show and Tell Day to discover more!

Local organisations will be on hand to chat with you about your discoveries, to offer advice about where to find out more, and to unlock the fascinating stories behind some of the Museum’s fabulous natural history collections.


Entry price: Free

Contact (telephone/email): 01473 433551





Strictly Saturdays

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 2.30pm

Ballroom, Latin and Rock & Roll... just turn up and join in!

Entry: free



The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales

The Seagull Theatre, Pakefield: 11am & 1.30pm

A theatrical reimagining of Hans Christian Anderson Fairy tales using puppetry, Music and Comedy to entertain and entrall audiences young and old alike. Perfect for 3-7s and their families.

Entry: £6/ £5

Contact: 01502 589726



Farmers Markets

Halesworth Town Centre, 9am – 1pm
Nayland Village Hall, 10am - 1.30pm
Stonham Barns Market Square, 10.00am-2pm
Woodbridge Community Centre,9am-1pm


The Music from the Boats that Rocked

Location and time : The Spa Pavilion Theatre, Undercliff Road, felixstowe, Suffolk, Ip11 2DX - 19:30pm

Event description: A guest star radio DJ presents an evening of music from the Golden Era of Radio when the BBC was ignoring pop music and the Pirates ruled the airwaves.

A multitude of 1960s/70s performers - including THE HONEYCOMBS, the legendary singer TONY BURROWS (Famous for his work with The Ivy League, The Flower Pot Men, White Plains, The Pipkins, Edison Lighthouse, The First Class, Brotherhood of Man) ... and special surprise guests - perform an evening of music from the Golden Era of pirate radio.

A unique mix of chart hits, turntable hits, jingles and especially memories from Radio Caroline & Radio London have all been put together to commemorate 50 years since the ‘Marine Offences Act’ of 1967 outlawed and eventually closed down the offshore radio stations. There will also be tributes to the many legendary DJ's who braved the sea as well as the Navy to create a whole new pop music sound: Tony Blackburn, Ed Stewart. Kenny Everett, Dave Cash and John Peel, creator of The Perfumed Garden, to name but a few.

A fun night, with prizes, nostalgia and memory-jerking music. Get ready for ‘We Love the Pirate Stations’, ‘Caroline’, and an incredible playlist of your favourite songs that were played on the pirate stations. A unique, one-off show, never done before - and unlikely ever to be performed again!

Saturday 12th August 2017 - 7.30pm

Entry price: Tickets £25 Adults and £23 Children/Concessions.

Contact (telephone/email): 01394284962




Beccles Antiques Street Market

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.

Entry: free


Sutton Village Fete

Sutton Memorial Hall Recreation Ground, 1pm – 4pm

Attractions will include barbecue, grand raffle, white elephant, cakes and bakes, local interest area, coconut shy, children’s corner and lots more!  In the Memorial Hall there will be a selection of local crafts together with refreshments being served all afternoon.  There will also be a Fun Dog Show with various classes being judged during the afternoon  finishing with the Best in Show. 


Farmers Markets

Assington, The Barn, 10am - 2pm


Summertime songs with Shingle Street Folk Band

St Botolph's Church, Culpho near Grundisburgh IP6 9DH, 2.30-5.00 pm

Suffolk Coastal band 'Shingle Street Folk' will be performing an acoustic set to wile away a summer's afternoon in delightful 13th century Culpho church, near Grundisburgh. Local musicians Stephen Harding, Chris Pearce, Mike Tyndale-Biscoe and Jane Burn are well known for their tight knit harmonies and instrumental accompaniment on guitars, violin, accordion and tabor. Afternoon tea will be served during the interval and is included in the £10 ticket price. 

Entry: £10

Contact: Chris Pearce 01473 738324 / cmp0601@hotmail.com




The King’s Consort

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Full of life, zest, variety and colour, Bach’s four glorious orchestral suites contain some of the most uplifting of all baroque instrumental music. The King’s Consort bring these dazzling jewels to Snape. Heard back-to-back over the course of a single evening, it’s a reminder of Bach’s brilliance and invention, and of the outstanding line-up of virtuoso instrumentalists in Robert King’s period instrument ensemble.

Tickets: £30

Box Office: 01728 687110


August 15


Lunchtime Recital: Fiona Mitchell Eleonor Meynell, clarinet & piano

St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich, at 1:10pm-1:150pm

Brahms, E flat Major Sonata

Entry price: Free

Contact (telephone/email): stmaryletower@hotmail.com or 01473 225610



AUGUST 18 - 20



Glemham Hall Grounds, Suffolk

Tickets: £115





That’ll be the Day

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

This latest production features a fantastic new line-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed live on stage!

Tickets: £25

Box Office: 01284 758000





Farmers markets

Beccles Heliport 9am-1pm
Harkstead Village Hall, 9am - 12 noon
Needham Market Alder Carr Farm, 9am-1pm


AUGUST 19 - 21


Aldeburgh Carnival



August 20th


Film and Digital Portrait Workshop with Nick Ilott

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham 10am - 2pm

This course is designed for anyone interested in taking lovely portraits, whether of friends and family members or when working with professional models. It is aimed at anyone with a basic knowledge of their camera and is specifically for those who own either a digital or analogue SLR or medium format camera. Bridge or compact camera users may not get the most from this course.

Entr: £80

Contact: 07880800014



AUGUST 20 & 21


Thorpeness Regatta

Thorpeness Meare, 10am

Sailing spectacular for children and grown-ups alike! The meare opened in June 1913 and the first impromptu regatta took place on the August Bank Holiday. The annual tradition continues with sailing events including canoeing and kayaking for children under sixteen years of age.



August 20 - 28


Hands on History - Tudor High Summer

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford 11am - 5pm

House Open - view the Hall (some rooms downstairs will contain Tudors!).

Gardens Open - in all their summer glory! Over 10 acres of garden, moats, ponds and woodland. Breathtaking.

Step back in time to see everyday life in Tudor Times

Tudor Activities - over 200 Tudors about the manor, under cover and in the grounds - lots of activities to try your hand at and join in with

All of our activities will go on, whatever the weather, and your visit can certainly fill a whole day. Come early and stay for the day, there is so much to see and do - a visit to a Kentwell event really is a whole Day Out!

We'll also be serving delicious lunches, teas and snacks in our Stableyard area.

Entry price: Adult £18.50 Senior £17.50 Child £13.50 Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £61 Online Discounts Available

Contact (telephone/email): 01787 310207



August 22


Lunchtime Recital: Nick Freestone, organ

 St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich, at 1:10pm-1:150pm

Organ Scholar elect, St. Paul's Cathedral. Playing Guilmant Sonata No.1

Entry price: Free

Contact (telephone/email): stmaryletower@hotmail.com or 01473 225610



August 23

Life Drawing at Old Jet

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, IP12 2TW, 7pm - 9pm

Life drawing workshop at Old Jet. Assistance and guidance will be available to those who would like it. For those who don’t, just come and draw to your heart’s content. Please book your place at http://www.oldjet.co.uk/courses-and-classes/

Entry: £12.50

Contact: 01394 420500



AUGUST 23-24


Matt Cardle & Kerry Ellis

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Two of the most powerful and award-winning voices of this century appear in concert together for the very first time. Kerry Ellis and Matt Cardle will take to the stage for an epic evening.

Tickets: £40

Box Office: 01284 758000




Farmers Market
Sudbury St Peter's Church, 9.30am-2pm


August 25-27


Maui Waui Festival

Peakhill Farm, Theberton, Suffolk IP16 4TG

Maui Waui is a 3 day festival of international music, performance, arts, theatre, circus and cabaret. Now in it 5th year, it is fast becoming one of the area most exciting festivals in East Anglia, pulling in accomplished as well as undiscovered bands and performers from all around the globe, yet still is known as one of Suffolk’s best kept secrets!

Maui Waui focuses on an all-welcoming family feel with lots to do for children as well as adults; hosting world class bands, full circus shows in a dedicated circus tent, small upbeat bands and acoustic acts, plus cabaret and comedy.

What’s more – all kids aged 12 and under are FREE!

The festival has five main areas of entertainment but the Main Stage is the biggest venue at the festival and runs throughout the whole weekend, hosting anything from small local bands to huge 20 piece orchestras and world famous bands. The tent is filled with beautiful decor all handmade in the Maui Waui HQ - Velvet Drapes, Black and White Chequerboard, giant inflatables & much more.

Creativity, art and extravagant décor is at the heart of Maui Waui. Months of creative work go into the event, both before the event and on site, ensuring that its 5 venues and many attractions really look the part. This attention to detail is what really sets this event apart from other small festivals, along with the colourful and vibrant folk who attend, all of which makes for an electric atmosphere on the site.

The festival is proud to have a green policy; we recycle 80 % of all our rubbish on site. We use Solar energy to power our lighting around site and have ethical trading and food standards plus we ensure our food & drink vendors charge reasonable prices.

Maui Waui is a ‘feel-good-factor’ festival, family friendly and all - welcoming. If you have never been to a Maui Waui Festival before you are in for a surprise so come along and find out what all the talk is about!

Entry price: varies - see website for details - kids 12 and under are free

Contact (telephone/email): anne@mauiwauievents.co.uk



August 25-28


Eddy Fest 2017

Edwardstone White Horse Inn, Mill Green, Edwardstone, Sudbury, CO10 5PX

Annual Beer and Music festival. Live music everyday, over 80 Ales and 30 Ciders, festival food served all day everyday. Camping available (pre-booking only).

Entry price: FREE

Contact (telephone/email): 01787 211211 / mickfal@yahoo.com





Sabar Drum & Kora Evening

The Cut, Halesworth, 7.30pm

Come & hear the explosive sounds of the Sabar drums, played with hand & stick. The popular master drummer from Senegal, Modou Diouf, will play with his band Jappo to create loud, exciting rhythms and cross rhythms, guaranteed to get you dancing!

Tickets: £8

Box Office: 01986 873285


Farmers Market

Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am-1pm




Farmers Market

Lavenham Village Hall, 10am-1.30pm


 August 29


Lunchtime Recital: Darren Moore and Jâms Coleman, trumpet and piano

St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich, at 1:10pm-1:150pm

Enescu's "Légende"

Entry price: Free

Contact (telephone/email): stmaryletower@hotmail.com or 01473 225610



August 31


Old Jet Film Club - Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) Cert 15

Old Jet, Bentwaters Parks, Rendlesham 8.30pm

Old Jet Film Night. Last Thursday of each month. Bar and delicious snacks will be available. Booking is unnecessary but if you would like to anyway or have any questions please contact info@oldjet.co.uk

Entry price: £5

Contact (telephone/email): 07590687657



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