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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august Events


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august 1


The Old Printworks, Halesworth , IP19 8AJ

A Monthly Antique and Vintage Market held on the 1st Saturday of the Month with 30 dealers selling a wide range of items for the Home and Garden

Entry: free

Contact: 01986 948546


Rule the World

The Spa Pavillion, Felixstowe, 8pm

Now in its 12th year touring, the award winning ‘Rule The World’ has been recognised as the Number 1 ‘Take That’ tribute show in the world.

Tickets: £30

Box Office: 01394 284926


August 1 to 31

Undley's Summer Maize Maze

Undley Road, Beck Row, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 8BX

Our brand NEW event, which launches on Thursday 1st August 2019, will offer a giant maize maze, Guided farm walks and inflatable attractions, including a farm inspired inflatable obstacle course and a bouncy castle.
Also on offer will be a sand play area, a straw bale and sand climbing mountains and a gaggle of space hoppers (both large and small), for young (and older) bouncers to enjoy.

Entry: Adult Ticket: £9.00 (on the gate £10), Child Ticket: (3-16yrs) £7.00 (on the gate £8), Family Ticket: (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) £30.00 (on the gate £32)

Contact: 07831146432


August 1 to September 22

Saddle Up Art Trail


After months of planning the Saddle Up Art Trail has arrived in Newmarket!

We have teamed up with local and national artists, local businesses, organisations and community groups to bring 17 works of art to the town centre, creating a free, fun and inspiring art event in Newmarket. There is so much to see, from large metal sculptures to ceramics and textiles – there’s something for everyone.

The trail will run until 22 September 2019 and it’s a great way to explore Newmarket with friends and family and there are competitions to enter. So what are you waiting for, gallop around the Art Trail this Summer – it’s free, inspiring and fun! For more information and to download a trail map visit www.aht.org.uk/saddleup or pick up a trail map from Tindalls, Palace House Museum, the Leisure Centre, Rutland Arms Hotel, Newmarket Town Council or Heath Court Hotel.

Entry: Free



The Dickens Girls

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 7.45pm

Julyia Mosley has nothing. No home, no family, no future. She is a prisoner in Victorian London. A ‘fallen woman’. But when Charles Dickens and Angela Burdett-Coutts set up a house for fallen women in Shepherd's Bush, Julyia and a select group of girls have the chance to turn their lives around. This enchanting new musical by Rachel Bellman and Elizabeth Sybil Charlesworth features irresistible harmonies, exquisite singing and vibrant dance.

Tickets: £24

Box Office: 01473 295900



Farmers Markets

Beccles Heliport 9am to Ipm
Snape Maltings 9.30am to 1pm
Wyken Vineyard 9am to 1pm


Dance East CAT End of Year Show

Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, 4pm & 7.30pm

Students from the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) perform a mixed bill of original works commissioned by influential national and international choreographers.

Tickets: £10

Box Office: 01473 295230


Metfield Village Market

Metfield Village Hall, Skinners Lane, Metfield, IP20 0LH 9.30am -12 noon

Village Market. Stalls include Cratfield Beef, Shears Pork, Vegetables, Cakes, Fish, Plants, Jams, Cards, Jewellery, Homewares, Knitted Items, Handbags

Entry: Free Entry

Contact: Yvonne 07884062738


Summer Gathering

Glemham Hall IP13 0BT 6.00pm ends approximately 7.30pm

Hannah Fraser (recorder/flute) Andrew Cantrill-Fenwick (piano)
Masterworks from the recorder and transverse flute repertoire will provide the perfect musical backdrop to a summer`s evening at Glemham Hall.

Entry: £20; school-age students free. Wine and canapes included in the ticket price

Contact: Tickets can be bought online - www.eastanglianacademy.org.uk by email eastanglianacademy@gmail.com




Exhibition: Memory and Metamorphosis

The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk

The narrative for this group exhibition is The Classroom. In emotionally charged paintings, the familiar interiors of schoolrooms are depicted with children metamorphosing into rabbits and foxes as we explore the notions of change and identity.

Entry: Free



Exhibition: Ink, Zinc, Wood & Paper

The Garage Gallery, Aldeburgh

This Exhibition brings together the work of Peter Beeson, Michael Flint and Jennifer Golding. All three live and work in Suffolk and take their inspiration from the wide open landscapes and the natural world that is quintessentially Suffolk.

Entry: Free


August 10

Farmers Markets

Halesworth Produce Market, The Old Print Works 9am to 1pm
Woodbridge Community Centre 9am to 1pm
Wyken Vineyard 9am to 1pm

Crafted Classique

Ipswich Waterfront - from 6am

The Crafted Classique, in association with British Cycling, returns for its sixth year with 55km, 100km and 100mile courses through the picturesque Suffolk countryside. Savour a complimentary coffee and a bacon roll on the start line before taking in fabulous views on this timed event. Reward your efforts with a post-ride massage, delicious gourmet burger and a refreshing beer on the waterfront.

Entry: From £25

Contact: tanya@fsnb.org.uk


Sotterley Outdoor Cinema: Bohemian Rhapsody

Sotterley Hall, Sotterley, Beccles, NR34 7TU

A fabulous summer night of film and live music, set against the stunning backdrop of Sotterley Hall and Lake. A unique opportunity to experience outdoor cinema in the exclusive surroundings of Sotterley Estate. Sit back, relax and enjoy a sensational evening of live music and a viewing of Bohemian Rhapsody on our large outdoor screen. Bring a picnic or enjoy delicious food and drink form our bar and street food sellers.
PLUS! Live music pre-film and during the interval.

Entry: £15 general admission, £25 VIP admission, £10.50 concession, £8 child, £14 group

Contact: 01502 575667 / office@sotterleyestate.co.uk


Musical Theatre Workshops for 8-16yr olds

Long Melford Scout Hut, Hall Street. Long Melford

This is one of two workshops being led by professional Musical Theatre Director, Nikki Mundell-Poole for children aged between 8-16yrs old, Working on acting, singing & movement to build confidence in musical theatre. Joining Nikki on the day leading the singing section of the day will be Rock Choir leader Daniel Ribbits and working with the children on dance and movement activities will be West End Performer Zoe Rogers. During the afternoon all aspects of performance will be covered. A discount is available if both workshops are booked together. Go to www.nikki-mp.com/news-events to book your place/s

Entry: £20 per child

Contact: +447789405550


Bildeston Indoor Market

Chamberlin Hall, Chamberlin Close, bildeston IP7 7EZ

Indoor market featuring local crafts, produce, jewellery, spices, pickles, jams, cards, gifts, cakes, homewares and more! Come along to find that perfect gift, sample some local produce or source a unique item for your home. Plenty of free on-site parking, and seasonal refreshments available.

Entry: Free

Contact: Chamberlin.indoormarket@gmail.com


august 11

Beccles Antiques Street Market

Beccles Town Centre, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9HA, 8am to 4pm

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. Free entry, well signposted, SAT NAV NR34 9HA.
Follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/antiquesmarketbeccles

Entry: Free

Contact: 01502 711174


Music in the Gardens - Dixiemix Jazz Band

Helmingham Hall, 11am & 7pm

DixieMix Jazz Band has rapidly established itself as one of the UK’s most engaging and hard working jazz ensembles. The band brings together the best jazz musicians in East Anglia.

Tickets: £7

Box Office: 01473 890799

Alde Valley Classics

Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew 11am to 4pm

200 classic cars, motorcycles and miltary vehicles on display plus fresh food on sale, stalls, live entertainment. A great day out for all the family.

Entry: £2.50 per adult

Contact: alderiverbenefice@gmail.com

www.aldevalleyclassics. org.uk

August 16 to 21

Exhibition: Chalk and Cheese

Woodbridge ArtsSpace 64Thoroughfare ,IP12 1AL

A joint exibition of work by Chris Newson and Carole Massey

Entry: free



Farmers Markets

Aldeburgh Church Hall 9am to 12 noon
Beccles Heliport 9am to Ipm
Long Melford Village Hall 10am to 1pm
Wyken Vineyard 9am to 1pm


Lipstick on Your Collar

The Spa Pavillion, Felixstowe, 7.30pm

Running from the birth of Rock n' Roll through to the Beat Group sounds of the British Invasion and beyond, the evening is packed with over forty hits from the likes of Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Ronettes, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and many more.

Tickets: £25

Box Office: 01394 284926





Maritime Craft and Gift Fair

St Peter’s By the Waterfront, Ipswich 10am to 4pm

A great selection of crafted goodness and the chance to check out the magnificent architecture of an 800 year old church, reading about the history of the local area and having a cup of tea or coffee.





Aldeburgh Carnival


Including a music day, mini marathon and carnival procession. Finishing with Chinese lantern procession and a firework display over the sea on August 19.





Thorpeness Regatta & Fireworks

Two days of boat races and family fun plus a finale of decorated boats and fireworks on the 23rd.




Inspired by Becker Art Exhibition 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh.

In 2013 the first ‘Inspired by Becker’ Art exhibition was curated out of the submissions of over 60 artists producing contemporary art work of their own which responds to some aspect of Becker’s work. We realised that much love and interest exists in his work, and have continued this annual, popular show of contemporary fine art, now in its 7th year. For the first time, in 2019, we will be located in Holy Trinity, Blythburgh, where the Becker grave lies and where the tenor bell was gifted by Becker’s widow and daughter. The exhibition runs from 6pm 21 August (Preview) to 5.30pm Monday 26th August. 10.30 to 5.30pm each day.

Becker ‘turned his back on Edwardian London’s thriving art scene to begin a life of anonymity and hardship in the farming community of Suffolk’s Blyth Valley…. Whether observing the plough teams, cart loaders or sheep shearers, he wasn’t seeking perfection or to create masterpieces for gallery walls, but was simply paying tribute to the men and beasts that brought to life the landscape around him. His pencil, charcoal and chalk drawings are works of seconds, while even his watercolours and oils took just minutes to complete' (Ref. Alan Marshall, 'Harry Becker's Suffolk'. 2013. By kind permission.)

Please visit www.ibbas.co.uk to see the full range of our activities and details of this year’s show.

Entry: Free

Contact: Ibbartsociety@gmail.com




The Sound of Springsteen

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Formed in late 2017, each member of this 8-piece band has toured and recorded with many of the biggest names in the music industry and been chosen for their unique abilities as performers and an undeniable love for the music of The Boss.

Tickets: £25.50

Box Office: 01284 758000


august 23 to 26

Great House Gallery

The Great House, Church Street, Orford, IP122NT

A Bank Holiday exhibition of work for sale by Sudbourne Park Printmakers, supported by sculptures from Butley Mills Studio and other independent artists.

Entry: FOC to the general public- preview evening tickets £10 available from our we site.

Contact: Fiona Gerard 07779593366


Eddy Fest

The White Horse Inn, Sudbury

Eddyfest promises to be another great weekend of drinks, food, music and camping - all in the remote Suffolk countryside, surrounded by footpaths and small windy roads.

Entry: Free

Information: 01787 211211



August 24

Orford Rec, 1:30pm to 4pm

Orford Flower Show 100 years

The Orford Flower Show is celebrating 100 years (or more!) One of Suffolk's most traditional and best-loved summer shows, in a beautiful seaside village Prizes and cups for vegetables, fruit and art - including giant pumpkins and marrows The best dog races in the county, with three sizes chasing a bone Tombola, bouncy castle, Punch & Judy, lots of other sideshows Vintage cars, childrens races, drinks, burgers, icecreams Walk down to the quay afterwards looking across the river to Orford Ness


Farmers Markets

Snape 9.30 am
Woodbridge Community Centre 9am to 1pm
Wyken Vineyard 9am to 1pm


Farmers Markets

Lavenham Village Hall 10am to 1.30pm



The old Market Place and Angel Link, Halesworth (IP19 8BA ), 9am to 4pm

Antique and Vintage Market with over 90 Antique traders . A famous local Antique Market in its 27th year

Entry: free

Contact: 01986 948546




Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival

Town Centre, Bury St Edmunds

With an annual line-up of cooking demonstrations from top celebrity chefs, the chance to taste and purchase food and drink from over 100 stalls and a popular farmer’s market, this is a foodie’s heaven.

Information: 01284 766258



AUGUST 31        


Just Push Play: Let The Music Do The Talking

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 4pm

Massive Wagons headlining with special guests The Amorettes, Hollowstar, Dead Man’s Whiskey and False Hearts. All proceeds going to St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Tickets: £16

Box Office: 01284 758000




september events