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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JUNE Events



september events

june 1

Dragon Boat Race

Ipswich Waterfront - from 10am

The Dragon Boats are returning to Ipswich Waterfront - get a team together and come and join the fun. With over 28 local teams of ten paddlers and one drummer competing in races to win the trophy. There will also be lots to do on the day, face painting, stalls, entertainment.
If you are interested in entering a team contact tanya@fsnb.org.uk

Entry: Registration fees are 10 paddlers plus 1 drummer (minimum) £330.00 you can have up to 4 reserve paddlers at £30.00 each and each team member must commit to raising a minimum of £50.00

Contact : tanya@fsnb.org.uk



The Old Print Works, 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


JUNE 1 & 2

Little Bentley Hall Waterways & Garden Show

Little Bentley 10am-5pm

Major charity garden opening in aid of Suffolk and Essex charities. One of the finest private gardens in East Anglia last opened to the public in 2014 show gardens. Art show silent Auction over 50 garden and gift stallls. Brass bands. Hot and cold food beer garden and lots more for the whole family

Entry: Adults £10 children u15 free

Contact: 07802 282183


june 2

FoxFest Suffolk

Foxhall Heath Stadium, Ipswich, IP5 4TL - 10am - 4pm

Live music, bouncy castles, go karts, Punch & Judy and much more along with all the stunning trucks on display. Come along and see some of the biggest and best trucks from all over the UK.

Entry: Adults £2.50, children under 16 free

Contact: tanya@fsnb.org.uk


St James Church, Dunwich at 3.30pm

The Wollaston Consort
Julie Harmer flute
Peter Clayton harpsichord & organ
Music by: Quantz, Buxtehude & Handel
followed by tea & cake

Entry: Retiring collection in aid of Suffolk Historic Churches Trust

Contact: 01728 453349

June 5 to 9

Great British Icons Portraiture Exhibition

Carousel Gallery, 30 Bridge St, Framingham

Local artist Michelle Deyna-Hayward will be unveiling her portrait of Suffolk Superstar Ed Sheeran, along with paintings of Joan Collins, Jarvis Cocker, Rowan Atkinson, George Michael & Vivienne Westwood.

Entry: Free

Contact: 07591237207


June 6

Writing Workshop

National Trust Orford Ness - 9:30-16:30

A day of writing, exploring behind the scenes of one of the UK's most enigmatic wild locations. This workshop, led by Suffolk-based landscape writer and tutor, Liz Ferretti and National Trust staff, unpicks the complex story of the Ness, finding inspiration in its natural and human history.

Entry: £65 National Trust Members, £72 non members

Contact: 01394 450900 ordfordness@nationaltrust.org.uk


june 8

Chamberlin Hall Indoor Market

10:30-14:30 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. Free entry, plenty of free on-site parking. Refreshments on sale throughout, selling teas, coffees, bacon butties and hot dogs available.

Entry: Free

Contact: Chamberlin.indoormarket@gmail.com


June 9

Race For Life Bury St Edmunds 5K and 10K

Nowton Park, Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5LU, 11am

This is a Race For Life for everyone! Bring the whole family together on June 9th 2019 at Nowton Park to walk, jog or run 5K or 10K and raise valuable funds for life-saving cancer research. No matter what your ability, take part in the most important race! Sign Up online at raceforlife.org.uk

Entry: Adults £14.99 Children £10.99 Under 6's FREE

Contact: emily.rowling@cancer.org.uk


The Piglet, Junior Hog

Wantisden Hall (near Woodbridge), 9am-1pm

A brand new East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) event is coming to Suffolk this June as the makers of the Whole Hog and Boss Hog launch the Piglet, Junior Hog. This is the entry level version open to those who wish to run with children (8+years) and their family around an obstacle course, or those looking for a shorter route than the usual Whole Hog.

There are two routes you can choose to take part in:
• 2km (8+yrs) 10+ obstacles. 8 to 11 year old children must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+. One adult per child
• 4km (12+yrs) 20+ obstacles

You also have the option to choose from 5 wave times:
9.30am, 10.00am, 10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am

The event opens at 9am and we kindly ask all participants to register 30 mins before their selected wave start time. For both we guarantee a family fun-filled day complete with obstacles, water and lots of mud!


Entry: from £12.50

Contact: 01473 917965 / lottie.ford@each.org.uk


A life of Love and Joy

St Michael`s Church Framlingham 3pm ends approximately at 5pm

Voice Trio - is a female a cappella trio formed in 2006 featuring Victoria Couper, Clemmie Franks and Emily Burn. A programme of songs from the 14th century that illustrate both joyful, celebratory settings of poetry, often using the theme of birds as heraldic symbols, and the recurring topic of unobtainable love. Refreshments available.

Entry: £14 (school-age students free)

Contact: www.eastanglanacademy.org.uk or eastanglianacademy@gmail.com


Ipswich Croquet Club Open Day

Fynn Valley, Witnesham, IP6 9JA 10.30am to 3.30pm

All welcome
Croquet is a friendly game for all ages. It’s relatively easy to understand, and above all it’s fun. This is a great opportunity to have a go completely free of charge even if you’ve never played before.
We provide all the equipment and club members will be on hand to show you the ropes, all you need is a pair of flat-soled shoes.
Cakes and refreshments will be available at our pavilion, and the fabulous new Fynn Valley Café Terrace will be serving food and drink as usual – great Sunday lunch, worth booking (01473 785267).

Entry: Free

Contact: enquiries@ipswichcroquetclub.com



Motzart Muses

Leiston Abbey, 6.30pm

Mozart Muses, the powerful one act operetta written and performed by Fiona Jessica Wilson explores the women who influenced Mozart. Concert followed by fish and chips.

Tickets: £12.50.
Box Office: 01728 831354


June 15

Splat Quack Go

Poplar Park Poplar Farm Cottages Hollesley IP12 3NA - 9.30am - 4pm

Home to the infamous 'Black Ditch', boggy swampy streams, where you will be caked in mud. Set in beautiful surroundings, you will be jumping, crawling and climbing up obstacles. The course is set out in a 6km loop. You can choose on the day to do 1 or two laps. All runners will receive a goody bag on completion which includes a drink, snack and a T-Shirt. You’ll also receive a solid metal medal.

Entry: £30.05 – £42.70

Contact: tanya@fsnb.org.uk


Purcell:Dido and Aeneas

The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD

Bury Bach Choir are delighted to bring a concert performance of Purcell’s only opera, Dido and Aeneas, to Bury St Edmunds. This enchanting work, which has touched the hearts of generations of listeners, recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her.

Probably inspired by an earlier opera by his contemporary John Blow, Purcell set his opera in three acts, for full chorus accompanied by four part strings and continuo. First performed between 1683 and 1689, the opera includes the famous “Dido’s Lament”, an aria of melancholic beauty, perhaps unsurpassed in all opera, which will be performed this evening by the award winning, Suffolk-born opera star Clare Presland. The opera embodies love, romance, betrayal and tragedy in equal measure.

To set the scene for this evening of seventeenth century English music and to reflect the other side of Purcell’s working life, his major contribution to English sacred music, the concert opens with three anthems by Purcell, including "I was glad when they said unto me". The Suffolk Baroque Players follow this with an orchestral suite from Handel's Water Music.

Entry: £25 and £20 full price: £15 concessions

Contact: 01284 769533


Shakespeare meets Jazz

United Reformed Church, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1AD. 7.30pm

Stowmarket Chorale present an evening of choral music by George Shearing and John Rutter based on words by Shakespeare and sung in a jazz style, together with selected readings from Shakespeare's works.

Entry: £15, children/students free

Contact: 07901 758009/ secretary@stowmarketchorale.org.uk


june 16

The Saints Street Market

St Peters Street, ipswich, 10am to 4pm

Great array of  local craft and artisan stalls, including street food, gin and beer, and  a Pimms tent . The independent shops on St Peters Street will be open on the day. Parking can be found nearby on Cromwell Square or the Waterfront.


Orford Ness Photography Tour

National Trust Orford Ness

This is a rare expedition to spend a whole day on Orford Ness including working in the Cold War Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area. You will be accompanied by rangers from the site who have been photographing it for many years. Their combined experience and knowledge will help you get the most out of the day by offering historical knowledge of the site and creative and technical advice.

Entry: £65 National Trust Members, £72 non members

Contact: 01394 450900 orfordness@nationaltrust.org.uk


June 18 to 27

The H Word

The Whistler Gallery, Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich

An exhibition of photographs by parents who access care and support from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Investigating responses to the word ‘hospice’- it might not be what you think.

Opening Hours: Mon to Thurs 9am to 9.30pm, Fri 9am to 7pm, Sat 9am to 6pm, Sun 10am to 5pm

Opening hours extended for performances and events. Please call DanceEast to check opening hours before making a special journey 01473 295230


June 20 – JUNE 26

A Quintessence of Dust

Aldeburgh Gallery, 143 High Street, Aldeburgh. Daily 10am to 5pm.

A solo exhibition of soft pastel works on paper inspired by Suffolk's coastal light and colour. Alistair Carr is a travel author, artist and explorer and his art, like his writing, portrays the essence of wilderness space and place. His drawings and paintings are regularly exhibited and his work is in numerous private collections.

Entry: Admission Free






Wilby Village Hall, Wilby, Suffolk IP21 5LT. Starts 6pm BBQ, Music from 8pm

Bangers & Bash! Trampoline play live at Wilby Village Hall. BBQ, Cash Bar and Live Music

All welcome

Entry: £10 (children £5)

Contact: iantaylor1961@hotmail.com or 01379 388112 trickyeddy2@gmail.com

June 22 and 23

Flowton in Flower 2019

Flowton, IP8 4LG

Our tiny Suffolk village – in the middle of nowhere but only a short distance from Ipswich – is opening its gardens for the first time in four years over the weekend of 22nd – 23rd June. As well as a range of very different gardens to visit, there will be some exciting displays and other events to keep the whole family happy. Flowton’s delightful 13th century church will also host a colourful Flower Festival from 11.00am on the theme of nursery rhymes.

Refreshments, lunches and cream teas will be available throughout the weekend.

Proceeds will go to help maintain St Mary’s Church, Flowton, and to FIND (Families in Need), our local Ipswich food and furniture bank which provides crucial support to many local families and individuals in need.

Entry: £5adults; under 16s free.

Contact: 01473 658241



June 23

Ipswich 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids Race For Life

Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, IP3 8UH, 10am

Bring the whole family together to walk, jog or run 5K or 10K to raise valuable funds for life-saving cancer research. Or Get Muddy and help us beat cancer sooner by taking part in the Pretty Muddy or Pretty Muddy Kids obstacle course. Whatever your ability- take part in the most important race and help beat cancer sooner. Sign up online raceforlife.org.uk

Entry: From £10

Contact: abbey.harnwell@cancer.org.uk


St Peter's Church, Sibton IP17 2BN

Bach orchestral Suite No.2 and music by Handel, Schubert & Gershwin
An informal concert followed by afternoon tea
In aid of the continuing restoration of a beautiful Suffolk church.

Entry: £10; Under 16s £2

Contact: lgacampbell@yahoo.co.uk


Riddlesworth Hall ( IP22 2SZ ) 9am to 4pm

Antique and Vintage market with over 80 Antique traders in the beautiful grounds of Riddlesworth Hall (built in 1792 ) .
Riddlesworth Hall will be open for Guided tours during the Market , but please book early as places are limited

Entry: £3 per car full , house tours are extra

Contact: 01986 948546


JUNE 28 TO 30


Trimley Memorial Hall, IP11 0RJ

Felixstowe Musical Theatre proudly presents this production which invites you to immerse yourself in big hits from the musicals to the charts; songs dance and laughs.

Tickets: £8.50 (under 16s £5)

Information: 01394 273274 or 07881 820923

june 29

Ipswich Symphony Orchestra concert

Ipswich Corn Exchange 7.30 pm

Favourite works by Russian composers form the centrepiece of Ipswich Symphony Orchestra’s Summer concert, conducted by Adam Gatehouse on Saturday 29th June. Rachmaninov’s romantic 2nd piano concerto is listed one of the “top ten classics”, and ISO will be performing with renowned international pianist Noriko Ogawa. Noriko performs regularly with top orchestras around the world; she is also well known as a TV presenter for classical music, besides being the Patron of this successful Ipswich orchestra. Tchaikovksy’s thrilling 5th Symphony and Shostakovich’s Festival Overture complete this inspiring programme.

Tickets: £5 - £15.50

Contact: hkf.ips@btopenworld.com



June 30

My Spirit Sang All Day

Henley Community Centre, 3.00pm

A fundraising concert in aid of Ipswich Hospital Critical Care Outreach Service with performances by local musicians including Gippeswyk Singers, Suffolk Soul Singers and Shingle Street Folk Band.

Entry: £10

Contact: 01473 280918 / teresa.booth7@btinternet.com

Chelsworth Open Gardens Day

Chelsworth Village. 11am - 5pm

Over 20 gardens open - all within a short stroll from one another. Teas and light refreshments (including lots of cake) will be available in 3 or 4 of the gardens and we also have a very welcoming pub. There will be some idyllic places to picnic - maybe alongside the river Brett; and some lovely places for a walk, including our community woodland. There will also be plant and craft stalls, music in the church and other entertainments.

The gardens vary from huge and formal to tiny cottage plots, including water gardens, walled gardens and butterfly meadows. There are tall stately delphiniums and hollyhocks, roses, wild flowers and vegetable plots. All set against a tranquil backdrop of ancient timbered houses. Add all this to the beauty of the village itself with its picturesque river, ancient bridge and traditional pub and you have the makings of a great family day out.
There will be ample FREE parking for coaches as well as cars.
CHELSWORTH is on the B1115 between Sudbury and Stowmarket.
To find us with satnav, enter the postcode IP7 7HU.

Entry: Adults £6 Children free

Contact: 01449 744055. sheila.harvey26@btinternet.com


The Vintage & Makers Market at Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings 10am to 4pm

50 of the region’s leading vintage traders and an array of local artisans and craftspeople who will showcase their treasures and locally-made wares.

Entry: Free

Contact: woodbridge.vcmarket@hotmail.com




september events