August is a lovely time to visit Suffolk for many reasons. Dine al-fresco style in your patio / garden, enjoy BBQs, take your pet pooch to one of the many dog friendly pubs where you can relax with a Suffolk cider outside… The list goes on!
There is also a lot going on around the area this time of the year too, so we’ve highlighted 10 top things to do in Suffolk during August…
1. The Country Fair at Melford Hall, Long Melford: Saturday 5 August to Sunday 6 August
A weekend of traditional entertainment including Falconry, dancing horses, doggie tricks and more. Of course there will be a variety of trade stands featuring crafts, food, drink and more in the beautiful grounds of Melford Hall in Long Melford.
More Details & Tickets: www.melfordcountryfair.co.uk
2. The Festival of Classic & Sports Cars, Helmingham Hall Gardens: Sunday 6 August
Come along to the annual Festival of Classic & Sports Cars at Helmingham Hall. 100’s of cars and stalls, with over 7,000 people attending the 2016 event. This amazing collection of vehicles is displayed against the magnificent back drop of Helmingham Hall and its surrounding moat which sits in the middle of the ancient deer park. There is fun for all the family with mini Land Rovers for children to drive, fairground stalls, over 40 craft and trade stalls, main ring entertainment, birds of prey and much more!
More Details & Tickets: http://www.helmingham.com/events/the-festival-of-classic-sports-cars/
3. Annual Beer Festival, Anchor Inn, Nayland: Friday 11 August to Sunday 13 August
Contested as one of Suffolk’s finest, the Anchor’s Beer Festival is quickly becoming the riverbank summer soirée of the year, being firmly marked in many people’s diaries each and every year as ‘not to be missed’. This family friendly festival is the perfect summer chill out, accompanied by live music, alfresco dining, BBQ and more, bringing something for all to enjoy, along with free entry.
More Details: http://www.anchornayland.co.uk
4. RSPB activities – Snape Maltings: Saturday 12th August
Use the telescope to try and spot local wildlife over the reedbeds! There will be RSPB experts there to help with identifying birds and advise you on how to use the telescope.
Create your very own creature with free crafts for children and get advice on wildlife friendly gardening at this free event.
More Details: https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/rspb-activities/
5. Lavenham Guildhall – Discover Medieval Lavenham: Wednesday 16th August
Join us for a short talk about the Guildhall over coffee and biscuits before enjoying a guided walk around the historic centre of Lavenham. A guided walk around the historic centre of this unique medieval village.
More Details & Tickets: nationaltrust.org
6. Tudor ‘Hands On’ Days, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford: Monday 21 August to Monday 28 August
The Tudor High Summer ‘Hands On’ days are a very popular re-creation with Tudor activity in the House, Moat House, Gardens and Farm. With approximately 250 costumed Tudors, it carries through as many of the Great Annual Re-Creation’s themes and activities as possible, however there is no Time Tunnel.
Most people arrive early and aim to spend most of the day there – there is so much to see & do!
7. Sudbury’s Farmers Market, SUDBURY: FRIDAY 25th August
This fantastic Farmers’ Market, a huge hit in the town centre is now one of Suffolk’s busiest town markets. Every month the stunning venue is filled with some of the regions very highest quality local produce. Free entry and open from 9.30am – 2pm.
More details: https://www.suffolkmarketevents.co.uk/
More Details & Tickets: http://www.kentwell.co.uk/Tudor-High-Summer
8. Eddy Fest 2017, The Edwardstone White Horse Inn, Edwardstone: Friday 25 August to Monday 28 August
The Eddy Fest takes place just short walk away from the cottages here at The Grove Farm in the small village of Edwardstone. There will be Live Music as well as locally crafted Beers & Ciders. Live bands will be featured throughout the days and into the nights from Friday to Monday. Festival food available all day and camping too, however with your own cottage, I know where I would rather stay ;-). There will be over 80 Ales and 30 ciders, as well as free entry!
More Details: http://www.edwardstonewhitehorse.co.uk/eddy-fest.html
9. Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival: Sunday 27th August to Monday 28th August
Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival will be held in Bury St Edmunds town centre, Arc, and Angel Hill Car Park. There will be an abundance of local food and drink stalls in this historic town. You can watch the highlights of the 2016 Food & Drink festival here.
More Details: ourburystedmunds.com
10. BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, Hemingham Hall, Suffolk: Thursday 31 August
What treasure do you have in the attic? Bring it along to the BBC’s Antique Roadshow at Helmingham Hall.
The doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free, everyone is welcome, and no tickets or pre-registration is required.