Featured Events 2017
There's a packed programme of events in Suffolk this year, with some fantastic highlights, such as Latitude in July, FolkEast Festival in August, Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival and Maui Waui Festival in September. For later in the Autumn there is Ways with Words in Southwold a literary festival and Flipside Brazilian Festival at Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
Here is a list of events on in the area for Suffolk throughout the year. For more inspiration, it's also worth taking a look at the Suffolk Tourist Guide 'What's On' Listings.
Steam Railways & Museums in Norfolk & Suffolk
Things To Do In Southwold
Magic of Minsmere Weekend Walks
Beer Dinner at The Westleton Crown
Fish Night at The Ship Dunwich
Southwold Pantomime Robinson Crusoe 2018
Harry Potter Book Night Southwold Library
Knights and Princesses at Framlingham Castle
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Featured Events 2017
15 February, 2017
Norfolk and Suffolk are home to some of the most magnificent vintage steam railways in the country. They offer a nostalgic experience, away from the electronic world that we live in today – and is one that many people have not had the opportunity to enjoy.
We’ve put together a list of the heritage and steam railways and museums to visit while you’re on holiday in Suffolk or the Norfolk area.
North Norfolk – Near Sheringham
Poppy Line – North Norfolk Railway: Easily accessible from Cromer, the North Norfolk railway at Sheringham, offers much more than just a train ride, it offers an insight into the world of yesterday. The route will bring you along some of the finest coastal countryside you could wish to see, and you’ll be riding along one of their professionally restored coaches. All stations on the line have been restored and have a range of attractions for you to enjoy, with lunch and evening meals available so you can make the most of your day. Take a look at our cottages in Cromer and find the perfect place to stay.
Address: Station Approach, Sheringham NR26 8RA, England
North Norfolk – Aylsham
Bure Valley Railway: Halfway between Cromer and Norwich, the Bure Valley railway runs between Aylsham and Wroxham, in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. One of Norfolk’s longest gauge railways, there are a number of quaint villages along the line, where you can stop and explore and board again simply by waving down the driver as the steam train approaches. The station itself features a café offering cakes, treats, snacks and homemade hot meals.
Location: Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW
North Norfolk – Wells Next-the-Sea
The Wells & Walsingham Light Steam Railway: Running between Wells and Walsingham, all stations along the line have been restored and the two locomotives that run on this railway are well known within the steam industry. Overall, the location is one of Britain’s best little railways, and is a must visit if you’re in the area.
Location: Wells to Walsingham Light Railway, Wells Next-the-Sea, Norfolk. NR23 1QB.
Mid Norfolk - Dereham
Mid-Norfolk Railway: Running between Dereham and Wymondham Abbey, this line offers dining experiences on selected days of the week – so you can enjoy a cream tea or fish and chip supper while trundling through the heart of the Norfolk countryside.
Location: Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DF
South Norfolk/North Suffolk border – near Diss
Bressingham Steam & Gardens
Less of a steam railway, more of a heritage museum – the 4km track winds its way through the 20 acres of landscaped gardens, passing locomotive sheds, the galloper carousel and the Dad’s Army Collection. There is something for all of the family and is a great day out.
Location: Low Road, Bressingham, Diss, IP22 2AA
Take a look at our holiday cottages in Suffolk to find the ideal place for your stay.
If you have any other insights or updates regarding our list, please do email us and let us know, so that we can keep our information up to date.
12 May, 2017
Suffolk is the perfect location for families, couples and friends, with plenty to see and do in an area full of natural beauty. The iconic town of Southwold, on the “Suffolk Riviera” offers relaxing strolls on the golden sandy beach and a bustling town packed with independent boutiques, shops, cafés and restaurants.
Top 10 Things to Do In Southwold
Southwold Lighthouse Tour
The Southwold Lighthouse has been an important landmark since 1890, guiding vessels safely into the harbour. A visitor centre is open on specific days and offers 20-minute tours, showing off some of the most breath-taking views in the county.
Southwold Summer Theatre
The Southwold Summer Theatre offers a range of productions throughout the season. Ranging in genre, there is something for everyone, with some real class acts and truly fascinating plots to get your teeth into.
The Amber Museum
The only museum in the UK dedicated to the history of the gemstone, amber. Whilst visiting you will learn about how amber was formed over 50 million years ago, and its uses throughout history.
Southwold Maize Maze
The perfect family day out, open from July through to early September. Navigate your way through the maze; let the kids expend some energy on the 'jumping pillow', pedal tractors and climbing the tower before relaxing for a family lunch in the picnic area. The ice creams come highly recommended!
The Coastal Voyager
For a high-speed race across the water, try the Coastal Voyager’s ‘Sea Blast’, a 30-minute high-speed tour of Sole Bay, which is not for the faint hearted! They also offer other, more relaxing trips including grey seals at Scroby Sands or a three-hour River Blyth Cruise, with breath-taking views and the chance to see marsh harriers, heron, seals and, possibly even an osprey.
The Victorian pier hosts a range of entertainment, including wacky mirrors, the waterclock and quantum tunnelling telescope! The iconic beach huts, with their creative names, are closeby, as are food, drinks, shops and much more.
The Electric Picture Place
A throwback to the early 1900’s, offering a traditional cinema experience, combined with modern day films. A traditional booth is run to book tickets, and you will be personally cared for, with comfort being the top priority.
Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum
The museum tells the story of Alfred Corry’s rescue career, from 1893 to 1918 and details the rich history of the area. Admission is free, although donations are welcomed.
Adnams Distillery Tours
The Copper House distillery is the most energy-efficient of its kind in the UK, with water and steam generated being used by the brewery. Since their launch in 2010, their spirits have won award after award. Tours operate daily and there is an onsite shop, so you can pick up some tasty treats before you leave.
Under The Pier Show
The Under the Pier show is among the most unique arcades in the UK, with a range of handmade retro and modern coin and entertainment machines. The magic remains, with an incredibly rich atmosphere and free feel throughout. Not one to miss!
Our Team’s Top Food Choice
The Team here in the office have unanimously chosen the Little Fish and Chip Shop on the High Street. It offers competitively price “proper” fish and chips that won’t disappoint!
6 January, 2018
Never been to Minsmere before? Then this is the walk for you! With over 5700 recorded species and a wealth of history and archaeological highlights at Minsmere, there is so much to discover.
The friendly and knowledgeable RSPB guides will take you through the sights and sounds to be enjoyed at this time of year. Walks generally last 3 - 4 hours and are tailored according to the season and visitor knowledge.
Places are limited, so booking is essential. Children must be accompanied at all times. Price: Adults £8, children £4 (plus normal reserve entry fees for non-members).
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12 January, 2018
The Westleton Crown in Suffolk is hosting a beer dinner on Friday 12th January, 2018, featuring a selection of local beers and a three course mouth-watering menu created by Head Chef, James Finch.
Each dish will be paired with a beer from one of his favourite breweries: St Peter's, Woodforde's and Adnams.
The beer dinner evening will start at 7pm and will be hosted by Restaurant Manager Andrea.
It will be a unique opportunity to gain insight into the brewing process and to hear the inside story behind each beer presented on the day.
Address: The Street, Westleton, near Southwold, Suffolk, IP17 3AD
More information: http://westletoncrown.co.uk/offers/events/beer-dinner/
19 January, 2018
If you enjoy, fresh local fish and seafood, head to The Ship at Dunwich for its special fish night on 19th January, 2018.
Boasting a great location by the sea, The Ship has fresh fish deliveries daily from local fishermen.
Sample an extensive menu of delicious, fresh fish and seafood dishes.
Address: The Ship at Dunwich, St James Street, Dunwich, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3DT.
More information: http://shipatdunwich.co.uk/
21 January, 2018
The award-winning Reydon and Southwold Pantomime Group hosts its annual local pantomime at St Edmund's Hall from 21-27th January, 2018. This year the all-female cast will be entertaining us with the story of Robinson Crusoe. The show is guaranteed to be full of on-trend humour and wit, and is fun for all the family!
Tickets are available to purchase at Southwold Library, Southwold Arts Centre or via the Ticket Source website: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/rspanto
Tickets are £8 for adults, £4 for under-16s and £20 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2... under-16s). Shows begin at 02:00 pm matinee and 07:15 pm evening.
More information: http://www.rspanto.org.uk/
1 February, 2018
Southwold Library is hosting a Harry Potter Book Night on Thursday 1 February, 2018.
The event will include a fancy dress competition, games, crafts and sorting hat!
All children and parents welcome!
For more details, contact Southwold Library on 01502 722519.
12 February, 2018
Come along to Framlingham Castle for some half term fun.
Enjoy a fabulous day at this educational and fun-filled attraction in Suffolk with lots to see and do! Dress up as royalty and learn the tools of the trade to become a princess or knight – perfect for kids big and small!
Framlingham Castle is an atmospheric 12th Century fortress and one-time refuge of Mary Tudor before she became Queen. This is an English Heritage Site and standard entry fees apply.
More information: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/framlingham-castle/