What to do in Suffolk this September

Just because the summer is over, it doesn’t mean that all the wonderful Suffolk events have stopped! Oh no, there’s plenty to enjoy, from food festivals, to art events and live performances. Here is the See Suffolk guide to what to do in Suffolk this September:

2nd September – Art on the Prom
The contemporary art fair will be taking place on Felixstowe seafront on 2nd September. Local, professional artists will be displaying and selling their art work along the prom, and there will also be free activity tents running workshops throughout the day for all age groups.

Walk with a Fork
Walk with a Fork

2nd September – Walk with a Fork
Walk with a Fork returns to Helmingham Hall to raise funds for Ormiston Families. Take an 8 mile walk around the estate and out into the countryside discovering local produce and stallholders along the way. At various points along the walk you will be able to taste mini feasts from suppliers. Find out more by clicking here. Tickets cost £22.72 plus a £2.28 booking fee.

8th September – Framlingham Heritage Food Trail
Collect a map from The Unitarian Meeting House in Framlingham and head off on a walk around the town to discover the tasty food stalls. There will also be a vintage market, photo trail and guided history tour going on in the town. The trail starts from 10am.

8th September – Proms In The Park With Bury St Edmunds Concert Band
The Bury St Edmunds Concert Band will be performing a mix of stirring anthems and rousing sing-a-longs at Ickworth Park. Bring along a picnic and enjoy an autumnal evening of live music.

Songlines will be performed at HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh
Songlines will be performed at HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh

11th -16th September – HighTide Festival
The festival of live performance returns to Aldeburgh this month.
Five headline shows include Songlines, by local writer Tallulah Brown, Sparks by Jessica Butcher, Busking It by Danusia Samal, The Extinction Event from David Aula and Simon Evans and Harry Blake’s Thor and Loki.
The event will also include a performance from East Anglian poet Luke Wright, comedy from Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor) and family show Mrs H Sings.
The festival will be partnering with The Aldeburgh Bookshop for literary ‘In Conversations’ with Kate Mosse and Patrick Gale.

The PhotoWalkshop in Woodbridge
The PhotoWalkshop group in Woodbridge

12th September – PhotoWalkshop
Craig and Andy’s PhotoWalkshop returns from its summer break on the 12th September. Pick up your camera and head to Thorpeness to boost your photography skills and socialise with like-minded people. Craig and Andy offer one to one help as the walk goes on, as well as stopping for tutorials on various subjects along the way. Find out more about PhotoWalkshop from my blog post or head to the Facebook page.

15th-16th September – Grand Henham Steam Rally
The Grand Henham Steam Rally is an institution in Suffolk. I remember going every year as a kid and being fascinated by all the steam engines – and riding a brightly coloured carousel powered by steam!
There are also other activities to enjoy including working horse displays, live music, vintage vehicles and craft stalls.

20th – 26th September – Remnants Pop Up Shop at Snape Maltings
Natural Curtain Company will be hosting a Remnants Pop Up Shop at Snape Maltings Pond Gallery where customers can find ready made curtains, seconds and fabric with up to a 65% discount!

Hearing Care Centre's Charity Dog Walk
Hearing Care Centre’s Charity Dog Walk

22nd September – Charity Dog Walk
The Hearing Care Centre will be hosting a Charity Dog Walk on 22nd September to raise funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Bring along your gorgeous pooches for a fun walk that will be helping a wonderful cause.
The event will start off at Brandeston Village Hall for a hot breakfast at 9:30am before leaving for a 4.5 mile circular walk exploring the beautiful Suffolk countryside. Tickets for the event are £10 per person and there is a special deal that if you can book 4 tickets you will get a 5th ticket free.

22nd – 23rd September – The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival
The annual foodie feast returns to Woodbridge on the 22nd and 23rd of this month. Whisstocks Quayside will feature freshly cooked seafood dishes, a variety of stalls, live music and entertainment for kids. Participating restaurants around the town will also be serving themed dishes made with locally caught fish. The Friday and Saturday nights will include the popular Shuck Shack pop-up restaurant – the menu sounds delish; six courses including Deben mussels, oysters and lamb.

29th-30th September – Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival
Over 100 producers will attend the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival at Snape Maltings for the ultimate foodie weekend. Tommi Miers, Dan Doherty, Melissa Hemsley, Chetna Makan and Maunika Gowardhan are amongst the exciting chefs confirmed for the two cookery demonstration stages. Join in with some of the masterclasses and shop from a whole host of delicious local produce on offer.

29th September – The Real Middle-Earth Tour
Fans of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings will enjoy this tour at the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village on 29th September. Discover the links between Tolkien’s novels and the Anglo-Saxon World. The day concludes with a ‘riddle battle’ like the one in the Hobbit.

29th September – Bawdsey Beachcombing
Find your very own treasure whilst combing the beach at East Lane in Bawdsey. Conservationist Kate Osborne will lead the hunt, with every find telling a story – from drift wood, to fossils, to glass frosted by the waves. In the afternoon, Suffolk artist Carole Massey, will teach you to draw your found items with pencil, charcoal and water-soluble pencils.