After the glorious Easter weather, we’re hoping the sunshine is here to stay! But either way, there are some fantastic events happening in our county this month – here’s our guide to what’s on in Suffolk this May.
1st May – Photo Walkshop
Join the Photo Walkshop around Woodbridge and learn how to use your DSLR camera. Walk, talk and learn during this fun evening event. Start at 7pm and take a stroll around the town whilst learning new techniques and skills. At the end, the group will head to the pub for a pint and to carry on the conversation! To find out more about the Photo Walkshop, give my previous review a read!
4th May – It’s Fete
This charity event will include an evening of music, dancing and entertainment. The fete will raise funds for Henry’s Holiday Help and will be held at Norton Village Hall from 7:30pm-11pm. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org
4th & 5th May – QIPCO Guineas Festival
Racing season will kick off at the Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket. The two-day event will include high quality flat racing, including the 2000 Guineas on Saturday and 1000 Guineas on Sunday. As well as horseracing there will be live music, bars, food stands and Après Racing parties.
4th – 6th May – Tudor May Day Celebrations
Kentwell Hall will be celebrating the most popular Tudor Holiday, May Day, with a huge event full of processions, plays and pageantry. 100 Tudors will take over the Hall and gardens to re-enact how the people would have celebrated the season. Join in with the festivities, head off on the family fun trails, and visit all the animals on the farm.
5th May – Beccles Antiques Street Market
The market will include a hundred antique stands selling furniture, jewellery, books, homewares and ceramics. The event is a big festivity in the town with the local shops and restaurants getting involved with the day.
5th May – Dinosaur Day
Easton Farm Park will be hosting a Dinosaur Day on the 5thMay! Animatronic examples of dinos will be roaming the park for you to see. Discover hidden dinosaur bones, say hello to all the animals and see the “Travelling Natural History” museum.
16th – 26th May – Bury St Edmunds Festival
The Bury St Edmunds Festival begins from the 16thMay with a sold out show from Rick Wakeman. The Festival takes place at venues across the town and includes classical, folk and jazz performances. Pick up tickets to see the Puppini Sisters, Clare Teal or the Chineke Orchestra. Or go along to see Swan Lake, Dr John Cooper Clarke or Kate Rusby. There’s something for every musical taste and all age groups. See the full line up by clicking here.
11th May – 2nd June Suffolk Walking Festival
The Suffolk Walking Festival includes an array of walks and events across the county. There are so many events to get involved with, from a night safari to guided tours, mindfulness walks to workouts. My dad is hosting one of the walks, “Darsham Marshes and Beyond” on 25th May. Join him as he guides the group from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Darsham Marshes Nature Reserve to the Middleton Bell pub and back. This is a new route that my dad has helped to create and the walk will be guided by Trust Reserve Warden, Sam Hanks. The distance is 3 miles and price is £6 for an adult, £2.50 for a child. Bring your purse as we’re sure there will be a pint or two to be had at the Bell!
5th May & 18th May – Bonsai Display and Talk
Urban Jungle in Beccles will be hosting a Bonsai for Beginners Talk and Display as part of the centre’s Japanese theme in May. The Japanese believe that miniature objects have mystical and magical powers – find out more and how to grow them.
18th May – Forest Bathing
Unwind in nature during this Forest Bathing workshop. RSPB Minsmere will be hosting the event which will discuss the medical research into the health and well-being benefits of spending time under the canopy of the trees. Forest Bathing is a slow practise of bathing all the senses while guiding you through a series of gentle exercises.
19th May – Paws in the Park Dog Show
Nowton Park will be hosting Paws in the Park this month. This event really is for the whole family! There will be areas for dog agility, gundog display, and dog shows. Could yours win ‘Best in Show?’ There will also be food and drink stands, crafts, dog accessories and children’s entertainment. The event is in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.
25th May – Beccles Food and Drink Festival
The event is now in its 5thyear and will return to tantalise your taste buds. The Beccles Food and Drink Festival will include over 70 food and drink stalls from artisan producers across East Anglia. There will also be cookery demonstrations, talks, street food, music and children’s entertainment.
25th – 27th May – Framlingham Gala Festival
The theme for the 2019 Framlingham Gala Festival is ‘Sand, Sea and Surf.’ This three day festival of colour and music will include Team Duathlon relay, live music, a parade, car boot sale, a fun fair and craft fair.
29th – 30th May – Suffolk Show
The Suffolk Show returns to Trinity Park this month. The Show is one of the biggest events in the Suffolk calendar and will celebrate the best of farming, food and agriculture in the county. Visit the animals, enjoy the food and drink stalls, watch the displays in the arena and have a go at the many children’s activities.