Bank Holiday: Sunshine vs Rainy Day Activities

Sunny Southwold Pier

With the bank holiday weather forecast not looking so promising, we’ve come up with a list of the best activities in the local area come rain or shine. Let us know what you’ve decided to do on Facebook or Twitter!

Bank Holiday: Sunshine Activities

Iken Canoe
Explore the picturesque Alde estuary via canoe and kayak. Hire the equipment for two hours, half a day or for the full day, and paddle between Snape and Aldeburgh through creeks and flood waters spotting wildlife and, sometimes, seals!

Seals at Iken - Image from Iken Canoe Hire
Seals at Iken – Image from Iken Canoe Hire

Snape Maltings Vintage & Makers Market
Sun 24th May
Bringing together 50 leading vintage traders, designers and craft makers, you’ll find unique items created by local artisans.

Dressed to Kill: Anglo-Saxon Weapons & Warfare, West Stow
Sun 24th May – Mon 25th May
Experience warrior training, metal and leather work, chain weaving, authentic Anglo-Saxon weaving, textiles and so much more.

Bloody Mary Returns, Framlingham Castle
Sat 23rd May – Monday 25th May
Travel back to 1500 to meet one of most gruesome monarchs arrive at Framlingham Castle. Discover how Bloody Mary got her nickname and explore the castle as medieval activities go on around you.
We love these events that allow you time travel back to the medieval period, we went along to the Clash of Knights event last bank holiday; you can read the review by clicking here.

Bloody Mary Returns to Fram Castle - image from English Heritage
Bloody Mary Returns to Fram Castle – image from English Heritage

Bank Holiday: Rainy Day Activities

The Magic Ear Exhibition, Bawdsey Radar Station, Woodbridge
Sun 24th May – Mon 25th May
This unique exhibition, with its interactive displays, tells the story of an ‘Invention that Changed the World.’ It reveals how scientists, engineers and technicians came together at Bawdsey in the 1930s in total secrecy to prove that radio waves could locate aeroplanes, ships and other targets. Bawdsey became the world’s first operational radar station in 1937 and played a pivotal role in the Battle of Britain in 1940. Even I didn’t know that & I’ve lived in Suffolk all my life!

Orford Castle
One of England’s most complete keeps, this castle has a fascinating history and mysterious tales of a merman caught off the shore of Orford & kept in the tower. Want to find out more? You’ll just have to visit the Castle itself!

Orford Castle - image from English Heritage
Orford Castle – image from English Heritage

Watching Spring Art Exhibition, Blyth House, Halesworth
If you’re in the mood to see the signs of Spring, even if the weather isn’t, this exhibition features stunning original artwork by renowned artists including Steve Cale, Kate and Hannah Breach, Andrew Pitt and a selection of signed photographs by Springwatch presenter, Chris Packham.

Southwold Pier
If you still want to be by the sea, even if it’s raining, we advise heading to Southwold Pier where you can sit inside the cafes and enjoy fish ‘n’ chips, ice-cream or hot beverages and watch the sea. Or you can hit the amusements. Make sure you check out the hilarious Under The Pier Show with it’s alternative machines made by Tim Hunkin featuring a Fortune Teller Machine and a Photo Booth unlike any other!

Sunny Southwold Pier
Sunny Southwold Pier

So get out there and See Suffolk…