Wow, what a scorcher this summer has been so far! I have been melting! There’s plenty going on in Suffolk during the school holidays – here’s your round up of things to do and see this month.
31st July-4th August – The Merchant of Venice
Bring a picnic and enjoy The Merchant of Venice performed outside at the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. This is the Bury Theatre Workshop’s seventh outdoor Shakespeare in the Park and will be in authentic Elizabethan costume.
10th-11th August – Kentwell Hall’s Summer Opera Weekend
Opera Brava, Britain’s leading outdoor touring opera company, will be performing La Boheme on Friday 10th August and The Barber of Seville on Saturday 11th August at Kentwell Hall.
These ‘picnic and opera’ evenings take place on the front lawn of the Hall and you can bring along a picnic.
11th-12th August – A Twistory Weekend
West Stow will be hosting a fun weekend with knight training, magic, potion making, storytelling, treasure hunts and an Orc camp. Get your card stamped for each activity so you can join the final battle!
17th-19th August – FolkEast
FolkEast is back at Glemham Hall this month for a weekend of music, dance, storytelling and street food. There will be workshops including bread baking, boat building and black smithing. Join in with some yoga, let the kids enjoy some den building or pick up some handcrafted pieces made by the East Coast’s finest artists and craftspeople.
18th August – Fram Makers Market
The Fram Makers Market returns to the Unitarian Meeting House showcasing lots of fantastic local makers! Perfect for shopping for unique gifts, homewares or a little treat for yourself!
18th-20th August – Aldeburgh Carnival
This year the Aldeburgh Carnival theme will be ‘Fly Me to the Moon.’ The Saturday will be music day at the carnival with live acts performing across the town. Sunday will be sports day, and Monday will see the famed procession. Head over to the White Lion where they will be celebrating with an afternoon tea on the beach on Saturday.
24th-26th August – Maui Waui Festival
Maui Waui will take place at Theberton over the bank holiday weekend. The festival specialises in a line up of international music, performance and art. Feel free to dress up, grab a cocktail at the main stage, find a new up-and-coming band at the Flavour Parlour and visit the circus tent for extraordinary acts.
25th August – Tractor Fair
The Suffolk Food Hall’s Tractor Fair returns with a huge number of vintage and modern tractors on display. Beer and Co will provide a bar, DeliVita will be running kids pizza making classes and there will be Land Rover rides. The event is free to attend, with some rides and activities requiring a fee.
26th-27th August – The Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival
Head over to The Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival during the bank holiday weekend to watch celebrity chefs and shop local produce. Chefs James Tanner and Paul Rankin will be demonstrating their expertise, enjoy the pop-up beach, street entertainment, children’s cake icing workshops, and fairground rides.
27th August – 2nd September – Cactus and chilli festival
The Urban Jungle is hosting a week long festival celebrating all things spicy and spiky. A selection of cacti will be on special offer and a number of central and southern American inspired dishes and cocktails are being served in the cafe. Head to the Edible Jungle which has 100s of brightly coloured chillies of all shapes, sizes and heat which will be available to try and buy. During the week there will be expert talks on growing and caring for cacti, succulents and chilli.