25 great spring and Easter days out in Suffolk
PUBLISHED: 03:06 22 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:12 20 February 2013
Claire Holmes rounds up some clver ideas for family fun this spring and Easter
1. Experience Tudor life at Kentwell Hall
Between Friday, April 6 and Monday, April 9, Kentwell Hall in Long Melford will be transformed into a wonderful Tudor house, complete with servants baking Holy Manchets and wonderful hot cross buns.
There will also be a great Easter quiz and a childrens Easter egg hunt.
2. Hunt for Easter eggs at Easton Farm Park
On Sunday, April 8 and Monday, April 9, Easton Farm Park in Easton, Woodbridge, will be hosting its own Easter egg hunt.
3. See the March Hare Collective at the Apex
The March Hare Collective, an eclectic group of Suffolk artists, designers, makers and crafters, are currently running a monthly pop up shop and gallery at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds. On Saturday, April 7 you can browse the wares on offer and buy some unique gifts.
4. Take part in Easter fun at the Museum of East Anglian Life
On Sunday, April 8 the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket will be hosting an Easter fun day and Easter egg hunt.
5. Enjoy a family afternoon at Foxburrow Farm
On Tuesday, April 10 between 2pm-4pm, families can enjoy an afternoon of Easter-themed fun at a Foxburrow Farm in Melton.
6. Get some foodie ideas from the Suffolk Food Hall
On Thursday, April 5 the Suffolk Foodies Kitchen Club, based at the Suffolk Food Hall in Ipswich, will be hosting a special Easter extravaganza. There will be three cooking demonstrations in three separate areas.
7. Take your family to Jimmys Farm
Over the Easter weekend there will be lots of fun activities for children at Jimmys Farm in Ipswich. Search for Easter eggs and discover the beautiful butterflies in the farms butterfly house.
8. See how far your ducks can go at Pin Mill
On Saturday, April 7, families can take part in the annual Pin Mill Duck Race and race their rubber ducks.
The event begins at 12noon and will be raising funds for the RNLI.
9. Welcome spring into Suffolk
Held between Friday, April 6 and Monday, April 9 at Trinity Park in Ipswich, a visit to The Suffolk Spring Garden Show is a must for gardeners. Browse through traditional and unusual plants and shrubs and get tips from expert garden designers.
10. Go vintage in Woodbridge
On Saturday, April 7, more than 50 stall holders will gather on Market Hill in Woodridge as part of the Woodbridge Vintage and Modern Market.
The market will open at 10am.
11. Head to St Edmundsbury cathedral
As a celebration of Jesus resurrection, Easter will be celebrated in all the churches in Suffolk. St Edmundsbury cathedral in Bury St Edmunds will have a number of special services over the weekend.
12. Listen to Easter stories at Flatford
Join the team at Bridge Cottage in Flatford to hear The odd shaped egg by E. Gravett and The bunny who found Easter by Charlotte Zolotow read aloud. There will also be Easter-based activities and on the following day, an Easter egg trail will take place.
13. Cross over the border to Colchester zoo
Easter is set to eggsplode at Colchester zoo this year. Therell be the chance to make your own Easter crafts, discover the Easter Wonderland and dance with the Easter bunny.
14. Go back in time at Ickworth House
On Saturday April 7, visitors to Ickworth can hear the real stories of people who lived and worked there in the 30s.
On the following day there will also be an Easter egg hunt around grounds the chance to take part in a guided parkland walk.
15. Head to Elmhurst Park for the popular Easter egg hunt
Make sure youre at Elmhurst Park in Woodbridge at 10am on Saturday, April 7 to be in with the chance of finding the hidden Easter eggs.
There will also be a face painting and free Easter eggs for the children.
16. Jump aboard Mid-Suffolk Light Railway
On Sunday, April 8 and Monday, April 9, the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway will open for two days especially for children. Jump on board a steam train and take part in an Easter bunny hunt.
17. Get lost in Somerleyton Estates maze
On Sunday, April 8, Somerleyton Estate will hold an eater egg hunt in its maze.
18. Indulge in some Beethoven in Snape
During the Easter week, Snape Maltings Concert Hall will host some wonderful music. On Friday, April 6 Beethovens Ninth will be performed, on Saturday April 7 Elisabeth Leonskaja will be performed and Sunday April 8 will see a second performance of Beethovens Ninth.
19. Shop till you drop at a craft and gift fayre in Haverhill
On Saturday, April 7, the Arts Centre at Haverhill will be hosting an Easter craft and gift fayre, with plenty of wonderful gifts on offer.
20. Stroll around a beautiful garden in East Bergholt
On Sunday, April 8, the Rosemary garden on Rectory Hill in East Bergholt, will be open. The garden is known for its romantic look and appeals particularly to artists.
21. Explore our castles
The Easter bank holiday offers the perfect chance to explore Framlingham and Orford castle. There will be special Easter-themed events held over the bank holiday weekend too.
22. Go wild for Grease
Saturday, April 7 will see the Theatre Royal show the Sing-along version of Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
23. Bring on the beer in Sudbury
Between Thursday, April 5 and Monday, April 9, The Plough Inn at Hundon in Sudbury will be holding its 8th Plough Beer Festival. The festival will feature more than 25 real ales and ciders from across the UK.
24. Be entertained at Bressingham
On Sunday, April 8 and Monday, April 9 children can enjoy hunting for Easter eggs at Bressingham Steam and Gardens. There will be magic shows in the magic marquee and the Easter bunny will be on site too.
25. Go barking mad at a dog show
On Sunday, April 8 and Monday, April 9 the Suffolk Showground in Ipswich will be hosting an All about dogs show. Here, there will be the chance to enter your dog into fun competitions, watch demos and stock up on accessories for your canine friend.