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50 things to do on the Suffolk Day Big Weekender

PUBLISHED: 15:30 17 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:31 18 June 2019

Possible property fronts, Orford Castle view by David Mortimer

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On Suffolk Day itself and the weekend that follows there's going to be all sorts to keep you busy

Suffolk Day launch

Felixstowe has been chosen to officially launch Suffolk Day 2019. BBC Radio Suffolk's Murk Murphy will broadcast live from outside the Town Hall, Undercliff Road West at 7am when he will be welcomed to the town by the Mayor of Felixstowe. At 9.45am, the Mayor, with fellow dignitaries from across the county, will read the Suffolk Day Proclamation from the Town Hall before raising the Suffolk flag in the Town Hall Gardens.

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June 21, An early morning cruise on the Orwell Lady to see the sun rise over the River Orwell

Coffee and breakfast available. orwellrivercruises.com

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Open day, June 21, at Easton Farm Park, Woodbridge IP13 0EQ

Local growers, food producers, artists, creators of all things Suffolk, rides and animals, food, drink and craft stalls. All profits to the Suffolk Horse Society. eastonfarmpark.co.uk

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Free guided tour at Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum, June 23

10.30am, no need to book. Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, IP5 3UZ mhas.org.uk

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Open gardens at The Place for Plants, free entry over the whole Suffolk Big Weekender

Mill Rd, East Bergholt, CO7 6UP placeforplants.co.uk

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Street Forge Workshops craft/open day, June 21

10am - 3pm, The Street, Thornham Magna, Eye IP23 8HB streetforge.org

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First Light Festival, Lowestoft South Beach, June 22-23

Free 24¬hour multi¬arts festival celebrating Lowestoft as our most easterly town, where the first sunrise reaches the horizon every morning. firstlightlowestoft.com

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Sotterley Country Fair

Charity dog show, vintage engines, local music, art and craft stands, have a go sports, main ring displays. 10am to 5pm. June 23 sotterleycountryfair.co.uk/

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Cavendish Open Gardens

June 22 and 23, Cavendish, Sudbury CO10

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Community Suffolk Pride, Ipswich Waterfront Parade, June 22

Noon-8pm. Live music and entertainment, food and beverage stalls. facebook.com/NewSuffolkPride

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Hedgehog Fun Day, run by Suffolk Prickles Hedgehog Rescue, June 22

10.30am¬4pm, at St Margaret's Church Centre, 22 Bolton Lane, Ipswich IP4 2BT.

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Orwell Challenge, June 23 organised by Ipswich East Rotary Club

A picturesque walk through the countryside along the River Orwell, exploring areas off the beaten track. orwellwalk.co.uk

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Afternoon Tea Guinness Book of Records attempt, June 23, Greshams, Tuddenham Rd, Ipswich IP4 3Q

A great afternoon of entertainment including live music, local stalls and fun for all, 12pm to 6.30pm

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Suffolk Remembers at Felixstowe Spa Gardens, June 21. St Elizabeth Hospice aims to light up Felixstowe with 5,000 candles that each bear the name of a loved one

Open to anyone who wishes to celebrate the life of someone no longer with them. stelizabethhospice.org.uk/suffolkremembers

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Felixstowe Town Councillors afternoon tea party, June 21, 2pm-4pm at Felixstowe Town Hall

Free tea and cakes, contact the Town Hall on 01394 282086, email: enquiries@felixstowe.gov.uk

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Felixstowe in Flower launch, 10am ¬ 12pm on June 22nd at the Triangle, Hamilton Road

felixstowe.gov.uk/council¬services/felixstowe¬in¬flower/

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Company It's A Knock Out!

Suffolk companies take part in the Suffolk Day It's a Knock Out Challenge, June 21, 12pm-¬5pm. Contact Mark Calver to book a place, mark@greshamsipswich.co.uk

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Flowton in Flower, 12 open gardens, a flower festival, display of military vehicles, vintage tractors and egg production demos

June 22 and 23 June, noon-5pm, Church Lane, Somersham, Ipswich IP8 4PW

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RWS FM live outside broadcast, June 21, hosted in the morning by Abbeygate Cinema

Hatter St, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1LZ

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Suffolk Day - Madness Live at Newmarket Nights, June 21 at the Jockey Club, Newmarket CB8 0XE

thejockeyclub.co.uk

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Giffords Hall Vineyard, Shimpling, Bury Saint Edmunds IP29 4EX, June 22

11am-12.30pm, guided tour of the vineyard, talk, tasting and presentation of three wines and three liqueurs. Book at giffordshall.co.uk

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Local market, local day

Haverhill Market, extra Suffolk products for sale, Suffolk based musicians, June 21, 9am-2.30pm

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Orford Suffolk Village Fete, June 21

5.30pm-8.30pm, live music, pony and trap rides, arts and crafts, charity and business stalls, and lots more. Front St, Orford, Woodbridge IP12 2LW

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Medieval Little Hall House and garden, Lavenham

Open for visitors June 21-23, 1pm-4pm.

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'Planet Craft' Southwold Makers Market, Suffolk artists and crafters

Refreshments at the mini¬café, June 21, 9:30am-2pm, United Reformed Church Hall, Woodley's Yard, off High Street, Southwold, IP18 6DS

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Suffolk Day Wildlife Walks at RSPB Minsmere, free (donations appreciated)

June 21, 10am-12:30pm, 2pm-4:30pm. Book at rspb.org.uk, email: minsmere@rspb.org.uk

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Next Door Cafe, Haverhill, litter pick, June 22, Camps Rd, Haverhill

Meet at 10am, enjoy a free hotdog, drink and friendly company. Contact P Shanks on 01440 762198 or raymondshanks@sky.com

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The John West Great East Swim, June 22, Alton Water

For swimmers, families and spectators, farmers' markets, entertainment and swim distances ranging from 250 metres to 10k. greatrun.org/great¬swim/great¬east¬swim

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Newton Commercial Classic Car Open Day, June 21

10am-4pm, factory tours, BBQ, tech workshops, games for classic car enthusiasts and a chance to show off their cars. Eastlands Industrial Estate, Leiston IP16 4LL newtoncomm.co.uk

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Writing Suffolk, looking at the work of authors who have written about Suffolk

The course involves a short walk. Book 0300 303 3464 or wea.org.uk or just turn up on the day. June 21, 12.20pm-2.30pm 11 Fore St, Ipswich IP4 1JW eastofengland.coop

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Midsummer Ipswich Marina Walk, June 21, 1.30pm-3.30pm

4pm-6pm, stroll around historic Ipswich marina, share stories and information. Book 0300 303 3464 or wea.org.uk, or just turn up, Cult Cafe, University Ave, Ipswich IP3 0FS cultcafe.co.uk

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Suffolk in Music, an introduction to a range of music reflecting Suffolk from folksong to Framlingham Castle

Book 0300 303 3464 or wea.org.uk, or just turn up on the day. June 21, 3pm-5pm, 11 Fore St, Ipswich IP4 1JW, eastofengland.coop

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Anderson and Fawcett: Suffolk Sisters, National Activists, an introduction to the life and work of Elizabeth Anderson and Millicent Fawcett

Book 0300 303 3464 or wea.org.uk June 21, 4.30pm¬6.30pm, 15 Tavern St, Ipswich IP1 3AA, ipswichinstitute.org.uk

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An Historic Tour of Suffolk from the 17th to 20th centuries, more than 300 years of change in the landscape and settlements of Suffolk

Book 0300 303 3464 or wea.org.uk. June 12.30pm¬2.30pm, 11 Fore St, Ipswich IP4 1JW, eastofengland.coop

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Visit a castle . . .

Framlingham Castle, Church Street, Framlingham, IP13 9BP

english¬heritage.org.uk

Orford Castle, Orford, IP12 2ND

english¬heritage.org.uk

Eye Castle, off Castle Street, Eye

eyesuffolk.org/eye¬castle/

Bungay Castle, Bungay

bungay¬suffolk.co.uk/activities/castle.asp

Clare Castle, Malting Lane, Clare, CO10 8NW

clarecastlecountrypark.co.uk/

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Go Ape, High Lodge Forest Centre, Santon Downham, Brandon, IP27 0AF

Where it all started in 2002, pioneering the way for adventure-seekers everywhere. goape.co.uk

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Visit Gainsborough's House, the birthplace of Suffolk son Thomas Gainsborough RA

An outstanding collection of his work, temporary exhibitions, gift shop and garden. 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, CO10 2EU gainsborough.org

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Tudor Midsummer at Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA, June 22, 23, 24, 29 and 30

Spend the day in the 16th century. Embark on a time travel experience taking you back to Tudor times. kentwell.co.uk

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Discover Arthur Ransome's Suffolk at Pin Mill on the Shotley Peninsula, the setting for Ransome's seventh Swallows and Amazons novel, We Didn't Mean to go to Sea

Ransome lived in Suffolk for five years and was enamoured by Pin Mill. Follow the walking trail along the river. Information: nancyblackett.org

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See how the original Suffolk folk lived at West Stow, an ancient Anglo Saxon village

Part of the settlement has been recreated, making it a brilliant place for historical days out. Icklingham Rd, Bury Saint Edmunds IP28 6HG weststow.org

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Find out more about Suffolk's origins at Sutton Hoo, the site of what's thought to be the final resting place of Rædwald, King of the Eastern Angles

The Sutton Hoo estate, walks, Royal Burial Ground, shop and cafe are now open. The new look Exhibition Hall and Tranmer House will be revealed late in June. To find out more nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton¬hoo

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Visit the home of horseracing at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and British Sporting Art in Newmarket

Take a tour behind the scenes, visit some yards, go to the Gallops, see the stud. discovernewmarket.co.uk

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Visit the Middy, the Mid¬Suffolk Light Railway at Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, IP14 5PW

The MSLR Museum recreates a slice of Edwardian railway travel that everyone can enjoy. mslr.org.uk

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Enjoy some whacky, old fashioned fun on Southwold Pier with Tim Hunkins' Under the Pier Show

Ice creams, fish and chips, penny arcades and much more. southwoldpier.co.uk

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Explore Constable Country, the home of Suffolk painter John Constable and the landscape that inspired him to create his greatest works

Long and short walks take you to Flatford Mill and Willy Lott's cottage as well as other noted locations. nationaltrust.org.uk/flatford

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Open House at the Long Shop Museum, Leiston, IP16 4ES, free, June 21

The former Garrett Agricultural Engineering Works, one of the world's first ever assembly lines and a hub of industry and innovation. longshopmuseum.co.uk/

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