The Suffolk Coast
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Suffolk Coast Bucket List

A visit to The Suffolk Coast is a truly unique experience; plan a trip and make sure these 'bucket list' things to do are part of your holiday!

1. Walk the historic scores in Lowestoft

A walk up and down the historic scores is the ideal way to discover Lowestoft's maritime history. A series of narrow lanes created over time by the fishermen and women bringing their catch up from the beach village to the High Street.

During the winter months, you can warm up with a hot chocolate in Martello's cafe in Sparrow's Nest and in September, if you're feeling particularly energetic, pop on your running shoes and take part in the Scores Race; the course takes you from the High Street, along the sea wall and back up and down the scores; including 401 steps!

2. Learn to Sail

Join the Viking Mariners on the River Orwell and learn how to take the helm and pull the ropes with a 6 hour Saturday Sail & Soup lesson. If you prefer to take things a bit easier, then book a place on the Sunday Sail & Roast; a 3 hour sail finishing with roast dinner and glass of wine at the Waterfront Bar Bistro on Ipswich's historic marina.

TTDA - Viking Mariners - Sailing Experience

3. Come to a Suffolk Coast Festival

INK Festival: Championing new writing, INK Festival is a weekend of live performances of short plays, films and music plus creative writing workshops. There's an exciting programme of events for children too, all taking place at The Cut in Halesworth from 21st to 23rd April. 

Aldeburgh Music Festival: Taking place between 9th - 25th June at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, this year's programme includes A Midsummer Night's Dream by composers Olga Neuwirth and Jorn Widmann with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Maverick Festival: A celebration of roots and Americana music, featuring over 40 different artists across 5 stages, at Easton Farm Park from 30th June to 2nd July. 

Felixstowe Book Festival: The seaside town hosts an exciting weekend of events from 1st - 2nd July 2017. With author readings, Q&As and workshops at venues throughout the town. 

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Latitude Festival: The jewel in The Suffolk Coast's festival crown! This year's Latitude Festival takes place at Henham, from 13th to 16th July 2017. The festival line-up is yet to be announced, but previous performers include Paolo Nuttini, Elbow, Paul Weller and Suffolk-born Ed Sheeran.

FolkEast: Folk music and art at its best, from near and far, with an added Suffolk twist, 18th - 20th August 2017, hosted at the Great Glemham Estate.

Snape Proms: Each August artists from around the world converge on Snape for 30 outstanding events in one of the world’s great concert halls. Not to be missed!

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival: The famous food festival takes place at Snape Maltings on 23rd and 24th September. With hundreds of food and drink stalls, live cooking demonstrations, Q&As and talks.

Aldeburgh Documentary Festival: The 23rd annual festival takes place at Aldeburgh Cinema from 3rd to 5th November 2017. with talks in previous years from Joanna Lumley, Louis Theroux, Bill Nighy and John Sergeant. This year's festival line-up is yet to be announced, but promises to be better than ever!

4. Pick up a prized antique 

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to antique shops on The Suffolk Coast. In addition to the many antique emporiums, head to the Beccles Antiques Street Market on Sunday 30th April. The historic town hosts the bi-annual event (with a later market held in August) with sellers packing the centre of the town.

Beccles Antique Street Market

5. Amble up the Deben Estuary

One of the most picturesque walks on The Suffolk Coast, start in Woodbridge and follow the River Wall, past the boats and out along the banks of the estuary.Remember to pack the binoculars too and look out for Redshanks, Curlews and Oyster Catchers to name but a few.

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Things to see and do


Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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Sailing Barge Victor

Sailing Barge Victor

Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel with comfortable, modern facilities for guests.

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Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.


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Orwell Lady River Cruises

Orwell Lady River Cruises

Ipswich

From April to October each year, Orwell Lady cruises up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell, offering passengers a choice of trips and experiences whilst taking in the beautiful wooded stretches of the river, local wildlife and points of local and historical interest.

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Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters offer a friendly face in a new place. Whether you are moving into Suffolk, visiting for the first time, or want to experience the outstanding landscapes of the Suffolk Coast in a new way our growing network of volunteer Greeters could help. 

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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

At Africa Alive!, explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent.

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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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Easton Grange

Easton Grange

Once a working farm, Easton Grange has been transformed into one of Suffolk's most exclusive wedding venues.

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Open Top Touring Ltd

Open Top Touring Ltd

Woodbridge

As well as providing driving routes through the un-spoilt Suffolk Coast, past Suffolk’s historic wool towns and the county’s most beautiful sights, they can arrange luxury accommodation in some of Suffolk best hotels and B&Bs.

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O&C Butcher

O&C Butcher

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh has changed in many ways over the last hundred years, but one business has been an ever present in the town.

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Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe is a small and friendly canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard hire centre based on the stunning upper reaches of the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast.

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Alde Valley Spring  Festival

Alde Valley Spring Festival

Saxmundham

A four week celebration of food, farming, landscape and the arts in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley.

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The Cut - Halesworth

The Cut - Halesworth

Halesworth

The Cut Arts Centre offers Halesworth and the surrounding countryside an extensive range of arts, music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions. 

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand stores in Southwold and Burnham Market offer Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories and there is also a contemporary Womenswear and Accessories store in Aldeburgh.

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Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

Southwold

Southwold is a popular destination for the many visitors to the East Coast and its most prominent attraction, the pier, hosts a wide range of things to see and do.

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Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Come down to Beccles in the Summer Holidays and enjoy the amazing views and facilities of the Lido. 

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Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

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Deben Boat Trips

Deben Boat Trips

Join the 'Oystercatcher' for a 30 minute river trip. Departing from The Quay, Waldringfield.

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Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre is situated in between Lowestoft's Award winning beaches in South Lowestoft. 

It's a hive of activity and entertainment, from traditional fruit machines and video games, to roller skating, fantastic live music, perfect party venue, great fish and chips and fabulous brasserie dining with the best sea views in town!

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Thorpeness Golf Club

Thorpeness Golf Club

Thorpeness

Thorpeness Golf Club is a coastal heathland course designed by famous Scottish architect James Braid and opened in 1922. It winds its way through silver birch, pine trees, gorse and purple heather. The course is 6,421 yards long and plays to a par of 70.

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Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold

Unlike a larger town there aren’t any major roads in Southwold, meaning it’s a far safer environment for anyone on two wheels. Plus it only takes a few minutes pedalling in any direction before you are taking in scenic views, whether it’s a breathtaking coastal panorama or Suffolk’s rural landscape.

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Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Whether it's a traditional Victorian park, a fort in the middle of a forest, or a zip wire along the river, the outdoor play areas on The Suffolk Coast are the perfect place for kids to let off steam and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Fiona's Fabrics

Fiona's Fabrics

Woodbridge

Fabulous selection of fabrics, yarns and haberdashery - based in the market town of Woodbridge

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Sailing Barge Cruises

Sailing Barge Cruises

Ipswich

Relaxing Orwell River Cruises on board the vintage sailing barges, Thistle, Hydrogen and Kitty.

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The Amber Museum

The Amber Museum

Southwold

A small museum in the seaside town of Southwold purpose built to explain the origin of amber, its history and its uses throughout the years.

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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The Red House

The Red House

Aldeburgh

The music of Benjamin Britten is the soundtrack of the Suffolk coast. At The Red House in Aldeburgh you can explore the life and work of this world-famous composer in the place where he lived and worked.

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Suffolk Libraries

Suffolk Libraries

All of the county's 44 libraries provide a wide range of services including traditional library loans (books, DVDs etc) access to the internet and a range of information materials, free Wi-Fi and activities for people of all ages throughout the year.


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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

A glorious seafront theatre and restaurant complex, with stunning views, an art deco auditorium for up to 900 people and a fabulous Mediterranean-style pizza, pasta & grill menu. Food served all day includes home-made cakes and pastries, lunch and dinner menus, with tapas, sandwiches and takeaway also available. 


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Cycle Breaks

Cycle Breaks

Ipswich

Supported, gentle cycling & walking holidays along the Suffolk Coast as well as in Constable Country & The Wool Towns and Norfolk and quality bike hire too!

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Pakefield Riding School

Pakefield Riding School

One of the oldest and best-known horse riding centres and stables in East Anglia.

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Wild Days Conservation - Suffolk Coast Holidays

Wild Days Conservation - Suffolk Coast Holidays

A new initiative in 2016 to run wildlife conservation and research holidays on the Suffolk coast, one of Britain's most beautiful places. These are holidays that people will enjoy, even when they're working hard and possibly getting muddy into the bargain!

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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The newly restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. 

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Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way.

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Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Ipswich

Suffolk Food Hall has everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. It is the 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural oscars) and it’s also an ideal location to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a restaurant (booking advisable) which has been judged to be the Best On Farm Restaurant in Britain and separate café with a children’s playarea.


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The Riverside

The Riverside

The Riverside Cinema may be over 100 years old but the films and live broadcast events that are on screen are totally up to date. 

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Ferini Art Gallery

Ferini Art Gallery

The Ferini Art Gallery is set before the beautiful and ever-changing skies an seascapes of Pakefield. It's art mirrors the light and vibrance of the coastline, fishing beach and sandy cliffs.

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Suffolk Craft Society

Suffolk Craft Society

The Suffolk Craft Society was formed in 1970 to promote the value and importance of contemporary crafts and currently supports around 110 individual craftspeople in the creation of their work across a wide range of craft skills. 

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Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager is the perfect activity for all ages ranging from families with children to work groups.


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International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

IBTC in Lowestoft offers a variety of boatbuilding/maintenance and woodworking courses suitable for those looking for a career in the maritime industry as well as individuals wanting to develop existing or new interests and skills.

With courses from 1 day to almost a year there is something to offer everyone; from owners and enthusiasts to prospective tradespersons.


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Lowestoft Tourism

Lowestoft Tourism

Come to Lowestoft for a great day out, short break or family holiday. 

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Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Ipswich

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering 2 hour Brunch and 3 hour A la Carte Lunch, Sunset Supper or Candlelit Dinner Cruises. Serving freshly prepared on board wholesome food and drinks.

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Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Cinema: the very best of world cinema at the heart of the local community since 1919. Providing a programme of film screenings, live shows and special event;  independent, inspirational, meaningful, fun.

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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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Inspirations

Inspirations

Located in the heart of Wickham Market on the charming village square lies 'Inspirations' - a brand new shop providing a wide selection of inspiring gift ideas for the family and home

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Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Home to plenty of animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Woodbridge Golf Club

Woodbridge Golf Club

Woodbridge

Two beautiful heathland golf courses in an Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty.

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Adnams Shops

Adnams Shops

Adnams shops are a top class tasting experience and a showcase of their innovative range of  quality beer, wonderful wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

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Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

It plays host to major West End productions, top comedy, orchestral concerts, touring drama and musical productions, opera, ballet, music, dance and celebrity concerts as well as operating a successful cinema operation - boasting the largest screen and cinema auditoria in the town. 

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Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.  

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events


The Suffolk Walking Festival 2017

The Suffolk Walking Festival 2017

Woodbridge | Sat 13th May - Sun 04th Jun 2017

Save the date for this fantastic walking festival, with a large programme of guided walks across Suffolk from the 13th May - 4th June 2017.

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Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival

Southwold | Thu 13th - Sun 16th Jul 2017

Save the date for 2017 Latitude Festival, which will take place from 13th to 16th July at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk.

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Felixstowe Book Festival

Felixstowe Book Festival

Felixstowe | Sat 01st - Sun 02nd Jul 2017

Now in its fifth year, Felixstowe Book Festival, returns for another exciting weekend of events on 1st & 2nd July, 2017.

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Maverick Festival

Maverick Festival

Woodbridge | Fri 30th Jun - Sun 02nd Jul 2017

The Maverick Festival is a celebration of Americana and roots music from both sides of the Atlantic right here in Suffolk.

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Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Sep 2017

Come and enjoy with the whole family this fantastic Food Festival set within the grounds of Snape Maltings, Suffolk on 23rd - 24th September 2017

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The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival

The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival

Framlingham | Sun 08th Oct 2017

On 8th Oct 2017 from 10am to 4pm, Framlingham hosts its annual celebration of all that is great about the British banger. 

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Aldeburgh Festival 2017

Aldeburgh Festival 2017

Snape | Fri 09th - Sun 25th Jun 2017

This year's Aldeburgh Festival takes place from 9th to 25th June 2017.

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Ink Festival

Ink Festival

Halesworth |

The Cut, Halesworth presents INK festival 2107. INK Festival champions new writing over a weekend of quality, live back-to-back performances of short plays and films.

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FolkEast

FolkEast

Woodbridge | Fri 18th - Sun 20th Aug 2017

Folk music and art at its best, from near and far, with an added Suffolk twist. FolkEast takes place from 18th - 20th August 2017, hosted at the Great Glemham Estate.

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Stained Glass Workshop

Stained Glass Workshop

Felixstowe | Sat 18th Feb 2017

One day workshop in the art of stained glass with Naomi Brangwyn at her studio in Suffolk.

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Festival of Fabric

Festival of Fabric

Felixstowe | Sun 19th Feb 2017

A vintage inspired celebration of dressmaking at Welcome Hall, Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk. 

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Beccles Antiques Street Market

Beccles Antiques Street Market

Beccles | Sun 30th Apr 2017

The Beccles Antiques Street Market is taking place on Sunday 30th April (Bank Holiday weekend) in the centre of the town.

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Gluten-Free Baking

Gluten-Free Baking

| Sat 11th Mar 2017

Another great course on offer at the Food Hub Cookery School, Kenton Hall - Join Sue Hudson as she teaches the craft of artisan bread making.

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Bread Workshop - Introduction to Bread Making

Bread Workshop - Introduction to Bread Making

Ipswich | Sun 05th Mar 2017

Suffolk Food Hall offers the perfect start to your bread-making journey, with plenty of background information as you go, in this hands-on and informal workshop.

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