Whether it's a relaxation, adventure, culture or cuisine you are hankering after this May bank holiday weekend, there's something for to suit all on The Suffolk Coast...
Spirit of Beowulf Community Festival - 4th - 7th May
From Thursday 3rd - Monday 7th May, the riverside town of Woodbridge will be celebrating the links between the epic poem of Beowulf and the treasures found in the Royal Burial site at Sutton Hoo at the 'Spirit of Beowulf' Festival.
The Festival encompasses a range of events including an 'Evening of Dragons' an evening of history at the town's Shire Hall, the 'Festival on the River' on 5th May which features a Beowulf Village and Anglo Saxon Market plus storytelling, music, and the Beowulf Festival lights and projections finishing the day's celebrations at 10pm.
On Sunday 6th, head to the Tea Hut for the Beowulf Family Fun Day where The Distressed Artist will be running a range of arts and crafts activities and author Kevin Crossley-Holland will be signing copies of his latest book.
The celebrations continue on Monday 7th May at National Trust Sutton Hoo.
Flint Vineyard Tour - 5th May
One for adults only, visit Flint Vineyard for a relaxed and informative tour of this stunning vineyard which overlooks the Waveney Valley. You will be guided by the winemaker who will show you the vine growing and wine-making processes, finishing with a tutored tasting of 3 Flint Vineyard wines!
To accompany your wine, stay for the '15-mile lunch' which features local cheese, charcuterie and bread from the finest producers located within 15 miles of Flint Vineyard.
Beccles Antiques Street Market - 6th May
One of Suffolk's top antiques fairs, head to the market town of Beccles on Sunday 6th May and peruse the many stalls which fill the pavements in the town centre at the Antiques Street Market.
There will be over one hundred general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, books, clocks, retro and vintage design and decorative items.
Many of the town's independent shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars and cafes will be open, plus a range of local ‘street food’ sellers. Make the most of your visit with a walk along the River Waveney and a trip on the Big Dog Ferry to view the beautiful Waveney Valley from the water.
Bungay Classic Vehicle Rally and Country Fair
Located just outside of Bungay in the grounds of historic Earsham Hall, the Classic Vehicle Rally and Country Fair will feature a huge range of stalls, displays and activities including classic vehicles, craft and trade stands, children's entertainment and pony rides and food stalls.
Whilst there enjoy a tour of the Hall and pay a visit to Bungay where you will find independent cafes and restaurants.
Rose May Fete - 7th May
Taking place at Ringsfield Village Hall near Beccles, the traditional Rose May Fete will celebrate May Day with craft stalls, bouncy castles, food and drink stalls and a display from Waggy Tails Dog Display. There will be performances in the arena from Funky Feet, Bellatonic, Florido School of Dance and Moore Music Roadshow.
Bird Watching for Beginners at Landguard Fort, Felixstowe - 7th May
Aimed at children aged 7-11 years, this Bird Watching for Beginners session at Landguard Fort in Felixstowe will teach inspiring twitchers how to bird-watch and identify the feather inhabitants of The Suffolk Coast.
They will also learn how to identify birds by their song and calls and discover which birds are we likely to find at different times of the year, which birds migrate to Landguard and where are they from and the birds that nest on the Nature Reserve.
Beginner binoculars will be available (along with guidance on how to use them), but best to bring your own if you have them. Stout footwear, warm clothing and waterproofs are advised! There are just 6 spaces available and children must be accompanied by an adult so book early to avoid disappointment!
Spring Birds Guided Walk - 7th May
Explore Sutton Hoo on this Spring Birds Guided Walk with one of the knowledgeable guides and discover more about the birds who call Sutton Hoo home. You can enjoy a tour of the Sutton Hoo landscape looking out for the different birds that visit in the Spring.
Booking is essential for this walk on 0344 249 1895, the walk takes place between 10am and 12pm.
This tour is not suitable for young children and unfortunately, dogs are not allowed.
Of course if none of these takes your fancy, pay a visit to one of the many attractions here on The Suffolk Coast or if the weather is fine, head to our award-winning beaches!