Spring is an exciting time in Suffolk. A simple drive through the countryside will reveal a landscape bursting with nature and wildlife. From blossoming flora to newborn animals, there’s an air of vitality in every forest, field or farm.
However, it’s not just the rural areas that are having all the fun. Suffolk towns are full of life as the days become warmer and us locals migrate to our favourite hotspots for delicious seasonal grub and fun activities.
With plenty to see during this time of year, there’s no better place to rest your head than Woodfarm Barges. Our historic Dutch barges are located in Woodbridge and Snape Maltings – ideally situated for your Suffolk holiday. Both barges are within easy reach of popular landmarks, and can easily accommodate a family and up to three dogs.
What’s on in Suffolk in March 2019?
Saturday 9th March – Sutton Hoo Roadshow
Where: Aldeburgh Library
While Suffolk’s famous ancient burial ground is closed for major transformation works, the National Trust is taking its Anglo Saxon artefacts on the road for a county-wide tour. Catch the show at Aldeburgh Library, where you’ll be able to learn about this early civilisation and take part in child-friendly activities such as making your own shield.
For more info visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo/features/sutton-hoo-goes-on-tour
Saturday 16th March – Suffolk Farmers Market
Where: The Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park
Join the Suffolk Agricultural Association for a day spent sampling and buying fresh local produce from some of the best suppliers Suffolk has to offer. From local meats, to wines, to vegan foods, there is something for everyone here.
For more info visit http://www.suffolkfarmersmarket.co.uk/
Sunday 31st March – Steam Up 2019
Where: The Long Shop Museum, Leiston
Discover the power of steam with The Long Shop Museum’s magnificent range of steam engines. Take a ride in a steam tractor, engage in hands-on children’s activities and enjoy tea, coffee and homemade cakes from the tea room.
For more info visit http://www.longshopmuseum.co.uk/steam-up-2019/
What’s on in Suffolk in April 2019?
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April – Jimmy’s Spring Fayre
Where: Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich
Bring the family to Jimmy’s Farm, where you and the kids can enjoy an Easter egg hunt, carousel rides, local food and more. In addition, the Farm & Wildlife Park will be open throughout the day, with a team on hand to provide animal encounters.
For more info visit https://jimmysfarm.com/event/jimmys-spring-fayre/
Friday 18th & Saturday 20th April – Easter Weekend
Where: Snape Maltings
Enjoy a feast for your ears as Snape Maltings presents a collection of sacred music spanning Bach to Fauré. Plus, find many family-friendly activities throughout the weekend, including an Easter egg hunt and farmers’ market.
For more info visit https://snapemaltings.co.uk/season/easter-weekend/
Saturday 27th April to Sunday 26th May – Alde Valley Spring Festival
Where: White House Farm, Great Glemham
This annual festival celebrates the arts, food, landscape and agriculture throughout Suffolk. During this year’s month long celebration, a theme of plants and gardening will tie each facet of Suffolk’s creative community together, influencing artists, musicians, chefs and many more.
For more info visit http://www.aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk/
What’s on in Suffolk in May 2019?
Wednesday 1st May – Early Morning Birdsong Walk
Where: National Trust Dunwich Heath
Tour Dunwich Heath on foot with a guide and discover the beautiful chirps and songs of the early morning birds. Known for its wealth of wildlife, this is the perfect place to spot local birds, as well as some species native to heath land habitats. Follow up the walk with a hearty breakfast at the Coastguard Cottages tea room.
For more info visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunwich-heath-and-beach
Thursday 8th to Wednesday 15th May – Exhibition: Suffolk and Beyond
Where: Snape Maltings
Discover the art of Ian Last and Clare Rizzo, who bring Suffolk to life with their individual takes on the landscape and nature. Based in the Quay Gallery at Snape Maltings, this exhibition is free to enter.
For more info visit https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/exhibition-suffolk-and-beyond/
Saturday 25th May – Beccles Food and Drink Festival 2019
Where: Beccles town centre
Wander the many stalls at this bountiful food and drink festival, and try scrumptious food and drink from local producers. You’ll also find cookery demonstrations, talks, live music and children’s activities.
For more info visit http://becclesfoodfestival.co.uk/
Whatever you decide to do in Suffolk, we hope you have a lovely time. Consider staying with us at Woodfarm Barges for a truly unique trip and create some unforgettable memories from the comfort of our luxury barges.