It’s the final Bank Holiday of the summer! Suffolk is almost certainly set to be bathed in sunshine so why not make the most of the August Bank Holiday? Check out my top picks of things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend. This guide will give you lots of options for things to do; whatever you’re into.
Bury Food & Drink Festival
- Sunday 26th – Monday 27th August
- 10am opening
- Free entry
This 2 day festival is a must for any foodie in Suffolk. Over the Bank Holiday weekend the streets of Bury are packed with stands from local producers, street food vendors and hungry visitors. The cooking demonstrations stage is not to be missed either with many local and celebrity chefs in attendance, sharing thier secrets.
Vikings at West Stow
- Saturday 25th-Monday 27th August
- Admission price applies
Vikings inhabit the village of West Stow to give talks, demonstrations and living history experiences to visitors. Meet and see Vikings going about their daily lives, listen to stories, sagas and craft demonstrations. You can even experience Viking battles and combats skills!
Urban Jungle chilli & Cactus festival
- Monday 27th August – Sunday 2nd September
- Free entry
This week-long festival kicks off on on Bank Holiday Monday at The Urban Jungle in Beccles, Suffolk. Visitors can explore the huge variety of plants on offer at this unique garden centre as well as recieving 20% off all cacti. Explore the edible junlge where 100s of colourful, spicy chillies grow. Sample if you’re brave enough!
There will be workshops, treasure hunts, games, music and, of course, it’s well worth popping your head into the jungle café for a bite to eat too. There are plenty of Mexican, Asian and Middle Eastern chilli-inspired dishes to be enjoyed.
Bloody Mary Returns – Framlingham Castle
- Saturday 25th – Monday 27th August
- Admission prices apply to non-members
This immersive history event allows visitors to travel back in time to Tudor England and meet one of the most gruesome monarchs of all. Tudor encampments can also be found in the grounds of the castle where visitors can learn about life in an historical castle. Booking is advisable since this is a popular event.
Joanne Penfold at Carousel Gallery
- Wednesday 22nd – Wednesday 29th Aug
- Free entry
The Carousel pop-up shop in Framlingham gives makers, artists and local creatives a week-long chance to show their best works. Over the Bank Holiday Weekend Suffolk artist Joanne Penfold will be exhibting her contempory Seascapes. Why not pop in for a browse?
Stop the Plastic Tide exhibition – Walberswick
- Thursday 23rd – Monday 27th August 10am-5pm
- Free entry
Eight acclaimed coastal artists from East Anglia come together to raise awareness of the ocean plastic crisis and promote change. This fundraising exhibition comprises works from James Dodds, Karen Downing, Laurence Edwards and others which visitors are invited to bid on in a silent auction. Further funds will also be raised for The Marine Conservation Society with plastic-free merchandise including bespoke tote bags and reusable Bee-wraps which is a great alternative to cling film.
Maui Waui Festival
- Friday 24th – Sunday 26th August
- Admission prices apply
- Camping available
This 3 day international festival of music is in its 6th year and growing quickly. A celebration of creativity, performance and art of all kinds; Maui Waui has something for everyone. This family-feel festival is well worth a visit to explore new music, cabaret, comedy and international performers. Weekend and day tickets are still available online and from selected local retailers.
Let me know if you’re planning to visit any of my top suggestions this Bank Holiday. Or, if you’ve got something else exciting planned – Tell me what I should be including!
I’d love to hear about your August Bank Holiday adventures.