As another school year comes to a close, parents are left with little ones to entertain. Luckily, East Anglia is a hotbed of activity in the Summer months. From National Trust properties to local fetes, there’s plenty to keep the kids amused.
Here’s a list of summer holiday events in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and north Essex…
Events in East Anglia this July
Week 1: 22nd – 28th July
In the first week of the summer holidays, you might be forgiven for thinking the children could entertain themselves. But by day two, you’re already counting down the days until they go back to school.
Thankfully there’s plenty of events to get them through.
Carnivals are a staple of British summers. Founded over sixty years ago, Felixstowe Carnival is a three-day event dedicated to the local community. Starting with a proms event on Friday 26th, the main procession is on Saturday, with a fireworks event concluding the festivities on Sunday.
Norfolk Day is a celebration of everything that’s good about the county. This year it coincides with Norwich Pride Weekend, making it a great opportunity for Norfolk to celebrate diversity.
South of the border, Suffolk Dog Day returns to Helmingham this year. With two rings, displays and a family entertainment zone, it’s bigger and better than ever before.
11/08/19 Outdoor Cinema – Peter Rabbit Melford Hall
Week 4: 12th – 18th August
If the kids enjoyed watching Peter Rabbit at Melford Hall, this week, they get the chance to meet him at the Character Day at Africa Alive! in Kessingland, Suffolk. As well as meeting Peter, there’s the usual mix of animals to see, indoor play area and a safari-road train. Character Days run throughout the summer, so look out for your favourite!
In Essex, you can enjoy a wonderful performance of children’s favourite, Alice in Wonderland at Marks Hall. Children are encouraged to dress as their favourite character making this a day not to miss!
For younger children, another favourite character will be in Bury St Edmunds. Peppa Pig will be meeting special fans in the Arc shopping centre and posing for photos too!
14/08/2019 Peter Rabbit at Africa Alive! Kessingland
17/08/2019 Alice in Wonderland Marks Hall
17/08/2019 Meet & Greet – Peppa Pig Bury St Edmunds
Week 5: 19th – 25th August
Heading towards the end of the holidays, the events keep coming. With face painting, fairground rides and a beach, as well as stalls, celebrity chefs and cookery demonstrations, the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival has something for all the family!
Meanwhile, in Theberton near Saxmundham, Maui Waui Festival is a three day international festival of music, and one of the area’s most exciting. Perfect for kids and adults, enjoy world-class bands, full circus shows, cabaret and comedy.
23/08/2019 – 25/08/2019 Maui Waui Festival Theberton
25/08/2019 – 26/08/2019 Food & Drink Festival Bury St Edmunds
Week 6: 26th August – 1st September
The last week of the holidays begins with Day two of the Bury Food & Drink Festival on the Bank Holiday Monday. For those closer to Ipswich, there’s also the fabulous family fun day at Witnesham to enjoy. With bouncy castles, face painting, garden games and FootGolf it’s a great day for all the family.