What’s on in Suffolk this summer?

The blue skies are beckoning us out and we’re beginning to enjoy the occasional summery day – it’s time to get excited for a jam-packed Suffolk summer of fun.

Posted: May 26, 2022



Suffolk this summer

Whatever floats your boat, from Suffolk events with the kids to indulging in a food and drink festival, we’ve got everything you need to know.

Be inspired at the EA Festival

At David Burr, we’re proud to once again be supporting the EA Festival. Head to Hedingham Castle over the weekend 11 and 12 June to listen to speakers and watch performers across a wonderful range of creative and scientific disciplines. Check out the EA Festival line-up and we hope to see you there!

More than a day at the races

Don’t forget that Newmarket Racecourse is so much more than races (although there are plenty of those booked in this summer). From Totsfest Suffolk for the little ones through to highlights such as The Wombats and Queen Symphonic, there’s something for everyone. Check out the calendar.

Anglian Beer and Cider Festival

More than you expect at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds is once again providing a bursting calendar of events this summer including ‘Ceilidh Dancing in the Nave’, the 30th East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival and ‘A Pilgrimage of Song’.

Always get entertained at the Apex

The Apex in Bury St Edmunds is a focal point for many Suffolk events this summer. What’s on at The Apex this summer includes Electric Ladies, Fat Cat Comedy Club, Bring Your Own Baby Comedy, Resin Pouring workshops, Strictly Saturdays Whitney Queen of the Night, Magic of Motown and Fireman Sam – there really is something for everyone!


Newmarket Jubilee Town Party

Get involved in the Jubilee celebrations in Newmarket

Enjoy the Afternoon Tea Street Party on Palace Street in Newmarket on June 5 and try your hand at fun and games like space hopper racing and tug o’ war. With Punch and Judy shows and cakes provided, it looks set to be great fun. On 3 June there’s also a big parade happening on Newmarket High Street before a huge Jubilee Town Party including fun fair rides, food and drink and music.

Rock and remember at LeeStock Festival

LeeStock Festival is held at Melford Hall, Long Melford at the beginning of June. It’s a fabulous music festival in memory of young local musician Lee Dunford.


Taste of Sudbury

Fill your belly at the Taste of Sudbury

Long Melford, at Melford Hall, also plays host to the Taste of Sudbury event on June 18. This is a family-friendly foodie event – you won’t go home hungry!

Definitely go out on Suffolk Day

Suffolk Day is a day to celebrate our fabulous county. Make sure you head to one of your favourite places or events in Suffolk on June 21. Find out more about Suffolk Day.

Spend a day on the farm at Open Farm Sunday

Open Farm Sunday on June 12 is a chance to visit open farms. There are a few open farms within a short drive of our offices in Woolpit, Leavenheath and Clare.

Go wild at Dragon Fest 2022

At West Stow Anglo Saxon Village on 25 & 26 June is the 6th Dragon Fest. The family-friendly festival sees the attraction transformed into a dragon’s realm. Perfect for families and mythical beast enthusiasts!

Don’t go hungry at the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival

Bury St Edmunds town centre once again plays host to the delicious Food and Drink Festival this summer in late August. Check out cooking demonstrations and buy up lots of tasty delights.


Feel inspired at Bardfest

Just outside Bury St Edmunds, Bardfest is a music-packed weekend, July 1 & 2. There are so many highlights including The Sherlocks.

Enjoy a lazy picnic at the Abbey of St Edmunds 1000 Years Picnic in the Park

On July 16 pack up your picnic basket and head to the Abbey Gardens for an al fresco lunch accompanied by live music and entertainment.

Head back to the swinging sixties at the Counterfeit Sixties Show

July 22 should see you head to Haverhill (not far from our Clare branch) to enjoy the sounds of the swinging sixties with a staggering 25+ tribute bands!


Primadonna Festival

Be a primadonna at the Primadonna Festival

Just down from the Woolpit offices, the Primadonna Festival is coming back to Stowmarket this summer on July 29-31. Expect comedy, fun, music and food!

Primadonna is a festival of books, ideas and inspiration. They have something for everyone with film, music, comedy, food, drink, DJs and therapies alongside our main programme of talks, interviews and discussions. The line-up gives prominence to women, people of colour, LGBTQI+ and working class people, and disabled people: everyone is welcome at Primadonna, especially those that might not think a book festival is ‘for them’.

March to enjoyment at the Suffolk Military Show

July 30-31 sees Trinity Park in Ipswich play host to the Suffolk Military Show. Come for historical re-enactments and military stalls.

Enjoy a drink at the Wyverstone Beer and Music Festival

The glorious village of Wyverstone is transformed into a festival on August 20 with ales, lagers and ciders of every type alongside live music.

It’s certainly set to be a fantastic summer in Suffolk in 2022. Come and enjoy the best that our county has to offer.