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Dear Mike


There’s so much going on in Suffolk this Autumn…


There’s never been a better time to plan your short break, take in a

festival or two and find out more about the great county of Suffolk!


Autumn Fayre

The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, for instance, is one of half-a-dozen festivals you can visit in the mellow months of September and October.  Held at the picturesque Snape Maltings between September 26th and October 4th, tickets are only £5 at the entrance (free for children).

You can browse around the stalls of over 70 local producers, sample the delicious local food, beer and wine and enjoy live musical entertainment every day in a true carnival atmosphere.

You’ve already missed the amazing Sausage and Beer Festival which was held in late-August at Jimmy’s Farm in Ipswich. (You should definitely make a note for next year if you fancy a memorable day out which includes sausage making, live music, beer tasting and much more!). Also at Jimmy's Farm is their first 'Harvest at Jimmys' with sizzling demonstrations from some of your favourite TV chefs, including Jamie Oliver's Fifteen who will be taking over the barn for the duration of the weekend for an interactive cooking experience! KT Tunstall will be playing at the festival. BUT all 8,000 tickets have been sold out (some available on the day) so make a note for next year!

Festivals you haven’t missed include:

Fressingfield Music Festival (22-26 September)

Now in its fifth year and regarded as one of the best small music festivals in the country, Fressingfield features five nights of glorious music hosted by the village’s church of St Peter and St Paul. World-famous cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber is playing on September 25th, with the celebrated soprano Dame Emma Kirkby performing on September 23rd.

Halesworth Arts Festival: (10-25th October)

This very popular Arts Festival sees Julian Lloyd-Webber play pieces by Bach, Britten, Fauré, Debussy, Lloyd Webber, as well as take questions from the audience about his life as a working musician. A very rare treat!
The Festival Art Gallery will celebrate the 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin and 150 years since the publication of Origin of Species with an exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture by Helen Gilbart. Dance East will be running two workshops for young people on Saturday 17th at the Cut dance studio exploring the history of Darwin and the world of evolution. This is a great opportunity to get creative with dance and to make friends for 5-10 and 10-15 year olds.
We will also be bringing you a Cookery Master class from the French chef and author Franck Pontais on Saturday 24th. Franck will be be giving an introduction to artisan charcutier traiteur and classic French dishes from canapés to Oeuf cocottes.

For more details of all of our Autumn Festivals please see Suffolk Festivals 

Lavenham Guildhall, National Trust



(September 10 –13)

To celebrate Suffolk’s impressive architecture and culture, dozens of fascinating 'heritage' properties are offering free access between September 10th and September 13th.  Buildings of every type will be throwing open their doors for free.  At other times of the year these properties are either closed to the public or they charge for admission.  For full details of properties you can visit, see: Suffolk Heritage Open Days




(August 22 – September 13)

Suffolk Open Studios is an art organisation run entirely by its artists. The aim is to provide an insight into the visual arts community in Suffolk. A number of exhibitions are held throughout the year including:


‘The Discovery’ Exhibition (August 22 – September 13)

Inspired by the discovery of Anglo Saxon treasures at Sutton Hoo in 1939, this National Trust exhibition features a variety of exhibits by local artists and crafts people.

For more information, visit: Suffolk 'Discovery' Exhibition -
or call 01394 389700.



The Crown Inn Stoke by Nayland


Make the most of the last of the Summer Sun - come for a Short Break in Suffolk!


 Fabulous locations in all parts of the county are ideal as a base for seeing the sights – or simply relaxing in first-class surroundings.

The Crown Inn, Stoke By Nayland

One of our leading historic and privately owned Inns in Suffolk, The Crown Inn (pictured above) has a reputation for making everyone welcome, with a passion for good service, food and wine. They have several great Autumn Offers on at the moment, and if you visit in September you can enjoy a complimentary bottle of Chablis if you take advantage of their 2 or 3 night breaks. Just click on the link above for more information about this fabulous Inn and their Autumn Offers.  

Fishers Hotel, Lowestoft

Weekend offers - JUst £47.50 per person per night including VAT and full English breakfast.

The Crown & Castle, Orford

Five-day late-Summer holiday package (Sunday to Thursday) – two people sharing a room from £740 - includes breakfast each morning and three nights 3-course à la carte dinner.

The Great House, Lavenham

Dinner, bed and breakfast from £100 per person per night – stay any two nights or more on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

The Bildeston Crown

‘Summer Stay Promotions’ available until end of September. Choose from two-night midweek breaks, long weekends, ‘Summer Sundays’, wine tasting, gourmet meals and ‘Summer Sunday Barbecues’.

Find more Special Offers from Suffolk Hotels 


When it comes to venues for weddings, wedding receptions and civil partnerships, Suffolk has an unrivalled choice of romantic venues in a variety of delightful settings.

You will of course want everything to run smoothly on the big day. That’s why it pays to seek out venues where the staff have the experience and know-how to deliver the service you expect.

We’ve featured some of Suffolk’s leading wedding hotels in our Suffolk Wedding Guide


There are a lot of courses taking place in Suffolk this Autumn, cookery, arts, fishing, shooting, thatching! ... Where better to indulge your passion for arts and crafts than at these wonderful venues run by true enthusiasts…

Deborah Ardizzone, Yoxford

Weekend painting classes (for beginners upwards) are run from the studio located in the charming village of Yoxford near the Suffolk coast. Don’t miss the next ‘Watercolour Weekend’ on September 26th and 27th. £70 for two days.

Assington Mill, Sudbury

An eclectic mix of around 40 short craft courses are run throughout the year. Courses range from bee-keeping to upholstery, hen keeping, straw bale building and many others. Assington Mill is located on a 69-acre farm in one of Suffolk’s beautiful secret valleys. 

For more Courses in Suffolk please click here

With the changing tints of early Autumn already upon us, now's the time to make the most of what Suffolk has to offer.  Visit the Suffolk Tourist Guide website for all the information you need on short breaks, festivals, exhibitions and courses. We look forward to seeing you in Suffolk this Autumn!


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