Suffolk, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 28, 2009 -- The summer months are now behind us, but fear not! There are plenty of fun things to do happening throughout the whole of Suffolk this autumn. The activities and events include festivals, art exhibitions, courses, musical & theatrical performances plus a large number of other special events not to be missed.
The Suffolk Tourist Guide is here to help you organise your calendar this autumn. Keep reading to discover some of the highlights.
There are a great many special events happening at RSPB Minsmere in Saxmundham this autumn - ranging from birdwatching and guided walks, to talks & presentations and a number of events and activities for families and children.
The 10th September sees the opening of the world premier of the hit musical, It's A Wonderful Life at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. In the classic story George Bailey grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve.
A wonderful free event is Suffolk Heritage Open Days. You are invited to celebrate England's fantastic architecture and culture by visiting properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Running from 10th-13th September, visits can be made to buildings of every age, style and function, including castles, factories, town halls, parish churches and Buddhist temples. It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture.
The Harvest Festival at Jimmy's Farm on 12-13th September is a special weekend event that promises to be fun for all the family. Hosted by Jimmy himself, visitors will be treated to demonstrations from TV chefs, taste delicious locally sourced food & drink, let the kids enjoy an endless playground of specially created entertainment and also watch the best bands around. This is the perfect way to begin the autumn months.
The Fascinating Fibres exhibition is running from 19th-27th September at the Willowmead Alpaca Centre in Ipswich, in association with The Textile Art Group Suffolk (TAGS) and Suffolk Open Studios artists. There promises to be an eclectic mixture of textile work on display as well as a range of craft items and yarns for sale. Members of TAGS will be there to talk to visitors about their work and there will be a warm welcome for everyone.
The Suffolk Food Hall in Ipswich is a wonderful place to spend the day, no matter what the season. On Friday 25th September you are invited to meet one of the stars of Channels 4's 'Come Dine With Me', Gerard King. The evening will start with a butchery demonstration with a drink on arrival, followed by a 4 course dinner in the Samford Restaurant.
If you are passionate about watercolour painting, Deborah Ardizzone is holding a Watercolour Weekend course on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September. All classes are suitable for both beginners and more experienced artists alike, and private, individual lessons are available upon request. The teaching takes place from 10am-4pm and costs just Â£70 for the two days.
Enjoy something tasty this autumn by visit the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival running from 26th September until 4th October. There will be over 70 local producers, workshops, demonstrations, talks & discussion forums, children's activities, musical entertainment, RSPB guided walks & river trips, and - of course - ample tastings of food, wine & beer! Booking in advance is necessary.
For model railway enthusiasts, take a trip to Bressingham Steam & Gardens on 27th September to experience their wonderful Model Railway Day. There is much fun to be had at Bressingham besides this special event, such as exploring one of Europe's leading steam collections, wandering through the beautiful gardens, or visiting the only official "Dad's Army" exhibition in existence - and, for the kids, Thomas the Tank Engine is also a resident.
The Halesworth Arts Festival is a spectacular two-week event taking place on 10th-25th October. Along with a large and varied selection of musical highlights - ranging from world music to choir performances, and covering everything in between - alongside a number of other entertainments, such as dance workshops, comedy, spoken word, the Silent Movie Night plus the special event, An Evening with Julian Lloyd Webber.
Invitation to View offers a wonderful opportunity for the public to see some of Suffolk's most famous and exclusive homes and halls not otherwise open to the public by private appointment. Running throughout autumn and with a total of 49 homes and gardens open to visit - 30 of which are in Suffolk - this is a unique and remarkable opportunity not to be missed! Please click on the link above to view descriptions of some of the fantastic properties available to view, and then see Invitation to View's display to book tickets.
There is an on-going exhibition, ArtOne Contemporary at the John Russell Art Gallery in Ipswich, running this autumn. Featured is the gallery's entire portfolio of artists. Visitors are invited to view and admire a great selection of mixed media artworks, and perhaps purchase a piece of your choice to adorn your home or to give as a unique gift. All artworks are available to take home on the day of purchase.