Event category: Outdoors

Flatford Nature Day

Seasonal, nature based activities such as pond dipping, spoon carving, minibeast hunting, arts & crafts, and river trips.

£3 per child

Suffolk Walking Festival

With over 123 events featuring new long distance walks, a 5-day challenge walk, Dawn Chorus and Twilight Safari, a Magna Carta walk, Anglo Saxon themed archaeological walks; rambles round the peninsula, river walks, discover Orford Ness with a sheepdog and even rides in vintage military vehicles!   Plus much, much more!

 

Outstanding Landscapes of the Stour Valley Path 2: Lower Stour

Celebrating 25 years of the Stour Valley Path, Dedham Vale AONB. A guided walk will conclude the Stour Valley Passport, a self-guided exploration of the 60-mile route. Walk from Stratford St Mary to the end of the Stour Valley Path at Cattawade, via supper at Flatford. Enjoy riverside views of Constable Country, where the artist recalled how he associated his ‘careless boyhood’ with ‘all that lies on the banks of the Stour. Those scenes made me a painter’. This walk is linked to Stour Valley Path 1 – Upper Stour, when we start the long distance path walk and launch the Passport. Full details, a Passport, Stour Valley Path Guide, transport, supper and a donation to the Stour Valley Environment Fund is included in the price. Distance 4.5 miles, allow 3 hours.

Outstanding Landscapes of the Stour Valley Path 1: Upper Stour

Celebrating 25 years of the Stour Valley Path, Dedham Vale AONB. A guided walk will launch the Stour Valley Passport, a self-guided exploration of the 60-mile route. On the walk you can enjoy spectacular views and see the awesome Devil’s Dyke, a massive earthwork of early Anglo-Saxon origin, now home to chalk-loving wild flowers and butterflies, and search for the source of the River Stour. This walks is from Newmarket to Great Bradley and is linked to Stour Valley Path 2 – Lower Stour, when we celebrate with those who complete their Passport in 18 days.

Full details, a Passport, Stour Valley Path Guide, transport and a donation to the Stour Valley Environment Fund is included in the price. Distance 9.5 miles, allow 4 hours.

Bures Music Festival

Bures Music Festival is the East Anglian summer event of the year for music lovers of all ages and tastes.

This unique festival, based in Suffolk, supports a multitude of musical genres from jazz to blues, rock to pop, plus a popular choral night. We’re delighted to welcome internationally known bands and musicians to our stage, but we’re also proud supporters of emerging acts and local talent. Bures Music Festival even runs its own young musicians’ competition – the ever popular B-Fest – open to musicians between eleven and 19 years old.

Now in its 22nd year, Bures Music Festival has grown to become one of the most diverse and exciting events of the region. Since its beginnings as ‘Jazz by the Stour’ in 1997, the festival has hosted some of the biggest names in the business. Nestled by the River Stour, the festival is held in the heart of the picturesque village of Bures, on the Suffolk/Essex border.

While it evolves every year, Bures Music Festival prides itself on its community values – reflected in its low ticket prices and its ongoing pledge of support to local charities. So far, Bures Music Festival has raised over £200,000 for some wonderful causes such as the Dream Appeal at Colchester General Hospital, Ferriers Barn day centre, St Helena Hospice in Colchester and St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds.Outdoor festival with all weather shelter including the main stage. More info: https://www.buresmusicfestival.com/about-the-festival/

  • Campsite and free car parking available on the field adjacent to the festival site.
  • A licensed bar and refreshments are available at all Big Top events.
  • On Friday and Saturday, only food and drink purchased onsite may be consumed.
    On Sunday, picnics are allowed in the main arena.
  • No alcohol to be brought into the main arena at any time.

Trail Boat Festival

The River Stour Trust invites members of the public and boat owners to enjoy a weekend of cruising and activities along the River Stour between Sudbury, Great Cornard, and Great Henny. Further info: http://www.riverstourtrust.org

Sudbury to the Sea S2C, River Stour Trust

Paddlers in canoes, kayaks and other small, manually propelled craft navigate the 24½ miles (37km) of the River Stour, from Sudbury to Cattawade. Organised by the River Stour Trust.

A social paddle enjoyed by both experienced and novice paddlers alike. The River Stour Trust provides help and advice beforehand and along the route including arrangements assisting with craft hire, safety checkpoints and sweeper boat, overnight accommodation, food and drink and a shuttle service between the overnight and finish locations.

 

Proceeds towards the restoration and conservation of the River Stour Navigation. More infor and to book: http://www.riverstourtrust.org