Event category: Outdoors

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

Pirates on the Stour, River Stour Trust

Free boat trips for young pirates (under 12 years old) when accompanied by fare paying adult.All children must be accompanied on the boat by a fare paying adult. Buoyancy aids are provided for all child passengers. The Tea Room offers a simple food menu and drinks. Enjoy our riverside location and relaxing with friends and family whilst you wait to board the boat. Proceeds towards the restoration and conservation of the River Stour Navigation. More info: http://www.riverstourtrust.org

Coracle Regatta, River Stour Trust

Organised by coracle owners with support from the River Stour Trust to offer everyone an opportunity to try to handle one of these unusual craft.The ‘coraclers’ not only share their craft but spend time explaining the best way of moving along the river. If you own a coracle but would prefer not to share it just bring it along and join in the fun! Camping for coraclers is available at Rushbanks Farm, Bures Road, Wissington, Suffolk, CO6 4NA.People of all ages can have a go and some get wet! Life jackets are available and there are safety boats on hand. Spectators are kept entertained throughout the afternoon by races such as the ‘Poachers Run’. More info: http://www.riverstourtrust.org

Proceeds towards the restoration and conservation of the River Stour Navigation.

River Stour Health Walk, Sudbury

Walk along the bank of the River Stour in Sudbury taking in the views that Thomas Gainsborough would have seen, starting from the Kingfisher Leisure Centre. This will be a grade 2/3 walk – no stiles – dogs welcome but must be on a lead. To book a place please email: suecalver@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk