What Suffolk Show stewards will miss the most

The Stewards gather the judging boxes together for day one of the Suffolk Show 2011.; Mike Harris speeds off with the boxes.

The Stewards gather the judging boxes together for day one of the Suffolk Show 2011.; Mike Harris speeds off with the boxes.


Suffolk Show’s bowler-hatted stewards won’t get to greet the event’s 80,000 to 90,000 visitors this year. So what will they miss most – and what will they be doing instead?

Steward Fenella Blyth with 2017 show director Bee Kemball. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNSteward Fenella Blyth with 2017 show director Bee Kemball. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

At 5am on Suffolk Show days, Mike Harris, senior steward for the light horses section, would probably be out patrolling Trinity Park’s immaculate showground near Ipswich.

This year, he’ll probably lie in until 6.30am before exercising his horses with wife, Claire, who’s also a light horse steward.

On what would have been the eve of the show on Tuesday, May 26, he’s arranged a Zoom meet-up with his stewarding team. Normally, they’d be enjoying a formal pre-show dinner, but this year they’ll be toasting themselves via the internet for winning the Best Agricultural Show 2019 at the Showing Council Awards earlier this year.

“I’m asking them to wear the hat they’d have worn at the show – that’s a posh hat for the ladies and a bowler hat for the gents. It will be great to at least see them all and look forward to seeing them next year, in person,” he says.

Steward Mike Harris gathering the judging boxes together for day ond of the Suffolk Show 2011 Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNSteward Mike Harris gathering the judging boxes together for day ond of the Suffolk Show 2011 Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Most of the stewards involved in the show say it’s the camaraderie, team spirit and the buzz of the show they’ll miss the most – as well as the spectacle.

Nick Watts, senior rings steward, will be busy on the farm this year, but, like Mike, will miss his show friends.

He’ll also miss everything from the “hilarious” pig racing in the countryside ring to the quietly serious sheep judging in the presidents ring, the drama and tension of the show jumping final jump-off, and the “generally chaotic” show finale that is the inter-hunt relay in the grand ring.

Meanwhile, on what have been this year’s show days, honorary medical officer Dr Richard West will be at the sharp end of the health crisis, as he starts to plan how to deal with the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic.

James Strachan at the Suffolk Show 2019 Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNJames Strachan at the Suffolk Show 2019 Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The show’s senior vet Jake Waddilove will be carrying on with his day job too – helping to maintain animal food production.

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Also returning to his day job will be Duncan Haydon, senior catering and hospitality steward, who says he’ll miss “not wearing my bowler hat when making sense of any situation” – and a well-earned drink with friends at the end of an eventful day.

His deputy, Bella Jolly, will spend the days with her children, but will miss their delighted faces watching the grand parade. Senior sponsors steward Fenella Blyth will also be looking for ways to entertain her children without the show.

Senior cattle steward James Strachan will be taking care of the family farm’s numerous diversifications including its Birds and Bees campsite at Rendham, which he is hoping to open on July 9.

Senior heavy horses steward Mark Donsworth will be working at his Framlingham-based retail business, as will media and PR steward Eric Morton, who will spend the two days at Morvend, his vending machine farm diversification.

Showground maintenance steward John Taylor says he’s likely to be otherwise occupies over the two days watering show director Bruce Kerr’s potatoes, which are growing on his farm – as well as spending some quality time with his family.

Senior health and safety steward Nick Brown reckons he will probably be sitting in his office, wishing he was at the show, while showground maintenance steward Andrew Fairs will be busy working at his specialist seeds farm business, Fairking, Like showjumping senior steward Simon Stearn and senior sheep steward Tim Pratt, they will miss their show friends.

Commentary team member Oliver Holloway will revert to his day job too at Framlingham estate agents Clarke & Simpson, missing out on his 20th year as a steward. The coronavirus crisis has put into perspective the things we miss and enjoy, he says.

“For me, the Suffolk Show is certainly one of things,” he says.

“I will of course, miss the livestock, the incredible number of trade-stands, the fantastic displays, the general razzmatazz, but most of all, I will miss the great number of friends and clients that I would ordinarily see and spend time with and the great sense of comradeship that the show would ordinarily generate.”

Senior traffic steward Tom Barker will be downsizing to pedal tractors this year, marshalling children Isabella, four, and Henry, two, in the garden, while senior Farm Discovery Zone steward James Blyth hopes to be playing golf. Up near Halesworth, senior tradestands steward Sam Fairs says he’ll be praying for rain for his crops over the next week.

But Farming Live senior steward Brian Barker may have trouble breaking with his 15-year routine. “I will be getting up at the crack of dawn, get my best suit on, walk down stairs, get in my truck, get out my truck, by then a full fry up will be waiting for me (magically), leave my bowler hat on the breakfast table, head off to my first job of the day doing my daily checks to make sure all is set, realise my bowler hat is still on the breakfast table, so go back and retrieve that, meet a friend on the road so stop to chat, then check my watch, realise I’m meant to be somewhere else so head off and forget bowler hat again, come back for a buffet lunch, do my rounds, rescue a lost general public member from an area they shouldn’t be, mid-afternoon complain how hot it is in a three piece suit, walk into the workshop and kick a tractor tyre while holding a glass of cheap fizz, meet wife for some shopping (online), complain she has spent too much and that my feet hurt and so crack into the gin and tonics! Wake up on sofa and repeat for Thursday!”

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Coronavirus Norfolk UK: 51 businesses delivering to your door in mid and north Norfolk

CC Wells market stall in Dereham's town centre. Picture: Ian Burt

CC Wells market stall in Dereham’s town centre. Picture: Ian Burt

From fresh fruit and vegetables to locally made gin, many businesses right here in Norfolk are helping ensure local people get the items they need through home delivery services.

The Norfolk Deli in Hunstanton is offering a delivery service. Picture: Chris BishopThe Norfolk Deli in Hunstanton is offering a delivery service. Picture: Chris Bishop

This includes 51 businesses delivering to areas surrounding Dereham, Fakenham, Wells, Cromer, Sheringham, Holt, Aylsham and North Walsham.

Dereham and surrounding areas

Give It Some Beans

Gnaw Chocolate. Picture: ANTONY KELLYGnaw Chocolate. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Mattishall-based Give It Some Beans has a wide range of hand roasted beans and ground coffee available for delivery, plus coffee syrups, barbecue sauces, cocktail syrups and coffee spice and herb rubs for meat and vegetables.

Free postage (second class Royal Mail) is available for orders over £10 using the promotional code POST on check out.

Bullards has developed an eco friendly gin pouch which fits through your letterbox. Picture: Ella WilkinsonBullards has developed an eco friendly gin pouch which fits through your letterbox. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Jack’s Mexican

Dereham based Jack’s will be offering its glorious Tex-Mex dishes to the public over its delivery service.

Customers are asked to order over the phone for collection and home delivery. They will only be accepting card payments.

Call 01362 694727 to place an order.

Mark & Rosie Kacary run the Norfolk Deli in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian BurtMark & Rosie Kacary run the Norfolk Deli in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

Swanton Morley Butchers

Due to overwhelming demand Swanton Morley Butchers have extended its home delivery days from two to Four. Deliveries will now go out on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Order via phone on 01362 637403 and you will receive a call back the next day with the price for your order.

A selction of beers from Barsham Brewer in Fakenham. Picture - Barsham Brewery / Andrew Waddison (AWPR).A selction of beers from Barsham Brewer in Fakenham. Picture – Barsham Brewery / Andrew Waddison (AWPR).

On the day of your delivery, please leave a cheque in an envelope in a safe place outside. When delivering they will knock on your door and leave the delivery on your doorstep.


During the Coronavirus outbreak Dann’s are able to deliver fresh milk, eggs, bread and meat directly to your door.

Known for its ice cream, the company are offering delivery to anybody that spends over £10 and lives within 15 miles of North Tuddenham.

Call 01362 638116 for more information.

Terry’s Butchers Dereham

The shop will deliver fresh meat and produce directly to the doors of Dereham and surrounding villages and is also offering a collection service.

For more information please call 01362 693191.

Bombay Tandoori Resturant

The Masala-mobile is out for delivery. You will have the option to have your meal delivered to your doorstep by Bombay Tandoori.

The service will be running on Fridays and weekends and card payments will be taken over the phone.

To order call 01362 697257.

Jollyes pet store

During the pandemic Jollyes in Dereham will be offering home delivery service for people within Dereham.

They can take your shopping order over the phone and details to get your shopping to your door.

Jollyes Dereham – 01362 690802

Starlings Toys

Established in 1912, the award winning independent toy shop, starlings will be delivering for free in Dereham.

To order call 01362 697769.

The Acorn Hut

Based in Mattishall, the farm shop will deliver bread and milk, along with fruit, vegetables and frozen food directly to your door.

Orders should be sent by email to or by texting 07885666868.

The Lodge Shop

Vikki and Martin Hunt, who run The Lodge pub, in North Tuddenham, near Dereham, battled to open the shop last year and eventually succeeded with a grant from Norfolk County Council.

Each day they post photographs of what is for sale in readiness for the orders. They will also delivery to elderly people in the village as well as open up – even in their pyjamas – out of hours for NHS workers struggling to find time to get there.

Visit their facebook page for more information:

Toftwood Garden Centre

The garden centre will be offering deliveries free of charge within a 5 mile radius (min spend £20) and a small charge for areas outside the 5 miles.

Payments and arrangements can be taken over the phone 07517 685767 and items delivered to your back garden no need for any contact.

Spice Fusion

The curry house will be taking delivery orders five days a week between Wednesday and Sunday.

The premises will be open between 5pm and 9pm for takeaways only, customers are asked to pay by card.

USA Chicken and Alibabas

During the pandemic, the businesses will be open Sunday to Thursday 5pm until 10pm and Friday to Saturday 5pm until 11pm.

Orders can be delivered or collected by they ask that only one customer enters the shop at any one time.

Black Cat Coffee

Micro-roastery Black Cat Coffee sells freshly roasted speciality grade coffee roasted by hand at their base near Scarning and are currently offering free delivery within 10 miles of their premises. The option can be selected during check out on their website. They also free nationwide delivery on orders of more than £25, and there is also 15% off coffee using the code TAKE15.

Walnut Tree Distillery

Lyng-based Walnut Tree Distillery has an online shop and delivers, usually by courier.

C.C.Wells Fresh Fruit & Vegetables

The stores new opening times are Monday to Friday 9am-12 and Saturday 8am-12.

They will only be letting five people into the shop at a time so staff and customers can be a safe distance away from eachother.

If wanting to place an order for collection customers are asked to email

Son of Christie Cheesemonger

Even though its market stalls are closed due to the coronavirus, Son of Christie are offering free home delivery to NR20, NR21, NR22, NR23, PE32 and PE37 post codes.

They can also send orders further afield by courier.

Customers are asked to order by Monday for Friday delivery. 07765734734

Fakenham, Wells and surrounding areas

Staithe Smokehouse

The traditional smokehouse at Brancaster Staithe, which smokes Scottish salmon, kippers, cod and shell-on prawns, now offers a delivery service to the area between Stiffkey, Hunstanton and Fakenham. Deliveries will be from 3pm, seven days a week and a £2 delivery fee will apply. They also stock Yare Valley Oils and Monty’s Mustard. To arrange delivery, email via the form on their website or phone Phil Hartshorne on 07717 702630.

The Norfolk Deli

The Norfolk Deli at Hunstanton is now offering home delivery to Hunstanton, Old Hunstanton, Ringstead, Holme, Thornham, Docking, Sedgeford and Brancaster, Snettisham, Heacham, Sandringham, Wolferton and King’s Lynn (once a week delivery) of items including its deli meals, cheese, bread and much more.

Fakenham Food Service

Fakenham Food Service offer fresh fruit, vegetables, milk and bread as part of its same day delivery service.

Call on 01328 851400

Walsingham Farm Shop

The farm shop are offering a click and collect service along of all its produce.

The team can also deliver is required.

Call 01328 821877

Papworth Butcher

Papworth Butchers in Fakenham is offering a delivery service from its shop.

Customers are asked to call the shop as staff will know their stocks and schedule.

01328 855039

Wild Knight Distillery

Wild Knight Distillery near Swaffham is offering free country-wide delivery on any of its full sized bottles of its IWSC, Great Taste and World Vodka award winning spirits, including Boadicea Gin, Wild Knight English Vodka, Nelson’s Gold Caramelised Vodka and Wild Knight Espresso Martini.

Duck Truck Norfolk

The Duck Truck Norfolk, which specialises in crispy duck wraps, have been trading since 2013 and are well known at festivals as well as local events such as the Norfolk Show and the Lord Mayors Parade.

During the lockdown and for the foreseeable future they will be offering customers the chance to make its signature Crispy Duck Wraps at home, by delivering a Cook-at-Home kit.

The kit contains everything you need to make crispy duck wraps for 4-6 people together with the simple instructions and costs £20 including delivery.

The business are offering contactless delivery to Dereham, Fakenham, Lenwade, Reepham, Aylsham, Norwich, and North Norfolk but happy to consider other parts of Norfolk too.

More details can be found on facebook or instagram @theducktrucknorfolk and orders can be made by messaging or email.

North Norfolk

Number 29

The business is delivering groceries including milk, bread, butter, fruits, veg, fish, crabs, toilet rolls, birthday cakes, wine and sausage rolls around the Burnhams.

Call 01328 738498 to place an order.

Cromer Kebab Pizza

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The takeaway is still delivering around the Cromer area, call 01263 515533.

Wills Plaice

The fish and chips is offering deliveries and call and collect on Friday and Saturday from 5pm, call 01603 519222.

Kens Traditional Fish & Chips

Customers can pay remotely and collect their orders from this traditional fish and chip shop.

The business also have a delivery service for those in need and vulnerable.

Call 01603 783739.

RocketShip sauces

Coltishall-based artisan hot sauce producer RocketShip Sauces is offering free delivery with the code FDAPR20, which is valid until the end of April.

Papworth Butchers

Papworth Butchers has introduced social distancing measures and ask that customers pay by contactless in their shops at North Walsham (01692 406234), Fakenham (01328 855039), Sheringham (01263 823189) and Swaffham (01760 724753). They are also doing local daily deliveries in North Walsham, Fakenham and Sheringham and have a limited delivery service in Swaffham.

The Cabin

The Cabin is doing deliveries of curry and rice boxes around Cromer and to Aylsham. See their Instagram feed and Facebook page for details.

The One Food Company

The One Food Company is delivering set meals every Thursday (order by Monday for Thursday delivery) and frozen/chilled meals at other times. They are also delivering some veggie boxes to surrounding villages and towns north of Wroxham and Coltishall and can provide meals for special occasions and bespoke meals, depending on the ingredients available.

Morton’s Farm

A small family farm near Aylsham, Morton’s Farm is launching its meat box scheme in April, offering chicken, lamb and sausages, then expanding the range to include a basic box of chicken breast, sausages, mince, burgers and stewing steak farmed to a high standard and pasture raised where possible.

Norfolk Coffee Company

Holt-based Norfolk Coffee Company ethically sources coffee, ensuring the farmer gets paid a fair price for their efforts in producing high quality coffee beans, which are then hand roasted in small batches. They offer free nationwide delivery on all orders over £25 and are donating 100 free bags of coffee to NHS workers every fortnight.

County wide

Harrison Chocolatiers

West Norfolk-based Harrison Chocolatiers is now offering free delivery. See their Facebook and Instagram pages or email to order.

Accent Fresh

Downham Market-based Accent Fresh is offering a home delivery service across East Anglia of a range of produce boxes including fruit, vegetables, milk, bread and cheese, which can be ordered online via

Payment is by card or PayPal. The delivery will be left on the doorstep to minimise contact and a signature isn’t needed.

The order will be delivered within 2-3 days of ordering and if customers provide an email address or mobile number they will receive a message on the day their delivery should arrive.

Because of high levels of demand requests for deliveries on a specific day cannot be accepted. It is possible some items in the boxes might have to be substituted and they can’t accept requests for box items to be altered.

People who don’t have internet access can still place an order by calling 01366 386633 and leaving their name and number on the answering machine for a call back.

Norwich Farmshare

Norwich Farmshare, which offers a subscription scheme for vegetable and fruit boxes and free range eggs, is in the process of moving its operation to 100% delivery.

St Giles Gin

Norwich-based St Giles Gin has created a range of self isolation packs of two bottles of selected gins, plus eight assorted bottles of tonic for £75 (postage and packing free).

Simply Cake Co

Simply Cake Co’s brownies and slices can be delivered right to your door in letterbox friendly packaging.

Winbirri vineyard

Winbirri vineyard at Surlingham has stepped up the online ordering side of the business and has removed all shipping costs on the wines available for nationwide delivery.

Winbirri is also currently in the process of linking up with another local business to donate a bulk of its wine to turn into hand sanitiser to donate to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Humpty Dumpty Brewery

Humpty Dumpty Brewery’s shop at its Reedham brewery is remaining open from Monday-Saturday 12-5pm as long as it is able or allowed to be or local delivery can be arranged. Bottled beers are from £2 a bottle and draft ale, £2 per pint, is available if people want to bring their own two, four or six pint containers (for example clean milk or fizzy drink bottles). Eight and 17 pint “bag in boxes” are available if pre-ordered. A range of local ciders, gins, wines, preserves and honey, cookies and sauces are available too.

Call the brewery on 01493 701818.


Bullards has launched its letterbox friendly Eco Pouch refills for contactless at home gin deliveries as they work towards reducing their carbon emissions and becoming plastic free by 2023.

The pouch is super light weight and made from part recycled food grade plastic and part new food grade plastic. It’s 100% recyclable and letterbox friendly meaning that the flat pack gin can be delivered by Royal Mail staff on their usual rounds and contact free.

There is a freepost label attached to the back of the Eco Pouch and Bullards ask that all empty pouches get posted back to them via any Royal Mail post box (no stamp or envelope required) so that they can then ensure all empty pouches are sent to Terracycle UK to be upcycled.

Gin production has currently stopped at the Bullards distillery as they are making hand sanitiser instead.


Currylicious’s authentic curries and snacks are available at village and farm shops around the county including Algy’s Farm Shop (Bintree), Ryburgh Village Shop and Post Office (Great Ryburgh), Massingham Stores and Post Office (Great Massingham), Yare Valley Farm Shop (Surlingham), Priced Right (Tattersett), BP (Bale) and Itteringham Community Shop, Café and Post Office. For further information contact and see the menu online.

Norfolk Beef Company

The Norfolk Beef Company at Booton produces beef boxes from its Hereford cattle and delivers direct to customers.

Gnaw Chocolate

Norwich-based chocolatiers Gnaw Chocolate are continuing to deliver to stores and are taking online orders.

Norfolk Raider Cider

Based at White House Farm in Rackheath on the outskirts of Norwich, Norfolk Raider Cider is now delivering to customers all over Norfolk. They will deliver in the east of the county on Tuesdays, the north on Wednesdays, the south on Thursdays and the west on Fridays. The service is available for any order of over £10 and costs a flat rate of £5. Just select the home delivery option on the website.

Home Farm Gin

Home Farm Gin at Hethersett is selling gin online crafted in small batches in Matilda the copper still and bottled by hand. Bottles can be sent out by Royal Mail and contactless local deliveries can be arranged.


Tofurei tofu producers in Norwich is now offering a home delivery service of vegan products across most areas of Norfolk, including ‘bake at home’ versions of the pastries and a selection of our cafe cakes and confectionary normally available from the Pottergate grab and go. They also have One Planet frozen vegan pizza, Tyne Chease and plant-based milk and they hope to be able to add fresh tofu, vegan soysages, burgers and roulade roast to their product list soon.

Green Farm Coffee

If you order one to three bags of coffee from Rackheath-based Green Farm Coffee it can fit right through the letterbox, so you don’t even need to answer the door.


Flint vineyard at Earsham is offering free delivery locally and nationwide for all orders over £25, including a new product, the Comfort Case, a mixed case of their best-selling wines. Restrictions permitting, their drive thru service will be open at the weekend, for wine by the bottle or case and their 15-mile Meal Deals, which feature local producers such as Marsh Pig Salami, Baron Bigod cheese from Fen Farm and artisan bread from Hempnall Village Bakery.

Barsham Brewery

Barsham Brewery has launched a home delivery service, with products on offer including local chef Kate Howlett’s Pub in a box – an 8.7 pint mini cask of Norfolk Topper, two sausage rolls, two cheese scones, two slices of stout cake and two Barsham Brewery glasses, for £35 and free delivery.

Wild Knight Distillery

Wild Knight Distillery near Swaffham is offering free country-wide delivery on any of its full sized bottles of its IWSC, Great Taste and World Vodka award winning spirits, including Boadicea Gin, Wild Knight English Vodka, Nelson’s Gold Caramelised Vodka and Wild Knight Espresso Martini.


StaceysCakeyBakes at Wymondham is offering home deliveries to doorsteps for mixed treat boxes, classic school puddings and traybakes across Norfolk and Suffolk and have also offered to do essential item runs for those that place orders to save them going out unnecessarily.

Chet and Waveney Valley Vinyard

Chet and Waveney Valley Vineyard in Bergh Apton is offering free delivery locally and nationwide for all orders over £25, including a new product, a mixed case of their best selling, award winning still and sparkling wines with the added bonus of a free vineyard tour and tasting voucher for one (normal price £20).

Something to look forward to once they are open again for tours and tastings. Restrictions permitting, their drive through service will be open for wine by the bottle or larger orders.

TFW Fine Wines

The Noroflk based company is delivering wine and local, handmade produce directly to your door.

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What festivals are happening in Suffolk this year and when are they on?

Lowestoft's First Light Festival will be the perfect event to allow families to let their hair down together. Photo: First Light

Lowestoft’s First Light Festival will be the perfect event to allow families to let their hair down together. Photo: First Light


Suffolk has rich culture and heritage which is celebrated through a series of popular family friendly eventrs throughout the year. Here’s our guide to the diverse array of attractionswhich should keep everyone entertained over the next 10 months

Crowds at the East Anglian Game Fair at Euston Hall.Crowds at the East Anglian Game Fair at Euston Hall.

The East Anglian Game & Country Fair

Where: Euston Estate, Euston Hall, Thetford

When: April 25-26

The East Anglian Game & Country Fair is an annual two day, family event which celebrates the heritage and traditions of rural life. Headlining the main arena this year are The Bolddog Lings Freestyle Team who will amaze the crowds with their gravity defiant Freestyle Motocross Show.

Crowds enjoying the music at LeeStock as the sun sets Picture ANDREW DEERECrowds enjoying the music at LeeStock as the sun sets Picture ANDREW DEERE

There will also be an opportunity to see the exciting, fast and skilful British Scurry & Trials Driving in the main arena. Falconry is always a popular attraction at country fairs and Ray & Wendy Aliker’s Ye Olde Redtail Birds will be performing a very special tribute display to the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

The East Anglian Game & Country Fair will also be hosting the Horseboarding UK Championships. It has been described as being “Somewhere between scurry racing and wake boarding.”

Bury St Edmunds Festival

The Grand Parade on the final day of the Suffolk Show Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDThe Grand Parade on the final day of the Suffolk Show Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Where: The Apex, the Cathedral and various venues across Bury St Edmunds

When: May 14-24

Tony Christie, Dead Bones, Deadringers Live and Jenni Murray will appear at the 35th Bury St Edmunds Festival. Spread over 11 days, in 12 different venues and with 50 different events across the West Suffolk town, the locations for the scheduled activities range from the very modern and flexible Apex to the 800-year-old Guild Hall, the Theatre Royal – the last working Regency Playhouse in Britain – and The Abbey Gardens, an English Heritage site with monastic ruins.

This year also marks the 1000th anniversary of the Abbey of St Edmund. The Festival will perform a series of concerts at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, including by The Sixteen on May 18. On May 14 the Aurora Orchestra will play Beethoven’s Eroica. Over the following days there will be a Words Weekend from (May 15-17) with writers and actors including Jenni Murray, Robert Webb, Katie Piper and Alastair Campbell discussing topics, such as mental health and gender roles.

Partying on the beach as the sun comes up. First Light Festival in Lowestoft celebrates the arrival of summer with a 24 hour arts extravaganza Photo: First LightPartying on the beach as the sun comes up. First Light Festival in Lowestoft celebrates the arrival of summer with a 24 hour arts extravaganza Photo: First Light

May 19 will see jazz singer Stacey Kent perform.

Beccles Food and Drink Festival

Where: Beccles Town Centre

Welcome to the Maverick Festival at Easton Farm Park Photo: MaverickWelcome to the Maverick Festival at Easton Farm Park Photo: Maverick

When: Saturday May 23

After a record breaking last year, Beccles Food and Drink Festival is back in 2020 with a feast of culinary delights. The free Festival features over 80 food and drink stalls, many of them local artisan producers, as well as those from further afield in East Anglia. Based in the centre of the vibrant market town, the Festival will include cookery demonstrations and talks, world street food, musicians and children’s entertainment.

Hungate Church will be the new home of the Cookery Theatre offering people the opportunity to visit and taste some great local produce.

A free park and ride shuttle service will run throughout the day from Beccles Quay, where additional parking will be available. Building on the successful formula of previous years, the Festival is set to repeat Fringe events in the local area a week either side of the main Festival day.

Audiences enjoying the experience of Latitude at Henham Park. Picture: Jamie HoneywoodAudiences enjoying the experience of Latitude at Henham Park. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

LeeStock Music Festival 2020

Where: Melford Hall, (National Trust) Long Melford, Sudbury

When: May 23-24

Thousands of people will flock to Helmingham Hall for Suffolk Dog Day. Photo: Sarah Lucy BrownThousands of people will flock to Helmingham Hall for Suffolk Dog Day. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

LeeStock returns to celebrate its 13th anniversary with another top line up. This year’s headline acts include: Ash, Scouting For Girls, Toploader, Lucy Spraggan, Space, Electric Six and Stereo Mc’s. It’s a family event so there will be plenty for youngsters to do in the The Drage & Tozer Family Area including: Story time and music time, face painting, glitter tattoos, books to read, chalk table, colouring in as well as sand and water play.

Suffolk Show

Where: Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich

Festival of Wheels at Trinity Park in Ipswich. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGEFestival of Wheels at Trinity Park in Ipswich. PICTURE: RACHEL EDGE

When: May 27-28

The Suffolk Show is an event that celebrates both modern life and the county’s rich heritage. Traditional livestock share space in the show ring with various attractions like showjumping, motorcycle displays, parachute jumps, best in show parades even on one occasion dancing diggers.

Local craftsmen can also display their wares at the show. It is a unique celebration of everything that makes the county great and showcases the best of Suffolk’s food, farming and agricultural heritage. The aim is to promote food, farming and the countryside and its importance to Suffolk.

FolkEast music and art festival showcasing the best of Suffolk at Glemham Hall. FolkEast music and art festival showcasing the best of Suffolk at Glemham Hall.

First Light Festival

Where: Lowestoft South Beach

When: Saturday June 20

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, First Light Festival will return on the 2020 summer solstice weekend.

Join in the fun and frolics on the beach for 24 hours of non-stop multi-arts programming on Lowestoft’s South Beach. This is a free festival for thinkers, for dreamers and for fun-seekers. Pick the brains of some of the world’s top scientists, authors and broadcasters; dance on the sand to live music and DJs; watch films at the outdoor cinema; take a moment for yourself in the well-being tipis and see site-specific installations, art and sculpture as you discover 24 hours of imaginative programming.

Maverick Festival

Where: Easton Farm Park, Easton, Woodbridge

When: July 3-5

Maverick is the UK’s first and finest Americana music festival and an event that continues to build on its reputation for securing the best and brightest in American roots music from both sides of the Atlantic.

The Maverick Festival is set amongst the restored Victorian barns and out-buildings of Easton Farm Park, nestled deep in the Suffolk countryside, with films, workshops and performances from more than 50 different artists across six stages, indoors and out.

The music begins on Friday at 5pm and runs until around 11.30pm. Saturday’s programme starts at 11am and finishes around 11.30pm. Sunday is altogether more relaxed beginning around 10.30am and running until approximately 2.30pm.

This year’s line-up includes: Steve Forbert, California Feetwarmers, Legendary Shack Shakers, Terra Lightfoot, Henhouse Prowlers, Weeping Willows and Hank Wangford.


Where: Henham Park, near Blythburgh, NR34 8AQ

When: July 16-19

Latitude is a major part of the UK’s festival season and an important corner-piece of Suffolk’s cultural jigsaw. What makes Latitude special is, in addition to the eclectic selection headline music acts, the festival held at Henham Park, just outside Southwold, is also home to a fascinating lineup of theatre, cabaret and comedy, while an inspiring variety of spoken word, poetry and film features regularly throughout the weekend. You’ll experience everything from the spectacular to the surreal at Latitude’s diverse array of stages, with the main stage (Obelisk Arena) sitting at the top of the hill overlooking the festival.

Among the headliners at this year’s festival are: Liam Gallagher, The Chemical Brothers, HAIM plus Bill Bailey and Simon Amstell.

Suffolk Dog Day 2020

Where: Helmingham Hall, Stowmarket

When: July 26

This is no ordinary day in the doggy diary, but a day to celebrate our furry friends in all their guises. Enjoy a great day out with your dogs, family and friends.

There are fun dog classes with great prizes, agility, dog scurry and lots of attractions and trade stands to keep everyone entertained. There are children’s activities as well as more than 50 stalls selling everything from dog accessories to cheese. There will also be a catering village as well as entertainments and demonstrations.

Festival of Wheels

Where: Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich

When: July 31 – August 2

An intoxicating mix of cars, bikes, trucks and all things motoring come together over two superb days for the Festival of Wheels.

The largest event of its kind in the South-East, the festival gathers together the east coast’s rarest and most glamorous cars, bikes and trucks. The Festival of Wheels is a unique event created for those with a passion for motoring in general. The festival format enables visitors to enjoy a full day or weekend of motoring entertainment.

Attractions include: Monster Truck Rides, Honda’s Official And The UK’s Number 1 Freestyle Motocross Display Team, 2 Bros Stunt Team, Extreme Bike Battle, Wall of Death and Happy’s Circus.


Where: Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Woodbridge

When: Aug 21-23

FolkEast is a festival where a group of like minded people from across the generations, who gather together for a three day annual festival of music, arts, crafts, legends, traditions and frivolities on the Glemham Hall estate in Suffolk.

The line-up is hand-picked from first class national, international and local folk artists, the food and ale all locally sourced and fairly priced. With the feel of a large village fete and set amidst a Constable-esque landscape, there is plenty to sing and dance about.

This year’s line-up includes: Afro Celt Sound System, Drever McCusker & Woomble, Elephant Sessions, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, The Shee, The Trials of Cato, Gigspanner Big Band, The Moulettes and festival patrons The Young’Uns.

Retro Dub Suffolk VW Festival

Where: Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich

When: Fri Sept 25 – Sun Sept 27

Retro Dub Suffolk VW Festival is an old school camping and live music weekend for all ages. Now in its sixth year, the event proves to be a chilled-out show, offering a genuine VW camping festival experience – like it used to be back in the day.

The show is hosted at Trinity Park, Ipswich, situated within a beautiful 300 acre secure complex, has rural landscapes, and even has 4G for most networks. On the Saturday, Norfolk and Suffolk Retro Riderz are hosting a bike show and shine with various trophies up for grabs. All old-school rides are welcome, be it chopper, cruiser, BMX or trike.

Sunday is the VW show and shine, where if you enter with a cool vdub, you could be in with a chance of winning a unique trophy. No pre-registration is required to enter and is just £1 to participate, with all the money raised being donated to charity.

We have a variety of traders and catering options, as well as a full programme of live music and children’s entertainment. The sponsors area will be full of invited guests from Europe along with top show cars, drag cars and some specialist traders.

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

Where: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape

When: September 26-27

This event showcases products like raw milk, organic vegetables, sourdough bread, beer and spirits and much more. This year, the Festival promises to deliver a jam-packed weekend of fabulous food adventures, from tastings and demonstrations to ‘roll up your sleeves and get stuck in’ masterclasses.

Among the visiting chefs are Chetna Makan, Indian food writer and Great British Bake Off contestant, Jo Pratt, a TV cook, food stylist and author of seven books including The Flexible Vegetarian. She’s former food editor for both Elle and Glamour magazines, Galton Blackiston, chef owner of Morston Hall Hotel in North Norfolk where his restaurant has held a Michelin star for the past 16 years, Jack Adair Bevan, an award-winning drinks and cocktail creator, Thomasina Miers OBE, winner of BBC MasterChef in 2005 and James Morton, doctor, Scottish baker, brewer and runner-up of the third Great British Bake Off series in 2012.