10 things to amuse yourself and your family this half term in & around Subury
20th May 2015
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This Friday, the local schools break up for half term. Whether we have sunshine or a downpour (and let’s face it, it could go either way) thebestof Sudbury has found 10 things to do this weekend, come rain or shine


Now in it’s 8th year, LeeStock has grown and grown and this year looks like it could break all attendance records. Guaranteed a great weekend event for all the family, there’s children’s entertainment, a beer festival with loads of local ales (including Ladys Smock) and some top live music from Scouting for Girls, Dodgy  and Dumbfoundus , plus loads of great local bands. You can get your tickets here


Art About Town

As the birth place of renowned artist, Thomas Gainsborough, it seems only right that we, as a town, celebrate the local artists we have in and around West Suffolk. Art About Town is a prelude to Suffolk Open Studios and Sudbury is proud to be displaying more local art than any other town in Suffolk: visit the 14 retailers and businesses in Sudbury who have agreed to host art by artists living in the community. Click here to see the list


Kentwell Hall

Based in historic Long Melford, Kentwell Hall is famed locally for it’s super scary Scaresville. But they also have loads going on during half term. Click here to take a look at the events on their website.


Walks around Hartest

We are blessed with some beautiful villages around Sudbury, but it’s only recently I’ve discovered Hartest. Hartest is stunning little village, a few miles from Long Melford and Lavenham. In the centre of the village sits The Crown; a great pub, rightly proud of their locally sourced food, seasonal menu and epic beer garden. If the weather’s nice, I’d recommend one of the pub walks around Hartest, that can start or finish at the pub. If the weather isn’t so great, treat yourself of Fish Friday


Clare Country Park

Clare is one of Suffolk’s smallest towns and is steeped in History. This year, the town is celebrating 800 year anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. Read more about it here . Clare has a wonderful country park, perfect for bike rides, walking or having a picnic. The town is proud of its independent shops. You must visit Sea Pictures Gallery and Harris and Harris book shop. Café Clare also sells delicious home made cakes


Gainsborough House    

A museum, celebrating Thomas Gainsborough’s house, 46 Gainsborough Street, was home to the young artist for the first 13 years of his life, until he went to London to study art. Now, Gainsborough’s House exhibits a permanent collection of some of Gainsborough’s work and his contemporaries. There are special one off exhibitions, artefacts from Gainsborough’s life as well as lovely gardens & a tea room. Well worth a visit on a sunny or a rainy day



So, the weather is appalling.  Why not grab your friends or family and take yourselves off to Strikes in Sudbury for a game or two of bowling or Laser Quest.


Take a walk around Arger Fen

There might be few bluebells left, but incase there aren’t, Suffolk Wildlife trust have a couple of events on for the younger member of the family, including Splendid Slowworms & Lovely Lizards and Young Warden’s event. Their website here has all the details.


Suffolk Libraries.


Libraries in and around Suffolk events taking place throughout the half term. In Sudbury, they are hosting a Music Adventure on 26th May, ages 8 plus and a board game afternoon on the 28th May .Check their website for more details.


Belle Vue Park, Sudbury

One of my children’s favourite places in Sudbury is Belle Vue Park’s playground. A great selection of swings, slides and other activities, there’s even a select outdoor gym for those wanting to keep fit whilst their little ones climb, jump and swing


Here are just a few tasters of what’s going on around the local area. If you have an event, you can add it to thebestof Sudbury website for free. I’ll even promote through newsletters and social media.

(Thank you to Trevor Burch Photography for the photograph)

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Penny W

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Hello! I'm Penny from thebestof Sudbury, shouting about the best local businesses from Hadleigh through the Clare. When I'm not doing that, you'll find me knitting socks or tending to my 6 chickens

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