Suffolk Day 2021: 5 Of The Events To Enjoy On The Big Day


Tomorrow we’re celebrating all that is great in East Anglia’s finest county – here are five things to do on Suffolk Day.

The annual festival starts at sunrise and there is plenty for young and old to enjoy.

From guided walking tours to musical performances and the chance to sample local goodies, take a look at our top 5 below.

Hear the oldest ringing of the five bells in the world

The historic 15th century bells of St. Lawrence Church in Ipswich will ring for the first time since the lock on Suffolk Day.

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Katharine Salter and her team will ring five bells from 11.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m., the five oldest church bells in the world.

Known as Wolsey’s Bells – because Thomas Wolsey would have heard them ring – the set dates from the mid-14th century.

The Suffolk Remembers event at St. Elizabeth Hospice will take place as usual this year
– Photo credit: James Wilmott / St. Elizabeth Hospice

Suffolk remembers

The annual event organized by the St. Elizabeth Hospice is back after the event was only streamed online in 2020 due to the pandemic.

A total of 5,000 candles will light up the Felixstowe coast in honor of lost loved ones.

The first statue for the hospice’s Wild in Art path, “The Big Hoot,” will also be on display.

Bird watching for a day

RSPB Minsmere is available free of charge to Suffolk residents to celebrate Suffolk Day.

Guides show guests some of Suffolk’s most special wildlife, from the avocet to the marsh harrier.

Participants are asked to bring proof of address with them.

Spend the morning visiting the Galops.  PICTURED: GREGG BROWN

Discover Newmarket offers a free guided tour of the Newmarket Galops
– Credit: Gregg Brown

Tours of Newmarket Galops

Racing fans can enjoy a free tour of the Newmarket Gallops – the home of horse racing.

Discover Newmarket staff will guide the tour, which ends with free coffee and a slice of Newmarket cake courtesy of the Heath Court Hotel.

If you want to be there, you don’t have to book – just wait for the team at 9 a.m.

The Felixstowe Community Choir

The popular choir will perform live on Felixstowe Ferry to give this year’s festivities a fitting farewell.

Led by local professional musician Emily Bennett, the choir sings songs from the Beatles to Adele.

Participants are asked to observe the necessary Covid-19 restrictions or to watch the performance online instead.

Many other events take place during the day, with cafes and tea rooms also offering Suffolk spreads across the county.

More information can be found here.