Top 8 autumn activities in Suffolk including Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft and Stowmarket

After last week’s heatwave, it may not seem like autumn is about to end, but with two weeks of summer left, here are some activities in Suffolk to bookmark for the cooler autumn season.

From taking a weekend getaway to stargaze to making pottery with a Halloween-themed cocktail or yoga with goats, there’s plenty to choose from this year.

Here are some of the best.

Ickworth Light Nights Tours

Ickworth Park. Image: Introduction

where: Ickworth Estate, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds


when: November 13 to 23 – weekdays only, Monday to Thursday

Spend an evening wandering through illuminated paths lined with willow-woven animal sculptures, then you’ll pass through a Victorian Gothic building before marveling at this Italianate mansion transformed by light.

Visitors will also be able to browse the gift shop for Christmas gifts as well as enjoy festive treats and mulled wine from the café – a great way to warm up on those chilly evenings.

For more information, click here.

Rougham pumpkin patch

Pumpkin patch on Roughham Estate. Photo: Micah Morton

where: Rougham Estate, Rougham,

when: Every weekend from September 30 to October 15, and every day from October 20 to 29.


Grab a wheelbarrow and pick out the perfect pumpkins to carve into scary faces or spooky scenes this Halloween.

At Rougham Estate there is plenty to enjoy with sandpits, pedal tractors and mini pumpkin games for the family. There will also be an opportunity to take a selfie with one of the scarecrows.

Refreshments will be available including coffee, gourmet toast, cake and ice cream as well as a licensed bar for those needing a break from the squash.

Forest bathing

Sutton Hoo. Photo: Camille Berryman

where: Sutton Hoo, Tranmer House, Woodbridge

when: September 16

Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is the practice of spending time in forests to reignite a connection with the natural world and encourage improved health, happiness, and a sense of calm.

Join guided walks and immerse yourself in nature through a combination of mindfulness, meditation, breathing and walking exercises.

Tickets are available here.

Twilight night splendor

where: Burnt Hill Lane, Lowestoft

when: October 27-28

Arrive at Carlton Marshes for an evening to discover the world of nocturnal animals and explore the marshes by night.

There will be plenty of nighttime activities, including moth catching, lantern making and marshmallow roasting, as well as the chance to stargaze and explore planets that can be seen through a telescope.

To enjoy an evening by the campfire, click here to book.

Yoga with goats

where: Easton Farm Park, Woodbridge

when: Every Saturday between October 7 – November 19

Join this unique combination of yoga with goats at Easton Farm Park this fall.

Nothing stops the fun as the event will be held rain or shine on the grass pasture or in the barn.

There’s no need to have practiced yoga before – everyone is welcome, you just have to be a minimum of 6 years old.

For those who want to stay after class, camping and camping are also available.

As the event grows in popularity over the summer, additional dates have been added for the upcoming fall months. Click here to book.

Pottery painting with a Halloween-themed cocktail

Mine in Stowmarket. Image: Google Maps

where: The Regal, Ipswich Road, Stowmarket

when: October 19

Pennikkity Pots returns to The 1936 Café Bar for a spooky evening of Halloween pottery painting, accompanied by a Halloween-themed cocktail (or soft drink).

The pottery will be taken, glazed and fired by Pennikkity Pots and returned to The Regal for collection after a week to 10 days

Tickets for this popular event are selling out fast, so reserve your tickets here for a fun evening of spooky pottery painting.


Kentwell Hall. Image: Google Maps

where: Kentwell Hall

when: Preview Night – October 11 and 12. Daily from October 22.

The popular event returns for another year to Kentwell Hall with its signature shouting and laughter associated with it.

Be prepared for an evening full of adventure. As you traverse the world of Twilight, where reality and fantasy merge, you will encounter thrills, spills, scares and challenges as you traverse the forests, buildings and gardens of Scaresville.

Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21.

Tickets must be booked in advance.

Ghost stories by candlelight

Royal Theater. Image: Introduction

where: Bury St Edmunds, Theater Royal

when: October 13

What happens when the ghosts of the past creep up on us today?

Gather soon for a candlelit evening filled with terrifying contemporary tales and haunting new folk music from the ‘Witch Counties’ of East Anglia.

To enjoy an evening of spooky tales, click here.

Candlelight Ghost Stories by Kelly Jones, Shamsar Sinha, and Nikola Wernowska. With music and songs by Georgia Shackleton. Directed by Ellis Ismail.

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