Events at Local properties

These events have been given to us by Local NT properties. Please check that they are still going ahead as we are not told of cancellations.

 Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey has periods in the year with something to offer, free for national Trust members or where normal admission prices apply.
February - our gardens are transformed into a sea of white as over 270 varieties of snowdrop herald the arrival of spring.
March – see spring bulbs as they emerge in the gardens.
June/July – our Herbacious border at its best and our rose gardens in bloom.
September - see the beautiful colour and varieties of dahlia in our garden. The House will also be decorated with beautiful displays.
November – Winter lights.
December – The house is opened to celebrate the preparations for Christmas in the 1960’s.


14 – 17th April.  Easter Egg hunt.  11.00 – 16.00
1st May.    Valley Farm May Day event  11.00 –  16.00
11th June.  Valley Farm lawn – A concert for Constable with the West Bergholt Concert Band  (time to be confirmed)
28th July.    A Midsummer Night’s Dream  (evening, time to be confirmed)
26th August.  The Wind in the Willows  (afternoon, time to be confirmed)

Heritage open day

9th September when Valley Farm, and Thorrington Hall will be open.

We are informed that as Thorrington Hall was not in fact opened on the Heritage days. It will be opened on 1st October from 10.00 - 14.00.

Christmas weekends  (Sherman's will be open)

 25 -26th November
 2 - 3rd December.

Art exhibitions for 2017 in the Boathouse Gallery.
4 March-1 May 'Four Friends'

An  exhibition of work by Charlotte Stewart, Dina Southwell, Mathilde van der Does de Willebois and Zara Chancellor all live within 10 miles of Flatford & have known each other for a number of years.
6 May-24  June 'Portraits of British Trees'
Janet  French and Emma Buckmaster make etchings of British Trees and print them onto paper made from the tree’s own leaves. A willow print has been made especially for Flatford with a printmaking demonstration on 29th May.

1July- 26 August 'Observations and Recollections'
Essex-based artist Paul Finn has spent the last year painting Constable country in all seasons. A book and a film about his experience is being produced to promote this exhibition
2 Sept-20 Oct ‘In Constable’s Footsteps’
Louise Balaam is a landscape painter whose work is based on an emotional response to the landscape, particularly the quality of light. She has always had a huge admiration for Constable's paintings.


 Sutton Hoo:

Not such good news is the Woods Lane road closure which runs from 6th-30th Nov and then begins all over again on 6th January for up to 4 months!! We are currently in discussions with the developers to put up diversion signs for Sutton Hoo but this is currently proving to be a very slow and frustrating process. Don’t forget access is via Woodbridge or Ufford during this time.

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12: Christmas Gift Fayre which will be bursting with inspiration for your gift list. From creative crafts, unusual gifts and storytelling, there’ll be something for everyone.
Saturday 18 November – Sunday 17 of December: Winterseld Telling of Tales Sit around the burning yule log and listen to our Anglo Saxon story tellers reading stories as old as time
Saturday 18: ‘Who killed the vicar?’ Murder Mystery: Witness events leading up to a murder and make your own deductions. You will be invited to submit your solution prior to the big reveal as to who it was and why! *fundraising event*
Friday 15, 6.30pm: A Christmas Evening Join Musicology singing festive tunes in the beautifully decorated atmosphere of Tranmer House whilst enjoying a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine! *fundraising event*
Sunday 17, 2.00pm: Winter Solstice Enjoy a unique tour with Dr Sam Newton on one of the most important dates of the pagan calendar.
2018 promises to be an exciting year for Sutton Hoo not just because the Heritage Lottery Fund bid plans begin to be realised but also because we are celebrating the stories of Sutton Hoo’s women.
We have so many incredible stories to share, some of which will be presented and told in exhibitions.
In the treasury, Melton Primary school are creating three wall hangings which will portray their interpretation of Queen Raedwald s involvement in orchestrating the burial chamber of her husband.
In the Sitting Room, Edith Pretty’s life will be explored through scrap books of information and scenes, in a similar style to We Few People.
The Dining Room will tell the incredible stories of Peggy Piggott, Mercie Lack and Barbra Wagstaff and their lives beyond the dig.