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46 fabulous things to do in Suffolk & Cambs this June

It's officially summer, and we've got a jam-packed month to celebrate! From Jubilee events to a dizzying array of fabulous festivals, it's all happening in Suffolk and Cambs.

FOOD & DRINK

Taste of Sudbury June 2022

It’s that time of year where we can stuff ourselves silly at food festivals all in the name of supporting local of course. Top of our list this month is Taste of Sudbury, (which has grown so big it’s had to change location!) on 18 June at Melford Hall. The region’s best chefs will be taking to the stage throughout the day and there will be around 60 stalls of delicious local produce, street food, ice creams, drinks and cocktails, plus music, and a number of local craft stalls. It’s a great day out for the kids too, with free pottery sessions with Kiln Cottage Pottery.

The Fellows House

Planning to celebrate the Jubilee by eating and drinking for four days straight? Me too! A good place to kick off the foodie celebrations is at The Fellows House Cambridge, Curio Collection by Hilton who are hosting series of foodie events across the weekend, starting with a quintessentially British Jubilee Garden Party on 2 June. Street party style tables will be set up in the courtyard decorated with tablecloths and bunting hanging from trees and you can sit back, relax and dine like the Queen on afternoon tea-style food and a cold glass of Pimm’s! On 3 June there’s a Jubilee BBQ with live music, and the hotel’s super cute café, The Sage of Cambridge, has entertainment for little ones including Jubilee-themed crafts like colouring in corgis and decorating crowns.

Beer lovers will be delighted to hear that The Pint Shop in Cambridge are holding their first ever Beer Festival from 2 – 5 June featuring 32 different beers, from 32 different breweries, all Jubilee weekend.

Flourish Produce in Hildersham are holding an evening on the farm to celebrate Midsummer on June 25. It’s called Flourish: On Fire and will feature some of the very best names from the Cambs food scene, think Steak & Honour, The Modern Table, Meadows and Wylde Skye Brewing. And don’t worry the farm won’t be on fire, the name refers to the amazing four course feast that will be cooked up over fire and then enjoyed at long banquet tables.

MUSIC & FESTIVALS

Where to start with the many festivals taking place this June? Get your glitter and glowsticks at the ready and don’t expect to sleep until autumn…

Kicking off the festivities is Suffolk’s Red Rooster Festival at Euston Hall on the 2 – 4 June, celebrating the best in Cajun, Soul, Rock n Roll, Blues, Roots and Country. As well as a lot of amazing music, this festival is also well known for its river swimming (or Swan Pedalos if you don’t want to get your feet wet). There are also cookery masterclasses, display of vintage American cars, vintage stores, fairground rides, a croquet lawn, football tables and workshops in bushcraft skills, cigar box guitar playing, flower headdress making and axe throwing. It’s open to everyone too with loads for kids and even dogs to do.

Over the border in Cambs, the ever popular summer series of Music In The Parks starts on 5 June on Jesus Green with a special Platinum Jubilee edition featuring the Cambridge Groove Orchestra and Swagger.

Classical music lovers will want to keep 10 – 11 June free for Baroque Classics in the Orchard at Grantchester’s Orchard Tea Garden. Eboracum Baroque will be playing Handel, Purcell and Vivaldi including operatic arias, concertos and instrumental suites on period instruments against a backdrop of the orchard’s beautiful gardens.

EA Festival

Over on the Suffolk/Essex border, the EA Festival is returning to Hedingham Castle for its second year on 11 and 12 June. This art and culture festival is a showcase for leading performers and exponents of their respective fields (music, visual arts, moving image, poetry, media and books), featuring both local luminaries and internationally recognised stars. You can view this year’s impressive line-up here.

Is this Cambridge or Ibiza? Really hard to tell sometimes, especially in June after a few cocktails and when we have so many famous faces descending on the county. From 10 – 12 June you can head down to Childerley Orchard to see some of these superstars at The Cambridge Club Festival. We’re talking Diana Ross, Nile Rogers & Chic, Corinne Bailey Rae, Gabrielle, The Jacksons, TLC, and Level 42, as well as amazing DJs such as Sara Cox, Craig Charles, and Trevor Nelson. There’s also an Auditorium of Intrigue featuring comedy acts and talks, and an Imagination Station (remember Dick & Dom?!) and activities for the kids.

Looking to hear all your favourite bands in one place. While Bury might not be Glastonbury, it does have the next best thing – The Nearly Festival at The Abbey Gardens on 11 -12 June. As the name suggests this music festival features the UK’s best touring tribute acts with tributes to Queen, Bob Marley, ABBA, Beyoncé, Black Eyed Pea and more. There’s also a Kidzone, street food market, and pub in the park to enjoy while you listen. Can’t make the Bury St Edmunds dates? The festival is also coming to Oulton Broad on 25 – 26 June and Great Yarmouth in July.

wildwood June 2022

One of Cambs’ most-loved summer events The WildWood Disco is lighting up the forest on 17 – 19 June. This is a weekend of pure joy, fun, dancing and revelry under a magical canopy of trees near Linton. There are 4 stages with an excellent line up of artists and musical genres (hip hop, soul, disco, techno, etc.), and a Sundown Stage for energising yoga and disco yoga plus fortune telling, campfires, glamping and lots of glitter!

Back at Childerley Orchard, it’s the Strawberries and Creem festival from 17 – 19 June. This festival features the best in UK urban and dance music and is headlined by rap legend Lil Wayne this year with more than 100 artists taking to the various stages too.

Newmarket Nights June 2022

Newmarket Nights at Newmarket Racecourses kick off the very same weekend with the awesome double platinum and BRIT award-winning Paloma Faith opening the season on 17 June followed by Rudimental on 24 June. If you’ve never been, it’s a amazing day/night out where you can enjoy all the thrills of the racing followed by amazing music in a fairly intimate crowd.

Urban and dance or Paloma Faith not really your kind of music? How about some rock music instead? The 16 -19 June is also when Cambridge Rock Festival comes to our county with an amazing line-up of 68 bands to headbang along to. The festival is heading to a new site this year in Peterborough, at the East Of England Arena.

Keane

And the final musical act to tempt you on the 17 June is Keane at Thetford Forest’s ever poplar Forest Live. Keane last appeared at High Lodge in 2010 (I was there and can confirm it was an incredible, if slightly damp, night!) so they’re set to make a triumphant return with loads of new music for 2022.

fen edge festival

Back in Cambridgeshire there’s the Fen Edge Festival taking place on 24 – 26 June at Cottenham Village Green. It’s a celebration of the five Fen Edge villages and you can expect everything from live music at a mini Glastonbury-style Pyramid tent, a funfair, local food and drink and stalls.

Seeing out the musical month is Bury St Edmunds’ Folk Festival at Nowton Park on 25 June. As well as fabulous live folk and acoustic music, there will be craft stalls, children’s activities, music workshops, hot food and a bar.

ART & CULTURE

Image: Alex Bailey

You might remember Ely Cathedral ran a very successful exhibition of costumes from movies and TV shows filmed in the UK’s cathedrals back in 2019. Well, in honour of the Jubilee year they’re holding a updated exhibition – Crowns & Gowns II – Cathedrals on Location starting on 30 June – 11 August, showcasing iconic dresses and outfits from well known productions including The Young Victoria, Wolf Hall, Paddington, The Other Boleyn Girl, The King’s Speech, Macbeth and The Crown. Who needs the V&A when you live in Cambs?

It’s Independent Bookshop Week this month (18 – 25 June) and Niche Comic Books in Huntingdon are celebrating by hosting an open mic poetry night with poet, musician and storyteller Fay Roberts on 23 June, followed by an acoustic night with singer-songwriter Christian Smith on 24 June.

Art: Southwold III by Relton Marine

No time to head to the Suffolk coast this month? Not a problem, becasue Byard Art in Cambridge are bringing stunning seascapes inland with their Coastal Exhibition running from 26 May – 26 June featuring gorgeous artwork depicting seaside scenes from sunny California to lovely Lowestoft, and the sublime stormy skies of the Scilly Isles to the ice-cream fuelled sunset walks at Brighton.

DAYS OUT

Midsummer Common’s famous Strawberry Fair is making a return for 2022 on 11 June. If you haven’t been before, it’s a one day music and arts event run entirely by volunteers and is free to attend! There will be performances from over 100 local groups, as well as community stalls showcasing Cambridge’s finest wares, lots of food trucks, fairground rides, a kids area, a scarecrow corner, workshops and the Cambridge Band competition.

The Queen might be celebrating 70 years, but Kentwell Hall has gone one better this month by celebrating over 2000 years of history in one day, with over 200 actors playing everything from a Neolithic Hunting Band to 80s Punks. You can get involved in Kentwell’s History Festival from 2 – 5 June, with the chance to see incredible sights like a Victorian Travelling Show followed by a 1920s Croquet Party and a 1960s Peace Camp. A whirlwind history lesson that kids will love.

Image: © IWM

Days out in our region don’t get much more spectacular than a visit to IWM Duxford on one of their show days. This month we’re spoilt with two amazing events. The first is ‘Flying Days: Commemorating D-Day’ on 5 June, which looks back at the pivotal role Duxford played in Operation Overlord, with a special flying display and on the ground entertainment. Can’t make that? How about the Duxford Summer Air Show on 18 and 19 June instead (that’s Father’s Day FYI so would make a very good present!). This show is all about incredible all-action aerobatics and is fabulous for all the the family.

Image: © IWM.

From 27th May there’s also a brand new object trail at IWM Duxford charting British and Commonwealth aviation during The Queen’s 70-year reign, alongside a large-scale projection of recently digitised film from IWM’s archive which traces The Queen’s personal experience of war.

If you love Mill Road in Cambridge then you’ll want to get yourself to their Summer Shindig from 4-9pm at Romsey Recreation Ground, Vinery Road on 18 June. It’s a very laid back event with live music and giant games to be enjoyed over a bring-you-own picnic.

Also on the 18 and 19 June there’s the Cambridge Town & Country Fair on Parker’s Piece. As the name suggests, there’s a bit of everything going on at this show from bottle feeding lambs and kids (goats that is!), a family dog show, birds of prey displays to bouncy castles, fairgrounds, and arts, crafts food drink and gifts marquees.

Racing season is in full gallop and there’s plenty of fun days out to be had cheering on the gee gees in our counties. On 23 June it’s the first-ever Cambridgeshire County Day at Newmarket Racecourse’s July Course. There’s the usual thrilling racing action, plus away from the course there’ll be a showcase of the very best Cambridgeshire businesses, charities, and community initiatives.

At Huntingdon racecourse, there’s a Platinum Jubilee Garden Party on the 3 June. As well as racing in honour of Her Majesty there will also be activities such as Crown Workshops, Inflatable Fun and Games, a Walkabout Act and Pony Hop Racing.

THEATRE

queen

Looking for a slightly more cultural way to honour Her Majesty than simply scoffing scones and drinking Champagne? I love the sound of Marina Theatre’s Queen: Unspoken Stories at 7:30pm on 1 June. The show is a collection of short plays, penned by participants of the Marina’s Unspoken Stories playwriting project, that are inspired by her life, loves, achievements and tribulations. Later in June our tops picks at Marina Theatre Lowestoft are The Simon & Garfunkel Story on 17 June and Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts on 21 – 23 June.

headshot of comedienne

If you’re a child of the nineties you’ll want to hotfoot it down to the Cambridge Corn Exchange on 10 June for the Ronan Keating Concert or perhaps you’re after a fun evening full of humour and laughter with Sandi Tokvig’s brand new show Next Slide Please on 23 June.

kinky boots musical

Cambridge’s ADC Theatre is showing Kinky Boots from 2 – 11 June. If you haven’t seen this musical before you must. It’s an absolute banger. Just down the road at Town & Gown we love the sound of Christine Bovill’s Paris, that celebrates the golden age of French song, on 11 June.

Finally, Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal has the intriguing sounding Murder, She Didn’t Write on 25 – 26 June. If you love the idea of audience participation this one’s for you… The audience becomes Agatha Christie in this improvised comedy as each night an original murder mystery play is created based entirely on audience suggestions!

KIDS

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Marina Theatre Lowestoft on the 3rd June for a brilliant springtime show – The Wizard of Oz. KD Theatre Productions have turned L. Frank Baum’s much-loved story into a spectacular Spring Pantomime packed with jokes, songs, dance routines, and eye-catching scenery. There are showings at both 2.30pm and 6pm.

Looking for a show for little ones who can’t sit still for long? The Arts Theatre in Cambridge are showing The Tiger Who Came to Tea from 7 – 9 June and it’s brilliant. I’ve been before with a 3, 4 and 6 year old and all were completely entranced for the entire 50 minutes.

Got a dino obsessed child? They’ll love the chance to get up close and personal to their favourite prehistoric creatures at Cambridge Art Theatre’s Dinosaur World Live from 10 – 12 June.

the reluctant dragon show

Over towards Peterborough, there’s some outdoor theatre to be enjoyed at Sacrewell Farm. Quantum Theatre, a travelling theatre company are putting on an al fresco adaptation in the Mill Stream Area of The Reluctant Dragon. It’s suitable for all ages, and tickets include access to Sacrewell from 3pm on 4th June with the show starting at 5pm. One more important detail – tickets also include a free scoop of ice cream in the interval!

Cambridge’s Botanical Gardens is a lovely place for kids, especially when they’ve got an activity to take part in. Their own take on the Jubilee takes place on 4th June and is called The Queen Bee. Kids can make a queen bee and take her on a journey to visit the royal plants in the garden. It’s a free event, so simply drop-in to the Schools Garden between 10am and 1pm.

Just over the border into Essex Audley End Miniature Railway is well worth a visit. From 28 May to 5 June it’s Wildlife Week, with lots of activities revolving around the Nature Corner. Kids will learn about all about the different habitats, insects and creatures you may find in the wild, with a chance to look at bug hotels, wormeries and bird boxes. There are also shows throughout the day in the Stage Area and everyone gets a ride on the miniature train as part of the experience, as well as access to the Fairy and Elf Walk and the Adventure Play Area.

Got a toddler who’s getting bored of simply wiping sticky fingers on your kitchen cupboards? Then head over to Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on 12 June, and you’ll find the perfect way to tire them out at this awesome kiddy event – TOTFest Suffolk (yes that’s right a festival for babies!). All the best baby and children’s businesses across the area come together in a riot of colour and noise, that your little ones will love. Think live shows, baby football, Hartbeeps, a creation zone, fairground rides, crazy golf and even a bat rave.

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