17 Spring Days Out and Events

Spring days out. Find things to do this spring in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. 

Concerts, country shows, foodie pop ups, art exhibitions and more, the region’s social calendar is bursting. Don’t miss out on these spring events to ease you into festival season…


Cambridge Science Festival, 9-22 March


Predictive policing, mini organs, growing food underground, global mega-fires and the limits of human endurance. These are a few of the topics explored during the 26th Cambridge Science Festival, which is set to host 390 events at venues across the city. The theme this year is ‘vision’. For details on all events and speakers visit www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk


Frühlingsfest Ipswich 2020, 21 March

Christchurch Park, 33 Bolton Lane, Ipswich IP4 2BX

Think Octoberfest but with spring sunshine. Taking place at Christchurch Park, celebrate the best of German beer alongside live music and traditional street food. Buy tickets here

The Old Leigh Real Ale, Craft Beer and Cider Festival, 26-30 March

The Peterboat, 27 High St, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EN

Blow away the cobwebs with a coastal walk finished with a craft beer and cockles. The Peterboat in Leigh on Sea will be hosting its annual drinks festival. The pub sprawls out along the estuary offering indoor and heated outdoor dining year round. Wrap up warm, grab a drink and pull up a seat at a table overlooking the water. This pub is busy year round, so expect to elbow your way to the bar for this event – it will be worth it! More info at www.the-peterboat.eastangliapubs.com/

Thriplow Daffodil Weekend, 28-29 March

Thriplow, Cambs, SG8 7RD

A lovely spring event held in the pretty village of Thriplow. Visit open gardens and admire the hundreds of daffodils. The village is closed to cars over two days and hosts a number of activities such as archery, food and drink tents, children’s fairground, a vintage car display, live music and the popular dog show! www.thriplowdaffodils.org.uk/

Sky Mirror – Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall, 29 March – 27 September

Houghton Hall & Gardens, Bircham Road, King’s Lynn PE31 6TY

Seminal works by the celebrated British sculptor Anish Kapoor will be available to view across the grounds and historic interiors of Houghton Hall this spring and summer.

The exhibition will feature 21 sculptures as well as a selection of drawings and smaller works representative of Kapoor’s ground-breaking body of work created over the past 40 years. Presented together, this series of works will challenge the classical architecture of the house and the beauty of the grounds, whilst being in continuous dialogue and engagement with Houghton’s history.  

Curated by Mario Codognato, the exhibition will feature some of Kapoor’s major works in mirror and stone, including Sky Mirror (2018) – a 5-metre diameter mirror of stainless steel that reflects and transforms the space around it, turning the world upside down! Tickets priced £20, Students £10, free to under 18s. Find out more at www.houghtonhall.com

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Hertford Arts Festival, 5 April – 5 May

Hertford Town Centre

The month long programme brings culture and community together with pop up exhibitions and art displays, Hertford Theatre Week and craft markets. Full details at www.hertford.gov.uk/events/hertford-arts-festival-526

Norfolk Spring Fling, 16 April

Norfolk Showground, Norfolk

An exciting and educational day for children aged 4-11 years. Pop along to learn more about food, farming and the countryside in fun and creative ways. www.springfling.rnaa.org.uk

Spring Cambridge Literary Festival, 16-19 April

Multiple venues, Cambridge

Stimulate your mind and creativity with a host of talks and readings at multiple venues across the city. Join in thought-provoking discussions led by international and local authors, editors and philosophers on topics such as morality and climate change. See the full programme at www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com

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East Anglian Game and Country Fair, 25-26 April

Euston Hall, Euston, Thetford IP24 2QH

Held annually at Euston Estate, the fair is loved by all. Wander the grounds and discover adrenaline filled arena displays, dog shows, forestry, equestrian workshops, cookery demonstrations and live music. There’s the opportunity to get involved with country pursuits and little ones are kept entertained with animals and activities. Tickets start from £15 for adults, £6 for children. Buy tickets at www.ukgamefair.co.uk

Hertfordshire Garden Show, 8-10 May  

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

Over 100 exhibitors, including 30 nurseries, with a wide variety of goods on display and for sale including garden furniture, water features, hot tubs, tools, sculptures, and much more. There’s plenty of inspiration for the spring months ahead. www.hertsgardenshow.com/

Ely Eel Day, 8 May

Jubilee Gardens, Ely

A weekend of heritage celebrations begins in Ely with Eel Day. The colourful parade departs at 10.30am, followed by a day of eel inspired activities including the World Eel Throwing Competition (don’t worry, it’s just stuffed toys), live music, Morris dancing and more. Foodies should take up the Eel Food Safari where restaurants, cafes and other establishments will be serving up creative eel inspired dishes. For timings visit www.elyeelfestival.co.uk

Ely Food and Drink Festival, 9-10 May

Ely Cathedral

A firm favourite among locals, the festival celebrates the region’s produce bringing together over 75 artisan food and drink traders on the Palace Green. Taste winning combinations of street food, take home tasty treats and pick up top tips from celebrity chefs. www.elyeelfestival.co.uk/foodanddrink/

Norwich & Norfolk Festival, 8-24 May

Multiple venues across Norwich and Norfolk 

The county’s biggest annual event sees talented artists, musicians and performers come together for 17 days of dazzling events. There’s something for everyone; music, acrobatics, theatre, comedy and more. New acts for 2020 include John Grant at the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome on Friday 8 May, Kandace Springs will play St Andrew’s Hall on Tuesday 12 May and Frozen Light will perform at The Garage on Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 May. Tickets are reasonably priced from £7.50 to £24. Full details at nnfestival.org.uk

Suffolk Walking Festival, 9-31 May

Multiple Suffolk locations

Visit Suffolk and enjoy one of Britain’s biggest and longest running Walking Festivals. This three-week event continues to grow with over 120 guided walks, family friendly and fringe events at Suffolk’s iconic and spectacular locations. With so much more to do than just walking, there is something for everyone.

Events include visits to the mysterious Orford Ness, walks with a sheepdog, trips on a Thames barge down the River Orwell, cruises along the River Stour, photography and art workshops and a twilight safari. Discover the Romans and Normans, military history walks from the Island of Secrets on Orford Ness, Naval Heritage in Shotley, and the Cold War Walk at Bentwaters! Plus there’s a brand new Challenge Walk over five days from 16-20 May. Tickets available from 1 March via www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

Ragroof Tea Dance at NNF 2020

Bury Festival, 15-24 May

Bury St Edmunds

The festival will bring world-class culture and entertainment to the vibrant Suffolk town across 11 days. Featuring over 50 events across 13 venues, the festival will take in some great music, song, dance, comedy, film and other art forms with top performances by both international and local artists. The programme also includes guided walks, exhibitions and an array of family events. Full programme of events at www.buryfestival.co.uk.

Duxford Air Festival, 23-24 May

IWM Duxford, Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR

A show loved by all; watch as the skies come alive with fast-flying aerobatics. There’s fun in the air and on the ground with entertainment for families, flying fans and first time visitors. Book tickets at www.iwm.org.uk/airshows/duxford-air-festival

Helmingham Hall Plant Fair, 24 May

Helmingham Hall, Suffolk

A great day out for experienced and novice gardeners. This year’s show is set to be the biggest yet, discover specialist nurseries in the ‘Garden Zone’, learn top tips from the experts, browse and buy goods at the artisan market or tuck into delicious food and soak up the atmosphere. There’s 800 plants to giveaway to the first 800 people to claim them. www.helmingham.com



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