Five of the best spring shows in Suffolk - your family guide

The West Stow Anglo Saxon Village's Big Brecks Craft and Country Fair

The West Stow Anglo Saxon Village's Big Brecks Craft and Country Fair - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Suffolk is famous for its shows, which celebrate the county’s farming heritage and the variety of crafts, food and performers that the area has to offer.

Having fun at the Suffolk Show

Having fun at the Suffolk Show - Credit: Archant

There are some excellent shows coming up throughout the spring season, each with something special to offer.

Here we bring you a round up.

Suffolk Flower Show, Trinity Park, Ipswich - Saturday, March 26 to Monday, March 28

Ella, 7, and Joshua Lane, 7, pet a sheep.

Ella, 7, and Joshua Lane, 7, pet a sheep. - Credit: Su Anderson

The show of the year for all gardeners, the Suffolk Flower Show is three days of fun. There will be several exhibitors of plants, flowers and gardening products, in addition to homewares, crafts and animal products.

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Keen gardeners will enjoy the indoor plant village and there will also be demonstrations, talks and workshops from multi award-winning floral designer Mig Kimpton

Tickets: adults £6.50 (advance tickets £5), senior citizens £5.50 (advance £4.50), children £2 (advance free)

Learn more hereBig Brecks Fest, West Stow Anglo Saxon Village - Sunday, March 27 and and Monday, March 28

Kayleigh Crook, 8, pets a miniature Shetland pony at the Colchester Town and Country Show.

Kayleigh Crook, 8, pets a miniature Shetland pony at the Colchester Town and Country Show. - Credit: Su Anderson

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This Easter show celebrates Breckland-themed crafts and activities. Held at the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, it has several Saxon-themed events, including tool demonstrations and The Saxon Bake-Off, where Friends of West Stow create dishes using only Anglo-Saxon ingredients.

The Stowacyn Anglo-Saxon re-enactment group will also be in attendance.

Visitors will have a chance to try hands on activities, such as archery and crafts.

To celebrate Easter, there will be an Easter egg trail to follow too.

The first 50 people to arrive will receive free tickets.

Learn more hereColchester Town and Country Show, Lower Castle Park, Colchester - Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10

This show is relatively new, celebrating its seventh anniversary this year, but it has already produced a popular following.

It is a little different to other shows in the area as it’s based in the centre of town and celebrates both agriculture and urban influences.

There’s something for everyone, including living history displays, a circus workshop and children’s entertainment.

A lot of focus is on animals, and visitors can enjoy the dog and duck show, ferret racing, bottle feeding lambs and on Saturday the Companion Dog Show, which is open for entries.

Tickets: adults £5, concessions £4, children £2.50, families £13

Learn more hereHadleigh Show, Holbecks Park, Hadleigh - Saturday, May 21

Now in its 177th year, Hadleigh Show provides a mix of traditional farming and fun family events, perfectly encapsulated in The Sheep Show which will be returning again this year, along with its famous dancing sheep.

Other highlights of 2016’s show will include a performance from the Royal Signals Motor Display Team, otherwise known as the White Helmets, and a new cooking demo area with demonstrations throughout the day organised by The Barn Assington’s Malcolm Long.

Foodies will also enjoy the food hall, with over 40 producers all from East Anglia.

Animals are a big draw to the Hadleigh Show and, in addition to the birds of prey, ferrets and farm animals, the Tendring Agility Group will be demonstrating dog agility in the countryside ring.

The theme this year is wildlife with a particular focus on bees. Local bee keepers and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust will be on hand to provide information.

There will be lots more on the day, including a parade of vintage tractors.

Tickets: adults £12, concessions £10, children (5 to 16) £7, families (two adults and three children) £27, under 5s go free. Discounts are available for advance tickets To book and get details of advance ticket discounts, visit their websiteSuffolk Show, Trinity Park, Ipswich - Wednesday, June 1 and and Thursday, June 2

Plans are underway for the county’s biggest show of the year, the Suffolk Show, held this year on Wednesday and Thursday, June 1 and 2, at Trinity Park.

Highlights of this year’s event will include a range of delicious local food and drink, Suffolk’s biggest shopping show, activities in the Suffolk Sports Village, a children’s farm, fair rides and more.

There will be several performances in the main rings, including incredible displays from motorcycle display team the Bold Dog Lings, Titan the Robot and family favourite the Shetland Grand National.

As always, animals will be the main feature, with traditional livestock competitions, show jumping and the chance to see rare breeds, such as the popular Suffolk Punch horses.

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