Fun and learning at the Suffolk Show

Countryside Area - Luke Chapman woodcarver with his Owl woodcarving. Credit: Luke Chapman.

The Suffolk Show returns to Trinity Park in Ipswich on Tuesday 31 May and Wednesday 1 June with hundreds of things for families to see and do. While school may be out for half-term, the Suffolk Show offers a fun learning experience with opportunities to discover new skills, learn about local careers, and experience all aspects of farming and county life. 

The Suffolk Skills Zone, sponsored by Suffolk New College, is a popular area for trying something new with free activities and workshops hosted by local students. Visitors can learn about forensic science with finger printing and soil sampling, or discover the creative arts with canvas painting, nail art or artistic hair styling.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is back this year helping visitors discover how to make a wildflower plug, dip for underwater lifeforms, sweep for flying exoskeletons and build a space to help insects. There will be plenty of nature and wildlife activities for all ages.

In the Countryside Area visitors can explore traditional country skills and crafts from thatching to blacksmithing. Master craftsmen at the Show this year include wheelwright Alan Paulus from Heritage Crafts, thatcher J P Lewis who will be demonstrating straw craftsmanship and chainsaw woodcarver Luke Chapman.

In the Sports Village there are dozens of free sports to try such as archery, climbing wall, trampolining, cricket, slack-rope walking, rugby, lacrosse, cycling and the popular adrenaline-fuelled Air Drop where visitors can experience freefalling onto a giant airbag.

(Climbing wall at the Sports Zone. Credit: Andy Abbott / Suffolk Agricultural Association)

Another favourite educational area at the Suffolk Show is the Farm Discovery Zone which encourages children to meet the animals and learn about local farming. From brushing a horse, feeding a lamb or riding a mini tractor, this fun activity zone introduces the next generation to farming life. 

Bruce Kerr, Suffolk Show director, said: “The Suffolk Show is more than just a fun day out, there is something new around every corner where visitors can pick up a new skill or learn about the wide range of different industries that make our county great. It’s an action-packed event where we hope visitors of all ages feel inspired to pursue new interests, discover new talents and recognise all the fantastic skill and expertise that Suffolk has to offer.”

(Air drop at the Sports Zone. Credit: Andy Abbott / Suffolk Agricultural Association)

The Suffolk Show is organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association which, as a charity, hosts a year-round schedule of curriculum-based education activities for local school children, including the School Farm Fair, Tractors into Schools programme, and the School Show Garden competition. Education is at the heart of the Suffolk Show with its core purpose to highlight the county’s important role in food, farming and agriculture.

Early-bird tickets for the Suffolk Show are £26.50 per adult (tickets will be £28.50 per adult if purchased after 21 May and on the Show days if purchased online and £30 per adult on the gate) while young people between 15 to 18 are £7.50. Children under 15 years are free, and car parking is also free this year so visitors can spend less time at the gate and more time enjoying all that the Show has to offer.

To find out more or to book your tickets, visit

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