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Arts and crafts in Suffolk

Suffolk (including Babergh, Forest Heath, Ipswich, Mid Suffolk, St Edmundsbury, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney) is in the East of England of England. It has a population of around 730,000 and covers approximately 380,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk.

County flag of SuffolkSuffolk is mostly flat, with few hills and the counties ancient open heaths and coast, with its beautiful beaches and picturesque towns, are Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The county town of Suffolk is Ipswich, where you can visit Christchurch Mansion, a Tudor house which contains period furnishings, a contemporary art gallery and a collection including ceramics, costumes and Victorian toys. Paintings on show include works by two of Englands most famous artists, who were born in Suffolk, Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable, whose landscape paintings of the area in which he lived caused it be called Constable Country. Gainsboroughs House in the town of Sudbury was bought by the father of Thomas Gainsborough several years before he was born and was his childhood home. The 16th century house is now a museum devoted to the life and work of Gainsborough, with period furnishings and a collection of the artists work including paintings, prints and drawings. Performing arts venues in Suffolk include the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, the Haverhill Arts Centre, the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft and The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

There have been many archaeological sites found in Suffolk, but perhaps best known is Sutton Hoo, where an Anglo Saxon ship burial dating back to the 7th century was discovered. The body of the high status man, believed to be a local king, along with much of the nearly thirty metre long wooden boat and burial chamber within were destroyed by the acidic soil. However the shape of the ship survived along with its iron rivets and a wide range of artefacts that he was buried with, such as textiles and finely decorated metal work. They include clothes, leather shoes, coins, a cushion, armour, helmet, sword, silver vessels, bronze bowls and a gold buckle and clasps. Some objects, such as the shield, had to be reconstructed and the Sutton Hoo treasures are now on display at the British Museum in London. At Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, visitors can see a reconstruction of the burial chamber and replicas of the finds. Other attractions in Suffolk include Ipswich Museum, Melford Hall, Framlingham Castle, St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Southwold Pier, Orford Castle, Little Hall in Lavenham, Flatford Mill in East Bergholt, Ickworth House near Bury St Edmunds and the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.

British Crafts Weekend 6

British Crafts Weekend 6

Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Saturday, 15 December 2018 (2 day event)

Simply events...Spring craft fair

Simply events...Spring craft fair

St Peters Church, Sudbury, Suffolk

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Simply events...Easter craft fair

Simply events...Easter craft fair

St Peters Church, Sudbury, Suffolk

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Simply events...Summer craft fair

Simply events...Summer craft fair

St Peters Church, Sudbury, Suffolk

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Simply events...Autumn craft fair

Simply events...Autumn craft fair

Town Hall, Hadleigh, Suffolk

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Simply events...Christmas craft fair

Simply events...Christmas craft fair

St Peters Church, Sudbury, Suffolk

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Hollybush Hope Alpacas

Hollybush Hope Alpacas

Stowmarket, Suffolk

We have a small herd of 12 Alpacas. They produce a wonderful array of yarn once a year which we sell in their original colours, we also ...

Helspretties

Helspretties

Sproughton, Suffolk

I am at my happiest when I am in my little study being creative.I love the idea that my creations are brightening someones day somewhere. ...

Gradiance Yarns

Gradiance Yarns

Ipswich, Suffolk

I dye yarn weights of Aran, DK, Fingering, and Lace, in a variety of luxury and natural fibres. I use professional dyes which are colour ...

Jewellery By Me

Jewellery By Me

Stowmarket, Suffolk

Jewellery By Me produces custom designed jewellery. We display and sell our products in craft fairs around Suffolk but can make items ...

Artist Aria Treasures

Artist Aria Treasures

Ipswich, Suffolk

Combining social justice with a passion for art, I decided to take a year to fully invest in my small etsy business and build upon my existing ...

Hannah Berridge Ceramics

Hannah Berridge Ceramics

Saxmundham, Suffolk

My hand-painted ceramics come from my studio in Suffolk and reflect the beautiful countryside and the seaside towns that surround me. Many ...

Blackthorpe Studio

Blackthorpe Studio

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

A lifelong love of textiles and my fascination of the creative design process, has resulted in the production of my Suffolk based collection ...

Hart Glass

Hart Glass

Sudbury, Suffolk

My work centres on the conservation of endangered flora and fauna celebrating the sublime architecture of nature, whilst emphasising the ...

Key to my Treasure handmade gifts

Key to my Treasure handmade gifts

Haverhill, Suffolk

I began my venture by making my own costume jewellery when I couldnt find the design I liked in the shops. My love for keys is almost unnatural ...

Daydreaming Jewellery

Daydreaming Jewellery

Ipswich, Suffolk

Hello, my name is Erin and I welcome you to my listing. I have not always made jewellery, several years ago I had a fantastic career which ...

DiDi handmade jewellery

DiDi handmade jewellery

Bungay, Suffolk

DiDi handmade jewellery: Jewellery using semiprecious gemstones in designs inspired by the coasts and countryside of Norfolk and Suffolk. ...

Olive Tree Art

Olive Tree Art

Steeple Bumpstead, Suffolk

I create fun, quirky, hand painted, original slim box canvases. I mostly find inspiration trekking over the fields with my dogs. The blazing ...

Earthly Treasures

Earthly Treasures

Lakenheath, Suffolk

Earthly Treasures is inspired by my love of the Earth and making beautiful things from them. I recycle where possible and try to buy ethically ...

Unique Hearts

Unique Hearts

Nr Ipswich, Suffolk

Hand made silver plated wire heart pendants decorated with beads . I send 15% of proceeds to British Heart Foundation. Because they are ...

Twisted Horseshoe Knives

Twisted Horseshoe Knives

Stowmarket, Suffolk

I make knives for various different uses following age old techniques with the advantage of modern tools. I only use High Carbon Steel ...

Flower Power by Tracey Williams

Flower Power by Tracey Williams

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Flower Power is a flower shop based in Bury St Edmunds, which will be opening very soon. The business is up and running, delivering to ...

Bonnetts Embroidery

Bonnetts Embroidery

Newmarket, Suffolk

Embroidered clothing all ages from over 1000 standard designs, or can be personalised. Embroidered framed pictures of animals/tractors/airplanes ...

Jane Laya Textiles

Jane Laya Textiles

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Customers can choose from a variety of scarves which are hand dyed using the Japanese Shibori technique which uses the fabric as its own ...

Andrea Wright Designs

Andrea Wright Designs

Woodbridge, Suffolk

I make silver and semiprecious stone jewellery along side wooden printed and painted brooches. I aim to make beautiful wearable jewellery ...

Motherbear Knitwear

Motherbear Knitwear

Needham Market, Suffolk

All our items are hand knitted. We also make cards and jewellery. There are soft toys ladies and gents hats scarves for everyday wear ...

Claudias Soap Kitchen

Claudias Soap Kitchen

Newmarket, Suffolk

I make homemade soaps in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and scents. I pride myself on my motivation to make the customer happy. This often ...

Julian McAlpine

Julian McAlpine

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

I recycle wine bottles by transforming them into self watering planters that can be used to ensure your house plants are never under watered. ...

Ria Crosbie

Ria Crosbie

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

I have cards printed with my own designs, they are very varied in design. It is a small collection at the moment as I am adding as and ...

Just Quackers

Just Quackers

Ipswich, Suffolk

After successfully selling to friends and family, Just Quackers established in 2015 decided to branch out into the bigger community. ...

Crafty Pins

Crafty Pins

Glemsford, Suffolk

Our range of handmade crafts include vintage style aprons in both adult and childs sizes, tote bags, cushions of various shapes and sizes, ...

Nanas Little Angels

Nanas Little Angels

Lowestoft, Suffolk

GIRLS 0-8 years Exclusive Crochet and fabric designs also Christening, Bridesmaid and party Tutu dresses and accessories all hand made ...

Catherine Eldred

Catherine Eldred

Colchester, Suffolk

Natural skin and spa products, with honey and/ or beeswax used in many of the formulations. In addition to my standard range I produce ...

Josephine Hornsby

Josephine Hornsby

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Hand made candles, both plain and with various fragrances, in plain and coloured glass containers. Candles presented with added decoration, ...

Toys and Turnings

Toys and Turnings

Sudbury, Suffolk

I produce handcrafted toys in hardwoods (normally ash, beech and walnut). My range includes tractors, tractors and trailers, lorries, fire ...

By Jane

By Jane

Sudbury, Suffolk

Jewellery using only semi precious stones and sterling silver. Hand knotted necklaces and bracelets. Pieces can be made to order with ...

ken jones sticksandcanes

ken jones sticksandcanes

Beccles, Suffolk

After 55 yrs as a general Wood Turner 35 of them with my own workshop in Islington London trading as Ken Jones(woodturner)tasking a vast ...

Custom Acrylic and Wood Crafts

Custom Acrylic and Wood Crafts

Lakenheath, Suffolk

Suppliers of wooden crafted products ready for painting. Over 500 products in our store ready to be decorated.. woodshapes and also we ...

Glasshoppa

Glasshoppa

Ipswich, Suffolk

Fused glass coasters plates and bowls using bold modern colour combinations and designs. Unique designer jewellery using fired glass and ...

Jo Taylor

Jo Taylor

Haverhill, Suffolk

Photographic Art (landscapes and still life). Photos come on back board and mounted wrapped in cellophane.

Beautiful Beginnings Design ltd

Beautiful Beginnings Design ltd

Trimley St Mary , Suffolk

Beautiful and totally unique Keepsake books. I have so far created and self published - 'Our Weddng Story' a planner, journal and keepsake ...

Owls and faeries

Owls and faeries

Lakenheath, Suffolk

My goodness, I wanted a challenge and this wired owl Im working on is certainly that! Using copper wire, beads and the wrong side of a ...

Unicorn brooch

Unicorn brooch

Lakenheath, Suffolk

Ive made a variety of unicorn brooches, namely three, the copper one in the picture, a silver and blue very sparkly one and another silver ...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Woodbridge, Suffolk

Welcome to 2018 which promised to be a fantastic year. Remember throughout the year: Nothing is impossible, the word itself says Im possible! ...

Felixstowe Kite Craft Kids and Car Festival

Felixstowe Kite Craft Kids and Car Festival

Felixstowe, Suffolk

Come to one of the biggest Craft Fairs in East Anglia with 100 craft stalls lots of childrens entertainment , good food and drink 150 free ...

Its looking a ittle lot like Christmas

Its looking a ittle lot like Christmas

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Preparations are underway, just a few tweaks and then we shall open our Christmassy barn doors on Sat 12 November at 10am. We cannot wait, ...

Why Knitters Should Love Sewing

Why Knitters Should Love Sewing

Ipswich, Suffolk

When I talk amongst knitters there seems to be an over whelming percentage of knitters who really despise sewing up at the end. Some brave ...

How To Skirt and Sort Your Fleece

How To Skirt and Sort Your Fleece

Ipswich, Suffolk

A few weeks ago I went to a local farm and helped with sheep shearing day. As I had never handled a sheep before, aside from feeding the ...

This 1 Process to Keep your Stash Under Control

This 1 Process to Keep your Stash Under Control

Ipswich, Suffolk

My yarn stash is out of control! My fibre stash is not! But what have I done differently? This simple process I have put together, if followed ...

5 Valuable Tips for Successful Car Knitting

5 Valuable Tips for Successful Car Knitting

Ipswich, Suffolk

Car journeys as a passenger have the ability of being, well, boring. Especially travelling long distances as the journey usually takes ...

6 Things You Need to Know as a New Knitter

6 Things You Need to Know as a New Knitter

Ipswich, Suffolk

Recently I started reminiscing about when I began knitting all those years ago, and the things I know now that I wish I knew back then. ...

8 Essentials to Make your First Sheep Shearing Awe

8 Essentials to Make your First Sheep Shearing Awe

Ipswich, Suffolk

So you’re about to head to your first sheep shearing and you’re wondering what you need? This was me two days ago. It started with knitting, ...

How To Clean Your Precious Spinning Wheel

How To Clean Your Precious Spinning Wheel

Ipswich, Suffolk

When was the last time you cleaned your spinning wheel? Have you just acquired an old wheel that needs cleaning? A dusty wheel you want ...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Woodbridge, Suffolk

appy New Year. We are really looking forward to the coming year which we believe will be a prosperous trading year. Our 2016 shows looks ...

We will be celebrating 25 years at BlackthorpeBarn

We will be celebrating 25 years at BlackthorpeBarn

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Preparations are well under away for our 25th year of Crafts at Blackthorpe Barn. WK1 : Sat 14 - Sun 15 November WK2 : Sat 21 - Sun 22 ...

Love British Love Handmade

Love British Love Handmade

Woodbridge, Suffolk

Well what can I say, Quintessentially British Events and its teams feet are itching and we are literally raring to go and start the 2015 ...

Moth Crafts

Moth Crafts

Bungay, Suffolk

We have a new shop in Bungay - Moth Crafts. We rent out shelf space to local artists and crafters and, since we opened at the end of October ...

25 days to go til we open our British Crafts doors

25 days to go til we open our British Crafts doors

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Preparations are going well here at Blackthorpe Barn, Suffolk. We are creating a bigger cafe for more customers to wind down and enjoy ...

Next Burnham Market Hylands House Aldeburgh

Next Burnham Market  Hylands House  Aldeburgh

Woodbridge, Suffolk

Unique and Fabulous Venues this Summer in ABC1 Areas With a fantastic start to 2014 with our first time Stradsett Country and Craft Show ...


Thomas Woolner

(Born 1825 in Hadliegh in Suffolk), Poetry, Sculpture

Thomas Woolner, English sculptor and poet, RA. He was a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

John Constable

(Born 1776 in East Bergholt in Suffolk), Painting

A romantic painter, known for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, now known as Constable Country.

Thomas Gainsborough

(Born 1727 in Sudbury in Suffolk), Painting

A talented English portrait and landscape painter. Perhaps his best known work would be The Blue Boy. He was noted for the speed that he applied paint, working more from nature.

William Alabaster

(Born 1567 in Hadleigh in Suffolk), Poetry, Theatre

Alabaster was a English writer who often wrote in Latin. For example his work Roxana which was a drama.