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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.

The Newmarket Christmas Shopping Fair

The Newmarket Christmas Shopping Fair

Newmarket Racecourse, Newmarket, Newmarket, Suffolk

Saturday, 16 October 2021 (2 day event)

Simply events... Christmas craft market

Simply events... Christmas craft market

Village Hall, Lavenham, Suffolk

Saturday, 13 November 2021

Simply events... Christmas craft market

Simply events... Christmas craft market

Town Hall, Hadleigh, Suffolk

Saturday, 4 December 2021

The Suffolk Show

The Suffolk Show

Suffolk Showground, Bucklesham Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

Tuesday, 31 May 2022 (2 day event)

Uniqueprints101

Uniqueprints101

Lowestoft, Suffolk

Favourite Hey its Unique Prints. Fun, individual, Bold, eye catching, expressive, graphic, ...

Prince Crafts

Prince Crafts

Woodbridge, Suffolk

Husband and wife team producing turned wood products, glass lamp work beads and jewellery, ...

Nicki Noodle Craft

Nicki Noodle Craft

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

I love to create unique and functional pieces of table art using the medium of wet felting. ...

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 ...

love letters

love letters

Suffolk, Suffolk

I began handpainting candles in lockdown just paintIng them for Friends and family and ...

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 ...

Dottie Bears

Dottie Bears

Sudbury, Suffolk

Dottie Bears are ooak collectable teddy bears created from my own designed patterns using ...

Olive Laurel Tree Arts

Olive Laurel Tree Arts

Steeple Bumpstead, Suffolk

I create fun, quirky, hand painted, original slim box canvases. I mostly find inspiration ...

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 ...

Angelic Print Boutique

Angelic Print Boutique

Elmswell Bury st Edmunds, Suffolk

Started in November 2020 after painting some animals for her sons bedroom, Catherine ...

Gloryous Artisan Jewellery

Gloryous Artisan Jewellery

Lowestoft, Suffolk

Hi Everyone, my name is Melanie and my business is Gloryous Artisan Jewellery. I was ...

Unruly patterns

Unruly patterns

Ipswich, Suffolk

From the first brush-stroke to the last stitch (or knot) Unruly Patterns have come to ...

H L Creations

H L Creations

Trimley St Mary, Suffolk

Iím Hannah and this is my little business specialising in handmade bespoke gifts, keepsakes ...

Bearspoke Bears Limited

Bearspoke Bears Limited

Stoke by Clare, Suffolk

Hand made bespoke bears perfect gift personalised and made to order. Harris tweed decorative ...

Peters Pet Portraits

Peters Pet Portraits

Hundon, Suffolk

I am a traditional pencil portraiture artist, specialising in my own unique style, drawing ...

Twisted Horseshoe Knives

Twisted Horseshoe Knives

Stowmarket, Suffolk

I make knives for various different uses following age old techniques with the advantage ...

Cards In Bloom

Cards In Bloom

Withersfield, Suffolk

For many years I have had a passion for photography and in particular floral photography. ...

Red House Aromas

Red House Aromas

Ipswich, Suffolk

The Red House Aromas team are dedicated towards providing quality, home fragrance products ...

Bright Eternal Home

Bright Eternal Home

Ipswich, Suffolk

I make beautiful wax melts in a variety of gorgeous scents, shapes and colours. All handmade ...

The Craft Cabin

The Craft Cabin

Sudbury, Suffolk

Hello, my name is Catherine and i have been doing crafts for years. I started making ...

Author Pauline Manders

Author Pauline Manders

Stowmarket, Suffolk

Locally based author Pauline Manders writes crime novels (fiction) set in Suffolk. The ...

Ark Candle Co

Ark Candle Co

Brandon, Suffolk

We are a local small-batch company. From Candles to melts every product is poured by ...

Bonnetts Embroidery

Bonnetts Embroidery

Newmarket, Suffolk

Embroidered clothing all ages from over 1000 standard designs, or can be personalised. ...

Andrea Wright Designs

Andrea Wright Designs

Woodbridge, Suffolk

I make silver and semiprecious stone jewellery along side wooden printed and painted ...

Bergamot and Flow

Bergamot and Flow

Beccles, Suffolk

Hi, Im Sam and I started playing with various essential oil blends just for myself and ...

The Suffolk Hamper Company

The Suffolk Hamper Company

Hadleigh, Suffolk

A Suffolk based hamper company specialising in working with local producers to provide ...

James Manning

James Manning

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

We sell handmade gift products. These include activity packs for children, wax melt gift, ...

Motherbear Knitwear

Motherbear Knitwear

Needham Market, Suffolk

All our items are hand knitted. We also make cards and jewellery. There are soft toys ...

Phillippa Gunn Art

Phillippa Gunn Art

Sudbury, Suffolk

I am a contemporary artist who uses bright, bold and vivid colours. I create paintings ...

Roundhouse Bespoke Crafts

Roundhouse Bespoke Crafts

Sudbury, Suffolk

Hi, My crafts are all individually handpainted items and bespoke pieces on stones and ...

Merlin Ironworks

Merlin Ironworks

Woodbridge, Suffolk

For craft fairs, I specialise in small gifts, and presently offer mug trees and tablet/ ...

Moorebespoke

Moorebespoke

Woodbridge, Suffolk

I make one off bespoke items using wood. Specialist in rivertables and epoxyresin art, ...

Shop for Books with Mrs

Shop for Books with Mrs

Ipswich, Suffolk

Beautiful personalised Usborne book gifts. From baby showers, birthdays and Christmas ...

The Vegan potter UK

The Vegan potter UK

Bury st Edmunds, Suffolk

I am a potter from bury st Edmunds. Ive only been nmaking and selling for 3years. I like ...

Teddys Gallery

Teddys Gallery

Diss, Suffolk

I run a little gallery in the Suffolk countryside, creating handy bags and cushions from ...

Summerhouse Aromatherapy

Summerhouse Aromatherapy

Haverhill, Suffolk

Summerhouse Aromatherapy was born out of a thriving Beauty and Holistic business where ...

New crafter new products

New crafter new products

Lowestoft, Suffolk

I Am a new craftsman in jewellery and I love working with a certain gemstone called Labradorite. ...

New designs

New designs

Lowestoft, Suffolk

Hi Guys and girls crafters and shoppers, I was looking for some inspiration or some ...

Just arrived at UK Craft Fairs

Just arrived at UK Craft Fairs

Hundon, Suffolk

How exciting! Today marks the day I start using this website in full. I am very keen ...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Woodbridge, Suffolk

Welcome to 2018 which promised to be a fantastic year. Remember throughout the year: ...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Woodbridge, Suffolk

appy New Year. We are really looking forward to the coming year which we believe will ...

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 ...

Next Burnham Market Hylands House Aldeburgh

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Woodbridge, Suffolk

Unique and Fabulous Venues this Summer in ABC1 Areas With a fantastic start to 2014 ...


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.