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From the Queen's Platinum Jubilee to Latitude Festival, these are some of the biggest events happening across Suffolk in 2022



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It's a brand new year and it's set to be a busy one.

2022 will see celebrations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in February and the return of some of Suffolk's most popular events.

Here's some dates for your diary you won't want to miss.

It's a brand new year and it's set to be a busy one
It's a brand new year and it's set to be a busy one

January

January 1, marks New Year's Day and the hope for many of a fresh start, locations across Bury St Edmunds including The Angel, the Priory Hotel and the ICE café are all offering special New Year's Day meals, allowing diners to start the new year off in style.

February

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 2002.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 2002.

February 6, marks the official date for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, in which she will celebrate her time as the only monarch to reign for 70 years. However, official events and the four day bank holiday will not take place until June.

Fans of Lord of the Rings will be excited to take part in the West Stow’s Ring Quest, taking place on February 12, where details will be revealed on what links Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon world on a guided tour around West Stow Anglo-Saxon village.

March

Get your frying pans ready for pancake day on March 1.

Folk Cafe pancakes.
Folk Cafe pancakes.

April

The Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival is back! After a short pandemic related break the Fringe Festival will return between April 1-30. Though the line up is yet to be revealed, more information is promised to be available soon.

Equestrian and dog events, as well as children's activities are all planned as part of the East Anglian Game & Country Fair from April 23 - 24 at the Euston Estate near Thetford, just off the A11.

Named after the prize money which was originally awarded to the winners of each flat race, the Qipco Guineas Festival 2022 will return to the horse racing town of Newmarket from April 29 until May 1.

The Qipco 1000 and 2000 Guineas Festival will take place from April 29 until May 1 in Newmarket.
The Qipco 1000 and 2000 Guineas Festival will take place from April 29 until May 1 in Newmarket.

May

From May 1, a monthly changing display of sculptures will be on display between May and November in the crypt within the Abbey ruins, where the shrine of St Edmund would have stood.

The Suffolk Show is earmarked to take place from May 31 until June 1, early bird tickets are currently available on the Suffolk Show website.

Between May 13-16, Newmarket will celebrate 60 years being twinned with Maisons-Laffitte.

Newmarket will celebrate 60 years being twinned with Maisons-Laffitte.
Newmarket will celebrate 60 years being twinned with Maisons-Laffitte.

June

The national bank holiday celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee will take place between Thursday, June 2 until Sunday, June 5.

The UK's premier tribute acts will be taking centre stage once again at Nearly Festival, taking place in two Suffolk locations in June including Bury St Edmunds Abbey Gardens on June 11-12 and in Oulton Broad near Lowestoft from June 25-26, though the line-up is yet to be announced, the event promises to provide fun for all the family.

East Anglia's Beer and Cider Festival. Picture by Mecha Morton
East Anglia's Beer and Cider Festival. Picture by Mecha Morton

East Anglia's Beer and Cider Festival will celebrate turning 30 during this year's event which will take place between June 14 - 19.

July

On July 1, Newmarket Music and Arts Festival will come to the town, organised by local volunteers and supported by the Newmarket Town and District Councils.

Meanwhile, Suffolk's most famous festival Latitude will return to Henham Park near Southwold between July 21 and 24.

Latitude will be back in Southwold in 2022.
Latitude will be back in Southwold in 2022.

Those in the county that could not make the Nearly Festival dates in June will be glad to hear there is a second chance to see the UK's premier tribute acts on July 29 in Ipswich at the Trinity Park Conference and Events Centre.

August

Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival will be back from Sunday, August 28 until Monday, August 29, where an annual line-up of cooking demonstrations from top celebrity chefs will take place, alongside the chance to taste and purchase food and drink from over 100 stalls and a popular farmer’s market.

Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival. Picture: Mecha Morton
Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival. Picture: Mecha Morton

September

The world’s number one Elvis tribute artist Ben Portsmouth will return to The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on September 24 for one night only.

Coffee enthusiasts should make a note in their calendar that September 25 marks World Coffee Day.

Ruby Turner will entertain audiences at her delayed performance at The Apex on September 30.

Ruby Turner. Picture by Caroline Harriott.
Ruby Turner. Picture by Caroline Harriott.

Fans of 80s and pop music will be pleased to hear the UK's biggest retro festival Let's Rock will be heading to Trinity Park in Ipswich on September 10, tickets can be booked now on the festival website.

October

The Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on October 2 - this event has proven year on year to be popular with people across Suffolk.

Runners across Suffolk will be able to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon in October.
Runners across Suffolk will be able to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon in October.

November

The Legend of Robin Hood will take residence at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds from November 25 until January 14.

December

A secret tea party will take place at the Newmarket memorial hall.
A secret tea party will take place at the Newmarket memorial hall.

Dance the night away at King Edward VII Memorial Hall's secret tea dance in Newmarket on December 16.