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National Trust announces family-friendly events at Ickworth Estate, near Bury St Edmunds, Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, and Flatford





Theatre performances and tribute bands are some of the activities families will be able to enjoy in Suffolk at National Trust sites this summer.

Visitors to Suffolk beauty spots will be able to enjoy the wonders of Shakespeare, renditions of the classic hits of yesteryear or performances which promise to bring famous paintings to life.

SuffolkNews has taken a look at some of the activities the National Trust is running in the county this summer.

A series of events are scheduled at Ickworth Estate, Sutton Hoo and Flatford this summer.
A series of events are scheduled at Ickworth Estate, Sutton Hoo and Flatford this summer.

Ickworth Estate

Ickworth Estate. Picture: National Trust
Ickworth Estate. Picture: National Trust

Families will be able to enjoy a series of live shows at Ickworth Estate, near Bury St Edmunds.

For its rib-tickling first event, visitors will be able to join The Pantaloons theatre company in a performance of Shakespeare’s timeless classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Promising a distinctive, anarchic style of comedy, it programmed for June 27 from 7-9pm, tickets are £12.

On July 25, show-goers will be treated to Boxtree Productions Events’ rendition of The Wind In The Willows.

It follows the story of Mole heading out on an adventure after getting bored of cleaning her burrow.

She meets Ratty, Toad and Badger, who discover a love of the river and a joy of the open road – but Toad is soon convinced to steal a car and is arrested.

The show takes place between 6pm and 8pm and tickets are £13.

Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo. Picture: Camille Berriman
Sutton Hoo. Picture: Camille Berriman

Visitors to Sutton Hoo will also be able to enjoy a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on July 24 and 25.

Theatre in the Forest returns to the landmark for its 25th anniversary.

Visitors are urged to arrive early for the chance to enjoy an evening stroll through Sutton Hoo’s unique landscape.

Tickets start at £13.

Flatford

Flatford. Picture: Google
Flatford. Picture: Google

National Trust is offering a trip down memory lane at Flatford this summer.

Families will be able to get their teeth into Shades of Simon, a tribute band to Paul Simon.

Listeners will be treated to renditions of his best songs from Simon and Garfunkel to Graceland.

The concert takes place on July 20, from 7pm.

On August 24, Brentwood Mac will will take to the outdoor stage for the first time to play all the hits of Fleetwood Mac.

Concert-goers will be able to enjoy the show from 7pm.

Finally, visitors can experience the atmospheric play The Hay Wain, by Packing Shed Theatre, on August 31, at 7.30pm.

Described as East Anglia’s own Les Miserables, it promises to bring to life the people that populate the famous John Constable painting.