Things to do

Discover more about Long Melford and nearby local historical villages, plus a month by month guide to what’s on in the area.

– Out & about in Suffolk –

Escape to the countryside – Suffolk is full of beautiful, historic villages and towns, there’s so much to see and do during your stay.

Beautiful Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds, the home of Saint Edmund, the original patron Saint of England has over 1,000 years of history to explore. Enjoy award-winning restaurants, fantastic shopping, annual festivals, and stunning parks.

Historic Lavenham

The historic medieval village of Lavenham has more than 300 listed buildings to discover. With its timber-framed buildings and beautiful church, it’s a fascinating place to explore and it’s just a short drive from the cottage.

Picturesque Long Melford

A quintessential English village made famous by the artists Thomas Gainsborough & John Constable. With its historic buildings & eclectic main street full of independent shops, restauraunts & galleries, there’s plenty to explore.

– What’s on locally –

A month by month guide of things to do and see throughout the year.


Enjoy the hygge lifestyle that 3 Tudor cottages offers, with a crackling fire, a comfy sofa, a good book, the music playing on the record player. Maybe wrap up warm and explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Long Melford and it’s picturesque main street and then on for dinner for two in one of the local restaurants.


Kentwell Hall – House @ Garden – Spring Day Out

Melford Hall House and Gardens – Opening April
A magnificent stately home constructed in the 16th Century. Once owned by the family of Bearix Potter, with a tea room and extensive gardens.

Kentwell Hall – Eastertide Weekend – An historical recreation.
The downstairs rooms in the house will be brought to life by Kentwell’s living historians and the Moat House will be buzzing with bakers, dairymaids, ladies in the stillroom andneedlewomen. The alchemists will be at their huts in the woods and Tudor villagers and crafts will be in the outbuildings.


Lee Stock Music Festival
A truly wonderful 2 day family music festival held at Melford Hall in memory of local musician Lee Dunford, with all proceeds donated to the Willow Foundation. A great range of groups and artists to suit all ages. Usually held during the last week in May.

Kentwell Hall Recreation Tudor Days

Long Melford Open Gardens
Usually Bank Holiday Monday.


Kentwell Hall – Shearing, Topiary and Crafts weekend


Kentwell Hall – Magic Weekend


Kentwell Hall – War and Peace weekend
Step back in history with the Hall’s War and Peace weekend. This event incorporates the Army Service Corps from the First World War, details life on the home front from 1929 to 1945, recreates the dangerous allure of The Georgian Recruiting Party and looks at an alternative vie w of the world through the eyes of protestors in a 1960’s peace camp.


Kentwell Hall’s premier Halloween attraction – Scaresville
Prepare for an adventure of a lifetime with this award winning live action experience – an evening’s entertainment not found anywhere else in this mortal realm.


Melford Hall Firework Display
One of the largest bonfire and firework dispalys in the county usually attended by more than 10,000 people. Gates open from 5 pm, Bonfire at 7.30 pm and the 30 minute firework spectacular goes of at 8.00 pm

The Festive Long Melford Christmas Fair – End of November
Festive fun – independent shops, street entertainment, Santa’s Grotto, Christmas Tree
Light Show and carols at 4.30 p.m.


Lavenham Christmas Weekend Fair
Takes place over the first full weekend in December.
A truly magical Chirstmas setting against the backdrop of beautiful historical buildings.

Holy Trinity Church
Usually end of 2nd week in December.
Carol service 6.30pm
Holy Trinity Church Christmas Eve – Crib Service 3pm
Holy Trinity Church Midnight Mass – 11.30pm