Best Summer Events East of England 2022 | Family Friendly | Things to Do

Here it is, our list of the best summer events across the South East to keep you busy all summer. This list includes events in the East of England – Bedfordshire – Cambridgeshire – Essex – Hertfordshire – Norfolk – Suffolk. All events are family-friendly.

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Things to do East of England Summer 2022

Audley End House and Gardens – Various Events – Essex

When? See below
Address: Audley End House and Gardens, Audley End Rd, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
A Bit About – 23rd – 24th July A very Victorian weekend – “Join us for a jam-packed Victorian extravaganza of family fun and experience history first hand. Have a go at our traditional Victorian games, from the coconut shy to hoopla ,try your hand at archery, laugh at the jester’s japes and experience interactive plays and stories”. Plus live concerts in August and other events including horses and falconry.
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Audley End Miniature Railway – Enchanted Summer – Essex

When? 23rd July to 4th September
Address: Audley End Rd, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
A Bit About – “The Summer Festival returns to the Audley End Miniature Railway for another year! Jam-packed with activities and entertainment for the whole family, this spectacular summer-long festival offers everything to ensure a day full of excitement and wonder for children and adults alike.”
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Barleylands – Drive in movies – Essex

When? See below
Address: Barleylands Farm Park, Barleylands Farm Office, Barleylands Rd, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UDv
A Bit About – Drive-in movies on selected dates in July and August. (23rd July, 12th August, 13th August.) Plus classic motor show on the 11th September.
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Bressingham Steam and Gardens – Various Events – Norfolk

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Bressingham Steam and Gardens, Low Rd, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2AA
A Bit About – Fire Engine Gathering – 23rd and 24th July. Steam in miniature weekend – 13th to 14th August. Rover car rally 4th September.
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Burwell Museum – Various events – Cambridgeshire

When? See below
Address: Burwell Museum, Mill Cl, Burwell, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB25 0HL
A Bit About – 24th July. Burwell museum 30th birthday party. 21st August Rollin’ classic car day.
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East Anglian Railway Museum – Day Out With Thomas – Essex

When? 27th to 29th August
Address: East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Rd, Wakes Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS
A Bit About – “Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at the East Anglian Railway Museum. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement.”
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Epping Ongar Railway – Various Events – Essex

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Epping Ongar Railway, Station Approach, Chipping Ongar, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
A Bit About – Peppa Pig and George visit 24th July, Paw patrol 7th August, See Hey Duggee 28th and 29th August, bus event 4th September.
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Framlingham Castle – Various events – Suffolk

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Framlingham Castle, Church St, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9BP
A Bit About – Medieval season Sat 23 July – Fri 5 Aug 2022, Mon 8 Aug – Sun 4 Sept 2022 – “Join us at Framlingham Castle every day of the summer holidays to learn what life was like in medieval times. From jester workshops, have-a-go archery, storytelling, squire training to lessons in courtly etiquette there will be a different activity each week for children to take part in” Plus Knights tournament 6th-7th August and theatre performances on selected dates in August.
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Hatfield House – Various Events – Hertfordshire

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Hatfield House, Great North Rd, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5HX
A Bit About – Various events throughout August including concerts, a Tudor event and theatre performances. There is too much to list please follow the link above for further information.
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Holkham Hall – Various Events – Norfolk

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Holkham Hall, Holkham Rd, Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB
A Bit About – Feast in the park – summer holiday weekends. Pond dipping – Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays during the summer holidays. Family bushcraft Wednesdays and Thursdays in the summer holidays. Plus outdoor theatre and cinema on selected dates.
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Hylands Estate – Dinosaurs in the park – Essex

When? 18th August – 4th September
Address: Hylands Estate Park, London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ
A Bit About – “Coming to Hylands Estate over the summer holidays, Dinosaurs in the Park is an interactive experience that promises to be a hit with dino fans of all ages.   Situated within the prestigious Grade II listed Hylands Estate and spectacular historic parkland, it’s sure to be a memorable day for the whole family.”
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IWM Duxford – Various events – Cambridgeshire

When? Various dates, see below
Address: IWM Duxford, Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR
A Bit About – “Our Duxford Air Shows team have created a series of great-day-out aerial display events to fill your calendar throughout 2022.  Each themed event allows us to work with flying partners who call Duxford home, plus peers across the UK aviation community.” 23rd July Flying Days The Americans. 1st August Flying Days Young Aviators and 27th August Flying evening.


Kentwell Hall – Various Events – Essex

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Essex, CO10 9BA
A Bit About – Magic Weekend – 23rd-24th July. “From sorcery and trickery to alchemy and fairies, come for a day of interactive magical family fun in the Enchanted Gardens at Kentwell.” 6th-7th August War (and Peace) weekend. 13th-21st August Hands-on history days. 27th-28th August Kentwell history festival.
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Knebworth – The Nickelodeon Experience – Hertfordshire

When? 14th-27th August
Address: Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG3 6PY
A Bit About – “Adventure seekers, aged 2-14 years old, can explore the worlds of their favourite Nickelodeon TV shows and discover ten activity zones. From multi-sensory and interactive adventures to creative and skill-based challenges, kids get to map their own journey and curate their own fun.” Plus other family-friendly events.


Marsh Farm – Bubble n’ Bop – Essex

When? 21st July to 2nd September
Address: Marsh Farm, Marsh Farm Rd, South Woodham, Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
A Bit About – “Don’t miss Marsh Farm’s summer children’s festival ‘Bubble ‘n Bop’ it’s bursting with bubbles and exploding with excitement. There will be so much going on including the much-loved foam machine, loads of bouncy castles, our brand new train ride, fairground rides & more!.”
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Old Macdonalds Farm – Summer fun – Essex

When? 22nd July – 1st September
Address: Old MacDonald’s Farm and Fun park, Weald Rd, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
A Bit About – Mr Raikers World of Puppets and workshops.
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Paradise Wildlife Park – Various events – Hertfordshire

When? See below
Address: Paradise Wildlife Park, White Stubbs Ln, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QA
A Bit About – 23rd-25th July Reptile weekend, “Join our zookeepers for a fun-filled weekend with reptile-themed merchandise, treats and much more. This weekend will be dedicated to celebrating all our reptiles here at the Park whilst raising vital funds and awareness for the Asian Turtle Programme.” Plus 29th-31st July Tiger weekend, 13th-15th August bird weekend.
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Pettitts Animal Adventure Park – Summer Fun – Norfolk

When? 21st July to 4th September
Address: Pettitts Animal Adventure Park, Church Rd, Reedham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 3UA
A Bit About – Live entertainment with Maxi Mouse and Ranger Jake in the temple theatre. Punch and Judy shows on various days and animal petting sessions daily.
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Roarr! Dinosaur Park – Dinos in the dark and Roarrstock – Norfolk

When? See below
Address: Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 5JW
A Bit About – 6th August Dinos in the park “Come and experience a magical midsummer’s evening. For the first time ever the Valley of the Dinosaurs will be alive under the stars.” Plus 26th-27th August Roarrstock “2 days and nights of festival fun for youngsters who want to experience the velociraptor vibe! Come and join us for live music, enjoy local street food, get crafty, or chill out at the top of the park in our storytelling tent.”
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Sandringham – Various Events – Norfolk

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Sandringham Estate, Sandringham, Norfolk, PE35 6EN
A Bit About – Forest fun activities – Tuesdays 2, 16 23, 30 August Thursdays 4, 18, 25 Aug and 1 September – “A laid back, traditional forest school in the beautiful ancient woodlands of the Sandringham Estate. Fire, bugs, crafts, sensory learning, swamp, scavenger hunts, hammocks, swings and slack line. Come and be guided by Nana Lavender an experienced teacher and enjoy the spectacular Summer Woodlands. Suitable for all the family.” Plus outdoor theatre, outdoor cinema and more. See website for more info (click link above).
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Shuttleworth – Air Shows – Bedfordshire

When? Various events throughout the summer
Address: The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome, Hill Ln, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP
A Bit About – 7th August Family air show “With fantastic funfair attractions, kids activities, our beautiful Shuttleworth Swiss Garden, vintage bus rides, a thrilling air display, and much more – you won’t want to miss out on our Family Air Show. With all your Shuttleworth favourites and an array of visiting surprises, there is something to keep the whole family entertained! Plus other events listed on their website (please click link above).
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West Stow – Various events – Suffolk

When? Various dates, see below
Address: West stow country park and Anglo-Saxon village, Icklingham Road, West Stow, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6HG
A Bit About – 23rd-24th July – Ulfrlid comes to West Stow. “Come and see re-enactment group Ulfrlid as they occupy the Anglo-Saxon Village over this summer weekend. Daily life activities will include cooking demos, weaving and textile dyeing amongst other crafts. Plus outdoor theatre on various dates (click link above for further info),
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Wrest Park – History in the park – Bedfordshire

When? 20th & 21st August
Address: Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR
A Bit About – “Join us for a fun-filled history weekend at Wrest Park! Step back in time and discover history first-hand. Enjoy family-friendly activities set in multiple time periods, live music and storytelling. Experience life in a Victorian Kitchen with talks, displays and interactive opportunities and take part in hands-on Medieval events. Learn about Regency crime and punishment and early 20th Century movie making.” More about Wrest Park


ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – Ultimate animal challenge – Bedfordshire

When? 23rd July to 4th September
Address: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Whipsnade, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF
A Bit About – “This summer, take on The Ultimate Animal Challenge at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. From 23 July to 4 September, go head-to-head with your friends and family to find out who’s the real leader of the pack. Can you forage as fast as a meerkat? Or be as stealthy as a tiger? Compete against your friends and family in each task and go for the glory!”
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