Best Summer Events East of England 2021 | 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.

Please keep up-to-date with government guidance before booking or visiting. I am unsure of the following attractions policies on cancellations of events, please consider this before booking and check with them in advance. It may also be an idea to check with the attraction that everything is as advertised the day before you visit.

Things to do East of England Summer 2021

Audley End House and Gardens – A Grand Family Day Out – Essex

When? 24th and 25th July
Address: Audley End House and Gardens, Audley End Rd, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
A Bit About – “Get ready for a fun-filled extravaganza as we invite your family to a grand day out at Audley End. Join us for a jam-packed weekend of exciting family events and experience history first-hand. Days out with the kids have never been more rewarding.”
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Audley End Miniature Railway – Summer Festival – Essex

When? 17th July to 5th 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 – Farmlympics – Essex

When? 19th July to 5th September
Address: Barleylands Farm Park, Barleylands Farm Office, Barleylands Rd, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UDv
A Bit About – “Join us from the 19th of July to the 5th of September for Barleylands Farm-lympics! All the animals are hard at work training for the big event and we hope you are also limbering up in preparation.”
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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 – 24th and 25th July. Bricklive – 30th July to 2nd August. Steam in miniature weekend – 7th to 8th August.
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Burwell Museum – Summer Fete & Holiday Activities – Cambridgeshire

When? See below
Address: Burwell Museum, Mill Cl, Burwell, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB25 0HL
A Bit About – July 25th – Summer Fete – “Enjoy live music, children’s craft activities, tombola, stalls and old-fashioned fair games. Please come down and support the museum.” Plus summer family-friendly activities on selected days in July and August.
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East Anglian Railway Museum – Day Out With Thomas – Essex

When? 28th to 30th August
Address: East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Rd, Wakes Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS
A Bit About – “Peep peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at The East Anglian Railway Museum. Take a ride behind Thomas, meet The Fat Controller and say “Hello” to Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty and Dusty.”
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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 – Dinosaurs at the railway – 18th July and 22nd August. Paw Patrol visit – 8th August. Classic car rally – 29th August. Come and see the Gruffalo – 30th August.
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Framlingham Castle – Outdoor theatre events – Suffolk

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Framlingham Castle, Church St, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9BP
A Bit About – Chapter House presents A Midsummer night’s dream on the 4th of August. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on the 18th of August. Three Inch Fools presents Romeo and Juliet on the 5th of September and the Merry Wives of Windsor on the 4th of September.
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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 – Tudor Legacies – meet Henry VIII, his wives and children 1st August and 4th September. The Jungle Book outdoor theatre – 2nd and 3rd August. The Three Muskateers outdoor theatre – 9th and 10th August. Plus music events.
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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 and Tuesdays during the summer holidays. Wonder with Grimm outdoor theatre – 28th July. Outdoor theatre The further adventures of Dr Doolittle – 4th August. Outdoor theatre Mr Stink – 11th August. Festival of sport – 13th to 15th August. Outdoor theatre Treasure Island – 18th August. Plus so much more.
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Hylands Estate – Various Events – Essex

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Hylands Estate Park, London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ
A Bit About – Scrapbook Safari – Various dates in August – “Is your little one ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Then our Scrapbook Safari is the perfect day out! After the children immerse themselves on an expedition around Hylands Estate.” Outdoor theatre The Jungle Book – 20th August. Plus Tuesday Toddles in August.
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IWM Duxford – Summer Air Show – Cambridgeshire

When? 24th and 25th July
Address: IWM Duxford, Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR
A Bit About – “We will bring entertainment to the crowds and make your hair stand on end with the spectacular RAF Typhoon roaring through the skies, the world-famous RAF Red Arrows display team, the breath-taking Wingwalkers wowing with their aerobatics, the magical RAF Falcons parachute display team freefalling from the skies above, and much more.”


Kentwell Hall – Various Events – Essex

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Essex, CO10 9BA
A Bit About – Magic Weekend – 24th and 25th July. “From sorcery and trickery to alchemy and fairies, come for a day of interactive magical family fun in the Enchanted Gardens at Kentwell.” Living History days – 14th – 22nd August. “For a family day out with a difference, visit the manor lost in time – step back to the year 1599, where you will find out that history is anything but boring!” Kentwell History Festival – 28th – 30th August. “Explore pockets of history from a range of different eras brought to life by Kentwell’s skilled living historians, spread throughout the buildings, gardens, farm and woodlands.  Spend a whole day immersed in history at Kentwell and travel through time.”
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Knebworth – Various Events – Hertfordshire

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG3 6PY
A Bit About – Luna Open air cinema – 19th to 22nd August. The Jungle Book outdoor theatre – August 25th to 26th. The Classic Motor Show – August 29th to 30th.


Marsh Farm – Bubble n’ Bop – Essex

When? 19th July to 3rd 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 – Various Events – Essex

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Old MacDonald’s Farm and Fun park, Weald Rd, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
A Bit About – Paw Patrol – meet Marshall and Skye, 24th July. Teddy Bear’s picnic – 7th and 8th August. Meet Peppa and George- 4th September. Plus Summer Fun 22nd July to 1st September.
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Paradise Wildlife Park – Summer Evenings in Paradise – Hertfordshire

When? Every Friday and Saturday from 30th July to 28th August.
Address: Paradise Wildlife Park, White Stubbs Ln, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QA
A Bit About – “Enjoy a relaxing evening at Hertfordshire’s no.1 Zoo with friends and family this summer. Take in the stunning backdrop of Paradise Wildlife Park where you can see our amazing animals settle down for the end of the day.  Watch the sun set behind our majestic Lions or even our t-rex in our World of Dinosaurs. These evenings will offer you a unique experience to see the animals in a different light.”
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Pettitts Animal Adventure Park – Summer Fun – Norfolk

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Pettitts Animal Adventure Park, Church Rd, Reedham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 3UA
A Bit About – Summer fun with Murphy the baby dinosaur on the 7th of August. Plus face painting and Punch and Judy on various days. Maxi Mouse show.
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Roarr! Dinosaur Park – Dinos at Night – Norfolk

When? 14th August
Address: Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 5JW
A Bit About – “The award-winning annual event “Dino’s at Night” returns to Roarr! Dinosaur adventure a little later in the year than normal.  An evening of activities live music from The JRB Band, funfair games, Norwich Astronomy club, BBQ and bar all alongside our usual attractions such as Dippy’s splash zone, Predator High Ropes and Dippy’s Theatre.”
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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 – 15th, 22nd and 29th July. Alice’s adventures in wonderland outdoor theatre – 15th August. Robin Hood outdoor theatre – 4th September. Plus many other events.
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Shuttleworth – Air Shows – Bedfordshire

When? Various dates throughout the summer
Address: The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome, Hill Ln, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP
A Bit About – “The perfect family day out! Expect to enjoy a thrilling air display, and ground activities to keep everyone entertained. Shuttleworth is home to vintage vehicles, motorcycles, and over 50 historic aircraft, with an adjacent 19th century Regency Swiss-Garden.”
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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 – Open-air theatre – Wonder with Grimm – 29th July. Rattlebox presents “Beowulf” on the 14th and 15th August. Mr Stink open-air theatre – 26th August. Vikings at West Stow – 4th and 5th of September. Plus more… see online.
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Wrest Park – Wrest at War – Bedfordshire

When? 14th and 15th August
Address: Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR
A Bit About – “Take cover as our action-packed weekend propels you into wartime Britain. Experience WW1 through the grounds of Wrest Park and be fully immersed as you navigate your way to the front line. Fall into step as we train budding troops and hear stories of the battlefield as you wander through our living history encampments.”
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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – Dinosaurs are coming – Bedfordshire

When? 24th July to 5th September
Address: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Whipsnade, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF
A Bit About – “Whipsnade Zoo this summer will be hosting an immersive exhibition of life-size animatronic dinosaurs sure to thrill any dino-mad kids (and grown-ups). Time travel back more than 66 million years and come face-to-face with your favourite dinosaurs. Experience first-hand how these giant creatures moved and behaved as you track down several different species of dinosaur. You’ll learn why dinosaurs went extinct and how to save their modern-day equivalents from a similar fate.”
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Best Summer Events East of England 2021 – Things to do