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Festival vibe at The Ickworth

Throughout the summer The Ickworth’s garden will be transformed to create a festival atmosphere, decked out with a pop-up bar, cool furnishings, kids entertainment and acoustic music*.

A summer’s afternoon will effortlessly move into the evening; magical memories are made of moments like this.

The Terrace Cocktail Bar, sponsored by Perrier-Jouët, will be serving a delectable selection of cocktails, alongside Perrier-Jouët by the glass and cold beers from the fridge. When you fancy a bite to eat and your little ones need something to keep them going until dinner, or if it’s late, until bedtime, we’re serving small plates and nibbles in the garden which will cater for any palate. 

The beautifully planted walled garden coupled with the backdrop of The Ickworth sets the scene, and gives you peace of mind knowing your children are safe and in sight, while you relax and enjoy the chilled atmosphere.

There’ll be loads of fun for the kids; as our storyteller whisks them away on wild adventures, as well as lots of outdoor play. Imaginative activities, created by our Four Bears’ Den team, will keep them entertained, as well as the Fairy Garden play area and there will be plenty of games and toys in the garden to enjoy. For the older ones who can go a bit further afield, they’ll enjoy playing tag or football with their newly made friends in the Paddock.

Children playing in the Ickworth gardens during summer

If you find yourself enjoying some well-deserved me time, as well as enjoying a relaxing treatment in our Treatment Rooms, you can always soak up the sun and atmosphere in this perfect chill out spot with the newspaper and a glass of fizz.

If the weather turns, it won’t stop the sound of laughter and clinking of glasses, just move under the marquee. If you stay out until late, grab a rug from inside and watch the star lit sky.

When the evening draws to a close and everyone has enjoyed themselves, you might feel relieved that you’ve booked the Four Bears’ Den for the following day; the kids breakfast club (Wednesdays and Sundays) or one of the three Den sessions, so you can go back to bed (if your body dictates!) Our Four Bears’ Den is for babies from three months and children up to eight-years-old and they’ll play, explore and get creative under the supervision of our brilliant crèche team. We offer up to 1.5 hours’ free childcare for each night of your stay.

Children playing in the crèche at the Ickworth luxury family hotel in Suffolk

From the beginning of July until early September our fabulous garden ‘festival’ will be open to residents and non-residents. This Summer at The Ickworth will be celebrating many of the things that we’ve missed over the past year.

*Acoustic music is played at weekends only.