Heritage led regeneration in action

A vintage bus tour and exclusive access to completed projects

Thursday April 20

10 am – 2 pm

Join us to discover the fascinating heritage projects underway in Lowestoft’s Heritage Action Zones.

Our day will start at the East Anglian Transport Museum for a talk by HAZ Project Manager Rebecca Styles. We will visit several heritage projects all from the comfort of a vintage bus before returning to the museum where lunch will be available to purchase from the cafe.

Cost: £20 per person. Spaces are strictly limited and early booking is recommended.

Note: there will be some walking necessary between sites in the town centre up to 0.6 miles in total.

An afternoon at Ickworth House and gardens

Thursday 18 May

3pm – 6pm

We are delighted to be able to offer a bespoke visit to Ickworth House by kind invitation of the National Trust.

The afternoon will begin with a talk on the history of the house and the current restoration work of the estate including issues relating to sustainability. We will then follow this by the choice of a tour of the art collection, led by the curator of collections, or a tour of the pleasure gardens, led by the Ranger.

We will end the afternoon with refreshments in the library at the Ickworth Hotel overlooking the gardens.

Cost: £30 per person

SPS AGM and garden party

Little Hall, Lavenham, CO10 9HZ


Our annual garden party will take place on Friday 16 June and will include the SPS AGM.

All Members are welcome to join us for an evening in the beautiful garden of our head office in Lavenham.

There is no charge for this event but it would be helpful for catering purposes if you could book a place.

A summer evening at Cockfield Hall, Yoxford

Thursday 13 July

5.30 pm – 7.30 pm

By kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Jon Hunt, we are delighted that our summer event will be held at
Cockfield Hall.

We will be joined by internationally renowned landscape architect, Kim Wilkie, who will explain the exciting story of the recent landscape restoration project at the Hall. We will also hear the fascinating story of the Yoxman, a 26 foot sculpture at Cockfield, from the artist Laurence Edwards.

Drinks and canapes will be served.

Cost: £40 per person

Previous 2022 events


Saturday, 24 September 2022


Members gathered at the evocative Bawdsey Manor on the edge of the beautiful Suffolk coastline to hear Jules PrettyProfessor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex, and Director of the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement, talk about his latest book about refugees who fled Doggerland when the seas encroached.

The talk was followed by a guided tour of the gardens laid out by Sir William Cuthbert Quilter and a rare opportunity to view some of the principal rooms in the Manor, including the Billiard Room where Sir Winston Churchill played when he visited RAF Bawdsey during the Second World War.

Refreshments were enjoyed in the Manor to conclude an enjoyable afternoon.



11th July 2022

Our host, Emily Holden talked about the history of the now lost country house and surviving parkland, Soane’s first country house and a Repton landscape. Robert Townshend lead
us through the programme of restoration of the parkland and its buildings.

The walk also included an opportunity to view the hedgerow restoration scheme, as part of the Stour Valley Farmer Cluster Hedgerow Heroes Project – for which SPS is proud to have sourced the funding.

Net Zero – New build

Wednesday 6 July 2022. A Free Webinar

What the government’s carbon targets are for the UK and what we need to do in practical terms to achieve them with new ways for designing buildings. How we assess the carbon emissions in buildings and what practical steps can be taken to reduce them.


Simon Sturgis AADip RIBA: Co-Author of RICS and RIBA guidance on Whole Life Carbon, Co-Author of Greater London Authority Policy Guidance on WLC, and Special Advisor to the Environmental Audit Select Committee.

Dr Joe Jack Williams MEng MRes EngD: Associate at FCBStudios and lead developer of FCBSCarbon the carbon assessment tool.

Jess Hrivnak: RIBA’s Sustainable Development Advisor.

An evening with Sir Laurie Magnus CBE

“The power of heritage to transform places and improve lives”

Friday 6 May 2022

The evening was hosted by Mr and Mrs Jon Hunt in the beautiful Orangery at Sibton Park.

The SPS Suffolk Heritage Champion Awards were also presented on the evening.

Members enjoyed refreshments beforehand on the veranda in this truly stunning location.

SPS Garden Party and AGM

Our annual garden party was hosted by Mr and Mrs Thomas Seymour at Gothic Farm, Heveningham on Friday 10 June 2022

The party – which incorporated the SPS AGM – was on a beautiful summer evening in one of Suffolk’s loveliest locations.

We are delighted that our sponsor for this event was Reeman Dansie, Auctioneer.

Net Zero – Retrofit and Refurbishment

15 March 2022 . A free webinar

The challenges of retrofitting our traditional building stock.


Morwenna Slade, Historic England – Head of Historic Building Climate Change Adaptation

Alex Whitcroft, London Energy Transformation Initiative – Co-author of the LETI Retrofit Guide

Simon Sturgis – Targeting Zero and SPS Trustee

Gallery of previous SPS Events

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