I’m writing a series at the moment about summer holidays and breaks in the UK. Last month I covered one of my favourite destinations Devon. We will be travelling to Derby this weekend so look out for a post about there soon. Today though, I wanted to look at things to do on a holiday to the Suffolk area. Suffolk is an East Anglian county. Within its borders, it has the towns Ipswich, Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket. The Suffolk coast and gorgeous heath are an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Things to do as a family or a couple in Suffolk!
I’m going to touch on some of the things we recommend as a family to do in Suffolk, but of course, there are many things that we haven’t tried as yet, so I’d love your input too. One thing we love to do when we go away in the UK is to visit some of the family-friendly farms. Suffolk has some great offerings including Jimmy’s Farm. I love how this farm has a musical slant, which is so different from any other farms we have visited. Who wouldn’t enjoy and Jazz breakfast or an evening of ribs and Blues!
If you are lovers of nature reserves then Suffolk has lots of those to indulge in activities such as pond dipping and den building. Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coastline. The wetlands and woods, pottering on the beach, and watch some amazing wildlife. We would recommend the Wild Zone as a great place to visit. You can hire an Explorer backpack to investigate minibeasts, build a den together, or play in the Wild Zone’s sand martin tunnels and bittern nest.
Traditional family fun can be found at Southwold Pier and the beach.
Or how about for the history buffs amongst you? I’m raising my hand here, as I love finding out about the history of an area that I’m visiting. If you are travelling with children then can I recommend that you head to the 800-year-old WoodbridgeTide Mill, where kids can learn what life was like for a miller and his family. Or how about the Tudor re-enactments at Kentwell Hall as well walk around the gorgeous gardens or enjoy the open-air cinema. We’ve always wanted to do this and seem to miss it!
Love boats? Well, how about trying the river tours and boat hire through the Waveney Valley and the New Broads National Park. They are both dog-friendly and wheelchair accessible. There are a few different river tours departing from Oulton Broad, where the new Broads National Park begins in Suffolk. There’s even a purpose-built boat called the Waveney Princess with coffee shop and bar which allows Panoramic views from the top deck across the Waveney Valley. Or how about taking a boat out yourself, now that would be a great adventure.
Finally where to stay?
For us, the only way to stay in the UK is a self-catering apartment or cottage. That way you can visit local farm shops for produce to cook yourself as well as have the flexibility to come and go as you need to explore the surrounding area. We tend to look for cottages and places to stay in Suffolk on sites such as Solfolk Secrets, one of the county’s leading agencies with over 500 properties throughout the Suffolk coast and countryside. Head to the blog for even more inspiration about the Suffolk area.
So that’s a few of my suggestions, but \i would really love to know yours too!