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Some information on Suffolk!
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With 40 miles of Heritage Coast set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and fabulous historic towns and villages, Suffolk is a great place to stay. The charming seaside towns are great for families and there are some magnificent churches, castles, forests and windmills to explore. There are also plenty of RSPB reserves to enjoy in Suffolk.
Aldeburgh is a charming seaside town with a wide high street with Georgian shop-fronts. The historic buildings include the Moot Hall and the 15thC. church. There is a steep shingle beach where the fishermen bring in their catch for the day. Nearby the Snape Maltings Concert Hall hosts some brilliant music festivals. Near Aldeburgh we have Ore Valley Holiday Cottages at Little Glemham and Rendham Hall B&B, and not far from Aldeburgh near Saxmundham we have Park Farm Holiday Cottages at Sibton and Priory Farm Country Holidays at Darsham.
Bungay is an unspoilt market town which sits on the River Waveney, and not far away at Flixton is the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, East Anglia’s Aviation Heritage Centre. Earsham Park Farm B&B, Rumburgh Farm Holiday Lodges, Low Farm Holiday Cottage at Denton & Wissett Lodge B&B and Holiday Cottages are all near Bungay. Towards the coast near Lowestoft we have Wheatacre Hall Barns Self catering near Beccles.
Bury St Edmunds was named after St Edmund, the Saxon King of East Anglia. In this lovely market town you can visit the ruins of the 12th C. Abbey and the beautiful Abbey Gardens which are overlooked by the cathedral’s new gothic tower. The new shopping area ‘The Arc’ offers a wide range of retail outlets, and the town also has the smallest pub in Britain ‘The Nutshell’. The famous Greene King Brewery is also based in the town and is close to the Theatre Royal which offers a full programme of entertainment. To the East of Bury St Edmunds the delightful village of Woolpit has historic houses and a church in a conservation area. At Rougham Blackthorpe Barn hosts several art & craft exhibitions during the year and the Christmas Fayre is extremely popular. Nearby Pakenham Water Mill is Suffolk's last working water mill and there is an Anglo Saxon Village at West Stow not far from the village of Culford. Harveys Garden Plants in Thurston is well worth a visit and they have the lovely Orchard Tea Room serving meals prepared using fresh local produce. To the south of Cambridge is Ickworth House Park & Gardens which is run by the National Trust. Near Bury St Edmunds we have Church Farm B&B at Bradfield Combust, Brighthouse Farm B&B and Self catering at Lawshall, Grange Farm B&B and Holiday Cottage at Woolpit and Elmswell Hall B&B at Elmswell. Just South of Bury St Edmunds we have Rede Hall Farm Park Self Catering at Rede and Francis Farm Cottages at Upper Somerton.
Eye is close to the Norfolk border just south of Diss and has a Norman Castle with medieval walls & Victorian folly. We have Cornhouse Cottage self catyering at Stradbroke near Eye and Athelington Hall Holiday Lodges at Horham.
Felixstowe retains much of its charm as an Edwardian resort. There are beautiful south-facing gardens and a wide paved promenade. With the leisure centre, pier, theatre and amusements there is plenty of fun for all the family. Just across the River Orwell at Shotley we have Hill House Farm B&B and Orwell View Barns self catering.
Framlingham is well known for its 12th C castle, built by the Bigod family (Earls of Norfolk). The church in this ancient market town has magnificent tombs and effigies. Not far from Framligham we have Potash Barns Holiday Cottages at Brundish and Colston Hall B&B and Self Catering at Badingham.
Halesworth is on the River Blyth and has many fine buildings, including the carved Gothic House, a Tudor Rectory and Elizabethan almshouses. Close to Halesworth we have Old Hall Farm Holiday Cottages at Walpole, Watsons Farm at Fressingfield, Lodge Cottage and School Farm Cottages at Cratfield.
Ipswich is one of England’s oldest towns, with historic buildings, such as the Ancient House. The 16th C Christchurch Mansion stands in a beautiful landscaped park. The waterfront in Ipswich has been developed and provides a wide choice of restaurants and bars overlooking the marina. Families will also enjoy a visit to the Transport Museum. Just outside Ipswich at Henley we have Damerons Farm Holidays, College Farm B&B at Hintlesham, The Lookout Self Catering at Stutton and Baylham House Farm Rare Breeds Centre. South of Ipswich at Shotley we have Hill House Farm B&B and Orwell View Barns Holiday Cottages. Overlooking the River Orwell Pin Mill offers some great walks. Nearby the Suffolk Ski Centre offers a dry ski slope, tobogganing and golf. To the East of Ipswich just off the A14 is Needham Market, Stowmarket, Woolpit & Elmswell. Not far from Stowmarket is Great Finborough School.
Lavenham was a major wool and cloth-making centre and the wealth generated has left a legacy of attractive timber-framed houses in narrow streets and lanes, for example the Swan Hotel and the Guildhall.
Long Melford is also a former wool town and is now well known for its antique shops and centres. The High Street is wide and tree lined and full of interesting shops. Melford Hall (National Trust) is a turreted brick Tudor mansion with 18th C. and Regency interiors. Kentwell Hall and Gardens is a popular attraction where they also hold annual recreations of Tudor life.
Lowestoft at Britain’s most easterly point is an attractive seaside resort, with its glass Edwardian style pavilion, has one of Britain’s best beaches. It was a flourishing fishing port and visitors can see yacht harbour and neighbouring docks. Not far away Thrigby Wildlife Gardens are at Thrigby Hall near Great Yarmouth. At Gisleham near Lowestoft we have Lodge Farm Cottages.
Newmarket is the home of Horse racing and has been associated with horses and royalty since Queen Boadicea’s day. There are two racecourses, training yards, a horse hospital and gallops and Newmarket hosts many race events during the year. The National Horseracing Museum offers tours, galleries and exhibitions. Visit the Newmarket Experience. Just outside Newmarket at Chippenham is the La Hogue Farm Shop & Cafe.
Orford is a very attractive small town and is overlooked by its 12th C Castle Keep (English Heritage)built by Henry VII for coastal defence. There are lovely views from the top over the town and the marshes.
Oulton Broad forms the Southern gateway to the Norfolk Broads and is a haven for watersports enthusiasts and is ideal for sailing, rowing and cruising. Regular sailing regattas and motorboat racing events are held here.
Southwold is a very popular coastal resort with the pretty coloured beach huts, fisherman’s cottages, picturesque harbour and the lovely Southwold Pier with its unique Under the Pier Show. The landmark white lighthouse was built in 1890. Southwold is also home to Adnams Brewery. Near Southwold at Wangford we have Wangford Farm Barns Self Catering.
Stowmarket has the Museum of East Anglian Life and the town centre has plenty of shopping. There is also a Leisure Centre in the town. To the south there are some picturesque villages including Great Finborough, Hitcham and Bildeston, and further afield Long Melford, Cavendish, Clare and Lavenham. Near Stowmarket we have Bed & Breakfast at Red House Farm Haughley and Stanstead Hall B&B at Hitcham. Jackbridge Farm in Great Finborough has self catering accommodation.
Sudbury is set on the River Stour and is an ancient market town surrounded by water meadows. Sudbury has thrived on the textile industry with wool & silk, and in the market Place stands the statue of the famous artist Thomas Gainsborough who was born in Sudbury in 1727. Not far from Sudbury we have Sherbourne Farm Holiday Cottages at Edwardstone and Gladwins Farm Cottages at Nayland. Just South of Sudbury towards Halstead we have The Retreat Self Catering Holiday Accommodation
Woodbridge is an attractive market town set on the River Deben. It was once a port and was noted for its shipbuilding and sail making industries. On the quay side is the famous Tide Mill and over the river is the Anglo-Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo (National Trust). For outdoor enthusiasts visit Stuart Clay Traps for a full range of shooting & fishing accessories. Near Woodbridge we have Butley Mills & Easton Farm Park Self Catering Holidays.
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