At the start of this year, I made a pact with myself to see more of the UK. This came as a result of a mixture of feeling worse and worse about constantly taking flights alongside also starting to feel slightly uninspired.
I have lived in the UK for 30 years now, yet, I have seen more of mainland Europe than I have my own country. Yep, this is something that definitely needs to change. Being lucky enough to live in London, I have relatively easy access to some beautiful destinations, one of which is Suffolk. Suffolk is a historic East Anglian country which contains towns such as Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.
Top things to do in Suffolk
See the sunrise at Britain’s most easterly point, in Lowestoft
Ness Point, Lowestoft is Britain’s most easterly point, meaning it is the first place in the UK to see the sunrise each and every day. It is not uncommon for people to bring their deckchairs and wait to be the first to bring in the new day – please be aware that chairs are not supplied so be sure to bring your own unless you are okay with sitting on the floor.
So if you’ve been looking for a unique place to celebrate a special day, or you just want the honour of being the first person in the UK to welcome the day, head to Ness Point in Lowestoft!
Explore Framlingham Castle
It was behind the walls of Framlingham Castle that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England, so you can be sure this castle is full of history. At Framlingham Castle, you walk the ramparts of the castle, enjoy breathtaking views as well as take in the various exhibitions which change throughout the year.
With adult tickets costing £10 and children’s tickets starting from £6, a visit to the Framlingham Castle is a great idea for a family day out in Suffolk.
Spend a relaxing day at the spa
If you are looking for a more relaxing, adults-only excursion while in Suffolk then book yourself into the Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa, a Five Bubble Rated Spa situated in the heart of Newmarket.
Considered one of the finest luxury spas in Suffolk, The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel has some of the finest facilities and treatments available across East Anglia. Facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, a private Rasul and even a rooftop hot tub – perfect for a day with clear blue skies.
If you are planning a weekend in Suffolk, the spa also has an onsite hotel which you can retreat to after a long day of relaxing.
The UFO Walk at Rendlesham Forest
One of the more unusual places to visit in Suffolk is the Rendlesham Forest to partake in a UFO walk. In December 1980 several sightings of a UFO were reported in Rendlesham Forest, many people say these mysterious events are the most significant UFO incident to have occurred in the UK.
While there is no tangible evidence on the ground of UFOs, following the trail and your imagination, an intriguing picture can be painted of the spooky events which happened on that evening in 1980.
Another thing to do in Suffolk with kids is to visit Pleasurewood Hills, Suffolk’s very own theme park. With over 35 rides suitable for both kids and adults, you will find something to suit everyone at Pleasurewood Hills, if you are an adrenaline junkie be sure to take a ride on Wipeout, the only Vekoma Boomerang coaster in the UK.
See the deer at the RSPB Minsmere
If you are visiting Suffolk during October and you are a fan of wildlife, you have to take a visit to the RSPB site in Minsmere.
On the site during October, Britain’s largest herd of red deer enter a month-long battle with each other. The red deer rut is a stunning natural spectacle in which the herd’s majestic stags lock horns in a bid to overpower their opponent, with the strongest stag winning the right to mate.
RSPB Minsmere holds the largest herd of red deer outside of Scotland, which visitors can watch on foot from a viewing point that looks out over the fields where these magnificent creatures gather in the autumn for the annual rut.
Felixstowe Book Festival
If you are looking for things to do in Suffolk in June then book your ticket to the Felixstowe Book Festival. From the 27th – 30th of June 2019, avid readers can join the book festival with a diverse mix of events that cover everything from politics to sport, crime fiction to romance.
Throughout the weekend guests can partake in book clubs, poetry readings, writing seminars as well as have the opportunity to purchase books until their hearts are content.
Shop in the boutique stores of Beccles
The small town of Beccles a hotspot for avid shoppers, as it features many independent fabulous shops from designer fashions and delicatessens to exclusive gifts and ‘nik naks’. There are also a ton of eateries from cafes to pizzerias to dine at between stores.
In the small town of Beccles, you can also watch boats sail past on the River Waveney, or rent your own boat for the day and heading off on an adventure.
The town also boasts its own outdoor lido with an inflatable run, perfect for a hot summer’s day in the UK
Visit the site of Godric’s Hollow from the Harry Potter Movies
We all know I am a massive Harry Potter fan, therefore, I had to include this one.
In Suffolk, you will find the town of Lavenham. De Vere House in Lavenham, was put on the map after it featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, as the house where the young wizard’s parents were killed by Lord Voldemort.
The house is among about 340 listed buildings in Lavenham, considered to be the best-preserved medieval village in England.
Where to stay in Suffolk
Suffolk is a great destination for a short weekend break in the UK, as well as a day trip from London. If you are planning on making a weekend of your trip then book into the Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket. The 4-star luxury hotel provides the perfect blend of old and new in a beautiful country setting while also being the perfect location for exploring Suffolk.
As well as being set inside 3 acres of the gardens, the hotel also boasts an award-winning restaurant known for its eclectic menus creating the perfect fine dining experience.
How to get to Suffolk
The towns of Suffolk are easily accessible by train. Train travel in the UK can be expensive, but costs can be reduced by booking in advance. I always use the trainline.com for this as it allows you to search all train providers, not just one company.
This is a paid collaborative post, however, all opinions, as always are my own.