Guest Post: An Insider’s Guide to Suffolk

When you come to Suffolk you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do and see. Both Gunton Hall and the Corton Holiday Village are right on the edge of Lowestoft, the UK’s most easterly town. As you might expect, the town has fine stretches of sandy beaches to enjoy – the south beach is where you’ll find the colourful huts, ice-cream stalls and tourist attractions, while the north beach with its dunes and rocks is great for long walks and exploring nature.

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Southwold Pier

 

Another coastal town you must visit can be found just half an hour’s drive from Lowestoft. Southwold is possibly the most quintessential seaside resort in the country, with sandy beaches, a wonderful pier, and plenty of high quality pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy a good meal. And don’t forget to sample a pint of Adnams while you’re there, it’s brewed in the town and drunk worldwide. They also do a mean gin and excellent vodka, both of which have won numerous international awards.

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Pleasurewood Hills

 

If you’re looking for a thrilling day out then Pleasurewood Hills – the region’s number one theme park – is literally just down the road from the two Warner Resorts. A bit further south is Africa Alive, a 100 acre wildlife park that allows you to get up close and personal with a host of animals, including lions, giraffes, rhinos and meerkats.

 

Alternatively you can head further along the coast to Minsmere, the RSPB’s flagship reserve and current home to the BBC’s Springwatch. Widely acknowledged as one of the most important sites for wildlife in the world, the variety of habitats means that over three hundred species of birds have been recorded there, including the famous avocet and bittern. It’s also home to non-feathered creatures – Konik horses and Exmoor ponies roam the reserve, as does the largest herd of red deer in the country – and the rutting season in October and November remains one of the great sights of nature.

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Somerleyton Hall

 

A more cultivated day out can be taken at the magnificent Somerleyton Hall, just a few miles away in the Suffolk countryside. This country house has been a part of the landscape since the thirteenth century in various forms. Built by John Wentworth as a Jacobean mansion, it was extensively remodelled by local architect Samuel Morton Peto in the 1840s. Now it’s open to the public between April and September and you can look around this fine stately home and take a trip around the exquisite gardens on the 5,000 acre estate.

 

And while it’s neighbouring Norfolk that is famous for the Broads, you are actually very close to the southern gateway – Suffolk’s Oulton Broad – just five miles away. It’s a great place to spend some relaxing time on the water, discovering a side of Suffolk you could never see otherwise. During the summer months it also plays host to powerboat racing on most Thursday evenings, a thrilling sport to watch.

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Aldeburgh Beach

 

Suffolk is also a great place for a festival. The big one is Latitude, held every July on the Henham Estate, about half an hour’s drive away. Its eclectic mix of top music, comedy and literary acts has pushed it into the top three festivals in the UK. But there are also many smaller festivals worth visiting throughout the year, all within an hour’s drive. Aldeburgh Music Festival draws classical music fans and performers from across the globe, while Maverick is the area’s premier roots and Americana festival. Southwold plays host to top names from the world of literature at Ways With Words every November and the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival is one of the top food festivals in the country and a great way to discover exactly why Suffolk is known as the foodie county.

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Latitude Festival

 

And this is just scratching the surface of what Suffolk has to offer. For lots more information visit us at www.VisitSuffolk.com