Here’s our round up of the best spring days out. Family days out in Suffolk.
16 Dairy Cottages, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5QE
Discover the classical Rotunda at the heart of the estate and wander around the beautiful landscaped gardens which bloom with every season. In spring you can admire the heritage daffodils popping up throughout the pleasure grounds in front of the Italianate palace.
Snape, IP17 1SP
Discover the best of Suffolk in one location. Walk along the water’s edge lined with wild reeds, tuck into great local produce at the cafe, browse the independent boutiques, vintage stores and homewares, and wander the galleries. Snape Maltings is also home to one of the world’s leading music centres.
Church Street, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9BP
Everyone knows about the castle on the hill, thanks to local lad and superstar Ed Sheeran, and quite right too, this is a Suffolk gem. Once upon a time it was a fearsome fortress, head behind the castle’s towering walls and discover its fascinating history with its exhibition, take in stunning views and finish with Tudor treats at the café.
The Suffolk Punch Trust
Sink Farm, St Davids Lane, IP12 3JR
The Trust is dedicated to preserving the Suffolk Punch breed and the skills of the people needed to handle these wonderful horses. Visitors can meet the animals, explore the heritage barn and gardens and enjoy a range of activities and demos. Guided tours available.
Southwold, IP18 6BN
Suffolk’s most iconic coastal landmark hosts several eateries, gift shops plus weird and wonderful attractions and amusements. Tuck into fish n’ chips at the restaurant or pop along to either of the two cafes to warm up with a cup of tea. Meander around the gift shops for a souvenir and take in the beautiful coastal views from Suffolk’s most picturesque coastline.
Museum of East Anglian Life
Crowe St, Stowmarket IP14 1DL
An open-air museum in 75 acres of beautiful countryside. Learn about fascinating East Anglian crafts and traditional Gypsy culture and discover splendidly restored historic buildings. Plus steam engines, animals, including Suffolk Punch horses and more.
The National Horse Racing Museum
Palace House, Palace Street, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EP
This is one for the whole family and an experience a variety of ages can appreciate. The National Heritage Centre houses three main attractions; The National Horse-racing Museum in the Trainer’s House and King’s Yard Galleries, Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art in Palace House, and meeting former racehorses on the five-acre site – exciting! With a restaurant on-site, you can spend a full day exploring! There’s a great gift shop too.
Tangham, Woodbridge, IP12 3NF
An Area of Outstanding Beauty, this location is great for long country walks all year round. Follow the marked paths including the UFO trail or take the orienteering trail. If you’re more of an active type, hire a bike and take on one of the two cycling trails. This a hugely popular dog-walking spot so expect to see plenty of four-legged friends.
Orford, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 2ND
Take a long walk along the footpath at Orford Ness and climb the small spiral staircases of the castle to be rewarded with magnificent views. It’s a great place for foodies. Enjoy tea, cake and pastries at Pump Street Bakery or try the legendary oysters at Butley Orford Oysterage. Read our guide to East Anglia’s majestic castles.
Thetford Road, Brandon IP27 0AF
The ultimate forest adventure for the whole family. There are a number of walks available including trails shaded by pine trees, heathland and dense forest. It’s not uncommon to see a deer, if your dog in tow who loves to chase, be on alert. The High Lodge is the main hub of activity with its high ropes, playground and café.
West Stow Country Park
Icklingham Road, West Stow, IP28 6HG
This is a beautiful 125 acres of countryside featuring trails, heaths and woodlands. Seasonal flora blooms throughout the year and there’s always something new to admire.
Centred around the River Deben, Woodbridge has plenty to offer. Take a walk along the river, visit the Tide Mill Museum, browse the towns boutiques or explore the surrounding countryside with its many walking trails. The town is home to a number of cafes and tearooms, and cosy traditional pubs, great for a bite to eat. Plan your visit.