Suffolk is having its first Suffolk Day on 21 June, here are Visit Suffolk’s top 10 things to do to celebrate:
- Go to a pub serving local Suffolk ales and ciders and enjoy
Get friends and family together and visit a Suffolk pub and try a pint from one of the many Suffolk breweries. Vineyards can also be seen on the hills with Wyken Hall vineyard proudly announcing their Moonshine can hold its own against wines from the Champagne area in France.
The internationally-known Adnams is brewed by the coast and often ‘a pint’ is the first request for visitors arriving in Suffolk. Nestled away in the Waveney Valley is St Peter’s brewery and is among many other breweries in the area producing a selection of ales. The warm Suffolk climate yields bountiful apple harvests to make the thirst-quenching Aspall’s cider, a perfect drink for a summers evening get-together with friends.
- Take a walk on the beach
Whether you prefer lonesome walks along the shore or building sandcastles with the children, you’ll find a Suffolk beach that you love. We love Dunwich beach and the surrounding heath and woodlands and its fascinating history – look out to sea from the beach and you’re staring at the watery resting place of what was once a city larger than London!
Felixstowe is full of exciting activities for the kids. Nature trails, historical re-enactments, arcade games on the pier and exploring a 16th century fort are just some of the things you can do in Felixstowe, and that’s before you even reach the beach!
- Go for a bike ride in the forest – Brandon
Get in the cycling mood ready for when the Tour of Britain cycle race arrives in Suffolk on Friday 8 September. Take the Poachers Cycling Trail which starts at Brandon Country Park. The 8.5 miles of well-marked wide paths, narrow tracks and undulating drives takes you through the heart of Thetford Forest. To find more cycle paths through the forest, visit www.brandoncountrypark.org.uk
- Eat some locally produced food from your local bakery, deli, restaurant, or food hall.
Whether in search of fine dining or delicious local grub, there are some superb places to eat in Suffolk, all adding to its reputation as The Foodie County. The Crown at Woodbridge and the Swan at Lavenham have prepared some special Suffolk Day menus sourcing the freshest and most seasonal ingredients from within only a few miles of each restaurant. See their websites to find out more and to book www.thecrownatwoodbridge.co.uk & www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk.
On 21 June, the Suffolk Horse Society, with iconic Suffolk Punch horses, is set to lead afternoon celebrations on Suffolk Day at the Suffolk Food Hall. Mares and foals, braiding and harnessing, drays and wagons will all be on parade highlighting the agricultural past for which the local area is famed. The Society also plans to run a genuine Suffolk timber snigging display; the historical method by which heavy timber was moved and transported before the introduction of modern day machinery. Furthermore, courtesy of Heritage Lottery Fund and the Stour & Orwell Society, an outdoor cinema is planned screening nostalgic film of the area.
Alongside the demonstrations between 3pm and 7pm, the Suffolk Land Rover Owners Club plans to take people on a 4×4 assault course underneath the Orwell Bridge. The Food Hall will also have a BBQ; burgers and award-winning sausages, filled with pork and beef from their own farms, will further the celebration of all that Suffolk has to offer.
- Listen to Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill
- Put the 2018 Suffolk Show in your diary so you can enjoy Suffolky things all over again next year
Visit the 2017 Suffolk Show on 31 May – June and enjoy a great day out with all the family, discovering delicious food, drink and local crafts. See the Suffolk Trinity – The Suffolk Punch horse, the Red Poll cattle and the Black Faced Sheep. www.suffolkshow.co.uk
- Try some Suffolk dialect for the day with the help of Charlie Haylock’s “Sloightly On Th’Huh”
Read one of Charlie Haylock’s books and test your friends and family on their Suffolk language skills. You can listen here www.soundingboardproductions.co.uk to make sure your pronunciation is perfect Suffolk.
- Be the first to see the sun on Suffolk Day
Ness Point, also known as Lowestoft Ness, is the most easterly point of England, the United Kingdom and the British Isles. Grab a spot on the beach and boast of being the first to see the sunrise. You will also be in the company of ‘Gulliver’ the Tallest Wind Turbine in the UK.
- Spend a day in a Suffolk garden
There are few things as quintessentially British as a Suffolk garden in summer. If the idea of wandering among hedgerows, trees, water features and thousands of flowers puts a smile on your face, visit a Suffolk garden on Suffolk day. To find gardens that are open www.visitsuffolk.com
- Take to the water
Suffolk has a deep and ancient connection to the water, from the fishing towns and villages along its beautiful coast to the rivers and waterways meandering across the count. Jump aboard one of the cruise boats leaving Ipswich for a trip up the River Orwell, enjoy an afternoon tea or dinner and see the wonderful water wildlife.