Suffolk is known for its rolling hills, big skies and wide open sandy beaches. It’s also the driest county in England!
It began in Medieval times and developed well being in the wool trade. Bosmore Mill stand as testament to this in the historic village of Needham Market. Lavenham was a wealthy town in Medieval times and has a market square and mead hall well worth a visit. Another example of a well preserved historic village is Long Melford. This village was also made rich by the wool trade and still has 15th Century buildings to show tourists down it’s long High Street. It’s a great place for rummaging through antique shops and having tea at the many cafes.
Constable was a prolific painter of Suffolk scenes and his name is synonymous with Dedham Vale and Flatford Mill. His works are renown for the way in which he captured the light here. The area is known world wide as ‘Constable Country’!
Another infamous artist born and bred here is Gainsborough. His house is now a museum and you can enjoy some of his works there. Suffolk is known for its art exhibitions so take your time in this beautiful county and breathe in some of that fine air that these artists captured on canvass.
Framlingham and Woodbridge are two more small towns that are well worth visiting. They are market towns like Sudbury and are really pretty with old market squares and appealing architecture, rivers and castles!
Whiling away a couple of weeks in the area is easy. The attractions are many and the beaches are clean and wide with few people getting in your way.
Thetford Forest is a woodland that has a lot of different trails and wood to explore and the National Trust buildings open to the public are many like Ickworth House.
One of the big attractions about Suffolk has to be the markets and one of the best known markets worth a visit is the Suffolk Food Hall.
It was started by two farmers who were frustrated that locals had little access to the local produce in Suffolk so they set about creating the Food Hall which is a magnificent show room for delicious home grown produce. Shopping in the Food Hall is a culinary delight. You can amble through the aisles and do a bit of taste testing before you buy choosing from wines, cheeses, fish, fresh baked breads, cakes, sweets, honeys and chutneys and a host of goodies you’ve never even thought of!
It’s open from 9 – 6pm daily except Sundays when it closes at 4:30pm.
Open air music is a big contributor to the atmosphere around Suffolk and each year there is the Latitude Festival in July which covers every creative genre from poetry to bands and crafts. It’s a great fun week in July and the Festival is growing every year.
If you’re into a spot of fishing then Suffolk has it all. You can keep the wife and kids happy when you take them with to some of the great angling spots that abound in this country. Catch your own breakfast at High Lodge in Saxmundham for just £6 in their well stocked lakes or head up to Lowestoft or Orford beach where you can combine fishing and beach fun.
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