Rainy Day Activities in Suffolk
We're all familiar with the traditional UK pattern of holiday time coming and the sun goes into hiding! But fear not! The Suffolk Tourist Guide
is here to help! Here is our guide to the great many rainy day activities in Suffolk and 'Days In' available throughout Suffolk, plus a separate guide for Childrens Rainy Day things to do
too as there really is so much to see and do even in the rain!
The perfect excuse to pamper yourself - as if you need one! - is a rainy day. Suffolk has some excellent Spa's to choose from, where you can relax and unwind and wait for the sun to come out!
We love Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa
just outside Woodbridge, the spa facilities are perfectly formed, you can also enjoy lunch here and even book a room if you don't want to leave! There are lots of treatments on offer and several special deals throughout the year.
Another favourite is Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
set in rolling Suffolk countryside. The pool and treatment rooms offer a welcome escape from the rain, with lots on offer including group treatments like the Rassoul Mud Therapy so get some friends together! You can enjoy a drink by the pool, and a lunch and maybe a cocktail in their award winning restaurant. If the rain stops, you can even enjoy 18 holes on the championship golf course.
If you're near Bury St Edmunds, try the SK Clinic and Spa
where you can choose from their array of relaxing health & beauty treatments - there are more than enough on offer to fill a whole day, if needed.
Head to one of Suffolk's wonderful seaside towns on a rainy day and beat the crowds for a spot of shopping! Dart in and out of the shops amongst the showers. Most have a great selection of independent boutiques, many selling handcrafted and one-off items. Aldeburgh
are firm favourites with holiday makers and locals alike. The latter boasts the Pier, which even on a rainy day affords great views of the beach and the town, there's the unique homemade arcade games in the 'under the pier show' plus the famous water clock and the lovely restaurant. Once you've finished here, stroll into town and visit the fascinating Amber Shop
learn about the history and purchase a beautiful bespoke item like the one pictured above. Stonham Barns Retail Village
also provides an excellent shopping opportunity, with a host of boutique shops, garden centre and restaurants next to each other. Free parking too make it the ideal place to while away a dreary afternoon. Also onsite is the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
where you can meet, handle and learn about several different species of birds.
Rainy Day Activities in Suffolk
Learn something new
Another great activity for when the sun has gone on holiday is to take part in a course – and there is a large variety available in Suffolk. Assington Mill
in Sudbury offer such a wide range of interesting and fun courses, you are sure to find one that intrigues you. You can study everything ranging from ballroom dancing to massage; Celtic drawing to hen-keeping; and self-publishing to photography – amongst many, many more! For a full list please click on the link above.
For more information on all the courses Suffolk has to offer please see Suffolk Courses
Shelter from the rain in a Suffolk Restaurant and treat yourself to something tasty! Fine Dining, traditional British, French, Indian & Mediterranean cuisine, Bistros, Brasseries, vegetarian options and family friendly restaurants - Suffolk has them all!
See a concert or a show
Do you fancy a spot of singin' in the rain? Aldeburgh Music offers you the opportunity to do just that. Based within the spectacular Snape Maltings
Concert Hall in the wonderful town of Aldeburgh
, Aldeburgh Music holds a varied mix of music concerts throughout the year, covering all tastes and genres - such as traditional, modern, and world music. For a full guide to the many concerts occurring at the hall, please click on the link above.
What better way to escape the rain than by whisking yourself away to another time and another place? The Marina Theatre
in Lowestoft will allow you to do just that. This 1870-built theatre offers a wide selection of family entertainment ranging from musicals, stand-up comedy, dance performances and, of course, panto! They also show the latest films, and hold special events such as ‘An Evening with A Celebrity’. A trip to the Marina Theatre is sure to have you and your family ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, just without the actual getting drenched part! Please click on their display’s link above for the full line-up of performances and events.
See our guide to Theatres in Suffolk
to see what else is on in your area.
Wander through History
The Long Shop Museum
Visitors to the Long Shop Museum in Leiston are invited to learn about the development of Leiston and its influence both locally and around the world. The museum is located on the original site of the Richard Garrett Engineering Works, and features a number of fascinating, historical displays including the Richard Garrett story alongside steam engines and the water tower.
Let one of Suffolk's museums or historical sites bring our rich past to life. For a rainy day out in Newmarket, visit the National Horseracing Museum
. Visitors are invited to discover the history and stories of horse racing, past and present. Here you can ride the horse simulator or take a behind the scenes minibus tour of the gallops, a Trainer's yard and the equine swimming pool. There is also a cafe and gift shop on site. Discounts are available for group bookings, please click on the link above for full details.Gainsborough's House
(pictured above) in Sudbury is a museum and art gallery set within the house that Thomas Gainsborough was born in, and features a wonderful collection of his paintings and drawings.
The Felixstowe Museum
(pictured below) in - you guessed it - Felixstowe
has an impressive fourteen display rooms of local social and military history, housed within the 1878-built submarine mining establishment. There are also special exhibitions commemorating the 90th anniversaries of the formation of the RAF and the end of World War I.
Did you know that radar was developed and first tested in Suffolk between the two World Wars? You can visit the exhibition at Bawdsey Radar
(pictured below) and learn where much of the pioneering work in radar technology took place. Bawdsey Radar is a charitable organisation run entirely by volunteers. Please click on the link above for opening times.
One lovely museum to visit for an interesting day out is Little Hall
(pictured below). Little Hall is a late 14th Century Hall House in the picturesque village of Lavenham
, and has been restored to allow visitors the unique opportunity of exploring this 1390s-built house containing the Gayer-Anderson collection of pictures and artefacts. Admission is just £2.50 for adults, so this is a rainy day out not to be missed!
In the Beccles and District Museum
visitors will find a detailed history of Beccles
told via the town’s famous assortment of clock and watch-makers. Details on most makers and some photographs of clocks are on file at the museum, alongside a wonderful book shop selling a wide range of fascinating books featuring local historical content.
If you are forced to stay indoors on a rainy day, one of the best possible ‘indoors’ you could choose is Melford Hall
in Long Melford. This spectacular building is one of East Anglia’s most renowned homes. Inside you will find an array of things to capture your interest, such as the Regency Library and collections of porcelain, paintings and items connected with the naval history of the Hyde Parker family – who owned the Hall for over 300 years.
For a full guide to all of the wonderfully fascinating museums to be found in Suffolk, please see Suffolk Museums
Rainy Day Activities in SuffolkInvitation to View
, based in Colchester, offer a magnificent collection of houses and gardens for you to admire and expplore on selected dates throughout the year. Here you will be guided around a house whilst listening to a talk on its history. You may ask questions and gain unique and sometimes surprising insights into each property. Booking is necessary and spaces are limited, so please click on the link above to avoid disappointment.
Exploring the vast collection of English Heritage in Suffolk can be an unforgettable, awe-inspiring rainy day experience. For more information please see English Heritage in Suffolk
Equally breath-taking is a day spent in Flatford Mill, home of the lovely 16th-century thatched Bridge Cottage
, in the heart of Dedham Vale. This is the famous location for John Constable's idyllic pastoral paintings, and visitors are invited to attend the exhibition held in the cottage.
If you are fascinated by history, then a visit to Lavenham Guildhall
, where you can trace the rise and fall of the wool trade, is a fun rainy day activity.
For more details on these properties plus many more preserved buildings and landscapes, please see The National Trust in Suffolk
Rainy Day Activities in Suffolk
Take a tour
A great thing to do on a rainy day is a trip to the Greene King Visitor Centre
in Bury St Edmunds. Here is the home of Abbot Ale, Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Ruddles County. Visitors may explore the museum that traces the history of brewing in and around Bury St Edmunds from the earliest times, and the story of the Greene and King families who came together in 1887 to form Greene King and Sons Ltd. And, of course, sample the delights of some of the beers! Just opposite here is the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
the country's only surviving Regency Playhouse, the Theatre also offers guided tours plus a lovely bar and cafe and of course a large selection of shows!
Why not escape the downpour by visiting a traditional inn? There are far too many in Suffolk to mention here, but please see Pubs & Inns in Suffolk
For a creative rainy day activity get over to Pennikkity Pots ceramics painting cafe
in the heart of Ipswich! There is no need to book and prices start from only £5, so Paint a Pot with Pennikkity today - find more about them here - Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Cafe, Ipswich
Get stuck in and have a go at Glass Making with a Courses at Hart Glass
. Award winning professional Laura Hart, will guide you through the methods involved to casting and fusing glass in her Aladdin's Cave of a workshop in Cavendish. See Hart Glass
for testimonials and contact details.
Visit a gallery
Art Galleries make for a wonderful alternative to traipsing through the rain. The Jessica Muir Gallery
in the centre of Long Melford features a changing programme of art exhibitions which run throughout the year, plus a shop specialising in jewellery, ceramics, glass, wood, textiles, paintings and limited edition prints.
The Suffolk Craft Society
in Ipswich holds monthly, free-entry talks and exhibitions by a featured artist, and the Lime Tree Gallery, Long Melford
, specialises in contemporary Fine Art & Glass, and hold regular exhibitions throughout the year.
For more art-related rainy day activities please see Art Galleries in Suffolk
, Art Exhibitions in Suffolk
and Arts and Crafts in Suffolk
.As you can see, Suffolk is not short of fun things to do on rainy days. So get your wellies on and your umbrellas out, and check out one of the great day out activities listed above!
Please also see:Days Out in Suffolk
and Suffolk Tourist Attractions
- guides to both action-packed activities and subdued, relaxing attractions in SuffolkWhat's On SuffolkSuffolk AttractionsShopping in Suffolk
and Shoppers' Guide to SuffolkFarm shops and Farmers Markets
For relaxing activities in Suffolk, please see Things to Do in Suffolk
For more information on travelling to Suffolk on a budget, as well as wallet-friendly activities and attractions, please see Great Value Days Out in Suffolk
For a list of all accommodation options available in Suffolk please see Accommodation in Suffolk
, and Special Offers from Hotels in Suffolk
What do you like to do on a rainy day in Suffolk? Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
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