Willows Barn Luxury Self Catering, Framlingham
Willows Barn Luxury Self Catering, Framlingham
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Polstead Camping and Caravan Site
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Cottages4you, Suffolk
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Visit Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley
The Amber Shop, Southwold
The Amber Shop, Southwold
Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich
Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich
The Cock Inn, Polstead
The Cock Inn, Polstead
The Bildeston Crown, Bildeston
The Bildeston Crown, Bildeston
Classic Festivals Suffolk
Classic Festivals Suffolk
Felixstowe Leisure Centre
Felixstowe Leisure Centre
Aldeburgh Bay Holidays, Self Catering
Aldeburgh Bay Holidays, Self Catering
Swilland Mill Luxury Self Catering, Woodbridge
Swilland Mill Luxury Self Catering, Woodbridge
Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham
Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham
Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich
Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich
The Swan at Lavenham
The Swan at Lavenham
The Ship Inn, Blaxhall
The Ship Inn, Blaxhall
Fornham Organic Shop  &  Cafe, Bury St Edmunds
Fornham Organic Shop & Cafe, Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk Coastal Cottages, Southwold
Suffolk Coastal Cottages, Southwold
Fynn Valley Golf, Restaurant  &  Luxury Lodges, Ipswich
Fynn Valley Golf, Restaurant & Luxury Lodges, Ipswich
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Red House Yards Events & Accommodation
Stonham Barns Leisure  &  Retail Village
Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Village
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RSPB Suffolk
High House Farm, Woodbridge
High House Farm, Woodbridge
Best of Suffolk - Self Catering Accommodation
Best of Suffolk - Self Catering Accommodation
Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa
Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa
The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
The Westleton Crown, Westleton
The Westleton Crown, Westleton
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Fox and Goose, Fressingfield
Fox and Goose, Fressingfield
Go Ape, Thetford
Go Ape, Thetford
The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh
The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh
Sibton White Horse Inn, Sibton
Sibton White Horse Inn, Sibton
Short Courses at Assington Mill, Sudbury
Short Courses at Assington Mill, Sudbury
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
Suffolk Cottage Holidays, Aldeburgh
Suffolk Cottage Holidays, Aldeburgh
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The Abbey B & B, Eye
High Lodge Holiday Resort, Saxmundham
High Lodge Holiday Resort, Saxmundham

Things to do in Suffolk

Suffolk has a wonderful range of activities and attractions to suit everyone’s taste and pocket. We offer all sorts of things to do in Suffolk from discovering historic churches and timber framed Guildhalls, tours, Festivals, musical events, shops and eating out - so something for everyone! In this Guide we've highlighted things to do for individuals, couples & families that are slightly less vigorous than our Days Out Guide and our Kids Days Out in Suffolk feature for younger children. You can also find a full listing of Rainy Day activities in Suffolk if the weather isn't kind, and what's on in Suffolk for an up-to-date listing of current & forthcoming events.

Historic Sites and Buildings
Lavenham - Things to do in Suffolk


We have many many historic and attractive towns and villages in Suffolk and spending a day exploring them is a great thing to do if you're new to the area. For example, Lavenham is a Medieval village rich in history and and wandering round it is like stepping back in time. You can visit the 16C timber framed Lavenham Guildhall, a National Trust property to get a feel for Suffolk's wool history, and Lavenham Little Hall, a late 14th Century Hall House on the main square which is now a small and fascinating museum. For information on other Suffolk Museums please see Suffolk Museums

Find things to do in Suffolk at Sutton Hoo


Suffolk has a lot of places of historic interest but they don’t get much more historic than Sutton Hoo, the burial ground of Anglo Saxon Kings! There's plenty to do at Sutton Hoo, which is run by the National Trust and includes an exhibition hall with video and a full size reconstruction of the ship’s burial chamber. There are Guided Tours and special events during the summer season. See Sutton Hoo for more details and to find their current opening hours.

Sizewell B Visitor Centre
Recently opened at Sizewell B Power Station near Leiston is the Visitor Centre where you can find out more about nuclear power station operations and how electricity is generated from nuclear power. Pre arranged site tours are available but must be booked in advance.


Things to do in Suffolk




Staying with the Anglo Saxons, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village is a unique reconstruction of an Anglo Saxon Village built on an original archaeological site. Costumes bring the Village to life during the holidays, and a visitor centre displays finds from the site. Tel 01284 728718 for details

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Suffolk has a few well preserved and impressive CASTLES including Framlingham Castle (above), and Orford Castle, below, which are both run by English Heritage. Orford was the great keep of Henry II. You can visit the castle every day and explore the maze of rooms and passageways with a free audio tour. You can also enjoy spectacular views over the beautiful Orford Ness in this lovely area of Suffolk. (see Orford Castle, pictured below)



The National Trust have many sites in Suffolk ranging from the glorious Ickworth Park and Gardens, the historic Guildhall in Lavenham, Dunwich Heath with its magnificent heather and beach.....and lots more. For full details of their Suffolk sites and things to do see The National Trust in Suffolk

For details of other Historical Sites and Properties please see - Historical Places to Visit in Suffolk

Enjoy spending time in the great Suffolk outdoors? Check these out -
Outdoor Sports in Suffolk

Outdoor Activities in Suffolk


For family-friendly days out ideas, for both young children and teenagers, please see our guide to some action-packed and adventurous Days Out, and Kids' Days Out in Suffolk.

For whats on & events happening during the school holidays click on Half Term Activities and Summer Holiday Activities, and, for an all year round event listing see What's on in Suffolk.

Food and Eating Out

What with all these things to do and activities found in Suffolk, not to mention the vast and breath-taking countryside, you are bound to work up an enormous appetite when holiday here!

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So please see our guide to Eating Out in Suffolk for ideas on where to eat in Suffolk, and information on our fantastic Farm Shops and Farmers markets .

Events - music, theatre, art exhibitions and more

There are ALWAYS lots of great events taking place in Suffolk so for some ideas on what's on please see Suffolk Events.

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Ipswich
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Woodbridge


If you're coming to Suffolk from Essex then a trip to Castle Hedingham to visit Colne Valley Railway is a must - it is always rated one of the top Visitor Attractions in Essex. Colne Valley is a really pretty line with relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt. There's a lot to see including the Garden Railway, Travelling Post Office Exhibition... Thomas the Tank Days and during the Summer you can ramble through the Farm Park and enjoy the 30 acres of peaceful, natural countryside by the River Colne. Apart from the wealth of traditional farm animals, some regular sightings have included: Moorhens, Woodpeckers, Kingfishers, Herons and Dragonflies.

Things to do at Colne Valley Steam railway


Things to do in Suffolk


For more cultural activities and things to do The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds is one of only 8 Grade 1 listed theatres in the country, and is the third oldest working theatre in the UK. Recently reopened after a two year refurbishment, this Regency playhouse offers a full repertoire, as well as guided tours of the theatre (See The Theatre Royal ). For information on other Theatres in Suffolk please see our guide to Suffolk Theatres



Other things to do in Bury St Edmunds include a visit to the Greene King Brewery and Museum : Ickworth House, Park and Gardens is another National Trust property and is unusual in that it contains a rotunda and Italian Gardens (see Ickworth House:) and the last working water mill in the UK at Pakenham Water Mill For more information on Bury St Edmunds, please see our Guide to Bury St Edmunds and Days Out in Bury St Edmunds,

If the weather is bright and you want to head for the Coast there are plenty of beaches to chose from, offering everything from traditional amusement arcades to the unique Amber Shop and Museum which follows the fascinating story of Suffolk amber, and features a number of beautiful amber carvings and artefacts from around the world. Find out more about a great day at the Beach by clicking on the link above.

Music
For those with a musical ear, Suffolk offers a wide range of concerts throughout the year, from amateur choirs singing in the their local Church to world class professionals playing in the converted malt house concert halls of Snape Maltings, held by Aldeburgh Music. For details of the Aldeburgh Music Festival, featuring a wide range of musical genres please click on the link above.

Music in Suffolk


For a guide to all musical Festivals happening in Suffolk, please see Suffolk Festivals and for concerts see Music in Suffolk

Gardens
As you'd expect from a rural county with a rich agricultural history like Suffolk we have many and possibly our most famous Garden open to the public is at Helmingham Hall which is owned by the Tollemache family, whose ancestors have lived at the Hall for the past 500 years, enjoy sharing their passion for the beautiful gardens. The gardens surround the impressive Tudor moated Hall set in a 400 year old ancient deer park. The rich traditional gardens are complimented by a wonderful balance of nature and the modern accents inspired by the current Lady Tollemache, a well-known garden designer and Chelsea Gold Medal Winner. Find out more about Helmingham Hall here , Suffolk Gardens open under the National Garden Scheme here , and other Suffolk Gardens open to the public here.

Taking your Pet on holiday? Discover Dog Friendly Suffolk


Stonham Barns offers a range of things to do in the heart of the Suffolk Countryside. Situated on the A1120 east of Stowmarket there are a variety of retail shops and leisure facilities including Fishing Lakes, Fit Club, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary where you can hold the Owls, Garden Centre and much, much more to ensure you enjoy your visit with us! Year round, admission to the complex is free and there is free parking.
For more information and to see exactly what's on please see: Stonham Barns Leisure and Retail Village

Things to do in Suffolk


Mander Actioneers, Clare


If you have a passion for antiques and discovering hidden treasures, attending one of the regular auctions at Mander Auctioneers in Glemsford will make for a great day out. At a Manders auction you can find an array of furniture, silver, pictures, ceramics, jewellery and more. Auctions are held on Saturdays, with the Friday before being a viewing day - so you can decide which item you want to snap up in advance! For more information and a list of auction dates, please click on the link above. Also take a look at Yoxford Antiques Centre & Gardens and Woodbridge Antiques Centre if unearthing hidden treasures is your thing!

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Courses are a great way to spend time in Suffolk and get to know the area. Suffolk is a beautiful county and highly photogenic (in our biased opinion!) so you might want to spend the day photographing or painting the landscape under the expert guidance of Anthony Cullen. See Pin Mill Studios for more information.

Assington Mill offers an eclectic mix of over 50 short rural skills and crafts courses throughout the year, which include beekeeping for beginners, hen keeping, story telling, upholstery and a wealth of others, so if you fancy trying something a bit different find out what's coming up at Assington Mill

This is just a small flavour of the fantastic courses and educational days out you can find in Suffolk - please see Courses in Suffolk for much more!



Useful Links
Phew! As you can see we have lots of great things to do in Suffolk ... and there's more! Check out the following -
Days Out in Suffolk and Suffolk Tourist Attractions - guides to action-packed activities and well know attractions in Suffolk respectively,
What's On Suffolk
Suffolk Attractions
Beaches in Suffolk
Shopping in Suffolk and Shoppers' Guide to Suffolk
Walking in Suffolk
Cycling in Suffolk
and Current Art Exhibitions
Horse Riding in Suffolk
RSPB Minsmere
Fishing in Suffolk
About the author - Sarah Quinlan is the owner of the Suffolk Guides. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahinSuffolk or Google+
Suffolk Tourist Guide