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Things to do in Suffolk

Suffolk has a wonderful range of activities and attractions to suit everyone’s taste and pocket. Here's our Guide to 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 guide to 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.

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 details and to find their current opening hours.

Sizewell B Visitor Centre
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For a more 'modern' experience, take a look at the newly opened Visitor Centre at Sizewell B Nuclear Power station near Leiston. Here you can find out all about about nuclear power station operations and how our electricity is generated from nuclear power. Pre arranged site tours are available but must be booked in advance .

Things to do in Suffolk

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 whats on see The National Trust in Suffolk

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

Pop Up Puzzle Room Challenge
If you enjoy a challenge check out the first and only Escape Room in Suffolk where your team has 60 minutes to solve clues and work your way out of the Locked Room. Great fun for all ages. Click on the link above for info

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 what's 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.

Looking for something to do? Find what's on in your area -
Bury St Edmunds

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.

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

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!

Click here to find Fetes and Fairs in Suffolk

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

Perkins & Gibbs offer a range of upholstery courses including a one day Seat Course where you create your own bedroom chair, and 2 day footstall course, 1/2 day lampshade course or maybe try an overstuffed seat? That sounds comfy! Find out more by clicking on the link above.

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!

The Suffolk Punch Trust
Suffolk Things to Do

Visit The Suffolk Punch Trust near Woodbridge for a lovely day out for all the family. The Suffolk Punch is a local breed of draught horse that takes its name from the county of its origin and "Punch" from its solid appearance and strength. It is a heavy horse developed for farm work, notably ploughing, and is always chestnut in colour. These are rare beasts now days but, thanks to the Suffolk Punch Trust these gentle giants can still be appreciated in their native county. The Suffolk Punch Trust is home to the Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, the world's oldest stud farm for this horse, with breeding going back over 250 years! Today the Trust safeguards the future of this unique animal, and here you can see the horses and yearlings, rare Large Black Pigs, Cattle and Suffolk Sheep. There's a visitor centre and cafe, Heritage Garden stocked with local horticultural varieties of plants and shrubs, demonstrations, pet paddock and activity playground, and much more with regular events and festivals, so find out more about
what's on at Suffolk Punch Trust here

Historic Sites and Buildings
Lavenham - Things to do in Suffolk

We have many, many historic and attractive towns & villages in Suffolk, and spending a day discovering 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 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 more information on Lavenham please click on the link above, and for more on our Museums please see Suffolk Museums

Find more things to do in Suffolk by clicking on the links below -

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What's On Suffolk
Suffolk Attractions
Beaches in Suffolk
Shopping in Suffolk
Shoppers' Guide to Suffolk
Walking in Suffolk
Cycling in Suffolk
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