SUFFOLK TOURIST GUIDE

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

Historic Interest
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.

Things to do in Suffolk


Kentwell Hall

Kentwell Hall is one of England’s finest Tudor houses, with a difference! It is home to Suffolk Punch horses, Norfolk Horn Sheep, Long Horn, British White Cattle and the Baudet du Poitou Donkey; less than 60 in the UK and 800 in the world. The wonderful gardens include a wildlife pond and the ancient Yew trees with a modern hedge of ‘Pied Piper’ topiary (see pic above). The Stable Yard Tea Rooms are open for refreshments and light lunches. Kentwell Hall houses many special events throughout the year; Tudor re-enactment weeks, Kentwell through the Ages, Magical Weekends and the award winning ‘Scaresville’. Plus musical and outdoor shows. Click on the link above to see what's happening at the moment.

Bishop & MIller Auctioneers

If you're a fan of antiques Bishop & Miller Auctioneers are one of the region’s leading independent Auctioneers and Valuers. Based in Stowmarket, they are always seeking items for auctions, so if you're sitting on a treasure trove, head down and see them or attend one of their free valuation days. They also offer home visits. Or if you're looking to buy, visit one of their auctions for an interesting and varied selection of items.


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)


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.


If you are a fan of the Railway then a visit to Suffolk would not be complete without a trip to the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway or 'The Middy' - Suffolk's only preserved standard gauge heritage railway. Learn about the fascinating history of the unfinished tracks, visit the museum and of course, enjoy a steam train ride in a genuine Victorian 4-wheel coach! There are original buildings, passenger and goods vehicles, displays, artefacts and exhibitions. The Middy also holds several special event throughout the summer, during school holidays and on bank holidays, see Mid Suffolk Light Railway for dates, ticket prices and opening times.

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

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

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

Family Fun
For what's on & events happening during the school holidays click on Half Term Activities and Summer Holiday Activities

Puzzle Rooms

Puzzle Rooms
The Suffolk Food Hall is delighted to provide two enigmas: to Escape the Gamekeeper's Bothy or solve the mystery of Prof Campbell's disappearance. Our room challenges combine authentic props and unique Suffolk themes. Based in farm buildings at the Suffolk Food Hall, underneath the Orwell Bridge, the adventures encapsulate the heritage and farming background of the site and surrounding area and are suitable for ages 9 to 90. To find out more see: Puzzle Rooms

Glass & Craft

Glass & Craft Workshops
Glass & Craft Workshops are a family run craft workshop centre, bear building workshop & local craft gift shop based at Kersey Mill near Hadleigh, Ipswich in Suffolk. They offer a wide range of fun craft activities to suit all ages including; Glass and ceramic painting, decopatch, Wood painting, Fabric fun, Sand Art, Mosaics and Bear Building. Booking is not essential as they can seat up to 35 people at any one time but best to book during school holidays and weekends. During the Summer months there is also an outside craft area with children slide and sandpit.

The Suffolk Escape Room
Suffolk Escape Room

Try something totally unique at the Suffolk Escape Room in Saxmundham. The original war time Nissen Hut on the edge of an American style Trailer Park immerses 2-8 players into an Area 51 themed experience. Once inside players must find hidden clues and solve puzzles that will lead them towards escape. But players only have sixty minutes so time is of the essence. Suitable for ages 10-110. The room is wheelchair accessible, however at least one member of the team must be able bodied.

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



Stonham Barns

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

Starglazing Ceramic Painting and Clay Studio makes for a wonderful day out for all the family. If the sun is shining you can enjoy the roof terrace from their great location at the top of the Suffolk Food Hall. Learn simple techniques such as mark making and surface printing that will help you create something really special. To find out more about what you can do and the opening hours, click on the link above.

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.

Sizewell B Visitor Centre
suffolk things to do
For a more 'modern' experience, take a look at the 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 .


Craft Loft Ipswich

Craft Loft provides a range of Craft Workshops giving you the chance to learn something new.
Offering an outlet to provide people with their own art therapy session, to let everything go, have fun, learn a new skill and just enjoy what art has to offer. Click link to find out the varied range of workshops available.

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 on holiday here!

suffolk things to do

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 -
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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, featuring a wide range of musical genres.

Music in Suffolk


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

Things to do in Suffolk



Spinning Wheel Theatre offers regular events during school holidays including a Summer School, plus other opportunites throughout the year for aspiring creatives, young and old, to get involved! They also put on professional performances which can often be found touring Suffolk. To find out what's on right now, see their link above.


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,

The Suffolk Coast
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.



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.


Or why not visit a a traditional working nursery where you can buy a superb variety of garden plants from the very site where they were grown. At Katies Garden Plant Centre not only can you pick up strong, healthy plants at a great price - you can also tap into the knowledge of experienced staff happy to offer advice whenever you visit. Whether you are looking for something easy, something showy or maybe something rabbit-proof the choice of plants on offer includes a large number of cottage garden perennials, premium quality bedding, annuals and patio plants at very affordable prices. They also offer a variety of services including hanging basket and patio pot filling, plant-sourcing, local delivery and collaborating with garden designers. Click link to find out more.



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!

Courses are a great way to spend time in Suffolk and get to know the area.

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!



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

Days Out in Suffolk
Suffolk Tourist Attractions
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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Horse Riding in Suffolk
RSPB Minsmere
Fishing in Suffolk


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