Bawdsey Beach, Suffolk. The seafront and beach in Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast. Minsmere Panoramic, Dunwich Heath at Sunrise.

Crabbing, cocktails and coast

Bike or walk to Orford for crabbing and river trips. Potter Woodbridge’s high street. Shoot golf at Aldeburgh and refuel in coastal cafes. Enjoy ancient taverns and contemporary cocktails in Ipswich. Kids can pick from 35 rides and shows at Pleasurewood Hills, Go Ape at Thetford, or explore the savannah at Africa Alive.

Kids in the country

Walk on the wild side at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, with over 80 modern-day raptors, including owls, eagles and vultures. Grab a bag of food and make a piggy’s day at Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm. Or pick from arts and crafts, trains, air cannon, pony rides and hug-a-bunny sessions at Easton Farm Park.

Amid beautiful pines, broadleaves and fir trees, discover a whole world of high ropes and segways at Go Ape Thetford. Choose a woodland walk at Rendlesham Forest Centre: follow the UFO trail and wrap things up with an ice cream. Or how about table tennis and outdoor gym equipment at Kingston Field?

Pick from 35 rides, shows and attractions at Pleasurewood Hills, including Wipeout, the region’s most extreme roller coaster. Lose yourself at Southwold Maize Maze, rip up the track at Anglia Indoor Karting, swim outdoors at Beccles Lido, or spot five species of African savannah animals at Africa Alive.

Let off steam on the interconnected trampolines at Jump In Adventure Park. Watch Tudor re-enactments at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford. Take a ride on vintage steam train The Middy. Play wacky arcade games on Southwold Pier. Or discover the treasure of an Anglo-Saxon king at Sutton Hoo.

For the grown ups

Love peace and tranquility? Right on the doorstep, you can enjoy the birdlife of Butley Creek estuary or the land that time forgot that is Butley village, with its ancient Oyster Inn. Or bike or walk to Orford using the Butley Ferry for sailing, crabbing and river trips from Orford quay.

Netflix fan? The Ralph Fiennes film, The Dig, about the discovery of Sutton Hoo, was filmed just a mile away at Butley Creek and the ancient boat burial grounds at Sutton Hoo are 15 minutes’ drive away. Cult TV series The Detectorists was also filmed in the countryside around Butley.

Walk the River Deben from Woodbridge, which also comes with one of the top ten high streets in the UK. Visit Snape Maltings, epicentre of music, eateries and galleries. Or atmospheric Aldeburgh, a handsome Victorian resort with a range of shops, pubs, cafes, and restaurants, plus some famous fish and chips.

Shoot some golf at Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Woodbridge. Hire a boat on Thorpeness lake. See the famous ‘House in the Clouds’. At night, Ipswich offers everything from ancient taverns to contemporary cocktails, plus a waterfront experience: sip your drinks as you watch the boats bob in the marina.

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