Over the festive period, many of us enjoy the rare opportunity to take a break away from the daily grind, a few days to enjoy some much-needed downtime and relax with loved ones.
My love of travel and exploring new places is well documented on the blog and Suffolk is somewhere that I’m keen to visit in 2018. Here are just a few reasons why:
In the small market town of Bury St Edmonds, Abbey Gardens boasts wildlife, a wealth of history, ruins of the abbey and a tea shop. It’s also free to visit!
My first experience of an RSPB reserve was at Leighton Moss a few years ago when my sister invited me along for a spot of bird watching a flask of tea. It turned out to be an awesome afternoon and something that I’d like to do more of. Minsmere is a coastal nature reserve and the ideal location for families looking to enjoy the great outdoors.
With a plethora of museums to choose from, I’m hard-pressed to pick just one! Personally, I have a fascination with aviation so the Suffolk Aviation Museum would definitely be on the list. I’d like to learn more about Edith Cook, Britain’s first female pilot and the Second World War airfields.
My love of all things nautical is reflected in my home, traditional tattoos (Norman Collins AKA Sailor Jerry is my idol) and book collection! Unfortunately, we don’t have many lighthouses near my hometown so this place is one of the first things I’d like to see if we visit the Suffolk area.
Built in 1792, this beautiful lighthouse is now being cared for by Orfordness Lighthouse Trust after being decommissioned in 2013. They close during winter but make for a lovely day out in the summer months and can book a guided tour to learn more about its fascinating history.
Keeping with the nautical theme, the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo is the richest burial ever found in northern Europe and makes my inner geek keen to explore this royal cemetery.
The Suffolk Wool Towns
These are some of the best-preserved historic towns and prettiest villages in Suffolk. Lavenham is known as ‘England’s Best Preserved Medieval Village’ and, in modern times, offers an array of foodie delights; right up my street then!
Of course, being so close to the coast means that there are lots of beaches on the doorstep. From Claremont Pier and Orford Ness to Thorpeness Beach and Felixstowe, you can’t beat a good old-fashioned British picnic on the sand (or pebbles!).
I’m tempted to book a last minute festive break but will have to wait until summer now due to prior commitments. Do you have anything to add to my list?