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A Weekend Away in Suffolk

30 August 2017 | Kate Plummer

As part of East Anglia, Suffolk is one of the flattest parts of Britain. With its abundance of stunning scenery, delicious food and drink, as well as fun and culture for all ages, from coast to Constable, Suffolk is the perfect place to raise the spirits.

Saturday Morning
 
Start your weekend in sunny (fingers crossed) Suffolk with a trip to Snape Maltings. A veritable smorgasbord of activities, the Maltings appeals to a variety of interests. Browse the boutique shops for that perfect new homeware addition, one-of-a-kind accessory or a quirky treat for the family. Take in the four art galleries for some creative inspiration, explore the musical events at the Concert Hall, or take in the beauty of the Suffolk Heaths with a leisurely walk. Once you’ve taken in all Snape Maltings has to offer, it’s time for a short drive over to one of Suffolk’s most popular seaside destinations, Aldeburgh.
 

Image Credit: SnapeVillage.info

Saturday Lunchtime
 
Spending lunchtime by the coast is the perfect excuse to indulge in some local Fish & Chips and both the classically named Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop  and The Golden Galleon are certainly our catches of the day.  The queues winding along the street give away their popularity, but the wait is definitely worth it. There’s nothing quite like eating the golden-coated fish and chunky vinegar-soaked chips straight from the paper whilst sat on Aldeburgh’s pretty pebble beach - just be prepared to be stared down by the greedy Seagulls on the hunt for scraps!
 
Saturday Afternoon
 
Game for a spot of adventure? Just a five minute drive from the seaside is the picturesque playground Thorpeness, created over a hundred years ago as Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie’s private holiday village. When approaching the idyllic area you’re sure to spy one of the most famous local landmarks, the House in the Clouds.  Built in 1923, this whimsical structure was designed as a facade to hide a water tower, but after the tank was removed in 1979 it was made available as a quirkier choice of accommodation. To carry on the fairytale feel, Thorpeness Meare, a Peter Pan inspired 60-acre boating lake, takes centre stage.  Board one of the traditional rowboats in a kaleidoscope of colours and explore the tiny islands in search of Wendy’s House or navigate the secret water passages to find Captain Hook – just watch out for that crocodile!
 
 
Saturday Evening
 
If all your swashbuckling from the afternoon has tired you out, head into Ipswich, Suffolk’s county town, for some well-deserved relaxation and refuelling. Ipswich caters to all cravings with an abundance of restaurants. For a hit of Pan-Asian flavour Aqua Eight is a culinary treat found nestled in the town centre, or take a stroll along the waterfront with its array of eateries including Mahzen and its salivation-inducing Turkish cuisine, Salt House Harbour Hotel or a spot of sublime indulgence, or Bistro on the Quay for a perfect balance of locally-sourced delicacies with a delicious twist. Stick around the waterfront to see the evening in with some hand-crafted quality beers at Briarbank Brewing Company. With their own microbrewery on site, these guys know their beers, and ale aficionados can even book a tour of the brewery.  For a more lively evening, Isaacs is one of the most popular bars in town thanks to its waterfront location complete with a fantastic view of the marina, it’s regular live music nights and a spacious, comfortable atmosphere.


Image Credit: Ipswich Star 
 
Sunday morning
 
Morning! Whether you’re looking for local delicacies as a special delicious gift, or you’re in need of some Sunday sustenance to kick-start the day, take a wander around Suffolk Food Hall. From butchers to bakers to, well maybe not candlestick makers, you can enjoy the best Suffolk has to offer for fellow foodies (there’s even a chocolatier!).
 
Close by in Wherstead is the highly publicised Jimmy’s Farm. You may know owner, farmer Jimmy Doherty, as a good friend of Jamie Oliver as well as a presenter in his own right, but here it’s the beautiful woodland and array of wildlife that are the stars of the show. From the more exotic tapirs and wallabies, to the native rare breed pigs and other farm animals, a trip to Jimmy’s is a fun, refreshing morning for families, animal-lovers and anyone just wanting an escape back to nature.   
 
Sunday lunch
 
What’s better than a traditional Sunday Roast? A traditional Sunday Roast with an absolutely gorgeous view. Whether sat outside feeling the suns rays, or curled up in a cosy corner, the Butt & Oyster at Pin Mill is the perfect place to while away a Sunday lunchtime whilst looking out over the River Orwell.
 
Sunday Afternoon
 
Arguable saving the best ‘til last, end your weekend soaking up countryside and culture alike with a trip to Flatford. This small hamlet is famous for being the setting and inspiration behind John Constable’s most famous paintings. Be sure to visit Willy Lott’s house, subject of The Hay Wain, as well as the excellent Constable Exhibition from the National trust. Relish in the slower pace of life in this picturesque place with a meander through some of Suffolk’s prettiest countryside along the River Stour, saying hello to the cows you meet along the way. 


Image Credit: NationalTrust.org
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