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Ariel Gallery, Lavenham

Ariel Gallery, located in historic Lavenham, Suffolk is an established fine art gallery buying and selling works by modern and contemporary artists, specialising in art by twentieth century British artists. Our gallery inventory includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The gallery is in a former weaver's cottage, over five hundred years old.  Situated over two floors there are a wealth of period features to be seen. As well as the art on view, we sell art cards and books. During the year we present up to eight exhibitions showcasing the artists from our inventory. Exhibition opening times: Tues-Sat 11am-5pm (otherwise by appointment). ARIEL GALLERY, 70 Water Street, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9RW T: 01787 247581 | E: info@arielpoems.com | W: arielpoems.com   Image at top: by Robert Colquhoun (1914-1962).

Really Very Nice, Thornham Walks

Reallyverynice offers a range of contemporary art including ceramics, here furniture and unusual gifts. Paintings include Suffolk artist Tom Lund-Lack and Kent-based Richard Friend. Reallyverynice Ltd, site 10 Red House Yards, drug Thornham Walks, Thornham Magna, Suffolk IP23 8HH T: 07768 644286 W: www.reallyverynice.co.uk  

Melford’s Famous Old House Gallery

Our art gallery is housed in a beautiful grade II listed timber framed building dating back around 500 years. The front façade still retains exposed timber as does the interior. On the ground floor there are five fire places including a magnificent large inglenook fire place in the main room. The six gallery rooms have been meticulously restored and have a perfect setting to show original masterpieces from a bygone era. These typify the grandeur from the 19th and 20th century, and represented by world famous and highly regarded English artists such as Sir Alfred Munnings, viagra Edward Seago, link Cecil Kennedy, Charles Spencelayh, James Hardy, Donald Grant, Harold Clayton, L. S Lowry and Helen Bradley. We also specialise in fine French paintings by Edouard Leon Cortes, Antoine Blanchard, Eugene Galien Laloue, Antoine Bouvard, Henri Biva  and many others. There is a light and airy room which was converted from an old kitchen and this is reserved to show modern,  contemporary and local  pieces including works by Suffolk’s very own Clive Madgwick. Contact Melford’s Famous Old House Gallery, Hall Street, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9JR T: 07572 903363 | 07875 153268 | 07771 666691 W: www.famousgalleries.co.uk  

Suffolk Alpaca – Textile Craft Classes with Clare

At Suffolk Alpaca, recipe our craft workshops follow the ethos of being local, cialis natural and sustainable. Classes are run by Clare Kiely, an artist with over 15 years experience in teaching craft, and give a hands-on learning approach to making woven and felted products from soft alpaca fleece. These include wet-felting, weaving without a loom and eco-printing, amongst others. Run at Clare’s home situated between Sudbury and Lavenham, you can both meet and feed our three alpacas before using their fleece in the class. Workshops are informal and open to all - from beginner to expert. Small class sizes give everyone the best chance of making something beautiful. Materials and refreshments provided. Email: clare@suffolkalpaca.co.uk | T: 01787 371654 | W: www.craftclasseswithclare.co.uk

Itinerary: Explore Constable Country on Foot

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Itinerary Go straight to the printable itinerary (pdf) for Constable Country on Foot here: Itinerary - Explore Constable Country on Foot or read a bit more about the area below. Constable's Country The images are well known across the globe and it's the gently rolling countryside; the lush green of the trees and fields; the scenes of farm workers with their animals, tools and haycarts and the wide, cloud-filled skies that make John Constable's paintings so instantly recognisable. Born in East Bergholt in 1776, Constable grew up in what was even during his lifetime known as 'Constable's Country' in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. He had a deep love of the area, citing it as the inspiration which sustained him creatively throughout his life. He said: “Still I should paint my own places best; painting is with me but another word for feeling, and I associate "my careless boyhood" with all that lies on the banks of the Stour; those scenes made me a painter, and I am grateful...” Constable's Paintings As a young boy, he made the daily trek from his home in East Bergholt, across the fields to school in the picturesque village of Dedham. These walks inspired a love of nature and many years later he would come back to those paths and meadows and feature them in his art work. The Cornfield (1826) for example is thought to be set on a pathway between East Bergholt and Dedham. The painting was actually called The Drinking Boy by Constable himself (if you look closely, you can see a young lad lying on his front, drinking from the river), its name having been changed by the painting's subsequent owners. The [...]

Outdoor Hire Centres. Bikes, Canoes & Camping Equipment for Hire

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Outdoor Hire Centres offering a range of outdoor activity equipment for hire from bikes and canoes/kayaks to pedal karts and  camping kit. These are available to hire for as long as needed from a few hours to a whole day, advice or several weeks. Equipment can be collected from one of the Hire Centres or it can be delivered to your home, ed holiday cottage, hotel or campsite and collected again. Contact The Gattinetts, Hadleigh Road, East Bergholt, CO7 6QT Open by arrangement,  please phone in advance. T: 01206 700 707 W: www.outdoorhirecentres.com

Church of St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham

The riches of the 15th century cloth trade are reflected in this cathedral-like building set in the best preserved medieval wool town in Suffolk. Within the soaring tower hangs one of the most famous rings of bells in the world. Don’t miss the carved misericords (the stalls with hinged seats). There is a second hand book stall and shop in the church. Musical and other events take place throughout the year and the church tower is open to the public on occasion. Contact Church Street, treat Lavenham CO10 9RZ W: lavenhamchurch.wordpress.com Additional information Open summer 8-6; winter 9-4.

Church of St Mary the Virgin, East Bergholt

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The painter John Constable was born in the village of East Bergholt and one of his finest works is of the church porch. The house where he was born was destroyed in a fire, but a plaque in the main street shows where the house once stood. Members of John Constable's family are buried in the churchyard as family friend, Willy Lott, made famous because of John Constable's painting 'Willy Lott's Cottage' in Flatford. Cardinal Wolsey was to finance the tower but his fall from grace prevented it being built and a temporary bell cage was erected in the churchyard. Some 500 years on, you can still see the bells being rung on a Sunday morning. They are the heaviest ring of five in the world. Group visits are welcome here and refreshments can be arranged. Contact Church of St Mary the Virgin, The Street, East Bergholt, Suffolk C07 6TA T: 01206 392646 W: www.constablecountrychurches.co.uk

St Mary’s Church, Thornham Parva

This is a jewel of a Suffolk church with its Norman history and thatched roof, in peaceful rural setting. Enter the tiny doorway to see Britain’s largest and most complete medieval altarpiece featuring a row of saints resplendent with gilded and chequered panels. A beautifully restored wall paintings can be seen at the west end. The great 20th century architect Basil Spence is buried in the churchyard. Contact St Mary's Church, Thornham Parva, near Eye, Suffolk IP23 8ES

Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford

Long Melford church is one of the great Suffolk wool churches. Completed in 1484, it has a commanding, early 20th century tower and cathedral-like proportions. The church has a magnificent interior with a rare display of medieval stained glass. Every Wednesday at 1.10pm from mid May to mid September, there are some wonderful lunchtime recitals in the church. Just pop along, buy yourself some light refreshments and enjoy a relaxing half hour.  Admission is free (there is a retiring collection for the restoration work at Holy Trinity Church). Light refreshments available.  To see the programme of events please keep an eye on the church event's calendar Guided tours and cream teas for groups are available, please contact the church for further details and opening times. Contact Holy Trinity Church,The Green, Long Melford C10 9DT. T: 01787 310845 or 01284 830564 W: longmelfordchurch.com

All Saints’ Church, Chelsworth

Chelsworth All Saints Church stands in the idyllic setting of the Brett Valley in one of Suffolk’s most picturesque villages. The Doom painting of the Last Judgement is a rare survival from the 15th century, look though it was crudely restored by the Victorians. Also note the richly decorated tomb recess in the north aisle, cialis believed to be in memory of Sir John de Philibert, Lord of the Manor who died abroad in 1359. The village is known nationally for its open gardens day in June each year, which raises money in aid of the church. Contact Chelsworth IP7 7HX T: 01449 740438 or 01449 740257 W: www.chelsworth.co.uk

All Saints’ Church, Drinkstone

In a lovely setting, buy this medieval church has a 17th century brick tower built for ringing. The church was upgraded in the mid 19th century and has quatrefoil clerestory windows, price spacious aisles and an impressive tower arch. The dazzling east window features high quality Lavers & Barraud glass of 1867 and includes a depiction of Christ as Saviour of the World. The exquisitely carved rood screen of 1390, Norman font, and medieval glass remain. Group tours by arrangement. Contact The Street, Drinkstone IP30 9SX T: 01449 736688 W: www.drinkstonevillage.co.uk/allsaints

Cycling on the Shotley Peninsula

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Take your time, enjoy the views and savour the refreshment stops, with Alastair McCraw, an enthusiastic cyclist and local councillor, who lives in Brantham and shares his favourite cycling routes around the Shotley Peninsula. "The thing with cycle routes is that they don’t always fit your needs, so this is going to be more of a guide. I like the freedom of making it up as I go, to enjoy the views and get a sense of place. I adore cycling this peninsula. It’s mostly quiet, the roads rise and fall and bend in interesting ways so that new perspectives open up throughout. Oh, and there are lots of little roads. There must have been a lot of meandering cattle in the distant past. It’s also quietly gorgeous; not the high profile ‘heritage’ sort of gorgeous, just gentle and easy on the eye. I’m going to highlight some roads, some favourite stretches and throw a few locations into the mix. Pubs and churches will tend to dominate, purely for navigational purposes of course, although refreshment (spiritual or otherwise) is always a good idea. So, some road geography to start with: from the top let’s look, as briefly as possible, at the A137 between Brantham and Wherstead. I try to just use the section as far as the Tattingstone crossroads (The Wheatsheaf) because after that it gets a bit fast and hairy (head for the side roads, they’re friendlier). The B1080 runs from Brantham (The Bull) to Freston and provides a useful spine for a lot of routes on both sides. Finally the B1456 will take you, parallel to the River Orwell, from Bourne Bridge in Ipswich, all the way to Shotley Gate. It makes a [...]

Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB

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The Shotley Peninsula falls within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). AONBs are designated as such because they are considered to be: "an outstanding landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so precious that it is in the nation’s interest to safeguard them" as defined by the National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the organisation who has designated the 46 AONBs in Britain. These areas cover 18% of the British countryside and have been designated as AONBs to ensure that their character and qualities are protected for future generations to enjoy. One of the best ways to explore the Suffolk Coast and Heaths area is on foot or bicycle. The countryside team who look after the area, with support from the Adnams brewery, the European Union and local councils, have produced a number of guides to enable visitors to get the most of their trip to the area. The guides are available to download from the AONB’s website and include: The Shotley Explorer Guide which describes two walks that pass through Harwich Haven, the best natural harbour on the East coast. The routes include potential stops at the HMS Ganges Museum, telling the story of the world famous Royal Navy training establishment; the Stour and Orwell estuaries that are a haven for up to 40,000 wading birds every autumn and Shotley Heritage Park, some seven areas of community owned woodland and foreshore. The Wherstead Explorer which includes the lovely bluebell woods at Freston The Alton Water Explorer which includes Alton Water, Holbrook Creek and the 'Tattingstone Wonder'. Further publications are available to download or purchase, including more walks and cycle routes and a bi-annual newspaper. To find [...]

Alton Water Park

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Listening to the dawn chorus in the peaceful setting of Alton Water Park with its lovely reservoir, is an excellent way to start the day in this wondrous peninsular playground.  As well as fulfilling its purpose of pumping almost 10 million gallons of water each day to serve the local area, the reservoir is a haven for wildlife and a magnet for birdwatchers, walkers, cyclists and water sports enthusiasts. Walking An eight-mile (13km) trail circles Alton Water, and the site is accessible every day of the year. Shorter trails are available too and a  three-mile route on the south shore takes visitors through a butterfly garden, wildlife meadow and past bird hides and ponds, alive with reptiles. Download a walks leaflet here (pdf). Sailing There is plenty to do for those seeking more energetic leisure pursuits too, as the nature reserve blends seamlessly with a vast water park and sports centre. There are rowing boats available to hire and visitors can take sailing lessons in kayaking, dinghy sailing or wind-surfing. Dry or wets suits are available for hire at the water sports centre. Cycling Visitors can take their own bicycles or hire them from the Alton Cycle Hire centre. Bikes, trailers for towing children, as well as single or double seated Go-carts are all available. Alton Water has teamed up with the Woolverstone Project to provide tuition and opportunities for those with disabilities and a desire to sail. Fishing The reservoir is also good for coarse fishing. Given its location near the rivers, Gipping, Stour and Orwell, there are good stocks of Bream, Pike, Roach, and the odd Carp or Tench. Fishing permits are available for adults and chilren can fish for free. Do check [...]

Churches on the Shotley Peninsula

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Thought provoking memorials, beautiful views, peaceful surroundings and fascinating tales going back a thousand years, add to the usual spiritual experience of visiting a church. Most of the churches on the Shotley Peninsula welcome pilgrims and travellers alike, to enjoy a quiet contemplation all week, and all welcome holiday-makers to join with them in a Sunday service. Churches usually have a story to tell and the ten peninsula churches, some of which are named in the Domesday Book, are no different. Going back almost 1,000 years, St Mary’s Church in Shotley is perhaps not the prettiest building, but sitting atop a hill overlooking the Orwell, it has an inner beauty to go with the stunning views.  There is the added poignancy of hundreds of military graves, mainly Royal Navy, but also some for Dutch sailors who were killed nearby. It is the final resting place for many generations of seamen, including those from HMS Gypsy, which struck a mine in the River Orwell and sank. The legend of Anne Boleyn’s heart is just one reason to visit the small but perfectly formed St Mary’s Church in Erwarton. The remains of what is widely believed to be the royal heart is buried below the organ at the church, marked by a Holbein print of Queen Anne’s portrait.  Take time to wander around the back of the church and enjoy the awe-inspiring view down to the Stour and beyond.  Medieval graffiti and delicately pretty glass tiles help make St Mary’s Church in Harkstead such an attractive place to visit and enjoy splendid peace and quiet. Most of St Andrew’s Church in Chelmondiston, was destroyed in 1944 when it was hit, along with the school next door, by [...]

Walking in Suffolk

May 2016 - May 2017 is Suffolk's Year of Walking. Not only will the annual Suffolk Walking Festival take place, but the Suffolk Year of Walking website will feature lots of ideas and useful information on walking through the glorious landscapes of the county; along the coast and in our elegant market towns and medieval villages. Walking is such a healthy and joyful leisure activity and we urge you to grab a map, walks leaflet or join a walking group and head for the nearest footpath to refresh the senses, stretch your legs and soak up the view. A wide range of leaflets, maps and walking guide books are available from our Tourist Information Centres and regular guided walks take place around Lavenham, Long Melford and Sudbury. Please keep and eye on our events list for further information. Save Save Save

Blakenham Woodland Garden, near Needham Market

Blakenham Woodland Garden, near Needham Market is a six acre woodland garden. It has a fine collection of trees and shrubs including rarities collected on Kew overseas expeditions. Bluebells, magnolias and roses flourish amongst Chinese rock and unusual earth forms. Open 1 March-30 June, Mon-Sun, 10-5 Contact Blakenham Woodland Garden, Cottage Farm, Little Blakenham IP8 4LZ T: 07760 342131 W: www.blakenhamwoodlandgarden.org.uk Additional information Wheelchair access / admission charged / sorry, no dogs

Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham

The Wildlife Art Gallery in Lavenham, specialises in 20th century and contemporary wildlife art. It's a wonderful art gallery with regular exhibitions by many of Europe's leading wildlife artists, such as painters Robert Gillmor and Eric Ennion as well as sculptors such as Rosemary Cook and Nick Bibby. Open Tues-Sat 10-4.30; Sun 2-4.30. Jan/Feb open weekends only. Contact Wildlife Art Gallery, 97 High Street, Lavenham, CO10 9PZ T: 01787 248562 W: www.wildlifeartgallery.com

The Lion House Gallery, Lavenham

The Lion House Gallery is a lovely art gallery in the heart of medieval Lavenham showcasing the work of owner-artist Lizzi Stevens and other selected artists and crafts people. Open daily except Wednesday and Thursday. Contact The Lion House Gallery, prescription 12 High Street, see Lavenham, stuff CO10 9PR T: 01787 249616 W: www.lionhousegallery.co.uk

The Hunter Gallery, Long Melford

The Hunter Gallery in Long Melford is an art gallery with contemporary paintings, check sculpture, viagra furniture and decorative homeware in the lovely village of Long Melford. The village is known for its antiques shops, decease independent boutiques and galleries and two historic houses: Kentwell Hall (home of medieval and other historic recreations) and Melford Hall, which is owned by the National Trust. The Hunter Gallery has five rooms displaying a range of sculpture and art works. Open Mon - Sat 10-5 Contact The Hunter Gallery, Coconut House, Hall Street, Long Melford, CO10 9JF T: 01787 466117 W: www.thehuntergallery.com

Spiral Gallery, Debenham

The Spiral Gallery in Debenham has a wide selection of contemporary jewellery from selected makers, try as well as other crafts. Owner Michael Carpenter is the owner and maker of contemporary jewellery using silver and gold (an example of his work is shown above). Regular and changing exhibitions. Open all year Mon-Sat, prostate 10-5 Contact Spiral Gallery, viagra 46 High Street, Debenham, IP14 6QW T: 01728 861699 W: www.spiralgallery.co.uk

Lavenham Contemporary, Lavenham

Situated in the high street in the medieval town of Lavenham, this light and modern gallery is filled on two floors with the wonderful, vibrant work of Suffolk artist Paul Evans, one of the leading landscape painters in East Anglia. He is widely known for his recognisable watercolours, acrylics and etchings inspired by the East Anglian landscape and coast, Sussex Downland, the Kent weald and Cornwall's rugged coast and moorland. Lavenham Contemporary is a friendly gallery, showing a constantly changing selection of original works, not only of Paul's work, but there are also other artists' work, ceramics and jewellery. Open Wed-Sun & BH Mon, 10.30-5. Closed 25/26 Dec and 1 Jan. Contact Lavenham Contemporary, 7 High Street, Lavenham CO10 9PT T: 01787 249451 W: www.paulevans-artist.com

Carters of Suffolk, Stonham Aspal

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Carters of Suffolk is part of the Stonham Barns complex in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Skilled crafts people design and make ceramic teapots that are full of character. They come in all quirky shapes and sizes, shop buy why not start a collection? Many people do and these characterful teapots get shipped all over the world. You can watch them being made and see how the highly skilled staff take the teapots from the moulds, link paint them and place them in one of the five kilns. And you can get creative yourself and paint your own pot on site, advice which you can either collect at a later date, once it has been fired, or have sent to your home address. Open all year, Mon-Fri 9-5.30, Sat/BH Mon 10.30-4.30, closed Sun (but please check before travelling). Contact Carters of Suffolk, Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk IP14 6AT T: 01728 860475 W: www.cartersofsuffolk.com

Beyond The Image Photography Gallery, Thornham

Set in the lovely surroundings of the Thornham estate, the Beyond the Image photography gallery has regularly changing, imaginative photographic exhibitions, workshops and exhibition space for photographers, artists and students. The gallery is surrounded by woodland, footpaths (Thornham Walks) and the Thornham Walled Garden is nearby. There is also a cafe on site, The Forge Tearooms which is open seven days a week, all year (but do please check by phoning 01379 783035 prior to your visit) Beyond The Image is open: Mar-Oct, Fri-Sun 11-4; Nov-Feb, Sat-Sun 11-3. Closed 25 Dec Contact Unit 13, Red House Yard, Thornham Magna, Eye IP23 7LD T: 01379 678230 / 01508 480477 W: www.beyondtheimage.co.uk Additional information Wheelchair access

Angel Gallery, Lavenham

The Angel Gallery is a 15th century,  Grade II listed wool merchant's residence in the centre of medieval Lavenham, located in the historic Market Place. The Gallery is home to exhibitions by local, national and international artists and permanent collections are held of work by Leslie Gibson A.R.C.A. and costume drawings from the 1930s by Mary Wild A.R.C.A. Also in the art gallery is pottery by John Leach and sculptures by Sue Riley and Felicity Auden. Please phone for opening times Contact Philip Gibson, Angel Gallery, Market Square, Lavenham CO10 9QZ T: 01787 248417 E: phillipandwendy@angelgallery.co.uk W: www.angelgallerylavenham.com

The Cookhouse, Suffolk Food Hall ~ Cookery and Art Courses

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Enhance your visit to Suffolk by attending one of the courses at the Suffolk Food Hall's cookery school on the Shotley Peninsula. The Cookhouse offers the opportunity to learn all sorts of new skills and has courses in breadmaking, cookery, photography and art. The venue is in a stunning location, overlooking the Orwell Bridge with the scenic Shotley Peninsula (part of the Suffolk Coast & Healths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) on its doorstop. This is the perfect setting for a relaxing day of learning, creating and eating! Contact Suffolk Food Hall Ltd, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 2AB T: 01473 786618 E: events@suffolkfoodhall.co.uk W: www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk/events

Print Workshop at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

A wonderful opportunity to learn a creative skill in the grounds of Gainsborough's House, which is full of great works of art by Thomas Gainsborough, who was born in Sudbury and whose house is now a museum and open to the public. The print workshop is a lovely space overlooking the gardens at Gainsborough's House, where courses in printmaking are offererd. There are evening and summer courses available and the print workshop is well equipped and a welcoming, open access print workshop. Anyone may use the facilities by paying an annual subscription. Help and advice is available from an on-site technician, while experienced printmakers are free to work on their own. Contact Gainsborough's House, Gainsborough Street, Sudbury CO10 2EU T: 01787 372958 W: www.gainsborough.org/printmaking

Helmingham Hall, cookery courses

The Helmingham Hall Cookery Experience is a great opportunity to spend the day with Suffolk chef Emma Crowhurst and enjoy the stunning surroundings of Helmingham Hall, near Stowmarket. These cookery days will focus on bringing enthusiastic cooks closer to the source of all great cooking: simple, fresh ingredients. A cookery day typically starts with welcome cup of coffee in the Great Hall, followed by a short walk to the kitchen garden, where you will be invited to select your fresh, seasonal produce for the day's menu. Now based in Suffolk, Emma Crowhurst has spent many years working as a chef in London's top restaurants and she has also co-presented BBC2's Food and Drink programme with Anthony Worrall Thompson. Contact Helmingham Hall Helmingham Stowmarket Suffolk IP14 6EF T: 01473 890799 E: events@helmingham.com W: www.helmingham.com

Flatford Mill Field Studies Centre

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What better place is there to attend a creative course, than Flatford Mill in Suffolk, where artist John Constable gained so much of his inspiration? Flatford Mill was owned by Constable's father and John grew up there, walking across the fields from Flatford to Dedham to attend school each day. It is the gentle landscapes around the River Stour and throughout the Dedham Vale (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), which inspired him to become a painter, and you can follow in his footsteps! Flatford Mill Field Studies Centre offers short courses in painting, natural history, photography and environmental themes. Course are residential or you can attend as a day student. The surroundings of the field studies centre are beautiful and easily accessible by train from Manningtree Station if you are coming from Norwich, Colchester or London. The National Trust own Bridge Cottage in Flatford and a tea room and gift shop and there is also the RSPB wildlife garden, so plenty to do for nature lovers and those who enjoy unspoilt landscapes. Contact Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill, East Bergholt CO7 6UL T: 0845 330 7368 (local rate calls) W: www.field-studies-council.org/flatfordmill

Draw East – drawing courses

DrawEast offers a range of art courses in Suffolk, viagra buy generic tutored by professional artists in a relaxed and informal environment. Classes are kept small so everyone receives individual attention. The courses are suitable for beginners, recipe cialis art student and experienced artists. Drawing is at the heart of these workshops and it forms the basis of all the classes. Improving drawing skills is also encouraged to enhance observational and sketchbook recording, advice and to support development in painting and printmaking. Course are either one, two or three days long Contact W: www.draweast.com Bookings:  www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk Additional information All courses are held at the Suffolk Food Hall in Wherstead and the website link above will take you to their events page where any available art classes will be listed.

Deborah Baynes Pottery Studio, Shotley Peninsula

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Join Deborah Baynes on the lovely Shotley Peninsula for one of her pottery courses. Learn to throw a pot with different types of glaze and in all sorts of different styles. Deborah's course can be either residential or non-residential, they are friendly, relaxed and informal. Starting off with a sumptuous dinner the night before a course starts, so you get to know everyone, these courses are fun and informative and suitable if you are a beginner or if you have had pottery experience before. Demonstrations and generous studio time will help you learn and give plenty of opportunity for practice. Deborah's studio is open all year for sales (by appointment) and from March - October for courses. Contact Deborah Baynes, Nether Hall, Shotley, Nr Ipswich IP9 1PW T: 01473 788300 W: www.potterycourses.net

Assington Mill – Rural Skills and Crafts

Assington Mill is a few miles from Sudbury and sits in the middle of the lovely Suffolk countryside. Short courses on a wide variety of unusual rural crafts are offered here and the list includes things such as: keeping bees, goat husbandry, photography, building a windmill, felting, learning to make a clay oven, making cider, writing a novel and many, many more The landscape is inspiring, the atmosphere is friendly and realxed and a delicious, homemade lunch and ample refreshments are provided throughout the day . Contact Anne Holden, Assington Mill, Assington, Sudbury CO10 5LZ T: 01787 229955 Website: www.assingtonmill.com Need to know... Assington Mill also has a self-catering holiday cottage, called Mill Cottage, suitable for two people. You don't have to be attending a course in order to stay here, but if you do, there is a discount of 10% off the price of a course.

St Peter and St Mary Church, Stowmarket

St Peter and Saint Mary's Church in Stowmarket is part of the Church of England and has stood in the centre of this Suffolk market town for over 700 years – although there has probably been a Christian Church here since 637AD. A series of events take place in Stowmarket parish church throughout the year and a particular highlight is the Stowmarket Christmas Tree Festival which takes place from the end of November to the beginning of January each year. This major event has led to Stowmarket becoming known as the 'Christmas Tree Town'. Contact Station Road West, Stowmarket, IP14 1ES T: 01449 774652 W: www.stowmarketparishchurch.co.uk

All Saints’ Church, Stradbroke

The lofty 15th century tower of Stradbroke Parish Church can be seen for miles around and will guide visitors through winding country lanes to the heart of this rural community. Inside, All Saints' Church is beautifully proportioned with fine 15th century Gothic arcades and high quality Victorian glass and woodwork reflecting its 1870s restoration. Contact All Saint's Church, Stradbroke, Suffolk T: 01379 384363 www.stradbrokeonline.org.uk

St Mary’s Church, Polstead

St Mary's Church lies just outside the centre of the village of Polstead, up on a hill with sweeping views over the Box Valley. This is one of Suffolk’s finest Norman churches as visitors can see inside from the nave arcades and rare brick arches. Traces of Roman building material are thought to have come from the ruined villa next to the churchyard. The site goes back to St Cedd’s legendary preaching under the Gospel Oak, in the grounds of Polstead Hall, circa AD 653. Do linger for a while outside the church and admire the beautiful views across the valley. Contact Polstead CO6 5BS T: 01787 210029 or 01787 210132 W: polstead.onesuffolk.net

St Mary Magdalene Church, Thornham Magna

The church in Thornham Magna, pilule St Mary Magdalene Church sits in a lovely churchyard which is a haven for wildlife. An elaborate porch leads into a pristine 15th century nave with a hammerbeam roof. There are many memorials to the Henniker family of nearby Thornham Hall. An extensive 19th century restoration reflects the high quality Victorian workmanship. Combine your visit with a stroll at nearby Thornham Walks. Contact Thornham Magna IP23 8HF T: 01379 788130   Image © Mary Garner

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Hoxne

Hoxne Church is a very long medieval church with a massive embattled tower, health an impressive nave and north aisle and faint remains of old wall paintings. Visitors can learn about the Hoxne Hoard in the permanent local history exhibition and discover the village link with the legend of St Edmund. Look out for the carving of the wolf holding Edmund’s head on one of the church benches. Parking at the rear of church is via a shared drive with the Old Vicarage. Contact Church Hill, Hoxne IP21 5AT T: 01379 669157 W: www.hoxne.net

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Eye

The stone and flint-panelled tower is said to be one of the country’s finest and dates back to 1470. In the south porch is a 16th century dole table where debts, viagra tithes and church dues were traditionally paid and bread distributed to the poor. The church’s great masterpiece is the finely painted rood screen of kings, click saints and bishops, dating from 1480. A Fairtrade shop opens most days in summer. Contact Church Street, Eye IP23 7BD T: 01379 870298 www.eyeparishchurch.org

Spinney Brook Workbox

Small, sickness friendly courses in sewing for children and adults. Includes patchwork workshops, vialis 40mg puppet theatre workshops, click applique and lessons in how to use your sewing machine. All courses include refreshments and are informal and sociable with no more than four people in a class. Contact Spinney Brook, Coombs Hill, Monks Eleigh, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7 7AW T: 07749 226 299 W: www.spinneybrookworkbox.co.uk E: spinneybrookworkbox@gmail.com

Photography Courses on the Shotley Peninsula

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Set in the beautiful surrounds of Pin Mill, on the Shotley Peninsula in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this one or two day colour/black and white digital photography course for compact 'point and shoot' or DSLR cameras, including a delicious lunch  and drinks at the famous Butt and Oyster pub, teaches you the techniques of photography, digital imaging and printing. Course handouts will also be available on the day. The day is hosted by Anthony Cullen BA (Hons), The Observer/Hodge award winning photographer with over 20 years of experience shooting home and international assignments for publications such as The Sunday Times, Telegraph and Observer amongst many others. The courses are limited to six people (four for the Photoshop courses) giving more opportunity for personal advice and tuition. Contact Photographic Day, The Pin Mill Studio, Pin Mill Road, Pin Mill, Ipswich, IP9 1JN T: 01473 780130 or 0560 2283774 or 07778 917638 E: info@photographicday.com W: www.photographicday.com

Hintlesham Fisheries, Hintlesham

Peaceful fishing in four well stocked lakes, viagra with carp, sick trout, sick tench, cat fish, bream and more. There is some disabled access to the lakes with parking next to one of the lakes and some age restrictions apply. A toilet block with a shower is on site for use by night fishermen. The site is surrounded by countryside and wildlife. Contact Hintlesham Fisheries, Fenn Farm, Hadleigh Road, Burstall, Suffolk IP8 3EG T: 01473 652084  M: (0)7802 955829 E: fishing@carpuk.co.uk W: www.carpeuk.com

Glass & Craft at Kersey Mill

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Kersey Mill is in the picturesque countryside close to Hadleigh and the pretty village of Kersey. It has a coffee shop, a second hand clothing boutique, art gallery, flower shop, craft shop with over 29 crafters' work on display and a glass painting studio. Glass & Craft offers 'a creative experience for the whole family' with workshops in glass painting and decopatch. The craft workshops are ideal for children's and adults' parties where guests are invited to choose from a wide range of pre-painted design templates and glassware. Designs include  poppies and lilies, football and cupcakes and a variety of cartoon characters The decopatch workshops teach visitors how to decorate 3D animals and figures using special decopatch glue and bright decorative paper. Other craft workshops are also available, please visit the Glass & Craft website for further details. Contact Glass & Craft, The Brick Barn, Kersey Mill, Kersey, Ipwich, IP7 6DP T: 01473 517 404 W: www.glassandcraft.co.uk E: info@glassandcraft.co.uk

Bike & Go Stowmarket

Stowmarket  is one of three rail stations in Suffolk, buy cialis along with Ipswich and Lowestoft, cialis to offer the new ‘Bike & Go’ initiative, physician the UK’s first major station cycle hire programme, which offers rail passengers the opportunity to hire a bike at their local station for an onward journey. Providing low cost, rapid and convenient cycle rental, Bike & Go will be available at 15 stations operated by Abellio Greater Anglia to offer rail passengers greater choice about how they make their door-to-door journeys and is modelled on the Dutch railways station cycle hire scheme. The cycles are high quality and registration costs just £10 for the annual subscription, which is easily done via their website. The daily hire cost is just £3.80 Contact Stowmarket Station, Station Road East, Stowmarket IP14 1RQ W: www.bikeandgo.co.uk

Thornham Walks

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The 12 miles of waymarked footpaths on the Thornham Estate are known as Thornham Walks and a surfaced path, suitable for push chairs and wheel chairs, leads for half a mile to the Thornham Walled Garden and takes the walker past the newly refurbished bird hide, the pets' cemetery, along the Thornham Rock Trail to the Victorian Folly. For lots of images of the site and all the activities on offer, please visit the Thornham Walks Facebook page. Walks maps (£1) are available from the information board in the main car park. An events leaflet is available from the Thornham Walks' office, or the Thornham Walks website, which gives a list of the extensive programme of activities organised at Thornham Walks. The staff at Thornham Walks are available to lead and organise guided walks and environmental activities for groups and they run very popular environmental birthday parties. Volunteers are always welcome to help with practical work and events. The last Sunday of the month is Volunteer Day, offering the opportunity to meet new people and learn different skills. Thornham Walks are managed by Mid Suffolk District Council and are grateful for the support provided by them and Suffolk County Council. Contact: Thornham Countryside Officer Red House Yard, Thornham Magna, Eye IP23 8HH T: 01379 788345   f  01379 788008 E: thethornhamwalks@gmail.com F: www.facebook.com/ThornhamWalks Open:  9am to 6pm from April to October and 9am to 4pm November to March.  Thornham Walks may be closed occasionally between October and January. Car parking charges apply and all proceeds go towards the management of Thornham Walks. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Long Melford Heritage Centre

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If you followed the BBC's  “Great British Story” with presenters Michael Wood and Dr Carenza Lewis, you will have seen that Long Melford was featured a while ago. Being involved in the community Big Dig was an exciting time in the village and as a result, two local amateur archaeologists John Nunn and Rob Simpson were inspired to set up the Long Melford Heritage Centre in 2011. Since then a willing band of volunteers has come forward to assist in running the Long Melford Heritage Centre which is situated at the rear of the village hall in Chemist's Lane (opposite the Bull Hotel). Many fascinating treasures were unearthed during the Big Dig, from Long Melford's Roman and Medieval past. The centre is open from April until November and its opening hours are Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm, Sundays 12 – 4 pm and Wednesday afternoons 2 – 4 pm. Long Melford Heritage Centre’s current focus is on the men and women from Long Melford who went off to fight in the First World War. What makes this different from most exhibits is that it is not only the names of the fallen on the village war memorial in the churchyard which feature but also those who returned to Long Melford and whose lives would be changed forever by the conflict. Their stories and photographs have been gleaned from descendants, some of whom still live in the village. Photographic and artefact displays of bygone Long Melford is also on view Read more about the project here and you can also follow the Long Melford Heritage Centre Facebook page. Admission free. Chemists Lane, Long Melford, CO10 9JG Suffolk

Needham Lake, near Needham Market

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Needham Lake is a lovely, 13 hectare site and an ideal place for a walk or a picnic outing on a summer's day.  It lies on the River Gipping is close to Needham Market and Alder Carr Farm. Needham Lake is home to a variety of wildlife (including some very well-fed ducks!) and a the path around the lake is surfaced and used by both walkers and cyclists. There are picnic and play areas with many picnic tables dotted around and plenty of grass for children to play games and run around. There is also some play equipment for young children close to the (free) car park and slightly older children can enjoy a climbing boulder and the play equipment. Part of the site is a Local Nature Reserve with wetland areas, meadows and a small woodland with nest boxes throughout the site. There are plenty of wild flowers with pyramidal and bee orchids which can be seen from the paths. The fenced paddocks are grazed in the summer months to help improve the grassland for wildlife. There are toilet facilities and an information room which has leaflets and news of upcoming events and activities. Events at Needham Lake include regular children’s activities and other events during the school holidays. Angling permits for the lake (both day ticket and club membership) are available from Bosmere Tackle (Tel: 01449 721808) in Needham Market High Street. Access to Needham Lake is from the B1078 Coddenham Road,  OS Grid ref: TM 093547 (Explorer 211).

Bridge Farm Barns, Monks Eleigh

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Bridge Farm Barns in Monks Eleigh is located in one of Suffolk’s prettiest villages. It's a collection of  independent shops and a tea room serving homemade cakes and lunches. Bridge Farm Barns was first established in 1970 as 'Corn Craft',  a family business making corn dollies. From there, it has grown into a popular destination for visitors to Suffolk, offering a wide-ranging retail experience including interiors, and art and craft gallery and more in the middle of the lovely Suffolk countryside. Bridge Farm Barns also has free parking, and good facilities for people with disabilities. Contact Bridge Farm Barns, Monks Eleigh, Suffolk IP7 7AY T: 01449 740456 W: www.bridgefarmbarns.co.uk

Woolpit and District Museum, Woolpit

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The museum was established in 1985 after the local history group found pieces of Roman and medieval pottery and decided to share  their finds with the local and wider community. The museum is in a pretty, 17th century timber framed cottage - it's allegedly the smallest museum in Suffolk - and has a permanent display of brick making.  Other changing displays depicting the life of a Suffolk village and there is also a permanent re-construction of part of a Victorian Kitchen. There is a chair lift available and toilets, including one for disabled visitors. There is also a car park opposite the church and on street parking, refreshments are available nearby and there is an area for picnics. Talks and village tours can be arranged by appointment: The village centre (a conservation area), St Mary’s Church and Ladyswell (both part of the Pilgrim’s route) are of great interest and tours can last from one to three hours over easy ground. Contact Woolpit and District Museum, The Woolpit Institute, The Street, Woolpit, IP30, 9TU T: 01359 240822 W: www.woolpit.org

Wattisham Flying Station Museum, Wattisham Airfield

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The Wattisham Airfield Station Museum opened in November 1991 and is housed in the original station chapel built, buy by the USAAF in 1943. Inside the museum you can see exhibitions relating to the history of Wattisham Station with aircraft, thumb photographs and other memorabilia. You may also visit the museums Heritage Workshop which is in a former Cold War Hardened Aircraft Shelter (HAS) where volunteers are working on refurbishing historic aircraft. Visits by pre-booking only please. Wattisham is an active airbase so photo ID required. Contact Wattisham Flying Station Museum, see Wattisham Airfield, Wattisham IP7 7RA T: 01449 678189 W: www.wattishamstationheritage.org   Photo courtesy of Keith Rimmer

The Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum, Dedham

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The Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum in Castle House, Dedham in the heart of Constable Country and the Dedham Vale (AONB), is the home where Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO lived for 40 years. Sir Alfred Munnings is most well known for his equestrian art, but he also painted a wide range of other subjects and he was an accomplished sculptor. His home showcases his paintings, drawings and sketches representing his life's work and visitors can wander around the house and gardens. There is also a fascinating little studio, where he worked and his paintbrushes and other things have been left as if he has just stepped outside for a bit of fresh air. It's very atmospheric and gives some insight into the artist. Castle House and grounds are open to the public from April – end October  Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.  Please check the website to confirm opening times before your visit.  There is a small cafe selling a good selection of homemade cakes and light lunches and many events take place at the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum throughout the year. These events including painting workshops, children's events, Christmas events and even demonstrations of how to ride side saddle! Contact The Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum, Castle House, Dedham, CO7 6AZ T: 01206 322127 W: www.siralfredmunnings.co.uk   Top photo ©David Burton | bottom photo ©Showcapture Save

The Guildhall of Corpus Christi (National Trust), Lavenham

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Lavenham has over 320 buildings of historic importance, discount making it one of the best preserved towns or villages in England. One of the most impressive of these buildings, sick is the splendid Tudor, timber-framed Guildhall of Corpus Christi which is owned by the National Trust in the heart of the medieval village. The guildhall houses a fascinating local history museum (read more about Lavenham and the significance of the wool industry), a small but very pretty and tranquil courtyard garden, a National Trust tea room serving scones, cakes and light lunches and a gift shop. Events take place in the The Guildhall of Corpus Christi throughout the year, including local history lectures, craft shows and the wonderful annual Christmas event. Contact The Guildhall of Corpus Christi, Market Place, Lavenham CO10 9QZ T: 01787 247646 W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Suffolk Owl Sanctury, Stonham Aspal

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The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns in Stonham Aspal is a charity in Suffolk operating a facility for the care and rehabilitation of owls from the region and at the same time it promotes owl conservation throughout the UK and beyond. There are over 80 raptors at the centre, all housed in spacious aviaries and flying free in flying displays and the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary has over 90 owls and other birds of prey. There is an information centre, activities for children, woodland walk with a bird hide, red squirrels and chipmunks. Contact Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal IP14 6AT T: 08456 807897 W: www.owl-help.org.uk   Photo, courtesy of the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, is of an African Eagle Owl whose name is 'The Matador'.

Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal

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Stonham Barns Leisure and Retail Village is a collection of small specialist shops including gift, fabric and clothing shops. There is also a garden centre, The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, crazy course, Carters of Suffolk (who make pottery teapots), the Mid Suffolk showground, fishing lakes, a restaurant and more. This is a family-friendly visitor attraction in the heart of Suffolk and has a children's play area and a holiday park. Regular car boot sales are held as well as other events throughout the year. Contact Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal IP14 6AT T: 01449 711755 W: www.stonhambarns.co.uk

River Stour Trust Centre, Sudbury

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The River Stour Trust Centre promotes the River Stour Navigation, prostate its importance in Britain’s industrial and cultural heritage, buy and the Trust’s own role in promoting use of this historic waterway. The centre houses the archival records that will provide resources for schools, pills students and researchers and it is a destination for walkers, cyclists and boaters with a footpath and cycleway running alongside the river from the main road. The River Stour Trust operate boat trips using their electric boats Rosette and Francis J, which each accommodate up to eight passegners and operate between Sudbury, Great Cornard and Great Henny. Scheduled trips and private charters are available from Spring until the end of October. The restored John Constable Lighter can accommodate 12 passengers and is available for charters on the Sudbury stretch of the River Stour. The Trust also operates boat trips on the lower river between Stratford St Mary, Dedham, Flatford and Brantham. Contact River Stour Trust, Dove House Meadow, Baker’s Mill, Great Cornard, CO10 0GF T: 01787 313199 W: www.riverstourtrust.org

Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket

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The Museum of East Anglian Life (MEAL) is situated in Stowmarket, Suffolk. It is an open air museum set in 75 acres of countryside, with over 20 historic buildings and collections of over 45,000 objects exploring the rural and social history of East Anglia. There are some fascinating displays including steam traction engines, reconstructed historic buildings and lots of animals, including a Suffolk Punch horse, rare breeds sheep, cattle and pigs. It's also a lovely place to take a picnic and go for a walk with three kilometres of riverside and woodland walks. An extensive programme of events throughout the year will keep the children amused throughout the holidays with welly walks, nature hunts and many special events. There's plenty for adults too, with steam days, music festivals and an annual beer festival. There is also a very nice tea room in the grounds of the museum called The Osier Cafe, which serves excellent coffee and homemade cakes, lunches and other snacks. Don't miss the Abbot's Hall which is open all year round and is free of charge. The Museum of East Anglian Life is open towards the end of March to end of October, Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5 Contact Museum of East Anglian Life , lliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14 1DL T: 01449 612229 W: www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum, Wetheringsett

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The Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum (aka 'The Middy') is a railway station that has been restored by a group of enthusiasts, after nearly 50 years since the original Brockford Station platform and railway building were abandoned. The restoration project started in 1990 and the museum is now home to exhibitions of artefacts, photographs and recollections of the railway. Work goes on today, adding to and improving the infrastructure,  to recreate the atmosphere of an Edwardian country railway station and recently The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway received an award from the Heritage Railway Association for its recreation of a “typical back-water light railway with an authentic back drop.” Some wonderful events take place at The Middy throughout the year, including Steam Days, Santa Rides and historical re-creations. You can also buy gift vouchers and learn to drive a steam engine! Contact Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum, Brockford Station, Wetheringsett IP14 5PW T: 01449 766899 W: www.mslr.org.uk

Melford Hall (National Trust), Long Melford

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Built in the 16th century, the stately home of Melford Hall is the ancestral seat of the Parker Baronets and is the much-loved home of the Hyde-Parker family. Since 1960, this beautiful historic house has been in the care of the National Trust. Beatrix Potter ('Cousin Beatie') was a cousin of the family and was a frequent visitor there, drawing inspiration for her work from the house and gardens. The visitors' book has many of her sketches in it, marking her visits to the hall.  The West Bedroom, which is where Beatrix stayed when she visited, is still furnished as it was during that time and also contains memorabilia including some of her watercolours and a model of Jemima Puddle-Duck, which she gave to the Hyde Parker children on one of her visits. Many events take place throughout the year in the grounds of Melford Hall, please keep an eye on our events pages. Contact Melford Hall, Long Melford CO10 9AA T: 01787 379228 W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk Photo ©NTPLRupert Truman

Mechanical Music Museum & Bygones, Cotton

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Enter this enchanting museum and you enter a magical world, an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of musical items and memorabilia. The museum opens on Sundays and visitors can enjoy looking at working mechanical music devices from music boxes to fairground organs and everything in between. There are also regular live performances on the splendid Wurlitzer cinema organ and events throughout the year. The collection also houses an extensive collection of novelties creating a 'musical maze of mesmerising entertainment' with sheet music as wallpaper, gramophone discs and penny slot machines…the list goes on! Contact Mechanical Music Museum & Bygones, Blacksmith Road, Cotton, nr Stowmarket, IP14 4QN T: 01379 783350 W: www.mechanicalmusicmuseum.co.uk

Little Hall, Lavenham

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A stunning timber framed wool merchant's house with 14th century origins, Little Hall is a hall house with an imposing crown post roof. Built in the 1390s for the Causton family of clothiers the house was enlarged and improved in 1425-50 and then ‘modernised’ in Tudor times, when a fireplace was built in the upper floor in the hall. The Gayer-Anderson brothers, who were both soldiers and artists, shared an interest in art, Egyptian art in particular, and collecting  antiques, pictures, books, china and decorative art. They rescued Little Hall in the 1920s and 30s and made it their home. Their  collection of furniture, pictures, sculptures and ceramics is on display in this wonderful building they called home. Contact Little Hall, Market Place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ T: 01787 247019/ 01787 247554 (groups) W: www.littlehall.org.uk

Laxfield and District Museum, Laxfield

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In 16th century Guildhall. Geology, viagra natural history, here farm and domestic tools. Victorian kitchen, prostate village shop, displays and costume room. Open 30th April-2 Oct, Sat/Sun/BH MOn, 2-5. Groups at other times by arrangement. Contact The Guildhall, High Street, Laxfield, IP13 8DZ T: 01986 798531

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford

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Mellow red brick Tudor mansion with original kitchen, try bakehouse and brewhouse from the 15th century. Award winning re-creations of Tudor life and World War II and other events throughout the year including, among others, A Dickensian Christmas, Scaresville and outside music events. The great annual Tudor re-creation is mid June-mid July with 250 + Tudors. There are also rare breed animals, woodland trails and a cafe. Contact Kentwell Hall, Long Melford CO10 9BA T: 01787 310207 W: www.kentwell.co.uk

HMS Ganges Association Museum, Shotley

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There was a special poignancy when the command ‘eyes right’ was barked on the parade ground at HMS Ganges 40 years ago, as it marked the end of an era. In June 1976, the last recruit graduated from the Royal Navy training establishment known as Ganges and the place still holds special memories for many today. Although the base was subsequently used as a sports camp and then by the Police, who practiced their riot techniques there, Ganges will forever be best known the world over for the tough, uncompromising training, which turned raw young civilians, some as young as 15, into disciplined men, fit to serve on Her Majesty’s ships. The base at Shotley Gate is awaiting development, but the memories live on and the base is now the HMS Ganges Museum, next to the Shotley Marina. Filled with artefacts given by ex-Ganges boys, or their relatives and families over the past 20 years, the museum has become a mecca for all those with any sort of connection or interest in Ganges and its colourful and important history. The museum holds memorabilia from the old shore establishment including honours board, figurehead and clocks. It is also home to a very large collection of photographs and original documents relating to life in Shotley and a small number of documents relating to old 'Ganges' when when it was afloat. Run entirely by volunteers, the ex-Ganges personnel open the museum at weekends, passing on their knowledge and experiences to visitors. The museum is open from March through to the end of October each weekend and bank holiday from 11am - 4.30pm. Entry to the museum is free.  Special arrangements can be made for opening outside of these [...]

Hadleigh Guildhall, Hadleigh

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A fine Grade I listed, Medieval timber-framed guildhall built when Hadleigh was one of the most important woollen cloth towns in England. Teas and guided tours are on offer where you can see the inside of this magnificent building and learn all about its fascinating history, its occupants and it's place in the history of Hadleigh. At the end of your tour, you are invited to relax in the peaceful and beautiful garden and enjoy a delicious cream teas. Please note that these tours must be pre-booked and are only available for parties of ten people or more. Did you know? Hadleigh Town Hall & Guildhall Complex is also a wedding venue and is suitable for other events too. Various rooms and the secluded garden are available for hire. Contact Hadleigh Guildhall, Market Place, Hadleigh IP7 5DN T: 01473 822544/823884 E: info@hadleightownhall.co.uk W: www.hadleightownhall.co.uk

Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

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This is the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough RA (1727-88) and the house dates back to the 16th century. Now a museum and gallery, the house has many of the original works of Thomas Gainsborough, more than any other gallery outside of London, and some memorabilia from his life. There is an attractive walled garden with a wonderful, 400 year old mulberry tree. There is a varied programme of exhibitions of both historic British and contemporary art and a print workshop which is open to the general public and where you can learn some new skills on courses that run throughout the year. There is a gift shop and coffee shop and tea may be taken in the garden when the weather is fine. Gainsborough's House is open all year Monday - Saturday, 10-5. Closed Suns, Good Friday and 24th Dec - New Year inclusive. Contact Gainsborough's House, 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury CO10 2EU T: 01787 372958 W: www.gainsborough.org

Framsden Windmill, Framsden

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This post mill was built in 1760 and the roundhouse was added in 1836. The mill stopped work in 1930 and became derelict, illness after which it was restored by a group of volunteers in the late 1960s and now houses a country bygones exhibition. Opening times are by appointment only on Saturdays & Sundays between March and October. Photograph © Robert Edwards Contact Grid reference: TM 192 598 OS sheet: 156 Postcode: IP14 6HB About 9 miles N of Ipswich on B1077. Access is via a small lane beside the road. T: 01473 890328

Eye Castle, Eye

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The remains of a Norman motte and bailey with medieval walls and a Victorian folly. There is an excellent panoramic view of Eye from the top. Open week before Easter-October, daily 9am - dusk. Contact Eye Castle, Castle Street, Eye T: 01449 724639/676800

Bridge Cottage, Flatford

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Set in the glorious landscape of the Dedham Vale (AONB), the 16th century Bridge Cottage houses an exhibition about the life and work of John Constable. There are guided walks in the summer with National Trust guides who will show you the sites of some of Constable's most famous paintings. You can walk up the lane to look at Flatford Mill (not open to general public, but you can attend a course there on art, conservation and photography) and to see where the Hay Wain and Willy Lott's Cottage were painted. The area is remarkably unchanged since the time John Constable lived there and you can see why he loved the area so much and found so much inspiration here. You can row a boat along the River Stour to the nearby village of Dedham, in the summer or you can take the same route that the young John Costable took when he walked across the fields every day to school. For opening times of Bridge Cottage, please visit the National Trust website. Contact National Trust, Bridge Cottage, Flatford Lane, Flatford, East Bergholt, CO7 6UL T: 01206 298260 W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk Additional information Wheelchair access, Electric buggy available, National Trust tearoom and shop

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm, Baylham

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Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is a working farm in the middle of the beautiful county of Suffolk.  The small livestock farm breeds animals that were once common but are now very rare. You can bring your whole family to the farm to meet the piglets, health feed the goats and let the kids loose in the play area whilst you settle into the calm surroundings with a piece of homemade cake or a cream tea from our cosy café. Baylham Farm is open from February half term to early September, stomach from 10am to 5pm every Tuesday to Sunday as well as all Bank Holidays. Just in case, cialis please check the website for opening times before visiting Contact Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm, Mill Lane, Baylham Nr Needham Market IP6 8LG T: 01473 830264 W: www.baylham-house-farm.co.uk

95th Bomb Group Red Feather Club, Eye

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The Red Feather Club, medicine operated and managed by the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association, cialis (95th BGHA) is the official UK museum of the 95th Bomb Group. The award-winning museum in a former NCOs’ club houses uniforms and memor­abilia relating exclus­ively to the 95th Bomb Group and has been described by visitors as “stepping back in time”. The museum is continually being updated as new addi­tions are donated or acquired. It aims to tell the story of the 95th from their early days in the US to their return home after the end of the war through displays, films and the first hand accounts of locals and servicemen. Open from around 10:00am on the last Sunday of every month between April to October, The volunteers who run the museum are often doing with renovation work on Saturdays too, so if you see the flag flying, pop in and see them! Contact 95th Bomb Group Red Feather Club, Denham, Eye IP21 5EU T: 01728 860930/01379 384472 W: www.95thbg-horham.com

95th Bomb Group Hospital Museum, Eye

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The Hospital buildings were purchased from a local farmer by Tony and Val Albrow with the view to restoring them as a museum dedicated to The 95th Bomb Group. The buildings have been used for different things since their original use during WWII; firstly as chicken sheds, decease then as a pig unit, doctor a grain store and finally as a mushroom farm for 18 years. The buildings have under gone a ten year restoration which has been privately funded and are now open to the public. The restoration is ongoing and fourteen of the fifteen rooms are now open with many displays. Some rooms are restored to their original state as if the 95th were still an operating group. Others have exhibits and displays to view. Open May - October, last Sunday in each month, 10-4. weekdays by appointment. Contact 95th Bomb Group Hospital Museum, Shingle Hill, Denham, Eye IP21 5EU T: 01379 870514 W: www.95thbghospitalmuseum.co.uk

Jim Lawrence – Handcrafted Home Furnishings, Hadleigh

Jim Lawrence is a family business, viagra dosage capsule here designing and handcrafting beautiful products for the home from its Suffolk workshops. The story of Jim Lawrence began in the farm forge in 1993, order cheap when Jim started making candlesticks for friends. From their reactions, he realised there was a demand for stylish, designer quality products made with natural materials. Jim was joined in the forge by the farm stockman and today the company employs a skilled team of 90 engineers, welders, painters, seamstresses, lampshade makers, electrical technicians and customer services assistants. The business outgrew the farm in 2004 and moved to the nearby market town of Hadleigh in Suffolk. There is now a large showroom displaying the complete range of products including lights, switches and sockets, curtain poles, home furnishings, door and window furniture and soft furnishings. You can visit their showroom in Hadleigh, please see their website for opening times. Contact The Ironworks, Lady Lane, Hadleigh, Suffolk, IP7 6BQ. T: 01473 826924 E: sales@jim-lawrence.co.uk W: www.jim-lawrence.co.uk

Hoxne Produce and Craft Market, Hoxne

Hoxne Produce and Craft Market which takes place in Hoxne Village Hall (St Edmund's Hall) on the last Saturday of every month from 10am - 2pm. The market brings together local craftspeople selling their artisan food produce, art and crafts. There is usually a demonstration or two of local crafts people at work at the event. There's also a café selling homemade cakes and biscuits, soups with freshly baked rolls, bacon butties and the usual tea and coffee. Hoxne is a beautiful and historic Suffolk village and worth a visit in its own right - it being the place where King Edmund was martyred at the hands of the Danes at a site just yards from the market's venue. Hoxne today is a busy, friendly village with a good community spirit plus a great village post office and shop and an excellent public house with restaurant. Contact Hoxne Village Hall (St Edmund's Hall) E: hoxne.market@outlook.com

Henry Watson’s Potteries, Wattisfield

Retail shop specialising in kitchen-ware, viagra cookware and many exciting gifts. Founded over 200 years ago, Henry Watson Potteries are the makers of the famous original Suffolk terracotta, found in country kitchens around the world! Contact Henry Watson Potteries, Pottery Hill (off A143), Wattisfield IP22 1NH T: 01359 251239 W: www.henrywatson.com

Courtyard Craft Centre, Needham Market

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Craft centre with The Piggery Pottery, a sugar craft shop, The Country Studio, an artist's studio, also selling silk flowers and other goodies; The Garden Mill with their wonderful range of plants, gardening tools, garden gifts and accessories and the courtyard cafe selling homemade cakes and light lunches. There is also the Alder Carr farm shop, filled to the brim with local produce and a PYO farm where you can pick the fruit of the season. Open Tuesday - Sunday. Opening times of individual shops vary. Contact Alder Carr Farm, Hawksmill Street, Needham Market IP6 8LX T: 01449 720820 W: www.aldercarrfarm.co.uk

Wingfield Barns, Wingfield

These wonderful buildings, view centred around a 16th century timber-framed barn are host to a wide range of exciting events including art exhibitions, viagra order workshops, patient music, drama and cinema in a beautiful rural setting. Open all year. Also licensed for civil wedding ceremonies. Contact Wingfield Barns, Church Road, Wingfield, IP21 5RA T: 01379 384505 W: www.wingfieldbarns.com Photo by Barry Freeman ARPS DPAGB

The Regal Theatre and Cinema, Stowmarket

Lovely cinema and stage in an art deco building, check showing new release films, hospital stage shows, concerts and comedy. Contact The Regal, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1AY T: 01449 612825 W: www.regalstowmarket.co.uk

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury

This charming and historic theatre sits on the banks of the River Stour and offers a vibrant mix of amateur and professional productions. Drama, musicals, live music, film and comedy. There is also a bar and costume hire facility. Contact Quay Lane, Sudbury CO10 2AN T: 01787 374745 W: www.quaytheatre.org.uk

The Barrandov Opera, Needham Market

The Barrandov opera is possibly Britain's smallest and most intimate opera house, the fulfilment of an opera lover's dream inspired by the cultural tradition of Prague. The Barrandov opera is set in glorious Suffolk countryside near Needham Market, in a magnificent barn restored by the owners on their 200 acre family arable farm. The concerts that are held are inspired by the music they enjoyed while living and working in Prague just after the Velvet Revolution. In addition to the regular programme of musical events, the Barrandov is also available on a private basis for weddings, receptions and seminars. There is a fully licensed bar. Contact Kennels Farm, Barking Road, Needham Market, IP6 8HG T: 01449 720796 W: www.barrandov.co.uk

John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Stowmarket

The John Peel Centre has been developed in memory of John Peel, try who lived near Stowmarket for many years and who was a hugely respected member of the local, here national and international communities and always gave support to worthwhile local initiatives. He was renowned for encouraging new music from unlikely sources and for many people he embodied the “punk” ethos of people just doing it for themselves. An eclectic range of cultural, drama and music events take place at the centre, please see their website for events listings. Contact John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Church Walk, Stowmarket IP14 1ET T: 01449 774 678 W: www.johnpeelcentre.com

Farmers’ Markets in the Heart of Suffolk

We have a wide selection of farmers' markets in the  Heart of Suffolk where you can buy fresh, seasonal and local produce. Our farmers' markets offer you the opportunity to talk direct to the farmer or producer so you can find out exactly where your food has come from. Harkstead: Village Hall Third Saturday in the month. 9-12 Hartest: Pear Tree Farm First Saturday in the month. 10-12.30 Hoxne: Artisan Market, Hoxne Village Hall (St Edmund's Hall) Second Saturday of every month 10-2. Lavenham: Village Hall. Fourth Sunday in the month. 10-1.30 Long Melford: Old School Third Saturday in the month. 10-1 Needham Market: Alder Carr Farm Third Saturday in the month. 9-2 Rickinghall: Village Hall Second Saturday in the month. 9-1 Stowmarket: Market Place First Friday in the month. 9.30-1 Stradbroke: Business & Enterprise College First Saturday in the month. 9-1 Sudbury: St Peter's Church Last Friday in the month. 9.30-2 Wherstead: Jimmy's Farm First Saturday in the month. 10-2 Contact Various locations throughout the Heart of Suffolk. If you are travelling from a distance away to visit one of these farmers' markets, please check with the nearest Tourist Information Centre to check opening times, or for markets in Lavenham and Sudbury, please see the Suffolk Market Events website. Tel: 01787 248207 (Lavenham TIC) or 01449 676800 (Stowmarket TIC) or 01787 881320 (Sudbury TIC)

Traditional Weekly Markets in the Heart of Suffolk

We have a few traditional markets in the Heart of Suffolk: Sudbury: Thursday and Saturday Hadleigh: Friday and Saturday Stowmarket: Thursday and Saturday Please contact our Tourist Information Centres if you need further information.  

The Chilli Company, Mendlesham

From seed to ceramics, fiery foods to fine clothing, gifts and gourmet delights - you'll find more than just chillies here at The Chilli Company in the heart to the Suffolk countryside! Upstairs from the deli is the licensed café serving dishes created from the deli including, light lunches, cream teas, fresh coffees and homemade cakes, all set in a beautiful thatched Suffolk barn. Open all year daily. Contact The Chilli Company, Chilli Farm, Norwich Road, Mendlesham IP14 5NQ T: 01449 766677 W: www.chillicompany.com

Suffolk Food Hall, Shotley Peninsula

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The Suffolk Food Hall offers the opportunity for an exciting day out, prescription just south of Ipswich, online overlooking the Orwell Bridge. There is everything you would expect from a large, cure nationally recognised farm shop, with the added benefit of a restaurant with stunning views across the river and a programme of events throughout the year. The food hall was founded by the seventh generation of a local farming family and in 2012 cousins Oliver and Robert Paul siezed the opportunity to bring together the finest local produce Suffolk has to offer. Farms on the Shotley Peninsula have been instrumental in developing Red Poll cattle, the native breed of Suffolk and Norfolk, which was originally created in the 1800s by crossing a Suffolk Dun, a milking ‘house’ cow with the Norfolk Red, a beef breed. The Red Poll is a deep red brown colour, and is ‘polled’ which in the farming world means it naturally has no horns. They were farmed across the world for dual-purpose qualities: for being good converters of lower grade pasture into high grade beef, and for the high butterfat content in their creamy milk.  However, in the 1970s farming moved to more single-purpose systems (specialising in milk) and the Red Poll fell out of favour. More recently the Paul family and others have seen the extensive (low input/cost) nature of the Red Poll as making them better suited to the competing demands on the modern farmer and there is added bonus that they also look great on the pastureland around the Suffolk Food Hall! The herd continues to be bred using an extensive system (predominantly grass-based, slow maturing and mostly outdoors); a longer rearing process produces greater flavour and [...]

Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead

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Perhaps one of the country's most well-known farmers and a familiar face on our TV screens, Jimmy Doherty's story of how he set up Jimmy’s Farm on the Shotley Peninsula has been well documented in the BBC series of the same name, which was filmed over ten years ago. Since then, the farm has gone on to become a popular visitor attraction with an award-winning restaurant and holds several major events each year.  Jimmy and his wife Michaela took some time out of their busy schedule to chat with Nichola Adams. Growing from a small business raising rare-breed pigs to the sizeable venture it is now, which employs in the region of 40 staff, has raised the profile of the village of Wherstead on the Shotley Peninsula where the Farm is situated. “When we first saw the farm it hadn’t been touched in 20 years. Rather than be put off, I could see the potential in the landscape and I wanted to bring it back to life and use the land the way it had been for all those years,” said Jimmy. “Our ethos when we started was to farm sustainably and provide people with good quality, British meat. As time went by, more people took an interest in what we were doing and making it accessible to the public seemed the natural next step, so we set about opening the Farm Park.” The Farm Park is open 364 days a year and provides a fantastic opportunity for the public to get up close to the animals and have a hands-on experience of British farming.  Jimmy explained: “It’s a real pleasure to see people, especially young children come in to the farm and ask questions, [...]

Hollow Trees Farm Shop and Trail, Semer

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Farm shop selling home grown and local produce and plants. There is a lovely cafe with home made cakes and lunches and a children's farm trail where you can get up close to the animals and enjoy activities such as feeding the goats and 'welly chucking'. Open all year, Mon-Sat 8.30-5.45,Sun and B Hol 9-5 Contact Hollow Trees, Semer, Ipswich, IP7 6HX T: 01449 741247 W: www.hollowtrees.co.uk

Hall Farm, Stratford St Mary

Farm shop and cafe/restaurant set on a working farm overlooking the Dedham Vale. Lovely home made cakes and delicious lunches all served in the restaurant overlooking farmland, where you can watch the lambs and other animals roaming around the fields. Open all year. Mon-Sat 9.30-5.30, Sun & B/H Mon 10-4 Contact Hall Farm, case Stratford St Mary, Nr Colchester, CO7 6LS T: 01206 322572 W: www.hallfarmshop.co.uk

Alder Carr Farm, Needham Market

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Alder Carr Farm is a visitor attraction for with things suitable for the whole family. There is the Alder Carr farm shop, ask filled to the brim with local produce and a PYO farm where you can pick the fruit of the season. The craft centre has The Piggery Pottery, shop a sugar craft shop, The Country Studio, an artist’s studio, also selling silk flowers and other goodies; The Garden Mill with their wonderful range of plants, gardening tools, garden gifts and accessories and the courtyard cafe selling homemade cakes and light lunches. There is a play area, farm animals and there are regular seasonal food events - please see the Alder Carr website for full listing. Contact Alder Carr Farm, Creeting St Mary, Nr. Needham Market, Ipswich, IP6 8LX T: 01449 720820 E: farmshop@aldercarrfarm.co.uk W: www.aldercarrfarm.co.uk

Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Stowmarket

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Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre has a swimming pool, thumb exercise classes as well as Playworld, nurse a giant indoor three tier play structure with slides, pharmacy ball pools, under 4s play area and lots more. Open all year except 25/26 Dec ad 1 Jan. Mon-Fri 9.30-6.30; weekends 9.30-6. Summer Playworld offers fun inflatables, go karts, big toppa tent and much more (open Apr-Sept only). Contact Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Stowmarket, IP14 1LH T: 01449 674980 W: www.everyoneactive.com  

Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sudbury

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Swimming pool with aqua slide and shallow area for children. Fully equipped gym and dance studio. New facility for children: Little Kingfishers' Play Centre with a soft play area, slides, climbing frame etc. Ideal for babies and children up to ten years old. Cafe serving drinks, snacks and lunches. Contact Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Station Road, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SU T: 01787 375656 W: www.ssleisure.co.uk

Hadleigh Pool & Leisure Centre

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The centre has a state of the art gym, look vialis 40mg a variety of group fitness classes, power plate and five lane, 25m swimming pool. There is also a café serving light refreshments. Contact Hadleigh Pool & Leisure Centre Stonehouse Road, Hadleigh, Ipswich, IP7 5BH T: 01473 823470 W: www.ssleisure.co.uk

Guided tours around the Shotley Peninsula

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Ever since the Vikings first landed at Shotley Peninsula and fought a battle at what became known as Bloody Point, visitors have been delighted by what the villages and inlets of this incredible Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer. From the Strand at Wherstead on the edge of Ipswich, meandering through Freston, Holbrook, Stutton, Harkstead, Erwarton, Woolverstone, Chelmondiston, Pin Mill, Shotley and Shotley Gate, the peninsula is filled with history, culture, art and amazing stories. A new company, Shotley Peninsula Tours started by a former HMS 'Ganges boy', gives visitors the opportunity to explore this hidden jewel in Suffolk’s glittering treasure trove of countryside and coastline. Shotley Peninsula Tours takes visitors on a journey to find out why Anne Boleyn left her heart in Erwarton; the reason for monkeys marking the entrance to a famous old house; what it was that inspired author Arthur Ransome; and why George Orwell took his name from the River Orwell. Learn about the Royal Navy's 150-year presence on the peninsula;  visit the Ganges Museum; discover the connections royalty and celebrities such as Rudyard Kipling, Princess Muna al Hussein, King Harold, Griff Rhys Jones and Jimmy Doherty have with the area. Photographers, bird-watchers, historians and those who just love exploring off the beaten track, will be enthralled at all this and lots more on a day-long tour. See the Shotley Peninsula Tour itinerary. Or call 01473 787375 or 07824167196 for more details.

Guided Walks

Guided Walks Around Lavenham Every weekend from Easter to the end of October, guided walks around this medieval gem of a village, Laveham, leave the tourist information centre in Lady Street at the following times: When: Saturday at 2.30pm and Sunday at 11am. ALSO on Wednesdays at 2pm during June and July Adults £4.50, children under 14 FREE To book, please call the tourist information centre on 01787 248207 Sudbury Saunter Taking place on the third Saturday of each month throughout the year, guided walks around Sudbury leave from the library in the town centre at 11am. There is no need to book, simply turn up at the allotted hour to join the tour. Do make sure you make time to visit Gainsborough’s House afterwards. It’s a fabulous museum and was the birthplace and home of the artist Thomas Gainsborough. When: Third Saturday each month, 11am Price: £5 for adults | £4 for children. For further information, please contact: Tourist Information Centre, The Library, Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 2EN | T: 01787 881320 | E: sudburytic@sudburytowncouncil.co.uk Themed Walks We organise an interesting range of themed walks throughout the year. To find out more and to make a booking, please contact the Lavenham Tourist Information Centre on 01787 248207 Guided Walks For Groups We can also organise a guided walk for your group around the following villages at a time to suit you: Lavenham; Long Melford; Sudbury; Clare; Cavendish; Hadleigh and Kersey. Bookings can be made by downloading the booking form (link to Word document below) and returning it, with your deposit/payment to the Lavenham Tourist Information Centre. Or if you need further information, please contact the Lavenham Tourist information Centre on 01787 248207 Guided Walks [...]

Virgin Balloon Flights

Virgin Flights can provide serene hot air balloon rides in Suffolk that will allow you to witness the views (from a slightly different perspective!) which inspired artists such as Constable and Gainsborough. Contact Launch sites are in Elmsett near Ipswich, Stowmarket and Brome, near Diss. Tel: 01952 212750 W: www.virginballoonflights.co.uk

Broadland Balloon Flights

The main hot air balloon launch site in Suffolk is at The Cornwallis Country Hotel in Brome, near Eye. Balloon Flights from the Cornwallis Country Hotel offer passengers stunning views of the surrounding Suffolk countryside, coast and heaths, which have been designated a world heritage site of outstanding beauty. You might catch a glimpse of Framlingham Castle in the distance. It was built by the Earl of Norfolk, and for a short time was the home of Mary Tudor before she became Queen. Alternatively you may see Stonham Barns which house the British Birds of Prey Centre and Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, and which is also the home of the Mid Suffolk Showground. Contact Broadland Balloon Flights The Hawthorns Tolldish Lane Great Haywood ST18 0RA T: (01603) 495004 M: Emergency Number 07970 857451 W: www.broadlandballoons.co.uk

Wizard Balloons

A local, family run business offering a personal service. Balloon trips over Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. This company departs from Brome, near Diss. Contact 48 Thistledown Drive Ixworth Bury St. Edmunds IP31 2NH T: 01359 233622 E: info@wizardballoons.co.uk W: www.wizardballoons.co.uk

Thornham Walled Garden, Thornham Magna

Thornham Walled Garden is set in the 2000 acre estate of Thornham in Thornham Magna in Suffolk and is surrounded by woodland and footpaths with many lovely walks. Thornham Walled Garden is two acres in size and has a restored Victorian glasshouses, ampoule pilule fruit trees, pharmacy perennial borders and collection of East Anglian geraniums. There are 12 miles of waymarked footpaths on the Thornham Estate known as Thornham Walks and a surfaced path, price suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. The paths leads for half a mile to the Thornham Walled Garden, past a bird hide, along the Thornham Rock Trail to the Victorian Folly. Plants are for sale at Thornham Walled Garden throughout the year. Open Summer 9.30-5; Winter 9.30-4. Closed 25 December. Contact Thornham Walled Garden, Thornham Walks, Thornham Magna, Eye IP23 8HH T: 01379 788700 W: www.beyondthewall.org.uk F: www.facebook.com/OfficialBeyondTheWall Additional information Wheelchair access, refreshments, shop, car park charge, free entry.  

The Place for Plants Aboretum, East Bergholt

The Place for Plants Aboretum in East Bergholt on the Suffolk/Essex border is a 20 acre garden and aboretum. It's a beautiful and peaceful place all year round and particularly in the spring, when lovely displays of snowdrops, magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias are followed by the fritillary and wild flower meadow. There are many unusual flowering trees and shrubs including stewartia, davidia and cornus as well as underplanting of woodland perennial and bulbs. Rambling roses and hydrangeas flower during the summer, and the garden can look spectacular in autumn as the trees and shrubs change colour and are covered in fruit. There is a specialist plant centre, stocking over 6,000 different plants and a cafe serving homemade cakes. The plant centre is open all year. Garden open 1 March-30 September, daily 10-5 | Closed Easter Sunday. Contact The Place for Plants East Bergholt Place, East Bergholt CO7 6UP T: 01206 299224 W: www.placeforplants.co.uk Additional information Partial wheelchair access Images ©The Place for Plants

Helmingham Hall Gardens, near Stowmarket

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Helmingham Hall Gardens, near Stowmarket are lovely moated and walled gardens, surrounding the fabulous Helmingam Hall. There are many rare roses, a kitchen garden and herb and knot garden.  Helmingham Hall is not open to the public, but the garden and parkland area (with a herd of red deer) are a garden lover's delight. Helmingham Hall Gardens also include a classic parterre and an orchard filled with wild flowers The influence of the well-known garden designer and owner of Helmingham Hall, Xa Tollemache, is clearly visible - the parterre was redesigned in 1987 and the new rose garden was created in 1982, together with the knot and herb garden. Events take place at Helmingham Hall Gardens throughout the season, with guided walks through the estate, the annual Plant Heritage Spring Fair, Suffolk Dog Day, Classic & Sports Car Festival and the East Suffolk Game & Country Show. Please keep an eye on our events pages for details. Regular Cookery Days also take place, with Suffolk chef Emma Crowhurst. Open from early May to mid-September, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun and Bank Holiday Mon, 12-5 Contact Helmingham Hall, Helmingham, Stowmarket IP14 6EF T: 01474 890363/890799 W: www.helmingham.com Additional information Wheelchair access, refreshments, shop Save Save Save Save Save

Haughley Park, near Stowmarket

Haughley Park, near Stowmarket is a Grade I listed Jacobean manor house set in 200 acres of gardens and park. Haughley Park and the Barn are approached through gently undulating  parkland that is enclosed by mature woodland. Six acres of landscaped gardens surround the buildings, including a woodland garden and an Edwardian style, walled kitchen garden. There is a large fish pond equidistant between the house and barn, and in recent years a new garden area was created close to the barn. In 2006, large contemporary glass sculptures were added to the gardens.  They are by Danny Lane and add an exciting and modern edge to the otherwise traditional setting. The park and gardens are open with teas and plant sales on “Bluebell Sundays” on the last Sunday in April and first in May, 2pm - 5.30pm Haughley Park is also home of the annual Weird and Wonderful Wood event. Please see our events listings in May for details of this lovely family event. The house is open by appointment only. Gardens and park open May to September, Tues 2pm - 5.30pm Contact Haughley Park Ltd, Haughley Park, Stowmarket IP14 3JY T: 01359 240701 W: www.haughleyparkbarn.co.uk Additional information Partial Wheelchair access

Flatford Wildlife Garden (RSPB), Flatford

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A beautiful wildlife garden developed by the RSPB to show how we can all make our gardens more wildlife-friendly and beautiful at the same time. Admission is free and volunteers are on hand to answer your gardening questions. The garden is in the hamlet of Flatford, where painter John Constable lived and painted many of his most famous works, including The Hay Wain and Willy Lott's Cottage, which are just a short walk down Flatford Lane. Also in Flatford, is Bridge Cottage (National Trust), the Flatford Field Studies Centre and you can take a boat trip on the River Stour as well as lovely walks across the fields to Dedham - the same route John Constable once walked every day to get to school. Open: 29 March to 3 November everyday 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Contact Flatford Wildlife Garden (RSPB), Flatford Lane, Flatford, East Bergholt CO7 6UL T: 01206 391153 E: stourestuary@rspb.org.uk W: www.rspb.org.uk Additional information Entrance to the garden is free although the car park at Flatford is owned by the National Trust,  so charges apply unless you are a NT member, in which case parking is free. Alternative, free parking is available a one mile walk away, in East Bergholt. There is a National Trust tea room and shop and a small exhibition in Bridge Cottage about John Constable. The Flatford Field Studies Centre (the mill where John Constable lived and worked) is not open to general public, but you can take art and environmental courses there. The Mill and Willy Lott's Cottage can both be viewed from the outside and the place where The Hay Wain was painted can also be viewed.

Suffolk Cycle Breaks

If you enjoy cycling, then you have come to the perfect place. The gentle landscapes of Suffolk offer beautiful vistas and just enough undulation to make cycling enjoyable for all ages and abilities. Cycle Breaks is a small company who will arrange your accommodation and itinerary for you and, best of all, transfer your luggage from one accommodation stop to the next. The only thing you have to worry about it deciding where to stop for lunch! They will organise a cycle trip to suit your interests, whether it's exploring Constable Country or the Suffolk wool towns, you won't need to worry about a thing. Contact Suffolk Cycle Breaks, Bradfield Hall Barn, Alder Carr Farm, PO Box 82, Needham Market, IP6 8BW. T: 01449 721555 E: enquiries@cyclebreaks.com  W: www.cyclebreaks.com