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What to do

Here's what to do, in our area:

Category Photo Name Introduction
Arts/Creative ArtActiv Set in the heart of Suffolk, with access to 12 miles of wonderful walks on the Thorham Estate, ArtActiv offers the perfect location for those looking to create, explore, discover and stay in the lovely Suffolk countryside.
Markets/Sales Car Boot Sales at Stonham Barns TRADITIONAL CAR BOOT SALE EVERY SUNDAY
Museum/Bygones Gainsborough's House, Sudbury 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.
Museum/Bygones Little Hall, Lavenham 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.
Museum/Bygones Mechanical Music Museum & Bygones, Cotton 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.
Museum/Bygones Bridge Cottage, Flatford 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.
Gardens Flatford Wildlife Garden (RSPB), Flatford 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.
Farm/Animals Jimmy's Farm, Wherstead 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.
Museum/Bygones HMS Ganges Association Museum, Shotley 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.
Museum/Bygones Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum, Wetheringsett 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.
Farm/Animals Hollow Trees Farm Shop and Trail, Semer Farm shop selling home grown and local produce and plants.
Sports/Leisure Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sudbury Swimming pool with aqua slide and shallow area for children.
Churches 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.
Gardens The Place for Plants Aboretum, East Bergholt The Place for Plants Arboretum in East Bergholt on the Suffolk/Essex border is a 20 acre garden and arboretum.
Markets/Sales Bridge Farm Barns, Monks Eleigh 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.
Miscellaneous Can You Escape The Puzzle Room? The Suffolk Food Hall may or may not open its doors, dependent on visitors' ability to solve the combination of puzzles and conundrums laid out in a brand new puzzle room.
Gardens 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.
Gardens 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.
Sports/Leisure Alton Water Park 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.
Sports/Leisure Cycling on the Shotley Peninsula 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.
Miscellaneous Eye Castle, Eye 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.
Sports/Leisure 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.
Sports/Leisure 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.
Sports/Leisure 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.
Museum/Bygones Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket 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.
Museum/Bygones The Guildhall of Corpus Christi (National Trust), Lavenham 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.
Sports/Leisure Needham Lake, near Needham Market 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.
Arts/Creative 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.
Markets/Sales Courtyard Craft Centre, Needham Market 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.
Arts/Creative 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.
Miscellaneous Guided tours around the Shotley Peninsula Ever since the Vikings first landed at Shotley Peninsula and fought a battle at what became known as 'Bloody Point', visitors have been delightfully surprised at what the villages and inlets of this lovely area of outstanding natural beauty have to offer.
Museum/Bygones Abbot's Hall - Stowmarket I had a lovely visit to Abbot's Hall in Stowmarket the other day. The Hall, an elegant Queen Anne House, some 300 years old, is part of the Museum of East Anglian Life (MEAL) and has recently undergone a complete restoration with the help of Heritage Lottery Funding.

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