See Do Explore

Plenty to see, do and explore in the Heart of Suffolk

There is so much to see, do and explore in Babergh and Mid Suffolk! We have put together a few itineraries for you here…


Artist and Wool town weekend

The Secret Garden, Sudbury - interior with beams

Visit the historic market town of Sudbury and Long Melford Wool Town –

Day one – Visit the newly refurbished Gainsborough’s House in the morning and enjoy a bite to eat and drink while overlooking the beautiful gardens within the ground including a 400-year-old Mulberry Tree. Sudbury is a great location for food and shopping with its weekly market on a Thursday and Saturday.

Day two – A day out in the stunning Long Melford. Book your tickets to visit the gorgeous, tucked away gem that is Kentwell Hall. A popular location for various events and activities or an afternoon to enjoy the beautiful estate grounds.

After some time here wander through the high street where you’ll find the amazing antique shop with lots of unique treasures. As you head into the late afternoon make your way to Nethergate brewery to try some of their locally brewed beers and ales. You could even book yourself in for a brewery tour.

Both Sudbury and Long Melford have some stunning countryside walks, so if this is more up your street download the Love Exploring app to follow the interactive trails around the town and surrounding countryside.

The Mid Suffolk Experience

Day one – Visit the UK’s only Food Museum situated in the lively town of Stowmarket. The museum hosts many interactive food demonstrations and exhibitions that any foodie would absolutely adore. Explore the heritage of food and the communities who grow and make it. You could also visit the nearby Helmingham Hall Gardens. Have a spot of brunch first at the onsite Wright’s Cafe. It is hard to exaggerate the effect this beautiful park with its red deer, spectacular moated Hall in mellow patterned red brick, and the famous gardens will have on the visitor.

In the afternoon, make your way to the quaint town of Needham Market.  Go bargain hunting in the antique shops or enjoy the farmshop, deli, crafts and gifts at the nearby Alder Carr Farm. Later you could unwind as you stroll around charming Needham Lake, one of Visit England’s top most-visited free attractions in the UK. You could then settle in for a bite to eat at the onsite Duck and Teapot café.

Artistic experience

Flatford Mill in summer

Day one – Release your inner artistic side and visit the same destinations that inspired world renowned artists John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough. Start your overnight stay checking into the luxurious Constable Lodges before heading to Flatford Mill for a tour of the museum and insight into the artists life.

For lunch head to the Dedham Arts and Crafts centre to fill you up, before a leisurely stroll through the town and down towards Munnings Museum.

Then to finish the day if you would like to treat yourself to a fine dining experience the luxurious Marquis restaurant and hotel is just a 10 minute drive away. Or you could stay a little closer visiting the Lion Brasserie for a gourmet dinner.

Day two – After a big day of walking and learning use this day to enjoy the beautiful sites while taking a leisurely row along the river Stour. You can hire a boat from Dedham boathouse to row up to Flatford Mill and see for yourself the stunning views that were the inspiration behind many famous paintings.