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7 great places for an Easter day out in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 12:44 26 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:45 04 April 2019

River Alde, Snape Maltings (c) Ted and Jen, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

River Alde, Snape Maltings (c) Ted and Jen, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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Make the most of the Easter break by working these fantastic Suffolk attractions into your family’s busy schedule

1) Bridge Farm Barns

Bridge Farm Barns, Hadleigh Road, Monks Eleigh, Ipswich, IP7 7AY | 01449 740456

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Nestling in the picturesque village of Monks Eleigh, in-between Hadleigh and Lavenham, Bridge Farm Barns is one of those wonderful discoveries you make when touring through the British countryside.

Old Suffolk farm buildings have been converted into independent businesses and a wonderful tea room where you can indulge yourself in a homemade cake or two. The barns are also home to a fantastic gift shop, an art gallery showcasing Suffolk artists, a retro & vintage shop, plant centre, quilting workshop, vintage style clothing & accessories shop and a falconry business. You can easily spend several hours here browsing around this peaceful setting.

You will find good Suffolk service and a buzzing atmosphere as the shops and tea room are well supported by local people – this is not just a tourist destination.

So if you are looking for a taste of “real” Suffolk this Easter, then you can’t go far wrong than putting Bridge Farm Barns on your list of places to visit.

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2) Explore 4x4

The Courtyard, Elveden Estate, Elveden, IP24 3TQ | 01787 320640

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Explore 4x4 is an award-winning outdoor activity company. Their activities range from 4x4 Off Road Driving, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Crossbows to Military Team Challenges.

They offer experiences for everyone, from individuals, family groups to stag and hen parties and corporates. Everything they do is bespoke to suit your personal needs, have a look at their website for the full list of what they can offer!

Their team are ex-military or serving military, and are both enthusiastic and expert instructors. They have the credibility of having led teams in challenging and extreme conditions, as well as the ability to make your day out enormously enjoyable.

Based on the beautiful Elveden Estate, on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. Elveden offers an escape from the high street shops and the award-winning Courtyard Restaurant or Elveden Inn that’s perfect for lunches and afternoon tea all on site before or after your adventures with us!

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3) Anglia Indoor Karting Ipswich Ltd

12 Farthing Rd Industrial Estate, Ipswich IP1 5AP | 01473 240087

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If you’re looking for something different to entertain the whole family this Easter then indoor karting could be just the activity you’re looking for.

Anglia Indoor Karting offers karting experiences for ages 5+, with a Kubz karting track for 5-7 year olds, whilst the main multi-level circuit caters for 8 and above.

No experience is necessary and the centre is open 7 days a week. Families can book ‘arrive and drive’ sessions to race against each other and see who can set the fastest lap. Children’s Activity days are run every holiday and during Happy Hour children get 24 laps for the price of 12.

Indoor karting is also a great event for birthday celebrations, retirement parties and family get-togethers. Whatever the occasion there is an event to suit.

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4) High Lodge Forest Centre

High Lodge Forest Centre, Nr Brandon, IP27 0AF

High Lodge Forest Centre is an activity centre for all ages.

Whether you want to spend the day exploring miles of lowland trails with the dog, hire a bike, shoot some arrows or swing through the trees, there is something to entertain the whole family!

Bike Art offers a range of hire bikes and waymarked cycle trails to suit a variety of abilities.

Lookout Archery delivers one hour lessons or ‘pay&play’ sessions and Go Ape runs exhilarating activities on high rope courses or Forest Segway.

High Lodge itself has miles of free trails and play equipment to while away a day in beautiful surroundings.

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5) Fullers Mill Garden

Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6HD | 01284 728 888

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Fullers Mill Garden is an enchanting and tranquil waterside retreat spanning seven-acres, situated on the banks of the River Lark at West Stow in Suffolk.

It combines light dappled woodland with a fabulous collection of rare and unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants, collected over the course of 50 years by the creator of the garden, the late Bernard Tickner MBE.

In 2013, the garden was gifted to Perennial, the only UK charity dedicated to helping people in horticulture. Head Gardener Annie Dellbridge and her team of gardeners and volunteers now maintain the garden for the enjoyment of visitors from April to September.

Whilst there, treat yourself to tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes in the Bothy Tea Room, pick up a souvenir gift or take a bit of the garden home with you by purchasing one of the plants propagated on site.

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6) Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape Bridge, Snape IP17 1SP | 01728 688303

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Join Snape Maltings for a weekend of music, food and family-friendly activities this Easter.

Throughout the weekend, there will be plenty of foodie events, including an Easter farmers’ market and lots of tastings within the Food Hall.

There will also be a selection of family-friendly activities around the site, including an Easter colouring competition and free craft activities. On Friday and Saturday, concerts range from a string quartet in Orford Church, to Faure’s gentle Requiem in the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

Find out more: snapemaltings.co.uk/season/easter-weekend/

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7) Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village

Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT | 01449 711 111

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Stonham Barns is a bustling family complex filled with an abundance of attractions and activities, situated in the Suffolk countryside.

Attractions include a Golf Park with eight different golfing activities, The Teapot Pottery and Tea Room with beautiful teapots for sale or paint your own and also a wide range of speciality teas, coffee and delicious home-made cakes, two fully stocked fishing lakes for a relaxing day of fishing and the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary with over 90 different birds of prey, meerkats and red squirrels.

The shopping village offers a range of unique shops and businesses where you can treat yourself while The Bistro serves delicious food 7 days a week.

Stonham Showground, Barn and AMP Theatre host a huge variety of annual family events/shows throughout the year and the Tumbledown Soft Play Barn and children’s playzone is great for younger visitors. The site is dog friendly but pooches must be kept on leads. All areas are disabled accessible with designated parking areas.

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