10 great places for an Easter day out in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 16:49 11 March 2020 | UPDATED: 12:10 19 March 2020

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

Please check the websites or social media pages of the companies listed in the article for any cancellations before you make your visit.

1) Snape Maltings

Snape Bridge, Snape IP17 1SP | 01728 688303

Concerts during the Easter Weekend feature music from the Baroque and Renaissance periods with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, The Sixteen, and Britten Sinfonia joined by a stellar cast of soloists performing Bach’s St Matthew Passion on Easter Sunday.

Throughout the Easter week, Snape Maltings will be buzzing with activities including an Easter Nature Trail, a special Farmers’ Market, free food and drink tastings, family craft activities and live music.

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

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2) Wyken Vineyards

Stanton, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 2DW | 01359 250287

Celebrate country life at Wyken. Set amongst charming gardens, ancient woodlands and established vineyard, the stunningly restored 14th-century barn is a hidden gem.

Enjoy lunch and a glass of Wyken wine in the multi-award winning Leaping Hare Restaurant and browse the carefully curated Country Store. Pick up some delicious local produce at the weekly Farmers’ Market. Explore the gardens and watch the Shetland sheep graze the meadow.

‘It doesn’t put a foot wrong’ - Jay Rayner The Observer | ‘The model of what a good shop should be’ - Country Living Magazine | One of the top 10 farmers’ markets in the country - The Times |

Open daily 10am-6pm • Sat 9am-6pm • Fri & Sat evenings from 7pm. Farmers’ Market every Sat 9am-1pm. Gardens open April to September 2-6pm everyday except Sat.

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3) Fullers Mill

Fullers Mill, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds IP28 6HD | 01284 728888

Fullers Mill is an enchanting and tranquil waterside retreat on the banks of the River Lark. The seven acre garden combines light dappled woodland with a fabulous collection of rare and unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants, collected over 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 through hard times.

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.

Admission details: 1 April – 30 September 2020 | Wednesday & Friday 2pm – 5pm | Sunday 11am – 5pm. Private visits from groups or clubs are available by prior arrangement. Adult entry £5. Free entry for children under 16. Annual membership for 2 adults is available for £20.

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4) Ufford Park

Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1QW | 01394 383555 | reception@uffordpark.co.uk

Their ‘Little Adventurers Day Out’ package is available throughout the year for children between 4 and 12 years old and combines a number of attractions here at Ufford Park.

Within the offer, children can enjoy a swim in the indoor swimming pool, a main meal from Ufford Park’s Little Adventurer’s menu, including favourites such as breaded chicken fillet strips, local butcher sausages and fish fingers, and a round of adventure golf on the 18-hole Congo Rapids adventure golf course.

It costs just £15 per child, with a family package also available.

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5) Mill Tye Gallery

Mill Tye, Great Cornard, Sudbury Suffolk CO10 0GW (In the ‘Bakers Mill’ building) | 01787 376796

Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre is a unique destination for Contemporary Art, Sculpture, Handmade Pottery, Gifts and Cards.

The Gallery is set by the idyllic River Stour in Great Cornard, just outside the centre of the market town of Sudbury, Suffolk. The historic mill building, which traces its roots back to the Domesday Book of 1085, has spectacular views across the river Stour and Water meadows.

Open: Thursday - Saturday: 10am to 5:00pm. Sunday and Easter Bank Holidays: 11:00am to 4:00pm. Come and learn a new skill at the Mill.

For Art Classes, Printing, Pottery and Photography Workshops, visit www.milltyegallery.co.uk

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6) Cycle King

Unit 14 Chamberlayne Road Bury St Edmunds IP32 7EY | 01284 769902

Get out and enjoy the beauty of Suffolk on a bike ride with friends and family! Home to miles of beautiful, easy-to-cycle countryside and coastline, Suffolk is a great cycling location. One particular highlight is Bury St. Edmunds, with its historic abbey and beautiful parks.

Ickworth Park is home to 1,800 acres of parkland, complete with lakes, gardens, woodland, and Ickworth House, a spectacular neoclassical country house. It’s the perfect location for a leisurely bike ride this weekend!

Of course, no cycling excursion is complete without the perfect bike! Pop down to your local Bury St. Edmunds Cycle King store or visit the website to browse the full range.

Cycle King is stocked full with 1000s of bikes at extremely low prices for men, women, and your little ones. Open seven days a week, expert staff are ready and waiting to help you find your dream bike and ride away with it today.

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7) Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5PW | 01449 766874

The first big weekend of the 2020 season at the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, affectionately known as ‘The Middy’, Suffolk’s only standard gauge preserved railway, is the Easter Steam-Up on Sunday April 12th and Monday April 13th.

Easter at The Middy will offer steam train rides in genuine Victorian four-wheeled coaches, with two locomotives in steam and Easter Bunny hunts for younger visitors. All the Middy facilities will be open, including the museum, souvenir shop, café, the Middy’s real ale bar, The Kitchener Arms and visits to the Restoration Shed on both days.

A visit to Brockford Station presents a fascinating picture of what life was like on and around a rural railway during the early part of the last century.

The MSLR style has been recreated with original buildings and a unique collection of locomotives and rolling stock. It’s a fascinating day out for families and railfans alike.

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8) Explore 4x4

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

Explore4x4 provide the ultimate in outdoor activities, country pursuits and military survival adventures, to individuals, couples, families, corporate, schools, colleges, universities, stag and hen parties and other groups. With activities to suit all ages, numbers, abilities and budgets.

From the 4-year-old archer to the 90-year-old visually impaired person who never ever thought they’d have the chance of getting behind the wheel. Choose a single activity or Explore 4x4 can create a fabulous day of country pursuits bespoke to your needs. Activities range from 4x4 Off-Road Driving to Clay Pigeon Shooting, Crossbow Shooting to Catapults, Knife Throwing to a Skidpan driving experience and much much more.

Based on the Elveden Estate, its farmland, forestry and abundance of wildlife, is a wonderful place to introduce and develop a respect for the rural way of life.

Their team of largely experienced ex-military and ex-police are keen and able to impart their knowledge of skills they love to all, with the ability to make every training event, or activity, however big or small, enormously memorable and enjoyable. For bookings and enquiries please call 01787320640 or drop them an email at enquiries@explore4x4.co.uk. Prices start from £12pp. Gift Vouchers available.

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9) Museum of East Anglian Life

Stowmarket IP14 1SL | 01449 612229

There’s lots happening at the Museum of East Anglian Life during the spring holidays. With feeding sessions for the newborn lambs and a hunt for Easter eggs around the museum’s 75-acre site available throughout the entire spring break.

Visitors pay once and get a 12-month pass allowing them to visit the site and all of the friendly animals as often as they like!

Come and see Zippo, the fantastic Suffolk Punch horse and learn more about him at the ‘Meet our Suffolk Punch Horse’ talk.

With daily talks and tours as well as 17 beautiful buildings to explore, including a recently restored windpump, there is a whole day of discovery for the whole family.

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10) Guinness Arms

The St, Icklingham, Bury St Edmunds IP28 6PS | 01638 597547

The Guinness Arms in Icklingham is the perfect place to start or end your day after exploring the beautiful Suffolk Brecks. The bar welcomes our four-legged friends and offers a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits.

You can enjoy one of their famous bar snacks in front of one of the two log burners or order from the main menu and enjoy our relaxed dining room.

With the summer months approaching they are excited to welcome guests to their terrace and garden area with outside bar and kitchen and an impressive children’s play area.

They have some special events planned over the summer including an outside cinema and beer festival, so keep an eye out for further announcements.

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