6 great summer days out in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 14:59 31 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:59 31 July 2019

Beach huts in Southwold (c) Ian Britton, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Beach huts in Southwold (c) Ian Britton, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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There’s nowhere quite like Suffolk in summer and so it’s very important that you make the very most of your time out about in the county. Here are 6 places that will help you do just that

- High Lodge Thetford Forest; Forestry England | Pop-Up Pictures

Santon Downham, Brandon, IP27 0TJ | 0300 067 4400

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High Lodge & Pop Up Pictures proudly present the outdoor Summer screening of the box office sensation Bohemian Rhapsody.

Friday 30th August - Bohemian Rhapsody. The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Saturday 31st August - The Greatest Showman. Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Watch these amazing movies in the most idyllic setting, surrounded by trees and nature whilst under the stars and summer skies. Enjoy pre movie entertainment with live band each night. Street Food + Movie Snacks + Licensed bar available. 1830-2300hrs, £12/£15.00 + Kids Free. (PG-13 means under 13s must be accompanied, Our company policy says all under 15s must be accompanied)

Pop Up Cinema at High Lodge, Thetford ForestPop Up Cinema at High Lodge, Thetford Forest

- Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, IP14 5PW | 01449 766899

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Steam trains every Sunday and Bank Holiday from 26th May to 26th August.

With its unique atmosphere, the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway was the 2015 Suffolk Museum of the year and offers a fascinating picture of what life was like on and around a rural railway during the early part of the last century.

The full 'Middy' experience with all parts of the Brockford Station site, including the museum, souvenir shop, cafe and real ale bar coach, The Kitchener Arms, are open when the trains are running. And once you have your ticket you can ride the line as many times as you like in their genuine Victorian four-wheel coaches.

The MSLR is open from 11am to approximately 5pm, last train approx. 4.00p.m. For full details of added attractions and prices visit the website www.mslr.gov.org.

Mid Suffolk Light RailwayMid Suffolk Light Railway

- The Gainsborough Health Club and Spa

Cavendish, Sudbury, CO10 8BW | 01787 279009

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The Gainsborough Health Club & Spa is a stunning Day Spa & Health Club Retreat. Their facilities include all that you need to escape from the stresses and strains of modern life and enjoy some dedicated relaxation time.

They offer a wide variety of exceptional Spa and Beauty Treatments and the expert dedicated therapists will ensure that your day will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and completely rejuvenated.

The health club offers members state-of -the- art health, fitness, and leisure facilities along with a highly personalised service in a gorgeous setting. Sign up to the online newsletter here to receive exclusive offers on Spa Days and Memberships

They look forward to welcoming you to The Gainsborough Health Club & Spa, the best kept secret in Cavendish!

The Gainsborough Health Club and SpaThe Gainsborough Health Club and Spa

- Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Hall Road, Kesgrave, IP5 2PU | 01473 333741

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At Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, the phrase 'Summer Days Out' brings to mind long days of sunshine, lazy lunches and dinners either outside under the huge architectural sail or in the restaurant.

The hotel, with 23 bedrooms and an informal bar brasserie is set in over 40 acres of lawn and woodland is a children's paradise so expect to see families relaxing and walking in the grounds.

Kesgrave Hall is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner not forgetting brunch and afternoon tea in between and the best (and easiest part) is there is no need to book so simply turn up when you are ready.

The full menu (with delicious specials on the blackboard) is available from 12 noon right through to 9.30 - later at the weekends so the motto is 'no rush'. Have a look at the menus on the Kesgrave Hall website to find out more!

Milsoms Kesgrave HallMilsoms Kesgrave Hall

- Jimmy's Farm & Wildlife Park

Pannington Hall Lane, Ipswich, IP9 2AR | 01473 604206

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From exploring the Wildlife Park to eating in the Farm's 18th Century Barn Restaurant, Jimmy's offers something for even the most seasoned adventurer.

Situated in the heart of the Suffolk countryside you'll find a day out for all the family. The site comprises of seven exclusive and independent shops to gardens, an orchard and a beautiful Restaurant and Farm Shop.

Whilst these are free to visit there is also a paid attraction where the exotic meets the domestic. From crocodiles to rare breed pigs, reptiles to camels you will be entertained by keeper talks, animal handling and close-up encounters. Adventure play and woodland den-building will fill your day with perhaps a visit to the Woodland Pub where adults can relax whilst cooling down in the vast forest.

Jimmy's is a day out for all the family - go and make your own adventure! Free parking, dogs welcome.

Jimmy's FarmJimmy's Farm

- Explore 4x4

The Courtyard, Elveden Forest, Elveden, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 3TQ | 01787 320 640

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Explore 4x4 are award-winning outdoor pursuits and survival adventure specialists.

Their activities are tailor-made to suit individuals, couples, families, corporate and all other groups. They offer experiences that you'll remember for a lifetime.

When was the last time you tried something for the first time? They have an exhilarating range of activities including clay pigeon shooting, 4x4 off-road driving, military survival adventures and skid pan control. Or test your hand with crossbows, archery, axe, knife or spear throwing, to name but a few.

Their exclusive location on the stunning Elveden Estate provides the perfect setting for your day. With a restaurant, tearoom, country inn, food-hall and home and garden shops you are guaranteed a very warm welcome from the Team at Explore 4x4.

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