20 Great Days Out In Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 15:52 22 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:53 20 February 2013

There's no need to sit around feeling bored this summer, not when there is so much to do and see around the county. Kate Hird has suggestions to keep all the family occupied

Western Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa, nearWoodbridge, offering a very good test. All theirfacilities are open to non-residents/members soeveryone is welcome. For keen golfers there is the18 hole, par 71, championship golf course pricesstart from only 9 for 9 holes!) or you can visit theDoctorgolf Academy for a lesson, practice in thetwo-storey floodlit driving range special prices forschool children available during the week and freeclub hire too. Theres also the American GolfSuperstore.

For those wanting some me time a trip to theUfford Park Spa might be in-order with centralhydro-pool surrounded by mineral grotto, aromasteam room, soft sauna, foot spas, feature showers,ice fountain and relaxation zone. Personaltreatments are also available using Babor, St Tropezand Jessica products. Got the children with you -then how about a visit to the 15M deck levelswimming pool family day passes alwaysavailable.

n www.uffordpark.co.uk0844 477 1825

Fancy a relaxed day or some sporting fun in thepark? The Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds caterfor all, whether thats a leisurely tour of thehistoric cathedral, picnic amongst the Abbey ruinsand flower gardens or, if youre feeling more awake,why not rent a tennis court for the afternoon, andreward yourself with an ice cream afterwards. Foryoung children, the newly renovated play area ismust do this summer.

n St Edmundsbury Cathedralwww.stedscathedral.co.uk01284 748720n The Abbey Gardenswww.stedmundsbury.gov.ukTourist information 01284 763233

Wyken Vineyards has all the ingredients for aperfect summer day out. Stroll through the ancientwood to the vineyards and explore the beautifulformal gardens of the Elizabethan manor houseand maybe on the way you will encounter somellamas. Browse the mix of treasures in the LeapingHare shop then sample the local wines in theatmospheric restaurant, winner of the EastAnglian Daily Times Restaurant of the Year. TheFarmers Market is every Saturday with a greatrange of local produce including homemade bread,cheeses and meat.n www.wykenvineyards.co.ukRestaurant: 01359 250287Shop: 01359 250262

Fancy a trip back in time? Kentwell Hall, a Tudormansion, offers a unique Tudor experience:taking you back to 1553 through a day of the dress,speech, food, drink, music, dance, crafts, activities,pleasures from the period. Excellent for childrenbut enjoyable for all, the estate also featuresextensive gardens and a rare breed farm. Thewebsite has details of summer open-airperformances.n www.kentwell.co.uk 01787 310207

For all those ale drinkers out there, Greene King inBury St Edmunds, the leading brewery in the UK, isan interesting and refreshing experience andfeatures a museum looking at the history ofbrewing, an art deco brewhouse built in 1938 andguided tours running from Monday to Sunday.Highlights include the best view of the town fromthe roof and sampling the different beers in theirBrewery Tap bar. There is also a shop where youcan buy as much ale as you can carry!n www.greeneking.co.uk01284 763222 Tours 01284 714297

Everyone loves to dress up a bit sometimes andtheres no place better to be seen than NewmarketRaces this summer. As well as the exhilaratingthrill of placing a winning bet, you can wine anddine in the exclusive marquees or soak up theatmosphere among the county set. Race days are onSaturdays, but the renowned Newmarket Fridaynights series stages big names and promises a greatnight for all. Whilst in the headquarters of racingin the UK, why not visit the National Stud, afascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse intothoroughbred breeding or take one of many toursoffered by the National Horseracing Museum,including watching the horses training, meetingthe trainer, a look at the equine swimming pool, atown tourthe list goes on!n www.newmarketracecourses.co.ukTickets/Nights 0844 579 3010n www.nationalstud.co.ukTours 01638 666789n www.nhrm.co.ukMuseum and tours 01638 667333

Are the kids driving you mad from summer holidayboredom? Take them to newly-opened Curvemotionin Bury St Edmunds; a fun-packed indoor centrehosting the largest play area in East Anglia withroller disco, frames, mega slides and party areas.Open every day, whether you are a beginner,improver, child or adult, lessons are available forevery level. Party bookings also available.n www.curvemotion.com 01284 765168

Have you ever pondered who lived in an old house and whatthey did? On Auguwst 11 in Bury St Edmunds you can findout on a Who lived here? tour. Letting you in on how pastresidents contributed to the town. For just 6.50 you also get adrink at the award winning Angel Hotel on Angel Hill.n www.stedmundsbury.gov.uk01284 764667

If you are a bit strapped for cash this summer, the Bury StEdmunds Free Childrens Festival this August is just the dayout for family fun. Set in the Abbey Gardens there will bearts, crafts, music, sports and activities. Who could say no toall that for nothing?n www.stedmundsbury.gov.uk01284 757088

Get active at Alton Water in Stutton on the Shotley peninsula.Taking your bikes or hiring some to cycle around thereservoir is the best way to take in the lake and itssurrounding countryside and wildlife. Or, take to the waterfrom the largest and most active RYA training centre in EastAnglia where you can hire sailing boats, rowing boats,windsurfers or canoes. Have a bite to eat in the friendly cafor picnic on the grassy banks after your exertions.n www.altonwater.co.uk01473 328408n www.altoncyclehire.co.uk01473 328873

Ickworth House, the Georgian Italianate palace near Bury StEdmunds is a National Trust treasure. With its renownedcollection of paintings, portraits and furniture in the houseand idyllic grounds with woodland walks, bike trails, walledgardens and a vineyard. There is so much going on, check theevents on the website for details of kids days, theatreperformances, nature rambles, bat walks and more. Thelatest attraction Ickworth Lives brings to life the story ofthe people who worked there 100 years ago.n Beta.nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth01284 735270

Take a walk on the wild side this summer at KnettishallHeath Country Park and bring your four legged friend as itsthe perfect place for dog walking. The rugged mix ofbreckland, heathland and woodland makes for a excellentvaried walk. A network of circular, waymarked trails helpyou to explore the different habitats of the country park. Onyour travels you may see the wild Exmoor ponies and theancient burial mound.n www.brecks.org01842 765400

What better to do in the sunshine than visit a stunninggarden? Recapture the spirit of the golden age of walledgardens at the historic Langham Herb Garden. The 3.5 acregarden is divided in two; one side is ornamental and theother is a productive commercial kitchen garden. Anotherenchanting garden is Fullers Mill Garden by the River Larkat West Stow. Seven acres of woodland and a paradise of rareplants. Summer highlights include the Top Garden with itsromantic scene of silver and purple. Please not that dogs arenot permitted.n www.langhamherbs.co.uk07772 457063n www.fullersmillgarden.org.uk0870 8030248

Henry Watsons Pottery sought-after glazed clay kitchenwareis sold in top department stores worldwide but originates inthe little Suffolk village of Wattisfield. Visit the pottery andkilns to see the Original Suffolk Collection in terracotta,and Charlotte Watsons Country Collection in cream andblack. Enjoy a hot drink in the coffee shop which itself standson the site of the original pottery with records dating back to1734.n www.henrywatson.com01359 251239

On August 13 and 14 take a trip to Rougham Airfield, Bury StEdmunds to see this years Summer Air Display and ClassicCar Show, the biggest show ever staged at the airfield. Watchin wonder at the fantastic displays and classic warbirds suchas the Spitfire, Hurricane, Mustang and Sally B. Also on siteare classic cars, fun fairs, food and drink. Saturday night willfeature an authentic 1940s dance with live music. The eventpromises to be memorable.n www.roughamairfield.org01359 270524

For a bit of culture head to Smiths Row art gallery in Bury StEdmunds. The Suffolk Showcase exhibition is open everyday in August featuring art work from Suffolk-based artistsand makers and promises a diversity of styles. Spot theartistic talent and see if you can identify the winner like atrue art critic.n www.smithsrow.org01284 762081

Discover regional heritage at the Museum of East Anglianlife, Stowmarket and have a stimulating family day out whileyou are at it. The Steam and Craft Weekend on August 13 and14 will have locally-owned steam traction engines in actionaround the site plus craftspeople from around the areademonstrating a variety of crafts and techniques with thechance for visitors to have a go. Children will enjoy meetingthe farm animals, exploring the old water mill and riding onthe traditional gypsy wagons.n eastanglianlife.org.uk01449 612229

Have you been meaning to get rid of all that junk in thegarage? Well now is the time to do something about it.Woolpits giant carboot sale is a Suffolk secret thats worthexploring if you can get up early enough to catch thebargains.n Every Sunday in summer at Bridge Farm, Woolpit,IP30 9PQ.01284 386228

Walsham le Willows annual extravaganza the Open GardensWeekend draws many visitors over the Bank Holidayweekend of 28 and 29 August with 30 open gardens, creamteas, entertainment, art, crafts, produce, plants and muchmore.n walshamopengardens.com01284 704546

Head to Halesworth for the annual Gig in the Park. Now in its14th year, the event, which takes place on August 5 to 7,promises to be the biggest and best ever. Gig in the Parkprides itself on an eclectic mix of music that is sure to pleaseall members of the family with this years line-up inlcudingsuch diverse delights as The Beat, The Dhol Foundation, MyLittle Cheap Dictaphone and back by enormous publicdemand, Swedish act, Baskery. In addition, expect all theusual festival fringe attractions including a wide variety offood including tacos, waffles, paella, hog roast, ice cream,crushed ices and donuts.n www.giginthepark.co.uk

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