You’ll never be bored in Suffolk
Festivals, Markets & County Shows
Whether it’s a local farmers market, food festival, music festival or country show, there’s always something going on in Suffolk for you to enjoy. Go to the “What’s on“ section for some more ideas.
Why not combine a stay in the lodge with a visit to a local music festival. There is an array of festivals on during the summer months including Folk East, Latitude and Jimmy’s Farm festival. Or come and visit during one of the Suffolk show weekends and see the best of Suffolk food farming and agricultural heritage.
Alternatively, visit one of the food festivals or local farmers markets held in various villages and towns throughout Suffolk. Make sure to purchase some local produce to cook up a feast on the barbecue back at the lodge.
Suffolk is increasingly gaining a reputation as one of the best places In the UK to enjoy top quality food and drink. Its history of farming, fishing and brewing means it has all the right ingredients.
Hadleigh and the surrounding area have a fine array of eating options, whether you’re looking for Michelin star dining, a nice local restaurant, or a quaint country pub, there is something for everyone. Below we have listed a few of our favourites:
- The Marquis, Hadleigh
- The Jet Lounge, Hadleigh
- The Swan, Lavenham
- Le Talbooth
- The Bildeston Crown
- The Crown, Stoke By Nayland
- The Boathouse, Dedham
- Bell Inn, Kersey
- Hall Farm, Dedham
Afternoon Tea & Cafes
There are some lovely local tea rooms to visit, many of which can be combined with a local walk to help build up the appetite. They all offer superb homemade cakes and cream teas as well as light bites/lunch options. Many have local farm shops and gift shops attached. If you wish to combine afternoon tea with a spa, again there are lots of local options. The Swan at Lavenham and Hintelsham Hall are both popular choices with guests.
Hadleigh has a nice selection of unique clothing boutiques and craft shops. Long Melford and Lavenham are famous for their array of antique shops. Suffolk Food Hall and Hollow Trees Farm shop offer an array of local produce. Dedham Art and Craft Centre has 3 floors of more than 60 Artisans. Colchester and Bury St Edmunds offer a greater selection of shops and for the really serious shopper, there’s Westfield Stratford or Freeport in Braintree, both about an hour away.
There are so many options for day or afternoon trips. Long Melford and Lavenham are definitely worth a visit. Dedham Vale and Flatford Mill, immortalised by John Constable, offer beautiful days out. Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings with its internationally renowned concert hall can be combined into one day trip – Framingham and Woodbridge, both historic market towns, also make for nice days out. As do Bury St Edmunds and Norwich.
If you have time, a visit to the Suffolk coast is well worth it, with both Felixstowe, Aldeburgh and Southhold offering lots of traditional beach side fun and of course some great fish and chips. Mersea Island: with its cute village, harbour and great seafood restaurants, takes you back in time.
There are loads of walks and cycle paths suitable for kids. Go fruit picking at the local farm, or hire a canoe or row boat on the river Stour. paddle and picnic in the river at Dedham, catch crabs at Walberwick or visit the lovely sea side resorts close by.
There are also some fabulous farms in the area. Jimmy’s Farm and Easton Farm Park are both popular choices, with animal feeding, playgrounds, tractor and horse rides. Hollow Trees nearby has a brilliant farm trail with various play stations and tree swings. Colchester Zoo is also worth a visit – make sure you get to feed the giraffes and elephants.
For the adventurous youngsters, Suffolk Leisure Park and Alton Water offer lots of high energy activities including sledging, water assault courses, high-ropes and a driving range. Go Ape at Thetford is also popular with guests and only about an hour away.
Kids Wet Weather
It rarely rains in Suffolk, but if it does, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained. There is a local trampoline park, tenpin bowling, laser quest, roller discos, soft play and swimming centres. There are plenty of options locally for cinema and theatre trips. Most of the beach resorts have plenty of wet weather options as do many of the local towns and cities. There is a lovely centre at Kersey Mill where you can try your hand at a variety of craft activities.
Walking and Cycling
We have an abundance of great walking and cycling routes, on our doorstep. Whether it’s a gentle stroll combined with a lunch stop or a full days walk, there is something for everyone. From coastal paths to forest trails and peaceful village strolls the Suffolk countryside provides some stunning options for you to explore. We provide a selection of walking and cycling routes in each lodge.
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