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50 ways to celebrate Suffolk Day

We are looking forward to the first ever Suffolk Day on Wednesday, 21st June 2017.

This will be a day to celebrate all the wonderful things Suffolk is known for: beautiful landscapes; a vibrant arts scene; world-class cultural heritage; a growing reputation as 'The Foodie County' (and all the delicious local produce and talent that entails); an impressive stock of top-notch holiday accommodation; and of course friendly people, known for their warmth and hospitality.

We have compiled a list of 50 great things to do in the county, to celebrate Suffolk Day...

The Swan Hotel in Lavenham (c) The Swan at Lavenham
The Swan Hotel in Lavenham (c) The Swan at Lavenham

1. Watch the solstice sunrise from Ness Point in Lowestoft, Britain's most easterly spot

2. Eat free range pork sausages from Blythburgh for breakfast

3. Take an early morning walk amongst the emerging heather on Dunwich Heath

4. Cruise along the River Orwell on an historic Thames barge

5. Visit Alder Carr farm shop to buy Suffolk honey

6. Look out for Bitterns at RSPB Minsmere on the Suffolk coast

7. Watch beautiful thoroughbred racehorses as they exercise at the gallops in Newmarket

8. Eat fish and chips in Aldeburgh (smothered in Suffolk-made Stokes Ketchup!)

9. Gather your friends together in a country pub to sample some Suffolk ale

10. Take the children to walk barefoot on Felixstowe beach and paddle in the waves

Newmarket gallops (c) Visit England
Newmarket gallops (c) Visit England
11. Listen to Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill....
 
12. ...and then visit Framlingham Castle
 
13. Take a tour of the Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmunds
 
14. Bike through the forest on the Poachers Cycling Trail, starting from Brandon Country Park
 
15. Visit the Suffolk Food Hall for their Suffolk Day Spectacular event
 
16. Speak with a Suffolk dialect for the day with the help of Charlie Haylock’s book Sloightly On Th' Huh
 
 
18. Visit Helmingham Hall's Grade I listed garden and breathe deeply in the scented rose garden
 
19. Take a guided walk around medieval Lavenham with a Blue Badge guide
 
20. Buy a genuine 'Made in Suffolk' souvenir from a local artisan
Framlingham Castle (c) Rod Edwards
Framlingham Castle (c) Rod Edwards

21. Go sailing at Alton Water on the Shotley Peninsula

22. Swing through the trees at Go Ape in Thetford Forest

23. Travel by train to Manningtree Station and then explore Constable Country on foot

24. Spot wildlife at a Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve

25. Walk through the cool cloisters in Bury St Edmunds and admire the elegant architecture of the cathedral

26. Visit the birthplace of Suffolk artist Thomas Gainsborough in Sudbury

27. Walk through Wyken Hall vineyard near Bury St Edmunds and stop for lunch at the Leaping Hare restaurant

28. Visit Tudor Kentwell Hall in Long Melford and wander through the hall, gardens and farm

29. Stay in an American Airstream for a spot of Suffolk glamping

30. Visit a Suffolk farm shop and pack a picnic made with Suffolk produce

Flatford Mill, Suffolk ©ShowCapture
 Flatford Mill, Suffolk ©ShowCapture

31. By a free range Sutton Hoo chicken and cook it for dinner with seasonal, locally grown vegetables

32. Find a shady spot outside and enjoy a glass of chilled Aspall's organic cyder

33. Indulge in some old-fashioned family fun and visit Southwold Pier

34. Take a cooling dip and go wild water swimming....

35. ….or swim in the Beccles Lido

36. Say 'hello' to a Kune Kune pig at Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm

37. Read the paper in the Southwold Sailors' Reading Room

38. Browse artwork by John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough and other artists at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich

39. Play a round of golf at one of Suffolk's golf courses

40. Indulge in a spa treatment at Clarice House in Ipswich

Crankenstein game (c) Rod Edwards
Crankenstein at Southwold Pier (c) Rod Edwards

41. Take a tour of the National Stud in Newmarket  then visit the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and British Sporting Art

42. Visit Snape Maltings on the River Alde, browse the shops and galleries and have lunch in the cafe

43. Walk in the footsteps of medieval travellers along the coast, as part of the Aldeburgh Festival season

44. Travel to Africa in Suffolk and go on a walking safari at Africa Alive!

45. Explore the Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo and learn about one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time

46. Sit on Dunwich Beach and look out to sea towards the watery resting place of what was once a city larger than London!

47. Enjoy a special Suffolk Day menu at the Swan at Lavenham or the Crown at Woodbridge

48. Eat your way around Suffolk! (And tweet about it using #TheFoodieCounty)

49. Have a Suffolk pint at Britain's smallest pub, The Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds and explore the great things there are to do in the town

50. If you are not in Suffolk on Suffolk Day, make a cup of tea and browse our series of You.Unplugged Suffolk films – then plan your visit to our county!

This list is for things you can do on Wednesday, 21st June. For more ideas of other things to do on other day, please see our article on the top 50 things to do in Suffolk, as voted by the general public.

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