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BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy, Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee and Terry Hunt, Editor of the East Anglian Daily Times, have spent weeks sifting through the thousands of suggestions of the top 50 things to do in Suffolk. Here are the final 50 they decided upon (and as Mark Murphy said, it could easily have been a top 100):
Helmingham Hall Gardens (c) Visit EnglandHelmingham Hall Gardens near Stowmarket made it onto the top 50 list
Photo (c) Visit England

See a Suffolk Punch horse (and where better to do this than at the Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley?)

Take a look around the Suffolk Regiment Museum in Bury St Edmunds

Watch Ipswich Town Football Club play at home

Go to the Suffolk Show

Visit Leiston

Go wildlife-watching at RSPB Minsmere

Swim at the Beccles Lido

See the sunrise at Britain’s most easterly point, in Lowestoft

Explore Framlingham Castle

Laze in the sunshine in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds

Look out from the viewpoint at Felixstowe

Discover the mysteries of Orford Ness

Visit Thorpeness, with its fairytale houses and meare

Walk the Scores trail, a self-guided heritage walk in Lowestoft

Attend the annual Thumb Wrestling World Championships in Lowestoft

Enjoy the weird and wonderful at Southwold Pier

Eat the best fish and chips in the world at Aldeburgh

Take part in the Suffolk Walking Festival,

Watch powerboat racing at Oulton Broad

Meet Mabel the owl at Christchurch Park in Ipswich

Listen to music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds

Get stuck into all things pea-related at the Peasenhall Pea Festival,

Have a pint in The Nutshell pub in Bury St Edmunds

Go crabbing in Walberswick

Experience the life of a miller at the Tide Mill in Woodbridge

Crabbing in Walberswick (c) Simon JamesSuffolk's much-loved pastime, crabbing, is also one of the top 50 things to do
Photo (c) Simon James

Enjoy a pint of local beer, from Adnams or a microbrewery like the Old Cannon

Visit Covehithe beach

Walking along the Sudbury Water Meadows, which are a startlingly rich source of wildlife

Watch the gallops at Newmarket

Discover maritime history in the sailor’s reading room in Southwold

Visit the ancient village of Hoxne

Watch a film at the Electric Picture Palace in Southwold

Visit Flixton Air Museum

Ride the Mid Suffolk Light Railway

Visit Lavenham

Explore the Suffolk Broads

The East Anglia Transport Museum near Lowestoft

Walk from Snape Maltings to Iken

Watch the Rock N’ Roll Panto at the New Wolsey Theatre

Listen to folk music at FolkEast

Visit Helmingham Hall gardens and tearooms

Relax at the Butt and Oyster pub at Pin Mill

Get a Backstage Past – Access all Eras pass at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds

Visit Shingle Street

See Flatford Mill, and while you’re there check out Flatford Bridge Cottage

Do the UFO Walk at Rendlesham Forest

Walk or cycle around Alton Water

Spend the day at Sutton Hoo

Take in the sounds of Ipswich Music Day


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