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8 Ways to spend Valentines Day in Suffolk

Treat your loved one to some treats in Suffolk this Valentine's day.  Forget the roses and make chocolates together, eat fish and chips on the beach or dinner down on the farm.  It doesn't have to be all candles and fizz but we have got that too!
valentinesEnjoy Valentines Day in Suffolk

Get whisked away to Newmarket

Whisk your loved one away for a romantic Valentine’s getaway at Bedford Lodge and indulge in a Lovers Paradise Break in their 5 bubble rated spa. Make your Valentine feel extra special with a luxurious overnight stay, dinner, bed and breakfast.

Whilst you are in Newmarket, make the most of your visit and take a Discover Newmarket tour of the National Stud, you may be lucky enough to see some of the foals that will have recently been born at the stud.

If you fancy being a jockey, grasp the reins and jump on the racehorse simulator at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, situated in the centre of the town, you may find it's not quite as easy as it looks.  There's plenty of exhibitions, paintings and sporting art at the centre and you will soon discover the amazing history behind this town that is home to over 3000 horses.

make chocolates

Learn a new skill together and visit a chocolate workshop. Instead of buying chocolates for the love of your life this year, get some friends together and learn how to make them instead.  On a chocolate workshop at the Chocolate Cafe - Cocoa Mama in the historic town of Eye in the heart of Suffolk, you can learn how to temper chocolate, hand-roll cream truffles, dip pralines, mould chocolate fondants and decorate your own chocolate treats.    

The Chocolate Cafe, as well as selling their handmade luxury chocolates, serves up light lunches and fresh home made cakes and scones, alongside delicious coffees, mochas and hot chocolate melts.  Treats don't get any better.

image of Cafe Chocolate EyeUp for a challenge? Try making your own chocolates.

shopping and afternoon tea with fizz in Bury St Edmunds

Take a romantic stroll through the Abbey Gardens in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds.  The gardens are renowned for their displays thoughout the year and on Valentines the spring bulbs will be starting to show their heads.  This year, 2020, Bury St Edmunds is celebrating the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund by King Canute 1000 years ago so there are plenty of reasons to return and join in the celebrations throughout the year.

The town prides itself on the range of independent shops, so have a good browse around before taking a well-earned break in the Angel Hotel.  Here you can treat yourselves to a delicious afternoon tea with fizz and maybe even stay the night.

The Angel Hotel is staying in the romatic mood for the whole of the month of February, so you can take your romantic break whenever you fancy. 

Angel Hotel eaterie The Eaterie at The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds

Enjoy fish and chips on the beach

Pack a picnic rug, blanket and a flask of something warm and head to the Suffolk coast for fish and chips. Enjoy your meal sitting on the beach at Aldeburgh or Felixstowe, watching the sea.  You can write your valentine a message with pebbles on the beach.
Aldeburgh coastline (c) Visit England / Diana Jarvis 

Have a candlelit dinner on the river orwell

Enjoy a candlelit dinner whilst sailing along the River Orwell aboard the Allen Gardiner.

The cruise leaves from the historic waterfront in Ipswich and the 3 hour dinner cruise takes you down to the port of Felixstowe before returning back.

Whilst being warmed by the cosy fire, the crew will serve you drinks and a delicious meal using local Suffolk produce.  


Take a Short break in Ipswich

Have a romantic break in Ipswich. Spend the day exploring this historic town, visiting museums and galleries.  There's still time to catch the Ed Sheeran exhibition, Made in Suffolk at Christchurch Mansion.

Take time to discover the several independent and boutique shops, along with some superb bars and cafes in The Saints, then head to the Salthouse Harbour Hotel on the waterfront.  Book your stay and a bottle of Champagne and chocolates will await your arrival, followed by afternoon tea, dinner in their award-winning Eaterie and a full breakfast the next morning.  

The Saltouse Harbour Hotel in Ipswich, Suffolk View from one of the bedrooms at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel

Have dinner on the Pier

Ok, so it may be cold but wrap up warm and head out along the Southwold Pier to the Boardwalk restaurant.  You'll soon warm up whilst sipping cocktails in the Pier View Bar before a delicious three course meal listening to the waves crashing below. 

Southwold Pier Have a valentines meal on the pier

Head down to the farm

Jimmy's Farm, can be found just outside Ipswich.  For their Valentine celebrations they are offering a wonderful night of food and romance in their beautiful converted barn.

  The animals on the farm and wildlife area will all be tucked up for the night so maybe make a date in your diary to come back another time in daylight.  You wont be disappointed, there are so many different breeds to see as you wander through the paths and woodlands.  Bring your friends and family too and browse the farm shop, cafe and other retail outlets. 


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