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10 things to do on a rainy day in Suffolk

Suffolk is one of the driest counties in the United Kingdom but occasionally, like everywhere on this great island, it does rain.

We don't want your day trip, short break or holiday spoilt because of a little bit of water so we have come up with 10 suggestions where you can head to, have fun and keep dry!

Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge © National TrustSutton Hoo

1. Ipswich Museum

Ipswich Museum, close to the town centre is filled with local Anglo-Saxon artefacts along with relics from Ancient Egypt and spectacular natural history exhibits. The adorable woolly mammoth is always ready to meet you.
Ipswich Museum, Suffolk ©ShowCaptureSee the woolly mammoth at Ipswich Museum

2. Abbeygate Cinema - Bury St Edmunds

Spend an afternoon or evening in the cosy Abbeygate Cinema in Bury St Edmunds. 
This charming cinema with recling seats, shows a mix of arthouse, independent and quality mainstream films.  

With a bar and stylish restaurant there's no need to worry about going outside, you can relax whaterver the weather decides to do.

The cinema is situated in the centre of town with plenty of parking close-by.  Bury St Edmunds offers plenty of shopping opportunities with many independants and high street favourites for when brighter weather appears.  


3. Framlingham Castle

Framlingham Castle is a great place to explore whatever the weather.  
Framlingham CastleFramlingham Castle

4. Easton Farm Park

If it is a little rainy don't be put off visiting Easton Farm Park.  We suggest you pull on your wellies and waterproofs and get outside to meet the many animals who call this home, afterall they don't mind being out in the rain.

Take the 30 acre green trail before heading inside for more activities.  These include a heated indoor play area along with the Barmy Barn cafe for a warming drink and something to eat.

Cow at Easton Farm ParkVisit the animals at Easton Farm Park

5.River Cruise

Being on the water doesn't mean you have to get wet!  You can get away from the weather and take a river cruise in the warm and dry on Orwell Lady.


Orwell Lady River CruisesOrwell Lady River Cruises

6. Anglia Indoor Karting

Is fitness your thing? Let us whet your appetite with many outdoor adventures. Run one of the many races put on by local clubs throughout the year. Sail, surf, kayak and paddle board on Suffolk’s creeks or on open water at Alton Water or Lackford Lakes. Climb The Cragg at Stowmarket. Or try the more difficult cycle routes at High Lodge, Thetford Forest.
Outdoor adventures at Lackford Lakes

7. Somerleyton Hall

There are so many adventures to be had. Take on the high ropes challenge at Go Ape in Thetford Forest (or go on Segway). Step inside one of the biggest laser battling arenas in the country at Planet Laser in Bury St Edmunds. Check out one of the go-karting tracks. Whizz along on dry land at Flo-Ridaz – a hovercraft driving experience in Mendlesham.
Somerleyton HallSomerleyton Hall

8. Christchurch Mansion - Ipswich

Walkers and cyclists alike will love Suffolk's wild and expanse landscapes. Great for outdoor activities, Suffolk sports miles and miles of off-road cycling and quiet country roads await cyclists, with lovely routes including the 69-mile Painters Trail around Constable Country, The Saints cycle around the Bungay area, and the marked paths within Thetford and Rendlesham Forests. Keen walkers will love The Sailor's Path in the Suffolk Coast and Heath's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wherever you stay, you’re never far from a brilliant walk.

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich ©ShowCaptureChristchurch Mansion - Ipswich

9. Ickworth House - Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk is the home of Constable, Gainsborough, Benjamin Britten and more recently, Maggi Hambling. There is a simply enormous arts and culture scene, traversing music, art, theatre, literature and photography. World class facilities includes the Jerwood Dancehouse and Snape Maltings. Top acts regularly appear in Suffolk’s theatres. Then there’s the pull of festivals such as Latitude, and literary events like Slaughter in Southwold.
Image of Ickworth HouseIckworth House - Nr Bury St Edmunds

10. National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art

There are simply too many wonderful places to visit. Beautiful Bury St Edmunds with its independent shops and clutch of award-winning restaurants. Medieval Lavenham (with its links to Harry Potter). Southwold, where you can ‘whack a banker’ on the pier. Boating at Shotley Peninsula. Constable Country in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The list is endless.
National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, NewmarketNational Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art - Newmarket

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This is an article by the EADT and adapted by Visit Suffolk



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