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5 Attractions to visit this summer in Suffolk

Many of us will be staying at home this summer and this provides the perfect opportunity for short breaks and days out in the beautiful county of Suffolk.  There are plenty of exciting attractions to explore.  You may be looking for some family fun, some quiet gardens to mooch around or throwing caution to the wind and getting lost in a maze!  



Located in the market town of Stowmarket, in the heart of Suffolk, is the 75 acre Museum of East Anglian Life.

Here you can be on your own and enjoy the outdoors as you wander around the various exhibits, buildings and workshops in this fascinating museum that tells the tale of life in East Anglia.   

There's Heritage Farm, with East Anglian rare breeds, an orchard and the Farm Barn.  You will also be able to see the Alton Watermill, Great Moulton Chapel, the wind pump and take a beautiful river and nature walk before heading back to see the Gypsy caravans before some well-earned refreshments in the cafe. 

Tractor at Museum of East Anglian LifeWorking at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket

2. Southwold Maize Maze

Southwold Maize Maze is an award winning 'Good to Go' attraction and opens on 25th July 2020.

Apparently, there is a key to finding the way out of a maze but that's a well kept secret, see if you can work it out.  There are two mazes to get lost in, the main maze has a nature theme & the mini maze is shaped as a rainbow to honour the NHS & their amazing hard work during this year's pandemic.

The Cafe serves a delicious selection of seasonal and locally sourced food and has plenty of seating both inside and out.  Picnic boxes are also available to order in advance to take all the hassle out of a day out.  The attraction is dog friendly so if you are not exhausted from being in the maze, there are some wilderness walking trails through the nearby marshes to take your four-legged friend for an adventure too.  There's even an old converted horse box where kids will love getting their ice cream.

It is recommended to book for the maze in advance.

3. Africa Alive!

For a truly memorable day out, book your tickets to see the African animals at Africa Alive! 

In a relaxed setting you can wander around the vast Zoo and be entertained by over 80 different species of mammals, birds and reptiles.  Children will love interacting with the animals and will be able to learn more about their natural habitats, what is their favourite food and where they come from.

One of the absolute 'must do' things whilst at the zoo is to go to one of the displays that take place throughout the day.  These are a great way to see a variety of animals in action including a milky eagle owl, guinea fowl, crested porcupine and some of their adorable pygmy goats! 

The lions at Africa Alive! 

4. Kentwell Hall

Kentwell Hall is one of the gems of Suffolk.  A beautiful tudor house set in parkland and gardens.

A stroll around the gardens is an ideal way to spend a summers day enjoying the peace and quiet and getting away from the stresses of everyday life.  However, you may want a little more from your visit and Kentwell wont disappoint.

There are several events taking place throughout the summer, with living history days and a chance to experience Kentwell through the ages.

Like many attractions, you will need to book to visit in advance.

Living History day at Kentwell HallTake a step back in time at one of Kentwell's Living History Days

5. Jimmy's Farm and Wildlife Park

Just outside Ipswich, along the country lanes, you will find Jimmys Farm and Wildlife Park which describes itself as the place for free-range adventure.

On  the farm and wildlife park you will be able to see reindeer, meerkats and farm yard favourites to name just a few.

The farm shop is well stocked with a range of local food and drink and there are other shops on the site too including clothing and gift stores. With so much to see and explore, the farm is a firm favourite with all ages, not least the children, who'll love all the space to run around.

Piglets at Jimmy's Farm (c) Alex HealingPiglets at Jimmy's Farm

We want you to enjoy your day out in Suffolk so it's always a good idea to check websites before you go.  You may need to book in advance and also check to see if there are any other special requirements that may be in place for your visit.

Most of all, respect, protect and enjoy our beautiful county and if it's your first visit, we hope it will be the first of many.


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