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Westleton Heath in Suffolk (c) Justin Minns

8 Reasons to visit Suffolk in September

Suffolk is the perfect place to get away from it all, to discover natural landscapes, picture postcard villages, seaside towns, and plenty of attractions and things to see and do.  Put these alongside the fresh air and peace and quiet and you have your perfect destination.  Better still, there's no better month to visit than in September.  

The weather in September is mainly warm, making perfect conditions for walking and cycling, sightseeing or just sitting back and relaxing with friends, family or a good book. 

1.wide skies and plenty of open space

Suffolk's landscape is gentle with a mixture of wide open countryside, woodlands and long stretches of coast, and what this gives way to is glorious, expansive skies.

There's nothing better than a visit to the beach at night when they are quiet and restful.  Lie back and listen to the waves and watch the stars.  To de-stress and relax, head into the forest on one of the many trails, take a moment to look up at the trees, take deep breaths and enjoy their beauty or visit one of Suffolk's nature reserves to watch the natural world on it's daily routines.  You will soon start to feel part of the surroundings.

Discover Suffolk's Nature Reserves   

Find peace and quiet in Suffolk

2.BREATHTAKING BEACHES

Pack a picnic full of Suffolk goodies and explore some of Suffolk's best beaches.

There are many beaches that are dog friendly beaches, but just check before you go as dogs are not allowed on some beaches during the summer months.  Generally, you will find it quieter at the beaches during September but this doesn't make them any less fun.  For a simple and fun family day out, build some sandcastles, eat fish and chips out of the bag and delicious ice creams.  

Where are the dog friendly beaches in Suffolk

A Guide to Suffolk Beaches

Aldeburgh coastline (c) Visit England / Diana JarvisColoured houses sit close to the beach in Aldeburgh

3.NATURAL WONDERS

Choosing the 7 natural wonders for Suffolk was no easy feat.  Put together diverse, intriguing and expansive landscapes that stretch across most of the county, together with an extraordinary abundance of unique wildlife and forever-changing flora, it's difficult to condense it down to just 7!.

 

See Suffolk's 7 natural wonders

PinesThe Brecks in Suffolk, one of the 7 wonders, is a popular destination for walking and cycling.

4.SUFFOLK'S LOVE OF HORSES

Suffolk has a long established love of horses dating back centuries. From the naming of the majestic and mighty Suffolk Punch to becoming the home of horseracing. Find out where you can get to see some of the greats of the county.

Find out more about Suffolk's love of horses

get up close to the horses at the National Heritage CentreSee the horses at the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket.

5.walking trails and circular routes

There are many glorious walks in Suffolk, from circular walks along the Suffolk Coast Path to footpaths leading deep into Thetford Forest. Several long distance paths cross Suffolk, including the Angles Way a 77-mile walk connecting the Suffolk Broads to The Brecks. It’s one of the longest way-marked walks in Suffolk, running from Great Yarmouth along the Suffolk/Norfolk border to Knettishall Heath nature reserve.

Bury St Edmunds have regular guided tours around the historic town with friendly guides, who have the Good to Go accreditation, so you know you will be in safe hands.

Find the perfect walk

Couple enjoying a walk in The Abbey Gardens in Bury St EdmundsEnjoy a town walk around Bury St Edmunds and through the Abbey Gardens.

6.CYCLE FOR MILES

Suffolk is a cyclist's paradise with miles of quiet country roads with plenty of places to stop off for a pint or cup of tea.  Whilst enjoying the fresh air, you can enjoy the diversity of the landscape from coast to market towns to forests and heathlands.
 
Take a look at some of the cycling routes in Suffolk and find the ones that best suit your ability.  Find cycle-friendly places to stay, bike rental shops, and cyclists’ favourite pitstops.

Enjoy cycling in Suffolk

Find the cycle route best for you

Cycling in Constable Country (c) Sludge GCycle the Painter's Trail through Constable country.

7.THE FOODIE COUNTY

Suffolk has a reputation as the 'foodie county'. It's a place where food-lovers come to seek out exciting food and drink, innovative restaurants and well-stocked farmers' markets.
  Think fresh fish sold from huts on the beach, smokeries, locally reared meat and fruit and vegetables in abundance.  Not to mention Adnams and Greene King Breweries, vineyards and micro breweries dotted throughout the county. Has that got your taste buds wanting to explore more?

Eat your way around Suffolk

Visit a Suffolk Farmers' market

Vineyards in Suffolk

The best food in Suffolk

Delicious muffins at Sudbury Farmers' MarketTasty muffins at Sudbury Farmers' Market

8.MARKET TOWNS AND PICTURE POSTCARD VILLAGES

Wool towns, market towns and waterfront towns, Suffolk has them all.  Along with picturesque and quintessential english villages.

Probably, one of the most famous villages in the county or even the country is Lavenham in the heart of Suffolk. Built upon the wealth of the wool trade, the medieval buildings still stand strong with many a story to be told from behind their timbered frames.  Wander around the village that has changed little over the hundred's of years and has kept its charm and beauty.  

Ipswich is one of the main towns in the county.  Here you will be able to see many of the great artist, John Constables' work, in Christchurch Mansion, and explore the waterfront with The Salthouse Hotel, bars and restaurants.  Just over an hour from London by train, the town is a perfect place to explore the surrounding area.

Bury St Edmunds sits proudly in the centre of the county with St Edmundsbury Cathedral dominating the skyline.  Independent shops line the medieval streets along with an eating out offer that is second to none.  Stay in The Angel in the centre of the town or choose a self-catering holiday home in one of the surrounding villages. 

The home of horseracing is Newmarket, a peaceful town to explore either on on organised Discover Newmarket tour or by foot.  After a day exploring the history of the town book to stay at the Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa for a relaxing mini-break. 

Over on the Suffolk coast there are the resort towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold along with villages and market towns including Woodbridge.  You will find a variety of independent shops, pubs, restaurants and galleries to browse local artists work.  Take time to explore and fully savour the things that make Suffolk so special.

Explore the Suffolk towns and villages

Woodbridge in SuffolkWoodbridge on the River Deben is a charming town to stay in.

book your accommodation

Take time to relax in Suffolk and choose the perfect place to stay.  You have the choice of boutique hotels, seaside and country cottages, guesthouses, glamping, camping and lakeside lodges.

Find your accommodation

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