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Easter Eggs

Find the Easter Eggs on a virtual tour of Suffolk

As we find ourselves in strange times and unable to travel, we thought for this Easter, we would bring some of the best parts of Suffolk to you and with the added fun of a virtual egg hunt too.  Discover some of the interesting history of the towns and villages as you take an armchair tour through Suffolk.  See if you can find the small yellow egg hidden along the way!
Lavenham GuildhallLavenham Guildhall

Step back in time in Lavenham

Lavenham is nestled in the heart of the Suffolk countryside.  The fine timber-framed building and majestic church are a nod back to the medieval times when Lavenham was one of the wealthiest towns in the country.

The wealth was built upon the wool trade where it was flaunted with the construction of magnificent buildings.  Unfortunately the wealth declined due to increased taxes and the Dutch refugees in nearby Colchester who began weaving a cheaper and more fashionable cloth.

Today, you may think you have stepped back in time because many of these magnificent buildings have survived.  As the town lost its wealth the buildings were not upgraded to brick and remained as they were in the 15th century.

Fortunately, the town is thriving again with restaurants, boutique shops, holiday cottages and hotels. 

A guided tour is a must to find out more about the fascinating history behind the buildings along with the people who lived and worked here.

Nearby is the historic town of Bury St Edmunds (see below) and the village of Long Melford.  If you fancy a good walk the later can be reached on foot via long distance footpaths, or if you intend to stay a while, which is highly recommended, it is only a short distance by car.  Long Melford has two historic houses, Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall, both majestic in their own rights with stunning architecture, a diary full of events and glorious gardens.

Bury St Edmunds, saints, shopping and film stars

We defy anyone to not be enchanted by the beautiful, historic town of Bury St Edmunds.  Overlooked by St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the town goes about its daily life in a graceful way but with an underlying buzz of cultural activity and pride in itself.

The town, in a normal year, plays host to festivals and fairs and prides itself on giving visitors a memorable stay.  The Angel Hotel, who proudly boasts Charles' Dickens as one of its guests sits overlooking the Abbey.  It was in front of this Hotel and other landmarks throughout the town that the new film, The Personal life of David Copperfield, was filmed, with Dev Patel as David Copperfield.

The ancient Abbey is now just ruins, but gives you an insight into how large and reputable the monastery was.  This year, 2020, the Abbey celebrates its 1000th year anniversary.

Throughout the town there are gestures to King Edmund, the Saint the town take its name from.  From wrought iron crowns to a howling wolf, the story of the saint can be found running through the soul of the town. 

With history around every corner, there's also plenty of independent cafes, restaurants and shops around every corner too.

 St Edmund at his martyrdom (c) Shawn Pearce

Newmarket - home of horseracing

Newmarket, a town that is home to over 3000 horses!  

You can't help but notice horses are everywhere in this historic town, they even have their own 'horse crossings' to allow them (and their jockeys) access to the stables and gallops.

It was royalty that bought the horses to the town.  Back in the early 1600's King James 1 came to Newmarket to hunt and loved the openess of the area.  He decided this would be his holiday location and gradually bought property in the town in which to stay.

Gradually more and more courtiers came to the area and they too bought and built houses in and around the town.  King James 1's son, King Charles 11 followed his father and his love of horses and racing and built his palace.  The remnants of this, now called Palace House, have been incorporated into Newmarket’s National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. 

Throughout the years from King James 1's first visit, Newmarket started to build its reputation for the breeding and racing of thoroughbred horses and now is fondly known as the 'headquarters' of world racing. 

horses in NewmarketYoung horses in Newmarket

Ipswich - the town with plenty of history and heritage

Ipswich has been continuously occupied since the Saxon period and vies for the position as one of the oldest towns in the UK. 

The town was built upon its historical dock, close to the North Sea.  The dock is now a fashionable waterfront area with restaurants, bars and the Salthouse Harbour Hotel, with its unique and quirky interior.  It is also a great viewing platform to watch the yachts with a cocktail in hand.

Ipswich prides itself as being the cultural hub for the county with several theatres, including the New Wolsey Theatre and studios along with the national Jerwood Dance House, home of Dance East.  Here world class performances by both new and experienced dancers of national and international reputation can be seen. 

A tour of the town will reveal the historic connections the town has with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.  He was born in the town with a humble start in life, yet became one of the most powerful men in Tudor England. 

Ipswich WaterfrontEnjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Ipswich Waterfront

Coastal villages and towns

Dotted along the coast in Suffolk are villages and towns, with some amazing stories and history behind them.

Lowestoft boasts sandy beaches and traditional seaside fun, along with being the most easterly point in Britain.  This ensures everyone in the town gets to see the sun rise before the rest of the country.

Some villages have over time fallen victim to sea.  At Dunwich, the old village is now under water and it is said the bells of the old church can still be heard pealing.

The village of Walberswick has an array of individually architect designed houses.  One of the houses was even moved here from Lavenham and rebuilt.  The beach and crabbing here make it a favourite place for families.

Further down the coast is the seaside town of Felixstowe with its family attractions and Landguard Fort, built to defend the port of Harwich, and now an English Heritage attraction open to public.  

image of beach huts and beach in LowestoftLowestoft beach on a sunny day

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