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Explore Suffolk virtually from your sofa

It's a strange time we are living in, normally Suffolk would be welcoming people from around the globe and showing off with pride the amazing places to visit and see. 

We didn't want everyone to miss out and as we cannot leave our houses and be entertained, we have decided to bring some Suffolk to you, virtually. 

Sit back and see what's happening.

Alde Valley Spring Festival is now onlineMaggi Hambling. Cormorant with struggling fish, 2020 (c) Doug Atfield

Alde Valley Spring Festival - On a Turning Wing

The Alde Valley Spring Festival is now on until 30th June and has moved online.  It is usually based at a small farm in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley on the Suffolk Coast.
For this year, the theme of the Festival is 'On a Turning Wing - a Celebration of Birds, Flight and Migration'.  It is with amazing adaptation, much of the festival programme is now online.  This has enabled the festival to bring the importance of celebratring food, farming, landscape and the arts to you to enjoy in the safety of your homes.

The exhibition features works by 12 Guest Artists that explore the theme of “On a Turning Wing” – including a magnificent new painting “Cormorant with struggling fish, 2020” by Maggi Hambling.  Maggi Hambling is one of Suffolk's famous artists, one of her most notable pieces being The Scallop sculpture on Aldeburgh beach.

 Other areas of the festival to enjoy include the Open Studios where you can view artisan makers.  These makers would normally be in residence throughout the Festival demonstrating and having workshops.  You can browse their 'stalls' and a selection of their work is also for sale.

 Definitely not to missed are the beautiful poems, sharing the theme of the Festival and the current crisis.

Sit back and enjoy the Festival as often as you like.  

White House Farm home of The Alde Valley Spring FestivalWhite House Farm, the home of The Alde Valley Spring Festival (c) Jason Gathorne-Hardy

You can still see the animals at Africa Alive!

Africa Alive! is one of Suffolk's top attractions and the animals are probably wondering where all the friendly visitors have gone.

The animals can't see you but you can keep tabs on how they are getting on with their regular films updates with the keepers and animals.

The Zoo's facebook page is also full of activities for children, competitions to win a beautiful hand built Zebra Canoe along with plenty of other ways to support.  Get ready with the kids to view Africa Alive! on Facebook.

The rare baby King Colobus at Africa Alive! zoo in SuffolkA rare baby King Colobus born at Africa Alive!

Watch life on the farm at Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park on the Suffolk Coast are sharing films of their life on the farm.  You can see the cute newborn animals and watch the daily goings on of the stockman.  

The Farm Park is a Suffolk family favourite and they will be looking forward to opening the barn doors and welcoming everyone as soon as they can.  Catch up with them all for now on their Facebook page 

Easton Farm ParkLook forward to tractor rides at Easton Farm Park

Delve into Ickworth from home

Ickworth House is the National Trust's Italian palace in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, set in beautiful gardens and parkland.  

The stories behind this magnificent building take you back to the 15th century and the Hervey family, each of whom led interesting and varied lives.  Read and learn how this family's tenacious spirit helped to shape the house to how it is today.   

Virtually explore the grounds and the collection of treasures, you will feel as if you really are there.

Image of Ickworth HouseIckworth House, an Italian palace in the heart of Suffolk

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