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10 Most unusual attractions in Suffolk

TOP 10 MOST UNUSUAL ATTRACTIONS IN THE UK (WELL, SUFFOLK, ACTUALLY)

Discover 10 hidden and unique attractions, and unusual things to do in Suffolk this season. From Escape Rooms and WWII secrets to befriending our best-loved animals, create your own memories with our cool and fun list of fab family days out in the East of England.

1. LITTLE HALL LAVENHAM

This gem of an attraction is a fine 14th century timber-framed historic house sitting proudly in the main square of one of the most picturesque villages in the country. Little Hall mirrors the changing fortunes of Lavenham during the wool trade and now acts as a shrine to the artistic Gayer-Anderson twin brothers, who shared a common interest as collectors of fine art and unusual artefacts from around the world. Wander through the seven rooms and discover unusual treasures, including exotic Persian panels in the study and an upstairs chamber with its striking crown-post.
Little Hall in Lavenham

Don’t miss: If you’re visiting for a day, consider a pamper session at Temple Spa at The Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa on the high street. Sit in the outdoor jacuzzi and soak in the atmosphere of this truly historic village.

2. JIMMYS FARM

Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park is an award winning wildlife park, rare breeds farm and restaurant in the heart of Suffolk. From pigs to polar bears the park is a centre of excellence for British rare breeds as well as camels, primates, tapir and crocodiles amongst other animals.

Ewa Jimmy’s Farm Suffolk

3. SUFFOLK ESCAPE ROOM

The Suffolk Escape Room is based on a glamping site in Saxmundham on the Suffolk coast. The theme encapsulates the local mystery of UFO sightings at Rendlesham. The mystery: you are a band of determined UFO hunters who have hacked a security base where rumours circulate of unexplained activity. Is this a secret military installation disguised as an abandoned farm complex or are mysterious forces at work? Could this be Britain’s Area 51? A perfect group adventure suitable for ages 10+.

4. WWII ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS CONTROL CENTRE AT BURY ST EDMUNDS GUILDHALL

Discover the fascinating history of Bury St Edmunds Guildhall, dating back nearly 800 years, in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds. Take a journey through time as live re-enactors guide you around the oldest continuously-used civic building in Britain – see the banqueting hall, the Tudor kitchen, the court room and the World War Two Royal Observer Corps Control Centre – the only surviving room of its kind in the country.

5. BAWDSEY RADAR

Bawdsey Radar Transmitter Block is the world’s first, sharing the global story of radar in a new and fascinating museum. Through interactive galleries, it details the origins of radar and how it impacts our daily lives, as well as telling the story of how men and women who worked in top secret developed radar technology that helped win the Battle of Britain in 1940.
Don’t miss: The Boathouse Café is a great pitstop to refresh ahead of beachcombing adventures on Bawdsey Beach (the shortbread is a must!). Oh, they also provide binoculars to indulge in a bit of wildlife from the comfort of your own outdoor dining spot on the balcony.

6. OASIS CAMEL PARK

Set in the Suffolk countryside, a trip to Oasis Camel Park is like no other. It’s the only park in the UK where you can touch and see camels close-up, along with awesome llamas, donkeys, goats and meerkats. And what else is great about this attraction, I hear you say? Things are free once you’re in! From riding a train and cuddling a pet, to hanging out with the extraordinary camel.
You don’t need to go to the desert to ride a camel

7. THE TIDE MILL LIVING MUSEUM

The Tide Mill experience is a unique ‘living’ museum and one of the last surviving working tide mills in the country, located in Woodbridge on the stunning River Deben (a tide mill has been on the site for over 800 years). This iconic, historic building is spread over three floors incorporating CGI imagery, interactive models and audio stations, brought to life by the technical know-how of the millers.
Don’t miss: Explore the Anglo-Saxon treasures of Sutton Hoo or head to the town centre for a deli-style café experience and boutique shopping.
Woodbridge Tide Mill
The scenic Woodbridge Tide Mill

8. FLATFORD WILDLIFE GARDEN

In the historic hamlet of Flatford, on the River Stour, is Flatford Wildlife Garden – a wildlife nature reserve where John Constable used to paint. In this little oasis of calm and tranquillity sits a wildflower meadow and orchard designed to nurture wildlife. Whether you are seeking inspiration or having a family day out, the location is hard to beat – well, Constable thought so! Watch out for family-friendly activities during the school holidays in the heart of Constable Country.

Don’t miss: Wonder through Flatford and visit the National Trust’s John Constable exhibition, which is free to enjoy.

9. Food Museum

Containing over 40,000 items on a 75 acre site, Stowmarket’s Food Museum is one of the grandest open-air museums in Suffolk, consisting of 84 acres of Suffolk countryside, 40,000 objects and 17 buildings for you to explore, plus activities every day exploring growing, making and eating food!
vintage tractor at Museum of East Anglian Life
Bygone days at the Food Museum

10. NATIONAL HORSE RACING MUSEUM

We all know that Newmarket is the home of British horse racing – the sport of kings. But did you know the town now boasts a magnificent new visitor attraction which celebrates the town’s equine history? The Newmarket Horse Racing Museum brings to life centuries of history through interactive galleries; a chance to meet celebrated retired racehorses in the Rothschild Yard (who love a pat and a cuddle!); watch daily demonstrations of retired horses in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena and spot some of the finest sporting art in the world (Stubbs and Munnings are just two of the ‘greats’). If you’re with the little ones, they will simply love to ‘have a go’ on the racehorse simulator – and who knows, you may have a jockey in the making! Family trails are available from reception, so you can make the most of your visit.

'Frankel' in the King's YardNational Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket

Don’t miss: Join a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour with Discover Newmarket: from visiting a racing yard and the National Stud, to watching the famous Tattersalls Bloodstock Auction House, which attracts the wealthiest owners and industry figures from all over the world.