TOP 10 MOST UNUSUAL ATTRACTIONS IN THE UK (WELL, SUFFOLK, ACTUALLY)
1. LITTLE HALL 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. PUZZLE ROOM AT SUFFOLK FOOD HALL
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+.
Don’t miss: The Suffolk Escape Room is situated at Happy Days Retro Vacations, an American Style Trailer Park in the Suffolk countryside. Perfect for a mini-break with family or friends.
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
6. OASIS CAMEL PARK
7. THE TIDE MILL LIVING MUSEUM
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. MUSEUM OF EAST ANGLIAN LIFE
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.
National 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.