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Winter activities in Suffolk

There are plenty of things to do in Suffolk, whatever the weather.  From outdoor experiences of driving through forests to nestling by the fireside with a gin and tonic.  Try something different this year, isn’t that what holidays are for?  We think so!


Fishers Gin distillery boasts being the closest gin distillery to the sea and you can experience the dramatic sea views from Aldeburgh when you are welcomed into their Coastal Room.  Here you will be met with a Fishers Original G&T prior to your tour around the distillery.  Along with tutored tastings, gin making, and virtual tours of the River Alde, you can add in a Fireside lunch which includes a 3-course platter including delicacies from some of the coast’s finest producers.

Enjoy a gin tour by the sea


You will find Explore 4×4 nestled in the Elvedon Estate in the west of the county which provides a stunning location for your day out! Here, in the Brecks, not only can you go off-road driving in a 4×4 vehicle, but you can also experience a range of exciting activities including clay pigeon shooting, skid pan control, crossbow shooting, archery, and even axe, knife and spear throwing!  There is an activity to get your adrenaline pumping and a chance to try something you’ve never had the opportunity to try before.

And, either before or after your activities you will be able to visit the award-winning restaurant, tearoom, or country inn, along with a food hall, and home and garden shops.

Venture through the forest in a 4×4


The Newmarket Experience tour is perfect if you want to spend half a day getting to know more about Newmarket.   This experience gets you behind the scenes of Newmarket life and fills you in on why the town is regarded as the Home of Horseracing as a result of its Royal links.

With plenty of other packages to choose from including guided tours of The National Stud, Champagne afternoon tea tours, and Early Riser tours, all perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about the Sport of Kings or a horseracing fan who wants to see the stars of the track up close.  Tours are available with Discover Newmarket on a selection of dates throughout the year.

Horses in training on the Newmarket Gallops


If you are interested in wildlife, natural landscapes, and the great outdoors, then a safari ride at RSPB Minsmere may be the ideal experience for you and your 3 chosen guests.  Jump into their 4×4 vehicle and a specialist guide with take you on a tour to explore some of the remotest parts of this well-known reserve on the Suffolk Coast.  The guide will introduce you to some of Minsmere’s special wildlife, hidden history, and rugged landscapes, while everyone stays warm and dry.  You may be lucky enough to see the iconic Konic ponies.  These are not wild ponies but have been brought to the reserve to graze and maintain the wetland landscape. If you enjoy photography, these safaris provide an excellent opportunity for those once-in-a-lifetime shots of nature.

You may get to see the iconic Konic ponies on a safari tour


Join a tour for a behind-the-scenes look at The Hold, an award-nominated building in Ipswich.  Close to Ipswich’s waterfront, you will be guided through the new archive building and experience the collections of Suffolk history.  Tours take place through the winter and spring.

Go on a tour and see exhibitions at the Hold


No visit to Suffolk would be complete without taking a tour of the distillery with its namesake.  The brand-new distillery is nestled in countryside close to the picturesque village of Stoke by Nayland in Constable country.  Among the variety of tours and tastings on offer, you will find this Suffolk Dry Gin comes with a range of flavours including locally grown strawberries to pure Suffolk honey and rhubarb grown on the banks of the nearby River Stour.

The miniature copper stills at Suffolk Distillery


Capture your memories of Suffolk with some images of your stay.  Photographic Day studios are set on the waterfront in the beautiful surroundings of Pin Mill, an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Shotley Peninsula.  Run by Anthony Cullen, an award-winning photographer, these photographic courses are designed for a range of abilities and you will also get to experience the iconic Butt and Oyster pub for a 2-course lunch.

An image by Anthony Cullen of the Butt and Oyster pub at Pin Mill