Below is a selection of our favourite attractions and things to do in the area. For more ideas please visit www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk
Alde Driving horse & carriage rides (07552677844)
Pre-book a horse & carriage ride to pick you up from the garden and take you for either a short (around three quarters of an hour) or a longer (approx 1 hour) ride through the countryside.
Shawsgate Vineyard (01728 724060)
www.shawsgate.co.uk (4 miles)
One of East Anglia’s oldest commercial vineyards, producing a range of red, white and rosé wines. Wine tasting, shop and walks amongst the vines.
Framlingham Castle (01728 724189)
www.english-heritage.org.uk (4 miles)
12th century castle with museum of local history and lots of planned themed activities for all the family.
Easton Farm Park (01728 746475)
www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk (7 miles)
Enjoy a family day out at this open farm, with small animal petting sessions, farm walks, themed activities and a gift shop.
Oliver Hayward Play Barn (01728 747144)
www.oliverhaywardplaybarn.co.uk (7 miles)
Fun indoor play area for children up to 7 years old. The cafe area, which overlooks the play area, serves hot and cold drinks as well as home made cakes and snacks made using locally sourced ingredients
Long Shop Museum (01728 832189)
www.longshopmuseum.co.uk (7 miles)
Exhibits about steam engines, munitions, plastics and dry cleaning machines in the very place they were made, and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson the first English woman doctor.
Leiston Film Theatre (01728 830549)
www.leistonfilmtheatre.co.uk (7 miles)
Suffolk’s oldest purpose built cinema. This versatile venue, hosting tage shows as well as the latest cinema releases, boasts a very comfortable 300 seater auditorium and features Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround EX sound and the very latest in digital projection, including the superior Dolby 3D experience.
Rendlesham Forest (0300 067 4965)
www.forestry.gov.uk/rendlesham (8 miles)
Walks, cycle trails, picnic area and play sculpture
RSPB Mismere Nature Reserve (01728 648281)
www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/minsmere (8 miles)
Nature trails, guided walks, observation hides and family activities. In spring, you can watch avocets and marsh harriers, or hear booming bitterns. On the beach, a special area is cordoned off to protect nesting little terns. In autumn and winter, many wading birds and swans, ducks and geese visit the reserve. Minsmere also has a visitor centre, shop & tearoom.
North Warren RSPB Nature Reserve (01728 648281) (9 miles)
A wealth of habitats including grazing marshes, heathland, reedbeds and woodland. Great for ducks, swans and geese use the marshes in winter, while spring brings breeding bitterns, marsh harriers, woodlarks, nightingales & many species of butterflies and dragonflies.
Iken Canoe, Iken (07979517186)
www.ikencanoe.co.uk (9 miles)
Iken Canoe is a small and friendly canoe and kayak hire centre based on the stunning upper reaches of the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast.
Iken Bay Riding, Iken (01728 689065)
www.ikenbarns.com/iken-bay-livery (9 miles)
Horse riding for beginners and experienced riders alike. Riding lessons, hacks through beach & forest, plus ‘kids walkout’ for children. Beautiful location.
The Meare, Thorpeness (01728 832523)
Over 40 acres of water – none of which is more than three feet deep – with islands to explore and a variety of water craft for hire including kayaks and rowing boats
Orford Castle & Orford Ness (01394 450472)
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/orford-castle (11 miles)
A medieval castle, nature reserve and RSPB reserve to explore. The nature reserve is the largest vegetated shingle spit, and supports internationally important flora and fauna. Site of secret Cold War military testing and a poignant symbol of 20th-century warfare.
Helminham Hall Gardens (01473 890799)
www.helmingham.com (13 miles)
Tudor Hall set in 400 year old deer park with moat and drawbridge. Stunning walled garden, rose garden and landscaped gardens. Cream teas and gift shop.
Carter’s Teapot Pottery (01728 860475)
www.cartersteapots.com (13 miles)
Situated amongst the array of exciting facilities at Stonham Barns, here you can watch the famous teapots being made, browse the pottery shop and even design your own teapot.
Beacon Rally Karts (01394 610066)
www.beaconrallykarts.co.uk (14 miles)
Outdoor off-road karting centre for adults and over 5’s. 3 tracks, refreshments and spectator’s area.
Sutton Hoo (01394 389700)
www.suttonhoo.org (14 miles)
One of the country’s most important archeological sites – the royal burial ground of an Anglo-Saxon warrior king and his most treasured possessions.
Oasis Camel Centre (07836 734748)
www.oasiscamelpark.co.uk (14 miles)
A family day out with camels, alpacas, llamas and a gift shop, educational talks and adventure play areas.
Willowmead Alpacas (01473 738212)
www.willowmead-alpacas.co.uk (15 miles)
Craft & Coffee shop open Fridays and Sundays, 10-4. Regular traditional craft courses take place on Saturdays too – but these must be booked in advance.
Southwold Pier (01502 722105)
www.southwoldpier.co.uk (15 miles)
Gift shops, family friendly eateries and the famous ‘under the pier show’ – an amazing array of unusual home-made slot machines and simulator rides. ‘Best Tourism Experience 2008’ EET.
Coastal voyager (07887 525082)
www.coastalvoyager.co.uk (15 miles)
Boat trips in a 9m rigid inflatable seating 12. Choices of short trips, day trips & sightseeing – including seal watching & moonlit evening cruises.
Stonham Barns (01449 711111)
www.stonhambarns.co.uk (15 miles)
Leisure, shopping and rural pursuits complex. Owl sanctuary, craft & gift stores, garden centre, golf course & driving range and restaurant.
The Suffolk Punch Trust Colony Stud (01394 411327)
www.suffolkpunchtrust.org (16 miles)
The world’s oldest stud farm breeding the endangered Suffolk Punch horse. Visit the farm also has a play area, gift shop & coffee shop as well as a large vehicle and implement display.
Africa Alive! (01502 740291)
www.africa-alive.co.uk (21 miles)
See giraffes, zebras, rhinos and ostriches roaming wild in the safari park based on the plains of Africa. Lookout lodge, animal encounters, feeding talks, safari road train & indoor adventure play area. ‘Best Suffolk Attraction’ 2006 & 2008.
Beccles Lido (01502 714911)
www.beccleslido.com (21 miles)
A stunning open-air swimming pool which was restored & re-opened in 2010 as a community-run not-for-profit enterprise. Recently listed by the BBC amongst its list of ’50 things to do in Suffolk’.
Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm (01473 830264)
www.baylham-house-farm.co.uk (23 miles)
Working livestock farm breeding rare and endangered breeds of cattle, sheep, goats poultry and pigs. Animal feeding, picnic area, café and gift shop.
Jimmy’s Farm (01473 604206)
www.jimmysfarm.com (25 miles)
As seen on TV – a working rare breed farm, open 7 days a week, with a nature trail and walks, farm shop, adventure play area and field kitchen.
Pleasurewood Hills (01502 586000)
www.pleasurewoodhills.com (28 miles)
White knuckle rides, roller coasters and entertainment.
Somerleyton Hall (0871 222 4244)
www.somerleyton.co.uk (35 miles)
Early Victorian residence in Anglo-Italian style with 12 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.
Kentwell Hall (01787 310207)
www.kentwell.co.uk (40 miles)
16th Century hall and extensive gardens. Regular award-winning events showing Tudors re-creating many aspects of everyday 16th C life – on selected weekends.
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park (01284 728718)
www.weststow.org (41 miles)
Living history events bringing an excavated Anglo-Saxon village back to life. With a play area, visitor centre, gift shop & café, and surrounded by a 52 hectare country park.
Go Ape! High Wire Forest Adventure (0333 920 9299)
www.goape.co.uk (45 miles)
Forest adventure park for adults and over 10’s including massive rope ladder, tarzan swing, zip wires and high wire rope bridges
Bewilderwood (01692 633033)
www.bewilderwood.co.uk (47 miles)
Bewilderwood is 50 acres of wild, imaginative outdoor treehouse adventure Park including rope bridges, zip wires and toddler play areas.