Fun in the Sun for Free!
Published: Friday 20th Jul 2018
Written by: Aimee Anderson
Let's face it, holidays can be expensive! You don't need expensive treats and extravagant days out to make a holiday special. What makes it special are the experiences you have and the memories you make with the people that matter the most.
Put down your tablet and your smart phone and enjoy the simple things in life this Summer. The gentle breeze rustling in the leaves and the warm sun on your skin don't cost a thing. Take a look at our guide below for some inspiration on how you can explore the glorious Suffolk countryside and make memories this Summer that will last forever - for FREE!
1. Cycling & Walking
It may be an obvious one, but there really is no better way to experience your surroundings on holiday than on foot or bicycle. There are excellent walking and cycling trails in both Rendlesham forest and Tunstall forest. For more information on the walking trails of Suffolk visit our blog post.
The hedgerows and woodlands of the Suffolk countryside are teaming with delicious wild food all year round. Summertime is a great for fruits such as blackberries, elderberries, crab apples and wild plums (also known as bullace). Simply grab a bag and toughen up your hands (foraging can be a prickly business!) and you're ready to go. Please make sure you do not pick anything that you are not 100% sure what it is. If you do not know then leave it. Foraging may be free but please also ensure that you forage responsibly so as not to damage the environment or surrounding wildlife. For more information on foraging visit: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/things-to-do/foraging/
Museums are a great way to experience the area that you are visiting on your holiday. Many of them are run by volunteers and rely solely on fundraising and donations to run, so they are free to visit. Some of our favourites include The Museum of Hot Chocolate in Sudbury which charts the history of hot cocoa from the early civilisations of central America. There is also a delicious chocolate cafe if you fancy a sweet treat! The Long Shop Museum in Leiston is also well worth a visit
4. Monuments and historical buildings
Suffolk has a extraordinary history and contains many historical buildings and monuments, all of which have their own exciting story to tell. Many of these are free to visit including Leiston Abbey and Clare Castle. Framlingham Castle is a well-known tourist destination in the Heart of Suffolk and although there is a fee to enter the castle you can still enter the grounds outside the castle for free where you can enjoy fabulous views of this incredible ancient structure.
5. Admire the views
Whether it be taking the time to simply take in the scenery from outside your holiday cottage or perhaps travelling a short distance to appreciate the stunning landscapes across the various parts of the Suffolk countryside. There are plenty of stunning views to choose from in the Suffolk countryside. Our favourites include the view over the meare in the grounds of Framlingham Castle. Or if want to experience the West of the county we love Warren Hill in Newmarket where you can watch the horses being trained. Simply park up at the top where is pedestrian access (but you must not go under the fencing). Get there early so you can see the best trainers racing their horses before 6am.
6. Dine Al Fresco
Although there are many excellent pubs and restaurants that serve great quality food at extremely reasonable prices, there is nothing better than a picnic when you're in the countryside. Simply pack up a basket with some delicious goodies and a blanket, then head off to a secluded spot for a unique al fresco dining experience. There'll be no discretionary charge added to your bill (actually there'll be no bill at all!) and you won't have to worry about the noisy group on the table next to you. Just a peaceful lunch, dinner or breakfast in a location of your choice at a time that suits you... utter bliss. With the weather as good as it has been lately there couldn't anything better than a summer supper outside in the countryside.
7. Get back to nature
There are a number of nature reserves all over the county where you can explore and discover a whole host of nature and local wildlife and many are free to visit. Our favourites include Lackford Lakes near Bury St Edmunds and Arger Fen & Spouse's Vale near Sudbury. Both are ideal for visiting all year round but the Summer is particularly beautiful where you can enjoy the woodlands, meadows, lakes and reeds as well as an abundance wildlife up close and personal.
8. Fairs, festivals and fun
Suffolk is full of delightful villages and quaint market towns. A great way to experience these locations is to visit the local fairs and festivals that taken place throughout the Summer. Many are free to enter including Bungay Antiques Street Fair on Sunday 22nd July and Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival over the August bank holiday weekend including cookery demonstrations, street entertainment and even a make-shift beach!
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