Top 10 Things To Do in Suffolk This Winter
Published: Wednesday 3rd Jan 2018
Written by: Aimee Anderson
The winter months can be a bleak time of the year. Rain, snow and wind blast the countryside, but that doesn't mean there aren't loads of things you can still do! Suffolk has a variety of different landscapes, towns and villages to explore. See our top 10 tips for things to do in January and February in Suffolk:
- Go shopping in Bury St Edmunds - The historical town of Bury St Edmunds has much to offer. With a whole host of local, independent shops there is much to choose from. Being one of the 'Wool Towns' Bury St Edmunds has a huge amount of history to tell. So, once you've finished shopping why explore the medieval streets followed by a trip to Suffolk's only Cathedral and immerse yourself in this town's past. Don't forget the 11th Century Benedictine Abbey, once a place of pilgrimage, nestled in the stunning, award-winning Abbey Gardens.
- Visit The Wooltowns - The 'Wooltowns' are a group of historical towns and villages in South/West Suffolk which include some of the best preserved historical locations in the coumty. During the medieval period these towns and villages grew rich with the wool trade, which is why they have some of the most stunnnig listed buildings including churches and guildhalls. Lavenham, Long Melford, Clare, Sudbury and Hadleigh are the main points of interest and will allow you to explore the crooked streets and timber framed buildings for hours. Nowadays, these towns and villages have become tourist attractions so the winter is a perfect time to visit so you beat the crowds and fully appreciate the stunning scenery and breathtaking countryside.
- Step back in time at Framlingham Castle - Recently made famous by local singer Ed Sheeran. The 'Castle On The Hill' is a wonderful place to visit in the winter months when it is less busy. Take a stroll around the imposing structure and then step inside to soak up the history of Framlingham Castle. If you're feeling brave you can walk around the top of the castle and take in the stunnnig views. Afterwards, you can warm up with a cup of something hot or a spot of lunch at one of the many excellent pubs and restaurants in Framlingham. We love The Station for a hearty lunch in a traditional pub setting.
- Go for a blustery walk on the beach - For those who like to brave the wild weather there's nothing better than a windy walk on the beach to blow away the cobwebs! Suffolk has many beautiful beaches. There is Aldeburgh and Southwold beaches, which not only boast beautiful scenery but also the attractions that these popular seaside towns have to offer. Perfect for a day trip with the family. Or if you prefer something a bit more off the beaten track try Walberswick, Dunwich or Lowestoft. These beaches are a less well known and a bit more rugged, but ideal for those that prefer a bit of privacy. Take a picnic, a cosy blanket and a flask of something hot and tasty and enjoy the winter scenery with a loved one whilst you admire the scenery.
- Celebrate Burns Night - Thursday 25th January is Burns Night. A national event celebrating the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Not strictly a Suffolk event, however many of the excellent local pubs and restaurants are offering Burns Night menus to celebrate this day with plenty of delicious food, music and maybe a wee dram of whiskey?
- Sample the local delicacies - Known as the 'Foodie Country' for all the right reasons! Suffolk has a vast selection of excellent, local food and drink producers. Many of which are award-winning and now well known all over the country. The best way to see what Suffolk has to offer all in one place is at one of the farmers markets events being held throughout the county. Snape Maltings holds one of the best monthly market on the first Saturday of the month with the first of 2018 starting on Saturday 3rd Febrauary 9.30am - 1pm.
- Discover Sutton Hoo - Be amazed by the unique Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo. With walking trails and many other events and activities on offer, winter is an excellent time to travel back in time and immerse yourself in the history of this historical landmark. Ideal for families where there are plenty of activities on offer to keep the children active and keep the cold out! Then when everyone is worn out you can relax and refuel in the cafe.
- Watch the wildlife at Minsmere - For the those that are passionate about wildlife, Suffolk is blessed with a staggering variety of wild birds and animals. The county boasts many nature reserves but one of the best has to be RSPB Minsmere. With many activities and events being held all year round, there is so much to do. January and February are the ideal months for bird-watching including large flocks of ducks such as Teals and Wigeons. And if you are lucky you might spot the a shy otter on the Island Mere.
- Exlore the UFO trail at Rendlesham - Did UFO's really land at Rendlesham Forest? In December 1980, several sightings of a UFO were reported here. However, with no tangible evidence it is yet to proven whether this actually happened. Nevertheless, by following the trail on foot or by bicycle you can make your own mind up? Great for getting out and about in the fresh air in the winter months with the family, or just the two of you.
- Admire the sunrise - Suffolk is renowned for it's unforgettable skies. So, if you don't mind getting up early why not take a leisurely stroll out of your luxury self-catering accomodation and admire the incredible colours that nature delivers in the morning. A truly magnificent way to start the day! Or, if you're not a morning person, head down to the seaside in the early evening and watch the sun set over the sea from the comfort of a local pub or restaurant, or if you're feeling brave why not wrap up warm and watch it from the beach itself. Simply stunning.
The best thing about a Suffolk holiday, is that you can do as much, or as little, as you like... But however you choose to spend your winter break in Suffolk, enjoy!