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RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere is a fabulous popular destination for twitchers and non-twitchers alike

There’s tons to see (and hear) with stunning coastal scenes accompanied by rare birds breeding and calling in on their annual migrations. There are also otters to be seen in the reedbeds if you look carefully and a plethora of wild flowers and plants

It’s a great place all year round and the visitors centre is free, with helpful staff and volunteers. They also have a great little RSPB shop and café, serving teas and light meals using locally sourced ingredients. There’s also their Discovery Centre and Wild Zone for families, and they have guided walks throughout the year

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Melford Hall

Melford Hall

An impressive 16th century stately home in the village of Long Melford in Suffolk

Historically it’s the ancestral seat of the Parker Baronets. All I know is, we go there a lot and it’s a huge hit with our guests here at Woodfarm

It’s also now the home of the annual Leestock Music Festival, of which we are a corporate sponsor and I have also played at, in 2013 & 2014, with my band Elephant in the Room with my musician’s hat on!

Steeped in history, much of which can be found on the National Trust website or Wikipedia!

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Otley Hall

Otley Hall

A beautiful 16th century moated, Grade 1 listed Hall in the heart of Suffolk. It’s still a family home and is set in 10 acres of magnificent gardens in the tranquil Suffolk countryside

Although a prviate residence they welcome bookings for tours of the Hall and Gardens throughout the year. There’s a ‘check availability’ link on their website so you can see if your preferred date is available. The Gardens and their popular Cafe are also open on a Wednesday from May to September

PLEASE do not visit without making an appointment!

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Museum of East Anglian Life

Museum of East Anglian Life

A social enterprise sharing the history of life in East Anglia through historic buildings, collections and landscape

This is largely done through active participation and education. It’s a fabulous place to have a look round and you’ll be amazed by the sheer size of it. It looks on the face of it just like a large Tourist Information centre next to Asda in Stowmarket. However, it’s a real ‘Tardis’ and opens up behind into acres of space in which to delve into the history of the area

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Lavenham

Lavenham

One of the most beautiful, historic villages in England, let alone Suffolk!

Jam-packed with quirky, wonky timber-framed buildings, antique shops, craft shops, art galleries, tea rooms and pubs, it’s a really popular tourist destination for all visitors to Suffolk and still a regular for us locals too!

Owning a wonky old timber-framed Suffolk house, you think I’d tire of the sight but I don’t! I stare at the Crooked House every time I go past it

There are lots of places in Lavenham covered on here so have a good root around

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Marlesford Farm Cafe’

Farm Cafe Marlesford

Excellent farm shop and cafe’ right on the A12 so easy to get to for anyone visiting Suffolk’s Heritage Coast

The owner sources the best ingredients and strive to produce the best roadside food possible. It’s had high praise in many national newspapers including The Times, The Independent, The Guardian and many others. They use fresh, local produce, using over 100 local suppliers

Not only a great stop off for a cuppa or to pick up some food for supper, they also sell a range of gifts here too

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Jimmy’s Farm

Jimmys Farm

You know what this is surely? It’s been all over the telly for years now. However, if you’ve never been you are in for a treat!

Superb farm shop, restaurant, butchery, clothes & gift shops and farm trail

Famous for being a mate of Jamie Oliver, Jimmy has built a phenomenal empire here, attracting hundreds of visitors to Suffolk every day

You must eat in the restaurant whilst you are there because a) It’s good and b) My nephew is one of the chefs!

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Ickworth House & Gardens

Ickworth House

Ickworth is a National Trust property; an amazing house set in 1800 acres of stunning woodland

The origins date back to 1253 with a timber house that no longer exists. What is here now is an impressive house dating back 100 years, with its centre-piece, the incredible ‘Rotunda’ providing an imposing sight as you approach

This in 2012 from our first of many visits;

We toured the house, starting in the basement, which is ‘staged’ as it would have originally been, with the finishing kitchens, the pump rooms and some of the servants’ quarters. It’s very life-like, giving us a real sense of how life was 100 years ago for the working classes

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Hollow Trees Farm Shop & Trail

Hollow Trees

Fabulous Farm Shop, Farm Trail and Plant Centre in Mid Suffolk

I use to live round the corner and remember this place as a big old shed selling a small range of farm produce. It then grew organically (scuse the pun) into  what it is today, which is a triumph of rural business development/ agricultural diversity

A brand spanking new, purpose built complex selling a range of local produce, including much of their own, as well as a huge range of other locally sourced products. The food is always of a superb quality and not overly priced at all!

They have a great little cafe’ / restaurant in there too, as well as a really interactive farm trail, which is a big hit with kids

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Helmingham Hall

Helmingham Hall

A stunning country estate in the heart of Suffolk

Grade 1 listed moated hall with beautiful gardens, open from the beginning of May to the end of September every year. The historic home of the Tollemache family for over 500 years

Regular events throughout the season including walks, music, classic car shows and the home of the Suffolk Dog Day