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What to do in Pin Mill

Pin Mill Suffolk sunset

Beautiful, unspoilt and quintessentially English: Pin Mill is a gorgeous Suffolk landmark frozen in time. Nestled in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) this tiny hamlet on the banks of the river Orwell has remained relatively unchanged for hundreds of years: a collection of cottages set against stunning shoreline and ancient forest all centred around the world famous 17th century Butt and Oyster pub. Enjoying the view and talking in the landscape with a walk through the fields and along the coast is one of the undisputed highlights of any trip to Pin Mill, but this special place has a whole lot more to offer than that…

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A1120: The Suffolk tourist trail

Suffolk is a beautiful and historic county, steeped in quintessentially English countryside, picturesque villages and sleepy coastal towns. It is only natural to want to see the whole thing but at nearly 4000km2,  exploring it can be a slightly daunting prospect. If you are planning on getting around by car then thankfully there is a road that cuts through the heart of this county, passing some of its most loved landmarks and letting you drink it all in via a whole host of ancient paths, medieval churches and award winning restaurants: the A1120.

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Reasons to holiday in Suffolk

Onderneming Barge at Snape Maltings

Britain is a land of diverse wonders and breathtaking beauty. We are lucky to have a lot packed into to our small island nation; a landscape of rolling hills, lush forests and mountain peaks sit on this little lump of land surrounded by the Atlantic ocean. The variety on offer is reason enough for so many holiday makers choose to Britain as the destination for their getaways, and whilst there are an infinite amount of attractions on offer in metropolises like London or Edinburgh it is the small town charm and rural beauty of Suffolk that means this county is one of England’s hidden gems.

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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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Suffolk Coast and Heaths – AONB

Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB

One of England’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

We are lucky enough to have two AONB’s in Suffolk! See our other post here on the Dedham Vale AONB 

Back to the coastal one! This stretches all the way from Lowestoft down to the River Sour, meeting up with the Dedham Vale, providing us with stunning heathland, reed beds, salt-marsh and mud-flats

It’s landscape also features the estuaries of five Suffolk rivers; four of which we named Barns after here at Woodfarm; Alde, Deben, Orwell and Stour, as well as the river Blyth

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Dedham Vale: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Dedham Vale Stour Valley AONB

We are very fortunate to have not one but two of Englands 33 AONB’s right on our doorstep. Lots of rambling meadows, rolling fields and abundant open marshland, many of which are recognised the world over as ‘Constable Country’ with nearby Flatford and Dedham, arguably being the jewel in the crown of this beautiful area.

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New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich Suffolk

A 400-seater theatre in the heart of Ipswich, Suffolk’s county town

The New Wolsey Theatre was established in 2000, building on the foundations of the regional repertory company that had opened the theatre in the late 1970s

They have a varied programme right throughout the year from art, music of all kinds, theatre productions etc ending the year in panto. Oh yes they do!

 

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Suffolk Ski Centre

Suffolk Ski Centre

Outdoor pursuits centre in Ipswich

Skiing, Snowboarding, Tobogganing, Ringo’s, Climbing Wall and High Ropes Experience. They also have a Driving Range, Mini Golf Course, and putting green next door too!

There is also ‘The Lodge’ Bar and Restaurant, so you can quench your thirst

They offer lessons and coaching from total novices to advanced levels. It’s a great place for kids, great and small!