Today the Edwardian town of Felixstowe is a mixture of tradition with seafront promenade and listed gardens supported by the backdrop of the largest container port in the country.
Ipswich has undergone a transformation in recent years with a thriving waterfront hosting many events, festivals and places to eat and drink. The town itself retains a sense of history with buildings dating back to the 11th century and Christchurch Mansion. A bronze statue dedicated to Giles the cartoonist sits in the town centre, just off the Cornhill theatre building.
The spectacular heritage coast is lined with pretty and historic towns and villages. Visitors can explore a host of attractions including historical steam trains and railways, the 12th Century castle keep at Orford, the Concert Hall and craft shops of Snape, the boating mere at Thorpeness or the charming seaside resorts of Aldeburgh and Southwold. The market town of Framlingham now enjoys huge recognition following Ed Sheeran’s hit Castle on the Hill. Woodbridge is a delightful place to spend the day with many restaurants and sights to enjoy including the historic Tide Mill dating back over 800 years and is now the largest commercially working tide mill in the country.
In the west of the county Bury St. Edmunds is an historic market town, with a great choice of days out, including the St. Edmundsbury cathedral and Abbey Gardens.
Suffolk’s famous names include the painters Gainsborough and Constable with Dedham Vale the scene of the iconic Hay Wain painting. Art fans wishing to see more can visit one of the many art exhibitions. The composer Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft and helped found the both the annual Aldeburgh Festival and the Concert Hall at Snape Maltings. There are many venues such as this throughout Suffolk where visitors can enjoy musical events and concerts.
Suffolk has had its fair share of sporting success. Newmarket is home to the Sport of Kings as the centre of British horse racing and is a great day out for all the family either watching a race or visiting the National Horse Racing Museum, followed by a meal at one of the family friendly restaurants. Ipswich Town Football Club has seen two managers – Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson enjoy success and go on to manage the England national team.
With 9,800 rights of way, 12,000 acres of open access land, miles of cycling routes, including 2 National Cycle Network routes Suffolk is a great destination to explore, whether on foot, or by horse riding or cycling. The picturesque rivers of the Deben, Orwell and Stour host a wide variety of natural walks, water sports and places to relax and enjoy the scenery whilst having a bite to eat, or something to drink at a pub, or even stopping somewhere nice for a picnic. The areas of Debenham, Eye, Shotley Peninsula, Bawdsey Quay, Pakefield, and Yoxford also provide plenty of serene areas for a relaxed walk.
Suffolk has an array of annual festivals and events, from regular local markets and farmers markets to the well-established 2 day Suffolk Show and the popular Latitude Festival. A new addition in 2017 is Suffolk Day on the 21st June which sees a number of celebratory activities and events across the county.
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