Big Skies launches from Woodbridge winding east through the countryside to emerge upon the unspoilt Suffolk coast at Orford, heading through Snape and onto Southwold. This is a trip to blow away the cobwebs where you will feel the sun on your face and breeze in your hair beneath Suffolk’s expansive skies.
A bustling market town on the banks of the River Deben with a collection of restaurants, pubs and independent retailers in the pedestrian Thoroughfare. Historical sites include Buttrums Mill, the Tide Mill Living Museum and the nearby Sutton Hoo ship burial. Spend time soaking up the historical sites, or head to Bawdsey Hall to take some time out and watch the wildlife before continuing on to Orford.
A small, peaceful fishing village situated in Suffolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy the local catch, take a walk, visit the 12th century Orford Castle overlooking the River Ore or enjoy the Orford Ness shingle beach, nature reserve and early radar site.
Historically rich and standing on the River Alde, Snape is a best known for its world renowned acoustic concert hall, Snape Maltings. The surrounding restored Victorian buildings house galleries, craft workshops, retail shops and places to eat.
Aldeburgh, home of composer Benjamin Britten, is a bright lively seaside resort town on the Suffolk coast. Walk the beach, browse the galleries and boutiques or succumb to the local food in one of the tempting restaurants. Booklovers will love the annual Literary Week celebration.
The quaint coastal village of Thorpeness is centred around The Meare, a beautiful boating lake with enchanting Peter Pan themed islands. Sites of interest include the Almshouses, windmill and the famous House in the Clouds as well local pubs and restaurants.
An idyllic village between Aldeburgh and Southwold, with a converted chapel – Westleton Chapel, Bookshop, a traditional village green and the lovely Westleton Crown pub. The village is very near to RSPB Minsmere, whilst Westleton Heath is famous for the red deer rut.
Once the unofficial capital of East Anglia Dunwich thrived until being severely flooded and partly lost to the sea. Today you can walk the coastal path and shingle beach, visit the museum and enjoy local food, including fish and chips!
Quintessentially British, Southwold at the mouth of the River Blyth is one of Suffolk’s premier seaside resorts. Visit the lighthouse, sandy beach, pier, electric cinema or browse the high street shops and boutiques before enjoying food and drink in the local restaurants.
Explore the magnificent late 12th century moated castle. Take in the splendid towers and enjoy the panoramic views across the mere from the rampart walk. Investigate other attractions including Market Hill, the village pump, The Mills Almshouses and The Tomb House.