Thursday, 30 August 2018

Discovering Suffolk this Autumn

Autumn can be an awkward time of year with Summer coming to an end and all thoughts inevitably turning towards the winter months and gearing up for Christmas. However, these cooler months aren’t without their charms and there are plenty of places to visit and events to uncover that will help you to make the most of this magical, transformative season.

Suffolk Secrets

The historic county of Suffolk for example, is a charming destination for a short-break during the autumn months. On sunny days the air is cool and crisp, making for sensational views and perfect photo opportunities. The slight dip in temperature also makes this the perfect time of year to embark on day trips to explore the local area as it is neither too hot nor too cold to venture outside and take in everything that Suffolk has to offer. 

Indeed, tucked away between the Suffolk coast and heaths (an area of outstanding natural beauty) and miles of charming unspoiled farmland you will discover a wealth of hidden treasures including fantastic family attractions, one-of-a-kind local events and unique holiday cottages that offer all the comforts of contemporary living within a relaxed rural environment. 

Local Flavour

With its long agricultural history, it should come as no surprise that Suffolk is home to some truly sumptuous local produce and events ranging from genteel afternoon teas to fully-fledged food festivals. Helmingham Hall for example offers delicious traditional afternoon teas in its Couch House Tearooms, set within the Hall’s vast, picturesque gardens. This delightful break can be enjoyed every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 1st May through to the 13th September, with prices ranging from £15 per person to £20 per person, including a trip to the gardens themselves. Pre-booking it required and includes sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee. If you decide that you would like to be even more indulgent, you can opt to include a refreshing glass of Pimms or Champagne for a slight additional charge. 

In terms of local festivals, the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival has quickly become one of the UK’s foremost food festivals in recent years. Aldeburgh itself is actually home to a fantastic selection of ice cream parlours, fish and chip shops and local pubs serving everything from traditional British pub fare to mouth-watering wood-fired pizza throughout the year, but the town’s food and drink festival brings this offering to a whole new level. Each year, more than 100 producers take part in a two-day event that takes place between the 29th and 30th September during 2018 to present a festival that is a real treat.

Animal Friends 

Suffolk’s wonderful heathlands and rolling countryside are home to an awe-inspiring family of local wildlife ranging from the secretive Bittern to the proud Red Deer, which makes the county the perfect holiday destination for animal lover of all ages. RSPB Minsmere for example, offers a Birdwatching for Beginners programme that helps newcomers to identify the different bird species that flock to the Minsmere reserve. Booking is essential for these events, which will be held on 2nd September, 16th September, 30th September, 14th October and 28th October 2018. 

RSPB Minsmere is also home to the Red Deer Rut Viewpoint on Westleton Heath, which represents one of the best places to witness the yearly deer rut. During this event the imposing Red Stags bellow and clash horns in a fierce, competitive mating battle. This impressive and fascinating event can be experienced from 12pm to dusk on Saturday 3rd October and between 8am to dusk on Sunday 4th October. Entry is free. 

Suffolk is also an ideal spot for animals of the more domestic variety with events such as Paws With a Cause, which is held at Glenham Hall. This meeting is sponsored charity dog walk held by The East Anglian Air Ambulance and is a fantastic opportunity to raise money for a lifesaving charity, while giving the family dog a wonderful day out. You can even take advantage of dog portrait painting to enable you to come away with a unique record of your day. The fourth annual Paws With a Cause event will take place on the 30th September 2018, with dogs and their owners invited to start any time after 10:00am following one-mile, three-mile of five-mile routes across the Suffolk countryside. 

Days Out

Although the arrival of the autumn months brings with it a marked drop in temperature, Suffolk is home to a host of family-friendly attractions that are worthy of a visit throughout the year – even if you do need to wrap-up in an extra layer on cooler days!

Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park is set within 50 acres of enclosed costal parkland lying between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. The park is jam-packed with exciting rides and attractions that are sure to entertain visitors of all ages, including the East of England’s fastest roller coaster, the drenching Timber Fall log flume and regular shows from Boris the Sea Lion and friends. There are also several tempting places to eat and drink, meaning that you’ll have the energy to enjoy the park all day long.

Autumn Getaways

Whether you are the avid outdoors type, or prefer snug days beside the fire, Suffolk is the ideal location for an unforgettable autumn getaway. With so many options available, there is truly something for everyone – what is your idea of a perfect autumn break?

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