Term time is nearly over, so those of you looking who haven’t yet booked your holiday, why not consider Suffolk as a destination, with a plethora of accommodation and activities to suit all.
Fancy a staycation with loads of options?
Where to stay
Bruisyard Hall, near Saxmundham, dating back to 1354 has been beautifully restored to provide accommodation for up to 24 guests in the Hall and adjacent Barn.
The Hall includes spacious communal spaces with a games room for livelier guests and a drawing room for those who prefer to relax quietly.
A bar and cinema room in the attic and extensive grounds, ensure that your group will never be at a loss for something to do.
Also near Saxmundham, Happy Days RV has a collection of 6 vintage caravans available to book by groups, set within a tree-lined site surrounded by farmland. With a children’s play area on site and the coast just 5 miles away, this is an ideal spot for those looking for a simple solution to bringing the family together. The communal fire pit provides a focal point, and the site even has a giant poly-tunnel for use as a wet-weather contingency.
Suffolk is home to several campsites that offer accommodation at budget prices in caravans, chalets, camping barns and more. Minutes from safari park Africa Alive! one of the region's highest-rated family attractions, Heathland Beach at Kessingland offers a choice of holiday homes or touring pitches for tents and caravans. Peak prices start from £28 per night for a touring caravan including 2 people. Two-bed roomed holiday homes are priced from £550 for a week during the summer holidays.
If you’re tempted to camp but like your home comforts, try group glamping at West Stow Pods. Set in secluded woodland, the pods are within easy reach of the award-winning Fullers Mill Gardens, and fishing, mountain biking and horse-riding are all available nearby.
On the coast near Aldeburgh, home to the world-renowned concert series and a new Anthony Gormley sculpture, Wyndham House sleeps 13 split over 7 bedrooms. The large Georgian house has a private garden and is just minutes from the High Street and beach. Collect your lunch or supper from the award-winning fish and chip bar on the High Street and eat them on the beach.
For a more rural gathering, Seasons Farmhouse and Cottage near Felixstowe sleeps 18, split over 2 adjacent properties. Facilities include 3 en-suite rooms and 2 family bathrooms ensuring plenty of room for all! Felixstowe is also home to Landguard Fort, reputedly the most haunted place in the country, ideal for October half-term trips coinciding with Halloween.
Woodbridge Tide Mill
The last working mill in the country powered by tidal waters and first used in 1170, Woodbridge Tide Mill on the River Deben has recently been restored to full working order. Visitors can see the mill’s rare machinery in action, get involved with interactive exhibits and dress up in character as the miller and his family. The Tide Mill museum offers a unique opportunity to experience this key component of Suffolk’s industrial and cultural heritage.
Located in the picturesque Suffolk countryside amongst the beautifully-preserved Wool Towns, the house, gardens and farm at Kentwell are all open to explore. Time your trip with one of the Tudor re-enactment days and see over 200 characters in authentic costume, vividly bringing the 16th century to life. Enter through the time tunnel and immerse yourselves in the authentic recreation, complete with craftsmen at work, produce and performances.
Renovated in 2003, the Pier offers unrivalled views of Southwold town and this beautiful stretch of coastline. Young and old alike will be delighted with the unusual arcade games in the Under the Pier show, including the chance to travel in a mini-submarine, bash the banker or bounce up and down to beat the pirates.
Take to the water
Suffolk’s connection to the water is apparent throughout the county: from the inspiring views of the River Stour immortalised by Constable to the newly-created Broads National Park in the north of the county, not forgetting the 60 miles of beautiful coastline within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Why not utilise the interactive planning tool at www.takemetosuffolk.com to ensure your perfect holiday?