Whether you’re a Suffolk local or visiting East Anglia for a summer getaway, there’s lots of fantastic stuff to do and see in the county, for both grown ups and families.
The Orwell Meadows Leisure Park team have rounded up some of their favourite spring/summer activities to inspire you…
- Go to the Suffolk Show
On 1st & 2nd June 2016, Trinity Park on the outskirts of Ipswich hosts the fantastic Suffolk Show. Free for under 15s, the show is packed with fun for every visitor – get to know some four-legged friends in the county’s “best in show”, take a spin on a traditional fairground ride, enjoy Suffolk’s finest food and drink, or visit Suffolk’s biggest pop-up shop.
- Visit RSPB Minsmere
A beautiful spot for bird lovers and nature lovers in general. Stunning coastal, marshland and woodland scenery hosts nature trails where all sorts of rare birds and wildlife can be glimpsed – including adders, bitterns, marsh harriers and otters – RSPB Minsmere is a thriving family-friendly nature reserve for everyone to enjoy.
- Canoe Along the River Waveney
Starting from Beccles Lido, canoe hire on the River Waveney will take you along some truly beautiful stretches of tranquil river, which would be unreachable by other boats. And there are plenty of pubs along the way to entice you to pull up for some well-deserved refreshment!
- Walk the Ramparts of Framlingham Castle
From behind the towering walls of Framlingham Castle, Mary Tudor – the daughter of Henry VIII – was proclaimed Queen of England. With breathtaking views, a rich history and tons of events for children and families throughout spring and summer, the castle is a great day trip location.
- Cheer on the Thumb Wrestling World Championships
Whether you fancy yourself a thumb wrestler to be reckoned with, or just want to watch a day of unusual fun, the 7th annual Thumb Wrestling World Championships at The Locks Inn in Beccles is well worth a trip on 8th August.
- Stroll Along Southwold Pier
This picture postcard English pier is a stunning sight and a very pleasant place to visit for a stroll, a shop and a bite to eat – there’s even an “Under the Pier” show!
- Watch Power Boat Racing at Oulton Broad
Do you like fast machines, great scenery and awesome racing? Power boating fixtures take place throughout spring and summer on the picturesque Oulton Broad – go take a look.
- Go Crabbing in Walberswick
Once home to the British Crabbing Championships (yes, that exists!), Walberswick harbour is still a great spot for crabbing – much loved by children, parents and grandparents. Grab your bucket and your bait to catch your own!
- Walk Along Covehithe Beach
For a bit of a hike, which takes you well off the beaten track, you can’t beat Covehithe Beach. Although this amazing beach is slowly being eroded by the sea, it’s still a stunning spot – though not a walk for the faint of heart (there’s some tricky terrain involved!).
- Visit Ickworth House
Near Bury St Edmunds you’ll discover a very peculiar, circular National Trust property. Built in the early 1800s, Ickworth House is a classic Italianate Georgian rotunda. Visit the country house this summer to soak up the palatial ambience and evergreen parkland landscape.
Searching for somewhere to stay while you explore Suffolk this summer? Situated next to Orwell Country Park just outside of Ipswich, warm and welcoming Orwell Meadows could be your perfect holiday spot. Find out more about our touring options, holiday homes and special offers by contacting us on 01473 726666.