Why I Love Suffolk - Professor Helen Langton
- Credit: Contributed
My best memories are both from when I was a child – swimming in the very cold North Sea and then after being dried by my mum, being sent for a brisk run with my brother and sister to ensure we warmed up and turned more pink and less blue! Also attending stock car racing in Peasenhall – the site has long gone but it was such fun standing on a trailer on bales of hay watching the cars go round and eating hot dogs.
The windmill at Saxted – we had a competition to see who could see it first as we headed to Bruisyard for our holidays and it meant we were nearly there. We still do that when we drive out that way – old habits die hard.
We are blessed with so many great beaches in Suffolk that it's hard to choose one and I frequent many of our beaches regularly. Shingle, sand, crabbing, beach huts – all our beaches have a character of their own. However, if I have to pick one then its Iken – not a traditional beach but I enjoy walking at low tide across the mud flats and looking out for the wildlife at Iken, and gazing at the stunning views.
Town or Village
Bruisyard – I spent all my holidays there as a child as have my children and it holds a special place in our hearts. Wide open Suffolk fields, friendly neighbours, farms to do school geography projects on and great walking. Less windy than the coast and less touristy than some of the neighbouring towns, it has a charm and character all of its own.
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The Butley Orford Oysterage – a firm favourite and still visited regularly; the atmosphere is evocative and the fresh fish is wonderful.
The Dennington Queen. The gardens work for children and adults alike with lovely wild birds and a pond, some swings and running space and lovely flowers; and the service is always good and food excellent. It's popular so you need to book
Boating on the Meare at Thorpeness. Being able to get out of the boat on some of the islands which all have their own theme and quirky attraction such as the Fort or the Dragons lair; a wonderful way to spend an afternoon escaping into the world of make believe – and firing up arm muscles for rowing which then ache for a week afterwards.
Visiting the Barinov Opera outside Needham Market. I cannot recommend this highly enough for a night out with a difference.
All the shops at Snape Maltings are wonderful for presents and gifts. Framlingham Bookshop for great selection of second-hand books
Our creativity, whether it's our painters such as Constable and Gainsborough, our musicians such as Ed Sheeran, our actors such as June Brown and Ralph Fiennes, or our historical figures who made a difference such as Thomas Wolsey, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Millicent Fawcett.