Why I love Suffolk: Katherine Cresswell

Suffolk wedding planner and celebrant Katherine Cresswell

Suffolk wedding planner and celebrant Katherine Cresswell - Credit: Contributed

Memory

From childhood, I used to be totally obsessed with ITFC and was front row to see them at the Town Hall to show off the trophy after they got promotion in 1992. We have also have enjoyed many local breaks staying at Milsoms and Le Maison Talbooth - big highlights. I used to work as a chambermaid at Le Maison so being able to stay as a guest was really special.

Landmark

I love the Orwell Bridge, driving over it looking at the beautiful Suffolk skies and seeing it from the many beautiful walks along the shores of the Orwell. For my 30th birthday we hired the open top bus and drove over with all the balloons popping! We got to see amazing views that day. I've also enjoyed a cruise on the Orwell lady giving another unique perspective on the amazing feat of engineering. 

Beach

I absolutely love going to Nacton Shores. There are beautiful walks through the forest then you can go down to the picnic area and enjoy being by the water.

Town or village

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So many beautiful places to choose from! My favourite town is Bury St Edmunds. There are such beautiful grounds surrounding the Abbey, and lovely independent shops and restaurants. I always enjoy a visit there.


Place to eat

For brunch I love Hall Farm Shop in Stratford St Mary, and walking it off around the trail, feeding the animals.

There aren't many places that make being gluten-free and dairy-free easy but their gluten-free bread and poached eggs on toast is the best!

For a very special meal Le Talbooth is beautiful and brings back great memories of where I had my first job as a waitress in the marquee for the gorgeous weddings they have there. We celebrated my mum's 60th birthday there and as a Milsom member enjoy fab summer parties at the restaurant.


Pub

The Westleton Crown is fab for a cosy winter stop off by the fire with all the board games after a stroll around Dunwich. In the summer The Swan at Stratford St Mary is great as it has a large green for the children to play in.

Attraction or day out

For a family outing Stonham Barns ticks a lot of boxes. A round of crazy golf, a stop off at the lovely shops for me where I can stock up on my crystals and a bounce on the pillow - it's always fun. A day at Newmarket races a real treat too.

Event

Suffolk Day is always a highlight with so many great things happening all around the region and so many buildings being open to the public like on the heritage days.

This year I made it to the Suffolk Remembers Event raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice which was really special and lit a candle to remember my beautiful mum who was cared for briefly by the wonderful staff there. 

Shop

I love the experience of shopping in Coes. They have such amazing customer service and they look after you so well. The independent shops on St Peters Street in Ipswich are also lovely to browse. 

Export

Would Ed Sheeran count as an export?  A true Suffolk Star who has done so much to support the county. The concert at Chantry Park was fabulous! 

Another one is Aspalls.

Also,  I have fond memories of watching ITFC play in Europe whilst in New Zealand and (showing my age here) tuning into the radio for thier FA Cup fixture against Liverpool around 1992 whilst on a school ski trip. The radio reception was terrible and my friend and I thought we'd won. We broke all the rules of the hotel, running around, cheering and jumping on the beds. Sadly in the morning we found out that wasn't the case and we'd lost in the final few minutes. We did enjoy the celebrations whilst they lasted though.

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