Poll: Abbey Gardens, Tide Mill, West Stow Anglo Saxon village, Easter egg hunts - what will you do in Suffolk this Bank Holiday weekend?

A view of the Woodbridge Tide Mill on a sunny afternoon.

A view of the Woodbridge Tide Mill on a sunny afternoon. - Credit: Archant

FREEZING temperatures may mean it feels more like the middle of winter than the beginning of spring but tourism bosses are gearing up for a busy Bank Holiday weekend - whatever the weather.

The Easter period traditionally heralds the start of the summer season and thousands of visitors flock to both Suffolk and Essex to enjoy their many attractions.

With thermometers hovering close to freezing there have been fears that people may be tempted to stay at home rather than get out and about and enjoy the four day weekend.

But tourism chiefs across the region are promising plenty to do - even if it means taking cover.

Tony Hubbard, chairman of the Woodbridge Tide Mill Living Museum, which opens its doors at 11am on Good Friday and will welcome visitors throughout the Bank Holiday weekend, said: “It’s a great place to come if it’s cold because we are all indoors. There’s plenty to do and we look forward to seeing as many people as possible.”


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The Suffolk Punch Trust at nearby Hollesley will also be opening throughout the Easter break from 10am-4pm. On Sunday there is a special events days with extra activities planned including cart rides and face painting.

Business manager Kathryn Cooper said: “We have worked very hard to ensure we are more family orientated. There is a new pets paddock that brings rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks inside in the education room so children can get up close.

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“We have lambs that will also be indoors, as well as a selection of horses and harnessing demonstrations. There is also an Easter trail, egg decorating and craft activities for children.”

Naomi Tarry, chairman of Aldeburgh Business Association, said: “There is lots to do and we are looking forward to giving visitors a warm welcome. We hope that as many people as possible will come and see what we have to offer - whether its fish and chips on the beach or exploring our wonderful independent shops. There is something for everyone.”

Lynn Cowan, operations director of Gough Hotels, the new owners of Southwold Pier, said: “The sun may not be shining but there are plenty of smiling faces. There is a fantastic range of activities, from gift shops to cafes and curious things like the traditional slot machines.”

Sharon Fairweather, tourism officer at St Edmundsbury, said there was also lots to do in the west of the county, including a street market and Easter egg hunt in Bury St Edmunds. She said the Anglo Saxon village at West Stow would also be reopening, while Ickworth House and the Abbey Gardens always proved popular, whatever the weather.

“The daffodils aren’t quite blooming but I would encourage people to get out and about to experience what is on their door step,” she said.

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