13 things that make Suffolk great
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Happy Suffolk Day! Today is a day dedicated to celebrating the wonderful county we call home. We take a look at a few things that make Suffolk great.
We are home to many beautiful beaches some sandy and some stony but all great for different things.
To name a couple there is Aldeburgh which has a stony beach, a peaceful picturesque town and delicious fish and chips.
Walberswick has a great beach both sandy and stony, it also has many spots perfect for crabbing and vintage shops to check out.
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There are so many wide open spaces perfect for dog walking and picnics.
One great example is The Stour Valley Path, it is a 60 mile route which follows the valley sides of the River Stour.
There are plenty of tranquil spots to see wildlife close up all year round.
Minsmere, in Saxmundham, is an excellent spot to see a huge variety of birds as well as other garden wildlife.
Lackford Lakes, in Bury St Edmunds, is a wildlife oasis it has a landscape of lakes, reeds, meadows and woodland with dragonflies, otters and kingfishers making appearances.
Not many places can say they have a whole day dedicated to where they live.
Every year we celebrate what makes our region great by hosting a variety of events all over Suffolk.
The celebration of our county will take place on Thursday, June 21, this year.
We are also lucky enough to have the home of racing in our region.
There are 39 fantastic race days taking place in 2018 as well as themed days and live music events.
The Newmarket Nights event has the likes of Paloma Faith, James Blunt, Craig David, George Ezra and Plan B coming this year.
We are home to the international superstar Ed Sheeran.
The 27-year-old grew up in Framlingham and often talks proudly about being from Suffolk.
His hit song The Castle on the Hill is about his childhood in Framlingham.
There is so much history in Suffolk, Framlingham Castle is the perfect example of this.
It was in this castle that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.
You can have a great day out exploring the castle and learning more of Framlingham’s stories.
Suffolk is in a great location for all your needs.
You don’t have to drive far to find a beach, countryside or a buzzing town centre.
On top of this we can also get to London in just over an hour by train.
There is always plenty to do across the region from live music, theatre productions and sporting events.
To name a few venues The Regent, The New Wolsey, The Apex, Theatre Royal, always have exciting shows for all the family to enjoy.
We have also had big names like Elton John, Olly Murs, P!nk, R.E.M, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Kylie Minogue perform at our Suffolk venues.
Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds
We are home to an award winning 14 acre park which looks lovely all year round and has so much history in its grounds.
The Abbey Gardens is the heart of Bury St Edmunds and the perfect spot for watching the world go by or peacefully reading a book.
The Abbey Gardens was created in 1831 but was originally a botanic garden, there is so much history and culture at this park with plaques to educate you during your visit.
Watching the sunset in the summer at Ramsholt Arms
Suffolk has magnificent sunsets all year round but they are particularly breathtaking during the warm summer months.
A favourite spot for many to watch the sun set is the Ramsholt Arms in Woodbridge.
You can sit inside or outside with a view of the River Deben, enjoy a drink and some food, and even bring your dog.
House in the Clouds at Thorpeness
Suffolk also has many unique buildings and homes, the house in the clouds at Thopreness is one.
This intriguing feature was built in 1923 to receive water pumped from Thorpeness Windmill.
Thorpeness is another picturesque location with plenty to do from sailing a boat on the lake, enjoying a round of golf, and checking out the glorious countryside.
Sailing on Oulton Broad
Whether you are an experienced sailor or it is brand new to you, everyone enjoys their time at Oulton Broad.
The radiant calming views of the water and surrounding areas will leave you feeling relaxed.
There are various events and lessons taking place at the Oulton Broad Water Sports for you to enjoy.