Eight of the best parks in Suffolk and north Essex - but which is your favourite?

Holywells Park in Ipswich has won its seventh Green Flag award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Holywells Park in Ipswich has won its seventh Green Flag award. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

When the sun finally comes out it is great to have a day in the park and there are plenty to choose from in Suffolk and north Essex. Here are eight of our favourites.

Why not visit Colchester Castle Park this weekend? Picture: RODGER TAMBLYN

Why not visit Colchester Castle Park this weekend? Picture: RODGER TAMBLYN - Credit: Rodger Tamblyn

Castle Park, Colchester

The park has an area of 27 acres and is Grade II-listed in the English Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Importance.

A Roman wall runs through the park, dividing it into upper and lower park.

It is home to The Castle Museum, Hollytrees Museum, a play park and lots more.

The magnificent Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The magnificent Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds

Abbey Gardens is in the centre of the historic Bury St Edmunds, it is known for its beautiful floral display and ancient settings.

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The park has lots to keep you busy with such as a bowling green, a tennis court, a play area and a section of river Lark.

Christchurch Park has made it into double figures. Picture: ARCHANT

Christchurch Park has made it into double figures. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Christchurch Park, Ipswich

The park is an impressive 70 acres with a variety of ponds to look at, gardens to stroll around, and a play park for the children.

It also has tennis courts, and bowling greens for you to enjoy as well as Christchurch Mansion which is open six days a week.

The Stunning Kentwell Hall in Long Melford. Picture: SU ANDERSON

The Stunning Kentwell Hall in Long Melford. Picture: SU ANDERSON - Credit: Su Anderson

Kentwell Hall, Sudbury

Kentwell Hall is a stately home in Long Melford, it has stunning grounds, a rare breeds farm and gardens.

It is packed with things to do as their map shows and a perfect location for a picnic.

The massive Hylands Park in Chelmsford. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

The massive Hylands Park in Chelmsford. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Hylands Park, Chelmsford

The park is a massive 574 acres and has Hylands House on its grounds. Hyland house is a Grade II neo-classical villa which has been there since 1730.

Give it a visit, learn about the history of the park and house while enjoying the sun.

Beth Chatto started work on the gorgeous gardens in 1960. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Beth Chatto started work on the gorgeous gardens in 1960. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester

Beth Chatto OBE, an award-winning plantswoman, took an overgrown wasteland of brambles and ditches and transformed it into the gorgeous gardens it is today.

The gardens are open to the public all year round, it has a four different gardens to enjoy as well as a tearoom.

Brandon Country Park has three route marked walks of various lengths and a number of cycle trails. P

Brandon Country Park has three route marked walks of various lengths and a number of cycle trails. Picture: ANDREW MUTIMER - Credit: citizenside.com

Brandon Country Park, Brandon

If you enjoy going for a walk this is the park for you.

Brandon Country park has three nature trails to explore, a beautiful historic walled garden as well as the ‘haunted’ mausoleum.

Holywells Park, Ipswich

This park has it all, a massive play area, wet play facilities, an ice cream hut and a café!

The park is 67 acres so if you are after a more peaceful picnic this park can accommodate that too.

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