Eight of the best parks in Suffolk and north Essex - but which is your favourite?
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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.
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.
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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, 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.
Kentwell Hall, Sudbury
Kentwell Hall is a stately home in Long Melford, it has stunning grounds, a rare breeds farm and gardens.
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.
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, 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.