There's so much !
- 1 acre of garden, with orchard, picnic bench, ponds and the owners animals (goats chickens and turkeys) to enjoy
- Tree swing
- Field walks from the door - even the Mid-Suffolk footpath goes past the garden.
- Bridleway good for cycling to the village
Local attractions within 15 minutes drive:
- Stonham Barns with Birds of Prey centre, golf centre including crazy golf, fishing lakes, children's play area, teapot pottery and shopping.
- Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm. Cuddle the lambs in Spring, feed the hungry kune kune pigs and take a walk around the farm and along the river. Ideal for a morning or afternoon out with a young family. (One of our favourites when the children were younger).
- Needham Lake - a pretty lake with lots of wildfowl, good children's play area, and gravelled paths suitable for pushchairs etc. Close to small historic town of Needham Market
- Needham Market - charming small town full of little antique shops.
- Alder Carr Farm - excellent farm shop, pick your own and great tea rooms/ cafe. Ice cream is to die for! Regular farmers market.
- Museum of East Anglian Life - great, largely, outdoor museum showing life in East Anglia in the past. It has a working watermill, Victorian school, old chapel, old smithy plus others buildings with lots of fascinating exhibits. Various events thorough out the year, and children's activities.
Lots of little pretty towns and villages:
- Eye - boasting a castle, a lovely old church and vibrant high street
- Debenham -
- Haughty - a great (and ancient) bakery as well as a good indie restaurant
- Diss - gentle old market town with a great country auction house and a its mere (pond/lake)
- Bressingham - steam museum, steam train rides and the occasional visits of Thomas the tank engine and lovely gardens too
Annual Performance Events
- Aldeburgh Festival (June) and Snape Proms (August) - The festival is classical the proms are more eclectic
- Theatre in the Forest (outdoor Shakespeare we try and go every year)
- The Red Rose Chain Theatre company (Ipswich)
- Google Forest live 'High Lodge Thetford' for outdoor pop concerts
- try googling Bury music; The Apex (Bury St Edmunds); The Wolsey (ipswich)
A little further afield:
- Jimmys Farm
- Framlingham Castle
- Thetford Forest
- Bury St Edmunds, the town and Abbey
- Ickworth House
- Constable Country
- Ipswich waterfront and various museums.
- The beach at Felixstowe (35mins)
- Classic Suffolk Coast: Aldeburgh, Walberswick, Southwold.
- Snape Maltings including Snape Concert Hall home of Aldeburgh festival for concerts, walking and shopping.
- Orford for the castle and smoked fish!
- Minsmere famous RSPB bird reserve
There is so much to do. We try to keep up to date with all local leaflets and are on hand to make suggestions too.
Eating Out (our three go-to restaurants)
- The Crown, Stowupland. Recently renovated with Pizza a speciality
- The Trowel and Hammer, Cotton, now in great hands and serving great food.
- Four Horseshoes Thornham Magna- chocolate box charm and a spooky restaurant.
Again there are many others and we provide more information in the cottage.
Three further afield but worth the trek (each in a great riverside setting)
- Several golf clubs within a short drive Diss, Stonham
- Leisure centre, with swimming pool and climbing wall in Stowmarket.
- Fishing (Stonham Barns and (a guest recommends) Creeting St Mary.
- Sailing and boating (Alton Water) approx half hour drive.
- Go Ape high ropes activity centre 40 minutes away in Thetford Forest.