Looking for the perfect cosy winter weekend away with your partner or BFF? Suffolk is a beautiful part of the country, with so much to see and explore. From long walks along the beach, to spotting local wildlife, checking-in to a luxurious hotel and indulging in a spot of pampering at the spa. This is a county that truly has it all!
Not sure where to start? Here are 5 things you must do when planning your visit to Suffolk…
Unwind in luxury at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa
Retreat to an oasis of calm at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa. This beautiful 4-star countryside hotel is the perfect base for exploring Suffolk. Nestled in the heart of Newmarket, this Suffolk hotel is adjacent to the world-famous Newmarket Racecourse. Explore the home of horse racing, and relax in one of the chic hotel rooms, equipped with all of the luxury touches you could need. Think traditional with a contemporary twist! Whether you’re staying overnight, or simply just visiting, be sure to sample some of the exquisite cuisine on offer at the award-winning Squires Restaurant. In need of a little R&R? The hotel’s ‘5 Bubble’ rated luxury spa can see to that. Immerse yourself in a world of pure relaxation. Take a dip in the hydrotherapy pool, unwind in the rooftop hot tub, and warm up in the sauna and steam room. The perfect winter escape!
Indulge in retail therapy in Aldeburgh
Frantically trying to shop for the remaining Christmas gifts on your list? Head to Aldeburgh to indulge in a little gifting…and perhaps a bit of self gifting too! Clear a few hours in your weekend itinerary to wander around the array of fabulous independent boutique on offer here. You’ll find everything from clothing and jewellery, to homeware and beauty. It makes a lovely change from the usual high-street suspects, and you can breathe in that fresh seaside air too.
Embark on an 8 mile cycle ride
Wrap up warm, fetch your gloves, and embark on a scenic 8 mile cycle ride! For a pre-planned route, head to Alton Water where you can hire a bike and enjoy a cycle route that will take you around the beautiful reservoir. If you’re a keen wildlife lover, pack your binoculars, as you’re bound to spot plenty of interesting wildlife en-route. Even in the colder months, this is a lovely way to spend an afternoon, especially on those crisp, sunny mornings. Get up and out early doors on a cold morning to enjoy the sight of the countryside covered in a blanket of frost. A great shot for photography enthusiasts.
Visit Framlingham Castle
Framlingham is a historic market town of Anglo-Saxon origin, and it’s also home to Framlingham Castle (oh and Ed Sheeran too, just as a side note). This magnificent 12th century abode was once home to famous Kings and Queens! It doesn’t get much more royal than visiting a castle, and it’s the perfect activity for your winter escape. Whilst visiting the area, be sure to pop by The Pennings Nature Reserve, the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary and DJ Wines Winery. Wildlife and wine, what more could you want from a long weekend in the countryside?
Stroll along the beach
Southwold is an eternal favourite with both Suffolk residents and visitors from around the world. Think picturesque beach-huts, cosy pubs and fantastic shops. Even during the colder months, a morning stroll along the beach is an absolute must! Suffolk is home to some of countries best beaches, so don’t miss out on the chance to explore the breathtaking coastal areas. Head out on the pier, take a tour of the lighthouse, and visit the world-famous Adnams brewery. Tours are on offer throughout the year, just be sure to check timings before you go!
Will you be considering a long weekend in the relaxing Suffolk countryside?