Guide To Holidaying In Suffolk
A guide by Rebecca Morley
Welcome to Suffolk. Situated on the east cost of England where you can enjoy sun, sea and beautiful countryside. With over 50 miles of coastline facing the North Sea and a fantastic range of destinations, it's hard to know where to choose. The history of Suffolk is a long one, as part of East Anglia which got its name from the Angles who used to live there. Suffolk is quite centralised, its border being around 50 miles from London...
There are many crowd pulling events held every year such as, The Suffolk show which is always a hit as well as the annual Lowestoft Air Show. A free event at the sea front at Lowestoft, the most easterly town in Britain.
My favourite town is Southwold. Home to the rich and famous, there is good reason why this is a popular tourist destination for celebrities and tourists alike.
Despite the huge popularity of this sea-side town Southwold and the surrounding countryside remains virtually unspoilt. Southwold is home to a quirky variety of shops and restaurants. There is something for everyone from designer clothes shops to an organic food delicatessen.
There are an abundance of other chic and attractive towns littered around the luscious Suffolk countryside. Not far from Southwold is the elegant yet modern Beccles. Another fairly small town, with a lot to offer. It has the usual highstreet shops but with some surprises such as a delightful trinket shop, Parish Lantern. Across the road is Twyfords which does the most fantastic hot chocolate topped with cream and a flake.
A nice contrast to these two towns is bright, urban, fast paced Ipswich. Great for keen shoppers it has everything you could possibly need. It is a large town with an even larger history.
Bury St Edmunds also has an interesting history. The exciting town got its name from when the Danes killed Edmund, King of East Anglia and his body was buried at Bury, which changed to Bury St Edmunds and a monastery was erected in his honour.
There are many attractions in Suffolk. The wildlife park at Kessingland - Africa Alive also runs another animal attraction, Banham Zoo. There is a large theme park Pleasurewood hills at Lowsetoft, complete with thrill rides but also with children's rides for the younger ones, There is also an RSPB nature reserve Minsmere. And historic burial ground Sutton Hoo. One of my favourite tourist attractions will always be the mere at Thorpeness, where you can hire a boat and row around the stunning mere and feed the ducks.
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