Suffolk is located on the East coast of England and has a coastline which stretches for around 50 miles. Although the area is mainly associated with sailing such as in Aldeburgh and fishing, such as hosting the Open Crabbing Championship each year in Walberswick, Suffolk also holds little surprises. It has Medieval towns dotted around the county and even has its own horse breed - the Suffolk Punch!
Suffolk captured in beautiful watercolour
Saxtead Green Post Mill
Is a corn mill, whose whole body revolves on its base and is one of many built in Suffolk from the late 13th century. Though milling ceased in 1947, it is still in working order. Climb the stairs to various floors, which are full of fascinating mill machinery. However due to conservation works, Saxtead Green Post Mill will be closed until Spring 2020.
Is one of the world’s leading centres of music, hosting outstanding concerts and festivals throughout the year, from the flagship Aldeburgh Festival, founded by composer Benjamin Britten in 1948 – one of Europe’s top classical events – to the folk, world music and jazz of the Snape Proms.
Is a pretty coastal town on the river Alde and enjoys breathtaking views both seawards and following the river Alde inland towards Orford. Aldeburgh is also famous as the home of composer Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears. Every June a classical music festival takes place at nearby Snape Maltings.
Is widely acknowledged as the best example of a medieval wool town in England. In Tudor times, Lavenham was said to be the fourteenth wealthiest town in England, despite its small size. It’s fine timber-framed buildings and beautiful church, built on the success of the wool trade, make it a fascinating place to explore today.
Set in 245 acres, Sutton Hoo is an ancient Anglo Saxon burial ground in Suffolk. This burial ground is one of Britain’s most important archaeological sites and was discovered in 1939. One of the excavations included a ship burial of an Anglo Saxon warrior King complete with helmet, weapons and royal treasure.
Known as the lost city of England, this tiny village certainly has a story to tell. Dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, Dunwich once stood proud as the capital of the Kingdom of the Eastern Angles, at its mightiest matching 14th century London for size. Today the Dunwich Museum is the perfect history experience for all the family, it tells the amazing story of a city lost to the sea.
Or 'Pied Avocets' as they are known globally, are a great conservation success story: extinct in the UK during the 19th century, this beautiful bird was given a lifeline during the Second World War when it was able to recolonise the beaches of East Anglia which were closed and flooded as a defence against invasion. It is now the well-known symbol of the RSPB.
Is a Grade I listed watermill on the River Stour at Flatford in East Bergholt, Suffolk. According to the date-stone the mill was built in 1733, but some of the structure may be earlier. Attached to the mill is a 17th-century miller's cottage which is also Grade I listed. The property is in Dedham Vale, a typically English rural landscape. The mill was owned by the artist John Constable's father and is noted as the location for many of Constable's works.
This delightful coastal village is a popular holiday destination for those who wish to experience Walberswick's unspoilt dunes, its beach and its charm. In the 19th century, the romantic ruins, the pretty village, the river, the beach, the surrounding marshes and the open skies attracted many artists - the most well known probably being Philip Wilson Steer and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The House in the Clouds
A water tower at Thorpeness, Suffolk is one of the country’s most famous follies. Built in 1923 to receive water pumped from Thorpeness Windmill and was designed to improve the looks of the water tower, disguising its tank with the appearance of a weatherboarded building more in keeping with Thorpeness's mock-Tudor and Jacobean style, except seeming to float above the trees. Today this tall house provides self-catering accommodation in the special holiday village of Thorpeness.
The Suffolk Horse, also historically known as the Suffolk Punch or Suffolk Sorrel, is an English breed of draught horse. The Suffolk Punch horse has been a part of the Suffolk landscape since the early sixteenth century. The horses were originally used for agricultural purposes, but over the years have been used to transport artillery, deliver retail goods and work in forestry. Today The Suffolk Punch Trust helps protect the critically endangered Suffolk horse through its established breeding programme, raising public awareness and training a new generation of professionals to work with these iconic heavy horses.