Autumn in Suffolk may seem a long way off as we head into summer, but the seasons soon come around. At Best of Suffolk we’re always looking ahead to ensure we’re in the know about events and attractions that our guests may enjoy and to ensure we have the perfect holiday accommodation nearby.
Whether you’re staying in Suffolk’s countryside or on the coast, Suffolk wears the colours of autumn well. A woodland walk sees trees losing their coats of auburn reds to make way for carpets of leaves to kick through as you pick berries from the burgeoning hedgerows. Meanwhile the steely seas are framed by golden sands and pale blue skies as far as the eye can see.
Autumn is a great time to head to Suffolk. With less visitors at this time of year, the beaches are emptier and perfect for a stroll with your dog – especially as most beaches are open to dogs from 1 October. What’s more, as the cooler weather takes hold, crackling fires and a warm welcome from our country pubs are always a great way to end a walk in the wild.
So, what makes Suffolk so special for an autumn getaway this year? Whether you’re looking for foodie festivals, spooky spectacles or family fun, we’ve found ten things you really won’t want to miss.
Four for foodies
The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival, on Sunday 14 October, is a great day out for all the family. Join sausage makers as they take over the town of Framlingham to sizzle sausages for you to taste, try out free workshops and amazing activities and browse your way around a range of stalls too.
Other festivals for foodies this season include Newmarket Food and Drink Festival on 15 and 16 September, Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival on 22 and 23 September and Aldeburgh Food Festival on 29 and 30 September.
Three for thrillseekers
Scaresville a haunted village in the grounds of Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, Suffolk takes place every autumn. Touted as one of Britain’s most original, top scare attractions, we’re sure it’ll get your spine tingling. Remember, though, it’s not for those under 14 years of age or for people who are squeamish, pregnant, claustrophobic, frail or faint-hearted.
If you’re heading to Suffolk with the family and fancy a little Halloween fun, why not try out the Spooky Trail at Landguard Fort in Felixstowe from 20 to 26 October. Alternatively, head to Hollow Trees Farm in Semer, near Hadleigh, for a spooky adventure for the younger ones, keep an eye on their events page for details of when this will take place.
Two for tea
If you love afternoon tea, you’ll love afternoon tea in quintessential Lavenham. The 15th century Swan Hotel is situated in the heart of the village and offers either Traditional or Gentleman’s Tea, or their fabulously decadent High Tea. Alternatively, head toward Bury St Edmunds for a visit to the splendid Ickworth House, and take in afternoon tea while you’re there in The Ickworth Hotel.
One for the wild
Get back to basics and nurture your need for nature with a ramble in the countryside and foraging for berries. If you’d like something more organised, RSPB Minsmere makes for a great wildlife destination, with a host of activities on offer. And why not arrange a 4×4 ride while you’re there? A great way for small groups of no more than four to explore the reserve and see areas not normally accessible to visitors, Minsmere 4×4 safaris must be booked at least one week ahead.
Whatever your preferences while you’re here, autumn is a great time to take a break in Suffolk and we have a fantastic selection of holiday cottages available – for couples or families through to large groups – to make your stay a memorable one.
Plus, we have a great range of pet-friendly holiday homes for those wanting to bring their four-legged friend along – and pets go free.
Find your perfect autumn break when you book to stay with Best of Suffolk.