The Suffolk Coast
  • Autumn foraging on The Suffolk Coast

Autumn Foraging on The Suffolk Coast

The Suffolk Coast has well and truly established itself as foodie destination. 

It’s all here - farmers markets, food & drink festivals, fabulous fresh fish and seafood to rural pubs and top notch restaurants. The Suffolk Coast is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike when searching out delicious food and produce.

But what about free food? Food that you can search for and gather yourself…

Foraging for food is in our DNA. That’s what our ancestors did before turning their hand to farming and looking after livestock.

And the hedgerows, byways, woods and water around here offer an abundance of foraging opportunities.

During summer plants store up goodness and energy in their fruit and berries. So autumn is just the right time to get out in the fresh air, take in all the changing colours and start foraging.

Look out for blackberries, rose hips, crab apples, rowan and damson.

Blackberries grow in abundance on The Suffolk Coast – some of the best can be found on the site of disused railway lines as well as along our country lanes. Great fruit to mix with apples for crumbles or just served together. And bramble jelly makes a delicious change from strawberry jam.

Rose-hips are packed full of vitamin C and make a lovely syrup or jelly. They blend really well with almonds, cardamom, ginger and lemon.

At this time of year you’ll see crab apple trees dotted along many of our roads. These ‘wildings’ don’t have thorns like their cultivated cousins so are easy to pick. Crab apples are high in pectin which means when made into a jelly it sets well. This lovely orange coloured jelly goes well with roast pork.

Rowan berries are quite tart and are often mixed with crab apples to make a jelly – the crab apples helping the low pectin rowan to set.

Damsons are a type of plum but generally smaller. Again, great for making jams but also excellent in a tart.

And no foraging trip would be complete without mushrooms. There are around 15000 types of wild fungi in the UK.  Quite a number of these are poisonous and will make you ill if eaten or can be fatal!

If in any doubt at all, don’t eat mushrooms that you find when out foraging.

The red berries of the hawthorn are great for making jam and the leaves (in spring) are excellent in salads. In fact the whole tree has health benefits too – it’s high in antioxidants and can help to regulate blood pressure.

So, with a bit of research and maybe a foraging course under your belt you’ll be able to enjoy a fruitful foraging trip here on The Suffolk Coast.

Things to see and do


Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Home to plenty of animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Dog friendly


Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters offer a friendly face in a new place. Whether you are moving into Suffolk, visiting for the first time, or want to experience the outstanding landscapes of the Suffolk Coast in a new way our growing network of volunteer Greeters could help. 

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold

Unlike a larger town there aren’t any major roads in Southwold, meaning it’s a far safer environment for anyone on two wheels. Plus it only takes a few minutes pedalling in any direction before you are taking in scenic views, whether it’s a breathtaking coastal panorama or Suffolk’s rural landscape.

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Pakefield Riding School

Pakefield Riding School

One of the oldest and best-known horse riding centres and stables in East Anglia.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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events


Community Garden Market

Community Garden Market

Ipswich | Fri 14th Oct 2016

Head to Ipswich, Suffolk to enjoy the delights of this wonderful Community Garden Market on 14th October 2016.

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Wildwood Supper and Feast of St Gobnait

Wildwood Supper and Feast of St Gobnait

Saxmundham |

Three course candle-lit suppers celebrating wildfood and seasonal produce (6th Oct) and St Gobnait, the patroness of bee-keepers and bees (13th Oct)

Prepared by chef Peter Harrison and served at farm house refectory tables.

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WHERE TO EAT


Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Ipswich

The Cookhouse Restaurant is a unique place to eat or have a drink whilst enjoying stunning views down the river.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


farm cafe + shop

farm cafe + shop

The farm cafe + shop, Marlesford is an oasis on the A12 a few miles from Woodbridge.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Bungay

Purveyors of high quality Fruit and Vegetables

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Free wifi


Munchy Seeds

Munchy Seeds

Munchy Seeds is a family run business based in Suffolk and has been the highest profile brand in the UK's roasted, flavoured and coated seeds market for 16 years. 

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where to stay


Sibton Park Wilderness Reserve

Sibton Park Wilderness Reserve

Saxmundham

Set within a 4,500 acre private country estate two hours from London, Wilderness Reserve is a unique luxury collection of manors, farmhouses, country cottages and follies in the heart of rural Suffolk.

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Free wifi Dog friendly