Suffolk Day is this Thursday 21st June; a day to celebrate all the fabulous things that Suffolk is known for; the beautiful beaches, glorious landscapes, fabulous food and drink, a thriving arts scene, fascinating history and heritage and unique places to stay.
Join in the celebrations taking place across The Suffolk Coast and remember to tag #suffolkday in your photos!
1. Inn to Inn Treasure Hunt
To celebrate Suffolk Day, The Westleton Crown and The Ship at Dunwich are running a family-fun Inn to Inn Treasure Hunt on Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June.
There's a fabulous prize up for grabs too, one lucky person will win a stay with breakfast at The Ship at Dunwich or The Westleton Crown. Each participant will also receive a free drink for completing the treasure hunt.
Treasure maps are available from The Ship or The Westleton Crown or you can download a copy from their website. Choose between the 5 mile, 8 mile or full circular walk and look out for the ‘Suffolk Day Inn to Inn treasure hunt’ signs - there will be a number of signs attached to trees and other objects along the route and you only need to spot one. Once you've found one, take a photo of yourself next to the sign as proof that you have completed the walk.
You can then head to The Ship at Dunwich or The Westleton Crown and show the photo proof to one of the team members after which you will then be entered into the prize draw!
2. Suffolk Day at Easton Farm Park
Head to Easton Farm Park on Suffolk Day and the whole family can have a fun day out for FREE! Showcasing Suffolk's best, you can meet the Suffolk Punch horses and Suffolk Red Poll cows and tuck into delicious Suffolk produce in their cafe.
Throughout the day you can get up close with the animals with meet the animal experiences, take a ride around the farm in a tractor or train, and kids can hop on board a 'Barrel Bug' for a fun trip past the animals. There will also be pony rides and egg collecting and children will love exploring the park on their own ride-on tractor.
3. Wildlife Walks around RSPB Minsmere
Discover some of Suffolk's rare birds and wildlife with a wildlife walk at RSPB on Suffolk Day. Join Minsmere's Guides on this walk, lasting 2 1/2 hours and you will see some of Suffolk's most beautiful scenery along with a many of its inhabitants including avocets, dragonflies and much more.
The cafe serves a delicious selection of meals and snacks made from Suffolk's produce, and you can take a piece of Suffolk home with you with a trip to the gift shop.
4. Wickham Market Photography Competition
For one day only on Suffolk Day, take part in the photographic competition in Wickham Market to reveal the character of this wonderful village. The village has a wealth of views and subjects to inspire the enquiring artist from its buildings, to allotments, farms river and countryside and to the lives of the people against these backgrounds. The judges will be looking for pictures that tell a story and that reveal new meaning to the familiar.
Photographs must be taken in the Parish of Wickham Market on Suffolk day between the hours of sunrise (4.40am) and sunset (9.19pm) so there's plenty of time for everyone to take part! Entries to the competition are open to all and there are separate age group entries for children and young adults. Entry forms are available from Inspirations store in the town or online at www.wmartsproject.co.uk
5. Summer Solstice Talk and Walk at Sutton Hoo
Did you know? Suffolk Day takes place on the longest day! Head to National Trust Sutton Hoo and discover the burial grounds of Anglo Saxon Kings and Queens with this fascinating tour. Discover what Summer Solstice meant to the Anglo-Saxon people with an informative talk from Dr Sam Newton. You will then head out on a leisurely stroll over the Royal Burial Ground to watch the sunset.
This event is not suitable for children. Assistance dogs are welcome. Booking for this event is essential and can be done online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/ or by phone on 0344 2491895.
6. Sample Suffolk Fine Fayre at Suffolk Food Hall
What better way to celebrate Suffolk Day than by stocking up on some of Suffolk's finest food and drink at Suffolk Food Hall. From 1pm - 4pm. You can meet and learn about six of the native breeds of Suffolk, have a go at the 4x4 assault course drive with the Suffolk Land Rover Owners Club and watch the launch of the Suffolk Young Poets Competition with the Poetry People.
A BBQ will be being served, serving some of Suffolk Food Hall's finest cuts of meat and locally grown vegetables - a taste of Suffolk on Suffolk Day!
7. Take a tour of the Adnams Brewery
Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.
Behind the walls of a stunning Victorian building on East Green lies one of the most modern breweries in the UK. In 2010, Adnams added a micro distillery too.
The daily tours of the Adnams brewery explain the beer making process from start to finish. You’ll explore the choice of ingredients and how Adnams make their beer using super-modern, self-cleaning brew stream, through to tasting the final delicious products.
If you prefer your drink a little stronger, then book a place on a tour of The Copper House Distillery which sits within the brewery and uses many of the same local ingredients. From the top of the building, you can see some of the best views in Southwold, looking across the rooftops to the Lighthouse and North Sea and beyond. Discover how Adnams create their range of award-winning spirits from the start of the process in our super-efficient brewery through to distilling and, of course, sampling the finished product.
Both tours take approximately 1 hour and are followed by a tutored tasting, which takes around 30 minutes. The tours cost £12 per person.
8. Stroll along the prom and out to sea at Southwold
One of Suffolk's most iconic buildings, a visit to the Edwardian Pier at Southwold is a great way to celebrate Suffolk Day. Walk out to sea, stopping by the shops for Suffolk souvenirs and onto the quirky waterclock designed by inventor Tim Hunkin. At the end of the Pier, you can also see his Under the Pier Show; one of the most unique and eccentric collections of interactive machines in the world.
For coffee and cake, afternoon tea and lunch, find a table at The Clockhouse Restaurant or for dinner or something a little more formal, book at table at The Boardwalk Restaurant. Here you can enjoy dishes such as locally caught fish and chips, Blythburgh pork cutlet and fish pie whilst sipping a glass of champagne as you watch the waves crash on the shore.
9. Sail along the River Orwell
Step on board Sailing Barge Victor, a traditionally rigged, 19th century sailing vessel and enjoy an evening cruise along the River Orwell. Setting sail from Old Custom House at Ipswich Dock, you will pass through the marina lock gates and out onto the beautiful and historic River Orwell, travelling under the iconic Orwell Bridge.
The trip includes a delicious, freshly cooked hot supper with side salad and bread roll and there is a licenced bar on board, should you wish to enjoy a pint of Adnams as the sunsets on the river.
10. Walk the Sailors Path at Snape
Discover one of Suffolk's most beautiful estuaries and follow the River Alde as it ebbs and flows along the Sailors’ Path from Snape Maltings to Aldeburgh. The 3-4 hour route starts at Snape Maltings; home to the internationally renowned concert hall and the setting for the Aldeburgh Music Festival, Snape Proms and the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival. From here you will follow the river to Snape Marshes; home to otters and many species of insects and plants before arriving at Snape Warren Nature Reserve; a habitat for many birds including nightjar, woodlark and yellowhammer which offers panoramic views of the estuary.
The route then takes you through Black Heath Wood and on to Aldeburgh where you will find an abundance of cafes and restaurants including Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop. Buy freshly caught and cooked fish and steaming hot chips served in paper, walk through the buildings and onto the beach to find a spot to tuck in and watch the boats bob on the water out at sea.
Click here to download the Sailors Path walking guide: