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Where to See Spring Flowers Blooming

Lambs leaping, birds singing, the days stretching and spring flowers are starting to peep their heads through the dewy grass. Welcome the changing of the seasons and visit these stunning locations to see Spring flowers blooming. 

Christchurch Park

TTDA - Christchurch Park - Gardens

An oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of Ipswich, Christchurch Park is a must-visit whatever the season, with beautiful floral displays among its 80 acres of lawns, trees and ponds. The snowdrops start to bloom in January, followed by bluebells and daffodils and multi-coloured tulips as the summer arrives.

Whilst there, pay a visit to Christchurch Mansion; boasting 500 years of history, it is one of Suffolk's most treasured buildings. Explore the period rooms from the Tudor kitchen to the sumptuous Georgian saloon. There is also a large collection of fine art, which includes renowned Suffolk artists John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough. 

Captain's Wood, Orford

WTS - Best of Suffolk - Bluebells

One of the greatest expanses of Bluebells in Suffolk, a visit to Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Captain's Wood is a must this Spring.

The majestic woodland habitat of ancient trees and wild flowers  deer roam freely, barn owls hunt the clearings and ten species of bat feed amongst the trees. 

In Spring, Captain’s Wood exhibits one of the most astonishing displays of bluebells to be found anywhere in Suffolk. The woodland habitat varies from mostly open wood pasture with oak and birch to a large stand of almost pure hazel, clumps of mature Scots pine and lines of planted sweet chestnut. Veteran oak trees are found throughout much of the wood pasture, supporting several species of fungi and invertebrates which are dependent on the slowly rotting heartwood, notably the fungus 'oak polypore' that is only known from six other sites in Britain.

In addition to the ancient wood pasture are small fields and scrub. The land has been left fallow and has developed into a wonderful mosaic of rough grassland, scrub and woodland. The fallow deer play a crucial role in keeping this land open.

Reydon Wood Nature Reserve

WTS - School Farm Cottages - Bluebells

One of Suffolk Wildlife Trust's stunning reserves, enter through the tunnel of trees and enjoy a magical walk through this medieval wood. Sit amongst the ancient trees, the dappled light and flower-blanketed beds and enjoy a walk around the circular trail that takes in about half of the wood and can be completed in 30 minutes. 

Children will love playing in the numerous dens, fashioned out from cut wood and fallen branches and look out for butterflies and wildflowers such as the common spotted orchid, ragged-robin and fleabane. In spring, the spectacular eruption of spring flowers rivals any Suffolk wood, boasting swathes of bluebells, yellow archangel and greater stitchwort. 

Blakenham Woodland Gardens, Ipswich

This peaceful haven is just 4 miles northwest of Ipswich. The 6 acre woodland garden is home to a variety of rare trees and shrubs, Chinese rocks and a landscape spiral form. In the Spring months, the gardens are laden with snowdrops, daffodils and camellias, followed by magnolias and bluebells in the latter part of the season. Even the badgers have their own dell!

The gardens are open from 1 March to 28 June, with a Bluebells ands Magnolias event on 24 April from 10am - 4pm.

Manor House, Middleton, Saxmundham

Manor House sits with just over an acre of garden on a triangular plot which was once the northern tip of a medieval green. Started from a wilderness in 2015, this lush hideaway is now an ambulatory garden with seating, so you can sit amongst the blooms and enjoy the new tree plantings, borders, meadows, vegetable garden and spring flowering trees, shrubs and bulbs.

The garden is open by Arrangement from February - April for groups of between 6 and 24. Contact the Garden owner to arrange your visit.



Things to see and do

National Trust Dunwich Heath

National Trust Dunwich Heath

Dunwich Heath and Beach is a precious landscape on the Suffolk coast where you can experience a true sense of being at one with nature. 

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. 

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Ipswich Museums

Ipswich Museums

Ipswich Museums incorporates three historical venues in Ipswich; Ipswich Museum - a fascinating Victorian museum; Christchurch Mansion - a magnificent Tudor building; and Ipswich Art Gallery - a unique contemporary gallery.

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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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English Heritage - Framlingham Castle

English Heritage - Framlingham Castle

Surrounded by parkland and a picturesque lake, Framlingham Castle is a magnificent 12th-century fortress with a long and colourful past that makes a fascinating family day out in Suffolk.

Walk the spectacular wall walk and explore the towering walls behind which Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England. From the remarkable 10.5 metres high curtain wall, take in breath-taking views of the Suffolk landscape and imagine life over 500 years ago.

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English Heritage - Leiston Abbey

English Heritage - Leiston Abbey

The mainly 14th-century remains of an abbey of Premonstratensian canons.

Leiston Abbey is among Suffolk’s most impressive monastic ruins, with some spectacular architectural features.

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English Heritage - Saxstead Green Post Mill

English Heritage - Saxstead Green Post Mill

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.

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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the River Deben is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.

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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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National Trust Orford Ness

National Trust Orford Ness

Wild, remote and exposed, Orford Ness contains the ruined remnants of a disturbing past. Ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, rare and fragile wildlife thrives where weapons, including atomic bombs, were once tested and perfected.

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