Discover outdoor places to go with the family near you. You'll find things to do and plenty to see.
Located approximately 4 miles north west of Stowmarket, Haughley Park House opens its extensive grounds to visitors every Tuesday afternoon from May to September.
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Across the railway line to the east of the town lies the peaceful and scenic Needham Lake, a local nature reserve with designated walks, play areas, fishing platforms and picnic tables. Facilities include toilets and free out of season parking. The site also hosts a car boot fair on most Saturday mornings throughout the year.
Facilities include a children's play area, the Alder Carr Tearoom & Restaurant serving full a lunch menu, snacks and drinks, toilets, and free parking. Alder Carr Farm is open Tuesdays to Saturdays all year round, and also Mondays in June and August. It is located approximately 3 miles south east of Stowmarket.
Facilites include a gift shop and cafe, toilets, and pay-and-display parking. Walks maps are available for purchase from the information board in the main car park. The Forge Cafe is open daily throughout the year.
The sanctuary is open all year round with daily flying displays taking place from Easter to September.
The 6,114-yard par-69 course is hilly in places and dog-legs add to the variety of a well-maintained lay-out with generous fairways. The opening hole, one of only two par... more
Henry Watson's family run pottery, dating back to 1734, specialises in producing its famous 'Original Suffolk Collection' in plain terracotta and a selection of coloured glazes.
A disused granary and its outbuildings in the small village of Buxhall have been converted into a well stocked craft and gift shop, a welcoming tea room serving drinks and homemade cakes, and a fascinating little museum of local and agricultural bygones. Entry to the museum is free, facilities include toilets and free parking. Located approximately 3 miles west of Stowmarket.
Visitors can see and learn about rare breeds of animal at this family run farm located in picturesque countryside beside a river. Children are given a bag of animal food, and are invited to feed most of the animals.
For more information, contact the Mid Suffolk Tourist Information Centre on (01449) 676800.
The original pottery site now houses their country gift shop, which sells the full range of Henry Watson's products, as well as kitchenware, candles, earthenware garden pots, and a wide variety of gift ideas.
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You'll be amazed how much there is to do in your area, whatever the weather! Find ideas if you're planning a day out with the kids or something to do at the weekend or during the next school holiday.
Grade 1 listed gardens owned by the Tollemache family, which include a parterre, walled kitchen garden, an orchard, acres of parkland roamed by red and fallow deer, and planted herbaceous, shrub and seasonal borders.
Complimented by a wonderful balance of nature and the modern accents inspired by the current Lady Tollemache, a well-known garden designer and Chelsea Gold Medal Winner.... more
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Extensive and engaging Museum spread over a 75 acre site, containing woodland and riverside nature trails, restored historic buildings including a working water mill, local and rare breeds of farm animal, five operational steam engines, and displays on traditional East Anglian crafts and Gyspy culture. Additionally, guided tours of the Abbot's Hall historic gardens are run every Thursday and Sunday.
Working farm open to the public, with a farm shop selling locally produced food, hand made fruit ice creams, and pick-your-own fruit and vegetables. The courtyard also houses a number of small arts and craft boutiques, an eco shop, and Suffolk Cycle Breaks. Additionally, Farmers' Markets are held every 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am to 1pm throughout the year.
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The gardens, which are open to visitors from May to September, are located approximately 9 miles east of Stowmarket.
Bridge Farm Barns comprises several local businesses offering visitors a selection of cards and gifts, corncraft and artificial flowers, scrapbooking and craft supplies, and garden structures from The Summer House.
The streets are still lined with surviving 14th and 17th Century timber framed merchants' houses, though some of the medieval features are hidden behind more modern facades and shop fronts. The bells in Debenham's church of St Mary Magdalene are reputed to ring the best octave in Suffolk.
Located approximately 4 miles east of Stowmarket, the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns includes over 60 owls and other birds of prey, a raptor hospital, an adventure play area and maze, woodland walks and a rare Red Squirrel colony, as well as an information centre and gift shop.
Leisure Centre offering a comprehensive choice of sports and fitness activities, including a main swimming pool and two side pools, a well equipped fitness studio, indoor bowls, a multi-purpose sports hall, squash courts, a climbing wall, and a registered creche.
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Facilities include a gift shop, the Abbots Hall Farm shop which sells local organic produce, the Galloping Chef tea room and bistro, Gilbert's Food Hall, and toilets. Nearby pay and display parking is availabe on either side of Iliffe Way. The Mid Suffolk Tourist Information Centre is located in the Museum's main entrance building.
Find indoor venues and things to do with children near you. Whatever the weather you'll find lots of activities to do and things to see.
Steam Museum with a collection of exhibits and working locomotives, and home of the 6100 Royal Scot, fully restored and running at Bressingham during the summer. The Museum also includes the National Dad's Army collection of original props and vehicles, housed in a specially recreated scene from Walmington-on-Sea. Outside, the Bressingham Gardens display a large selection of species and varieties of plants.
Located approximately 3 miles south east of Stowmarket, Needham Market is a bustling small town whose high street, houses, shops and boutiques are full of charm and character.
Visitors can also enjoy a collection of barns housing a variety of shops including antiques, gifts, kitchenware, toys, garden products and plants, and a pottery. Additionally there is a fishing lake, and the Stonham Barns Golf Centre which boasts a 9 hole golf course, driving range, crazy golf, and a small golf store. Facilities include a restaurant, toilets, and ample free parking.
Toilet facilities and free parking are available in the village. The castle is open during daylight hours from Easter to September. For more information, contact the Mid Suffolk Tourist Information Centre on (01449) 676800.
Facilities include light refreshments, toilets and ample free parking. The museum is open on Sunday afternoons in June, July, August and September with conducted tours, though coach parties and evening opening times can be arranged. It is located approximately 6 miles north of Stowmarket.
Visitors can also choose from over 25 different weekly exercise classes, relax in the spa bath, sauna or steam room, or pick from a selection of beauty therapy treatments. Also part of the complex, Ocean Adventure offers children an exciting indoor playworld. Facilities include a cafe and licenced bar, toilets, and ample free parking.
The castle was rebuilt after a failed attack by the Earl of Norfolk in 1173 during the rebellion against Henry II, but was later left to ruin. Although a small part of the inner bailey still stands, most of what survives today is the remnants of a victorian folly built by Sir Edward Kerrison for his batman, who had saved his life at Waterloo.
At the north end of the high street stands the church of St John the Baptist, substantially rebuilt in the late fifteenth Century, which contains a splendid double hammerbeam roof adorned with carved angels. There is free long and short term parking available, and public toilets which are located in Barretts lane opposite the church.
Also in the grounds, the restored 17th Century barn is a popular wedding and conference venue.
Cream teas, cakes, light snacks and drinks are served at the fully licenced Coach House Tea Rooms, and gifts are sold in the Stable Shop. Toilet facilities are available, admission fee includes parking.
Situated in Low Road is Carters Teapot Pottery, where visitors can watch the process of uniquely designed teapots being crafted and painted by hand, and browse the pottery shop. Facilities include a cafe serving refreshments in the attractive conservatory, toilets, and free parking nearby. The pottery is open all year round.
Facilities include a restaurant and tea room, toilets, and ample free parking. Bridge Farm Barns is located approximately 10 miles south west of Stowmarket