Suffolk is fast becoming one of the leading tourist destinations in the country. While staying at a luxury holiday cabin at Windmill Lodges in Suffolk, you will find a hugely varied range of places to enjoy. Whether you are after walks in the countryside, culture or bucket-and-spade visits to the beach, the county caters for every taste.
Some of the best places to visit in the area are right here on our doorstep. Windmill Lodges is situated in the charming village of Saxtead, which can boast a fine church, parts of which date from the 13th and 14th centuries, and Saxtead Green Post Mill, operated by English Heritage.
Summer holidays in Suffolk offer the chance to visit a host of other destinations within easy reach of Windmill Lodges. Here are just a few of them.
If you do like to be beside the seaside, then this resort is a good place to visit. It used to be a fishing village, and there are still plenty of fisherman’s huts on and around the town’s Blue Flag shingle beach. One of the enduring delights of a visit there, particularly if you have an appetite and like to sample local fare, is being able to buy fresh fish as well as ice cream.
Every August the town hosts a spectacular carnival, complete with floats and princesses, attracting thousands of people, as part of a packed three-day programme of events which highlight Aldeburgh’s thriving community spirit.
Nearby Snape Maltings hosts the Aldeburgh Festival, and this June’s event is its 50th anniversary. The summer Snape Proms run from August 1 to September 1 this year. This year an additional Aldeburgh attraction is a stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race, which goes right through Suffolk on September 8 before finishing in the town.
Southwold is a throwback to a bygone era, as it is a resort with a lot of old-fashioned charm. If you enjoy a pint of Adnams, this is the place to come, as it is the home of the world-famous brewery. If you prefer small, independent shops rather than large chain stores then this could be the place for you.
The town is family-friendly too. There are top-quality sandy beaches if you have children who enjoy a traditional holiday with ice cream; there is an amusement arcade on the pier and regular Punch and Judy shows in the summer months.
Southwold and Aldeburgh are both within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you like a leisurely ramble with the wind in your hair, what could be more enjoyable than a saunter by the seaside? Sandlings Walk, for instance, runs from Southwold to Ipswich and, at 60 miles, is one of the longer treks you can do; but there are plenty of shorter ones where you can still take in the beauty of the area’s countryside.
If you are a fan of the arts, you should check out the summer theatre programme which runs both here and in Aldeburgh between July and early September. The Southwold Summer Arts Festival is a more recent addition to the calendar. This year’s event is being run over eight days in June and if you like drama, art, music or photography you should find something to enjoy.
This picturesque coastal village lies on the other side of the River Blyth to Southwold and is also an ideal spot for a seaside walk if you want to get away from it all, or just spend some quality time away from some of the stresses and strains of everyday life. Walberswick can boast tea rooms, pubs, restaurants, an art gallery plus craft and gift shops. It used to be home to the British Open Crabbing Championships until it attracted more crabbers than the village could cope with. But it is still great fun to try your hand at it individually, and children in particular love to go crabbing.
This quiet market town almost on our doorstep is where pop sensation Ed Sheeran grew up. Framlingham’s dominating feature is its impressive 12th-century castle, which is well worth a look around. To get out and about during summer, you could also try the town walk which comes with an audio guide. Shoppers with an eye for an antique should find a stroll around some of Framlingham’s shops particularly rewarding. If you want to enjoy some delicious fare, the town’s regular markets contain plenty of farmers’ produce.
The town’s St Michael’s Church is notable not just for its architecture, but also because it hosts top-quality musical concerts throughout the year.
If you want to book a luxury holiday cabin in Suffolk, then Windmill Lodges is a perfect place to relax. During summer, it’s great to plunge into our heated swimming pool on site – the ideal way to rest your weary limbs after exploring the coast and countryside.
You are guaranteed plenty of home comforts in our four-and five-star log cabins, such as hot tubs, leather sofas and luxury beds and linen. Click on the link to check availability and make a reservation.