Thursday, 25 February 2016

Did You Know These Famous People Lived in Suffolk?

Suffolk is most commonly known for its beautiful countryside and ancient history, but did you know that it also has been home to many hugely famous faces? Here Windmill Lodges gives you a look into the early lives of many superstars, where many of them grew up in the towns and villages of Suffolk.  Windmill Lodges’ luxury log cabins in Suffolk fit perfectly with its superstar residents, so book a fabulous holiday away with us and treat yourself.

June Brown
June Brown, or Dot Cotton from EastEnders as she’s otherwise known, was born in Needham Market in 1927 and was educated in Ipswich throughout her childhood. She first went to Miss Daisy’s in 1930, when she was just three years old, before moving to St John’s Church of England School. She then enrolled in Ipswich High School for Girls where she received a scholarship.

Archie Leach
Archie Leach, or Cary Grant as he’s most famously known, ran away at a young age to join an acrobatic troupe in Ipswich called the Pender Troupe. He was the youngest member of the group at just 13 years old.

Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy, the hugely successful actor, has a house in Aldeburgh and is often seen at Aldeburgh’s famous end of summer festival. Bill Nighy is known for his range of roles, from Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean, to Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter.

Delia Smith 
Celebrity chef Delia Smith married her husband Michael Wynn Jones at Stowmarket in 1971 and still lives in the area. She and her husband also have investments in Norwich City Football Club which they strongly support.

World famous model Twiggy lives in Southwold, and it was here that she was first found by M&S to feature in their adverts while she was relaxing at her local pub after a long walk on the beach with her husband. Dressed in a woolly hat and anorak and far from her usual glamorous self, she still caught the eye of the Executive Marketing Director for Marks and Spencer.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran was born in Hebden Bridge, but moved to Framlingham as a child where he attended Thomas Mills High School. He played at a number of small venues to try and get noticed, such as the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich, before he rose to fame. Ed still visits Suffolk regularly, and recently passed his driving test at the Ipswich driving test centre on Ransomes Europark. Ed also frequently stops over in Framlingham, just 2 miles from our luxury log cabins, and is often found shopping in the co-op, or enjoying a pint at The Station!

Anne Boleyn
Anne Boleyn’s aunt and uncle lived in Erwarton, and she often travelled down from her birthplace of Blickling to visit them while growing up. She even visited it once with Henry VIII. She was buried at the Tower of London after she was beheaded, however it was rumoured that her heart was buried at Erwarton. In 1838 work was done on the church and a heart shaped casket was found filled with dust which was believed to be the remains of her heart. 

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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Exploring Southwold

Southwold, just 40 minutes from our luxury log cabins, is a charming Suffolk seaside town that offers a huge array of things to visit and explore. From the Adnams Brewery to Southwold’s distinctive working lighthouse there is plenty to do on a day trip here, especially during the cold winter months where the town is filled with twinkling lights and warm cafes.
Windmill Lodges offers a scenic holiday in the rural countryside of Suffolk, which combines luxury, relaxation and comfort. Each of our beautiful log cabins comes with its own private hot tub, as well as a coal effect fire to keep you warm during the colder months. Perfect for families and couples, our lodges are fully equipped to the highest standards.

About Southwold

Southwold, a small town on the North Sea Coast, has a population of just 3,680 and is famously known for its harbour which remains one of the main fishing ports on the Suffolk coastline.
Southwold is also famous for its huge landmarks, including its lighthouse which was built in 1933, and stands at 31 metres tall. Guided visits take place at the lighthouse regularly, where you can climb the 113 steep spiral steps to the top of the lighthouse. This lighthouse is hugely important for Southwold’s fishing port, and plays a vital role in guiding the boats to shore each day.
Southwold’s biggest employer, Adnams Brewery, brings tourists from all over the UK to tour the huge brewery and sample their delicious beers and gins. The brewery is open during the winter months, throughout which they sell a range of both winter cocktails and winter spiced beer which have aromas of orange, cinnamon and chocolate.
Southwold Pier was destroyed in 1955 by a gale, but was rebuilt in 2001 to accommodate the thousands of tourists visiting the beach. This popular pier has a collection of modern coin operated novelty machines, which are favoured by children throughout the summer and winter. The pier’s small café is also open in winter, where you can enjoy a hot drink after a brisk stroll along the beach.

Things to do in Southwold

While staying in our luxury log cabins, Southwold is an ideal place to visit for a romantic stroll or family day out at the beach. Here you can enjoy cosy pub lunches, quiet costal walks and can browse in the independent shops which line the streets of the small town.
If you enjoy intellectual and historical days out, Southwold is perfect, with two main museums which boast a huge knowledge of its local history. Southwold Museum has a number of exhibits which focus on the local and natural history of the museum, which is informative and fun for the whole family to enjoy. The Amber Shop is a museum designed to tell the history of amber, and is the only amber museum in the whole of the UK.
Lovers of seafood and high quality food will find themselves surrounded by high end restaurants in Southwold, which serve fresh and local produce all year round. With local produce ranging from lobster to rollmops, you can all try something new while here.
For an exciting adrenaline rush, the Coastal Voyager provides a high speed experience which shows you the stunning view of Southwold from the sea. During this high speed tour you may be able to see porpoises, seals and dolphins if you’re lucky. If you prefer something a bit slower, there are also cruises which take up to 3 hours and 30 minutes, during which you can see heron, cormorants and many other types of seabirds.
The Electric Picture Palace is an old fashioned cinema which was opened in 2002 to show the style of the early 1900’s. With just 66 seats, you can watch a large variety of films here in both black and white, and colour.
Just six miles from Southwold is the Henstead Exotic Garden, which is hidden behind a 200 year old cottage and ancient yew hedge. This exotic garden covers over an acre of land, and is surrounded on all sides by hedges, backing onto a 12 acre woodland full of wildlife.
For more information on our available log cabins, visit Windmill Lodges.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Days Out in Suffolk With A Difference

Windmill Lodges is the perfect holiday destination for couples, families or groups of friends as we offer fully-equipped self-catering accommodation in gorgeous log cabins that are furnished to the highest standards. For those of you who enjoy trying new and adventurous things, here we have highlighted some of the exciting places to visit around our stunning lodges. If you are visiting our log cabins to celebrate something special, such as a birthday or anniversary, then these activities are sure to make your short breaks in Suffolk something to remember.

Adnams Brewery

For an informative and interesting tour around one of Britain’s most famous breweries, why not visit Adnams Brewery and Distillery? For obvious reasons these tours are for the over 18s only, but they make a fantastic day out for couples or groups of friends. These tours run daily and take about one hour, and are followed by a tutored beer tasting session which lasts 30 minutes. Following this you will be able to go to the Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store, where you can try a selection of their products – and collect a free bottle of beer! The tour costs just £12 per person, and is only a 40 minute drive from our scenic lodges.

Go Ape at Thetford Forest

Go Ape is perfect for families looking to try something different, as you get to climb up to 12 metres in the sky. For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, they have Segways available for you to navigate your way around the forest. Go Ape was the winner of the Suffolk Tourism Awards for the Best Tourism Experience in 2011, so is most definitely worth visiting with your young ones. This takes just over an hour to drive to from our lodges, so we advise that you plan to spend the whole day there to make the most of it.

Oasis Camel Park

Oasis Camel Park is perfect for animal lovers of all ages, and is the only specialist camel park in the UK. Here they host daily camel information talks, photo sessions and even training sessions. For an extra charge they are available to ride, along with donkeys and llamas. This is just a 25 minute drive from our complex and costs only £7.95 for adults. It closes on the 1st November, but will reopen again in March, so if you come to stay with us again next year it will be well worth visiting.

Beacon Rally Karts

Suitable for anyone over the age of five, Beacon Rally Karts allows adults and juniors to experience an exciting off-road journey. Here they have 3 different sized tracks to suit all ages, ranging from 150 metres to 570 metres. To visit Beacon Rally Karts from your lodge it will only take 25 minutes, so it is the ideal place to go for those not wanting to travel too far.

Discover Newmarket

If you are interested in horse racing then Newmarket is a wonderful place for you to visit, and is just an hour’s drive away. Discover Newmarket offers the opportunity to go for a behind the scenes tour to see the horses and to learn more about how they are trained and brought up. Here they have many different types of tours, one of the best being their National Stud Tour, where you can see the foals, mares and stallions.

Sailing Barge Cruises

There are numerous cruises available within a short drive from our lodges which can guide you through the beautiful rivers of East Anglia. Perfect for a romantic getaway, you can even have a 5* dinner on some of the cruises, whilst admiring the sunset. Some of these cruise boats are available to hire for private events, so you can even host your own party while sailing with them.
Short Breaks in Suffolk - To book your stay with us visit our website.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Top Activities for Teenagers in Winter

Windmill Lodges brings you six exciting places to visit over the cold but festive period with young teenagers. These attractions will suit all members of the family, and will make sure you have a fun-filled time at our winter holiday lodges. From adrenaline inducing go-karts, to jumping the day away at the new Jump Street, these places will ensure an enjoyable and unforgettable day out.
Suffolk Ski Centre

The Suffolk Ski Centre, Wherstead, Ipswich, is the perfect place to go as it offers a host of winter sports (albeit on dry slopes), such as toboggans, ringos, skiing and snowboarding, as well as facilities such as golf and high ropes climbing. This is just over half an hour’s drive away from our stunning winter holiday lodges, and there is enough to keep you and the kids entertained for the whole day. They also have “The Lodge” bar and restaurant, where parents can either sit and watch their children, or where the whole family can warm up after a wonderful day on the slopes.

Anglia Indoor Kart Racing

For rainy or snowy days when outdoor activities aren’t possible, Anglia Indoor Kart Racing, Ipswich, is an excellent place to visit with your teenagers. With karts for children of seven years and upwards, the whole family can enjoy a day here. This is best suited for teens over 16 who are able to use the adult karts, which can reach up to speeds of 40mph. Again, this is a 30 minute drive from our log cabins.
Jump Street
This brand new attraction in Colchester is a bit of a drive away, which will take about an hour to get to from the lodges, however it is well worth this. With trampolines covering the floors and walls, you can literally fly through the air. Here you can play dodgeball, basketball, freestyle jump, flip into the foam pit and have a go at bouncing high enough to jump onto a wall. The minimum age for Jump Street is five years old, and it is best to book in advance to guarantee your place there.
Play2Day Lazer Tag
Suitable for six years upwards, your young teens will love this fast-paced adventure game. You can expect to run through a dark 2 level arena, with only the light of your lazer gun to guide you. Full of hiding spots you’ll need to stay on your toes to avoid losing points. Up to 18 people can play at once, and you will be split into two groups. The more you shoot people, the more points you win, but whenever you get shot by someone you will lose these precious points. You’ll find Play2Day Lazer Tag at Martlesham Heath near Ipswich.


Here you can combine roller-skating with a day-out in Colchester. They have a RollerDISCO on some days as well, so you can skate to some of your favourite tunes. Lessons are available for our less confident skaters, and there is also a quasar for those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground. Your teens can relax after a busy afternoon in the Roller Café, where fast food and fizzy drinks are sold.

Colchester Leisure World

Whether your teens are interested in swimming, the gym, sports or socialising, Colchester Leisure World has something for everyone. On weekends they have a giant inflatable to have a go on, as well as a crazy river to drift around. They also have slides to whizz down if you are feeling adventurous. For the boys, there are football matches to take part in on their Astro Turf, which are either 5-a-side or 11-a-side.

If you are interested in booking one of our log cabins this winter, visit Windmill Lodges to check availability.