Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Enjoy a Short Easter or Spring Break in Suffolk

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Now that the spring is here, it’s time to start looking forward to the Easter and May bank holidays. A visit to the country will give the perfect opportunity to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones.  If you fancy getting away from it all for a short Suffolk break this spring or summer, then Windmill Lodges offers the ideal base for exploring the county. Located in the heart of the beautiful Suffolk countryside, the site at Saxtead, near Framlingham, houses seven luxury log cabins where you can relax in style and recharge your batteries.

Family Friendly Events
If you have children who are looking for some fun activities, there are a number of events to entertain youngsters in east Suffolk throughout the Easter weekend. The National Trust site at historic Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, is staging Easter egg hunts daily from Good Friday, April 14, through to Easter Monday, April 17. The trail will take children through woodland and past the site’s famous ship burial mounds in search of chocolate treats.  

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The nearby Snape Maltings complex will also host a series of family-friendly activities throughout the Easter weekend, including an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday, where kids can pick up a map from the visitor centre from 11am onwards and search for eggs around the site. Offering something for all ages, the Easter weekend will also include a farmers’ market – although the main focus will be a performance of Bach’s St John Passion. Works by Beethoven, Bartok and Philip Glass also form part of the programme, and the Britten-Pears orchestra will be playing.

Just a short distance from Windmill Lodges, RSPB Minsmere has a wildlife walk for the more energetic on Easter Saturday morning, while Birds for Beginners starts at 10.30am on Easter Sunday. This is on top of the usual entertainment on offer in the site’s Wild Zone, such as den building, child-sized tunnels and a willow-woven nest.

Slightly further afield, animal-lovers of all ages should enjoy the All About Dogs Show on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Held at Trinity Park, on the outskirts of Ipswich, the event offers a number of canine competitions such as agility classes, plus a range of dog-related entertainment. It’s a good idea to check any events are still going ahead as planned before making a special trip.

Places to Explore on Your Break
Easter is fairly late this year, and, if the weekend weather is good, you could enjoy an afternoon out in the sunshine at one of Suffolk’s superb seaside resorts. There are also two bank holidays coming up in May, which again offer the perfect opportunity for a short Suffolk break and a day out on the coast.

One popular place to visit is Southwold, which is a reminder of a bygone age. The town owes its distinct character to its series of small, independent shops and cafes, not to mention the world-famous Adnams brewery. It also boasts a thriving pier, with unusual, quirky attractions such as a water clock and house of mirrors, and an adjoining child-friendly amusement arcade.

If lazing on the beach is more your thing, then Walberswick, across the River Blyth from Southwold, may be more to your taste. Covehithe, just to the north of Southwold, also has a top-quality beach, even though the coastline here is constantly changing shape due to erosion.

Closer at hand, Aldeburgh is known for its connection with the late composer Benjamin Britten, who made his home there and whose influence lives on through the Aldeburgh Festival and the nearby Snape Maltings concert hall. The town itself has a thriving arts scene, with a number of galleries alongside the shops and cafes.

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Or you could take a stroll round historic Framlingham. The charming market town is just a few minutes away from Saxtead by car, while the castle boasts a long and fascinating history. There is lots here for children to enjoy, including a walk around the walls, and the whole town is full of historic buildings, with some interesting independent shops.

Indoor entertainment options include Aldeburgh Cinema and Woodbridge’s Riverside Theatre, or you could relax and find all your entertainment on site at Windmill Lodges. Our heated indoor swimming pool is open, for the exclusive use of guests, from the Easter weekend onwards and all our lodges boast their own private hot tub, coal-effect fire, kitchen and en-suite bathroom or shower. Nature-lovers will enjoy spotting a variety of creatures, many of the feathered variety, in and around our small lake.

To find out about availability and book your break in one of our luxury log cabins, follow the link.

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