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Historic buildings in and around Suffolk

A Stroll around the Gardens at Otley Hall

Otley Hall
Otley Hall has been on my list of places to visit for a while now so when I saw that it was opening its gardens to the public on Wednesdays from May to September, I jumped at the chance and visited on their first day of opening! I seem to be developing a new hobby; eating tea and cake in other peoples garden's - but of course I always make sure I'm invited first!! What to Look out for in Otley...
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An Afternoon at Orfordness Lighthouse

Orfordness Lighthouse
I've always loved unusual days out so last year when I discovered that Orfordness Lighthouse was going to have an open day, I  jumped at the chance of exploring this wonderful lighthouse. Let me explain a bit about Orfordness Lighthouse for you, as I feel it is a little bit special to say the least. A landmark on the Suffolk Coast since it was built in 1792, it was decommissioned in 2013 as it ...
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Lavenham Christmas Fair

Lavenham Christmas Fair
The great thing about events is that they get you out and about visiting places; take the Lavenham Christmas Fair as an example. The last time I visited Lavenham was on one of the hottest days of the year in 2016, and I found myself wondering how pretty Lavenham would look at Christmas time. The Lavenham Christmas Fair was a perfect time to find out!   Lavenham Christmas Fair I arrived e...
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The Unique Landscape of Orford Ness

Orford Ness
You know how it is, you have most of the year to visit somewhere and you end up going on the last weekend before it closes! Sound familiar? That describes my last trip to Orford Ness. Well here's your chance to be one of the first visitors this season to Orford Ness as it re-opens for 2017. It truly is a unique landscape which explains why it was voted in the Suffolk Top 50. My visit last Oc...
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Springtime at Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo
The great thing about being a National Trust member is that you can re-visit places as many times as you like and Springtime at Sutton Hoo is just lovely! But you may wonder why you would want to visit somewhere you have been before? Well I'm finding that each time I visit a place, I see something I haven't noticed before and always learn something new, then find myself planning to comeback to exp...
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Newmarket Horseshoe Trail

Jockey Club Rooms Newmarket
When I discovered the Newmarket Horseshoe Trail it seemed the perfect way of exploring a town I had never visited before. As soon as I arrived in Newmarket, my first stop was the tourist information Centre (TIC). I'm a big fan of TIC's and always seek them out if a town has one! As well as being fantastic for getting information about a place, you also sometimes speak to people with insi...
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My Top 10 Favourite Suffolk Doors

Lavenham
It's not until you look at all your photo's that you begin to realise that you are drawn to certain things to photograph. When sorting through my hundreds of pictures taken so far, it revealed yet another collection has been emerging over the months I have been out and about - Suffolk doors! Who would have thought doors could be so photogenic! It seems a shame not to share them with you - I hop...
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3 Great Reasons to Visit Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre

Bury St Edmunds Christmas fayre
Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre is one of the highlights in my Suffolk calendar that I look forward to each year and it seems I am not the only one! Attracting around 120,000 visitors over 4 days, it appears there are lot of people who enjoy it! I love shopping in Bury as it has a great mix of popular department and chain stores as well as fantastic independent shops. When you add the Chris...
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Suffolk Top 50 Challenge – The story so far…

Southwold
I set myself the Suffolk Top 50 Challenge just over 6 months ago. I am now a third of the way through the list with 17 places visited so far and I am finding its a great way to explore Suffolk! If you are looking for a fun challenge or just find yourself with some free time and are wondering what to do why don't you have a look at the Suffolk Top 50 list to see if anything catches your eye?...
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Why a Suffolk Explorer Guide is a Great Way to Discover Orford

Orford Suffolk
Looking to discover Orford? Well it is one of those places that has a lot more to it than you first think! I have been many times this year and often take a leisurely walk around the town just to enjoy the pretty surroundings. The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Orford Explorer Guide is an excellent way to discover Orford if you have an hour or two spare and fancy going for a walk. A number of dif...
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