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Activities in Suffolk
Here are some websites that you may find of interest or that might assist you in planning your self-catering cottage holiday at Orwell View Barns Holiday Cottages near Ipswich in Suffolk.
- Alton Water
Based in 400 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside, Alton Water offers sailing, windsurfing and canoeing for members and day access for visitors. We have a highly acclaimed and long established RYA approved training centre which is the largest and most active RYA training centre in East Anglia. We operate the RYA ONBOARD scheme for training young people and have recently been awarded RYA Volvo Champion Club status in recognition for our race training work.
- Constable Country
Three itineraries have been developed for the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley area embracing Constable Country. These form part of a series of 18 sustainable tourism itineraries for the eastern region. For more details visit www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org
- Events Under Canvas
These unique and unusual alternatives to a marquee provide a spectacular venue for corporate events, weddings, festivals and parties. The striking design allows for multiple tipis to be linked together to cater for every event whether intimate or grandiose. Events Under Canvas Ltd not only hire these beautiful tipis, but they provide a bespoke and complete event service, kitting out the tipis to your exact specification and working closely with their customers and their other suppliers to ensure every event is perfect, whilst pricing their services to be comparable to that of a marquee.
- Explore Suffolk
Part of the Visit Suffolk website, this section covers the market towns, village, countryside and coast of Suffolk, including the county's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Stetching from Lowestoft to the River Stour, the AONB protects landscapes across the county.
- Jimmy's Farm
Visit Jimmy's Farm as seen on TV, home of the rare breed Essex Pig. The working farm is open for visitors 7 days a week. There's loads to do at the farm for a great family day out. There is a Nature Trail, Woodland Walk, Beautiful Garden's, Farm Shop, Adventure Play Area and Field Kitchen. You can buy home reared free range pig produce, beef and lamb in the butchers as well as an abundance of herbs and veggies from their garden. If you can't make it to the farm you can buy their meat from the lovely online shop.
- Minsmere RSPB Bird Reserve
Minsmere offers families and keen birdwatchers a great day out. Nature trails take you through a variety of habitats to excellent birdwatching hides. In spring, you can watch avocets and marsh harriers, or hear booming bitterns. On the beach, a special area is cordoned off to protect nesting little terns. In autumn and winter, many wading birds and swans, ducks and geese visit the reserve. There is a visitor centre where you can find out more about the wildlife, browse in the shop or enjoy a meal in the tearoom. There are events all year and family explorer backpacks and trail booklets are available.
- River Orwell Cruises
Cruises down the River Orwell starting at Pin Mill, Ipswich and Harwich
- Thames Sailing Barge Match
Barges will have links from the Match Committees website to their own sites. See www.thamesmatch.co.uk/ What do the barges do after the big racing match is over? The majority have to go back to work to earn their keep. This is through chartering to the general public, clubs & associations or corporate organizations. This can involve river trips for bird watching, photography, painting, wildlife observation, team building or a family holiday. Bookings can be for a day, a weekend or longer.
- Visit Colchester
Colchester, in Essex, is Britain's oldest recorded town.It is not just it's unique heritage and history that attract so many visitors. Colchester is a thriving modern town with many visitor attractions, including Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle.The Colchester area is a perfect place for a day trip, short break or a family holiday.
- Visit Suffolk - Things To Do
Visit Suffolk is the official tourism website for the area. It provides an excellent guide covering arts and culture, visitor attractions, museums and theatres, events, food and drink, and shopping.
- Walking the Heritage Coast Path
The Suffolk coast is one of low marshes and reed beds interspersed with beaches of sand and shingle. Several long estuaries serve to keep the major roads well inland and preserve a sense of unhurried calm along the coast.