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Great Singers and Bands Heading for Suffolk

Suffolk Welcomes Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, George Ezra and More

Our lodges may be located in the quiet Suffolk countryside, but every now and then there’s a burst of noisy excitement not too far away. In the summertime, some great singers and bands descend upon our green and pleasant landscape attracting their fans from far and wide.

Tom Jones at Euston Hall

Just 4 or 5 miles away from our lodges you’ll find the lovely Euston Hall set on the edge of Breckland, an area of forests, heath-land and pasture. In recent years the younger generation of the family have started to hold events in the grounds, and this year these include a very special concert. None other than Sir Tom Jones is on his way. It’s bound to be a night to remember within the special surroundings. Tom is coming on 6th July and there are still tickets available as I write.

Newmarket Nights

At Newmarket racecourse in Suffolk (45 mins) they have been holding their highly popular ‘Newmarket Nights’ event for many years. It works like this; enjoy the fun of a flutter then later on the music starts. For the racing, bets start from as little as £2. It’s a great ‘taster’ opportunity if you’ve never been to the races before. The exciting races take place in front of the grandstand and you have a good view wherever you are. Then enjoy an afternoon tea or dinner before the entertainment begins. The stage is set within the grandstand itself, easily visible. This year the acts already announced include George Ezra, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Paloma Faith.

Here’s where you’ll find out more;



Suffolk’s Best Wildlife Photos

Many of our guests are not just attracted to us because of our luxury lodges and hot tubs. Some are also attracted by the great wildlife which can be found in Suffolk’s hidden corners, rivers, lakes and coast. For the last three years we have supported the annual Suffolk Wildlife Trust photographic competition. In 2017 the winner of the ‘public vote’ won a two-night stay at one of our lodges. Colin Barley won our prize with his outstanding image of a hedgehog at night. We were particularly pleased as we have been doing our bit for hedgehogs this year. We’ve provided gaps under fences and saucers of water. Plus, we avoid using garden chemicals and a number of guests have spotted hedgehogs!

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust does fantastic work throughout our rural county with some special wildlife sites close to Upthorpe Lodges including Redgrave and Lopham Fen, Lackford Lakes, Knettishall Heath and Bradfield Woods. If it’s just a refreshing country walk you’re looking for then these venues won’t disappoint but if you are more serious about watching wildlife then these places are special for different reasons. If you want to experience some coastal scenes and possibly see Avocets, Bitterns and Marsh Harriers then the east of Suffolk is easily accessible as well.

Though Suffolk’s bird life is the most popular wildlife attraction we also have some great woodlands and meadows, estuaries and heathland to boast about. If you want advice as to where to find the best wildlife spotting in East Anglia then just ask and we’ll be happy to advise.

More information can be found at: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/



Suffolk: a sanctuary for wildlife and those who love it

Minsmere, on the Suffolk coast, is well-known far and wide, but there are many other great locations in East Anglia and especially Suffolk for getting close to nature. Regular visitor to Upthorpe Lodges, photographer Robert Fearn from Nottinghamshire, captured this alert looking pair of stoats whilst holidaying in Suffolk in 2016. He was persuaded by a friend to enter the annual Daily Mail photography competition and his was his winning photo. Robert spotted the stoats on a log pile at nearby Lackford Lakes. We also have other Suffolk Wildlife Trust locations not far away, at Ixworth, Redgrave and Knettishall.

At Ixworth, Mickle Mere is a water meadow submersed for most of the year, hosting regular visitors such as Barn Owls, Egrets and flocks of geese. There is a single hide accessed a little way from Pakenham Water Mill , a great and unusual local attraction. Redgrave and Lopham Fen is situated on the Norfolk / Suffolk border, a sheltered reserve with a circular walk. Knettishall Heath is a favorite place for local dog-walkers and young families, and is quite atmospheric on a misty morning.

Lackford lakes is particularly varied with the occasional Osprey dropping in, and if you’ve never been close to a Kingfisher then it’s hard to think of a better opportunity than here. There’s a great visitor centre with large viewing windows and plenty of info for novice wildlife watchers, plus binoculars can be borrowed too.

Roberts work can be viewed at https://www.robertfearnphotography.co.uk/

Pakenham Water Mill: http://pakenhamwatermill.org.uk/

Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Mickle Mere: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/reserves/micklemere