Understandably, Staycation is the word for many travellers in 2021. If you’re looking for plenty to see and do – choose Suffolk! Firstly, it’s one of the driest and sunniest counties in the UK. Yet it has miles of unspoilt coastline, gentle green countryside and a wealth of wild places to explore. It’s also a convenient drive from most of London, and the East Midlands.
Discover Suffolk’s Past
We’re not far from the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, with a well-preserved town centre and a magnificent cathedral. While you’re here you may want to learn a bit about the area. How about the town’s brewing history on a Greene King Brewery tour, with a sup or two? Or enjoy a recital in the calm Cathedral environment perhaps? You can go back further in time at the Moyses Hall Museum which includes Stone Age artefacts from this very ‘flinty’ area.
Wildlife Watchers in for a Treat
Suffolk is home to a wide variety of the UK’s wildlife, nowhere more than at one of our many wildlife reserves. The National Trust, the RSPB and Suffolk Wildlife Trust all have a strong presence. Minsmere, by the coast, is arguably the best not just in Suffolk but in Great Britain. Nearer to us we have Lackford Lakes, Redgrave and Lopham Fen, and Knettishall Heath. They are great places for just a walk, or for spending a few hours absorbing the sights and sounds. We have guides and binoculars available for guests to use.
Relax and Re-charge on a Staycation in Suffolk
While Suffolk is great to explore, there’s nothing wrong in just relaxing and enjoying fresh air in a colourful garden with birdsong in the air. Our four lodges are each within their own secluded and gated gardens, and each one has a luxury Beachcomber Hot Tub and comfy sun beds.
Whether it’s culture or comforts you’re seeking, Upthorpe Lodges will tick your staycation boxes. Follow the link below to discover why Suffolk should be your Staycation destination this year
Our four lodges are for couples only, with a minimum stay of 3 nights
East Anglia is often considered a bit of a backwater, but in summer, melodic sounds start filtering through the airwaves as outdoor festivals and concerts get under way. Additionaly there’s a variety of indoor venues where you can have a rockin’ good time too.
Latitude Festival Day Pass
Suffolk’s annual big bash is the well-known Latitude Festival near the coast and this year is as exciting as ever. Although there’s a lot more to Latitude than music, the highlights coming up are George Ezra, Snow Patrol and Lana del Ray. As you’d expect, visitors to the whole festival tend to camp on site but a lot of people don’t realise you can purchase a day ticket for your chosen day, meaning you can return to somewhere more comfortable after you’ve been thoroughly entertained.
Ed’s Coming Home this Summer
Another highlight this summer is going to be in Ipswich at Chantry Park where Suffolk’s own Ed Sheeran will be performing four nights on the trot in August. No doubt he’ll be including his song of Suffolk ‘Castle on the Hill’ to the delights of his home crowd. To the west of Upthorpe Lodges one unusual music venue is Newmarket Racecourse. They hold their ever popular ‘Newmarket Nights’ throughout the summer; a double bill of afternoon and early evening racing followed by a popular music act. This summer will include Kaiser Chiefs, Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics and Years and Years.
There’s More Indoors
If outdoor gigs aren’t for you then in Bury St Edmunds we have the small but acoustically excellent Apex. It’s size doesn’t attract the biggest names but tribute artists with big names are always good value. This summer we’re spoilt for choice, with the Tina Turner Experience, The Bon Jovi Experience, and Viva Santana all lined up.
So if you want to add entertainment to your Suffolk stay this summer, find out more using the following links;
Suffolk has Sun, Wide Skies and Natural Coastline – a Summer Treat
Suffolk has many attractions all year round, but the wide skies and long beaches make it the ideal summer destination for those seeking relaxation, fresh air and sun. One of our favorite days out is to visit the coast. We travel the country route from here at Upthorpe Lodges, via Harleston and Halesworth, to Walberswick at the mouth of the river Blyth. Walberswick is a charming seaside village overlooking a small fishing harbour and sand dunes to the east. Traditional country cottages decked with roses and honeysuckles sit close to the main street leading to the beach, and for those wishing to linger there’s a couple of pubs and two or three cafes.
Southwold ferry crosses the Blyth between Southwold and Walberswick.
But for us, Walberswick is the starting and finishing point for a varied and interesting walk which includes a ferry crossing by rowing boat. Upon disembarking we head for the beach at the south end of Southwold. Avoiding the temptation to purchase some freshly caught seafood from the fisherman’s huts on the river bank, we head for the beach. The beach itself is a nice mixture of sand and pebbles, but this approach provides a constantly changing view of the town. The colorful beach huts and its stylishly refurbished long pier are images replicated in the galleries both here and along the coast.
Pubs and Cafes
There’s plenty of choice for lunch venues and this time we’ve chosen Coaster’s cafe where the food is delicious. Suffolk has some well-known brewers and it may not escape your notice that Southwold is home to Adnams. There’s a good range of Adnam’s pubs serving food all day, but you’ll also find Greene King and Aspalls are served in the town too. After a welcome rest from having walked part of the journey seeking shells on the beach, we wind our way back to the cliff tops passing old canons and close-up views of the lighthouse along the way. The pier is a popular visitor attraction which has all that you might expect but with a touch of style.
Round the Town
We enjoyed fresh fish from the Suffolk coast.
Just beyond the pier to the north, and we are guided by a footpath sign which leads us inland along a raised bank set amongst marshland and reedbeds. We’re delighted to see Reed Buntings and Herons plus some attractive cattle making use of the lush grass. We soon round the town and catch sight of the harbour once again. Alas we’re too late to catch some fresh fish so we take the foot bridge across the Blyth this time and for a short distance we follow the path which was once the railway route, before veering towards Walberswick church where our car is parked. A summer treat for sure.
For more details on Southwold, Adnams and Suffolk Coast and what’s on, visit:
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/
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