As well as online shopping, video streaming and a whole host of other exciting things, the internet has made it possible to find out the questions everyone is asking.
Indeed, Google regularly publishes a list of the most frequently asked questions on their platform, making it easier than ever to read the minds of internet users around the world.
In 2020, the search giant revealed that the five most popular questions asked by Brits were:
1. Who won the election?
2. Where does vanilla flavouring come from?
3. How many cases of coronavirus in the UK?
4. What is VE Day?
5. How did coronavirus start?
Besides the origins of vanilla, these all seem like fairly understandable queries given the year we’ve all had.
But what of Suffolk? What are the burning questions that users have been asking about our historic county this year?
Diving deeper into the data provided by Google, it’s possible to identify five of the most popular questions about Suffolk and apply our local expertise to try and provide the best answer.
So, without further ado, let’s begin answering some of the most frequently asked questions about Suffolk.
1: Is Suffolk posh?
With its share of country fairs and littered with historic houses, it’s not hard to see why Suffolk has earned a reputation for being a little bit posh. The fact that the royals have also been known to holiday here probably doesn’t do much to disguise the fact it’s a rather regal county, either.
Don’t let any of this fool you, though, because you won’t find a standoffish attitude when exploring Suffolk. Instead, you’ll find a warm welcome waiting for you in any of the restaurants, pubs and attractions you decide to visit.
2: What do you call a person from Suffolk?
Olivia or George, probably. At least, these were the most popular baby names for boys and girls born in Suffolk as reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) last year.
What you call a person from Suffolk will very much depend on which part of Suffolk they’re from, and which football team they support.
For instance, if you see a football fan decked out in the club’s distinctive blue walking around Ipswich, you can safely assume that’s a Tractor Boy.
Elsewhere, you might get away with calling people Suffolkers – an affectionate term dubbed by famed Ipswich cartoonist Carl Giles.
Ultimately, though, you’re probably best calling a person from Suffolk by the name they give you to avoid any kind of confusion.
3: What is the prettiest village in Suffolk?
The answer you get to this question will totally depend on who you ask. Ask someone who loves to be surrounded by Tudor houses and quirky medieval cottages and you’ll be told that Lavenham is the prettiest village in Suffolk. Ask someone fond of 14th century churches and you’ll be told that Kersey is the prettiest village in Suffolk.
Whilst we might be a little biased, we’re confident that Shottisham and Bawdsey are strong contenders for the title of prettiest village in Suffolk.
Both easily accessible to those renting one of our beautiful barges in Suffolk, these quaint villages are well worth a visit when exploring the county. In Shottisham you’ll find a quintessentially British pub dating back to the 15th century and in Bawdsey you’ll find a lively community who regularly put on summertime events.
Both fantastically pretty, you’ll get to experience the distinctive Suffolk charm when stopping by for a visit.
4: What is the biggest town in Suffolk?
At almost 40 square km, Ipswich is the biggest town in Suffolk. With a population of 130k, the town is home to a range of fantastic bars and restaurants as well as plenty of things to see and do.
Whether it’s pouring over portraits and antiques in Christchurch Mansion, enjoying a show at the New Wolsey Theatre, or simply grabbing a bite to eat along the modern waterfront, a day spent in Ipswich is a day well spent.
Anyone renting one of our luxury Barns in Suffolk will have no difficulty getting in and out of Ipswich to enjoy all that it has to offer. Only a short drive from Woodfarm Barns, exploring the town couldn’t be simpler.
5: What is Suffolk famous for?
Suffolk is famous for a whole lot of things. From the arts to sport, and from history to beer, Suffolk has plenty that makes it stand out as one of the finest counties in England.
Once home to the celebrated 18th century painter Thomas Gainsbourgh and 20th century composer Benjamin Britten, Suffolk is certainly famous for its contribution to the humanities.
Our exports are fairly famous, too. Indeed, the sugar and Greene King ales of Bury St Edmunds have helped to place Suffolk firmly on the map when it comes to food and drink.
In more recent times, Ed Sheeran has certainly helped to elevate the profile of Suffolk. Penning tracks like Castle on the Hill that make a direct reference to the county, there’s no doubt that he’s keeping up the tradition of keeping the place newsworthy.
Any further questions?
If you’ve still got any burning questions about Suffolk, get in touch today to get all the answers you need before booking one of our barns or barges for an unforgettable time away.