5 things dogs love to do on holiday

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Last Updated on March 9, 2023

At Woodfarm Barns and Barges, we welcome dogs for a holiday, too, and they can be brought to enjoy the stunning Suffolk scenery along with you as you spend a tranquil week enjoying the sights Suffolk has to offer. With this in mind, we have lined up the best things that dogs love to do whilst they enjoy a holiday with their human friends.

  1. Walks

Yes, this just should be patently obvious and a point that needs no further elaboration, but Suffolk has plenty of walking trails zigzagging across the picturesque countryside for you to take your four-legged friend down. Across Suffolk, there is a mixture of forest land, beaches (which we talk about further on) and plenty of rolling green fields for your dogs to stretch their legs and run about on. Even at Woodfarm Barns, we have a dedicated meadow, of two acres, ready for your dog to immerse themselves in with exercise, and where you and your dog friend can play fetch together. Of course, here you can also watch them chase unnecessary objects and sniff at just about everything they happen to pass. If you want to read more about some picturesque walks in Suffolk near our Barns and Cottages for rent in Suffolk, then read our blog here. Similarly, if you want to read about the best green spaces in Suffolk, which are perfect for dogs, read our blog here.

  1. Beaches

Suffolk’s coastline stretches for 50 miles along the North Sea coast. Luckily, in Suffolk, we have quite a few dog friendly beaches, where it is fine to take your dog to explore the sand and sea, and to watch them have a jump in the waves as they roll in (or for them to be scared of the sea and just sit in the sand with you). Visiting the beach and jumping in the sea on a hot day can be seen as one of the best ways for you to relax and to cool down yourself, and in Suffolk, you’re in luck with the beaches as your furry friends can visit some as well.  If you want to find out more about where the best dog friendly beaches are in Suffolk, read our blog here. Felixstowe (on a good run) is the closest to our Barns in terms of driving distance, at just under 40 minutes, and either side of the main beach is dog-friendly (but the main beach isn’t). For the Onderneming Barge, the closest dog friendly beach is Aldeburgh at a just over ten minute drive, and for the Twee Gebroeders Barge, the closest dog friendly beach is Felixstowe, at about a 25 minute drive. At Woodfarm Barns and Barges, we are lucky with our proximity to the Suffolk coastline – why not explore it with your dog when you stay with us?

  1. Trying something new

Some dogs are quite reluctant to try and take on something new. However, in Suffolk, there are plenty of opportunities for your dog to try something new. For example, your dog may have never been in a swimming pool with another dog before. However, at Canine Dip and Dive in Suffolk, which we have recently written a blog on, your dog can enjoy the company of other dogs whilst jumping in and having a swim about in the pool that is there, and you can as well if you want to join your four-legged friend in the outdoor pool. As well as that, dogs are allowed on some boat journeys, such as the ones run by Jet Adventures in Lowestoft, which take you around the Lowestoft Harbour so you and your dog can enjoy the fresh sea breeze hitting you as you explore the harbour on offer. 

  1. Being outside

Suffolk is a county which has some of its amazing qualities shown through the stunning nature it has. But even in towns, and other areas, the dogs can be outside, exploring with you, whilst you are also taking an interest in where you are. Lots of National Trust sites, and English Heritage sites welcome dogs, for example, Ickworth House, Park and Gardens near Bury St Edmunds, is the perfect place for you to explore the area and walk around the gardens with your dog. As well as that, dogs love walking around with you as you adventure the towns of Suffolk, with some shops in the towns being dog friendly (but make sure you do check!). As well as that, many towns have beautiful parks dotted around, which are perfect to have a stroll with your dogs and for you and them to enjoy nature. There are so many places in Suffolk which are dog friendly, so why not explore them when you stay with us?

  1. Meeting other dogs

At Woodfarm Barns, we are dog friendly, so it won’t be a surprise if there are other dogs at the site whilst you enjoy your stay with us. And, from experience, we know that nearly all dogs love a sniff and a play together. That’s why our two acre meadow is perfect for dogs to meet each other and to have a run around and for the owners to talk about their holiday with us (in all the good ways). As well as that, when enjoying your holiday with your dog and possibly doing the above alongside your beloved four-legged friend, you will probably meet other dogs as well, which dogs love, due to them being sociable pets as well, so the dogs and owners can make new friends.

At Woodfarm Barns and Barges, we pride ourselves on being dog-friendly, so we want to make sure that your dog(s) feel welcome, as we normally accept up to three dogs in our barns and barges. We have more information on our website with places to go and things to do with your dogs on holidays

So, why not book a few nights away with Woodfarm Barns, to give you, and your dog(s) a well-deserved break, from the hustle and bustle of modern life.