Days Out in Suffolk to put in the Diary for 2020

Abbey Gardens ruins

Last Updated on March 9, 2023

Whether you live in Suffolk and are looking for a special day out, or you’re planning a staycation in one of the UK’s most beautiful counties, there is plenty to do in Suffolk. Lying in the east of England, the historic county of Suffolk is bordered by Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and the North Sea to the east, and boasts glorious rolling hills in the west and the famous broads in the east.

If you are looking for days out in Suffolk, there is an abundance of things to do, and here are some of the best:

Seckford Spa hot stone massage
Seckford Spa is renowned for its excellent facilities and treatments

1. A Sumptuous Spa Day

Why not spoil yourself with a spa day in Suffolk? At Seckford Spa you can relax and recharge your batteries whilst enjoying a steam, sauna, massage or treatment, then sit back and enjoy the breath-taking Suffolk countryside, have a swim and then enjoy a light and healthy meal or a classic afternoon tea.

A spa day gives you the chance to indulge whilst giving your well-being a lift so you can walk away refreshed and ready to face the days and weeks ahead.

Suffolk sunset
Ness Point is perfect for catching the sunrise

2. See the Sunrise

You can be the first person in the UK to see the sunrise from Britain’s most easterly point – Ness Point in Lowestoft. Unlike some of the country’s other extremes, Ness Point is quiet and understated, a little more remote and perfect to be able to sit peacefully and enjoy everything that mother nature can show you.

You are a short walk away from the town of Lowestoft and its beautiful beach with a little more activity – the ideal place to go and have a cup of tea or coffee and tuck into some breakfast.

Anglo Saxon mask
See the Anglo-Saxon relics at Sutton Hoo

3. A Visit to Sutton Hoo

The National Trust’s Sutton Hoo is an Anglo-Saxon royal burial ground on Suffolk’s east coast. There are two cemeteries from the 6th and 7th centuries, one of which contained a burial of a ship that was completely undisturbed. The site has been very important to historians as it comes from a period where myths and reality are confused.

Sutton Hoo has recently been undergoing a project worth millions of pounds to enhance the experience of their visitors, with additional features in the High Hall exhibition hall and Tranmer House.

Abbey Garden ruins
Stroll through Abbey Gardens to see these centuries-old ruins in the flesh

4. Amble in Abbey Gardens

Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens are another important historical location in Suffolk. They were the grounds of Bury St Edmunds’ abbey – a powerful monastery going back to the 13th century. The abbey now lies in ruins but the grounds feel wonderfully spacious, with delightfully attractive floral displays and the perfect place to have a wander. 

With over 50,000 plants planted each year, the Abbey Gardens are a sight to behold and a joy to experience.

Stonham Barns
There’s plenty to do for all the family at Stonham Barns

5. Fun at Stonham Barns

Nestled in Suffolk’s beautiful countryside, Stonham Barns describe themselves as being a “leisure and shopping village”. There are activities for all the family and a visit here is a great way to spend the day for everyone. Some of the activities which you can get up to here include:

  • Soft play (inside)
  • Adventure golf
  • An abundance of shops
  • Meerkat castle
  • Own sanctuary
  • Fishing lakes
  • Golf course

They also host events throughout the year, including classic car shows, dog shows, Christmas events, and fireworks.

Jimmy's Farm
For local food and family fun, visit Jimmy’s Farm, based just outside Ipswich

6. Enjoy Jimmy’s Farm

Jimmy’s Farm is a working farm and wildlife park located near to Ipswich, giving all the family the chance to see animals which are well looked after, get up close and personal with butterflies in the butterfly house, help to feed the animals, and learn about looking after them. There are also two crazy areas, a hobbit house, den building, a zip wire, and a lot of climbing!

There is a restaurant, tea-room, farm shop, and a whole host of other family-friendly fun to be had at Jimmy’s. They also host events throughout the year so it is recommended to have a look at their website to see what else is going on.

John Constable painting
Constable saw inspiration in this county for a reason!

7. The Land of Constable

For lovers of England’s traditional countryside and one of the UK’s favourite artists, a trip around the Suffolk and Essex border will show you some of the wonderful landscapes which inspired Constable in his paintings. You can visit the famous Flatford Mill and enjoy the Constable Country Walking Trail which leaves from East Bergholt.

Whether you are looking to enjoy a day out on your own or you have a longer family holiday to plan in 2020, there is plenty to do in Suffolk. In fact, the difficulty will be finding enough time to do everything that you want to.