Things to do in the area

You have probably already looked on the internet to find things to do in the area, but here are some suggestions that might not be so obvious:

Close by:

  • Swim in the river Waveney at Bungay common. There is a lovely walk along the edge of the river on the common. The locals appreciate the abundant wildlife here from kingfishers to otters, but they also enjoy the delights of swimming in the summer! Lovely grassy banks and the gently flowing reed free and clean water can be enjoyed by all.
  • If you don’t fancy getting in it, then get on it, by hiring rowing boats or canoes at the common. Bicycles can also be hired from here.
  • Swimming is also available at the fantastic 1950’s heated open air Beccles Lido www.beccleslido.com
  • Walk the lovely footpath by the river from Beccles Quay to the Geldeston Locks pub, famous for its remoteness, lack of electricity, great beer and food and live music at the weekends in the summer.
  • Wander round the quaint old town of Bungay, explore the water meadows by the Staithe. Visit some of the unusual and individual shops, including Whitemans, (this could be straight from a museum!)
  • Similar in style to the famous 2 Ronnie’s sketch of “four candles” If you want 2 curtain hooks a skein of embroidery wool, a pair of wooly socks or a new carpet, they are all to be found here! There are lovely teashops, a gallery, gift shops and real ale pubs too.

Further afield:

  • Flixton aviation museum; this gets 5 stars on Tripadvisor. www.aviationmuseum.net
  • Bressingham Gardens are about half an hour by car. There is a steam museum there too. www.bressingham.co.uk/
  • Enjoy a trip up the river to Geldeston on the big Dog Ferry, lunch at The Locks, and wander back on foot or by boat. www.bigdog.anglianwebhosting.com
  • Visit the ancient moated former monastery of St Peters Hall, now a brewery, take a tour, sample the produce and enjoy a lunch in this spectacular setting. www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk
  • Somerleyton Hall is ideal for a wet day outing, a lovely historic building with, beautiful paintings in a lovely garden www.somerleyton.co.uk
  • Of course Norwich , Southwold, Aldeburgh, and Woodbridge are all within easy reach with lots to see and do.
  • Take a road trip round the fantastic medieval half-timbered Suffolk villages and towns. A must are Lavenham, Kersey, Long Melford and Hadleigh, but there are many more.
  • There are Nature reserves in abundance, historic houses, unusual museums and much, much more.

In this part of East Anglia, the roads are relatively quiet; the North Norfolk Bane Of The Road, the tour bus is virtually never seen here. Ye Olde Gifte Shop or tearoom does not really exist in these parts, and the amenities and attractions are enjoyed as much by the locals as the visitors.

There is so much to discover that is unique, and to be enjoyed by all!

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"Thank you for letting us share your beautiful, peaceful home for 4 days."

Guy and Angela

Earsham Park Farm, Earsham, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 2AQ
Tel: 01986 892180 or 07887 648139 or 07798 728936   Email: bobbie@earshamparkfarm.co.uk