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Things to do in Suffolk

Amazing, fun things to do in Suffolk, days out in and around Suffolk to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Suffolk.

Boot Camp – What Was I Thinking?

When we signed up for a boot camp weekend, did we have 'The X Factor' in mind - celebrities, make up, sparkles and champagne?

Maybe, but the setting of Aylestone Park when it was minus 1 degrees and muddy couldn’t have been further from our dream of a good time!

First Things First...

Still, we were there and if not raring to go -or at least prepared to have a go! That is, until two ‘fitties’ appeared in Lycra and sinews!  There were five of us altogether along with Rob our boot camp commander. I was easily the oldest and least fit.

First things first. Rob called it a warm up and warm up we did - surprisingly quickly! Next, we were off on a 15 to 1 circuit. My comfort zone is whiteboards and lists, so I was lulled into a false sense of security when the whiteboard came out with the list of 15 to 1 different types of exercises. All appeared to be reasonably easy like the ‘get ups’. All you have to do, is get up (again and again and again). With the two fitties off like greased lightning and Emma and Sam not far behind them, I embarked on the challenge. Rob was brilliant, when he saw me struggle, he adapted the exercise. When I skipped bits he turned a blind eye and when I came to a shuddering stop he helped me finish with dignity.

Suddenly, it was mid morning break! Sitting in the car, getting our breath back and refuelling, Emma and I could barely speak. We did manage to convince ourselves we were having a good time though despite being covered in mud.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? First Things First...
Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Running - No Thanks...

Running - No Thanks!

I won’t go into huge detail about the individual exercises we did but I will say that at the beginning, when we had a quick chat with Rob about what why we’d signed up and what we wanted to get out of the weekend, I had mentioned in passing that I didn’t do running! Incredibly - and down to his coaching and encouragement, I found myself not only running on the Sunday morning but enjoying it. Not only did I run on the flat, but uphill as well! (I don’t think I mentioned that Aylestone Park is on the side of Aylestone Hill.)

By the time we’d finished the two days, Emma and I were not only proud of ourselves but proud of each other too and vaguely talked about doing it again! Oh and I learnt that Tabata is not something to eat but the fastest, most effective exercise routine I’ve ever encountered. I wouldn’t mind giving it another go some time! Yep, definitely a different way to spend a weekend in January!

Outdoor Gym

The last thing I would have guessed would be a magnet for us on holiday was the gym on the beach. But, standing on a piece of equipment under a blue sky, exercising and gazing at the sea seemed briefly like a little bit of paradise!

Even when not on holiday, it is easy to go to a local outdoor gym. There are hundreds of local council-funded outdoor gyms that are free-to-use all year round as councils hope it will encourage a healthier community. Some are in beautiful settings too. Many of our Treasure Trails go past them.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Outdoor Gym

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15th March 2019

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Things to do on the Suffolk Coast

We recently spent a weekend on the Suffolk coast with friends and packed a lot into our three days! There are so many things to do. It was like stepping back into the past.

Aldeburgh

There are no funfairs, no slot machines, no pier. Just a beautifully natural pebble beach and seafront with a shell sculpture, a boules pitch and a model boat pond instead!

We enjoyed following the route of the Aldeburgh Treasure Trail and seeing some of the parts of the town we would otherwise have missed. 

We ate a delicious lunch in a cafe called Aldeburgh Market in the High Street and bought some fresh sea food and salad to eat in the evening in our self catering barn conversion.

Things to do on the Suffolk Coast - Aldeburgh
Things to do on the Suffolk Coast - Dunwich

Dunwich

Incredibly this tiny village of 60 or so residents was once a busy port with around 4,000 inhabitants. Most of the town has been lost to the North Sea. 

We loved solving the 8 clues in the middle of the Suffolk Driving Trail on a glorious evening. The ruined friary was spectacular as the sun was beginning to set. 

Snape Maltings

We had heard great things about Snape Maltings and it was a fascinating place. Billed as an arts complex there were shops, cafes, views, sculptures and even an audio art installation!

Things to do on the Suffolk Coast - Snape Maltings
Things to do on the Suffolk Coast - Orford Ness - The National Trust

Orford Ness - The National Trust

Another throwback from the past is this incredible place. Miles of desolate shingle beach approached only via a short ferry ride from the mainland. Orford Ness has a spectacular history. 

It was used by the military during the first and second world wars. The purpose built facilities were created for testing the components of nuclear weapons. Who knew!  We walked all around the island and revelled in the sunshine.

We had a picnic on the shingle by the lighthouse. There are no cafes or shops at all on the island, but luckily we had bought our picnic from the cafe at the quay on the mainland.

Minsmere Nature Reserve - RSPB

We didn’t spend a lot of time at the Minsmere Reserve, but we were there at the right time for the gorgeous display of heather as far as the eye could see!

Things to do on the Suffolk Coast - Minsmere Nature Reserve - RSPB
Things to do on the Suffolk Coast - Sizewell B

Sizewell B

We could see the white dome of the Sizewell B nuclear power station from Dunwich Beach and from Aldeburgh. So we popped in to look at their exhibition.  It was worth a look, especially as it is free. Next time we might do the tour, although they do need at least a week’s notice so they can security clear all participants!

Framlingham Castle  - English Heritage

On our way home, we visited Framlingham Castle. Stunning views from the wall walk and lots of exhibitions and audio tours to enjoy. The children were being royally entertained with games and activities. We had a great time and highly recommend it as place to visit. And there is the Framlingham Spy Mission to do too.

Things to do on the Suffolk Coast - Framlingham Castle  - English Heritage

So much to see and do on the Suffolk Coast. We can't wait to go back and do some more!

13th September 2017

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