Spring is the ideal time of year to enjoy a getaway with friends or family in Suffolk. You can take advantage of everything the county has to offer, such as walking in the picturesque countryside, making a trip to the coast and drinking in some of the county’s history and culture.
Windmill Lodges offers the ideal way to enjoy spring breaks in Suffolk. Our location in the heart of the county’s countryside means our authentic wooden lodges are the ideal base for exploring the county. At the end of the day you can relax in your own hot tub, while each lodge also has a coal-effect fire, an en-suite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen.
Here is our guide to a few of the activities you can enjoy and places you can visit this spring and over Easter and the two bank holidays in May.
The market town of Framlingham is only around two miles away from Windmill Lodges. The 12th century castle which was owned for over 400 years by the Earl and Duke of Norfolk is well worth looking round. It was here that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England and the historic building was referred to in Ed Sheeran’s hit song ‘Castle on the Hill’. The world-famous singer-songwriter grew up in the town.
You could also combine a visit to the castle with a trip to one of Framlingham’s weekly markets held on Tuesdays and Saturdays or enjoy the many shops, cafes and restaurants. If you are around on the bank holiday weekend, May 26-28, you can enjoy the three-day Framlingham Gala Fest, with live music, parades, a barbecue and fun fair.
Helmingham Hall Gardens
Simply stunning at any time of the year, Helmingham Hall Gardens is about eight miles from Windmill Lodges. Steeped in more than 500 years of history, the moated hall is central to acres of garden for you to explore, including bulb-lined pathways and apple walks.
You can also enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the Coach House tea rooms if you want to relax. Special events also take place here throughout the year, including a Spring Plant Fair and Artisan market on Sunday, May 27.
If you are looking for ideas for Easter breaks and enjoy classical music, why not visit Snape Maltings? The renowned venue, near the attractive resort of Aldeburgh, has a full programme on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, including performances of works by Hayden, Dvorak, Bach and Handel. On the Saturday the venue will be hosting an Easter Farmers’ Market, where you will be able to sample a wide variety of tempting treats, all locally produced.
Suffolk is referred to by many as the county of festivals, so be sure to check out what’s on while you are here. There are a wide range of festivals suited to most ages and tastes.
For instance, if you’re in Suffolk on May 12 or 13, you could visit the 10th Sproughton Beer Festival, near Ipswich, where 30 real ales, ciders and perries will be on sale, alongside various food stalls.
The Suffolk Walking Festival is also held every spring and is now in its 11th year. Walkers can enjoy a variety of short strolls or longer hikes, with Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge, Southwold and Leiston among the venues. This year there will be 120 events in total across the county, including a Woodland Twilight Safari and a Hedgerow Cream Tea, and the whole festival runs from May 12 to June 3.
Easton Farm Park
If you are looking for a family-friendly activity, then you could visit Easton Farm Park near Woodbridge on a short Suffolk break. Children will love getting close to all the goats, horses, sheep and chickens. This spring special events include an Easter Egg Hunt from March 30 to April, and a sheep-shearing and wool spinning weekend on May 19 and 20.
Windmill Lodges can offer a unique holiday experience in the heart of rural Suffolk. As well as our fully-equipped authentic wooden lodges, we also have a book and games library, and a heated covered swimming pool which is open from Easter until October. If you are interested in spring breaks in Suffolk, click here to see details of our lodges and check availability.