One of the best ways to get a real and authentic feel of Suffolk life is to attend one of its many renowned agricultural shows. Here at Windmill Lodges we have a created a list of some of the top shows in the county that you could visit as part of a log cabin short break in Suffolk with us.
The Suffolk Show
The history of the Suffolk Show dates back more than 175 years, to 1831. Despite having had many homes over the years, it has been at its current site in Trinity Park in Ipswich (just 20 miles from Windmill Lodges) since 1960. With an exhibition area of more than 40 hectares, the size of the show is clear.
It attracts thousands of livestock and equine entries, as well as hundreds of agricultural stalls and exhibition. There are plenty of non-farming related things to do too, with interactive exhibitions, flower and garden shows, food and drink demonstrations as well as various displays in the main ring.
Staged by the Suffolk Agricultural Association, this is the county’s main agricultural show. This year it is scheduled to take place on May 27 and 28.
The Framlingham Country Show
There a plenty of other shows close by too, with the Framlingham Country Show being located closest to Windmill Lodges. The event is a showcase for rural crafts, and doesn’t only contain a food and drinks festival, but also a Festival of Dogs. Something for the canine lovers out there!
This year the show takes place on the weekend of the 4th and 5th of April – perfectly timed for anyone planning a spring break in Suffolk.
Heveningham Hall Country Fair
This fair takes place in the sumptuous 5000-acre grounds of Heveningham Hall. The 18th century stately home is located 10 miles northeast of Windmill Lodges.
The rural nature of the show is exemplified by the presence of traditional Suffolk Punch horses, a parade of tractors, clay pigeon shooting and a pig show. There are plenty of other attractions too, including vintage and light aircraft, steam engines, as well as classic cars and motorbikes.
The show will take place on the June 27 and 28 this year.
East Anglian Game and Country Fair
The last show on our list takes place around 30 miles west of Saxtead, at Euston Hall – the home of the Duke and Duchess of Grafton. The event, which has been running 2004, showcases a selection of equestrian and canine competitions and demonstrations, as well as a fishing village, forestry area and country kitchen.
This year’s event takes place on April 25 and 26.
Log Cabin Short Breaks at Windmill Lodges
Windmill Lodges makes the ideal base for a log cabin short break in Suffolk if you would like to learn more about the county’s rural and farming traditions. Being located in the middle of the county all of the shows are within easy reach.
After a long day at a fair or show, you can come back and relax in your own private hot tub, which is also perfect romantic getaways and family holidays. Inside your 4 or 5-star rated lodge you will find a fully fitted kitchens, ensuite bathrooms or shower rooms, TV, and free wifi for keeping in touch with the people you care about.
If you would like to learn more about Windmill Lodges or book your spring break in Suffolk, contact us.
(Photo: AMANDA SLATER)