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Suffolk’s Top 50 Things To Do

It’s official: visiting a tawny owl in Ipswich, thumb wrestling in Lowestoft and eating fish and chips in Aldeburgh are among the top 50 things to do in Suffolk.

BBC Radio Suffolk and the East Anglian Daily Times researched the topic for six weeks, asking the public for their thoughts on what they love to do in this diverse county of ours.

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy said:

“The amazing response shows the deep love and affection people have for Suffolk. We could easily have had a top 100. What was lovely was so many Suffolk ex-pats got in touch to share their suggestions with us, as well as locals”

Suffolk is known for its wide skies and great outdoors, so it is fitting then, that the countryside features heavily in the list: RSPB Minsmere, The Suffolk Walking Festival, The Broads, Sudbury Water Meadows and the glorious Suffolk Coast.

Food and drink also has a fair few mentions with eating fish and chips in Aldeburgh being undoubtedly one of the most popular and the pea festival at Peasenhall being one of the more unusual, where you can enter the World Pea Podding Championships, take part in a pea-eating contest (with chop sticks) and have a go at winning the National Pea Throwing title.

Several towns and villages also get a mention, with Bury St Edmunds featured a few times, as well as Lavenham for its ‘wonky houses’.

Here is the full list of the top 50 things to do in Suffolk:

  • Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds
  • Beccles Lido
  • Covehithe, hamlet and beach
  • Crabbing in Walberswick
  • Electric Picture House cinema, Southwold
  • Enjoy a pint of Suffolk beer – including Adnams, St Peter’s, Calvors and Greene King
  • Fish and chips at Aldeburgh
  • Flatford Mill – landmark for Constable
  • Flixton Aviation Museum
  • FolkEast festival at Glemham Hall
  • Framlingham Castle
  • Helmingham Hall gardens and tea rooms
  • Hoxne – Roman treasure galore
  • Ipswich Music Day
  • Ipswich Town Football Club
  • Ipswich Transport Museum
  • Lavenham – wonky houses
  • Leiston – including the Long Shop Museum
  • Orford Ness – nature reserve with mysterious history
  • Peasenhall Pea Festival
  • Power boat racing at Oulton Broad
  • RSPB Minsmere
  • Sailors’ Reading Room museum, Southwold
  • See a Suffolk Punch horse – can be viewed at Suffolk Punch Trust at Hollesley
  • Shingle Street, hamlet and beach
  • Southwold Pier – including the unique Under the Pier Show arcade
  • St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds – including choral evensong
  • Sudbury Water Meadows
  • Suffolk Regiment Museum
  • Sunrise at Britain’s most Easterly point, in Lowestoft
  • Sutton Hoo – ancient burial site
  • Tawny owl at Christchurch Park, Ipswich
  • The Broads
  • The Butt and Oyster pub at Pin Mill
  • The East Anglia Transport Museum
  • The Mid Suffolk Light Railway
  • The New Wolsey Theatre pantomime
  • The Newmarket gallops
  • The Nutshell pub, Bury St Edmunds
  • The Scores Trail, Lowestoft
  • The Suffolk Show
  • The Suffolk Walking Festival
  • The UFO Walk at Rendlesham Forest
  • Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds – Backstage Past tour
  • Thorpeness – JM Barrie inspired resort
  • Thumb Wrestling World Championship, Lowestoft
  • Viewpoint at Felixstowe, overlooking the docks
  • Walk from Snape Maltings to Iken
  • Walk or cycle round Alton Water
  • Woodbridge Tide Mill

This list has been compiled by BBC Radio Suffolk and East Anglian Daily Times and is featured on the BBC News website.

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