April in Suffolk - Six Inspirations for a Suffolk Cottage Break this Spring
Published: Wednesday 1st Mar 2017
Written by: Sally Owen.
The virtues of 'April in Paris' have been sung by many a swing legend including Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra to name just a few. Well, we say forget Paris! Suffolk is a stunning location to celebrate the 'charm of spring' and here at Suffolk Secrets we have a fabulous selection of self-catering holiday cottages to choose from this April.
Need some inspiration? Here’s our six wonderful reasons to book yourself a cottage break in Suffolk this spring.
Beautiful Bluebell WalksIn April, the forest floors are awash with a beautiful blue hue of Bluebells. These pretty spring flowers are a joy to behold and mark the start of spring.Here’s some top spots for a blue view, managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust;• ‘Captains Wood’, Sudbourne (near Woodbridge)• ‘Groton Wood’, Hadleigh (near Kersey)• ‘Bradfield Woods’ near Bury St Edmunds• ‘Arger Fen and Spouses Vale’ Sudbury• ‘Reydon Wood’, between Wangford and Southwold.
Ink Festival, The Cut, Halesworth – Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2017Now in its third year INK Festival champions the best new scripts from East Anglian writers for a bumper weekend of over 25 new short stage productions, radio plays and films performed in a variety of spaces all over the renovated maltings which is now The Cut Theatre, Halesworth.
Need a place to stay? Take a look at Wren Cottage in nearby Wissett.
Easter Season at Snape Maltings – Friday 14th to Sunday 16th April Celebrate Easter with a varied programme of events at Snape Maltings. Bach’s great St John Passion is given a dramatic chamber performance by Solomon’s Knot, the Marmen Quartet play meditative works by Bach, Beethoven and Philip Glass, while the cobwebs of winter are well and truly blown away by the power of the Britten–Pears Orchestra under the baton of inspirational American conductor Marin Alsop. They perform Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and Britten’s Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, which is repeated in a family concert on Easter Sunday.
Need a place to stay? Take a look at Riverside Cottage in Snape.
Beccles Antiques Market – Sunday 30th April 8am until 4pmThis delightful market town on the banks of the River Waveney is home to a thriving Antiques Market. The market plays host to a hundred general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of good quality antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, books, clocks, retro and vintage design and decorative items. First class local ‘street food’ catering is incorporated into the market, including a hog roast.
Need a place to stay? Take a look at River End Cottage, Beccles.
Sounds of Spring at RSPB Minsmere – 7.30am -9.30am, Various dates throughout AprilSpring is a fantastic time of year to enjoy the sights and sounds of RPSB Minsmere. From booming bitterns and warbling warblers to the delight of the nightingale’s song, enjoy a guided walk which will take you on a sound tour you won’t forget. Suitable for beginners, these walks are a great opportunity to learn birdsong. The walk will end with a light breakfast and hot drink in the café and Minsmere’s Visitor Centre.
Need a place to stay? Take a look at Heather View in nearby Middleton.
Viking Pastimes at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village & Country Park - Saturday 15th to Monday 17th AprilWith extensive indoor galleries and a stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village, West Stow is a fascinating and enjoyable day out for all the family. West Stow's remarkable wooden homes were rebuilt using ancient Anglo-Saxon methods on the exact sites of the original Anglo-Saxon settlement after extensive archaeological surveys. Over Easter weekend visitors to West Stow to can learn to play traditional Viking games and witness the 5th English National ‘Hnefatafl’ Championships, with Champion Tim Millar as tutor and judge!
Need a place to stay? Take a look at Walnut Tree Cottage in Barton Mills, near Bury St Edmunds.
If that’s given you the taste of spring in Suffolk, why not take a look at our full portfolio of self-catering holiday cottages and come and see us soon!
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