Travel: Suffolk

Last week I went away to Suffolk with my parents. We stayed in a lodge surrounded by water and trees. Lodges are great to stay in, if you don’t want to go out for food everyday and I always prefer somewhere with a kitchen. When we arrived in Suffolk, we picked up some food from Waitrose and checked into the lodge that we were staying in. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and making crafts. I was making a lot of pom poms last week!

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The next day we visited Snape Maltings. Snape Maltings is a concert hall in Suffolk, with boutique shops, art galleries, cafes and walks. Snape Maltings is located in the village of Snape and is only five miles away from the coast! There is an excellent selection of places to eat there and we had a delicious salad from the Granary Tea Shop. The Granary Tea shop has a selection of sandwiches, salads and soups. They have fresh bread and scones, which is delivered from a local bakery.

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There are plenty of shops to choose from at Snape Maltings. They have a collection of award-winning independent shops. My favourite was the Craft Shop. I was able to pick up some block prints. I also found some vintage items from the antique shop. Some of their shops include House & Garden, Food Hall & Pantry, Samphire, Craft Shop, Antiques, Caramel, Lettering Arts Centre and Books.

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The Lettering Arts Centre at Snape Maltings had a very interesting exhibition going on about stones and lettering. My partner is a Stone Mason, so I always love finding things about this and telling him all about it. The mission of The Lettering Arts Trust is to ensure the continuation of the heritage craft of letter carving on stone, to raise awareness of the lettering arts and to fund opportunities to train lettering artists.

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The next day we visited Blickling Estate. Blickling is a mansion with ancient yew hedges, a magnificent garden and beautiful Bure meadows. They also have a library which contains over 12,500 volumes and is the most prestigious book collection held by The National Trust! They had a very interesting installation which was throughout the mansion. It was called ‘The Word Defiant!’. National Trust worked with the award-winning theatre company called Les Enfants Terribles. The installation was to explore the importance of books and the threat posed to them around the world.

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Another National Trust houses that we visited was Ickworth House. Ickworth house is a Georgian palace located in an idyllic English landscape. The house was the residence of the Marquess of Bristol before being sold to the National Trust in 1998! This was one of my favourite National Trust houses that we visited. I loved the gardens and the buildings.

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We visited the coastal town Southwold during our trip. Southwold lies at the mouth of the River Blyth. It is also famous for the brewery Adnams. We went on Brewery tour around Adnams, before having lunch and walking around Southwold. I fell in love with all of the old houses and architecture. They had some great independent shops, especially a lot of antique shops!

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Thorpeness is a village in Suffolk, which has a lot of pretty mock Tudor houses and the fairy-tale House in the Clouds! I was able to find an old record at Thorpeness Emporium. Thorpeness Emporium is situated in the heart of Thorpeness! The Emporium is a vintage antiques and collectible market. We also visited Aldeburgh on the same day, which is nearby. We had fish and chips by the sea in Aldeburgh before exploring all of the shops and the beach! Thorpeness and Aldeburgh are a must to visit!

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The last place we visited before we travelled home was Framlingham Castle. Framlingham Castle is a castle in the market town of Framlingham. It was behind these walls that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England. If you’re ever in Suffolk, I definitely recommend visiting this town and castle. The town has a lot of independent shops, a museum and delicious cafes. It was a great week away to relax and explore new places I had never been before!

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