Updated: Jan 20, 2020
This week we are sticking local to talk about the Suffolk Coast and Local Towns.
One of the biggest events for Suffolk in the year is Latitude music festival is perhaps one of the most notable events held in Suffolk. The annual event attracts many great artists, it has a real family atmosphere. There are plenty of things going on besides music too! This year it’s held from Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th July at Henham Park near Southwald. The event normally attracts some great artists and offers a family friendly atmosphere.
Whats great about the event is you can take a campervan so you can festival in style without having to slum it in a tent without a shower for the weekend. Of course there’s other benefits as well, your belongings are more secure and you can save some money by cooking your own meals if you intend to go as a family.
See www.latitudefestival.com for more info and ticket prices. The campervan will be an extra on the the ticket price and the Sprinter is just under 7 meters for reverence.
FolkEast at Glemham Hall, 21st 22nd 23rd August is another to check out. www.folkeast.co.uk
If festivals aren’t your thing then Southwald town centre is defiantly worth a visit. It has a lovely beach front which offers some nice walks. Lots of nice shops and of course home of Adnams of Southwald. You can visit their kitchen shop for gifts or get some locally produced gins or beer. They offer tours of their brewery, details can be found here: https://www.adnams.co.uk/experiences
A short 30mins drive away another lovely costal town is Aldeburgh, famous for its fish and chips from the Aldeburgh fish & chip shop. Spend time walking the dogs along the beach to Thorpeness and grab a ice cream next to the mere and watch the rowing boats and all the swans. There are plenty of places to park between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness so you shouldn’t have any issues parking the campervan.
Last local town to check out is Woodbridge for a walk along the river. If you can get there for sunrise theres a beautiful view over the river. Theres lots of options for walking and the town has loads to offer in the way of pubs and cafes. My favourite pub is the Cherry Tree but you won’t fit in their carpark with the campervan. Instead you‘ll have to park down Cherry Tree Road, in the evening you shouldn’t have a problem parking down there.
Where to Stay?
For £6 per night you can stay at St Peters Church, Chillesford, IP12 3PT
Just a church carpark so no where to hook up or get rid of waste.
Rendlesham Forest Camping, opens April. Low season £18pn, High season £22pb. Hook up FOC. IP12 3NF
Park4Night site - Sandgalls Carpark FOC. IP12 2JL
Great location for an off-road 10mile circuit called the Viking Trail, rated at a red but suitable for gravel / cross bikes. www.trogmtb.com/Viking-trail
In Woodbridge town centre (IP12 1AL) or on the way out of Woodbridge (Melton, IP12 1QT) on your drive to Aldeburgh you will find Honey + Harvery, a independent coffee shop that has great reviews locally. Not only is the coffee great but the food (especially breakfast) is fantastic. They are dog friendly in both stores as most of the Woodbridge shops are. They provide lots of milk alternatives, my favourite being the oat flat white. www.honeyandharvery.co.uk
If you are out near the coast then head to Two Magpies Bakery who are based in both Southwald (IP18 6DP) and Aldeburgh (IP15 5AL), places we mentioned earlier in the blog. They also have a café along the A12 near Darsham (IP17 3QR) where you can go to 'Bake School'. Check out their website below for more info but they make pastries like no one else! www.twomagpiesbakery.co.uk
See you again next Sunday evening 🚐