Suffolk inspires everyone, from George Orwell who adopted the name of one of our rivers, to bird watchers and nature lovers who come to see our unique landscapes. Exploring Suffolk's coastal villages, the Brecks, ancient woodlands, valleys and coastal villages will enthrall and delight you.
If you love walking, cycling or horse riding, then Suffolk's low lying, gentle landscape is excellent. A predominantly agricultural county you’ll find fields enclosed in low hedges, crops of cereals and sugar beet alongside cattle and pig farms, and belts of ancient woodland to explore.
From the east to the west, under impressive skies, the varied landscape of Suffolk changes subtly.
In the east you will find a coastline of shingle shores, sandy beaches and low cliffs. The majority of the coast forms the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of the most important lowland landscapes in Southwold.
There are five estuaries and associated saltmarsh, mudflats, grazing marshes and reed beds, plus the internationally famous RSPB Minsmere, where you can watch avocets and marsh harriers and if you're lucky, hear bitterns booming in the reed beds.
The Suffolk coast, with its villages and towns, once rich trading ports in the middle ages, was the inspiration for the composer Sir Benjamin Britten. More recently it has inspired Maggi Hambling, whose much loved and often discussed Scallop sculpture on the beach at Aldeburgh celebrates Benjamin Britten’s work.
Discover more about the Suffolk Coastal area, the Sunrise Coast around Lowestoft and Southwold and the Ipswich area.
Suffolk boasts a wide range of fine dining options, from fine food shops to fine dining restaurants. We may not have a pile of Michelin stars but when you have top local raw ingredients, who needs stars?! Here are a few of the choices you can enjoy when dining out in Suffolk:
Please see the map below for restruants in Suffolk & Norfolk:
Suffolk played a vital role in England’s wool trade from medieval times onwards, and this helped shape the beautiful timber framed architecture still very much evident in many of its Medieval Wool villages and towns today, such as Lavenham, Long Melford and Sudbury.
England’s finest medieval village has been remarkably preserved over the centuries and attracts visitors from all over the world. There are over 300 listed buildings, including the iconic Guildhall of Corpus Christi, located in the heart of the village on the market square. Inside the Guildhall you can learn about the Lavenham’s local history, farming heritage and the story of the medieval wool trade. There are a number of tearooms scattered throughout the village where you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea whilst admiring the fantastic surrounding timber framed architecture.
The county town of Suffolk, is situated on the busy River Ore, which opens onto the coast a short distance away. In medieval times it was a major exporter of cloth woven in the Suffolk wool towns. Today Ipswich is a bustling town steeped in history. The waterfront area has been revamped in recent years and now has many cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants with fantastic marina views. It is also home to the new University Campus Suffolk. Dance East is a state of the art dance house on the waterfront, which brings an eclectic programme of world class dance performances to the East of England.
Christchurch Mansion is well worth a visit. You can explore period rooms styled from the 16th to the 19th century as well as The Wolsey Art Gallery which houses the second largest Constable collection in the UK and also many works by Thomas Gainsborough and a number of other well known artists. The beautiful grounds of Christchurch Park are a lovely place to stroll around or have a picnic.
Sixteen established artists with an East Anglian connection will reveal elements from their creative process that would otherwise remain unseen by the public alongside a finished artwork.
The exhibition, entitled Collateral Drawing, will provide an invaluable insight into each artist's working methodology, exposing various clues and elements integral to the creation of a final artwork.
There's more to an artwork than its finished state, but exhibitions concentrate on that, along perhaps with preparatory studies which act as preliminary versions of that state. Yet there may be any number of by-products from the making of an artwork, and that is what Collateral Drawing explores. These may take such forms as the stage setting, models or constructions which are created in order to facilitate the work itself; the redefinition of past work as collateral to a future work in which it is repurposed; various means of recycling aspects of a practice; or the marks which result serendipitously, but with a more than accidental logic from the production itself.
Collateral Drawing East Anglia explores the relationship between finished works and the collateral drawing which fed into or resulted from their making in the work of sixteen artists with an East Anglian connection - Each artist was approached by the curators six months in advance and asked to retain the collateral elements of some new work by isolating or documenting elements of their working environment, as a means to record the artists subconscious actions around their day-to-day creativity. These elements were then carefully collated and presented alongside an artwork that the artist produced alongside them during this period.
Contact: Carol Gant Tel: 01473 338654
Venue Address: UCS, Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1 QJ