Why I love Suffolk – Samantha Bennett
4:00 PM August 14, 2022
My earliest memory of Suffolk is when I was 11 and attending school in Felixstowe. I had never been there before or even heard of Felixstowe. Little did I know then that after many years of living in London I would be back in Suffolk and enjoying every minute, but now dreaded the A12 going the other way!
Bury St Edmunds Cathedral – wow what a building. This cathedral dates back to the 11th century and is larger now than when it was originally built due to the addition of rooms over the years, but I love that it has evolved while retaining its beauty. As in many churches, the architecture and decoration are magnificent. It is also wonderful that the gardens are used by young and old. Grab a coffee and spend some time there.
I’m not really sure if it can be classified as a beach but we spend a lot of time walking along the river Orwell where there are various sandy spots. It’s wild in places and often cold from the wind blowing along the river, but it’s quiet and interesting. Dogs love it because they can swim and sniff along the walk and I love that it’s not perfect.
The Suffolk Punch Trust in Woodbridge was founded to help protect this endangered Suffolk horse. It raises awareness of these fabulous beasts – if you love horses this is the day for you.
place to eat
The Crown & Castle in Orford is a great place to eat – we often have our dogs with us and they have a special dog table where you can have lunch or dinner with your furry friend at your feet. The food is delicious and they have a separate vegetarian menu which is always a bonus.
It’s hard to pinpoint a Suffolk export – we have the best of everything here in the county. From food to music, we seem to have it all, which makes it such a great place to live and visit.
It’s difficult because there are so many beautiful villages in Suffolk. I’m often on the lookout for nice villages in other counties and always come back to what we have on our doorstep. Lavenham, Kersey, Clare, Chelsworth – all worth a mention and a visit but of course Lavenham is the village I live and work in and so this has to be top of the list for me. A bustling village full of places to eat, shops to visit and so many beautiful buildings to admire – there really is something for everyone.
I love browsing Snape Maltings – it has a wonderful collection of galleries and shops full of interesting items and in the summer it hosts a month-long music festival. These coupled with the fact that you can take the dogs for a lovely walk along the Alde estuary means it’s a perfect day out for me.