Local Area

A footpath runs along the land through Thurstons Farm and we have route maps should you wish to walk from the barn itself however there are miles of coastal path around the area as well, with forest tracks, country lanes and cycle paths all waiting to be trod. We have plenty of storage space for bikes should you wish to bring these when staying with us however we don’t have our own but can recommend a local hire center.

The coastline is mainly shingle but this just means less sand in your sandwiches and they are historic sights with plenty to offer even on a rainy day with beautiful piers award winning fish and chips shops and plenty of seaside boutiques to ensure you take home a beautiful moment of your stay.

Within a 30 minute drive of Thurstons Farm bed & breakfast there is plenty to do, here are some of the highlights:

  • Dunwich Beach and Heath, National Trust is a rare and precious habitat, the Heath is home to special species such as the Dartford warbler, nightjar, woodlark, ant-lion, adders and much more.
  • Orford Ness National Nature Reserve, National Trust is an important nature reserve covered with unusual buildings from a sometimes disturbing past that creates a stunning landscape.
  • Sutton Hoo, National Trust is a collection of ancient burial mounds where you can explore the rich Anglo-Saxon history and view the full size reconstruction of the burial chamber.
  • Minsmere Nature Reserve, RSPB displays a collection of splendid woodland, wetland and coastal scenery, providing great habitats for local birds, bugs and wildlife.
  • Rendlesham Forest Centre, Forestry Commission is a beautiful setting for woodland walks and with a large adventure play area for children it makes a great place for a day out.
  • Framlingham Castle, English Heritage was a place of refuge for Mary Tudor and there is plenty to discover here whilst walking the walls and viewing the exhibitions.
  • Orford Castle, English Heritage is a 12th century stronghold with a wealth of passageways and chambers to explore on your visit.
  • Leiston Abbey, English Heritage is one of Suffolk’s impressive monastic ruins with spectacular features.
  • Saxtead Green Post Mill, English Heritage is one of the many mills built in Suffolk from the late 13th century and is still in full working order.
  • Landgaurd Fort, English Heritage saw the last opposed seaborne invasion in England and you can take guided tours around the substantial batteries.
  • Parham Airfield Museum features the 390th Bombardment Group Memorial Air Museum in the original WWII control tower and the museum of the British Resistance organisation.
  • Aldeburgh has a shingle beach and coastline which provides a great mix of entertainment, food and drink, shopping and much more.
  • Snape Maltings provides a selection of shops, activities and places to eat and drink beside the River Alde.
  • Woodbridge Garden Centre is a stone’s throw away from Suffolk’s magnificent heritage coastline. Very close to the A12 just outside the picturesque town of Woodbridge. Set within an immaculate six acre site, the centre was designed by local architect Clive Tanner.

You can find much more at Suffolk Tourist Guide and please feel free to contact us and ask as we maybe able to help with some local knowledge.

If your looking for events many take place at the venues above and other event spaces within the area, you can find information about these event at Whats On in The Local Area.