The walks for the Festival have been announced - you can find them here, Some great events planned, not least the Discover Suffolk Five Day Challenge walk which takes you from Landguard to Lowestoft - 66 miles in 5 days heading north up the Suffolk Coastal Path. starting on 18th May. Sounds appealing? If you fancy the challenge but don't fancy the driving, we can help you on your way with drop offs and pick ups to and from the starting and finishing points en route on each of the five days. What could be easier? Just quote "Five Day Challenge" when you book (and make sure you book your tickets for the legs of the walk through the official website) and we'll sort the transport. At the end of each day, return to your wonderfully furnished yurt complete with full facilities, bar-b-q and campfire, relax and watch the sun go down before retiring to your comfy double bed. Sounds just about perfect.... If a five day walk isn't your bag, there's lots of other events going on through the 3 weeks, many of which are local to us. Drop us an email if you've got questions or need more info about what's planned.
Could there be anything better than nights spent in a yurt in the beautiful Suffolk countryside indulging in some bird watching - going to some of the lovely places birds like to hang out and getting to know a bit more about recognising them through song, habitat and their little idiosyncracies, guided by Suffolk's foremost bird expert Steve Piotrowski? We don't think so, and we're delighted to announce that you can do all of this at Ivy Grange Farm Yurts at our Bird Identification residential course from 10th-15th June. We've planned a week of tours, visits, boat trips and walks along the Waveney with some learning woven throughout which we hope will appeal to people who probably already know something about birds (or even quite a lot) and are keen to learn more within a relaxed holiday setting. We hope that the course will appeal to "people like us" - we like birds but we're far from being experts; we like to spend time in the countryside, meeting new people and being out of doors and (no surprises here!) we love sleeping under canvas surrounded by nature. We'd like to learn a more about identifying birds through song, habitat and behaviours as well as supporting the Farmland and Foraging Birds Project. If this sounds like you, then check out our Courses section for more details or email us for a more detailed itinerary.
We've also set the date for our second Full Moon Night Walk weekend starting on 20th September. As you'd expect from the title, the weekend coincides with a (very nearly) full moon and offers the truly wonderful opportunity to explore country lanes, pathways, estuary and coastline by moonlight. Last year's event was a great success and we're delighted to welcome back Dixe Wills, travel writer and journalist, to lead the event. Check out Courses for more details.
Latitude tickets are on sale now and if you want to book the perfect off-site accommodation, don't delay! We are just 4 miles away from the site at Henham Park and, using our bikes to cycle through the quiet lanes, you can get there in no time. We had a great time last year doing exactly that and can recommend it. It's over the weekend of 18th July and, if last year was anything to go by, the yurts will be booking up very soon.
Last summer was a great season for us and we're already looking forward to next year. It feels like spring is on the way, with the snowdrops and aconites bursting through in the woodland and the Christmas roses blooming wonderfully. We've been looking back at some holiday snaps from last year and thought we should share one of our favourites with you, as a reminder of what is yet to come. We've got great plans for the year ahead and are finalising details of a couple of courses which we think you'll enjoy, so watch this space....
Happy New Year to all our friends and past and future guests. Although it's only just January, we're beginning to look forward to the return of sunshine and summer holidays here at Ivy Grange Farm. We'll be collecting our new yurt later in the winter and have already taken delivery of our bell tent, so we'll have 4 yurts available throughout the year and the bell tent for the summer months. We're really looking forward to welcoming back some of our guests from 2012 as well as those who've received yurt gift vouchers for Christmas! And for those of you who haven't yet visited, we're ready to give you a warm welcome to the delights of our lovely part of Suffolk.
Nick and I will be sitting down over the coming couple of weeks to plan some more themed weekends and courses, so do let us know if there's anything you are particularly interested in. The Night Walk event from September was particularly popular, so we'll hope to re-run that in some form, perhaps as an extended 3-night event.
We'll hope to see you soon - we're open for the new season from 22nd March and have already taken bookings for a couple of long weekends for the whole site, so don't delay.
If you want to give a special present this year, how about a weekend (or longer) in a luxurious yurt? You can choose from our romantic Barn Owl yurt (great for couples) or one of our larger yurts. The prices are the same as usual (see our Yurts tab) and we'll throw in a welcoming bottle of beautifully chilled Prosecco set out on a tray with glasses, to make sure your guest enjoys a really special occasion. Please contact us for more information or to arrange for a gift voucher to be sent.
We've had a fantastic first full season with lovely guests, some of whom have already booked for a return visit next year. We've now placed our order for our 4th yurt (Yellowhammer) which is from Tim Hutton at Yurtworks, who made Barn Owl for us. We're really looking forward to taking delivery of it. We've also bought a Bell Tent from Soul Pad (nearby in Thetford) and will be putting that up for the summer months. Some of our younger guests have had fun drawing the yurts and describing the fun they've had - here's a selection from our "Vision On" art wall (for readers of a certain age...)
Our courses - the HighTide festival theatre Spring Writers' Retreat and Dixe Wills' Night Walking themed weekend - went really well and we're thinking about what to do for next year. We're exploring bird watching, singing and raised bed gardening (how to make as well as what to grow) and would like to run another Night Walks weekend too. If you are interested in any of these, do let us know. Likewise, if you have expertise you'd like to share or would like to run a residential course here, do get in touch.