Out and about
Here's some of our favourite places and things to do - we feel spoiled for choice in this part of Suffolk! All are within easy reach of Ivy Grange Farm Barn and highly recommended by us. Have a look, too, at our Top 10 things to do (ranging from celebratory meals out to bike rides, river trips and walks) in the Trips section for a full itinerary and contact details - great if you're here just for a short time or you want to mark a special occasion!
We're a quiet 10 mile drive (or borrow the Barn's electric bikes!) to the beaches of Southwold and Walberswick - great fun whatever time of year; catch the row-boat ferry across the river and visit both beaches in one day! If you already know Southwold and Walberswick, you will be sold on them and, if you don't you'll be surprised at what you've missed. Walberswick is our favourite place for sea swimming - it has a gently shelving sandy beach and tends to be the best beach for kids - and the dunes are fabulous. Children will happily spend hours catching crabs (borrow our lines and buckets), an ever popular entertainment throughout the summer with the fatest crabs around. Southwold has a popular Pier with the quirky Under the Pier Show of weird and wonderful mechanical machines by Tim Hunkin as well as great fish and chip restaurants, a lighthouse to climb and stacks of independent shops. Not to mention the Adnams Brewery tour.
Join in one of our Full Moon Walks - an informal group of us from the village head out on a route we think will be fun by moonlight - usually about 5 or 6 miles. A great way to see the world in a different light! Talk to us when you are here.
Also close to home, Latitude in July is one of the many Arts festivals and events in the area, a 4-mile cycle ride.
One of our favourite wild swimming spots is just downstream from The Locks Inn at Geldeston (now a Community Owned pub and absolutely delightful!). You can join the locals in jumping from the bridge (if you dare) or clamber down the bank and swim amongst the reeds and wildlife. Have lunch or a drink at the pub afterwards. Big Dog Ferry will take you to Geldeston from Beccles (with bikes if there's space), book ahead in peak times.
The Blyth Estuary is a great place to visit in any season, following the river as it meanders down towards Walberswick and Southwold; in autumn, you might be lucky enough to see a murmuration of starlings (in an area that’s not short of wildlife) and you will generally hear curlews calling and, when the tide is out, thousands of gulls, waders, oyster catchers, avocets and seabirds on the huge mudflats. Down by the quay, you can stop at the shacks to buy fish straight off the boats or even treat yourself to an excellent lunch at the Sole Bay Fish Co.
Orford Ness is a wild and mysterious place to explore; it’s accessible only by ferry boat, courtesy of the National Trust. Once you’ve visited the Ness, be sure to take in Pinney’s of Orford’s shop for wonderful seafood.