Packing Tips for a Christmas Break
Good holiday packing is a form of art. Sadly, we don’t have the same skills (or bag!) as Mary Poppins...
Staying in our self-catering holiday cottages gives visitors the freedom to explore Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, at their leisure, taking full days out to discover everything the region has to offer. If you are a first time visitor to the area, or considering booking a holiday here, these are the things that we think make East Anglia a great place to come on holiday!
East Anglia is home to stunning coastlines, from the long sandy beaches of Holkham Bay in Norfolk, along the amber coastline of Suffolk’s stony shores right down to the Estuaries that punctuate the Essex coastline. The countryside has a lot to offer too. One area of special interest is Dedham Vale, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Essex-Suffolk border, popularly known as Constable Country.
Art and Culture
There is a wealth of art galleries, festivals, exhibitions and theatres to visit in the region. Latitude Festival is held each summer in Suffolk, as is Snape Proms. Visitors interested in art should head to The Sainsbury Centre in Norfolk, and Firstsite Gallery in Colchester. The New Wolsey theatre in Ipswich is a big hit for the performing arts with an eclectic mix of music, comedy, and family theatre.
History and Heritage
Stately homes are plentiful in this part of The UK, as are castles, churches, cathedrals and even steam railways! Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, Suffolk is a splendid example of a Tudor moated mansion. Suffolk also boasts some fabulous castles at Framlingham and Orford, as well as Sutton Hoo, the Viking burial ground. Or you could head to Colchester, the oldest recorded town, to visit the Castle there. Colchester has plenty to offer those interested in historical sites including Gosbecks Archaeological Park and Balkerne Gate.
Action and Adventure
Whether you like wildlife parks and zoos, or prefer adrenaline fuelled activities such as go carting, theme park rides and extreme sports, East Anglia has a lot to offer! Thetford forest is home to Go Ape, a jungle-swinging adventure, Segway forest rides, and outdoor go karting, to name just a few activities. Then you have award winning Colchester Zoo in Essex, and Kessingland Wildlife park in Suffolk. BeWILDerwood and Dinosaur Adventure are two more great attractions for kids, or if you want something with a little more punch for your pound, head to Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park in Lowestoft.