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Introducing Suffolk!

20 Nov 2018 9:15AM


For those of you who are applying from further afield and are not too familiar with Suffolk or what it has to offer, let us give you a little introduction to the area…

The region has a distinctive blend of modern and medieval towns, charming villages and hamlets and is well known for its farmland and outstanding natural beauty. Suffolk has almost 50 miles of coastline made up of glorious stretches of unspoilt beaches, nature reserves, sandy cliffs and peaceful marshes.

Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk and the campus is located in the popular Waterfront area. Within close walking distance you can find a number of shops, restaurants, bars, gyms and two swimming pools; a 10 minute stroll will find you in the middle of the town centre! Also close by is Cardinal Park, a leisure complex which includes a multiplex cinema, restaurants, nightclubs and trampoline park as well as Portman Road, the home ground of Ipswich Town Football Club. Ipswich offers a wide variety of nightlife with a number of bars and clubs to suit different tastes; many club nights are also run especially for students. There are four theatres in Ipswich; the Wolsey Theatre offers a range of modern adventurous productions. The smaller Sir John Mills and Red Rose Chain Theatres offering an eclectic selection of amateur and professional productions and also the Regent Theatre which offers major touring acts, both in drama and music. Other points of interest in the town include the beautiful Christchurch and Holywells Parks (both of which run a variety of large events), the famous Jimmy’s Farm, Dance East, two bowling alleys, Suffolk Ski and Leisure Park, Anglia Indoor Karting, and a wide range of other sports facilities and centres.

The seaside resorts of Felixstowe in the south, Lowestoft in the north and Great Yarmouth just over the Norfolk border, offer all the fun of traditional piers and a great day out for people of all age. Southwold is one of the most picturesque towns in England with its landmark lighthouse and famous Adnams brewery and the town of Aldeburgh is home to world famous fish and chips!

Bury St Edmunds is home to the splendid St Edmundsbury Cathedral with its magnificent Millennium Tower. Abbey Gardens, in the heart of the town, is an ideal place to relax in the summer. Bury St Edmunds also boasts a fantastic mixture of shops and restaurants, with many located in popular shopping centre ‘The Arc’, a multi-screen cinema and a range of enjoyable nightlife. The Theatre Royal, built in 1819, is one of the most elegant and sophisticated theatres of its time, with a wide, varied and popular programme. Bury St Edmunds also has a growing reputation for its annual programme of classical, jazz and blues performances with many events taking place at The Apex.

Suffolk as a county offers a diverse range of cultural and arts events. The county is well served for both major professional events such as Latitude Festival and smaller scale and amateur events. The region has also generated a significant classical music culture. Its focus is on Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh where the internationally famous annual festivals attract visitors from all over the world. Suffolk is also well served with art galleries and museums as well as historic castles and churches.

The University of Suffolk can offer the best in urban environments or rural and coastal retreats. Other nearby cities and towns to visit include Colchester, Chelmsford, Cambridge and Norwich… London is only just over an hour away and there are excellent road, rail and air links to the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond.

If you have made an application or are coming along to an Open Event, why not come and explore the area! For more information about Suffolk and what it has to offer, check out the All About Ipswich, Visit Suffolk and Trip Advisor websites.