It’s looking unlikely that we’ll be able to go on our summer holidays this year. It’s a shame, but we have to do this to keep safe. However, we are being encouraged instead to rediscover our hometown and areas nearby to us. So whereabouts in Suffolk could you go? Is there somewhere you used to go all the time as a child but not anymore? Is there somewhere you’ve been meaning to visit but haven’t been able to? Now’s your chance.
Woodbridge is one of my favourite places to visit in Suffolk. It has lots of lovely, independent shops and cafes, but during the lockdown, most of these will be closed. However, you can explore the banks of the River Deben and see all the boats and barges moored to the side. During the warmer weather, it might get a little busy around there, so keep in mind other people and remember to keep to social distancing rules.
I love the areas around the Shotley Peninsula, and you can usually find some quiet walks. It’s surrounded by the River Orwell and the River Stour and there’s some lovely places to just sit with the family and spend time surrounded by nature.
Lavenham is the perfect place to take your kids if they’re interested in Harry Potter. The medieval village was used as a filming location for Harry Potter’s parents house. Although most places will be shut, it’s a good place to take fans for them to really picture the area used in the film.
Parks and gardens
Suffolk is surrounded by parks and gardens. Christchurch Park is one of my favourites, but you might also want to visit Abbey Gardens, Lackford Lakes or the gardens along Felixstowe seafront. Just make sure you check if the park/garden is open and if there are any time limits and remember to stick to social distancing rules. If there’s something close to your house, spend an afternoon there or take the chance to exercise outside.