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Valentine’s Day in Suffolk


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You don’t need to travel to London, for a meal in a crowded restaurant, to celebrate Valentine's Day this year! Suffolk is a county rich in both history and areas of outstanding natural beauty. This means it is the perfect place to celebrate a magical Valentine’s Day with your partner, friends or family. The only issue that prevents students from experiencing Suffolk, is travelling without access to a car. All but one of these romantic locations can be reached without a car!

If your valentine likes history...

Snowdrop Walk at Kentwell Hall

Kentwell hall is a stunning red brick Manor House that is located in the Suffolk village of Long Melford. Between the 11 February and 5 March, you can enjoy the Snowdrop walk around the manor's gardens, where the snowdrops will be flourishing. As well as 20 acres of land, there is a moat that was built in the 1500’s and a haunted room. It is just under an hour's drive from Athena Hall but definitely worth the journey for a special valentine's day. The Manor may also be open during your visit so check the website to plan your trip accordingly!

Total cost: Free (+ petrol)

If your valentine likes nature...

Watch the Sunset at Orwell Country Park

Orwell Country Park is my favourite place to walk in Ipswich. It has ancient woodland, mudflats and even a few farm animals dotted about. If you do visit, make sure you see the giant ancient oak tree, you’ll know when you see it! The river at high tide is especially beautiful and there are many great viewpoints making this the perfect place to watch the sunset. It is possible to walk from Athena Hall, but it will take the best part of an hour to get to the park, but if you’ve fuelled up on heart-shaped chocolates it shouldn’t be a problem! If you’d rather save the walking for the park, you could get the Greenwich Greyhound bus to Bonnington road and reach the park in under twenty minutes.

Total cost: Free! (or the price of a bus ticket)

If your valentine is a foodie...

Bistro on the Quay

The Valentine’s menu is just £40pp for four courses. If that hasn’t sold you, take a look at what their menu has to offer! The Assiette Gourmande for Valentine’s Day is a treacle tart with popcorn panna cotta and a dark chocolate terrine, which sounds like the perfect way to finish the night. Unless you want to stop in at Issacs's for one more drink on your short walk back to Halls! Make sure to book your place soon!

Total cost: £80

If your partner is an artist at heart...

Ceramic painting at Pennikkity Pots

Ceramic painting is a fun and simple date. Not only is it affordable with only a £3 studio fee per painter plus £5 for a ceramic, but Pennikkity Pots located in Ipswich town centre. What’s best about this idea is that it leaves you with a token to remember your special day together.

Total cost: £16 (or £8 each)


Making special memories often require doing something new by going out of your way to change your daily routine. This can mean planning in advance and perhaps travelling further than you normally would. Even if you don’t get to try these ideas out this February, keep them in mind for a future date night.

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