Things to do

There are so many things to do that we’ve decided to give you our personal top 10.

1

Walk from the front door in glorious East Anglian countryside

There are walks all around Elm Cottage – long, short, circular and some with the option of a bus back. You can stay away from the roads and walk along both the Stour and the Orwell. Most are also ideal for cycling and feature in the Cycle South Suffolk leisure route

2

Paddle in the Grindle and wile away an afternoon at Pin Mill

Ten minutes walk across fields from Elm Cottage is Pin Mill Hard and the Butt and Oyster Inn. Enjoy a pint of Adnams and some fine food while inspecting the Thames barges drawn up on the Hard. The hamlet of Pin Mill is the start point for Arthur Ransome’s We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea and it retains the spirit of gentler times. Next to the pub is a coffee shop and gallery. The stream that runs down to the river is known as the Grindle - perfect for even the smallest children to paddle
www.thepinmillstudio.com www.debeninns.co.uk/buttandoyster

3

Take the foot/cycle ferry to Harwich and Felixstowe

The Shotley Peninsula lies between the rivers Orwell and Stour. The town of Shotley, at the end of the Peninsula, was home to the HMS Ganges naval training base. The Bristol Arms looks out towards Harwich. From the Shipwreck tavern in the marina you can watch the giant container ships coming and going from Felixstowe dock. There is a foot (and bike) ferry service from the marina to Harwich and Felixstowe
www.harwichharbourferry.com

4

Buy some top quality local food

With the Suffolk Food Hall and Jimmy’s Farm just a few miles away it’s easy to find some amazing ingredients for gourmet cooking. You’ll find home grown meat, a fresh fish counter, plenty of seasonal game, plus freshly lifted vegetables
www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk www.jimmysfarm.com

5

Hire a boat for the day.

From canoes, windsurfers and dinghies at nearby Alton Water to a full size skippered sailing yacht, the Shotley peninsula is the perfect place to learn to sail or try something new. www.altonwater.co.uk www.classicsailingclub.com You can take a day trip down the Orwell on the Ipswich based Thames sailing barge the Victor
www.sbvictor.co.uk

6

Spend a day learning to paint or take photographs or ride a horse.

Courses are run regularly from the Pin Mill Gallery with expert tuition for everyone from the complete beginner to the accomplished. www.photographicday.com. There is a riding school in the village again for all abilities. They also run very popular pony days for children. www.hillfarmec.co.uk

7

Take a guided bird watching walk.

The Shotley Peninsula lies between two river estuaries, the Orwell and the Stour. It makes for the most fantastic bird watching opportunities. www.rspb.co.uk We can arrange for you to have a personal expert guide

8

Explore historic Ipswich.

Ipswich has been an important trading centre and port for centuries. The waterfront is now an area of restaurants and bars and home to a world class dance theatre, the Jerwood Dance House. www.danceeast.co.uk There are dozens of beautiful medieval houses and churches in the town centre, including Christchurch Mansion, which houses the biggest collection of Gainsborough and Constable paintings outside London
www.visit-ipswich.com

9

Try your luck on the slot machines on Felixstowe pier

Felixstowe is our nearest candy floss and bucket and spade beach. Just twenty minutes along the A14, offers a real old fashioned sea side experience. Walk along the prom, eat fish and chips, make a sandcastle. At the northern end of the town is the old Felixstowe Ferry. Here you can buy freshly caught fish and walk around the old boat yard, and watch the tide racing out of the mouth of the River Deben. There is a regular foot ferry across to Bawdsey where there’s a charming little beach and tea rooms

10

Take a day trip to Aldeburgh and Southwold

If you have a car, the coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold are easily accessible. In Aldeburgh, you can buy fresh fish from the beach, visit the Benjamin Britten Red House museum and stroll along the dunes to Thorpeness. The nearby Snape Maltings offers a year-round programme of music, dance and literature including the annual Aldeburgh Festival www.snapemaltings.co.uk/aldeburgh-music Southwold is home to Adnams brewery and their flagship eatery, the Crown. The refurbished pier offers fun for all the family. Nearby is the site of the annual Latitude Festival. Aldeburgh is a little over 30 minutes by car. Southwold is more like an hour

 

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