The Suffolk List May 14 2015 2 Comments

Tucked out eastwards beneath the biggest skies, Suffolk doesn’t tend to shout about itself and can be as quietly unassuming as its gentle landscape.

We Salvation boys were born and bred in Suffolk and love the sense of freedom that its open spaces and coastal reaches bring. That’s why we’ve pulled together, in no particular order, some stuff about what makes the county so fab and we hope will convince you to escape out east sometime soon. (Come say hi if you're passing us!)

A Little Latitude

If you’re looking for a laid-back music festival for a languid summer weekend away, The Latitude Festival boasts a line-up that mixes the current crop of Indie darlings with veterans thumping out 80’s classic for some full-on guilty pleasure. For a chilled out atmosphere, cop a squat in the field or seek some shade in the woods and soak up some sounds.

Vintage Appeal

A colourful collection of pop-up market stalls packed into the historic setting of Woodbridge Market Hill and stuffed with vintage goodies and locally-made things and food. Check out Deben Events for deets & dates

Shingle Mingle

Eerie, otherworldly and with a remote beauty, Shingle Street’s stretch of deserted beach is sculptured by the restless tides into sensual shingle dunes.

Best Bacon Butties Beach

Our fave place for an early morning bacon butty cook-out on a sandy beach where the River Deben meets the sea.

Here for the Pier

A timeless slice of Great British seaside nostalgia complete with slot machines, air hockey, bracing boardwalks, fish & chips, lashings of icecream and inventor Tim Hunkins’ wonderfully Heath-Robinson inventions - Southwold Pier. Go. We have since we were kids.

Who's Hoo

This collection of mysterious mounds concealed Anglo-Saxon treasures buried beneath the Suffolk soil for centuries. Today, Sutton Hoo's visitor centre tells of Suffolk’s place as a royal powerbase and the site’s treasure trove of pagan and Christian artefacts and jewellery. Best time to go? A wander at dusk.

Ed Boy

Framlingham’s flame-haired troubadour and world-conquering boy wonder. Globe-hopping Ed recently tweeted that he was longing for a bag of Aldeburgh’s fish & chips.

Supper Star

Suffolk in a bottle (or cask). From their brewery in the seaside town of Southwold, Adnams has gone on to ship beer around the world – from Brazil and Bahrain to Australia. However, is there a better place to sup than sitting outside the Sole Bay Inn in the brewer’s home town? We think not.

Catch Crabs

The globe’s premier crustacean competition - the British Open Crabbing Championships. Each year, hundreds descend on the small coastal village to line rivers and attempt to entice the biggest crab onto their bait. The winner gets a medal and t-shirt bearing the legend, ‘I caught crabs at Walberswick’.

Pump it Up!

Hollywood’s favourite bakery, Orford’s Pump Street Bakery was name-checked by Oscar-winning director and Suffolk boy, Matt Kirby, in his acceptance speech for his ‘best live action short’, The Phone Call.

 Shell Shock

Defiant, divisive but definitely talked about, Maggi Hambling’s Scallop is a steely sculptural salute to Aldeburgh’s most celebrated adopted son, composer Benjamin Britten, and a striking addition to the Suffolk coastline.

Cyder with a ‘Y’

The Chevallier family knows their apples. And today. eight generations since they started making cyder in 1728, they’re still at it. Our fave Aspall tipple is their organic cyder, described as ‘chewy and earthy with a rustic quality.’ Cheers!

Shaggy Dog Story

With its flaming eyes and huge teeth and shaggy fur, the devil-dog Black Shuck has been roaming the coastline of Suffolk and its neighbouring counties for countless centuries. At Blythburgh church, one stormy day in 1577 the dog terrorized the congregration at Blythburgh church, seering claw marks into the church door at Blythburgh. Is this the final resting place of one hot dog?

Early Riser

Every day kicks off in Suffolk first when the sun peeps over the horizon at OS grid reference TM548933, the UK’s most easterly point in Lowestoft.

Peak Perfection

Succulent, flavoursome and reared the natural way, Robert White’s Devon beef at Peakhill Farm near the coast. We recommend the brisket, slow-cooked for hours and accompanied with some of Rob’s farm-grown salad.

Go with the Flow

Suffolk is a county of timeless rivers that wind through the quiet landscape. Take your pick for a wander or paddle, or set sail and plot a course for an invigorating escape.

Get in Snape

Reedbeds whisper their secrets to the River Alde as it laps past this complex of converted historic maltings. Home to the Aldeburgh Festival, which brings an international glitterati of classical musicians to Suffolk each year, the Maltings also hosts markets, events, galleries and shopping. Take stroll around the Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore sculptures, then towards Sarah Lucas’ kitschy bronze carthorse, ‘Perceval’, standing lonely in a field. Quite possibly the perfect Suffolk Sunday afternoon.

Suffolk Swingers!

A bijou electro swing festival in a field. Maui Waui is only going to keep growing. Need we say more?

Forking Fab Food

Food! Where to begin. The county is a year-round festival of food, from Hill Farm’s cold pressed rapeseed oil, apple juices from High House Fruit Farm and Emmett’s ham & bacon, to fish fresh from the sea in Aldeburgh.

The R Files

Dubbed Britain’s Roswell, the UFO incident took place in the shadowy confines of Rendlesham Forest on a dark night in 1980 during the USAF’s tenure at the airbase. Was it an alien visitation or a falling meteor? The truth may be out there in a recent film of the incident which you can buy here.

Perfect Balance

As if the shimmering silver tiles covering this sleek single-storey structure weren't striking enough, Dutch architects MVRDV decided to go out even further on a limb with their design. Half of this barn balances in thin air, cantilevered over a sloping landscape. So how cool is that?  

So what have we missed? (Plenty!) We'd love to know, so tell us by adding your suggestions in the comments below.