Here are our selection of Things To Do and Best Places to Eat Out, Enjoy!
Check out the local paper for events in the area. There are always great village fetes, antique fairs, open gardens, car boot sales etc.. The free local paper is delivered to the house every month and is kept on the noticeboard by the front door.
Regardless of having plenty to do in the area, one of the beauties of a town like Halesworth is that you can wander around the town and enjoy a peaceful ten minutes on a benchby the river, enjoy a frothy coffee at the Angel or be striding across open fields within 2 minutes from our house. However, if you did want to get out and about we recommend some of the following:
The Cut is the local arts centre. Film night is every Wednesday with Tapas food available beforehand, and always plenty on in the programme the rest of the week. They hold dancing classes, jazz concerts, poetry readings and all sorts. Plus excellent coffees during the day.
The Oasis Camel Centre is a 5 minute drive away and has lots of interesting animals (llamas, camels, alpacas), a petting farm, swings area, mini golf, picnic area and a small café and gift shop.
Easton Farm is about 35 minutes away and is a lovely farm with swings, tractor rides etc.. Also Pick Your Own farm attached to it.
Framlingham Castle is about half an hour drive. It’s a beautiful example of an old castle. The only surviving part is the outer wall, but you can go up to the top and walk around it and enjoy spectacular views.
Antiques shopping – the area is brimming with quirky antiques, crafts and bric a brac shops. Garden House antiques in Yoxford (opposite the church) and Cornucopia in Southwold are both excellent and have a range of realistically priced old furniture, antiques and lovely things.
Southwold is 8 miles away. Southwold is famous for it’s beach huts and boasts a super array of interesting shops. Many cafes and pubs for a quick lunch or a warming cuppa after a bracing sea walk.
Aldeburgh is 12 miles south off the A12. Another prime example of East Anglian coastal towns. An eclectic selection of shops and cafes, including renowned fish and chips and ice cream parlours!
Snape Maltings is very close to Aldeburgh and worth a visit. There are often well advertised concerts or activities on, but if not it’s still worth a visit. Part of the buildings have now been converted in to wonderful retail outlets with a furnishings area, a delicatessen cook shop, a craft department and such like.
RSPB Minsmere is about a 15 minute drive away at Dunwich. Plenty of organised walks and activities.
Lowestoft and it’s tourist centre is about half an hour drive to the north. It’s not a lovely town and can be quite rough in the evenings, although there are some great beaches which are renown and are blue flag beaches.
The best local beaches are about a 15 minute drive away from Halesworth. Best beaches are at Walberswick, Southwold, Dunwich and Aldeburgh.
Lots of Birdwatching, great walks, cycling and RSPB events are held at Dunwich (great pub called The Ship) and the surrounding areas.
Pub lunches are plentiful and make a great end to a country walk.
Particular personal favourites are the Angel which is a stones throw
from our house. The Bell in Walberswick, the Queens Head at Blyford
and the Star at Wenhaston. The Crown at Southwold is slightly
pricier, but does a super early supper and portions are big enough to
allow for 2 to enjoy a starter!
The Angel Hotel has a great bar menu and a really warm inviting
atmosphere (open log fires, Sunday papers etc). Children are allowed
in the bar and the courtyard if well behaved until 8pm. There is also
an Italian restaurant (booking advisable) in the hotel which does super
food and takeaway pizzas.
There is a Wine Bar/Bistro in the Thoroughfare which serves nice food and good brunches (bagels and smoked salmon etc).
The Thai restaurant serves great food, but service is incredibly slow
and you may be the only people in there. A shame, as the food IS good.
Chinese in the Market Place isn’t great, but the Curry House by Boots is fine.