Easy access to the coast with a choice of beaches, this market town has a packed calendar of exhibitions, plays, music and cinema. There are number of small independent shops and local produce available from the weekly market.
The cultural hub is the New Cuts Arts Centre, as well as lots of fun events there is also the opportunity to take part in a work shop or an exercise class. Steeple End Gallery has a lovely collection of pottery, sculptures and paintings. Also the town museum is housed within the old railway buildings, which makes for an interesting visit to learn more about the local artefacts which have been excavated and the past history of this Victorian station. The Airfield Museum has an extensive range of WW2 memorabilia and aircraft exhibits.
The Millennium Green is the largest in the country, there are over 50 acres of meadowland and marshland. The perfect spot for a peaceful walk with the chance of spotting a kingfisher or an otter. The Blyth Estuary is also great for watching the local wildlife and migrating birds. The Oasis Camel Park is an ideal day out for all the family, with interactive talks throughout the day and the chance to have a ride on a donkey or camel. There are also smaller pets such as rabbits, and guinea pigs plus a train ride which is a fun way to see the park.
The somewhat curious county of Suffolk forms a part of the region known as East Anglia. Its eastern edge is bounded by the North Sea, with neighbouring Norfolk to the north and Essex to the south. The county of Cambridgeshire lies to the west. It has no cities and no motorways, but it does have many gardens and ruins and history in spades, from the Magna Carta to the Saxon relics of Sutton Hoo.
Unusual (for Britain) timber-framed buildings, dating back to the 16th century, vie with Tudor mansions in the attractive streets of market towns. In common with Norfolk, it is a fairly flat county, with much of its area devoted to farming and other rural pursuits. Its coastal geology of sand and clay, combined with the longshore drift current of the sea, means that the land is eroding constantly. Sea defences protect many of the towns but, equally, a good deal of property has been lost as the cliffs are worn away, and more is threatened.
Suffolk is famous throughout the UK for its distinctive dialect, horse racing (the town of Newmarket is the epicentre of British racing) and the arts. Festivals and other shows are common, and fish and chips and Adnam's ale are the order of the day.
East of England
This region includes the ceremonial counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. With a rich heritage there is much to see and do to suit all ages. The royal residency of Sandringham Estate is a must see and other historical points of interest include Castle Rising, Sutton Hoo and Somerleyton Hall. The medieval cities of Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich are not to be missed and there are lots of pretty market towns and idyllic seaside resorts to choose from for a day trip. Alternatively for a slower paced holiday you may wish to visit The Broads or Thetford Forest, these areas are particularly popular for boating and spotting birdlife.