Framlingham is a pretty market town which is perfect for a quiet get away, and renowned for the imposing Framlingham castle. The famous story behind this Norman fortress is that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England here, today its fascinating and colourful past is open for visitors to explore including the walk atop the defence wall and exhibitions. An interesting site nearby is the Saxstead Green Post Mill, where the working machinery of the corn mill can be viewed.
Easton Farm Park offers a farm experience for children where they can handle the animals, and cart rides are also available. The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary is also a great family day out, with over 80 birds of prey, gardens, a woodland walk and play area including a mini maze for children.
Helmingham Hall has gardens open to the public, and a moated manor with red deer roaming in the parklands. The tearoom are great after a relaxing stroll. This area is also home to the regions oldest vineyard, Shawsgate Vineyard offers tours and wine tasting which is best booked in advance. Local museums include the Parham Airfield Museum and the Lanham Museum which is housed within the castle itself and has collections of artefacts from the past daily life of living within the walls. The mid Suffolk Light Railway is a great way to tour the local area and take in the local countryside.