10 Ways To Celebrate Suffolk Day

POSTED ON: 15/06/2018

Celebrate everything you love about Suffolk! 

Thursday 21st June, marks the longest day of the year, aka Summer Solstice, aka Suffolk Day! The day is the perfect time to come together a celebrate what we love about our sunrise county; eat delicious local food, take a walk through a beautiful landscape, explore some Suffolk history or speak the Suffolk dialect for the day. Sahffolk be roit good boi!

1. Eat some scrumptious Suffolk food...

Suffolk has some of the best produce in the country. Treat yourself to something deliciously-Suffolk in your lunch break or go for a meal-out in the evening. The Arbor House, Jimmy's Farm and Suffolk Food Hall use local produce across their menus; from locally reared meats to organic vegetables, traditional sauces to cheese from local dairies.

2. Sneak in some special Suffolk-isms throughout the day...

Speak some of the wierd and wonderful words and phrases of the Suffolk dialect. Talk squit, say suffen stoopid and be a proper silly bugger on the huh!

3. Go for a walk in the beautiful Suffolk countryside...

Ipswich is lucky to be surrounded by some beautiful wonderful countryside, woodland and rivers and coastline. Pop out for an evening walk along the River Gipping or the Shotley Peninsula, or maybe take a trip to the Suffolk Coast. You can always pop into a nice country pub afterwards!

4. Drink something brewed in Suffolk...

You could have an Adnams beer or a glass of their world-winning gin brewed in Southwold or some Copella fruit juice from Boxford. Try Churchman Best Bitter, an exclusive new Ipswich-brewed beer from Beer & CO at Suffolk Food Hall, and you can pop to IsaacsArcade Tavern and The Greyhound to drink some local beers and spirits. It's also summer solstice which can only mean one thing... beer garden!
So fill your glass with something local and raise a toast to Suffolk!

5. Discover Suffolk's ancient history at Ipswich Museum...

Ipswich Museum has rich collections of Anglo Saxon artefacts from across Suffolk including some of history items from Sutton Hoo. You can also see the original Victorian taxidermy, natural history exhibits, the ancient Egyptian collection and don't forget to visit Wool.I.Am, the famous wooly mammoth! The Ipswich Transport Museum on Felixstowe Road is also a great place to celebrate Ipswich's past; an entire warehouse filled with vintage Ipswich buses, cars and trams!

6. Take a stroll along the waterfront...

Ipswich has a beautiful waterfront with a fascinating history that spans nearly 1,000 years. Take a stroll to Aurora for some lunch or a cocktail, pop into Isaacs for a handmade pizza and an Ipswich-brewed beer from Briarbank or simply take a relaxing wander and breath in the sea air.

7. Board a cruise down the River Orwell...

See Ipswich from a different angle. Get aboard Orwell Lady for a tour down the River Orwell all the way to Felixstowe, Shotley or Harwich or their special Suffolk Day Afternoon Tea cruise! You could also join Sailing Barge Victor for a relaxing sail under the Orwell Bridge and at look out for the unique wildlife or experience river-dining on Allen Gardiner.

8. Make a picnic for dinner and eat outside in a park...

With the sun shining late into the evening, why not make a special Suffolk-day picnic and have your lunch or dinner in some of Ipswich's stunning parks? Grab a blanket and lots of Suffolk food and drink and visit Christchurch Park, Holywells Park, Chantry Park, Bourne Park - they're all beautiful this time of year so enjoy them!

9. Do something cultural...

Ipswich has got some of the best arts and culture in the county, and some of the best contemporary dance and theatre anywhere in the UK, if not the world! Spend Suffolk Day exploring the inspiring stories told by the PhotoEast exhibitions across the waterfront or visit the The Wolsey Art Gallery and explore famous paintings of Suffolk by Constable and Gainsborough.

10. Just be proud to be from Suffolk!

Check the Events page for things to do, activities and events happening on Suffolk Day.


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