Framlingham is nestled in the Suffolk countryside and is much loved by locals and visitors alike. The winding roads and streets reflect the history of the area, with many tales to be told. With a sprinkling of independent shops and eateries, it makes for a pleasant day out. Before you plan your visit, read on for our Top 10 Things to Do in Framlingham.
1) Take them to the Castle
Probably one of the most well known features of Framlingham is its impressive castle, first of its design in Western Europe. Built using five different types of stone, the distinguishable circular curtain walls have been dated back to the 12th century. Casting stunning views of the surrounding countryside, visitors are free to explore the full grounds and building whilst listening to an informative audio tape. Do wander around the outer perimeter as well and take a walk around the interlinking footpaths. Throughout the peak holiday seasons there are often re-enactments and have-a-go sessions for the children, perfect for keeping them entertained.
Prices start from £7.20 Adult, £4.30 Children. English Heritage Members go free
2) Take them to an Owl Sanctuary
You’ll be hooting with delight as you visit the Owl’s at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. With over 80 owls and birds of prey on display you will be fascinated as you learn about the various species and their hunting habits. As well as winged friends there are also red squirrels, chipmunks, ferrets and meerkats to meet! Make sure you leave time for the meet and greet sessions and the flying displays running daily.
Admission starts from £7.50 Adults, £5 Children
3) Take them to a Vineyard
There’s no better place for a picnic than at Shawsgate Vineyard, Framlingham. A wine lovers treat, visitors are welcome to explore the vineyard at their own accord. Be sure to correct an information sheet and vineyard map from the stagg and away you go. The vineyard changes with the seasons, so repeat visits are encouraged. Dogs on leads are also welcome.
Entry to the vineyard is free. Top tip: remember to bring some money to buy a bottle of wine to take home with you!
4) Take them for a round of Golf
Pick up your golf clubs and head for a round of golf at Stonham Barns. From novices to experts you can try your hand at the 9 hole course, the 28 Bay Driving Range or the Mini Putt Course. New to the centre is foot golf, why not give it a go? Plenty of parking available.
Prices start from £10 Adults, £7.50 Children. Golfing tuition available if pre-booked in advance. Please call 01449 711545 for more information.
5) Take them for a Steam Train ride
In the Suffolk village of Wetheringsett, just a short drive from Framlingham you may see puffs of smoke rise into the air. The Mid Suffolk Light Railway was developed in the Edwardian era to connect various parts of the county. Fully restored, the railway now opens the doors to the public to experience the journeys for themselves. Discover historic artefacts in the exhibition hall as you build a picture of days gone by and enjoy a light refreshment in the tea room.
For a full event programme, please visit the website or call 01449 766899.
6) Take them to a landscaped garden
Situated on the Helmingham Estate, Helmingham Hall and Gardens provides an exciting and informative day out for all. The professionally landscaped Grade I listed gardens are a delight, a recommended visit of at least 2 hours will allow you to explore them to their full potential, taking in the intricate details and the stunning layouts. For afternoon tea, head to The Coach House, the on site tea-room. Tours of the gardens are available, a fantastic opportunity to discover more about the Tollemache family.
The gardens are open from May to September. Entrance £7 Adults, £3.50 Children. For more information on garden tours, please call 01473 890799.
7) Take them to a Pottery
Nestled in the countryside village of Stonham Aspal, Carters Teapot Pottery is a fantastic place to learn and see world renowned teapots being made. Take a tour around the pottery and learn about the various stages required to make this iconic staple in the kitchen. You can also have the chance to paint your own teapot to take home with you; a perfect memento of your time in Suffolk.
It’s worth calling ahead to check opening times and availability: 01728 860475.
8) Take them to meet the animals
Who doesn’t like a trip to the farm? Easton Farm Park is a fun and welcoming site offering interactive farm fun for all the family. Surrounded by countryside, you will see a variety of animals including pigs, sheeps, goats, horses, chickens and much more! Take a ride on a pony and cart, hug a bunny or run around in the indoor soft play area. There a plenty of walks around the outer perimeter, a great way to explore the area.
Prices start from £8.75 Adults, £7.75 Children. All activities are included in this price. For more information, please call 01728 746475.
9) Take them to a stately home
Crow’s Hall on the edge of the village of Debenham has won an award for its restoration. This stunning building comprises of a 15th Century entrance area, the 16th Century granary, the Court Hall, and the Hall itself, all available to see on a 2 ½ hour tour. Take a peak around the gardens and the moats and see the magic of this place for yourself.
Tours must be pre-booked in advance. For upcoming tour dates, please visit the website.
10) Take them Paintballing
Try your luck as you fight against your family and friends in an epic paintball battle. The mock village at Desert Storm Paintballing is set in an indoor arena, meaning you can visit whatever the weather. Experience day and night battles, with the technical lighting, smoke and environmental variables inside the arena. Players must be 13 years and over.
For more information on prices, please call 07933 170389.