Suffolk

Suffolk's top 50 list revealed

Covehithe (by Evelyn Simak), Ipswich Music Day (by Jen O'Neill), Sutton Hoo and Southwold Pier (by Graham Horn) Image copyright various
Image caption The beach at Covehithe, Ipswich Music Day, Sutton Hoo and Southwold Pier have made the list

Thumb wrestling, crabbing and a pea festival have been named among the top 50 things to do in Suffolk.

BBC Radio Suffolk and the East Anglian Daily Times have spent six weeks collecting and collating suggestions from the public.

Eating fish and chips in Aldeburgh, swimming at Beccles Lido and Ipswich Music Day have also made the list.

Presenter Mark Murphy said: "The amazing response shows the deep love and affection people have for Suffolk."

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Image caption Thumb wrestling, RSPB Minsmere, Beccles Lido and Lavenham are recognised in the list

Six museums have made the list alongside visits to sporting attractions including Ipswich Town Football Club and the horses at Newmarket.

Leiston, Thorpeness, Covehithe, Hoxne, Lavenham and Shingle Street have each been given an entry of their own.

Suffolk's outdoors and wildlife is celebrated - with RSPB Minsmere, the Broads and a walk from Snape Maltings to Iken making the list.

Some of the more quirky entries include visiting Mabel, the resident tawny owl of Christchurch Park, the Peasenhall Pea Festival, a UFO walk in Rendlesham and the World Thumb Wrestling Championships in Lowestoft.

Food and drink was high on the list of contributors. Enjoying a pint of local ale was a popular choice, while the list also singles out Britain's smallest pub - the Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds - and, to the other extreme, Helmingham Hall's tea room.

Annual events including Ipswich Music Day, FolkEast and the Suffolk Walking Festival have made the cut, but the Latitude Festival has not.

Fifty things to do in Suffolk

  • Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds
  • Beccles Lido
  • Covehithe, hamlet and beach
  • Crabbing in Walberswick
  • Electric Picture House cinema, Southwold
  • Enjoy a pint of Suffolk beer - including Adnams, St Peter's, Calvors and Greene King
  • Fish and chips at Aldeburgh
  • Flatford Mill - landmark for Constable
  • Flixton Aviation Museum
  • FolkEast festival at Glemham Hall
  • Framlingham Castle
  • Helmingham Hall gardens and tea rooms
  • Hoxne - Roman treasure galore
  • Ipswich Music Day
  • Ipswich Town Football Club
  • Ipswich Transport Museum
  • Lavenham - wonky houses
  • Leiston - including the Long Shop Museum
  • Orford Ness - nature reserve with mysterious history
  • Peasenhall Pea Festival
  • Power boat racing at Oulton Broad
  • RSPB Minsmere
  • Sailors' Reading Room museum, Southwold
  • See a Suffolk Punch horse - can be viewed at Suffolk Punch Trust at Hollesley
  • Shingle Street, hamlet and beach
  • Southwold Pier - including the unique Under the Pier Show arcade
  • St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds - including choral evensong
  • Sudbury Water Meadows
  • Suffolk Regiment Museum
  • Sunrise at Britain's most Easterly point, in Lowestoft
  • Sutton Hoo - ancient burial site
  • Tawny owl at Christchurch Park, Ipswich
  • The Broads
  • The Butt and Oyster pub at Pin Mill
  • The East Anglia Transport Museum
  • The Mid Suffolk Light Railway
  • The New Wolsey Theatre pantomime
  • The Newmarket gallops
  • The Nutshell pub, Bury St Edmunds
  • The Scores Trail, Lowestoft
  • The Suffolk Show
  • The Suffolk Walking Festival
  • The UFO Walk at Rendlesham Forest
  • Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds - Backstage Past tour
  • Thorpeness - JM Barrie inspired resort
  • Thumb Wrestling World Championship, Lowestoft
  • Viewpoint at Felixstowe, overlooking the docks
  • Walk from Snape Maltings to Iken
  • Walk or cycle round Alton Water
  • Woodbridge Tide Mill

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