Local attractions: sport and leisure, including newmarket races
Tuddenham Mill provides the perfect base from which to enjoy some of Suffolk's many sports and leisure facilities, including the ever-popular Newmarket Races that attracts visitors from throughout the world. Below, we've put together a list of some of our favourite things to do:
Newmarket Races, National Horseracing Museum and National Stud
Combine all the thrills of a day at the races with a tour of the National Stud or a visit to the National Horseracing Museum, which explores the history of the home of racing with displays, behind the scenes visits and even a racehorse simulator. Newmarket Races also plays host to regular music events - Newmarket Nights, featuring major artists such as Jools Holland, Bryan Adams and Girls Aloud.
Location: Newmarket’s July and Rowley Mile racecourses and National Stud are SW of Newmarket, off the A1304; the National Horseracing Museum is in Newmarket centre, off the High Street
Thetford Forest (Forestry Commission)
Thetford Forest is a patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves providing the ideal setting for a great day out, and a welcome refuge for a rich variety of animal and plant life. It offers tranquil walks and a huge variety of activities, including Go Ape and the annual Forest Live music concert.
Royal Worlington and Newmarket Golf Club
Often compared to St Andrews, Royal Worlington has the reputation of being the greatest 9-hole course in England; a true challenge, even for modern clubs and balls. Singles and foursomes only.
Location: Golf Links Road, Worlington, Nr Bury St Edmunds
www.royalworlington.co.uk - 01638 712216
Award-winning gardens in a setting of lakes, canals and parkland.
Chippenham Park is a thriving family estate. The house, gardens, and park were created at the very end of the 17th century by Admiral Lord Russell with permission from William III.
The gardens have been recently awarded the highest two-star rating by the Good Gardens Guide. They are open several times throughout the seasons having great variety and year-round interest, from the first snowdrops to late-autumn colour.
WildTracks Offroad Activity Park
The UK’s only purpose-built off-road activity park, featuring a dazzling array of fast-paced outdoor activities from 4x4 and military vehicle driving courses, karting and hovercraft to clay shooting and archery.
Location: off the B1085, between Chippenham and Kennett
www.wildtracksltd.co.uk - 01638 751918
Go Ape (Thetford Forest)
Set in the heart of Britain’s largest lowland pine forest, criss-crossed by a network of forest paths, cycle routes and bridleways, Go Ape is an award-winning, family forest adventure course of rope bridges,tarzan swings and zip slides, all set high up in the tree tops. There are also walking and biking trails here including three lengths of waymarked walks, over 20 miles of cycle trails for all abilities, cycle hire, sculpture trail, picnic areas, shop and licensed restaurant.
Location: Thetford Forest, on Brandon/Thetford Road
www.goape.co.uk- 0845 643 9215
Wyken Hall and Vineyards
Open during the summer, Wyken Hall is a romantic Elizabethan manor house surrounded by four acres of gardens – but don’t miss a visit to the award-winning Wyken vineyards (free), with walks in the beautiful Wyken Woods. You can sample the excellent white wines at the nearby Leaping Hare Restaurant and Café, also an award-winner.
Location: 9 miles NE of Bury St Edmunds, off the A143
www.wykenvineyards.co.uk - 01359 250287 (restaurant)
Greene King Brewery and Museum
Visit the home of Abbot Ale, Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Ruddles County at the Greene King Visitor Centre, in the heart of the bustling market town of Bury St Edmunds. Beer has been brewed on this spot since at least 1700, and the Museum traces the history of brewing from the earliest times to the present day.
Location: Bury St Edmunds
www.greeneking.co.uk/visitor_centre.htm - 01284 714297