Local area activities

  • Slow down, leave the car behind and borrow our bikes to explore the local villages and historic Wool Towns via the Suffolk Cycle Routes (which pass our back drive) and other planned routes along quiet country lanes
  • Borrow our planned walks to explore the countryside, nature reserves – and local, seasonal produce in rural pubs
  • Come down early on a Friday and take a gardeners' route through Suffolk and stop off at beautiful plantsman's gardens - Wyken Vineyards - The Leaping Hare in Stanton ( and The Fullers Mill Garden at West Stow (
  • Do a one-day course at Assington Mill on anything from bee-keeping, fly-fishing for beginners and felt-making to vegetable-growing and scything
  • Team build with a food safari day - sausage-making, cakes and pastry-making, wine-tasting, bread and pizza-making
  • Enjoy the history and architecture of the famous medieval wool towns and villages of Lavenham, Long Melford, Kersey, Clare ....
  • Antique & junk shop in Lavenham, Long Melford and Clare
  • Visit National Trust properties all within 10 minutes to an hour away – Flatford Mill, Ickworth House, Lavenham Guildhall, Melford Hall, Sutton Hoo
  • Visit private houses open to the public on key days Invitation to View
  • Visit Gainsborough's House Museum 10 minutes away in Sudbury
  • Enjoy local Farmers Markets -
  • Paint in the local pretty medieval villages and churches – Kersey, Monks Eleigh, Chelsworth
  • Walk local circular routes we have planned or further afield in Constable Country, the Suffolk coast, the Brecks
  • Kayak or canoe down the River Stour from Sudbury
  • Visit the coast – an hour or so to Dunwich, Aldeburgh, Southwold – and Frinton for sand

Specific dates below and for further ideas go to:


Bike hire included in fee

Juliet and Christopher Hawkins, The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY
Tel: 01787 247235      Email: