This season enjoy a tranquil stay in our luxury wooden lodges, all with heated family hot tubs available for year round use, including during the colder months. Windmill Lodges has highlighted just a few of the winter activities in the surrounding area, for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you are staying with us this year, or planning a break away with us next year, these activities are the best in Suffolk and should not be missed.
The Christmas lights will be switched on in Aldeburgh on Saturday 12th December, which will help put you in the Christmas spirit. Here there will be mulled wine, live music, mince pies and the shops will be open until late to help you get all your shopping done in time for Christmas. This festive evening will be completed with fireworks on the beach, and is sure to be a hugely popular event for families in the area. Aldeburgh is a 35 minute drive from our luxury lodges, and you and your family can enjoy a fantastic day out visiting the high street’s fascinating independent shops.
Father Christmas will arrive at Snape Maltings by boat at 2pm on Sunday 13th December, where you and the youngest family members can visit Santa in his grotto on land, and enjoy festive music while you wait. His grotto will be in House and Garden, and all charitable donations will go to support Macmillan Cancer Support. Within the Snape Maltings Concert Hall there will also be a performance of Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Spectacular. This performance runs through from Friday 4th December to the Sunday 13th December, and is a family treat with the glitzy costumes and lively music.
While staying with us in our luxury winter lodges, you can enjoy a charming range of activities in Framlingham, which is just a ten minute drive away. The town’s shop windows will be transformed, and the market stalls will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to stock up on winter delights. Several church services will be held in the town throughout the festive period, to celebrate the meaning of Christmas.
Beccles is a quaint town with a gorgeous quayside where you can take a walk to discover the beautiful winter countryside. The Christmas lights in Beccles will be turned on from 5.30 pm, on the evening of Friday 27th November, with on-stage live music and fairground rides for your children to enjoy. Here, there will also be two reindeers for you to pose with, or if you prefer, you can join in with the Suffolk Samba as they cheer everyone up with their take on Brazilian music. For something more traditional you can visit the beautiful St Michael’s Church for carol singing.
The Dickensian Christmas at Kentwell Hall is ideal for families with young children, as here they can learn about Victorian life while getting involved. The house will be prepared for Christmas, and you can enjoy homemade lunches and teas in the Stableyard Restaurant. You and your children can also be taught how to make Victorian style Christmas decorations, which may make the ideal winter gift. This is an all-day event, and is just over an hour’s drive, but makes for a lovely day out for all the family.
At Woodbridge this year you can visit Santa at his grotto in Notcutts from Sunday 22nd November to Tuesday 22nd December, where Santa will be available from 11am until 4pm every day. Tickets, which can either be pre-booked through the Woodbridge Rotary Club or bought on the day, are £6.50 per child, which includes a present. All the money from this event will go to charity and will be shared between Riding for the Disabled (Hollesley branch) and the East Anglian Children’s Hospices.
Ickworth House is open all year round, and is transformed at Christmas to become a magical and festive place. Here they will be hosting Christmas pudding and mince pie workshops in their historic kitchen, alongside wreath and Christmas tree making workshops. They also have a greenery gathering walk where you can meet the locals and gather winter greenery, including ivy and holly, which you can then use at home to give your house a festive touch. Young children can experience a story telling session with Father Christmas, before having a singalong and receiving a gift made by the elves. They can also visit the basement here to find all the hidden gingerbread men.
To book your festive holiday in one of our luxury wooden lodges, visit Windmill Lodges.