Days out in East Anglia
Boasting a range of bustling cities, quaint market towns and villages, stunning countryside and tranquil coast, you’ll be spoiled for choice in East Anglia. Located in the east of England, the area is made up of the counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. With a diverse mix of things to do, areas to explore and hidden gems – all within a short distance of each other, we’ve compiled an interactive map to help you get the most out of your trip. Whatever part of East Anglia you decide to visit, take a look at what’s on offer in the surrounding area. Whether you’re a regular to the area or you’re a first-time visitor, there’s plenty on offer to whet your appetite.
Things to do in East Anglia
Discover East Anglia
Our Gunton Hall Coastal Village and Corton Coastal Village are both located near Lowestoft and provide the ideal base from which to explore East Anglia and its surrounding areas. If a relaxing day at the seaside takes your fancy, enjoy a short stroll into Lowestoft and discover the many pristine beaches on offer. Great Yarmouth and Southwold are also famed for their beautiful beaches – don’t forget to take a trip to Southwold’s famous lighthouse while you’re there. Planning to explore further afield? Take a day trip to King’s Lynn where you’ll find a great range of entertainment, heritage sites and shopping opportunities.
Boating on the Broads
No trip to East Anglia is complete without hiring a boat and setting sail around the Norfolk Broads. It takes less than 30 minutes to get to Beccles where C. C Marine offers eight-seat, open cabin vessels – ideal for relaxing in style as you cruise down the River Waveney.
To the north, you’ll find Whispering Reeds at Hickling Broad, from where you can hire everything from rowing boats to day cruisers.
Norfolk Broads Day Boat Hire is based in Wroxham, while Norfolk Boat Hire in Horning hires out eight-seater vessels, ideal for larger groups.
East Anglia events
There’s always something going on in East Anglia – so whatever time of the year you visit, take advantage of the many must-attend events.
Walkers and ramblers will love the Suffolk Walking Festival, taking place from 14th May to 5th June. Witness some of the county’s most stunning countryside as part of the council’s Suffolk Year of Walking initiative.
Further into June, there’s the Royal Norfolk Show and the Aldeburgh Music Festival, while Newmarket hosts The Moet and Chandon Festival in July for horseracing fans. Horticultural experts will want to attend the Sandringham Flower Show on 27th July, and if you’re visiting in August, don’t miss the Last Night of the Blickling Proms, an event promising a fusion of classical orchestra and Ibiza party tunes.
Best kept secrets…
With so many hidden gems to explore, you’ll likely have to book a return trip to East Anglia! Sometimes, you want to get away from the tourist hotspots and go off the beaten track – and our best kept secrets allow you to do exactly that.
History buffs will be in their element with a trip to the ruins of Thetford Priory and St Mary’s Church in Bury St Edmunds.
For glorious gardens, head to Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens, East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden, and Walsingham Abbey – while Minsmere Nature Reserve allows you to get up close and personal to spectacular woodlands and wildlife.
Be a seasoned tourist at the top attractions
And for those of you who want to see the best tourist attractions in the area, East Anglia will not disappoint.
From the glittering grandeur of Sandringham Estate to the glorious grounds of Mannington Gardens, you can while away an afternoon exploring these spectacular properties.
Why not learn a little more about the area and its people at the Museum of East Anglian Life? Or step back in time at West Stow, home to a recreation of an Anglo Saxon village. While you’re at it, head to Sutton Hoo. This historically-significant site consists of a series of Anglo-Saxon burial mounds and overlooks the River Deben.
With so much to see and do in East Anglia, where will you go first?