Plan your winter getaway to Bury St Edmunds and Beyond!

Ideas for Winter getaways in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond for the whole family, couples, people who enjoy cultural trips and those seeking outdoor adventures!

It’s at this time of year where we can all feel a bit deflated. Christmas is  over and for most of us that means back to work and to normality. Spring and  the warmer weather seems like a lifetime away, and no doubt you ask yourself  “Where is there to go at this time of year?” 

We have put together some ideas for Winter getaways in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond for the  whole family, couples, people who enjoy cultural trips and those seeking outdoor adventures!

For a weekend of culture...

No trip to Bury St Edmunds would be complete without a wander through the Abbey Gardens. Located at the centre of Bury St Edmunds, a great place to  enjoy some peace and quiet whilst taking in the stunning views. The Abbey Gardens attracts 1000’s of visitors each year and it’s easy to see why. Draped in history it’s the perfect ancient setting for those that enjoy cultural trips. Spend an hour or two wandering through the impressive floral displays, read about the ancient monument ruins and stop by the the aviary and wildlife feeding area. For younger members of the family, there's a children’s play area and crazy golf course and you can warm up with a hot chocolate and slice of cake afterwards in the garden cafe.  

During your visit, explore the remains of Bury St Edmunds Abbey; a grand Benedictine monastery with  precinct walls, the great gate and church dating from 1020. The main abbey gate still stands and the ruins continue to attract 1000’s of visitors each year. Afterwards, head to St Edmundsbury Cathedral and join one of the Tower Tours; where you are treated to unrivalled panoramic views of the surrounding Suffolk countryside. If you've got a few hours to spare, you can discover the town's fascinating history with a town tour, or if you're feeling daring, a Ghostly and Macabre Tour - taking you to some of Suffolk's most haunted spots!

One particularly spooky place that you will visit is Moyse's Hall Museum. The museum is home an exhibition detailing one of the town's most gruesome stories; that of the Red Barn Murderer, in fact, a piece if his scalp can be seen within the display!

If you prefer something a little less macabre, then the 'Mind the Gap' exhibition is for you! Celebrating the hidden histories of the women, men and families whose lives were shaped by the railway in Bury St Edmunds, the exhibition features original posters, artwork and historic railway artefacts, many of which are on public display for the first time. The Museum is also the host a sci-fi convention later in the year; a definite must for any Star Wars or 2000 AD fanatic!

Enjoy an evening of talks, concerts at The Apex. There's a jam-packed programme on offer, with famous names including Brian Blessed, Ruby Turner, Frank Bruno, Kathleen Turner, Showaddywaddy and the ever popular Fat Cat Comedy Club. For a night head to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds; the critically acclaimed Birdsong will be on stage from 31st January - 3rd February, Judy & Liza from, comedy from Michael McIntrye on 7th and 8th February, and Call My Bluff with Christopher Biggins on 22nd February. 

Romantic Getaways...

If Christmas has left you feeling a bit stressed and you are after some rest and relaxtion with your loved one why not getaway from it all for just a  night or two? 

Watch the sunset over the surrounding Suffolk countryside with a stay at The Windmill. One of the UK's most unique and luxurious self-catering places to stay, the adult-only bolthole sleeps up to 4 people, so it's perfect for a couples getaway or weekend break with friends. At night, snuggle up in the POD before stepping out onto the 4th floor balcony to look at the night sky. Although it’s the perfect hideaway, bustling Bury St Edmunds is only 7 miles away and the picture-perfect village of Lavenham is also just 2 miles away. 

Enjoy a weekend of guilt free luxury at Upthorpe Lodges; a collection of four eco-lodges each with their own south-facing garden and hot tub, plus king-size bed, large shower and smart TV with Netflix - perfect for a romantic night in. The lodges are just a short drive from Thetford Forest; where you can spend the day cycling, walking the woodland trail and swinging through the trees on the High Ropes course at Go Ape. 

If you're looking for a weekend of shopping with good food and drink, then book a stay at The Northgate; a boutique hotel just a short walk from the town's historic centre, independent shops and The Arc shopping centre. There's a huge range of restaurants on your door step too, with everything from Mediterranean Tapas at Francela and modern Indian cooking at Voujon to steak and lobster at Bourgee and French fine dining at Maison Bleue to name just a few!

After a delicious meal, head to The Stillery; a speakeasy style gin bar where you can enjoy a night sipping the bar's very own spirits,or head to one of the many bars and cocktail bars, including The LP, Guats Up, The Snug Bar and The Angel Hotel's Wingspan Bar to finish your night with a Mojito or Martini.

Family Fun Breaks...

For a fun, family holiday a stay at the Ickworth Hotel is a must. There are lots of activities for the kids to enjoy; explore the gardens, visit the farm animals and cycle along the surrounding trails, before heading back to the hotel's pool. 

You can bring the extended family along with you when you book Lackford Lakes Barns. The Grade II listed barns can sleep up to 23 people and are situated around a courtyard and garden. Head to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village for a day out that the whole family can enjoy. From Saturday 10th - Sunday 18th February, join in with Ring Quest; a Lord of the Rings themed family challenge in which participants have to find the rings and runes and save Middle Earth or at any time of the year, you can explore the way our ancestors lived in the early Anglo-Saxon village (c.420-650AD) which has been carefully reconstructed on the very spot it was excavated. 

For Outdoor Adventures...

An off-road 4x4 driving experience is one that you will never forget and one that you can enjoy whatever the weather, the muddier the better!  Explore 4x4 also offer other outdoor activities such as Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Crossbows to Weekend Survival and Team Challenges so there is  something for everyone. 

Stay at West Stow Glamping Pods (Listed by The Guardian as one of the Top 10 Glamping Sites in the UK!) There are 4 self-contained mega pods, a woodland lodge sleeping up to 4 people, and coming in 2018, hobbit hole inspired Pod Hollows!

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