Experience Essex & Suffolk
Essex as a destination has so much to offer but Nightingales Farm is located close to the Suffolk boarder so you can experience the best of both worlds. We have tried to capture the highlights for you, just click on the links to be inspired! There is a lot of information available on the internet and at Visit Essex and Visit Suffolk to suit every ones interests though we are able to provide additional details and recommendations during your stay.
Our tops 10 things to do out and about in Essex:
Colchester Zoo, CO3 0SL approx 17.9km
One of the finest Zoos in Europe and is home to many rare and endangered species supported by Action for the Wild, which assists conservation projects worldwide. The zoo celebrated its 50th anniversary in June, 2013 and has won the coveted “Sustainable Tourism Award” for its efforts in recycling and green practices from the East of England Tourist Board
Colchester Castle, CO1 1TD approx 19.5km
Situated in the heart of England’s oldest recorded town. Steeped in history, Colchester Castle is the biggest Norman keep in Britain and the biggest ever built anywhere in Europe. Learn about how Queen Boudica destroyed the town in AD60, and how, in the 17th-century, suspected witches were imprisoned in the castle by the Witchfinder General. Currently closed for renovation but due to reopen its drawbridge in Spring 2014, you are still able stroll and enjoy the award winning Castle Park, designated Grade II on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England
Colne Valley Railway, CO9 3DZ approx 13.5km
Pleasant rides on a section of the former Colne Valley railway line with a pretty award winning station and home to Thomas the Tank Engine.
Flatford Mill, Bridge Cottage & Dedham CO7 6UL approx 36.9km
The hamlet of Flatford, set in the beautiful Dedham Vale, is the location for some of John Constable’s most famous paintings, including The Hay Wain. The mill is a grade I listed watermill built in 1733, with a miller’s cottage attached. The 16th century Bridge Cottage set just downstream from the mill is the location for John Constable’s idyllic pastoral paintings. Why not row down part of the Dedham Vale or take a leisurely stroll from Dedham to Flatford Mill and on your returned journey treat yourself to lunch at the Boathouse http://dedhamboathouse.co.uk/
Mersea Island, CO5 8LS approx 34km
The most easterly inhabited island in the UK and located off the coast of Essex, England. Situated in the estuary area of the Blackwater and Colne rivers and has an area of around 7 square miles. Mersea Island is one of 43 (unbridged) tidal islands though can be accessed on foot or by road from the mainland and is home to the famous The Colchester Oyster Fishery and the The Company Shed, primarily as a weekend venture which has evolved over the years into something rather unique in its own right, selling fish from local boats and oysters.
Tiptree Jam & Museum, CO5 0RF approx 20km
Sweet tooth? love of cream teas? Then this is perfect! Wilkin & Sons Ltd hold a Royal Warrant for making of jams and marmalades and is a leading supplier to hotels and high-class retail outlets. The Tiptree Visitors’ Centre and Jam Museum adjoins the factory and its famous Tea Rooms where morning coffee, lunch and cream tea with Tiptree preserves are available throughout the year.
Beth Chatto Gardens, CO7 7DB approx 27.2km
The Beth Chatto Gardens are an informal collection of ecological gardens created by plantswoman, garden designer and author Beth Chatto in 1960 from the gravel soil and bogs of the disused fruit farm belonging to her husband Andrew Chatto. Based in Elmstead Market, Essex the gardens cover 6 acres and have become world famous.
Audley End House & Gardens, CB11 4JF approx 47.2km
Early 17th-century country house just outside Saffron Walden, Essex, south of Cambridge, Once a palace in all but name and renowned as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England and architectural features.
Hyde Hall Estate, CM3 8ET approx 53.3km
Set over 360-acres Hyde Hall is unforgettable in any season allowing visitors to immerse themselves in nature
Our tops 10 things to do out and about in Suffolk:
Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, CO10 2EU approx 14.5km
This museum and gallery in the nearby town of Sudbury is the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough. It houses the largest collection of Gainsborough’s work on display at any one time in Britain.
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA approx 23.7km
A fantastic moated red brick Tudor mansion, with extensive grounds and a rare breed farm. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of everyday Tudor life on one of the famous re-creation weekends which take place throughout the year.
Lavenham,CO10 9QA approx 27.2km
England’s finest medieval village has been remarkably preserved over the centuries and attracts visitors from all over the world. There are over 300 listed buildings, including the iconic Guildhall of Corpus Christi, located in the heart of the village on the market square. Inside the Guildhall you can learn about the Lavenham’s local history, farming heritage and the story of the medieval wool trade. There are a number of tearooms scattered throughout the village where you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea whilst admiring the fantastic surrounding timber framed architecture.
Ager Fen & Spouse’s Vale, CO8 5BN approx 11.2km
Sites of Special Scientific Interest and are noted as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ with many rare and declining species finding refuge here and is only one of two woods in Eastern England to have a large number of wild cherry trees Spouse’s Vale has a fascinating mosaic of ancient coppice woodland, new naturally regenerating woodland alongside fen meadow.
Aldeburgh, IP15 5AU approx 89.6km
Charming seaside town was a thriving port and ship building centre in the 16th century and became a seaside resort and fishing village in the 19th century. Today fishermen still pull their boats up the steep shingle beach to sell their morning catch. The high street is lined with attractive Georgian shop fronts and the famous Maggie Hambling scallop sculpture sits at the northern end of the beach. A trip to Aldeburgh is not complete without sampling the wares of the famous Aldeburgh Fish and Chip shop!
Snape Maltings, IP17 1SR approx 83.5km
A unique set of granary buildings which house a number of independent shops, a café and pub, as well as a world famous concert hall. The concert hall is operated by Aldeburgh Music, who host a diverse year round programme of music.
Jimmys Farm, IP9 2AR approx 45.2km
Jimmy Doherty is a Suffolk based farmer, television presenter and friend of Jamie Oliver. The farm also produces and is home to the famous Furney’s Essex Pig Company.
Sutton Hoo, IP12 1JH approx 63.6km
Owned by the National Trust Sutton Hoo is a group of 6th and 7th century Anglo Saxon burial mounds overlooking the River Deben. It is one of the most amazing and important archaeological discoveries in the country and gives insight into the lives of the Anglo Saxons in ancient Suffolk. The exhibition hall houses a full size replica of a burial chamber of a Warrier King and his most treasured possessions.
Framlingham Castle, IP13 9BP approx 78.2km
Once the place of refuge for Mary Tudor before she became Queen in 1553, this magnificent 12th Century fortress makes for a fascinating day out.
Ickworth House, Horringer IP29 5QE approx 44.9km
A magnificent Georgian palace with an Italian architectural influence, set in acres of beautiful park and woodland.