Laxfield is the ideal centre for exploring the many pretty villages and heritage sites and, of course, the Suffolk Coastal resorts of Aldeburgh, Dunwich, Orford and Southwold to name but four.
In the twelfth century the Bigod family were the established power in this part of the country as the ring of their ruined castles at Bungay, Eye, Framlingham and Orford still bear witness. In the middle ages wool and farming produced the wealth to fund the many churches and great houses, which are such an integral part of the local landscape.
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COMING SOON - LOCAL EVENTS
Saturday 16 September to Sunday 17 September
The Grand Henham Steam Rally
10am - 6pm
Henham Park, Nr Southwold, NR34 8AQ
Many exciting displays including lots of steam engines along with the opportunity to view the show from the sky via helicopter. There is also a large variety of food and drink stalls. Great entertainment for all the family and well behaved dogs on leads welcome.
Saturday 23 September to Sunday 24 September
Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival
9.30am – 5pm on Saturday and 9.30am – 4pm on Sunday.
Snape Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SP
A hugely popular weekend celebration of Suffolk's thriving food & drink scene. The Festival features over 90 food and drink producers from Suffolk, selling a huge variety of locally produced fayre. There are also 2 cookery demonstration stages hosting visiting and local chefs. Plus Hill Farm Family Meadow to keep the children entertained with cookery activities, face painting and more.
Adult tickets: £8 for a day ticket £14 for a weekend ticket Both include a Festival programme and cotton shopping bag.
See Aldeburgh Food & Drink for more information.
Steam Railway Santa Specials - Mid Suffolk Light Railway All seats must be booked advance with up to two adults accompanying each child. Trains run from 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th December. To book or for more information call 01473 890622 or visit www. mslr.org.uk/santabooking. Steam trains run from Brockford Station to ‘North Pole Halt’, where children up to 10 will have an individual visit to Santa in his Christmas Guards Van. Each child receives a present and there will be children’s entertainment and storytelling. The Stations, Brockford and ‘North Pole Halt’ and the Museum, shop and cafe, will all be decorated in full ‘Christmasy’ style to give the visit a real party feel.
RSPB Minsmere, Dunwich approx 15 miles from Laxfield. One of the most famous nature reserves and an RSPB reserve for over 50 years. If you want to see avocets, marsh harriers and bitterns Minsmere is the place. 0844 556 9324 rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/minsmere
Almost as famous as Norfolk for being "very flat", Suffolk is a great county for cycling, especially if you are not a regular biker with its miles of undulating and quiet country roads. Bring your own or hire from Avocet Sports, Snape, 01728 689007 or Byways Bicycles, Darsham 01728 668764
Sporting World Champion John Bidwell's Clay Shooting School and range High Lodge, Saxmundham, 10 miles, 01986784347 highlodge.co.uk
Tennis and Swimming
Stradbroke Swim & Fitness centre is just 4 miles away. 01379 384376 slm-leisure.co.uk
There are numerous footpaths from right in the centre of the village, great for dog walking or just going for a stroll. Worth a visit is The Woodland Trust's 5star rated Pound Farm just outside Framlingham, nearly 150 acres of native woodland. woodlandtrust.org.uk
Eating and Drinking
Laxfield has the increasingly rare distinction of being a village with two pubs.
The Kings Head, known locally as The Low House, is one of the most famous pubs in East Anglia, renowned for having a tap-room and no bar. Good food and excellent beer garden ideal for families when the sun comes out. The Royal Oak is great for pub grub, especially steak and chips also takeaway fish-n-chips, when warm sit outside and watch the world go by.