How to see Suffolk online during lockdown
When you are starved of something, you crave it. Living in London, I’m desperately missing going for long walks through the Suffolk fields, soaking up those glorious sunsets and having a cuppa with friends in my favourite cafes. If you’re missing the countryside, then here is how you can See Suffolk online from the comfort of your own home.
Yoga from the Latitude Festival site
If you’re sad not to be going to Latitude this year (like me!), why not have a peek at the stunning site and also enjoy a good ‘stretch and flow’ at the same time.
Sarah Rous at Henham yoga is offering free YouTube classes set around the Henham Park Estate, home of the Latitude Festival. Transport yourself to a class on the bridge that spans the festival lake or yoga in the woods.
Sarah’s classes are topical for these times, including yoga for desk workers (my back felt amazing afterwards) and yoga for resilience and anxiety.
Springtime on Suffolk Farms
Spring is bursting into life on Suffolk farms. Although you can’t visit in person, farms are sharing all their newest additions for you to coo over from afar, plus giving an insight into what daily life is like during lockdown.
Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is posting daily photos and videos to their Facebook feed. Check out the Piglet cam and Geraldine the Goat and her gorgeous red-haired kids.
Easton Farm Park is also sharing videos on Facebook and Instagram of their latest arrivals. You can also meet Stockman Steve and the rest of Easton team, who are working hard to care for the animals .
Jimmy’s Farm is back for a new four-part season on Channel 4, on Thursday’s at 8pm. You can see all the going’s on, including creating a ‘love nest’ for the pigs and meeting the farm’s cheeky Meerkat’s.
Down by the sea
If you’re craving the sound of the waves, seagulls and the wind whipping your hair, why not take a look at the many videos online, showing the beauty that is the Suffolk shoreline.
The Suffolk Coast has a host of videos giving you inspiration for places to explore once we’re able to roam more freely again.
RSPB Minsmere is closed for now, however staff and volunteers have been sharing videos from their daily walks. They also have included ideas to make the most of nature in your back garden and free activities to try at home.
Museum and galleries – virtual tours and activities
The majority of Suffolk Museums are offering activities and online tours, along with Suffolk galleries. There is something for everyone, whether you’re an art or history lover.
If you have been hankering to visit a particular museum, now is the chance to from the comfort of your sofa.
Ickworth Hall, near Bury St Edmunds has been sharing regular videos and clips on Instagram of their famous sheep frolicking frosty meadows, swan acrobatics and recipe ideas.
If you missed taking a walk amongst the bluebells this year, you can take a virtual tour of the stunning grounds of Haughley Park.
The Association of Suffolk Museums has a huge guide to museum offerings at home. These include virtual tours of the Ipswich Transport and Mildenhall museums.
Ipswich Museum has a large range of activities to keep children busy and I will be signing up to make a mouse for a forthcoming exhibit at the Aldeburgh Museum.
You can take a tour around the Snape maltings buildings and the Lettering exhibition there.
This is not an exhaustive list of all that is available to See Suffolk online, but I hope it provides you with some inspiration of things to do now and where to explore when we are able to move freely again.
For more inspiration, read about how you can support Suffolk businesses during lockdown.
Written by Claire Lacey. Featured image by Claire Lacey.
Claire can be found on Instagram @laceandbobble
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