Thorndon is well placed to visit Norwich 29 miles away, with its mediaeval streets and extensive shopping, Bury St Edmunds 27 miles, an elegant Georgian Town with the attractive Abbey Gardens and Ipswich with its Historic Waterfront from which boat trips can be taken. The Suffolk Coast, about 30 miles away, has the Aldeburgh Festival and nearby the quaint seaside 'village' of Thorpeness with The House in the Clouds, a converted water tower floating over the tree line. The beaches are clean, sandy and uncrowded and walking along them, at any time of year, will have you not far from somewhere to eat - in Aldeburgh join the queue at the famous Fish & Chip shop at the bottom of the High Street & eat them on the seawall!
Stonham Barns 9 miles
Situated on the A1120 to the east of Stowmarket, Stonham Barns offers a variety of retail shops and leisure facilities including The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary with over 80 raptors flying free in narrated flying displays or demonstrations.
Mid Suffolk Railway 4 miles
A steam engine enthusiasts delight!
Brockford, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 5PW Tel: 01449 766899
Framlingham Castle 10 Miles
A magnificent 12th century fortress with a long and colourful past which makes a fascinating family day out in Suffolk.
Church Street, Framlingham, Suffolk - IP13 9BP
Sutton Hoo 21 Miles
One of the greatest archaelogical discoveries of recent times and sited on the banks of Suffolk's prettiest river, the Deben. More details of the Sutton Hoo treasure can be found here.
On B1083 Melton to Bawdsey. Follow signs from A12 north of Woodbridge.
Helmingham Gardens 10 Miles
Magnificent gardens and also the venue for a number of interesting events
Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6EF, Telephone: 01473 890799.
Banham Zoo 18 miles
A great day out for all the family
Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE Tel: 01953 887771
Boudicca Way 9 miles to Diss
The Boudicca Way walk runs from Norwich to Diss and is now listed in The Lonely Planet Traveller magazine as one of the world's top 30 travel secrets. Maps are available to download on the website.