New Year’s resolution? Don’t let it be a half-hearted one – 2019 in Suffolk

Why not make a New Year’s resolution that you want to stick to: Join us in Suffolk.  We can help you with that!

Whether you’re dancing the night away at the Ufford Park Woodbridge‘s family disco or heading to The Crown at Woodbridge for a raucous Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve party, there’s plenty of places in Suffolk to suit any mood this New Year’s Eve.

Champagne Glass and Fireworks

Of course, our beautiful luxury self-catering accommodation is the perfect place to spend a more relaxed evening with your loved ones, with our large flat screen TVs (perfect for Jools Holland’s Hootenanny) and a beautiful outdoor space to ring in the New Year with a glass of bubbly as the clock strikes 12.

It doesn’t matter where you make your resolution, just make sure it’s a good one. Do something you have always wanted to do. Don’t just give up chocolate or promise to become more organised. This year make your New Year’s resolution life-changing. Chase one of your dreams. Life is for experiences, and what better place to experience life than the Suffolk Coast.

Here are our top tips on how to combine your Suffolk New Year break with a New Year’s resolution you won’t want to break!

Get creative

Grey Squirrel

Do you have a young person in your life keen to learn a new skill? Suffolk Wildlife Trust is offering young people aged 11-16 the chance to improve their smartphone / tablet photography skills as part of their Wild Skills programme. This event takes place at Christchurch Park and booking is essential.

If staying inside and cosy is more your thing, how about a more crafty new hobby? Stitchworks sewing centre and gift shop in Woodbridge are about to release details of their spring workshops. Last year’s highlights included needle felting, a slipper making workshop and even creating a doll’s house!

To further inspire your creative journey this New Year, why not take a visit to the Snape Maltings galleries. There are three galleries at Snape Maltings, all showcasing the best of contemporary and traditional British art with a strong emphasis on local artists.

Learn something new

Sailing School

New Year, New You; or so they say. If you really want to try something new in 2019, how about combining your visit to Mollett’s Farm with a two-day beginners yachting course at the East Anglian Sea School? They’re based at the Suffolk Yacht Harbour at Levington, which is just a 30 minute drive from here. Alternatively, for a great day out for you and the family why not try a taster sailing day and see if you catch the sailing bug!

Rise to a challenge

Park Run full of Runners

OK, so ‘getting fitter’ might be a New Year’s resolution you’ve made countless times before, but this year why not take a different approach? In Suffolk alone there are ten Park Runs, four Junior Park Runs and four Great Run local events; in Sizewell, Southwold, Ipswich and further afield.

These free, timed running events are the perfect way for all ages and abilities to get fit and make new friends. If you want to build yourself up first, the NHS’s Couch to 5k programme might be the one for you. And you can start right from one of the comfy couches in our lovely Stables Studios or Granary Cottages. There are some beautifully scenic runs right on your doorstep.

Take your taste buds on a journey

Loaf of bread on a board

If you haven’t indulged enough over the festive period, why not book a cookery course at Kenton Hall Estate and really set your New Year off with a bang. There is a wonderful variety of cooking courses on offer, all focussing on great local and seasonal produce. The first of 2019 is Seasonal Baking with Victoria from Rosa Farine Patisserie, who honed her skills at The Ritz in London. Throughout the year these high-quality courses range from home-style Italian and Indian to enriched bread. So, why not hone your cooking skills and reawaken your love of food before taking all your home-made goodies back to Mollett’s Farm to enjoy with a nice cuppa (or a glass of wine). Just be sure to save us a bite!

Go back to nature

RSPB Havergate Island

The best New Year’s resolution you can ever make is to get back to basics and spend more time in nature.

Did you know Suffolk has an Island? Havergate Island, on the River Ore. It’s the perfect place to see Brown Hares, Short-Eared Owls, Marsh Harriers and an abundance of other bird life. Access is via pre-booked boat (arranged through the RSPB) and you will be at one with nature; so be sure to take a picnic.

You can even forage for Samphire here at certain times of the year. Perfect to pair with some freshly smoked fish from Aldeburgh seafront, when you get back to your fully equipped kitchen.

Another beautiful location right on your doorstep is Rendlesham Forest. Enjoy tranquil walks through both managed and ancient woodland, where you’ll find oak tree groves and wildlife including foxes and squirrels. Entry is free and there are toilet facilities and picnic benches. Best of all, our favourite walk – the Phoenix Trail – is totally accessible for wheelchairs and buggies.

We couldn’t mention Rendlesham without mentioning UFOs. So, if your New Year’s resolution is to do some extraterrestrial spotting, you’ll be pleased to know they have a designated UFO trail for you to follow.

This list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things you can do in Suffolk in 2019. Make sure to check out our blog for more fantastic activities. But, if you only make one resolution this year make sure it’s to book a stay at Mollett’s Farm. We can’t wait to welcome you.