Discover Suffolk

A morning hike across meadows and woodland, lunch at a nearby pub, an afternoon spent kayaking or a stroll along the prom taking in the expansive sea views, The Courtyard at Laurel Farm is the perfect location to unwind and enjoy a host of activities across Suffolk and Norfolk. With its beautiful countryside, quaint villages, historic towns, areas of outstanding natural beauty and its heritage coastline, Suffolk has so much to offer whether you’re visiting locally, from afar, meeting friends or need a stop point while travelling for business. Here are some of our favourite things to see and do in the area...

Back to Nature

Rambling Countryside

On the doorstep of The Courtyard you'll find plenty of nature trails. Take in the fresh air, walking or cycling, experience the undulating landscapes and stunning horizon views of Suffolk.

Oulton & Carlton Marshes

Explore flower-studded pools teeming with waterlife along with birds of prey in the skies above only 10 minutes away. Over 100 acres of grazing marsh and fen create this wildlife, plant and insect haven on the Suffolk Broads.

RSPB Minsmere

Discover some of the UK's rarest wildlife, at Minsmere, a fantastic coastal nature reserve just 45 minutes drive away. Choose an idyllic walk or head to the coastal lagoons to see an impressive variety of birds.

See the Sea


A family favourite, Lowestoft seafront is home to two Blue Flag award-winning stretches of golden sandy beach. Stroll along the promenade of beach huts or head north for sandy dunes and birdwatching.


A stunning, unspoiled and expansive sandy bay backed by gentle grassy cliffs. Gorleston beach was voted #1 best beach in the UK on TripAdvisor and is also a top spot for surfers and landboarders.


A charming, quintessential English seaside town with a working lighthouse, colourful beach huts, lively pier, cliff top cannon and of course its award-winning beach. Southwold is also home to the world famous Adnams Brewery.


You'll find great art, food, a huge yet charming beach and big skies at Aldeburgh. Home to a world-leading concert hall and a cluster of independent shops, galleries and cafés on a colourful high street.

Get Active

Oulton Broad Water Sports

Enjoy year-round water sports, fishing, canoe, kayak, SUP, paddleboard, sailing and boat hire on the Broads. You won't tire for activities and we'd be delighted to recommend our favourite pubs and restaurants to stop off at and dry your feet.

Norfolk Snowsports Club

Skiing, snowboarding and tubing fun for all. Book a taster session, block of lessons or just some free time and fun on the slope.

Gorleston Golf Club

Established in 1906, Gorleston Golf Club is an 18-hole par 71 (6341 yard), private, links golf course boasting spectacular views looking over the North Sea.

History and Culture

Somerleyton Hall Gardens

Experience spectacular historic parkland, a sweeping arboretum, famous yew hedge maze and stunning exterior architecture as you wander around one of the finest gardens in East Anglia since the mid-17th century.

City of Norwich

Visit the historic 'City of Stories', Norwich, capital district of Norfolk with its cathedral, Norman castle, museum and art gallery, the largest permanent undercover market in Europe, theatres, traditional pubs, cobbled streets and independent shops.

Framlingham Castle

One of Suffolk's most historic landmarks, the 'Castle on the Hill' made famous by Ed Sheeran, dates back to the 12th century and was once home to Mary Tudor.

Sutton Hoo

An awe-inspiring archaeological back-story, depicted in the Netflix movie The Dig. See the royal burial place of Raedwald, post-Roman king of East Anglia, who was buried in his 90-foot long ship.

Family Fun

Sealife Great Yarmouth

So much more than an aquarium, learn about sea life conservation and discover incredible marine life, fascinating and beautiful creatures of the deep blue.

Africa Alive

Run by the charity Zoological Society of East Anglia, dedicated to the wild futures of animals, Africa Alive is a walking safari and conservation hub for some of Africa's most vulnerable species of animals.

Caister Castle & Motor Museum

A 15th-century moated castle and tower and home to the largest private collection of vintage, antique, and historic motor vehicles in Britain.

Nicholas Everitt Park

A traditional park and impressive green space with views over the Broads. Make use of the tennis courts and bowling green or enjoy the brass band concerts on a Sunday afternoon. Keep an eye out for the Banksy artwork on the bridge over the landspring.

"The location was perfect for exploring the local area, just a short drive from all local amenities, yet far enough out of town to be very quiet and peaceful. We highly recommend this place and it's lovely owners/hosts. Thank you Janet & Kevin for a wonderful stay." - Andrew, West Weybridge - UK