Uncovering the east of England

by Katie Rowe

September 5 2014

Big skies, boating holidays and picture-perfect villages are just some of the things you’ll come across in East Anglia. Join us as we scratch beneath the surface to reveal some of the county’s hidden gems...       


Make a journey to the magical Sutton Hoo, a royal burial mound and one of most important archaeological sites in the UK. Travel back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of AD625, admiring ancient weapons, masks and precious jewels - all discovered in a 90-foot-long ship alongside the remains of an Anglo-Saxon king. 


Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve is one of Bill Oddie’s favourite places to spot damsels and dragonflies, two of the oldest insect groups in the world. In the summer months, you’re likely to see hundreds of these colourful insects winging their way between ponds, ditches and lakes. Keep an eye out for Britain's largest dragonfly, the Emperor, as well as rarer species such as the banded demoiselle whose bodies glimmer like tiny sapphires in the sunlight.


Bring out your arty side in Dedham Vale and Stour Valley. Its picture-perfect villages, rolling farmland and rivers burbling through meadows and ancient woodlands have featured in many of John Constable’s paintings. The famous artist also went to school here and you can still see the former schoolboys’ signatures scratched into the brickwork outside – look closely and you’ll spot Constable’s.


Drop your bags off at The Wild Duck and become the captain of your very own converted boat dating back to the 1870s. Nestled behind dunes, this quirky beach house overlooks the bird-filled lagoons of Snettisham RSPB reserve. The coast is nearby too, so you’ll be able to fall asleep to the sound of the sea and the rustling of the reeds.  


England’s smallest county gives you a taste of traditional English countryside and the chance to let loose on the water. Rutland Water is not only great for wildlife spotting but is perfect for trying your hand at canoeing and windsurfing too. Hungry? Hambleton Bakery will hit the spot. It bakes an array of artisan pastries and traditional breads – made with locally-brewed beer from The Grainstore Brewery.

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