Valentine’s Day 2022: cute places for a night out or a date in Suffolk

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, which means many of us will be planning a romantic date.

Luckily for us, Suffolk is full of fun and cool places to take that special someone.

From zoos to historic castle ruins, cocktail bars and trendy restaurants, there’s a meeting place for everyone.

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Check out our list below for our pick of the best venues in Suffolk for Valentine’s Day this year.

1. Living Africa, Lowestof



Rhinos at Africa Alive in Lowestoft, Suffolk

If you’re looking for a wild get-together, Suffolk’s famous zoo, Africa Alive! is the perfect place. Set in 100 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside, the zoo offers the opportunity to spot a wide range of British wildlife as well as the exotic variety found in the savannah.

Nothing says true love like watching rhinos.

Visit their website for more information.

2. Greene King’s Brewery, Bury St Edmunds

The Greene King Brewery offers two quality tours, perfect for a date.

First, the “Walk, Talk and Tasting Tour” allows you to walk through the history of Greene King, discover its oldest buildings and knowledgeable guides will tell you everything you need to know about Greene King.

The second visit, “The Brewery Tour”, includes climbing over 100 steps to the roof of the brewery. here you will see how they make their world famous beer. You might want to warn your date not to wear heels for this one.

Check their website for more information.

3. Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds



St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds
St Edmundsbury Cathedral is visible from Abbey Gardens

Abbey Gardens, in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, is the perfect place to enjoy peace and quiet while sharing a special time together.

The gardens are framed by the Abbey Wall which stretches from the 13th century Abbot’s Bridge via the imposing Abbey Gate to St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The combination of gorgeous flowers and the history of its backdrop make the gardens a very special place to visit.

The site is meticulously maintained and has features of interest to a wide range of visitors, including ruins of ancient monuments, an aviary, a refreshment bar, a shop, a bowling green, tennis courts, a water garden, a rose garden, a sensory garden, a section of the Lark River, a playground, a pergola and public toilets.

Visit the website for more information.

4. Adnams “make your own gin” tour, Southwold



Adnams Brewery in Southwold
Adnams Brewery in Southwold

Create a bespoke bottle of gin, tailored to your tastes, with an Adnams Make Your Own Gin experience.

Sessions take place at Adnam’s Gin Lab, based in Southwold, located in the heart of the Copper House Distillery. D

During this fascinating experience, an Adnams Gin Maker will guide you through the process of making your own unique bottle of gin.

Adnams experts will help you develop your own recipe from a wide selection of botanicals provided and you will continue to distil, fill and name your personal bottle.

The experience also includes a tasting session showcasing our range of spirits, including a selection of our most beloved brands, and any current seasonal releases available at the time of your visit.

5.Orford



A row of cottages in Orford
A row of cottages in Orford

Nothing says ‘happily ever after’ quite like a chocolate box village with pretty pink houses.

Take your SO for a day trip to Orford.

You can stroll along the river, stop at a cozy pub for a pint, then visit Pump Street Bakery for famous chocolates.

And if the date goes well, you can even try some of those famous Orford oysters. Romance at its finest.

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