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With the exciting opening of our lodges at The Weeping Willow this month, we wanted to highlight some of the experiences, days out and family fun to be had around West Suffolk within easy reach of the pub.


Go Ape Thetford: If you're up for an adventure, head to Go Ape Thetford, located near Bury St Edmunds. Go Ape offers exhilarating treetop adventures, including zip lines, rope courses, and Tarzan swings. It's a great activity for both children and adults who enjoy outdoor challenges and forest views.

WildTracks Karting: For those seeking a thrilling experience, visit WildTracks Karting in Newmarket, just a short drive from Barrow. Put your driving skills to the test on their outdoor karting track, which offers various racing options suitable for all ages and skill levels. You can also enjoy other activities at WildTracks, such as off-road driving, clay pigeon shooting, and archery.

Phoenix Cycleworks Bike Park: Situated a short drive from Barrow, Phoenix Cycleworks is a renowned bike park that stands as a premier destination for mountain biking enthusiasts. Open year-round, this all-in-one facility caters to riders of all ages and skill levels, offering tracks, trails and jumps for novices and professionals.


Visit Bury St Edmunds: Explore the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds itself, just a few miles down the road. Stroll through the beautiful Abbey Gardens, visit the Cathedral, and discover the rich history and architecture of the town.

Ickworth House: Located just outside Bury St Edmunds, Ickworth House is a National Trust property. Explore the impressive Italianate structure, wander through the beautiful gardens, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Burnt House Vineyard: Why not treat yourself to tour and wine tasting at Burnt House Vineyard, a friendly, family-run estate that loves sharing their passion for wine with visitors. Take a leisurely guided tour through the vineyards, followed by a tasting of three wines.

Theatre Royal: Catch a show at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds. This Georgian theatre offers a diverse program of performances, including plays, musicals, and comedy shows.


Nowton Park: Spend a day at Nowton Park, a picturesque country park situated a short distance from Barrow. Enjoy the serene walking trails, picnic areas, and beautiful gardens. The park also hosts events and activities during the summer months

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village: Step back in time at the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, an archaeological site where you can explore reconstructed Anglo-Saxon buildings. Learn about the life and culture of the Anglo-Saxons through interactive exhibits and displays.

Explore Suffolk countryside: Barrow is located in the scenic Suffolk countryside, so take advantage of the beautiful surroundings. Go for walks or bike rides along the country lanes, explore charming villages, or visit other attractions in the area like Lackford Lakes nature reserve. If you’re looking for a short walk before tucking into seasonal dishes, our Weeping Willow Wander is the perfect appetite inducer!

Find out more about places to explore nearby and check availability of our lodges here.

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