Why I Love Suffolk: Lee Parker

April 10, 2022 at 4:00 p.m


As a child, my parents were involved in running the Sudbury Carnival. I remember the excitement of preparing for the big day and riding the float from Cornard to Sudbury, through Market Hill and on to the Priory football ground. In its heyday there were dozens of floats and it was great fun to inundate the spectators who thronged the parade with squirt guns and flour bombs.


ITFC Football Stadium, Portman Road. A constant in my life from the time I stood on a milk crate in the old West Stand to this day. As a kid in the 70’s I watched Ipswich run the biggest clubs in Europe. In winter, during the midweek games, I vividly remember the thick air from the pipe smoke on the terraces. The competition may not be as well known at the moment, but the excitement from a packed stadium remains the same.


Aldeburgh for walking the prom with fish and chips. Southwold for the long, wide beach. They also hold a dachshund run every year, which is just the ticket for a dachshund owner. Felixtowe because it’s the most local, but also because it’s changed so much lately. Beach Street is a great new place to stop and eat or browse the quirky shops and artifacts. The spa end also has some great bars and restaurants.

town or village

I live in Newton which is picturesque itself with the golf course at its centre. We are blessed to live in an area teeming with quaint villages. Kersey, Chelsworth, Monks Eleigh, Cavendish and Lavenham to name a few. Bury St Edmunds is undoubtedly a beautiful town, but Sudbury is where my heart is. And in my opinion, greatly underestimated. The scene as you enter the town from Ballingdon Hill is a delight, especially in the summer, with its rooftops and steeples. It really is an attractive city. Gainsborough’s House and St Peter’s will be phenomenal additions to the cultural experience when completed.

places to eat

The Secret Garden on Friars Street in Sudbury. Located in one of the most historic buildings in the city, it has its own unique charm. Sitting in the courtyard garden in summer, you might as well feel in the Mediterranean. A simple menu but always well presented and relaxed. Love it. The Crown at Stoke by Nayland never fails to please.

attraction or day trip

Ickworth house. We used to always go out with our children. There is always something going on and the house itself is really interesting with its rotunda and gardens. You can walk around it almost all day long with its various hiking trails.


LeeStock Music Festival. The best and most family friendly music festival in Suffolk. Set in the grounds of Melford Hall which provides a stunning backdrop, especially on a lovely early summer evening as the sun goes down – wow! The event attracts some well-known bands and showcases some real local talent. And all in support of the fabulous Willow Foundation, which provides special memories to young adults who are seriously ill.


Partridges at Hadleigh. Another staple that’s been around for ages where you can get pretty much anything for the home and garden.


All ales from our wealth of breweries. Adnams, Mauldons, Nethergate but for me it’s Greene King IPA. Debates about people’s favorite beers are always very rambling, but I just think you know where you are with a Greene King IPA. A great session beer, I haven’t gotten tired of it yet.

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