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12 Date Ideas For Culture Lovers in Suffolk

12 Date Ideas For Culture Lovers in Suffolk

Suffolk is a county with huge historic significance. Its North Sea coast is rugged and untamed in places and picture-postcard perfect in others with its miles of golden sand. Castles and rivers, grand estates and enchanting woodlands all provide ideal places to escape and explore for free. Here’s 12.

1. A midnight walk through a medieval village

    Medieval Lavenham is right in the heart of Suffolk. It’s a small village which packs a powerful cultural punch. Building its wealth on wool, it was once the third-richest place in the UK. While there’s lots to do in Lavenham, and its businesses provide top-notch bars, restaurants, and hotels fit for a king, why not explore it while its residents sleep by walking the cobbles on a midnight date?

    2. Find fairies at an Italian mansion

      While much of historic Suffolk’s architecture can be traced to the Normans and Anglo-Saxons, Ickworth House’s architecture is Italian by design. This opulent mansion is set in miles of impressive mature gardens and parkland where cycling and walking trails will lead you through magical woodlands. It’s rumoured that fairies live and play here.

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      3. Explore a dramatic coastline

        The National Trust describes Dunwich Heath as a rare and precious habitat. They also say that it’s wild and dramatic. It’s all of these and more. Tucked-away sand dunes offer shelter from the North Sea breeze, while the spectacular seascape fuels conversation about the natural world. Sea air, endless miles of sandy beach and great company should be the ideal ingredients for a perfect date.

        4. Find love in a famous landscape

          John Constable was one of the most famous painters in the world, and his works commanded prices most of us only dream of. But you don’t need to own a Constable to see what he saw when he made this romantic landscape immortal through his paintings. A date on the banks of the River Stowe will lead you to the exact spot he perched on with his easel and brushes.

          5. Discover an Anglo-Saxon ship and a UFO landing site

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            Sutton Hoo at Woodbridge will provide you with an excellent date combination. Here, you’ll experience riverside walks and take in the sites surrounding an Anglo-Saxon ship burial ground. Though only the mounds are visible, and the National Trust exhibition and trails require you to pay an entrance fee, research it first and allow your imagination to run wild. Nearby Rendlesham Forest was once said to be a UFO landing site.

            6. Learn about the UK’s unique amber

              The Amber Museum offers an unforgettable journey through the history of locally-sourced amber. Impressive carvings, jewellery and other artefacts are great examples of why it became such a valuable commodity. This region on the south-east coast is where the unique deposits of UK amber have all been found. While jewellers’ price tags might be a little out of reach, there’s no reason why you and your date can’t hit the beach in search of your own precious stones.

              7. A date at Halesworth Gallery

                Renowned for showcasing local talent, Halesworth Gallery has various exhibitions throughout the year, usually including works by local artisans and more well-known artists. Suffolk has a long history of producing fine arts and crafts. What better way is there to understand a culture than life depicted through art?

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                8. Stroll through seafront gardens

                  Felixstowe Seafront Gardens underwent major regeneration work in 2015, providing a perfect habitat for both wildlife and people. The 1920s design will transport you back to its heyday, with plenty of spots to cosy up on a bench and talk sweet nothings or chat about the pretty flowerbeds.

                  9. Get the lowdown on Lowestoft

                    Lowestoft Heritage Centre is where you can learn everything about this intriguing place and its lost village. Dubbed as prime location for a traditional British holiday, Lowestoft has a lovely, wide, sandy beach, cliff-top lighthouse, and a signature ornate pier.

                    10. Get swept away at an old lifeboat shed

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                      The former Old Cromer Lifeboat Shed is now the site of the Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum. Named after Southwold’s lifeboat No1, the Alfred Corry, the museum portrays a fascinating tale about the important role lifeboats played, their crews risking their own lives day in and day out to save the lives of sailors and fisherman from their sunken vessels. Stories about bravery and valour, though undeniably sad, often spark romance.

                      11. Sunset, sailboats and sandpipers

                        The Broads are home to one of the largest inland waterways in the UK, making it a playground for boat enthusiasts. Categorised as a national park, its wetlands have been protected and conserved for over 30 years. Whether you love nature or the sea, a date on The Broads offers a chance to see rare wildlife and watch sailboats dance across the horizon at sunset.

                        12. A riverside lunch with a castle backdrop

                          Framlingham is a historic market town with links to royalty. In the centre of the village, you’ll find two of the oldest working post office pillar boxes, now a rare sight outside these quaint locations. But a trip to this idyllic countryside setting wouldn’t be complete without seeing its castle. Framlingham Castle is an old Anglo-Saxon fortress, and it was here that Mary Tudor became Queen Mary of England. Views are best appreciated from across the river, a lovely place for a lunch date.

                          Image Source: Lavenham via discoverlavenham.com; Ickworth House via artfund.org; Dunwich via nationaltrust.org.uk; River Stowe via gettyimages.com; Sutton Hoo via nationaltrust.org.uk; Amber Museum via nationalgeographic.com; Halesworth Gallery via foyers.photography; Felixstowe via thesuffolkcoast.co.uk; Lowestoft Beach via coes.co.uk; Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum via eadt.co.uk; The Broads via broads-authority.gov.uk; Framlingham Castle via english-heritage.org.uk.

                          Featured photo credit: Unknown via thesuffolkcoast.co.uk

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                          Last Updated on November 18, 2020

                          50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                          50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                          If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                          That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                          Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                          1. Believe It to See It

                          Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                          2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                          While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                          3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                          Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                          4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                          Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                          5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                          There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                          6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                          It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                          7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                          Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                          8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                          Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                          9. Maximize Your Strengths

                          Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                          10. Be in It to Win It

                          Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                          11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                          People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                          12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                          Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                          13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                          You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                          14. Be a One-Off Original

                          Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                          15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                          Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                          16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                          Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                          17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                          Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                          18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                          We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                          19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                          Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                          20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                          Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                          21. Make Your Own Luck

                          In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                          22. Ignite Your Initiative

                          While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                          23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                          Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                          24. Champion in Communication

                          Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                          25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                          Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                          26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                          To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                          27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                          While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                          28. Live by Core Values

                          Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                          29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                          Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                          30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                          Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                          31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                          Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                          32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                          Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                          33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                          Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                          34. Change Opens New Doors

                          People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                          35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                          It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                          36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                          Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                          37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                          When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                          38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                          How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                          39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                          If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                          40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                          Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                          41. Swim Against the Tide

                          Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                          42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                          More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                          43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                          Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                          44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                          While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                          45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                          Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                          46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                          Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                          47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                          While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                          48. Follow Through

                          Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                          49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                          We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                          50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                          To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                          So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                          Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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