Experiences make memories. Whether you're after adventure or relaxation this summer, be inspired with our selection of the best experiences that The Ickworth has to offer.
On The Ickworth Estate
Discover the amazing walks and explore the 1,800 acre estate
Follow the path along Lady Geraldine's Walk, as well as The Albana Walk, where beautiful wildflowers carpet the landscape. Play hide and seek in the forest and find the carvings hidden amid the trees that tell the story of bygone times and the people who influenced the evolution of the Ickworth Estate.
For maps and advice on the many walks of Ickworth contact our Reception team.
Walk along the Elm Avenue on the estate and collect fallen branches to make a secret den, you can also help our little friends and make your very own bug hotel. Call by Reception before you go and grab a blanket and order a picnic to take with you and if the sun isn’t shining even welly boots too!
Our Reception team can provide a list of mini adventures to embark on close to the hotel or a little further afield for you to explore.
Cycle for miles
The National Trust have constructed an all-weather 9.4km (six-mile) trail at Ickworth, which can be used by cyclists, walkers, runners, wheelchair users and buggy-pushers.
The circular, off-road route will take you on an adventure the whole family can enjoy seeing magical areas of the parkland – don’t worry, the trail is split into sections so you don’t have to do the full 9.4km!
You can hire bikes from the hotel, in all sizes and there are child seats and stabilisers available too if you need them. For information and bike hire, please contact our Reception team.
Further Afield - Secluded Suffolk Gems
Deben Peninsula, Suffolk
An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between the Ore and Deben rivers is 25 miles that could define social distancing; a wedge of soft fields, quiet lanes pillowed in wildflowers, gorse heath and shingle all roofed by vast east coast skies and lit by a hard watery light.
The two honeypots, such as they are, are Orford and Woodbridge, the former a village seemingly built from Famous Five descriptions (a pretty square and a 14th-century keep, then rose-tousled cottages all the way down to children dangling crab lines on the quay), the latter a handsome inland port of wonky timbers and Georgian red brick.
The Saltmarsh Coast, Essex
Who would have thought Essex had so much coast? Between Southend and Clacton, it fractures into more than 100 miles of tidal estuaries, saltmarshes and lonely creeks. Avocets patrol the mudflats, pretty quayside towns such as Maldon bob with boats, and whenever someone in London fancies the seaside, they shout, “Let’s go to Brighton!”, leaving much of the shoreline hereabouts deserted. If it’s space you’re after, as well as long perspectives into England’s past, it’s a revelation.
St Peter-on-the-Wall is one of its most atmospheric spots. Set beneath a cavernous sky on the northern nub of the Dengie Peninsula, it’s a reminder that for hundreds of years this was a front door, not a backwater. In the 3rd century the Romans built a fort here, with walls more than 14ft thick, part of a defence system that policed Britannia’s Channel coast.
Food and drink
Afternoon tea at the hotel- themed or classic
An English classic, our afternoon teas epitomise informal indulgence. Look out for our themed afternoon teas too; they are equally delicious!
Please contact our Reception team to book.
The perfect evening
At the end of a fun packed day relax and recharge with a hot chocolate or mocktail for the kids and a well-deserved cocktail for parents, while enjoying a game of Jenga before going through to dinner. Chef delights in making full use of the exceptional local producers and creating dishes which are thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family – a perfect treat. Alternatively, make use of the baby-sitting service and enjoy a rare evening together – take your time and savour the moment.
At The Hotel
Summer in our Garden
With Summer here there’s no better time to be outside enjoying alfresco drinking! The Ickworth’s garden has been transformed into The Terrace Restaurant to create a festival vibe, with a Perrier-Jouët bar serving Perrier-Jouët (of course!), cocktails, wine, bottled beer and soft drinks. There will also be kid’s fun entertainment and live acoustic music on Saturday and Sunday evenings. When tummies get a little peckish, order small or kid’s plates, as well as pizzas made in our own pizza oven. The afternoon will effortlessly turn into the evening.
Take some well-deserved ‘me time’ in a quiet place to relax, rejuvenate and indulge your mind, body and soul. Immerse yourself in the surroundings and enjoy a relaxing treatment. Bring harmony to your mind and body and stimulate your senses with a vast range of skincare products. Contact our Spa Reception team to book or view our treatment menu online.
Whatever you get up to on your family adventure you will be sure to leave feeling relaxed, recharged and full of memories that last a lifetime. There is an abundance of activities to enjoy in the hotel and within the 1,800 acres of parkland that the hotel sits in. As well as the swimming pool, tennis court, bikes, trampoline and a range of activities arranged by our very own Den team.