It's Conker and Fungi Season!
Published: Tuesday 22nd Oct 2013
Written by: Leah Smith
October is a fantastic month to discover the beautiful Suffolk coast and countryside. The abundance of copper coloured foliage offers a wonderful display and there are lots of opportunities for budding photographers, especially as its deer rutting season!
If you're a fan of the age-old playground game, it's conker season too!
Autumn is a wonderful season to visit local farmers markets, where you'll discover many varieties of seasonal fruit and vegetable, including delicious pears and apples, parsnips, an assortment of pumpkin and squash varieties and the fascinating romanesco cauliflower - which is bright green in colour and looks like something Escher would draw!
All of this delicious, seasonal produce will feature on menus at pubs and restaurants throughout Suffolk, with hearty soups, casseroles and roasts replacing the lighter summer dishes.
Southwold is a fantastic place to start your Autumnal discovery as there are many beautiful walks that commence here, passing through a designated area of natural beauty enroute. Whilst the weather is still unusually mild, you may even wish to venture out on a longer walk. Maybe try the Suffolk Coastal Path to Dunwich, which passes through Walberswick National Nature Reserve, past Dingle Marshes and onto Dunwich Beach.
If you're not feeling quite so energetic, Dunwich Heath and Coastal Centre (managed by the National Trust), is conveniently located just 11 miles south of Southwold – just a 25 minute car journey away. It's a lovely time of year to visit with an opportunity to join an educational fungi foray.
Dunwich Heath’s next fungi foray takes place on Sunday 27 October 2013 at either 10.30am or 2pm. Guided by a fungi expert, each foray lasts approximately 2 hours and finishes at the Coastal Centre's tea room - where you'll be treated to a fungi-inspired dish. All tickets are £8.50 and advance booking is recommended by phoning: 0844 2491895.
Less than a mile away at RSPB Minsmere, there are many seasonal highlights for wildlife and bird enthusiasts. You can join a series of guided wildlife walks on Saturdays throughout October and November, where you'll discover wintering ducks, late insects, mammals and other creatures.
So what's stopping you? Start discovering Suffolk’s autumn treasures today!