When you think of Suffolk the first thing that springs to mind probably isn’t spooky. Suffolk is a lot more famous for its beautiful countrysides, gorgeous coastal towns and rich history. Its spookiness is somewhat overlooked . . . but not today. To get you in the Halloween mood we’ve listed the Top 5 Spookiest Places to Visit in Suffolk to show you how frightfully fun this part of the country can be.
The mysterious event that unfolded at Rendlesham Forest in 1980 is legend.
On 26 December 1980 a couple of servicemen on patrol, John Burroughs and James Penniston, at RAF Woodbridge saw lights descending into Rendlesham Forest. The men went to investigate, thinking it was an aircraft that had crash landed. Much to their surprise, they instead found a metallic glowing object with coloured lights. When local police arrived at the scene there was no trace of the glowing object and the only lights in sight were from Orford Ness Lighthouse in the distance.
The incident remains a mystery to this day! The UFO sightings at Rendlesham Forest are considered to be the most famous and significant sightings ever to have happened in the UK and still continue to fascinate.
Fancy immersing yourself in the alien atmosphere? The Rendlesham Forest has a really fun UFO trail which truly captures youngsters' imagination.
Over the years Walberswick has developed a bit of a spooky reputation.
Walberswick’s most famous ghost story arguably comes from literary great George Orwell. The 1984 author visited Walberswick in August 1931 and is said to have experienced a ghostly encounter in the Churchyard of St Andrew’s. Orwell wrote a letter to his friend Dennis Collins about the ghost he saw in Walberswick cemetery, going on to describe Walberswick as “a place for the connoisseurs of hauntings [and] is not for those with weak hearts.”
The Walberswick Whistle is also well known. Legend says that a woman got lost in the caves of Walberswick many years ago and her high pitched whistle can still be heard today if you take a moment to stand still and listen carefully.
Of course a visit to Walberswick doesn’t just have to be for ghostly fun, the small village has a beautiful sandy beach and is only a short journey away from the wonderful seaside town of Southwold.
The wonderful village of Dunwich certainly has its fair share of mysterious tales attached to its name.
Dunwich, also know as ‘Britain’s Atlantis’, was once the capital town of Suffolk but was virtually lost to the sea due to severe coastal erosion, triggered after two great storms in 1286 and 1326. Amazingly, the eroded medieval town still survives under the sea and legend says the distant sound of church bells can sometimes be heard chiming from the depths of the sea.
Some people also believe that the village is haunted by two lonely souls. The first is a Victorian squire who gallops on horseback throughout the village at night, the second is a peasant man who is said to have died from a broken heart after falling in love with a upper class woman who refused his pursuits.
Now, we can’t promise that you will hear any bell chimes or see any ghosts if you take a trip to Dunwich but what you will be able to enjoy are some beautiful walks and charming eateries.
Tucked between Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, the small village of Woolpit is most notable for its mythical 12th-century legend of The Green Children.
During the harvest time, as the reapers were working in the fields, it is believed that two young children emerged from wolf pits (deep ditches used to trap wolves) and wandered bewildered into the fields. The children, brother and sister, were normal in appearance apart from the curious green hue to their skin. The reapers took them to the village were they were then raised. As time went on and they began to learn and speak English the girl explained how she and her brother had come from “St Martin's Land, an underground world inhabited by green people.”
Woolpit is definitely worth a visit to soak up more of the village's rich history. Also do take a look at the village sign post which actually depicts the curious tale of the Green Children!
5) Bury St Edmunds
Finally there’s Bury St Edmunds, which is also associated with many tales of ghostly goings on.
One of the famous mythical tales of Bury St Edmunds is that of Mrs Mothersole. Executed for witchcraft during the late 1600s, Mrs Mothersole’s ghost proceeded to haunt her accuser, the local squire of Castringham Hall, with “horrible eight legged spider like beasties”!
Bury St Edmunds also has many other ghostly sightings to its name. The Cathedral, Abbey and the shops along Abbeygate Street are said to be haunted by ghostly monks dressed in brown with witnesses claiming they can sometimes see them gliding around the ruins. A ghost named The Grey Lady is also said to be sighted throughout the town, particularly among the St Saviour’s Hospital ruins.
Whether you believe in ghosts or not the The Abbey and Cathedral are full of history just waiting to be discovered. The bustling town is full of fantastic things to do. Check out our Top 10 Things to Do in Bury St Edmunds for inspiration.
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