The county of Suffolk, situated in the historic region of East Anglia, is best described as a rural gem, still heavily relying o agriculture and tourism to contribute towards its economy.
Suffolk has a collection of traditional market towns and villages, with a central cluster known as the Suffolk Wool Towns, becoming the catalyse for Mediaeval England's booming textile trade. With this, flocks of weavers accompanied visiting trade, building the backbone of the lavish local architecture that survives today with Lavenham. Still home to a whole host of exquisite listed buildings, Lavenham holds the legacy of 'England's Best Preserved Mediaeval Village'.
Stretching from Lowestoft to the river Strour, Suffolk's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are a popular landscape to visit. The AONB landscapes across the county protect heathland, reed beds, salt-marsh and mud-flats, a rich mixture of unique and vulnerable lowland landscapes, all of which are under pressure of change. Suffolk's AONB constitute one of the most significant wildlife areas in Britain, including three National Nature Reserves, many Sites of Special Scientific Interest and the RSPB's Minsmere Reserve.
Other visitor activity in the county includes Aldeburgh's major summer arts festival, the increasing popularity of watersports in Suffolk's many estuaries; and wildlife in Banham Zoo, Oasis Camel centre and Africa Alive Safari experience.