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Suffolk Day 2024

Help us celebrate Suffolk Day, with an exclusive day on Suffolk's Secret Coast for Suffolk residents.

  • Booking essential
  • Free event

The sun shines first on Suffolk, so make a plan to enjoy the wonderful landscape and heritage on Orford Ness in a free open day, exclusive to residents of Suffolk.

Space is limited, and you'll need to book in advance. You'll also need to bring proof of a Suffolk address with you on the day.

Times

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 2491895 Space is limited and needs to be booked in advance.

Suitability

Children welcome - please book a ticket for all passengers

Meeting point

Your ticket time includes a 10 minute window to check in at our ticket office on Orford Quay. Your ferry will depart promptly at the end time stated on your booking slot. Please arrive on time.

What to bring and wear

Orford Ness is an exposed coastal location, please dress for the weather!

Accessibility

Access is via our ferry. Depending on the level of tide this will involve negotiating a number of steps which may be slippery.

Other

Our ferry departs every 20 minutes between 10am and 12pm. You will need to book and stick to your outbound ferry time. You are then free to explore as long as you like, as long as you are back before the last ferry to the mainland at 5pm. Please book a ticket for all passengers, including children. If you miss your outbound ferry we may not be able to accommodate you. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your ferry to check in. Proof of Suffolk residency will be required on the day. Sadly, due to ground nesting birds, dogs are not allowed on Orford Ness (except assistance dogs).

Upcoming events

Event

Island of Secrets Walk 

Join us on a walk past the usual 'no entry' signs into the heart of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area and learn about these fascinating buildings.

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on
16 Jun to 13 Oct 2024
at
09:30 to 12:30
+ 4 other dates or times
Event

Orford Ness Half Day Trailer Tour 

Take a leisurely guided tour of the Ness in our 24 seat passenger trailer, including access to the Cold War Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area, normally 'off-limits' to visitors.

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on
22 Jun to 26 Oct 2024
at
09:30 to 12:30
+ 9 other dates or times
Event

Walk With A Ranger 

Want to get a closer insight into why Orford Ness is designated a National Nature Reserve and how our management strategy ensures we protect this fragile landscape? Then join one of our Rangers on a walk through this unique landscape.

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on
26 Jun to 18 Sep 2024
at
09:30 to 12:30
+ 1 other date or time
Event

Young Ranger Day 

Aged 5-12? Want to get up close to the nature that calls Orford Ness home? Then come along to our Young Ranger event and learn how our Rangers care for this amazing place.

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on
7 Aug to 28 Aug 2024
at
10:00 to 14:00
+ 3 other dates or times