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Suffolk Walking Festival - Island of Secrets

Run as part of The Suffolk Walking Festival, discover Suffolk's secret coast.

  • Booking essential

For over 80 years Orford Ness was strictly off limits for the public. The 'island' has a rich military history from the First World War through to the Cold War. Join this tour as we venture through the decades to discover some of the hidden secrets of this unique landscape.

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Prices

Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
All £25.00

The basics

Booking details

Call n/a Booking for this event is made via Suffolk Walking Festival and not the National Trust.

Suitability

Children welcome. Children under 5 free.

Meeting point

Meet at the National Trust Office on Orford Quay. There is no public parking on Orford Quay, please park in the main car park opposite the Jolly Sailor Pub (Pay and display, not National Trust)

What to bring and wear

The site is an exposed coastal location. Please dress for the weather. There are no catering facilities on Orford Ness, please bring your own refreshments.

Accessibility

Access to Orford Ness is via ferry, boarding of which will require negotiating steps, the number of which will depend on the tide. The steps can be slippery.

Upcoming events

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
27 Apr to 26 Oct 2024
at
09:30 to 12:30
+ 13 other dates or times
Event

Stargazing - Overnight on Orford Ness 

The coastal location of Orford Ness offers some truly wonderful views of the night skies, affected only by the ports of Felixstowe to the South and Rotterdam faintly in the East. Join us for an overnight event gazing at the stars on Orford Ness.

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on
27 Apr to 1 Jun 2024
at
17:00 to 23:55
+ 1 other date or time
Event

Overnight Dawn Chorus 

A chance to spend the night on Orford Ness and then rise early to listen to the dawn chorus on the Suffolk Coast.

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on
4 May 2024
at
16:30 to 23:55
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
7 May to 18 Sep 2024
at
09:30 to 12:30
+ 2 other dates or times