Newmarket and Aldeburgh will host the Suffolk stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain on Friday 8 September.

Stage Six of Britain’s premier road cycling race will take place entirely within Suffolk, a first for the county, heading east from Newmarket to the finish in the centre of Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk Coast, with the race again sponsored by Suffolk brewer Adnams.

Among the towns who can look forward to welcoming the world’s top professional cyclists during the 183-kilometre stage this September are Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds, Eye, Framlingham and Woodbridge.

Full Stage ETAs and details of the intermediate SKODA King of the Mountains and Eisberg Sprints will be published here in the build up to the race so please keep checking back here.

About Suffolk

Suffolk: a place you can unwind in. Situated on the east coast of England, it is a county filled with natural beauty, bordered by 50 miles of glorious coastline, and topped with breath-taking skies. Its charming villages and medieval towns draw in artists and writers, while its bounty of great produce and restaurants make it a special spot for foodies.

Start your tour of Suffolk in Newmarket the world-famous birthplace and home of British horseracing. Annually, two of the five British Classic Races are held here, plus countless racing days and the July Festival, the most glamourous event in the racing calendar.  The recently opened National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and British Sporting Art is a world-class centre for sport and culture, and can be found in the heart of the town.

Newmarket horse racing

Through the oldest lowland forests in England, with excellent off-road cycle and footpaths in Brandon in Thetford Forest to an Anglo Saxon village at West Stow there is something new to see around every corner.

The historic town of Bury St Edmunds is the jewel in Suffolk’s crown with Cathedral, Abbey Gardens, independent and high street shopping.  Here you will find a range of restaurants from French fine-dining to cosy cafes all located along medieval lanes and modern shopping centres. Town centre boutique hotels provide the perfect place for a relaxing stay in this charming town.

Winding through beautiful country lanes and villages with colour-washed cottages, you can relax and take in the country air.  Visit Eye Castle, follow the guided tour by foot around this charming town that has so much history or take a circular country walk.  The majestic Framlingham Castle overlooks this notable town with boutique shops and restaurants.

Head south towards Ipswich, one of the oldest towns in the country, and its fascinating history is matched only by its cutting-edge arts and culture scene.  See a performance at Dance East, the home of dance in the region or take a cruise on the River Orwell from the fine waterfront marina. Visit theatres, museums, and parks before heading to one of the many restaurants and bars, many serving locally produced food and ales.

Further towards the Suffolk coast is Woodbridge, a beautiful riverside town with plenty of things to see and do.  Here you can enjoy the atmosphere of a busy market town that has deep connections to the water.  The Tide Mill, is an historic 800-year-old water mill where you can discover what life was like for a miller and his family, and on certain days watch flour being milled in traditional fashion by a waterwheel and millstones.

Heading further to the coast through the forests and heathlands, a must stop-over is Snape Maltings, with its world-class Concert Hall, holding year-round concerts and festivals.  Set on the River Alde, from here you can take walks to see the unique Suffolk bird-life, along with shops, pubs and restaurants.  The annual Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival takes place here every September.

Aldeburgh, one of Suffolk’s favourite coastal towns, that has captured the hearts of many artists through the centuries.  Explore the quaint high street with coloured houses and plenty of independent shops and cafes. Take fresh fried fish and chips to eat on the beach, alongside the Maggi Hambling Scallop sculpture and enjoy the views out across the sea.

The Scallop by Maggi Hambling Aldeburgh

Visit www.visitsuffolk.com to find out more about this captivating county and plan your visit.