Available soon from most Suffolk bookshops and online

Publisher: Halsgrove

ISBN 978 0 85704 326 9

Hardback, 214x230mm,144 pages

Published April 2018

 A small selection of images and captions from Colours of Suffolk:


Suffolk is a county alive with colour. Situated in East Anglia, it offers miles of stunning coastline where picturesque boats sail its waters and multi-hued, wooden huts line its beaches. It has acres of beautiful countryside where colours change with the seasons. It boasts numerous historic towns and villages with pretty, pastel cottages and brightly painted landmarks.


Colours of Suffolk takes the reader on a photographic journey throughout this fine county. It has been created by photographer Mark Staples, who has travelled the length and breadth of Suffolk from his home in Bury St Edmunds to capture over 140 vibrant images depicting scenic coastal views, idyllic country landscapes, historic landmarks and quaint village cottages and churches. 

Mark tends to favour bold colours and these have become a trademark of his work. There is no shortage of colourful scenes to photograph in Suffolk: Colours of Suffolk bears witness to this. Mark’s images have been widely published in regional and national magazines, on postcards, in calendars, in travel guides and tourist brochures both here and abroad. In this superb collection of photographs, Mark brings together some of his favourite Suffolk views, which makes Colours of Suffolk a beautiful keepsake for visitors to the county and locals alike. 

Cattle pose for the camera at Redgrave and Lopham Fen. This National Nature Reserve is managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust and was formed through human activity over many years. Peat digging and the management of reeds for use in thatching contributed to a habitat in which wetland species thrived. After the war, the area was drained and much of the fen dried out, but fortunately, it was saved and is once again rich in plant life.

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The leaning cottage of Cordwainers is one of the most photographed buildings on the High Street of the medieval town of Lavenham and is the source of much wonderment amongst visitors. Records show that this fifteenth-century property was formerly the One Bell Inn, whilst its current name suggests that it once served as a shoemaker’s.

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Its location on the River Orwell made Pin Mill the ideal haunt for smugglers. The smugglers are long gone, but little else has changed in this charming hamlet. It is an idyllic starting point for stimulating nature walks along the River Orwell, whatever the season. Houseboats can be discovered along the way; some are still inhabited, whilst others have long been deserted and lie derelict.

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Once the largest enclosed dock in the UK, the Victorian wet dock in Ipswich has evolved into a vibrant, contemporary waterfront. The extensive, on-going regeneration programme has led to several chic restaurants, bars, cafés and boutiques, as well as these attractive apartments overlooking the moored boats on Neptune Quay. The dock is home to the University of Suffolk and DanceEast, an acclaimed organisation playing a key role in the promotion of dance in the East of England.

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Westleton Heath lies on the east coast in the Sandlings, so called due to its sandy soil. It is a National Nature Reserve where the bright purples and pinks of heather dominate the vast and open landscape in the summer months. The heather plays an important role in providing nectar for the butterflies and other invertebrates, whereas the open scrubland is the ideal environment for the nightjar and the stonechat.

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