There is so much to love about the Suffolk Coast. Here are just a few stories about the people, places and events that make the Suffolk Coast truly special.
Whether it's a relaxation, adventure, culture or cuisine you are hankering after this bank holiday weekend, The Suffolk Coast website has all you need to plan a memorable stay.
Here on the Suffolk Coast, we are completely spoilt with a huge selection of local food and drink producers, selling jams, honey, Suffolk-cured ham, strawberries, asparagus, breads, cheeses and ales... you name it, we make it!
Today The Suffolk Coast village of Orford
is famous for it's nature conservation, hosting RSPB Sanctuary Halvergate Island
; home to waders, seasbirds and avocets. But it didn't always have such a tranquil atmosphere.
Holidays are for spending quality time with those near and dear to you; you wouldn’t dream of leaving a family member at home, and luckily for you, with a holiday on The Suffolk Coast, your four-legged friend can come along too!
Traditional charm, modern opulence or boutique style, whatever your preference the hotels on The Suffolk Coast are sure to make a memorable stay.
Visitors to the Suffolk Coast are spoilt for choice when it comes to a little indulgence and that very English pastime of taking afternoon tea.
With its open spaces and stunning countryside, the Suffolk coast is an ideal destination for anyone wanting to spend a night under the stars.
If you listen to the experts they’ll say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a proper breakfast will ensure you’re set up for whatever the day ahead brings. But a good breakfast is much more than that.
Benjamin Britten was inspired by the Suffolk coast throughout his lifetime. From his birth in Lowestoft in 1913 to his death in 1976 Britten’s life was dominated by his affection for Suffolk and the Suffolk Coast. From the age of seven the young composer had started work here. His final opera Death in Venice was written in the county while Britten staved off his inevitable heart surgery, making use of the opera’s necessary completion as an excuse.
James Fletcher is a photographer and artist based on the Suffolk coast. Having worked in fashion and journalism he now owns his own business, working within East Anglia and the UK as well as regularly producing fine art commissions, exhibitions and conducting humanitarian assignments abroad for a variety of clients. In his own words he ‘lives, breaths and sleeps photography’.
There are few places better on The Suffolk Coast to enjoy the blue skies and sunshine than Orford,
a small fishing village known for its bounty of excellent local food and peaceful atmosphere.
The Suffolk Coast is undoubtedly the spiritual home of artisan baking, and there’s one bakery that never fails to be full of customers coming in for their morning coffee and pastry, for a loaf of the day’s freshly baked bread or for the delicious treats displayed temptingly in the window: The Two Magpies Bakery
The Anchor in Walberswick has been awarded 36th position in the Top 50 Gastro Pub Awards 2014. The “Budweiser Budvar” Top 50 Gastropub Awards are prestigious, voted for by the sponsor’s panel of judges.
At this quirky 1940s-style tearoom in Southwold on The Suffolk Coast, you’re always guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome. The Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom is open every day during the summer and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the winter, and serves a range of tasty hot breakfasts and lunches, and fresh homemade snacks.
Walk the planks of this curious seaside attraction that stretches out over the waves on Suffolk’s picturesque coastline. Dangle your legs towards the sea, and bathe in the sunshine.
Where to stay, what to do and where to eat in Woodbridge.
This recipe was part of The Artisan Smokehouse‘s top award winning dish at The Great British Foodies competition at Tate Britain this year. It’s ideal for an appetiser or as a cheese course for a festive meal. It only takes 10 minutes to make and can be made days in advance!
The Suffolk Coast is well known for being a place for walkers and cyclists. Gorgeous heather, dramatic coastal views, pretty villages, and golden fields await the explorer, along with rivers, streams and tributaries.
Walking through Henham Park near Southwold on a summer’s day, when the sunlight shimmers on the lake and a breeze rustles through the trees, it’s easy to see why this place was chosen as the home of Latitude Festival.
The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout is a small tower overlooking one of the most famous beaches on The Suffolk Coast.
George Orwell is one of The Suffolk Coast’s most famous historical figures. Not only was the River Orwell inspiration for his own name (he was actually born Eric Arthur Blair), he also lived here for five years, from 1929 to 1935, in the famously beautiful seaside town of Southwold.
The Suffolk Coast has a myriad of quirky independent businesses, from award-winning village shops to ancient hotels that rank among the best in the world. Included in this category is In Da Cottage, an antique and furniture shop that provides its visitors with a very unique experience.
The good people at Friday Street Farm have come up with this delicious recipe for pumpkin soup, made using their own Crown Prince blue pumpkins, which you can buy from the Friday Street Farm Shop.
There aren’t many businesses that demonstrate the field-to-fork philosophy that gave The Suffolk Coast its foodie reputation quite as well as B Chocolates – except in their case, it’s more like the hive-to-hand philosophy.
Situated on Southwold’s busy High Street amongst bakeries, cafés and independent shops is The Crown Hotel, a warm and lively hotel, wine bar, pub and restaurant that, according to the Good Pub Guide, is the best dining pub in Suffolk!
The Suffolk Coast and the fishing industry have been intertwined since man first walked on these unique shores and for thousand of years Suffolk fishermen have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with the sea, relying on their catches for both their food and their livelihood.
Adnams is well known across the country for its delicious beers, and for its selection of wines sourced from around the world. But Adams’ beers and wines are just a part of their drinks repertoire. Its lesser known that Adnams also make a range of fine spirits, which are distilled and bottled right here on the Suffolk Coast at the Copper House Distillery, Southwold.
The Suffolk Coast is renowned for its abundance of fresh food, and the thriving farmers’ markets up and down the Suffolk Coast are a testament to the growing demand for good, local produce. But what to do when the next farmers’ market is two weeks away, and your fridge is bare? Snape Maltings has the answer: the Fresh Food Pantry!
The award-winning Pump Street Bakery, based in Orford, has joined forces with Snape Maltings.
Named by Rick Stein as bona fide Food Heroes, Emmett’s of Peasenhall are well-known for making succulent and delicious traditionally-smoked ham. Mark from Emmett’s has given us his acclaimed ham recipe, which has had its praises sung since it was featured on Rick Stein’s show. This is Mark’s perfect ham recipe; it’s simple to do and produces excellent results:
Johnny Spillings, culinary maestro at The Penny Bun Bakehouse, has offered up this delectable little recipe for you to enjoy at home. Having learnt his craft while working with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir, Johnny went on to start his own business in 2010, The Penny Bun Bakehouse, and has since been providing hand-crafted bread and baked goods to the restaurant and catering industry in Suffolk and Norfolk. “Soufflés may sound daunting,” says Johnny, “but this is a quick, light and easy recipe using banana as a replacement for the crème pâtissière base. They are lovely served with vanilla ice cream.”
The Pump Street Bakery has been chosen as a joint winner in the 2012 BBC Food and Farming Awards. The artisan bakery in Orford now shares the title of “Best Food Producer” with the Westcombe Dairy in Somerset.
There are few pleasures in life simpler than a good walk, especially one that takes you past interesting landmarks and beautiful views before ending at a cosy pub. That’s why Adnams have teamed up with the online walking guide iFootpath to create a series of pub walks through The Suffolk Coast countryside.
If you’ve ever had a stressful job in the city, you’ll know that there’s no better feeling than escaping for a weekend to somewhere with clean air and wide open skies where you can blow off steam. One such place is Peloton Training on The Suffolk Coast, where you can de-stress, meet like-minded people and train for a triathlon all at the same time, without having to take time off work.
The fresh air and relatively flat landscape make The Suffolk Coast ideal for cycling, whatever your ability. One of our favourite routes is The Suffolk Coastal Cycle Route, a circular signed route that takes you from Felixstowe to Dunwich on quiet roads along the coast, before looping inland via the market towns of Framlingham and Woodbridge.
The Orwell Valley on the Suffolk Coast is recognized around the world for its rich wetland habitat and impotent wildlife, not to mention its numerous woodlands, which at this time of year are likely to be blanked in a rippling carpet of bluebells. This feature walk explores a section of the Orwell Valley, taking in the historic villages of Wherstead and Freston, and the gloriously springy Freston Wood.
Distance: 4 miles / 7 kilometres
This 11km/6.8 mile walk in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB takes you through the historic village of Dunwich, and along a stretch of Walberswick’s rugged beach.
For many years, Thorpeness was merely a tiny fishing hamlet, just north of Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast. However, in 1910 a Scottish barrister and dandy bought the hamlet and the surrounding area, from the north of Aldeburgh to the village of Sizewell, and inland to Leiston. Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie had big plans for Thorpeness, and gradually he began to transform it into a private fantasy holiday village.
December 2012 saw the long awaited reopening of the Sailor’s Path, which had been restored and upgraded in a joint effort by Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, Suffolk Secrets, Suffolk County Council and the AONB’s EU Balance project.
The Suffolk Coast is packed with fantastic trails and footpaths just waiting to be explored, and the ‘Easy Going Trails’ pack means it’s now even easier to experience the area’s beauty and wildlife first hand.
The Suffolk Coast and Heaths team have teamed up with Adnams to produce a collection of wonderful pub walks, taking you across the length and breadth of the Suffolk Coast.
We spoke to Emma Hibbert at Adnams about the pub walk packs Adnams created with Suffolk Coast and Heaths.
Minsmere is deservedly popular as a visitor destination. However, it is possible to still get a taste of the reserve experienced by visitors in the early years of the reserve with this walk, which skirts the edge of the RSPB reserve and its famous neighbour, the National Trust’s Dunwich Heath.
Marc Brown is an artist living and working on the Suffolk Coast. Like many artists that make their home here, Marc is drawn to the many-faceted coastline as the subject matter of his art. What makes him different is that, more than any other artist we’ve spoken to, Marc knows and understands the mercurial, playful and sometimes dangerous nature of the sea. His latest photographic work, a visceral collection called The Sea Chronicle, documents a year of daily swims in the North Sea. We asked him to tell us a bit more about it, and about the calm, spacious oil paintings of coastal scenes that provide its perfect contrast…
The Suffolk Coast has a thriving folk music scene, which reaches its zenith every summer with the FolkEast Festival at Glemham Hall. And not only is the Suffolk Coast the perfect environment in which to write and perform folk music: with its mythic history, ruinous abbeys and mysterious legends, the Suffolk Coast also makes excellent folk song subject matter.
Anthony Cullen has an impressive photographic history. He’s documented an epic trans-European journey from Birmingham to Bejing, been dubbed photographer of the year and worked for prestigious, household-name clients for twenty years. After such an eventful career, Cullen has now settled with his family on the Suffolk Coast, and runs his own photography courses from his studio in Pin Mill. We asked him to tell us a little about himself.
Mark Ward is an artist, living and painting in Halesworth on the Suffolk Coast. He moved to the area fifteen years ago, drawn there by the abundance of birds, the year-round music at Aldeburgh and Snape, and the beauty of the coast itself. However, even though Mark is attracted to the coastal landscapes surrounding his home, they do not feature in his work. In fact, he paints scenes of an altogether more dreamlike kind.
There are galleries dotted across the Suffolk coast and exhibitions all year round which cater for all types of art lover. From accurate depictions of the landscape to abstract, from painting to photography to sculpture, there’s an abundance of art to delight even the most critical critic.
If you’ve ever wanted to find out more about Southwold, or simply have an hour or two to spare of an afternoon, then we can thoroughly recommend a trip to Southwold Museum.
For over a century the picturesque seaside town of Walberswick has inspired generations of artists. Looking back with fondness on summer vacations and days on the beach, the stunning scenery has encouraged artists to capture the beauty of the Suffolk coast in their work.
The Suffolk coastal town of Aldeburgh is renowned for its musical heritage and this is largely due to the Britten-Pears legacy.
Local artist Maggi Hambling’s work is profoundly influenced by her Suffolk childhood and visits to the Suffolk Coast.