The Suffolk Coast

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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.
Win a Suffolk Coast Experience! <br> with our  '6 Weeks of Summer' Prize Giveaway

Win a Suffolk Coast Experience!
with our '6 Weeks of Summer' Prize Giveaway

To celebrate the start of the summer holidays, we will be giving away a fantastic prize every week for the next 6 weeks, courtesy of some of the fantastic attractions, eateries and places to stay here on The Suffolk Coast.

It's BBQ Time!

It's BBQ Time!

When it comes to local food producers, we are spoilt for choice here on The Suffolk Coast. So, as summer gets into full swing, don your apron, fire up the coals and make your barbecue one your friends and family will talk about for weeks to come.

Summer walks for you and your 4 legged friend

Summer walks for you and your 4 legged friend

The beautiful Suffolk Coast has always been a favourite destination for dog lovers with its lush green countryside, coastal paths and miles of glorious beaches.

Grab yourself a bargain at a car boot on The Suffolk Coast

Grab yourself a bargain at a car boot on The Suffolk Coast

We all love to bag ourselves a bargain and where better to do so than at one of the plentiful car boot sales across the Suffolk Coast?

Pick Your Own on The Suffolk Coast

Pick Your Own on The Suffolk Coast

With summer in full swing, it’s that time of year when local food producers open their doors for you to pick your own fruit and veg...

The Ultimate Guide to Latitude

The Ultimate Guide to Latitude

It’s summer on The Suffolk Coast which can only mean one thing – time for The Latitude Festival! Celebrating its 10th birthday this year, this ever popular annual event which takes place at Henham Park near Southwold, will this Thursday 16th July be welcoming thousands of excited visitors - whether they are coming along for the day or soaking up the atmosphere all weekend camping out under the stars.

We've put together the ultimate guide, so whether you are a weekender or day-tripper, you will have all the information you will need to make your experience a memorable one!

Great Family Days Out on the Suffolk Coast

Great Family Days Out on the Suffolk Coast

With the school holidays fast approaching, we've put together a few ideas for great family days out on The Suffolk Coast this summer...

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Say "I Do" with a Wedding on The Suffolk Coast

Do you dream of saying "I Do" on the beautiful Suffolk Coast? Be it a converted barn, a boutique hotel or a country estate, a wedding on The Suffolk Coast is sure to make all your dreams come true.

Suffolk Coast Festivals Guide

Suffolk Coast Festivals Guide

Headline acts, Americana, jazz and folk, summer on The Suffolk Coast is a music-lover’s dream, with a huge range of festivals that kick off this weekend.

Don't you just love a fete!

Don't you just love a fete!

Quintessentially British, the village fete is a summer tradition that we love here on The Suffolk Coast... be it a traditional country fair, a school fete or a summer fun day there's sure to be something happening for you to enjoy!

Top 5 Suffolk Coast Books

Top 5 Suffolk Coast Books

As the Felixstowe Book Festival and Southwold Arts Festival commence, we thought we would explore the books that have been written by local authors and are set on our beautiful Suffolk Coast...

Explore The Suffolk Coast on Two Wheels

Explore The Suffolk Coast on Two Wheels

The county of Suffolk and in particular our beautiful Suffolk Coast has become a mecca for cyclists. With rolling countryside, coastal roads and winding country lanes, a day out on two wheels is the perfect way to explore our coastline.

Explore Southwold's History

Explore Southwold's History

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.

Walberswick Artists

Walberswick Artists

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.

Love Asparagus? Head for The Suffolk Coast

Love Asparagus? Head for The Suffolk Coast

Asparagus – One of the most sought after vegetables with its delicately tender succulent spears and unique, delicious taste. Cook it simply by steaming and serving with salted butter, this delicacy delivers a real treat to the taste buds in the short time it’s in season.

Make Fathers Day special on The Suffolk Coast

Make Fathers Day special on The Suffolk Coast

With Fathers day fast approaching you may well have plans to treat Dad to a restful day and let him relax with his feet up for an hour or two...

Cool Children's Parties on The Suffolk Coast

Cool Children's Parties on The Suffolk Coast

Long gone are the days when children were content with ‘jelly and ice cream’ parties at home - In fact some youngsters and their parents spend months planning for their birthday celebrations and the more original the idea the better!

Thorpeness Named as One of Britain's Best Villages!

Thorpeness Named as One of Britain's Best Villages!

With it's long beach, unique architecture and the magical Meare, it's not hard to see why Thorpeness has been named as one of Britain's Best Villages by Conde Nast Traveller

It's Ice Cream Time!

It's Ice Cream Time!

In the summer time when the weather is hot... Whether it’s Tutti-Frutti, Rum and Raisin or simply good old Vanilla flavour, a summer’s Day on the Suffolk Coast is not really complete without an ice cream!

Children's Viewing Sculpture Competition

Children's Viewing Sculpture Competition

Aldeburgh Music and Suffolk Coastal District Council have announced a competition for an outdoor sculpture for children at Snape Maltings.

'Push the Boat Out' Success for the East Anglian Sailing Trust

'Push the Boat Out' Success for the East Anglian Sailing Trust

Last month, the East Anglian Sailing Trust (EAST), a charity that offers sailing for the blind and disables, ran a very successful taster week on the River Orwell at Suffolk Yacht Habour, Ipswich as part of he Royal Yachting Association's national 'Push the Boat Out' initiative.

The Suffolk Coast chats to the Springwatch 2015 Presenters

The Suffolk Coast chats to the Springwatch 2015 Presenters

BBC Springwatch is back on our screens, coming live every evening from RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve right here on The Suffolk Coast and we were invited to Minsmere to interview presenters Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games

Top Picnic Spots on The Suffolk Coast

Top Picnic Spots on The Suffolk Coast

What better way to entertain the kids this half term than packing up the picnic hamper and heading out across The Suffolk Coast for a spot of al fresco dining

Dog-friendly hotels and cottages on The Suffolk Coast

Dog-friendly hotels and cottages on The Suffolk Coast

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!

BBC Springwatch Returns to RSPB Minsmere

BBC Springwatch Returns to RSPB Minsmere

From next Monday 25th May, our tranquil corner of the coast will be appearing on televisions across the world as BBC Springwatch returns to RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve.

Plan your Bank Holiday Weekend on The Suffolk Coast

Plan your Bank Holiday Weekend on The Suffolk Coast

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.

History and Mystery Await you in Orford

History and Mystery Await you in Orford

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.

Stay in a Suffolk Coast Hotel this Bank Holiday

Stay in a Suffolk Coast Hotel this Bank Holiday

Traditional charm, modern opulence or boutique style, whatever your preference the hotels on The Suffolk Coast are sure to make a memorable stay.

Quintessentially British; Afternoon Tea

Quintessentially British; Afternoon Tea

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.

Camping on The Suffolk Coast

Camping on The Suffolk Coast

With its open spaces and stunning countryside, the Suffolk coast is an ideal destination for anyone wanting to spend a night under the stars.

Britten-Pears Legacy Lives On In Aldeburgh

Britten-Pears Legacy Lives On In Aldeburgh

The Suffolk coastal town of Aldeburgh is renowned for its musical heritage and this is largely due to the Britten-Pears legacy.

Breakfast on The Suffolk Coast

Breakfast on The Suffolk Coast

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: One Of Britains Best Loved Musicians

Benjamin Britten: One Of Britains Best Loved Musicians

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 On His Suffolk Coast

James Fletcher On His Suffolk Coast

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’.

The Crown And Castle, Orford

The Crown And Castle, Orford

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 Two Magpies Bakery

The Two Magpies Bakery

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 in Southwold.

The Anchor At Walberswick In Top 50 Gastro Pub Awards

The Anchor At Walberswick In Top 50 Gastro Pub Awards

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.

Southwold Boating Lake And Tea Room

Southwold Boating Lake And Tea Room

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.

Enjoying Southwold Pier

Enjoying Southwold Pier

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.

A Weekend In Woodbridge

A Weekend In Woodbridge

Where to stay, what to do and where to eat in Woodbridge.

Smoked Stilton And Pecan Nut Pate

Smoked Stilton And Pecan Nut Pate

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!

Channel Crossings - The Suffolk Coast Ferries

Channel Crossings - The Suffolk Coast Ferries

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.

What Makes Latitude Festival So Special

What Makes Latitude Festival So Special

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

The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout

The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout is a small tower overlooking one of the most famous beaches on The Suffolk Coast.

Stay In George Orwells' Old Home

Stay In George Orwells' Old Home

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.

In Da Cottage

In Da Cottage

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.

Blue Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Blue Pumpkin Soup Recipe

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.

B Chocolate: Creating A Buzz On The Suffolk Coast

B Chocolate: Creating A Buzz On The Suffolk Coast

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.

The Crown Wins Best Dining Pub In Suffolk

The Crown Wins Best Dining Pub In Suffolk

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 Orford Fishermen

The Orford Fishermen

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.

The Adnams Copper House Distillery

The Adnams Copper House Distillery

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 Fresh Food Pantry At Snape Maltings

The Fresh Food Pantry At Snape Maltings

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!

Pump Street Bakery At Snape Maltings

Pump Street Bakery At Snape Maltings

The award-winning Pump Street Bakery, based in Orford, has joined forces with Snape Maltings.

Perfect Ham Recipe From Emmett's Of Peasenhall

Perfect Ham Recipe From Emmett's Of Peasenhall

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:

Souffle Recipe From The Penny Bun Bakehouse

Souffle Recipe From The Penny Bun Bakehouse

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 Is An Award Winner

The Pump Street Bakery Is An Award Winner

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.

Adnams Pub Walks With Ifootpath

Adnams Pub Walks With Ifootpath

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.

Triathlon Training On The Suffolk Coast

Triathlon Training On The Suffolk Coast

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.

Cycling On The Suffolk Coast

Cycling On The Suffolk Coast

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.

Feature Walk: Wherstead And Freston Wood

Feature Walk: Wherstead And Freston Wood

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

Terrain: Easy

Feature Walk: Dunwich And Walberswick Beach

Feature Walk: Dunwich And Walberswick Beach

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.

Feature Walk: Thorpeness

Feature Walk: Thorpeness

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.

Feature Walk: Sailor's Path

Feature Walk: Sailor's Path

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.

Access The Suffolk Coast

Access The Suffolk Coast

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.

Pub Walks On The Suffolk Coast

Pub Walks On The Suffolk Coast

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.

Emma Hibbert, Head Of Corporate Affairs, Adnams, Southwold

Emma Hibbert, Head Of Corporate Affairs, Adnams, Southwold

We spoke to Emma Hibbert at Adnams about the pub walk packs Adnams created with Suffolk Coast and Heaths.

Feature Walk: Minsmere

Feature Walk: Minsmere

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 And The Sea Chronicle

Marc Brown And The Sea Chronicle

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…

Dunwich Bells: A Modern Folk Song

Dunwich Bells: A Modern Folk Song

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, Photographer and Tutor

Anthony Cullen, Photographer and Tutor

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, Artist

Mark Ward, Artist

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.

Farmers Markets on The Suffolk Coast

Farmers Markets on The Suffolk Coast

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!

Art On The Suffolk Coast

Art On The Suffolk Coast

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.

Maggi Hambling: Suffolk's Global Artist

Maggi Hambling: Suffolk's Global Artist

Local artist Maggi Hambling’s work is profoundly influenced by her Suffolk childhood and visits to the Suffolk Coast.

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