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.
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.
Pictures of brightly coloured beach huts are synonymous with The Suffolk Coast; from the simple wooden shed, to the extravagantly painted hut with veranda, beach hut living is not just for the summer months, for some, it’s a way of life.
With miles of winding quiet country roads, coastal paths and riverside tracks, The Suffolk Coast is the ideal place for all levels of cyclist; from families with children to those wanting to set off at a slightly more demanding pace.
This weekend, festival-goers from across the land will be making their way to Glemham for a celebration of folk and traditional music as FolkEast gets underway!
The British summer can be a bit hit and miss. But whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring down, there's a day out on The Suffolk Coast to entertain the whole family.
With miles of beautiful coastline, The Suffolk Coast is fast becoming a top spot for kitesurfing in the UK. We spoke to Andre Smith from Airborne Kitesurf to discover how you can have your own kitesurfing experience this summer...
The Suffolk Coast is a haven for wildlife photographers. As an area of outstanding natural beauty, home to RSPB Minsmere
and RSPB Havergate Island, there are plenty of opportunities to capture on camera some of our rare wildlife.
The summer holidays can be expensive and the six week break hard to fill, but here on The Suffolk Coast you don't have to spend a penny to have a fun, memory-making day out...
The Suffolk Coast is famous for it's sunrises, and boy are they spectacular! We've picked our top 5 places to see the sunrise, so pack a flask of tea, set your alarm and head to The Suffolk Coast...
If you've driven along the A12 near Glemham recently, you may have spotted a rather unusual addition to the landscape...
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.
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.
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?
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...
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!
With the school holidays fast approaching, we've put together a few ideas for great family days out on The Suffolk Coast this summer...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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
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!
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'
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Suffolk coastal town of Aldeburgh is renowned for its musical heritage and this is largely due to the Britten-Pears legacy.
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.
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!
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.
Local artist Maggi Hambling’s work is profoundly influenced by her Suffolk childhood and visits to the Suffolk Coast.