An all-seasons destination, there’s no doubt that The Suffolk Coast is a popular choice for a summer holiday, but head here during the colder months and you get a completely different experience, we’ve picked just a few reasons you should visit during the winter…
1. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to deserted beaches
During Summer, many of The Suffolk Coast’s beaches are a popular destination for holiday-makers, but in the winter, they take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.
Check out: Walberswick, Shingle Street, Kessingland and Covehithe for the ultimate ‘get away from it all’ experience.
2.You can grab a bargain!
Not only can you take advantage of some great last-minute and winter offers, you can make the most of lower ‘out of season’ prices on self-catering cottages, apartments and houses as well as bed and breakfasts and hotels.
Check out our ‘Where To Stay’ listings and use the accommodation finder to get yourself a bargain break!
3. Burn off some Christmas calories!
If you over-indulged during the Christmas period, then The Suffolk Coast is the ideal place to burn off a few of those festive pounds! As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are plenty of places to head out into the great outdoors for an invigorating walk. Whilst you’re out, you can spot some of the UKs rarest birds, so remember to pack the binoculars!
For downloadable maps and guides, check out our ‘Walking Guide’.
4. Enjoy seasonal food and live entertainment at a local pub
You can experience something a bit different at a Suffolk Coast pub this winter...
Take a culinary trip around the world with a ‘Sail Away Supper’ at The Ship Inn, Levington on 26th January, enjoy a selection of wines handpicked by experts to compliment a 3-course dinner at one of the Food and Wine Pairing Dinners at The Westleton Crown and experience in an old Suffolk custom at the Wassail Night at The Sweffling White Horse; during which the ‘Old Glory’ Molly Dancers will perform their dark and mysterious Wassail dance on Saturday 21st January.
For pubs, restaurants and places to eat on The Suffolk Coast, head to our 'Food & Drink' guide.
5. Dogs have free reign!
The Suffolk Coast is a dog-friendly destination year-round, but during the summer months, there are restrictions on some of the beaches. Not the case in winter! Your 4-legged friend can enjoy a paddle in the North Sea, a roll around in the sand and a game of fetch right along the coast. Not forgetting spots such as Rendlesham Forest, Beccles Common, Halesworth Millenium Green and the riverside walk in Woodbridge, should you prefer to stay away from those bracing sea winds!
We’ve plenty of ‘dog friendly’ accommodation available too, so your dog can join you for a quiet drink in front of a roaring fire at the end of the day.
For downloadable maps and walking routes, head to our Walking Guide for inspiration!
6. Great Golf all year!
Experience winter golf at its best at Thorpeness Golf Club which is open 365 days a year, Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club; the 5th oldest club in England and the only true links course in Suffolk, Woodbridge Golf Club which has two courses; an 18-hole heathland course and a 9-hole forest course, and Ufford Park; voted top winter golf course by Today’s Golfer magazine.
7. It’s oyster season!
Although served all year round, Oysters are at their best during the winter months. During your visit, be sure to pay a trip to The Butley Orford Oysterage where you can enjoy a delicious bowl of freshly caught Pinney’s Oysters or Oyster soup, as well as a delicious selection of seasonal fish including smoked trout, smoked mackerel, griddled prawns, skate wings and fish pie to name but a few.
And remember to stop by the shop too and take a taste of The Suffolk Coast home with you.
8. You can learn something new
From stargazing at RSPB Minsmere, wildlife photography days with Wild Adventures Under Suffolk's Skiesand pizza making at Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold, to music, singing and dance sessions as part of FolkEast's Sandlings Sessions and a stained glass workshop in Felixstowe – a trip to The Suffolk Coast in winter is the perfect opportunity to learn something new.
For full event listings, visit our ‘What’s On’ guide.