The Suffolk Coast
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A Day of Beach Exploring on The Suffolk Coast

When there are so many fabulous beaches here on the Suffolk Coast, it seems such a shame not to spend a day exploring them all!

Perhaps that’s a rather tall order in just one day, so we’ve put together a little itinerary which will help you to discover the wonders of the Suffolk Coast’s shores…

9am -We'll head off from Lowestoft first – a bustling and popular seaside resort with an expanse of award winning Blue Flag Beach. In the height of the summer the sands are thronging with excited children who are keen to start excavating with their buckets and spades. You’ll be doing well if you don’t succumb to the familiar waft of freshly cooked fish and chips which taste so much nicer when eaten in the fresh air! There’s no shortage of kiosks offering similarly tempting refreshments, and you really can’t leave without sampling one of the many flavours of fluffy ice-creams!

10.30am - Head slightly south to the quieter sands of  Kessingland – here you’ll escape the hustle and bustle and maybe catch up with some reading whilst the kids go armed with their buckets on a hunt for hidden treasure…

12 noon- Next stop is the quintessentially English town of  Southwold. So popular is this little gem of a seaside resort that many stars of stage and screen have set up home here – if you come face to face with someone who seems very familiar, the chances are you are brushing shoulders with the rich and famous!

Southwold is well known for so many things – the quirky shops and trendy boutiques, home of Adnams Brewery and its line-up of chalky coloured beach huts, but most of all, visitors to the town flock to the illustrious pier. Get ready to experience the eccentric British seaside at its best!

Southwold Pier sits beside the award winning sands and is the hub of the beach scene here – choose to sample fish and chips at its best, wander around the fascinating shops or have fun in in the amusement arcade but don’t leave before you’ve seen the cheeky water clock in action!

2 pm – We have arrived at Walberswick, where a lovely little sand dune backed beach sits just across the River Blythe from Southwold. A walk in the other direction will take you past the Walberswick Nature Reserve with its mix of marsh and heathland then onward to.…

3.30pm - Dunwich Beach – another little seaside haven packed with a collection fisherman’s huts and boats and a small café to grab a refreshing cuppa. Here you’ll find a long stretch of shingle beach which is great for discovering unusual stones and enjoying a game of Ducks and Drakes by the shore!

5pm – We’re slowly working our way south to the delightful and quirky village of  Thorpeness, famous for the Peter Pan inspired Meare, mock Tudor buildings and ‘House in the Clouds’. The beach here consists of steeply shelving shingle, with some sand at low tide. Dunes and low cliffs start to the north of Thorpeness, whilst the southern end forms the Haven Nature Reserve.

6.30pm – Our whistle stop tour brings us to the final beach of the day- the rather exclusive town of Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh’s sand and shingle beach is one of the best known of all Suffolk's beaches. Backing on to this pretty seaside town, there are no shortage of facilities either.

There is plenty to explore on and around the beach. Along the beach front are any number of quirky historic buildings. These include the 400 year old Moot Hall, a Martello tower, a converted windmill and a Norman church.

There is cultural heritage here too; composer Benjamin Britten is strongly linked with the town and there is a monument to him on the beach - the Scallop. However, it has been said that one of the best cultural experiences to be had in Aldeburgh is the fish and chips which have been rated as the best on the Suffolk Coast! (Notice the reoccurring theme happening here?!)

The beautiful seaside resort of  Felixstowe is about a 40 minute drive from Aldeburgh, making it a little too far away to tag on to our day of beach exploration on the Suffolk Coast. However, make sure you set another day aside to check out the town’s fantastic beach which slopes gently to the sea in a sheltered bay. It’s backed by a promenade which is level with the beach and behind the prom you’ll find the exquisite gardens which are always a popular destination with families.


Things to see and do


Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager is the perfect activity for all ages ranging from families with children to work groups.


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Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold

So much more than glorious cream teas and freshly baked cakes and pastries, tasty breakfasts, lunches and homemade snacks - Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom is one of the gems of Southwold.

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Dog friendly


Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches 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.


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Felixstowe - Beach Hut - Tourist Information Point

Felixstowe - Beach Hut - Tourist Information Point

Tourist Information including a range of leaflets and guides to help during your visit are available within two Beach Huts.


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Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

Southwold

Southwold is a popular destination for the many visitors to the East Coast and its most prominent attraction, the pier, hosts a wide range of things to see and do.

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Deben Boat Trips

Deben Boat Trips

Join the 'Oystercatcher' for a 30 minute river trip. Departing from The Quay, Waldringfield.

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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The newly restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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Visitor Information Point - Spots (Southwold Post Office Toys and Stationary)

Visitor Information Point - Spots (Southwold Post Office Toys and Stationary)

One of Southwold’s Visitor Information Points is located within the popular SPOTS (Southwold Post Office Toys and Stationery) retail outlet, who stock a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.

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events


HighTide Festival 2016

HighTide Festival 2016

Aldeburgh | Thu 08th - Sun 18th Sep 2016

HighTide is a theatre company producing new plays in an annual festival in Aldeburgh and on tour.

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WHERE TO EAT


The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship at Dunwich

Dunwich

There's plenty to enjoy on The Ship's menu from: pie of the day, slow-cooked pork belly, or roast red onion tart through to traditional English puddings like sticky toffee, pear and blackberry crumble and much more, accompanied by good wines at sensible prices, or proper beers and ales - including Adnams and a range of guest ales.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Cream Tea Island at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Cream Tea Island at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold

Inside, the tearoom can seat 16 people comfortably, with far more seating available outside. Families and friends can also hire the venue for birthday parties, anniversaries, mother and toddler groups, small wedding parties, wakes and coach parties.

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The White Lion Bar & Brasserie Bleue

The White Lion Bar & Brasserie Bleue

Aldeburgh

Inspired by a modern desire to return to simple, 'back to basics' food and impeccable service, offering freshly prepared dishes in contemporary surroundings. 

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View Point Cafe

View Point Cafe

View Point Cafe is a warm and friendly cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating serving all day breakfasts, snacks, fish and chips, 'dish of the day', cakes, ice cream, teas and coffees.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

where to stay


The Brudenell

The Brudenell

Aldeburgh

The Brudenell epitomises the perfect seaside hotel; beach chic, friendly and informal service, award-winning food and the tranquil beachfront setting all blend effortlessly with indulgence and relaxation.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


The Crown Hotel Southwold

The Crown Hotel Southwold

Southwold

An exciting and intimate combination of small hotel, bar, pub and restaurant, The Crown is always buzzing with a lively informality.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Heathland Beach Holiday Park

Heathland Beach Holiday Park

Kessingland

Heathland Beach is a family run holiday park with excellent facilities including 3 heated pools, tennis courts, fishing, bar, play areas for children and access to a beautiful sandy beach.

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Ocean View Holiday Homes

Ocean View Holiday Homes

Kessingland

Ocean View consists of fourteen quality bungalows set in three quarters of an acre which is bordered by the sea, it also has direct access to the beach.

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The House in the Clouds

The House in the Clouds

Thorpeness

The House in the Clouds, one of the country's most famous follies is set in 1 acre of private grounds, the House in the Clouds overlooks Thorpeness Golf Course, Thorpeness Meare and the sea on the very beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast. Close to Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings and home of the festival, to Minsmere and other bird and nature reserves.

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Beach Cottage

Beach Cottage

Lowestoft

Located on the cliff top at Pakefield on the Suffolk coast, Beach Cottage enjoys uninterrupted views of the sea and coastline.

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Free wifi