The Suffolk Coast
  • 2016 Aviva Women's Tour

Aviva Women’s Tour set to race through the Suffolk Coast countryside

The opening stage of the 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour starts in Southwold before wending its way through our beautiful Suffolk Coast countryside.

This is the third year that the race has returned to Suffolk, with the riders rolling out from Southwold, home of principal stage partners Adnams.

There are few seaside towns as quintessentially British as Southwold. With its sandy beach and beach hut lined promenade, it offers a wonderful environment for holidays, weekends away and days out, as well as a thriving market town atmosphere. All of this makes it a fitting starting point for this prestigious cycling event.

After leaving Southwold the race heads towards the firstQueen of the Mountain stage at Halesworth before heading to Lowestoft throughWesthall, Shadingfield, Hulver and Mutford.

A brief visit to Lowestoft’s seafront and then it’s off to Beccles with a sprint section, then Bungay before crossing into Norfolk andmaking its way to the Stage 1 finish in Norwich.

Take a look at the route here…

The start at Southwold’s North Parade is at 10am on Wednesday 15th June with estimated times along the route as follows:

  • Blythburgh (10:17)
  • Halesworth (10:32)
  • Brampton (10:48)
  • Shadingfield (10:52)
  • Mutford (11:04)
  • Lowestoft Seafront (11:16)
  • ASDA Lowestoft (11:19)
  • Carlton Colville (11:26)
  • Barnby (11:29)
  • Worlingham (11:36)
  • Beccles – sprint (11:40)
  • Bungay (11:55)

Seeing a cycle tour come through is quite a spectacle. Police outriders making sure route is clear plus motorcycle marshals, the cyclists hurtling past, loads of team cars, an ambulance and more police motorcycles…

It’s a fantastic opportunity to see this great event as it speeds through the delightful Suffolk Coast countryside.

Things to see and do


Adnams Shops

Adnams Shops

Adnams shops are a top class tasting experience and a showcase of their innovative range of  quality beer, wonderful wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.  

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Wheelchair Accessible


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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Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand stores in Southwold and Burnham Market offer Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories and there is also a contemporary Womenswear and Accessories store in Aldeburgh.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Visitor Information Point Halesworth - Halesworth Library

Visitor Information Point Halesworth - Halesworth Library

One of Halesworth’s Visitor Information Points is located within the town’s library, which stocks a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Visitor Information Point Bungay - Bungay Library

Visitor Information Point Bungay - Bungay Library

One of Bungay’s Visitor Information Points is located within the town’s library, which stocks a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Visitor Information Point Beccles - Beccles Books

Visitor Information Point Beccles - Beccles Books

One of the Visitor Information Points for Beccles is located within the independent bookshop Beccles Books, stocking a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.


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Visitor Information Point Bungay - The Art Trading Company

Visitor Information Point Bungay - The Art Trading Company

One of the Visitor Information Points for Bungay is located within the Art Trading Company retail outlet, in the heart of the town on Earsham Street.


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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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Cycle Breaks

Cycle Breaks

Ipswich

Supported, gentle cycling & walking holidays along the Suffolk Coast as well as in Constable Country & The Wool Towns and Norfolk and quality bike hire too!

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Pakefield Riding School

Pakefield Riding School

One of the oldest and best-known horse riding centres and stables in East Anglia.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible

events


2016 Women's Tour - Stage 1

2016 Women's Tour - Stage 1

| Wed 15th Jun 2016

The Aviva Women's Tour will return to East Anglia for the opening stage of the race, as the world's top riders head from Southwold to Norwich on Wednesday 15 June.

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Lowestoft Summer Festival - Street Velodrome

Lowestoft Summer Festival - Street Velodrome

Lowestoft | Sat 09th - Sun 10th Jul 2016

The cycle events continue on the Suffolk Coast as the Lowestoft Festival invites you ride the Street Velodrome. 

The unique street velodrome track is open to all ages and abilities, the street velodrome team will be on hand to provide coaching before you get to speed around the track.


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Wheelchair Accessible


Bungay Choral Society Summer Concert

Bungay Choral Society Summer Concert

Bungay | Sat 25th Jun 2016

Bungay Choral Society will be performing Music for a Summer’s Evening at St.Mary’s Church. 

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WHERE TO EAT


Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Bungay

Purveyors of high quality Fruit and Vegetables

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Free wifi


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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