The Suffolk Coast
  • Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Explore The Suffolk Coast’s Seafront Gardens

For centuries people have flocked to the seaside to take in the fresh salty air, the sound of waves lapping at the shore and the exhilarating coastal breeze…but not everyone likes the feel of sand beneath their feet!

The Suffolk Coast is home to some beautiful, historical seafront gardens which means you can still appreciate the charming coastal atmosphere without having to step onto the sand…

Meander around the delightful Kensington Gardens which flank the award winning Blue Flag beach in Lowestoft – a relatively quiet haven of fauna and flora in contrast to the bustling activity to be found on the nearby beach.

The gardens were opened in June 1922; Almost one hundred years later its original infrastructure remains largely intact although some of the basic elements are now hidden under a canopy of mature evergreen oaks.

From May to September Kensington Gardens are a haven for bowling and tennis fanatics alike - Well-kept bowling greens nestle amongst borders of colourful shrubs and floral bedding displays and the newly refurbished tennis courts become a magnet for all ‘would be’ Andy Murrays!

Budding little sailors love  the large boating lake - a firm favourite with children, and an ideal launching pad for homemade sailing vessels or hi-tech model power boats. 

For those who prefer simply to sit and watch the world go by the on-site tea room, serving a refreshing brew or a cooling ice-cream, is a popular gathering place to watch the bowling matches or catch up with friends and family.

Travelling south down The Suffolk Coast, the quaint seaside town of Southwold has its own equivalent of seafront gardens – Southwold Boating Lake and Tearooms. This little gem, located directly opposite the famous Southwold Pier, seems to be the place where sea meets land, an eclectic mix of colourful bedding displays just a stones throw from the wild bird hides nestling in the reeds.

There’s lots of family entertainment in the offing here from paddle boats on the lake to trying your hand at the 9 hole Crazy Golf course! 

Be sure not to leave before you have stopped off for refreshments at the enchanting tea room, perched on its own little island – their afternoon cream teas are reported to be the best around! 

The Suffolk town of Felixstowe became known as the ‘Garden Town of East Anglia’ because of the stunning seafront gardens… 

The eight interconnected Grade II listed gardens, beautifully landscaped and sumptuously planted borders, were created a hundred years ago - Victorian visitors came to promenade next to the sea, enjoy the sea air and to take the reputed health giving qualities of the Felixstowe Spa water. 

After its regeneration in 2015, Felixstowe Seafront Gardens still have much to offer residents, day trippers and holiday-makers alike. Bring the family along and take time to wander through the fascinating 'Heritage Trail' and uncover the many historical features, structures, colourful and unusual planting.


Things to see and do


Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years. The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170.

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Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Home to plenty of animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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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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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

At Africa Alive!, explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent.

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Open Top Touring Ltd

Open Top Touring Ltd

Woodbridge

As well as providing driving routes through the un-spoilt Suffolk Coast, past Suffolk’s historic wool towns and the county’s most beautiful sights, they can arrange luxury accommodation in some of Suffolk best hotels and B&Bs.

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Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe is a small and friendly canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard hire centre based on the stunning upper reaches of the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast.

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Dog friendly


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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Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Come down to Beccles in the Summer Holidays and enjoy the amazing views and facilities of the Lido. 

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Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

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Waveney River Tours

Waveney River Tours

Lowestoft

Conducted river tours and boat hire through the Waveney Valley and the New Broads National Park.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre is situated in between Lowestoft's Award winning beaches in South Lowestoft. 

It's a hive of activity and entertainment, from traditional fruit machines and video games, to roller skating, fantastic live music, perfect party venue, great fish and chips and fabulous brasserie dining with the best sea views in town!

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Thorpeness Golf Club

Thorpeness Golf Club

Thorpeness

Thorpeness Golf Club is a coastal heathland course designed by famous Scottish architect James Braid and opened in 1922. It winds its way through silver birch, pine trees, gorse and purple heather. The course is 6,421 yards long and plays to a par of 70.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Whether it's a traditional Victorian park, a fort in the middle of a forest, or a zip wire along the river, the outdoor play areas on The Suffolk Coast are the perfect place for kids to let off steam and enjoy the great outdoors.

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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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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


The Suffolk Punch Trust

The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge

The Suffolk Punch Trust is an educational and environmental charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the Suffolk Punch horse. The Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, is the world’s oldest and largest Suffolk Punch stud farm. It is the perfect place to meet these magnificent horses, to find out how they shaped the landscape of East Anglia and helped to develop farming throughout the Eastern Counties.

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Dog friendly

events


Southwold Arts Festival

Southwold Arts Festival

Southwold | Sat 25th Jun - Sat 02nd Jul 2016

You will be able to enjoy concerts, plays, talks, exhibitions, poetry and literary events in venues throughout this thriving, picturesque  Suffolkseaside town.

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