The Suffolk Coast
  • Latitude Festival

Give us a little Latitude

2006 marked the birth of something very special and quite extraordinary on The Suffolk Coast… Now, as we fast approach its 11th anniversary, the Latitude Festival returns even richer in its diversity of entertainment to please visitors of all ages and genres!

Henham Park near Southwold, once relatively unknown to all but local people, has now been well and truly put on the map as the venue for this incredible annual event. Thousands of festival goers will flock here from 14th -17th July this year, transforming the quiet Suffolk countryside into a hub of frenzied excitement.

The line-up this year fails to disappoint…music, comedy, dance, theatre, storytelling, workshops and so much more – It’s all there. The challenge will be squeezing in all you want to do!

Local lad Ed Sheeran (whose home town is nearby Framlingham) first took to the stage at the Festival back in 2010 in the small poetry tent. Years later, after his meteoric rise to worldwide fame, he delighted the crowds by ‘popping in’ unexpectedly to give an impromptu performance in 2015.

And, it’s not all about the adults – youngsters of all ages from tots through to teens will be absorbed in an array of activities and workshops from journeying ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ with Alice to learning to DJ!

The beauty of the Latitude Festival is that you can choose to stay just for the day or make a full weekend of it…

It’s a popular choice to pitch up a tent on site and drink in the atmosphere morning, noon and night, but if you prefer a few home comforts there’s no shortage of excellent hotels, B&B’s and self-catering cottages close by on The Suffolk Coast. Our top tip is to book up well in advance though as this weekend, is one of the busiest in the summer calendar.

Latitude has its own variety of eateries offering delicious cuisine from all corners of the globe. However if you really want to make the most of your trip to Suffolk, there’s nothing quite so satisfying as tucking into freshly cooked fish and chips by the sea. Try The Ship at Dunwich or The Westleton Crown amongst many other highly acclaimed restaurants serving mouth-watering dishes…

And, who knows, you might just end up brushing shoulders with Mr Sheeran himself on your travels!

Things to see and do


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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Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold

Unlike a larger town there aren’t any major roads in Southwold, meaning it’s a far safer environment for anyone on two wheels. Plus it only takes a few minutes pedalling in any direction before you are taking in scenic views, whether it’s a breathtaking coastal panorama or Suffolk’s rural landscape.

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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

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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Suffolk Coast Cycle Ride

Suffolk Coast Cycle Ride

Woodbridge | Sun 07th Aug 2016

A beautiful Summer day's cycling around the heathland, fields and coast of the Suffolk countryside. 

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WHERE TO EAT


Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold

Southwold Pier has a fabulous choice of restaurants and cafes to fill the gap from breakfast, through to morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner!

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Free wifi Dog friendly


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


The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Dunwich

Head Chef at The Westleton Crown restaurant, James Finch, and his highly skilled team pride themselves on their imaginative and varied menus which have earned us an AA 2 Rosette restaurant award, as well as a considerable reputation.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

where to stay


Solely Southwold

Solely Southwold

Southwold

Solely Southwold comprises 2 self contained flats and 2 cottages in the heart of Southwold.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


So Southwold 

So Southwold

Southwold

Southwold is the jewel of Suffolk coast and with something for everyone, it’s the perfect place to retreat from everyday life.

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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