The Suffolk Coast
  • Half term fun on the Suffolk Coast
  • Cheetah at Africa Alive
  • Iken Canoe on the Suffolk Coast
  • Southwold Surf School

Half Term Fun on The Suffolk Coast

With the warmer weather comes a hot line up of attractions and activities on The Suffolk Coast to keep youngsters, and the young at heart, completely entertained this spring bank half term holiday.

Have a blast in the past!

History suddenly becomes ‘cool’ after a visit to Framlingham Castle where they’ll be putting on a right royal welcome as kids learn how to avoid the pitfalls of palace life, uncover the perfect curtsy and to bow like a King - Get it wrong and it’ll be off with your head! The Kings and Queens event is on from 31st May to 3rd June, 11am – 5pm.

Sticking with the historic theme, visitors to Sutton Hoo on Saturday 2nd May will be treated to an Anglo-Saxon re-enactment, The Spoils of War. Take a journey back in time where conflict was a constant threat to everyday life! 

There’s some wonderful little museums dotted around the county which help to uncover the past of The Suffolk Coast - from prehistoric discoveries to amazing archaeological finds; Saxon burials to fishing and farming in the age of steam, attractions like the Long Shop Museum in Leiston and the East Anglia Transport Museum bring these topics to life; from the drowning of Medieval Dunwich to the development of Radar at Bawdsey - there’s something for visitors of all ages find out about.

Thrills, spills and a walk on the wild side…

There’s certainly no threat of getting bored if you’re heading over to Lowestoft, The Suffolk Coast’s most Easterly town. Prepare for your biggest day out ever at Pleasurewood Hills theme park where only the brave at heart dare to take on the white knuckle rides, whilst the less courageous of us can opt for a spin around on the traditional carousel. Either way, there are rides and shows to keep young and old entertained for the whole day – You might even bump into the legendary Woody Bear and his mates!  

A mile or so away at Africa Alive, you’ll find bears of the non-talking variety and much more besides… Discover the sights and sounds of Africa, check out the innovative ‘Wild Zone’ adventure play area for under 12’s or fun packed ‘Discover Centre’. Kids will love the daily feeding sessions for the animals, and if they start to feel peckish themselves, there are restaurants and snack shacks to satisfy those rumbly tums!

Sand, sea and outdoor adventure!

A visit to The Suffolk Coast would not be complete without a bucket and spade trip to the seaside. And, as we’ve just been given The Blue Flag award once again for our beaches in Lowestoft and Southwold you can be sure that our sandy shores are among the best in the world! Not forgetting wonderful Felixstowe with the beautiful seafront gardens and fascinating Landguard Fort & Nature Reserve.

Get out those walking boots for the Suffolk Walking Festival which is on from now until 15th June. You might want to save the date for the Horrible Histories for Families walk from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, Wednesday 1st June, 10.30am. Along the way will be a gory story of murder and execution, ghosts and witchcraft, vile diseases, foul stinks and overflowing graveyards!

Alternatively, decide whether you prefer to explore beaches, countryside or our market towns on foot and simply check out the walking guides page

Take advantage of our lovely flat landscapes and hop on a bicycle to discover the wonders of The Suffolk Coast on 2 wheels. Cycling Trips make a perfect day out for all the family and if you don’t have a bike or if you’re a visitor to the area, it’s easy and affordable to hire from either Southwold Cycle Hire or Surfwold. Here, you can choose from a wide range of bikes which come with a lock and pump. Again, we’ve mapped out some routes for you so you can make the most of the stunning Suffolk scenery!

Discovering the beauty of Suffolk on the water is always a winner for the whole family, whether you want to stay dry and hire your own boat to navigate the Waveney with Oulton DayBoats, adventure along with Iken Canoe or get fully submerged with a surf lesson at Southwold Surf School - the choice is yours for a great day out!


Things to see and do


Sailing Barge Victor

Sailing Barge Victor

Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel with comfortable, modern facilities for guests.

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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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Orwell Lady River Cruises

Orwell Lady River Cruises

Ipswich

From April to October each year, Orwell Lady cruises up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell, offering passengers a choice of trips and experiences whilst taking in the beautiful wooded stretches of the river, local wildlife and points of local and historical interest.

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Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters offer a friendly face in a new place. Whether you are moving into Suffolk, visiting for the first time, or want to experience the outstanding landscapes of the Suffolk Coast in a new way our growing network of volunteer Greeters could help. 

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


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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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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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


The Cut - Halesworth

The Cut - Halesworth

Halesworth

The Cut Arts Centre offers Halesworth and the surrounding countryside an extensive range of arts, music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions. 

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

Discover the story of the Anglo-Saxons at the burial ground of kings

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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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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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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Long Shop Museum

Long Shop Museum

Leiston

Located at the heart of the original Richard Garrett and Sons Town Works, The Long Shop museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavor through its stunning collections, hands-on displays and the remarkable family behind the factory.

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Wheelchair Accessible


East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

Lowestoft

The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

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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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Deben Boat Trips

Deben Boat Trips

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

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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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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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The Amber Museum

The Amber Museum

Southwold

A small museum in the seaside town of Southwold purpose built to explain the origin of amber, its history and its uses throughout the years.

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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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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Wild Days Conservation - Suffolk Coast Holidays

Wild Days Conservation - Suffolk Coast Holidays

A new initiative in 2016 to run wildlife conservation and research holidays on the Suffolk coast, one of Britain's most beautiful places. These are holidays that people will enjoy, even when they're working hard and possibly getting muddy into the bargain!

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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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Sizewell B Visitors Centre

Sizewell B Visitors Centre

Sizewell B is the UK’s only Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) and also the most modern nuclear power station in the UK. The visitor centre offers a unique insight into this technology in an interactive exhibition, there is also a classroom facility and the opportunity to pre book a tour of the power station.

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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. 

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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


Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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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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Oulton Dayboats

Oulton Dayboats

Self drive boat hire by the hour or day, spend time afloat in the newly created Broads National park here in Suffolk. 



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events


ADULT TENNIS TOURNAMENT

ADULT TENNIS TOURNAMENT

Thorpeness | Mon 30th May 2016

Join us for the Thorpeness tennis tournament at Thorpeness Country Club.

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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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Beccles Food & Drink Festival

Beccles Food & Drink Festival

Beccles | Sat 28th May 2016

Following last year's inaugural festival the Beccles Food & Drink Festival is will now an annual event for the vibrant market town

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where to stay


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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