The Suffolk Coast
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Open for the Season!

Now that spring is here and summer will soon be upon us, the region's biggest and best attractions located on The Suffolk Coast are now open for the season!

From museums, farms and nature reserves to theme parks, zoos and swimming,  the attractions on The Suffolk Coast guarantee a fun day out summer season.

Iken Canoe - Offering canoe, kayak and paddleboard hire along the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh.

Opening times: Daily from April to October.

National Trust Sutton Hoo - Discover the story of the Anglo-Saxons at the burial ground of kings at Sutton Hoo.

Opening times: Open all year.

Beccles Lido - A traditional outdoor swimming pool situated on the banks of the River Waveney in Beccles, Beccles Lido is kept at a balmy 27 degrees so you can take a dip throughout the season! 

Opening times: From 28th May, 7 days a week.

Beccles Lido 1

Big Dog Ferry - Setting off from the Beccles Lido pontoon, the Big Ferry takes you for on a 3 mile boat trip along the River Waveney to the Geldeston Locks pub. 

Opening times: Until 9th October, the ferry runs daily from Beccles Lido at 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm with return journeys at 10.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm.

Landguard Fort - Having played a key strategic part in the defence of the British Isles since the 1500s, a day out at Languard Fort will appeal to the whole family.

Opening times: Open until 31st October daily from 10am - 5pm.

The Longshop Museum - Discover Suffolk's manufacturing history, view the steam-powered threshing machines and enjoy interactive displays.

Opening times: June - September and school holidays: Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays 11am-3pm; March, April and May (except bank holidays): Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays 11am-3pm 

little engine driver

East Anglia Transport Museum - Take a ride on a working tram and trolley bus and learn about East Anglia's transport history.

Opening times: Open until 31st October and for special events - Visit their website for further details

Waveney River Tours - Sailing along the River Waveney from Oulton Broad and the River Alde from Snape Maltings, the 100 seater passenger boats are a relaxing way to see the waterways of The Suffolk Coast.

Opening times: Daily trips until 31st October from Oulton Broad, for Snape see the online timetable

Deben Boat Trips - Take a trip along the River Deben on board the Oystercatcher to spot rare wildlife or join one of the special trips including photography and bird watching.

Opening times: April to October 

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre - with roller skating rink, arcade, cafe, restaurant and music venue, Claremont Pier in Lowestoft has something for everyone.

Claremont Pier - The Zoo - Lowestoft

Opening times: For full opening times, visit their website.

Southwold Cycle Hire - Whether staying on holiday or wanting to explore the seaside town of Southwold and surrounding areas, hiring a bike from Southwold Cycle Hire is the ideal way to get about.

Opening times: Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm

Southwold Pier - Take a stroll along the historic pier and stop by the Under the Pier Show before enjoying a delicious lunch and ice cream in the restaurant and cafe.

Opening times: For full details on opening times, visit the Southwold Pier website

Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park- A family favourite, with four roller coasters, dodgems, scare attraction and shows including the Pirate High Dive Stunt Show and Sealion Show.

Opening times: April, May, June on weekends from 10am to 5pm and school holidays daily from 10am to 5pm (October half term 10am - 4pm)

Suffolk Punch Trust - The world's oldest and largest Suffolk Punch farm, discover how the Suffolk Punch horse has been part of the Suffolk farming landscape since the early sixteenth century.

Opening times: Until 21st May, Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am-4pm;  22nd May – 17th September Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am-5pm; 18th September – 1st November Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am-4pm. School Holidays - 6 days per week (closed Tuesdays).

Suffolk Punch Trust Horse in Harness

Woodbridge Tide Mill - One of only two working tide mills in the country, check out the milling times on their website along with a host of special events throughout the year.

Opening times: Until September daily from 11am-5pm, during October half term and weekends only from 11am-5pm.

Easton Farm Park - Visitors young and old will enjoy pony rides, train rides, animal encounters and learning about life on a working farm.

Opening times: Daily from 10.30am-5.30pm

Sailing Barge Cruises - Take a trip along the River Orwell on board sailing barges Thistle, Hydrogen and Kitty.

Opening times: Click here for details of their scheduled trips

The Amber Museum - Learn about the origins of amber and view the beautiful carvings and artefacts before treating yourself to a piece of amber jewellery.

Opening times: 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday, 11am-4pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve - Home to BBC Springwatch, the award-winning nature reserve is home to some of the UKs rarest wildlife. Join one of the guided walks or activities and take the kids to  the Discovery Zone to learn about the local habitats.

Opening times: Daily (except 25th and 26th December), Visitor Centre from 9am-5pm (9am-4pm November to January) 

RSPB Minsmere Build a Den

The Red House - Learn about the life and music of Suffolk's famous composer Benjamin Britten in the house where he once lived and worked.

Opening times: Throughout the year Tuesday to Friday, plus Saturdays from June to September.

Pakefield Riding School - Hire a pony for the day or enjoy a lesson at one of the oldest riding schools in East Anglia.

Opening times: Open daily throughout the year from 7.30am-5.30pm

Sizewell B Visitor Centre - Offering a unique insight into nuclear technology with an interactive exhibition, join a 3 hour guided walking tour (booking required 4-6 weeks in advance).

Opening times: Open throughout the year, tours must be booked in advance.

Suffolk Museums - With more than 50 across Suffolk, a day out at one of our famous museums offers a unique and fascinating trip back in time.

Opening times: For specific museum opening times, visit the website 

Southwold Boating Lake and Tea Rooms - Hosting a pretty tea room, traditional boating lake with pedalos, and crazy golf course, there's something here for the whole family to enjoy.

Opening times: Monday to Friday 11am-3.30pm, weekends from 10am-4pm.

Orwell Lady River Cruises - Cruising up and down the Orwell River, passengers can take in the beautiful scenery, local wildlife and points of interest.

Opening times: April - October, a full timetable is available on their website 

Orwell Lady on the river

Beacon Rally Karts - Enjoy fast, furious, four-wheeled fun with a day on one of the three outdoor circuits featuring fast corners and hairpin bends.

Opening times: School holidays and weekends from 10am-3pm.

Africa Alive! - Visit the lions, giraffes, rhinos, cheetahs, hunting dogs and meerkats, join in with the daily feeds and discover the animals and insects of the African savannah.

Opening times: Throughout the year daily from 9.30am (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).


Things to see and do


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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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. The Lido is open for public swimming from 28th May 2016

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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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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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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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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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Pleasurewood Hills

Pleasurewood Hills

Lowestoft

The brain child of a local entrepreneur, Pleasurewood Hills has grown every single year, making it one of the most popular attractions in the East.

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Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise and  Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering brunch and a la carte lunch or dinner cruises from Orford Quay, Orford, Suffolk. 


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Fiona's Fabrics

Fiona's Fabrics

Woodbridge

Fabulous selection of fabrics, yarns and haberdashery - based in the market town of Woodbridge

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Sailing Barge Cruises

Sailing Barge Cruises

Ipswich

Relaxing Orwell River Cruises on board the vintage sailing barges, Thistle, Hydrogen and Kitty.

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The Amber Museum

The Amber Museum

Southwold

A small museum 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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The Red House

The Red House

Aldeburgh

The music of Benjamin Britten is the soundtrack of the Suffolk coast. At The Red House in Aldeburgh you can explore the life and work of this world-famous composer in the place where he lived and worked.

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Aldeburgh Music

Aldeburgh Music

Snape

Aldeburgh Music is one of the leading year-round performance centres founded by British composer Benjamin Britten set in a stunning landscape on the Suffolk coast

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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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Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way.

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Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Ipswich

Suffolk Food Hall has everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. It is the 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural oscars) and it’s also an ideal location to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a restaurant (booking advisable) which has been judged to be the Best On Farm Restaurant in Britain and separate café with a children’s playarea.


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FolkEast

FolkEast

Woodbridge

Growing in stature every year, East Anglia’s fast-rising FolkEast is back for the 7th time this August, proving why it is nothing like other music festivals.

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Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Snape

Suffolk Food and Drink Festival celebrating amazing local producers, chefs and eating establishments. 

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Photography by Emily Fae

Photography by Emily Fae

Emily is a professional photographer and is behind many of the beautiful images you see on The Suffolk Coast website.

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Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Ipswich

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering 2 hour Brunch and 3 hour A la Carte Lunch, Sunset Supper or Candlelit Dinner Cruises. Serving freshly prepared on board wholesome food and drinks.

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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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Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Cinema: the very best of world cinema at the heart of the local community since 1919. Providing a programme of film screenings, live shows and special event;  independent, inspirational, meaningful, fun.

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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. Our home, the Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, is the world’s oldest and largest Suffolk Punch stud farm. It is the perfect place to meet out 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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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Newson Garrett started malting at Snape in 1854 and the site grew to become Suffolk’s largest maltings complex. The striking complex of brick and slate buildings that he established is now Grade II listed and one of the few remaining Maltings complexes in Britain which has retained all of his buildings, spanning some 7 acres.

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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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Woodbridge Golf Club

Woodbridge Golf Club

Woodbridge

Two beautiful heathland golf courses in an Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty.

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Moth Crafts

Moth Crafts

Bungay

Moth is a charming shop full to the brim of handmade articles from makers across Suffolk and Norfolk.

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Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club

Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club

Felixstowe

Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club is the 5th oldest club in England and the only true links course in Suffolk. There are 27 holes of golf - 18 hole Martello links and the 9 hole Kingsfleet course.

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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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Suffolk Summer Theatres

Suffolk Summer Theatres

With a broad mixture of comedies, thrillers and family drama; performing five shows at both St Edmund's Hall, Southwold and the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh between July to mid-September. "Classic theatre for a modern audience."

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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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Beacon Rally Karts

Beacon Rally Karts

Woodbridge

Beacon Rally Karts is a great place to enjoy fast, furious, four-wheeled fun. Head out to Beacon Farm in Martlesham, close to the Suffolk market town of Woodbridge and you’ll be warmly greeted by Phil and Louise Abbott; owners of the farm and the karting circuit. They moved to the farm in 1992, started the racing business and have never looked back since.

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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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Viking Mariners

Viking Mariners

Ipswich

Viking Mariners offer Luxury sailing experiences on the River Orwell and beyond on either one of their sailing yachts, power craft or barges. Relax and take in the beautiful sights during the cruise or for the more energetic let your skipper show you the ropes, set and trim the sails, and take the helm.

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Southwold Railway Trust

Southwold Railway Trust

Southwold

For a fifty year period The Southwold Railway linked the seaside town to nearby Halesworth and the main Great Eastern line.

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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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O&C Butcher

O&C Butcher

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh has changed in many ways over the last hundred years, but one business has been an ever present in the town.

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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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Alde Valley Spring  Festival

Alde Valley Spring Festival

Saxmundham

A four week celebration of food, farming, landscape and the arts in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley.

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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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Wild Adventures under Suffolk's Skies

Wild Adventures under Suffolk's Skies

The Wild Adventures under Suffolk's Skies team is a group of friendly and communicative, open minded people, which includes the very best guides and photography tutors on the Suffolk coast. They like to share their deep love for everything wild on the Suffolk Sandlings and around the tidal estuaries, and their extensive knowledge and infectious enthusiasm will certainly draw your heart closer to this windswept part of the county too. 

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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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