The Suffolk Coast
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Piers on the Suffolk Coast

Along with the iconic fish & chips and rock, piers have become a staple of British seaside life for more than two centuries now and are firm favourites on the Suffolk Coast too.

The wonderful thing about piers is that no two are quite the same, ranging from clear and uncluttered deck to elaborate structured pavilions with amusement arcades, landing stages and theatres that were the highlight of pier life in the early part of the last century.

Today, we are fortunate enough to have many of our original piers remaining despite suffering the ravages of time and continual battle to retain them in their original glory.

Here on the Suffolk Coast our seaside piers remain well-loved landmarks and continue to be a popular attraction for holiday makers, day trippers and locals alike!

The lovely seaside resort of Lowestoft boasts not one, but two piers!

South Pier Lowestoft was built originally as part of the harbour construction works in 1846. A reading room and bandstand were added later, though badly damaged during World War II and sadly demolished. Years of alterations and improvements followed plus a closure in the late 1980’s due to structural problems. The latest major refurbishment was undergone during 2008, shaping the pier into what it is today; an all-encompassing family entertainment complex with the latest gaming machines, gift shop and food outlets.

Further south along the award winning beach of Lowestoft proudly stands the Claremont Pier. Much like the South Pier it has seen a few transformations during its 104 years of existence! Once a berth for paddle steamer rides at 9d a fare, the Claremont Pier became a mecca of summer visitors and saltwater anglers during the inter-war years. In 1940 the Royal engineers blasted a hole in the pier stop the enemy using it as possible landing space!

The pier now boasts modern facilities including an award winning restaurant and a family-orientated amusement arcade a roller skating rink and a plush and contemporary multi-purpose venue which plays host to prestigious live music events.

A visit to the quintessentially English seaside town of Southwold is simply not complete without a stop off at the pier!

Southwold Pier, built in 1900, was originally built as a landing stage for steam ships that travelled from London. After a long history of being destroyed by violent storms and hit by a drifting sea mine, the pier was privately bought in 1987. Work began to rebuild it and was finally completed in 2001, with the pier reaching its current length of 623 feet. A year later, it was named ‘Pier of the Year’ and now stands as Britain’s only 21st century pier.

Now a family run business, many imaginative and quirky improvements have been made. Even when the British weather is inclement, visitors flock from near and far to Southwold Pier. Many enjoy a leisurely stroll browsing in the unique little gift shops or stopping off for a mouth-watering fish and chip lunch. Children love the ‘House of Games’ and ‘Under the Pier Show’ – A collection of hand built and utterly silly machinery. But one thing’s for sure, everyone’s favourite has to be the cheeky Water Clock – guaranteed to make you giggle!


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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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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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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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

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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Donkey rides and Birthday celebrations - South Kiosk at Martello Park!

Donkey rides and Birthday celebrations - South Kiosk at Martello Park!

Felixstowe | Sat 16th Apr 2016

Come and join in the 2nd birthday celebrations for South Kiosk at Martello Park, Felixstowe. They'll be celebrating in true seaside style complete with donkey rides courtesy of Macca Pacca, Cole and Rupert.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

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


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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