The Suffolk Coast
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Rock Pools and Crabbing on The Suffolk Coast

The Suffolk coastline is perfect for old fashioned family fun, from dabbling in rock pools to trying your hand at a spot of crabbing!

Rock pooling is a fantastic activity that people of all ages can enjoy and the summertime is especially great to head over to the beautiful beaches on The Suffolk Coast to discover an oasis of little creatures left behind at low tide.

Pools closest to the sea edge are the better ones for discovering marine animals, then work your way inland as the tide comes in (You can usually buy a local tide times table from a shop near the beach). When the weather is dry and calm the surface of the rock pool will be still, making it easier to see into the waters beneath.

So, what creatures can you expect to see?

Directly below the water’s surface you might discover small fish such as gobys, butterfish or blennys.  Delve in a little deeper to find some fascinating crustaceans in the form of the shore crab, hermit crab and common prawn. Star fish tend to lurk at the very bottom of the pool – you might need to turn over stones and seaweed to find them!

Taking a bucket is a good idea as it allows you to contain rock pool creatures for closer inspection, but you must remember to let them go back where you found them after a short time. Try placing the bucket in the water and see what swims in or, push it gently through the water to scoop up some marine life. Steer clear of using a net as these little creatures are small and very delicate so getting tangled in a net can cause them harm.

For many, crabbing is and always will be the epitome of a perfect Suffolk summer – This simple outdoor pleasure has long been a favourite activity for locals and visitors alike. 

Kids will love the local sport of ‘crabbing’ – All that’s needed is a length of string and some bacon as bait, drop it into the water and wait for dozens of crabs will to grab on. The trick is to see how many hang on until you have them up and over your bucket!

In fact, the art of crabbing in these parts is much maligned – so much so that until a few years ago the pretty coastal village of Walberswick near Southwold was host to The British Open Crabbing Championships! There’s a great family friendly pub here too serving home cooked food.

Further down the coast towards Felixstowe, Bawdsey is another haven for ‘crabbers’ and the nearby village of Ramsholt nestling on the river Deben is perfect when the tide is right. Here you can combine a delicious lunch at the Ramsholt Arms before catching a few crustaceans! 


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


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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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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events


Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Sep 2017

Come and enjoy with the whole family this fantastic Food Festival set within the grounds of Snape Maltings, Suffolk on 23rd - 24th September 2017

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Southwold Model Railway Exhibition

Southwold Model Railway Exhibition

Southwold | Sat 06th - Sun 07th Aug 2016

 Southwold Model Railway Exhibition is the largest, and the only two-day, club organised model railway exhibition in East Anglia, it caters for all aspects and levels of railway modelling interest, in fact from Toy Trains to Finescale Modelling!  The multi-scale exhibition includes around twenty working layouts, including live-steam.  


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Wheelchair Accessible


Health Walks at RSPB Minsmere

Health Walks at RSPB Minsmere

Westleton | Tue 26th Jul 2016

A walk around the lovely RSPB Minsmere nature reserve, right by the sea, home to some of Suffolk's greatest wildlife.

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Dig Dunwich!

Dig Dunwich!

Dunwich | Thu 28th Jul 2016

Join the team at Dunwich Museum for an insight into archaeology!

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where to stay


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