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Step into 2017 on The Suffolk Coast

No sooner has the turkey, mince pies and copious amounts of chocolates been consumed, the New Year beckons along with the obligatory well intended resolutions.

But before we resign ourselves to the healthy diets and fitness regimes, let’s celebrate the last days of 2016 on The Suffolk Coast

Pantomime

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The festive season wouldn’t be complete without taking a visit to a traditional pantomime, so if you haven’t already done so, take the family along to ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre for some good old-fashioned slapstick fun. 

With a star cast including Jeremy Edwards [Hollyoaks and Holby City] as the story’s lothario Gaston, and the return of Lowestoft’s panto favourite Terry Gleed as the loveable and funny French Freddy, this year’s production is a foot-tapping, hand-clapping Christmas cracker of a show. Catch the last few performances up until Sunday 1st January 2017.

Further down the coast the Dennis Lowe Theatre Company return to The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe with another family favourite – Jack and the Beanstalk. Follow Jack and his family as they try to make ends meet in this fabulous new production of one of the best loved fairy tales. Great pantomime humour is blended with some new twists and a highly talented cast to make this a show to remember! Performances run through to 7th January 2017.

Party the Night Away

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If you’re still looking for ways to celebrate the coming of 2017, head to the Waveney House Hotel in Beccles for a thrilling Casino evening on New Year’s Eve. This glamorous Black Tie Event will have four Casino tables and a prize for the guest with the most Chips at the end of the night, private bar, Starlight Disco plus a two course Gala Buffet and New Year's Countdown. This is a popular event so booking is essential. Email: enquiries@waveneyhousehotel.co.uk or phone: 01502 712270.

Join in with some New Years revelling at The Crown, a friendly local pub in the heart of the village of Westleton where you’ll find Suffolk’s hospitality is at its best! You will be treated to a celebration dinner, Champagne and treats on arrival, followed by live music and hopefully a little dancing too. 

The Ivy House Country Hotel, Oulton Broad near Lowestoft has its own prestigious Black Tie celebrations planned for December 31st, complete with a delicious 3 course dinner and entertainment by the fantastic Uptown Motown Girls and Doug Brown. The ticket price includes arrival Bucks Fizz and a glass of Bubbly at Midnight! Email: info@ivyhousecountryhotel.co.uk or phone: 01502 501353 for more details and to check availability.

In the Great Outdoors

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If you’re planning on taking more exercise in the year ahead, why not start early with a Magic of Minsmere Walk on Saturday 31st December? With over 5600 recorded species and a wealth of history and archaeological highlights at RSPB Minsmere, this is a perfect way to walk in the New Year and discover the wonders of wildlife on The Suffolk Coast. The friendly and knowledgeable RSPB guides will take you through the sights and sounds to be enjoyed at this time of year. The walk generally last 3-4 hours, starting at 9.15am and is tailored according to the season and visitor knowledge.

Did you know that Lowestoft is the UK's most easterly town? Where better to see the sunrise on New Years morning than at Ness Point or on Lowestoft beach. Alternatively, check out our Top 5 Places to Watch the Sunrise on The Suffolk Coast!

Whichever way you choose to bring in the New Year on The Suffolk Coast, we would like to wish you a very prosperous and happy 2017!

Things to see and do


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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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

A glorious seafront theatre and restaurant complex, with stunning views, an art deco auditorium for up to 900 people and a fabulous Mediterranean-style pizza, pasta & grill menu. Food served all day includes home-made cakes and pastries, lunch and dinner menus, with tapas, sandwiches and takeaway also available. 


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Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

It plays host to major West End productions, top comedy, orchestral concerts, touring drama and musical productions, opera, ballet, music, dance and celebrity concerts as well as operating a successful cinema operation - boasting the largest screen and cinema auditoria in the town. 

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events


Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Lowestoft | Tue 13th Dec 2016 - Sun 01st Jan 2017

The East Coast’s BIGGEST Family Pantomime from the award winning team that brought you Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Felixstowe | Thu 15th Dec 2016 - Sat 07th Jan 2017

The Dennis Lowe Theatre Company return to The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe with another family favourite. Follow Jack and his family as they try to make ends meet in this fabulous new production of one of the best loved fairy tales. 

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New Years Eve at the Ivy House Country Hotel

New Years Eve at the Ivy House Country Hotel

Oulton Broad | Sat 31st Dec 2016

Come to Oulton Broad and celebrate the New Year with a delicious dinner and entertainment.

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New Years Eve Casino Night at The Waveney House Hotel

New Years Eve Casino Night at The Waveney House Hotel

Beccles | Sat 31st Dec 2016

Head to Beccles for a thrilling Casino evening for New Years Eve.

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The Magic of Minsmere – Weekday Walks

The Magic of Minsmere – Weekday Walks

Saxmundham |

Never been to Minsmere before? Then this is the walk for you!

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Birdwatching for Beginners - RSPB Minsmere

Birdwatching for Beginners - RSPB Minsmere

Saxmundham |

Come and learn how to identify the fantastic birds that gather on the reserve at this time of year.

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WHERE TO EAT


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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where to stay


Waveney House Hotel 

Waveney House Hotel

Situated in the picturesque Waveney Valley, the Waveney House Hotel boasts a superb river location with stunning views across the surrounding countryside.

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The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Westleton

The Westleton Crown combines the character and charm of its coaching inn heritage with the comforts of contemporary living: smouldering log fires, 34 stylish bedrooms, award winning AA 2 rosette restaurant, sophisticated wine list and delightful terraced gardens.

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Ivy House Country Hotel

Ivy House Country Hotel

The Ivy House Country Hotel is a "Hidden Gem" nestled on the banks of Oulton Broad, among 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds, marshes and thatched beautiful barns all with direct access onto the broads.

Guests can enjoy relaxing walks in the grounds or venture out onto the Broads pathways or further still, to the nearby coast.

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