A visit to The Suffolk Coast is a truly unique experience; plan a trip and make sure these 'bucket list' things to do are part of your holiday!
1. Walk the historic scores in Lowestoft
A walk up and down the historic scores is the ideal way to discover Lowestoft's maritime history. A series of narrow lanes created over time by the fishermen and women bringing their catch up from the beach village to the High Street.
During the winter months, you can warm up with a hot chocolate in Martello's cafe in Sparrow's Nest and in September, if you're feeling particularly energetic, pop on your running shoes and take part in the Scores Race; the course takes you from the High Street, along the sea wall and back up and down the scores; including 401 steps!
2. Learn to Sail
Join the Viking Mariners on the River Orwell and learn how to take the helm and pull the ropes with a 6 hour Saturday Sail & Soup lesson. If you prefer to take things a bit easier, then book a place on the Sunday Sail & Roast; a 3 hour sail finishing with roast dinner and glass of wine at the Waterfront Bar Bistro on Ipswich's historic marina.
3. Come to a Suffolk Coast Festival
INK Festival: Championing new writing, INK Festival is a weekend of live performances of short plays, films and music plus creative writing workshops. There's an exciting programme of events for children too, all taking place at The Cut in Halesworth from 21st to 23rd April.
Aldeburgh Music Festival: Taking place between 9th - 25th June at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, this year's programme includes A Midsummer Night's Dream by composers Olga Neuwirth and Jorn Widmann with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Maverick Festival: A celebration of roots and Americana music, featuring over 40 different artists across 5 stages, at Easton Farm Park from 30th June to 2nd July.
Felixstowe Book Festival: The seaside town hosts an exciting weekend of events from 1st - 2nd July 2017. With author readings, Q&As and workshops at venues throughout the town.
Latitude Festival: The jewel in The Suffolk Coast's festival crown! This year's Latitude Festival takes place at Henham, from 13th to 16th July 2017. The festival line-up is yet to be announced, but previous performers include Paolo Nuttini, Elbow, Paul Weller and Suffolk-born Ed Sheeran.
FolkEast: Folk music and art at its best, from near and far, with an added Suffolk twist, 18th - 20th August 2017, hosted at the Great Glemham Estate.
Snape Proms: Each August artists from around the world converge on Snape for 30 outstanding events in one of the world’s great concert halls. Not to be missed!
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival: The famous food festival takes place at Snape Maltings on 23rd and 24th September. With hundreds of food and drink stalls, live cooking demonstrations, Q&As and talks.
Aldeburgh Documentary Festival: The 23rd annual festival takes place at Aldeburgh Cinema from 3rd to 5th November 2017. with talks in previous years from Joanna Lumley, Louis Theroux, Bill Nighy and John Sergeant. This year's festival line-up is yet to be announced, but promises to be better than ever!
4. Pick up a prized antique
You're spoilt for choice when it comes to antique shops on The Suffolk Coast. In addition to the many antique emporiums, head to the Beccles Antiques Street Market on Sunday 30th April. The historic town hosts the bi-annual event (with a later market held in August) with sellers packing the centre of the town.
5. Amble up the Deben Estuary
One of the most picturesque walks on The Suffolk Coast, start in Woodbridge and follow the River Wall, past the boats and out along the banks of the estuary.Remember to pack the binoculars too and look out for Redshanks, Curlews and Oyster Catchers to name but a few.
Download the route map here: