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There’s a Turtle in Town - Lowestoft gets ready for its Summer Festival!

For the second year running the bustling seaside town of Lowestoft will be hosting its Summer Festival from 9th to 24th July.

The organisers of the 2016 Lowestoft Summer Festival are blending many of last year’s successful events and activities with some brand new family entertainment too.

Opening the Festival on Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th July is the return of the Street Velodrome which was a particular favourite with both participants and spectators. The weekend long programme promises to be packed full of racing and cycling entertainment. Why not have a go at one of the taster sessions on Saturday when members of the public are invited to experience riding the velodrome?

On Sunday 10th July the completion heats up a bit when men, ladies and children will go head to head to find the fastest local riders!

If you’re heading for Lowestoft Town Centre on Saturday 16th July, don’t be surprised if you come face to face with a Ninja Turtle! They’ll be out and about helping shoppers to turn detective and discover the Lowestoft turtles…

Located in shops and services in and around the town centre, these 18 turtles each represents a country from around the world. Use the Turtle Trail map to write the name of each country in the relevant place and you and your family could be in with a chance of winning £1,000! And, don’t worry if you can’t take part on the 16th as the event runs right though to 4th September.

New for the Summer Festival this year will be entertainment taking place during the last weekend   on Lowestoft’s Royal Green – 23rd and 24th July. Visitors can look forward to exhibitions, stalls, a dog show, and arena entertainment, including the finals of Lowestoft’s Got Talent!

After the annual Sandcastle Competition on Sunday 24th July, hosted by the Lowestoft Lions, comes the walking Parade on the Prom. An exciting end to wrap up the summer festivities!

Things to see and do


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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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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Dog friendly


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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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Lowestoft Ferry

Lowestoft Ferry

The harbour launch "Terrier" provides regular daily trips between the attractions of Lowestoft and Oulton Broad.

Running hourly along the inland waterway known as Lake Lothing the journey provides a new and interesting way to see the town from the water. Accommodating up to 12 passengers, the vessel can be booked for groups. Why not give the traffic a miss, sit back and enjoy the view!


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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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Wheelchair Accessible


Oulton Dayboats

Oulton Dayboats

Self drive boat hire by the hour or day, spend time afloat in the newly created Broads National park here in Suffolk. 



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events


Lowestoft Summer Festival - Street Velodrome

Lowestoft Summer Festival - Street Velodrome

Lowestoft | Sat 09th - Sun 10th Jul 2016

The cycle events continue on the Suffolk Coast as the Lowestoft Festival invites you ride the Street Velodrome. 

The unique street velodrome track is open to all ages and abilities, the street velodrome team will be on hand to provide coaching before you get to speed around the track.


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Wheelchair Accessible


Trolleybus Weekend

Trolleybus Weekend

Lowestoft | Sat 24th - Sun 25th Sep 2016

As the season draws to an end, come and join us for a weekend of fun with our Trolleybus Weekend.

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Lowestoft Turtle Trail

Lowestoft Turtle Trail

Lowestoft | Sat 16th Jul - Sun 04th Sep 2016

From the 16th July to 4th September 2016 we invite you to turn international turtle detective and discover the Lowestoft turtles.

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Lowestoft Summer Festival - Sandcastle Competition

Lowestoft Summer Festival - Sandcastle Competition

Lowestoft | Sun 24th Jul 2016

As part of the 2016 Lowestoft Summer Festival, Lowestoft Lions will be hosting the annual sandcastle competition.

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Lowestoft Summer Festival - International Food Fair

Lowestoft Summer Festival - International Food Fair

Lowestoft | Sat 23rd Jul 2016

The Lowestoft Summer Festival welcomes the International Food Fair to Waterloo Road, in Kirkley Village, Lowestoft on Saturday 23rd July from at 10am to 5pm.

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Lowestoft Summer Festival - Festival on the Green

Lowestoft Summer Festival - Festival on the Green

Lowestoft | Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Jul 2016

Lowestoft Summer Festival enters its final weekend with the showcase event on Royal Green on 23rd and 24th July 2016.

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Lowestoft Summer Festival - Sandcastle Record Attempt

Lowestoft Summer Festival - Sandcastle Record Attempt

Lowestoft | Sat 23rd Jul 2016

As Part of the 2016 Lowestoft Summer Festival, Lowestoft Lions will once again be calling on the people of Lowestoft and visitors to the area to help set a record for the number of sandcastle built in an hour.

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where to stay


Heathland Beach Holiday Park

Heathland Beach Holiday Park

Kessingland

Heathland Beach is a family run holiday park with excellent facilities including 3 heated pools, tennis courts, fishing, bar, play areas for children and access to a beautiful sandy beach.

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