The Suffolk Coast
  • TTDA - Suffolk Coast Greeters - Greeter with Tourists

Volunteer with the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB

If your New Year’s resolution was to try something new and make a difference, then look no further than the many activities you can join in with within the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

From working with Suffolk Punch horses and becoming a coast warden, to surveying, conserving and accompanying tourists to your favourite Suffolk spots, there’s a way to get involved to suit everyone!

Become a Suffolk Coast Greeter

TTDA - Suffolk Coast Greeters - Greeter with Tourists

Are you passionate about your local area? Perhaps you enjoy walking along the many beaches and bridleways on The Suffolk Coast? Do you have an interest in the architecture and history of your town? Or maybe you know the best family-friendly days out and places to eat! Then why not become a Suffolk Coast Greeter!

Launched in 2015, the Suffolk Coast Greeters programme was set up to give a warm welcome to visitors, those who have recently moved to the area and those who are thinking about moving. The Greeters enjoy meeting people, talking to individuals and smalls groups, enjoy getting out and about around the Suffolk Coast and sharing their knowledge and passion for the area.

For more information, visit http://suffolkcoast.greeters.info

Become a Coast and Estuary Warden

TTDA - Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB - Bait Digging

If you love nothing more than popping on your walking boots and exploring, becoming a Coast and Estuary Warden is the ideal way for you to support the work of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB and help conserve our beautiful coastline.

Wardens provide valuable on the ground support, helping identify any problems or issues they come across. Wardens are given training too, so it’s an ideal way to learn new skills.

For more information, visit http://www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/volunteering/volunteering-learn-more/coast-and-estuary-wardens/

Join a Work Party

TTDA - Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB - Working Party

There’s a whole host of projects to get involved with: head to The Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley and work on jobs conserving the home of Suffolk’s own breed of horses or join the Marine Conservation Society at various locations to help pick up litter and survey the coast.

Monitor footpaths and help with practical conservation activities at locations throughout the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, or head to the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale AONB, and join in with projects alongside knowledgeable volunteers.

Discover and help protect some of our rare birdlife with RSPB South Suffolk at Snape, Tunstall, and Havergate and get stuck in with practical conservation across the Suffolk Coast and Heaths with the Footprints group of East Suffolk Council.

For more information and for a full list of ‘Join In!’ opportunities, visit http://www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/volunteering/

 

Things to see and do


Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

Read more >


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.


Read more >


Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

Read more >


National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

Discover the story of the Anglo-Saxons at the burial ground of kings

Read more >
Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

Read more >


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.

Read more >


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. 

Read more >


Long Shop Museum

Long Shop Museum

Leiston

Located at the heart of the original Richard Garrett and Sons Town Works, The Long Shop museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavor through its stunning collections, hands-on displays and the remarkable family behind the factory.

Read more >
Wheelchair Accessible


Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Whether it's a traditional Victorian park, a fort in the middle of a forest, or a zip wire along the river, the outdoor play areas on The Suffolk Coast are the perfect place for kids to let off steam and enjoy the great outdoors.

Read more >


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.

Read more >


The Red House

The Red House

Aldeburgh

The music of Benjamin Britten is the soundtrack of the Suffolk coast. At The Red House in Aldeburgh you can explore the life and work of this world-famous composer in the place where he lived and worked.

Read more >
Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Suffolk Libraries

Suffolk Libraries

All of the county's 44 libraries provide a wide range of services including traditional library loans (books, DVDs etc) access to the internet and a range of information materials, free Wi-Fi and activities for people of all ages throughout the year.


Read more >
Free wifi


Wild Days Conservation - Suffolk Coast Holidays

Wild Days Conservation - Suffolk Coast Holidays

A new initiative in 2016 to run wildlife conservation and research holidays on the Suffolk coast, one of Britain's most beautiful places. These are holidays that people will enjoy, even when they're working hard and possibly getting muddy into the bargain!

Read more >


Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The newly restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

Read more >


Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. 

Read more >


Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

Read more >


Lowestoft Tourism

Lowestoft Tourism

Come to Lowestoft for a great day out, short break or family holiday. 

Read more >


Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

Read more >


The Suffolk Punch Trust

The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge

The Suffolk Punch Trust is an educational and environmental charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the Suffolk Punch horse. The Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, is the world’s oldest and largest Suffolk Punch stud farm. It is the perfect place to meet these magnificent horses, to find out how they shaped the landscape of East Anglia and helped to develop farming throughout the Eastern Counties.

Read more >
Dog friendly


Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

Read more >
Free wifi Dog friendly

events


The Suffolk Walking Festival 2017

The Suffolk Walking Festival 2017

Woodbridge | Sat 13th May - Sun 04th Jun 2017

Save the date for this fantastic walking festival, with a large programme of guided walks across Suffolk from the 13th May - 4th June 2017.

Read more >


Big Garden Birdwatch: Big bird cake off

Big Garden Birdwatch: Big bird cake off

Saxmundham | Sat 21st - Sun 22nd Jan 2017

Come and join the team at RSPB Minsmere on the weekend of 21st - 22nd January 2017 and create a cake treat for the birds in your own garden.

Read more >


The Magic of Minsmere – Weekend Walks

The Magic of Minsmere – Weekend Walks

Saxmundham |

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

Read more >


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!

Read more >


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.

Read more >


Health Walks at RSPB Minsmere

Health Walks at RSPB Minsmere

Saxmundham |

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

Read more >


Star Gazing at RSPB Minsmere

Star Gazing at RSPB Minsmere

Westleton |

Join local amateur astronomers to discover what can be seen in the beautiful dark Suffolk skies.

Read more >


Big Garden Birdwatch: Big bird cake off

Big Garden Birdwatch: Big bird cake off

Westleton |

Visit the special bird kitchen, choose your own ingredients and make a bird cake to attract your feathered friends to your garden for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Read more >


Winter Wildfowl at RSPB North Warren

Winter Wildfowl at RSPB North Warren

Aldeburgh |

This is the best time to visit North Warren and see wigeons and white-fronted geese on the grazing marshes.

Read more >


RSPB Havergate Island: Winter on the Island

RSPB Havergate Island: Winter on the Island

Woodbridge | Sat 28th Jan 2017

Visit the wild, windswept Suffolk coast this winter for a truly spectacular birdwatching experience.

Read more >


RSPB Havergate Island: Winter Wildlife River Trip

RSPB Havergate Island: Winter Wildlife River Trip

Woodbridge | Sun 29th Jan 2017

On this trip you will be joined by an RSPB volunteer guide on Regardless where you will enjoy a 2.5 hour trip on the Alde-Ore Estuary and Butley River looking for wintering birds and other wildlife such as seals, geese and ducks.

Read more >


The Sandlings Sessions

The Sandlings Sessions

Snape | Fri 03rd - Sun 05th Feb 2017

FolkEast are delighted to host a weekend of winter workshops, intimate performances and dance at Snape Maltings in the heart of the Suffolk Sandlings, providing a unique opportunity to work and play with some of the UK’s leading folk artists in a stunning setting.

Read more >
Wheelchair Accessible


Art Workshop at Trimley Methodist Church

Art Workshop at Trimley Methodist Church

Felixstowe | Sat 04th Feb 2017

Come and join us at Trimley Methodist Church, Suffolk for an art workshop with artist Geraldine Patey.

Read more >


Stained Glass Workshop

Stained Glass Workshop

Felixstowe | Sat 18th Feb 2017

One day workshop in the art of stained glass with Naomi Brangwyn at her studio in Suffolk.

Read more >


Sea Front Health Walk

Sea Front Health Walk

Felixstowe |

Start your week off with a refreshing walk along the Promenade at Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Read more >