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.
Heading up a comprehensive list of Blue Flag beaches along The Suffolk Coast, Lowestoft’s golden sandy beach has long been a favourite for holiday makers. During the summer months, a host of activities and events are held along the beach and nearby Royal Green, including water sports, volleyball and the traditional summer fair.
Just a mile down the coast sits the pretty coastal village of Kessingland; where you will find sandy shores and windswept dunes, perfect for birdwatching and fishing, the beach is one of many that make up an area of outstanding natural beauty along our coast.
With brightly coloured beach huts and a Victorian Pier, Southwold beach is popular destination for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some traditional seaside delights. Be sure to take a stroll along the pier, and look out for Punch and Judy during school holidays.
Just across The Blyth, after trip on the ferry, you will cross over to Walberswick, where crabbing is the order of the day at the village’s harbour. The beach is wide, wild and wonderful; popular with aspiring surfers and kite surfers and the perfect spot for children to run and swim in the summer months. And after a hard day’s catching, head to one of the pubs along the harbour with views across Southwold and out to sea.
Once a prosperous seaport, the village of Dunwich has slowly slipped into the sea. It’s as famous for its haunting tales, with tales of ghostly bells ringing from under the sea, as it is for its glorious heath land. If you have a passion for wildlife, the hides situated between Dunwich and Minsmere provide fantastic places to catch sightings of the local wildlife and take stunning photographs too. The quiet beaches are an idyllic spot for a picnic, come rain or shine.
The beach at Aldeburgh stretches from the Martello tower, overlooking the town’s yacht harbour, to the south, to Maggie Hambling’s controversial Scallop sculpture to the north of the town. Don’t leave Aldeburgh without eating fish and chips while sitting on the sea wall.
From Aldeburgh it’s a short hop north to Thorpeness, famously known for the House in the Clouds (allegedly home to the fairies) and the Mere. The village was originally a small fishing hamlet in the late 19th century, with folklore stories of it being a route for smugglers into East Anglia, today the beach is a favourite with dog walkers and an afternoon spent flying a kite.
For the complete traditional seaside experience, the award-winning beaches in Felixstowe have been rated with the top award ‘Recommended’ in the Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide for excellent standards of water quality. Once a favourite with Edwardian society, the sand and shingle beach still encompasses a bucket-and-spade beach and children’s amusements, seafront gardens, and pier.
Whatever the weather, be it action or relaxation you desire, the beaches along The Suffolk Coast are not to be missed.