Sun kissed children marching off to school in their crisp new uniforms, golden tinged trees and a nip in the early morning air are all sure signs that summer is slowly ebbing away.
It won’t be long before The Suffolk Coast is swathed in the cloak of autumn; a season which it wears very well…
Think of mellow sunshine walks through carpets of leaves, countryside berry picking rambles and cosy evenings in coastal cottages – The Suffolk Coast really is a destination for all seasons!
Here’s our favourite top 10 ways to make the most of this new season:
1. Berry Picking
There is no shortage of hedge rows on The Suffolk Coast and during late summer and autumn they are abundant with sun ripened berries. Blackberries are a particular favourite and are worth pricking your fingers for if you can persuade someone to make you a blackberry and apple crumble or blackberry jam.
Go well equipped with good walking shoes, a hooked walking stick to coax down the berry laden branches within your reach, gloves and containers to collect the fruit. Make sure children are well supervised and don’t eat unwashed berries!
For downloadable maps and walking routes, check out our 'Walking Guide'.
2. Coastal Walks with your Dog
The autumn is a great time to head over to one of The Suffolk Coast’s glorious beaches – the swathes of summer holiday makers have long gone, making way for a more relaxed stroll along the miles of golden sands and pebbles. And, if it turns a bit chilly, treat yourself to a frothy hot chocolate at a dog-friendly café.
After 1st October most beaches allow dogs to join you too – so it’s a perfect time to take your tail wagging friend away with you for a mid-season break. You’ll find a wide selection of superb cottages that welcome well behaved dogs.
Check out our 'Beaches Guide' for more information!
3. Go Conkers for The Suffolk Coast’s Wildlife!
It’s wonderful to watch the new season unfold and observe the fauna and flora that it has to offer. The Suffolk Countryside is a prime place to discover the wonders of autumn…
Pop on an extra layer if it’s starting to get chilly and venture out into the fields and forests. Take an early morning walk and spot spider webs outlined in dew on hedgerows and meadows.
In early October, The Suffolk Coast bears witness to one of nature’s greatest spectacles; the annual red deer rut. Listen to stags bellowing, watch their posturing and maybe see a clash of antlers. on Dunwich Heath. It’s not just deer either as you may spot foxes stalking rabbits, green woodpeckers searching for ants and much more besides…
And, from Saturday 30th September to Sunday 22nd October 2017, take the amazing opportunity to hire one of the guides from RSPB Minsmere for a 4 X 4 safari around the reserve to observe the red deer at close quarters – A great chance to take some incredible photographs too!
4. Vintage Markets and Quirky Shops
If the weather takes a turn for the worse, it’s the perfect excuse to fit in a spot of retail therapy!
You’ll find all your favourite high street stores in towns such as Ipswich, Felixstowe and Lowestoft, but if you’re looking for something a bit different, pay a visit to one of The Suffolk Coast’s lovely market towns including Beccles, Bungay, Framlingham, Halesworth and Woodbridge or coastal villages and towns including Southwold, Aldeburgh and Orford and browse through quirky little independent stores for a truly unique shopping experience.
There’s always a generous smattering of vintage markets too, if you enjoy the thrill of meandering around stalls in the hope of discovering something rather special. Try the vintage market at Snape Maltings on 10th September and 22nd October – You might even pick up some early Christmas gifts!
5. Food Glorious Food!
When there’s a bit of a nip in the air there’s nothing better than indulging in a lovely home cooked lunch or supper. On The Suffolk Coast you can choose from bistros, cosy cafes, a la carte restaurants or good old pub grub!
Home to some of the UKs best food and drinks producers, you don't want to miss these foodie events:
6. Pedal Your Way into Autumn!
Seize the chance to get out in the great outdoors before you feel the need to hibernate!
Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the beautiful Suffolk Coast, especially when the scenery is a blaze of colour with scarlet and golden leaved trees. There are some superb cycle paths mapped out which are designed to make the most of the fabulous coast and countryside available in our Cycling Guide.
If you are a visitor to the area why not book a holiday with Cycle Breaks and be guided through the outstanding landscape of The Suffolk Coast, with stops in luxury accommodation along the way!
We are lucky to have some fabulous theatres on The Suffolk Coast with West End standard productions.
Book tickets to a range of musicals, concerts, comedians and screenings at The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft, The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe, The Riverside in Woodbridge and The Cut in Halesworth to name but a few.
And no trip to The Suffolk Coast would be complete without catching a concert in the world-famous concert hall at Snape Maltings.
8. Spooky Suffolk
Because Suffolk is steeped with ancient history, you’re never far away from a ghostly legend or a spine chilling ghost story…
One of the best known legends is that of Black Shuck - The beast is said to roam the coastline and countryside of East Anglia, its name possibly derived from the old English word ‘succa’ meaning devil. According to folklore, the spectre haunts the landscapes of East Anglia, primarily coastline, graveyards, side roads, crossroads, bodies of water and dark forests. It's alleged appearance in 1577 at Bungay and Blythburgh is a particularly famous account of the beast, and images of black sinister dogs have become part of the iconography of the area and have appeared in popular culture.
9. Autumn Retreats
With more of us sneaking in an autumn break, there’s no better place to choose than The Suffolk Coast. It’s perfect for quiet romantic getaways or fun half term holidays with the kids.
October is a great time to get away for a few days – The weather is still reasonably mild, you can avoid the summer season crowds and the accommodation prices are reasonable too!
Select from cosy countryside cottages with a warming wood burner for those chilly evenings, luxurious coastal hotels, woodland lodges and action packed holiday parks.
You might even like to brave the chillier weather snuggled up in your own yurt, shepherds hut or airstream trailer! Just remember to pack the hot chocolate!
10. Hole in One!
If you’re a keen golfer or fancy taking up a new hobby, there are some excellent golf courses in Suffolk so why not make a weekend of it?
Situated on the sunny Suffolk Heritage Coast within walking distance to the sea, Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club offers modern accommodation with picturesque views of the golf course.
The course is set on classic British heathland designed by five-time Open Champion and legendary golf course architect James Braid. This Par 70, 18 hole, challenging 6,421 yard course will test golfers of all abilities.
After the 18th hole, celebrate your victory (or commiserate losing your ball in the rough!) with a hearty breakfast, afternoon tea or homemade dinner which are available to hotel guests, golfers and visitors alike.
Combine a golfing break with relaxing spa facilities at Ufford Park Woodbridge, Hotel, Golf and Spa - Spreading out from Ufford Park's 90 bedroom hotel are 120 acres of historic parkland, including their 18-hole championship golf course. The golf course has been used for events including the PGA Europro Tour, and the Best Western Senior Masters. Being a par 71, the selection of short technical and longer holes make it a testing but enjoyable course!
Then relax and enjoy some pampering in the bubbling hydro pool which will massage you with tension-easing, stress-relieving water jets, or you can try the ice fountain and tropical showers for revitalising, tingling stimulation. The mineral grotto is a relaxing, steamy room full of exotic fragrances, while essences in the aroma steam room will gently cleanse and energise the body…
The two courses at Woodbridge Golf Club are set in the beautiful surroundings of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A haven for golfers of all ages and abilities; the 18-hole Heath course provides a serious golfer's challenge all year round, whilst the full length nine-hole Forest course is suitable for all standards.