There is so much to love about the Suffolk Coast. Here are just a few stories about the people, places and events that make the Suffolk Coast truly special.
There’s no denying that the countdown to December 25th has begun…
Christmas TV adverts are in full flow, all of them enticing us to buy the latest ‘must have’ gadgets and celebrity perfumes for our nearest and dearest.
What better way to celebrate the festive season than waking up on The Suffolk Coast come Christmas morning.
Whether you want to spend time with family and friends, fancy a romantic few days away with a loved one, or desire nothing more than some peace and quiet alone to escape the Christmas chaos, these accommodation providers all have Christmas and New Year availability so you can book a last-minute Christmas getaway!
From the usual socks, slippers and perfume to more unusual gifts such as sailing days, theatre tickets and food hampers - the ideal Christmas present is available on The Suffolk Coast!
The festive season is in full swing; the lights have been lit, the mulled wine sipped and Father Christmas is making his way to The Suffolk Coast to meet excited boys and girls.
As we hurtle towards December, thoughts turn to the festivities; carol services, Christmas fairs and of course, the annual lights switch ons! Our guide has all you need to know to plan a Christmas season that's full of festive fun!
Celebrate the festive season this year with Christmas on The Suffolk Coast; from Christmas markets and fine foods, to coastal retreats and boutique hotel stays; there's something to suit all tastes at this special time of year..
The festive season is almost here! It's time to don the sparkles, shine those shoes and celebrate in style with friends, families and colleagues. And you're spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas parties on The Suffolk Coast; with everything from Black Tie balls to 1920s themed dinner dances on offer.
As a county steeped in history and heritage, it’s little wonder that The Suffolk Coast has more than its fair share of stunning historic houses and halls to boast of. We've put together our top picks for you to explore...
A visit to The Suffolk Coast in winter is a truly unique experience; as the crowds seeking sunny days by the sea have headed home, it becomes a place to get away from it all, experience something new, and recharge the batteries.
Whether you travel from afar or are just a short drive away, make sure these things to do are on your bucket list!
Snape Maltings have announced their largest year-round programme of concerts and events to date.
Suffolk Escape Room is situated in the unique location of an original war time Nissen Hut on the edge of an American style Trailer Park; immersing 2-8 players into an Area 51 themed experience.
Remember, remember the 5th of November and celebrate bonfire night on The Suffolk Coast!
You’ve set out for a bracing walk, rambled through the woods and strolled along the beach. Now it’s time for some sustenance and there’s nothing more delicious than tucking into a roast dinner for Sunday Lunch!
And you’re spoilt for choice for places that serve crispy roast potatoes, succulent joints of beef and fluffy Yorkshire puddings; not forgetting apple pie and custard for dessert! We’ve chosen a few across The Suffolk Coast for you to try this autumn and winter.
Whatever the weather a stroll along the seafronts of The Suffolk Coast is always a joy.
And now, with winter heading our way, it’s time to wrap up warm and take a stroll along the Prom.
The Suffolk Coast is renowned for its ghoulish ghost stories, ancient legends and tales of witchcraft so we really don’t have to try very hard when it comes to getting all spooked up for Halloween!
Prepare yourselves for a veritable fest of creepy capers taking place throughout The Suffolk Coast this October that are guaranteed to get you into the spirit of All Hallows Eve!
Relax and unwind with a luxury massage or facial, and feel the tension leave your body as you slip into a jacuzzi bath whilst you sip a glass of bubbly at one of these spa breaks on The Suffolk Coast!
You've rushed out of work, packed the car and driven to The Suffolk Coast; and as you step onto the sand and gaze out at the waves crashing on the shore, the stresses and strains of everyday life fade away...
Whether you're want to read the paper, while away an hour or two or get a caffeine kick to fuel a busy day, here on The Suffolk Coast, we roast our own, grind our own and serve some seriously good ristrettos!
Why not celebrate the end of the summer by donning some sturdy shoes and exploring The Suffolk Coast in the best possible way – by foot!
Something fabulous is happening in Felixstowe. The story of Philip Thicknesse, Governor of Landguard Fort 1753- 66, is being brought to life in the place where it all happened.
Over 90 award-winning food and drink producers from Suffolk will be descending upon Snape Maltings on 23rd and 24th September for the 2017 Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival.
From 7th - 10th September, many of The Suffolk Coast's museums and historic buildings will be opening their doors to celebrate this year's Heritage Open Days.
October marks the start of the dramatic mating season for red deer males. It’s winner takes all, with the dominant male taking control of the females and earning the right to mate with them. The best place to watch the drama unfold? RSPB Minsmere on The Suffolk Coast!
Stage Six of Britain’s premier road cycling race, the Tour of Britain, will take place entirely within Suffolk, a first for the county, on Friday 8th September heading east from Newmarket to the finish in the centre of Aldeburgh on the East Suffolk Coast.
The Swan, Southwold has undergone an exciting transformation and is relaunching this Autumn
For most supporters of sides in the Bostik Premier Division, a visit to Leiston is filled with regret.
The August bank holiday is just a few days away, so we've picked a few things for you to see and do on The Suffolk Coast.
Discover the intriguing past of Lowestoft's historic beach village; once home to a thriving fishing community.
With wide, sandy beaches, award-winning attractions, heathland, woodland and waterways to explore, The Suffolk Coast is a great place to stay with kids.
With around 90 acts performing at this year’s FolkEast, there’s every chance to tap your foot (and anything else that moves!) to a fantastic and diverse piece of music.
Exploring the east coast of England has now been made even easier, with the launch of The Coastal Pass. The interactive booking tool allows visitors to design their own itineraries, explore and book their holidays to the east coast of England at the click of a button.
Summer is here and if you like nothing more than enjoying a pint whilst watching a band play on a warm summer's evening, then you're in for a treat on The Suffolk Coast!
Check out our summer gig guide for where and when you can catch some live music.
The summer holidays are here! Whether you're visiting on holiday or are local to The Suffolk Coast, there's plenty on offer to keep the kids entertained!
What better way to entertain the kids this summer than packing up the picnic hamper and heading out across The Suffolk Coast for a spot of al fresco dining!
Sea Spice, which offers classic and contemporary Indian cuisine at the White Lion Hotel on Aldeburgh’s seafront, is running the next in its series of hands-on cookery masterclasses on Thursday, 10th August.
Music blogger Paul Amer shares with us his festival 'must-sees!'
Head to Walberswick on Saturday 8th July to see the new Walberswick Ferry, Boat Charlie, launch at midday!
Plan a summer of fun on The Suffolk Coast this July! There's plenty on offer to suit all ages and tastes!
Due to the growing demand for the delicious baked goods on offer, the Cake Shop Bakery in Woodbridge is expanding!
For one weekend only, the picturesque Victorian farm buildings of Easton Farm Park are set to be transformed into a celebration of Americana!
In 1967, Horace and Celia Cooney bought Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop from the, then, owner, Mr Cooper when their son Peter was 11 years old.
Wednesday 21st June marks the 1st annual Suffolk Day! To mark the occasion, check out our 'Insider's Guide to Suffolk!'.
With miles of beautiful coastline, it's no wonder The Suffolk Coast is home to some of the UKs best fish and seafood producers.
So whether it's mussels, mackerel, lobsters or skate that whet your appetite, visit these seafood restaurants and shops for a taste of The Suffolk Coast.
Where better to treat your Dad to a day out than The Suffolk Coast! These gift experiences are guaranteed to show Dad how much you care...
There's nothing quite like waking up to a sea view, and these hotels on The Suffolk Coast offer you just that!
A short break or holiday on The Suffolk Coast, is a unique experience, especially if you choose to stay at one of the many quirky places to stay!
FolkEast festival is just a couple of months away, and this year's festival promises to be bigger and better than ever! Paul Amer from The Suffolk Coast popped along to the press launch to find out what's in store for festival goers this year...
As we head towards the longest day, make the most of the warm weather and long evenings at one of the many events being held across The Suffolk Coast this June.
For all you BBC Radio 4 'Archers' fans, it’s out of the bag, never mind Justin Elliott’s love affair with Lillian - Aldeburgh on The Suffolk Coast is one of Justin and Miranda’s favourite places, providing them with that vital London bolt hole and a second home that’s up for grabs as part of their impending divorce settlement!
On Sunday 23rd April, authentic sea shanties choir; the Rogues Chorus will be making a rare performance of music and stories about Suffolk at the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft.
The three-day weekend is almost here, and with temperatures meant to reach the mid-twenties across The Suffolk Coast, where better to spend the day than at the beach! Pack your picnic, pop on your flip flops and head to one of these 5 beaches...
Opening at the Lettering Arts Centre from 2nd June to 2nd October 2017, as part of Snape Maltings’ 50th anniversary celebrations for its world famous concert hall, the Lettering arts trust presents “Orchestra of Letters” bringing together a remarkable ensemble of all the disciplines associated with the art of lettering.
Situated in Pakefield, near Lowestoft, Pakefield Riding School is the oldest riding centre and stables in East Anglia. Located close to the beach, the school offers a range of activities to suit all levels of rider.
1st August - 1st September 2017.
Following last year’s hugely successful Snape Proms, Snape Maltings has announced the line-up for 2017.
The annual Suffolk Walking Festival kicks off on 13th May and runs until 4th June. Whether you're a seasoned rambler or a family looking to explore, there's a walk or event for you!
There's plenty to do to keep the whole family entertained on The Suffolk Coast this half term...
Our guide has all you need to know to plan your holiday this May!
Pitch your tent, hook up your caravan or treat yourself to a luxury glamping pod at Run Cottage Touring Park.
There's a jam-packed month of events ahead in May; concerts, exhibitions, antique fairs, walking, festivals and food.
The United States 8th Army Air Force (USAAF) arrived in Suffolk in 1942. Between then and 1945 there were thousands of USAAF personnel stationed in the county. They included bomber and fighter groups. The impact of this Friendly Invasion was enormous, and has left many lasting links between our two countries.
Experience the beauty and charm of Woodhall Manor near Woodbridge in Suffolk. Whether you are looking for an exceptional business event or an exclusive wedding, the Victorian Manor House and venue offer a wide range of options for every celebration, conference, meeting or event.
Make the most of the glorious British weather this Spring and book a last minute short break with Durrants Holiday Cottages...
Now that spring is here and summer will soon be upon us, the region's biggest and best attractions located on The Suffolk Coast are now open for the season!
What better way to discover The Suffolk Coast than with a night under the stars on a camping holiday. From campsites, caravans and campervans to shepherds huts, bell tents and airstream trailers, our family camping guide has all you need to plan your holiday...
For three years the BBC Springwatch cameras have brought some of RSPB Minsmere’s incredible wildlife to your TV screens. The cameras may have gone elsewhere this year, but the wildlife remains, and as they celebrate their 70th anniversary there are more reasons than ever to plan your next (or first) visit to Minsmere.
The Easter holidays are here and there's a huge range of events on offer across The Suffolk Coast.
From Farmers Markets and Cookery Clubs, to famiily concerts and Easter egg hunts... We've picked a few for you to add to your diary!
2017 sees the 350th Anniversary of the Battle for Landguard Fort and the last land invasion of England!
There are plenty of things to do and see on offer across The Suffolk Coast this April; live music, art exhibitions, family concerts, sailing, cooking and Easter egg hunts!
At the heart of this year’s Easter Weekend, Snape Maltings offers a programme of concerts and events which offer contemplation and celebration.
The ultimate in kitch glamping, Happy Days Retro Vacations offer a truly unique holiday experience...
Owner Jenni Armstrong shares with us her favourite things about The Suffolk Coast.
The 26th March is fast approaching, these Mothers Day present ideas are the perfect way to treat Mum...
Set amongst six acres of woodland, with babbling streams and natural ponds, Wardley Hill Campsite is a haven for those seeking a relaxed holiday, amongst the beautiful countryside of The Suffolk Coast...
A fantastic Holiday panto for all the family is planned next month as one of two Easter family shows at the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe.
The Easter holidays are a great time to visit The Suffolk Coast. The days are getting longer, the weather slightly warmer, and many of the family favourite attractions are opening for the season. Our guide has all you need to know to plan your family Easter break...
Live music, dance, theatre and comedy, author talks and cookery workshops; there's a jam-packed month of events this March...
Travel back in time to the scene of the crime to witness the aftermath of some dark deeds at the next instalment of The Long Shop Museum's hugely popular, murder mystery on Saturday 18th March.
As the winter weather is beginning to break and the days are drawing out, we’ve listed 6 things to do that should be on your itinerary during a Spring trip to The Suffolk Coast...
Local grassroots organisation FILM Suffolk announces that the collaborative feature film With Love from Suffolk is now available to purchase online from Amazon.
Once a haunt of smugglers, The Ship at Dunwich, nestled in between Southwold, Aldeburgh and RSPB Minsmere in Suffolk, isn't just a beautiful place to eat, drink, relax and get away from it all - it's also part of a great story.
There's a jam-packed schedule of events across The Suffolk Coast this February; from romantic nights out and fun, family days to live music, theatre and workshops...
If you didn't know already, multi-award winning songwriter and singer Ed Sheeran is a fellow Suffolk Coaster!
An all-seasons destination, there’s no doubt that The Suffolk Coast is a popular choice for a summer holiday, but head here during the colder months and you get a completely different experience, we’ve picked just a few reasons you should visit during the winter…
The Salthouse Harbour Hotel is located on Ipswich's historic marina, with individually designed rooms and an award-winning restaurant, it's a contemporary boutique hotel ideal for a weekend away...
Christmas is coming and what better way to start off your festive fun than treating the family to a traditional Panto experience complete with a visit to the fabulous cafe, bar and restaurant at this beautiful seaview theatre!
Michael Portillo will be putting the Long Shop Museum in Leiston in the Spotlight in this Friday’s BBC2 TV show Great British Railway Journeys
Situated on the banks of the River Waveney, we've listed just a few reasons you should put the pretty market town of Beccles on your 'must-visit' hit list this winter...
Whether you enjoy being outside and exploring our beautiful coast and countryside or you prefer to stay in the warm with a night at the theatre or slap up meal, there's plenty to keep you entertained on The Suffolk Coast this January...
No sooner has the turkey, mince pies and copious amounts of chocolates been consumed, the New Year beckons along with the obligatory well intended resolutions.
But before we resign ourselves to the healthy diets and fitness regimes, let’s celebrate the last days of 2016 on The Suffolk Coast…
It’s the time for that ‘post-Christmas day syndrome’ when we’re all feeling slightly guilty about over indulging on the food and drink during the festive break!
The playwright George Bernard Shaw reckons ‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food’…
If this is the case, then we’re certainly all loved up on The Suffolk Coast!
There's no better way to celebrate Christmas than with a dip in the North Sea! But if you would prefer to stay dry and cheer on those brave enough to don their bathers, pop along to one of the many Christmas Day Dips on The Suffolk Coast.
When it comes to Christmas, luxurious food and drink come top of the list, and you can be sure to find the very best festive fayre right here on The Suffolk Coast!
From turkeys, sausages and ham, cheeses, breads and chutneys to hand-crafted gifts, designer clothes and art; the Christmas Markets on The Suffolk Coast have all you need this Christmas!
"Deck the halls with boughs of holly…"
Whatever Christmas means to you it’s always a great time to bestow your home with lovely decorations and indulge in extra special festive fodder.
It's that time of year again; when children aged 0-90 head to the theatre for some festive family pantomime fun!
Our pantomime guide has all you need to know...
There's a jam-packed programme of events taking place across The Suffolk Coast this December...
Marc Brown is an artist living and working on the Suffolk Coast. Like many artists that make their home here, Marc is drawn to the many-faceted coastline as the subject matter of his art. What makes him different is that, more than any other artist we’ve spoken to, Marc knows and understands the mercurial, playful and sometimes dangerous nature of the sea. His latest photographic work, a visceral collection called The Sea Chronicle, documents a year of daily swims in the North Sea. We asked him to tell us a bit more about it, and about the calm, spacious oil paintings of coastal scenes that provide its perfect contrast…
Following the announcement earlier in November that Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings have become a single organisation, the newly rebranded Snape Maltings shows off the breadth of its offerings this December with a site-wide festive weekend.
On Friday 18 November, 800 children from 23 Suffolk schools will gather in Snape Maltings Concert Hall to sing this year’s set of songs written especially for the Friday Afternoons project by British composer Jonathan Dove with lyrics by Alasdair Middleton.
Suffolk Coast Greeter Deborah Wargate explains why she loves The Suffolk Coast in the Autumn and introduces us to a few of her favourite activities.
The swallows and nightingales may have migrated south for the winter, but there’s still some amazing wildlife encounters to be experienced at RSPB Minsmere during the colder winter months.
This weekend is the 22nd Aldeburgh Documentary Festival, and whilst many events are sold out, it's not too late for you to pop along to this unique festival on The Suffolk Coast.
Fireworks,festivals, theatre and festivities are aplenty this November on The Suffolk Coast.
For full events listings, check out our 'What's On' guide, or take a look below to discover places to go and things to do this month.
Fancy a vineyard tour and a spot of wine tasting without having to take a trip over to the continent? Then head over to The Suffolk Coast. You’ll be surprised to know that we give Alsace and Bordeaux a run for their money!
Rich in history, The Suffolk Coast is the setting for a fair few spooky tales!
From forts and castles to pubs and houses; spend a day exploring The Suffolk Coast’s most haunted spots this Halloween!
Every great story depends on an intriguing plot. Whether it’s a film, book, soap-opera, adventure trail or, as in this case, a ‘room escape’. The latest venture at the Suffolk Food Hall is blessed with the perfect story to throw down a gauntlet in its Puzzle Room.
It’s officially autumn!
The days are shorter and there’s a distinctive freshness in the air… It’s nearly half term!
Why not snatch the opportunity to take some days out or even a break with the family and escape to The Suffolk Coast? There is so much on offer here – the weather is still beautifully mild, the summer crowds long gone and the out of season accommodation prices are very affordable!
Even though there are 3 shows still to look forward to in October, Felixstowe Spa Pavilion thought it was time to look ahead to November. Not least because next month sees their first anniversary, which they are marking with two fantastic shows.
The Suffolk Coast has fast become the destination of choice when searching out great food & drink – a foodies paradise.
But perhaps less well-known is the vast wealth of music, art, theatre and literature that we have.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and plan a weekend of culture in the relaxing setting of the Suffolk Coast.
The Suffolk Coast has well and truly established itself as foodie destination.
As the nights begin to draw in, days are chillier and the outdoor pursuits of the summer become slightly less attractive, why not use your time to take up that craft that you have always wanted to master or, rekindle a skill that you already have?
The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival is back for a fifth year, starting today and running until 2nd October, the festival brings together an exciting programme of foodie offers and events to celebrate local shellfish and other local produce.
Woodbridge has always been a beautiful place to visit, but is now seeking to put itself firmly on the map by becoming the first accredited Walkers are Welcome town in Suffolk.
Here on The Suffolk Coast, shellfish and seafood are in abundance and we are home to some of the UK's top producers; Oysters from Pinneys of Orford and Mussels from Simpers of Suffolk feature on menus across the country, including The Crown at Woodbridge, The Ramsholt Arms and The Brudenell.
Two of Suffolk’s leading champions of new musical talent present a Saturday evening marathon of exciting bands and songwriters.
You would be forgiven for thinking that The Suffolk Coast, best known for its award-winning beaches, shuts up shop when the last of the summer visitors packs away their bucket and spade. On the contrary! As summer slowly drifts away a new and exciting season dawns on The Suffolk Coast…
Whether it's a romantic break for two, a week exploring the great outdoors or family getaway, there's something to suit all this autumn.
The Suffolk Coast has an enviable reputation for hosting great arts and culture events.
And if a night at the theatre is right up your street, there’s bound to be something you’ll love to see happening this autumn...
Unlike most visitor attractions, the wildlife adventure park, Africa Alive! near Lowestoft is open all year round which means that whenever you choose to visit the Suffolk Coast, you can guarantee there will be the chance to fit in a visit.
Adnams, the Suffolk-based brewer and distiller, has unveiled two new rye-based spirits, Rising Sun Gin and Rye Hill Vodka. Both spirits have been produced from rye grown by Adnams’ chairman, Jonathan Adnams, at his farm in Reydon, which is close to the distillery in Southwold.
Internationally reknowned for discovering playwrights and producing new plays, HighTide Festival makes a welcome return to the seaside town of Aldeburgh this September.
The Suffolk Coast is steeped in history. From the Anglo-Saxons to modern history of the 20th Century, there are places to visit and things to do that will immerse you in the fascinating past of the Suffolk Coast.
The seaside town of Felixstowe has long been a popular resort with visitors since Victorian times, especially for Londoners escaping The Big Smoke for a breath of exhilarating sea air!
Tucked away at the north of the Suffolk Coast is the Waveney Valley – a hidden gem.
The River Waveney rises on the Norfolk / Suffolk border near the village of Redgrave, winds its way towards Bungay, on to Beccles and Oulton Broad before reaching the sea at Lowestoft.
FolkEast showcases folk music and art at its best, from near and far, with an added Suffolk twist.
It’s hosted at the Great Glemham Estate and runs from 19th - 21st August 2016.
Hop on board the open top bus and explore The Suffolk Coast!
The Suffolk Coast has plenty of fantastic places to grab a drink or a bite to eat.
We’ve picked some pubs and cafés that you’ll love to visit – great food, great drink and a great atmosphere – what more could you want?
When there are so many fabulous beaches here on the Suffolk Coast, it seems such a shame not to spend a day exploring them all!
The pretty and slightly quirky village of Thorpeness is a joy to visit at any time of the year with its lovely beach, magical Meare, mock Tudor houses and the fairy-tale ‘House in the Clouds’.
Carnivals epitomise the essence of British summertime – The Suffolk Coast is no exception so celebrate summer in style this year!
Yes, it’s that time again, the long 6 weeks school summer holiday stretches before us.
As summer stretches before us and the weather gets warmer, it’s a rare pleasure to be able to dine alfresco.
We dream of warm, long summer days all winter. So now that it’s finally here let’s not waste a minute of it!
Love cycling? Then you’ll love the Dunwich Dynamo.
Now in its 24th year, this night time ride from Hackney to Dunwich, on the Suffolk Coast, is a must in the summer calendar for many cyclists.
For the second year running the bustling seaside town of Lowestoft will be hosting its Summer Festival from 9th to 24th July.
The Suffolk coastline is perfect for old fashioned family fun, from dabbling in rock pools to trying your hand at a spot of crabbing!
If you like nothing better than getting out on the water then the Suffolk Coast has so much to offer.
Whether you’re having a day out on the Suffolk Coast or you’re coming here for your family holiday you’ll be looking for somewhere pleasant to have a break and a bite to eat.
A new sculpture, Myriad by artist David Rickard and architect Germano Di Chello, has been installed on the Henry Moore Lawn at Snape Maltings and is open for visitors!
Visitors to the Waveney area of the Suffolk Coast can now pick up information while they shop or eat, thanks to the launch of seventeen new Visitor Information Points.
Pop open the Champagne and get those strawberries ready for the cream – The Suffolk Coast is getting ready to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in style!
The 2016 Aldeburgh Festival opens on 10th June – 23rd June with a 17-day celebration with birds, circus and pianos at its heart.
We are blessed with a kind climate and sandy soils on The Suffolk Coast which allows our crops of vegetables to thrive and grow into some of the tastiest in the country.
The Beccles Triathlon attracts well-seasoned Triathletes from far and wide but they also welcome newcomers too.
Suffolk has so much to celebrate, and what better way to do it than in a two day extravaganza which showcases everything we love about our county – The Suffolk Show!
With the warmer weather comes a hot line up of attractions and activities on The Suffolk Coast to keep youngsters, and the young at heart, completely entertained this spring bank half term holiday.
Venture over to the pretty market town of Beccles on Saturday 28th June and you may find more than you bargained for!
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…Oh, we do like to be beside the sea… Especially if it has an award winning Blue Flag beach!
Visitors to the seaside town on Felixstowe can expect to see a couple of new additions this summer in the form of beach huts!
Summer on The Suffolk Coast simply wouldn’t be quite the same without the annual FolkEast weekend, and it’s so much more than just a festival…
Hippocrates said that ‘walking is man’s best medicine’ - the organising team of the Suffolk Walking Festival would agree whole heartedly that ambulating in the fresh air benefits both the body and soul!
In typical English tradition, Whitsun has long been a day of feasting and merrymaking…
One visit to The Suffolk Coast is all it takes to get hooked on the beautiful countryside, the tranquility, the big skies, the beaches - simply the sheer delight in being able to get away from it all.
Springwatch on The Suffolk Coast - lambs frisking about in the spring sunshine, a distant Bittern boom and the songful chirrup of birds in the budding trees…
2006 marked the birth of something very special and quite extraordinary on The Suffolk Coast… Now, as we fast approach its 11th anniversary, the Latitude Festival returns even richer in its diversity of entertainment to please visitors of all ages and genres!
Minsmere is deservedly popular as a visitor destination. However, it is possible to still get a taste of the reserve experienced by visitors in the early years of the reserve with this walk, which skirts the edge of the RSPB reserve and its famous neighbour, the National Trust’s Dunwich Heath.
Picture the scene - a community gathering on the village green, Morris dancing, children weaving themselves around the maypole and the distant strains of a brass band…
May Day celebrations date back to Anglo-Saxon times and the pagan festival of Beltane which supposedly marks the beginning of summer (even though summertime doesn’t officially begin until June!).
For centuries people have flocked to the seaside to take in the fresh salty air, the sound of waves lapping at the shore and the exhilarating coastal breeze…but not everyone likes the feel of sand beneath their feet!
It may not feel like it right now but the lazy, hazy days of summer are edging ever closer to us, so why not brighten up the winter blues by planning which of the wonderful array of festivals and fiestas you'll take part in on the Suffolk coast this year.....
The Suffolk Coast is famous for being a treasure house for antiques. Whether you are interested in furniture or decorative items in your home, splendid jewellery, or something very precious and beautiful to keep as an investment - Suffolk is the place to come!
Along with the iconic fish & chips and rock, piers have become a staple of British seaside life for more than two centuries now and are firm favourites on the Suffolk Coast too.
With miles of award-winning coastline, what better way to explore the stunning Suffolk coast than by the seas, rivers and estuaries of The Suffolk Coast.
Whether you remain wrapped up and warm or are happy to don the wetsuit come rain or shine, exploring The Suffolk Coast by water is an unforgettable experience.
Whether you're staying here on holiday, visiting for the day or travelling around our coastline, there's something to see and do to suit everyone on The Suffolk Coast this Easter.
We've put together our pick of the top 'things to do', from food and drink, history and heritage to art and literature, attractions and events...
New golf challenge allows amateur golfers to test game against Tour stars during season’s four Majors
The sun is out and the air is mild; it's the perfect time to pop on the walking shoes and head out into the great outdoors to spot the signs of spring. We've put together a selection of our favourite spring walks; taking in snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells, birds chirping and blossom scents.
Once upon a time, the only way you would get to see a lavish stage production was by heading off to London. These days we’re fortunate that award-winning West End shows travel to The Suffolk Coast!
Anthony Cullen has an impressive photographic history. He’s documented an epic trans-European journey from Birmingham to Bejing, been dubbed photographer of the year and worked for prestigious, household-name clients for twenty years. After such an eventful career, Cullen has now settled with his family on the Suffolk Coast, and runs his own photography courses from his studio in Pin Mill. We asked him to tell us a little about himself.
As the Official Beer Partner at The Boat Races, Adnams is inviting fans to enjoy the famous Oxford versus Cambridge Boat Races from its bar along the route.
Mark Ward is an artist, living and painting in Halesworth on the Suffolk Coast. He moved to the area fifteen years ago, drawn there by the abundance of birds, the year-round music at Aldeburgh and Snape, and the beauty of the coast itself. However, even though Mark is attracted to the coastal landscapes surrounding his home, they do not feature in his work. In fact, he paints scenes of an altogether more dreamlike kind.
Lowestoft holds the rather curious title of being the most Easterly point in the British Isles, something many people may consider an underrated title given the modest surroundings of Ness Point.
Local restaurateur, Vernon Blackmore, and artisan coffee roaster, Paddy Bishopp, are launching a new street food concept 'Bubble & Squid' at a fundraising ‘pop up’ at Woodbridge Tide Mill on 2nd April.
A £3.5 million coastal protection scheme at Lowestoft’s South Beach is approaching completion, with the promenade and majority of the beach reopening to the public.
It’s the time of year when we say thank you to all the mums, step-mums, grandmothers and aunties for all they have done, and what better way to show her how much she means to you than with a day out on The Suffolk Coast
Home to some of the UK's most beautiful landscapes, The Suffolk Coast is the perfect location to get down on bended knee this Leap Year, or any time of year for that matter!
It seems like a long winter with the kids cooped up at home welded to the TV or computer games! But, don’t wait for the spring to arrive before blowing away those cobwebs!
Next week, young ornithologists across the country are being encouraged to make a nestbox for the local wildlife to enjoy as part of National Nestbox Week, and there are plenty of places on The Suffolk Coast that you can take the family to join in the fun!
Cupid’s bow is poised and ready to fill hearts with affection this Valentine’s Day, but candle lit dinners, a night at the cinema, and countryside walks can start to wear a little thin with even the hardened romantics among us!
Here on the Suffolk Coast, we are completely spoilt with a huge selection of local food and drink producers, selling jams, honey, Suffolk-cured ham, strawberries, asparagus, breads, cheeses and ales... you name it, we make it!
The Aviva Women’s Tour, taking place from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th June, has today presented a new-look route for 2016!
This recipe was part of The Artisan Smokehouse‘s top award winning dish at The Great British Foodies competition at Tate Britain this year. It’s ideal for an appetiser or as a cheese course for a festive meal. It only takes 10 minutes to make and can be made days in advance!
A Celebration of Schools’ Music is the result of a long-standing partnership between Aldeburgh Music and Suffolk County Council.
On Wednesday 27th January the sixth VAULT Festival will open its doors - eight spaces within one venue, three bars and a very special pop-up restaurant fill the labyrinthine vaults beneath London’s Waterloo Station.
The Aldeburgh Cinema Trust has initiated and organised the first Aldeburgh & Suffolk Coastal Young People’s Film Festival as part of an ongoing project to develop the provision of high quality film and creative activity offers for children, young people and their families in the Suffolk Coastal area.
The Aldeburgh Festival 2016 programme has been announced – a 17-day celebration of music and arts with circus, birds and pianos at its heart.
When you think of great photography spots around the globe, you probably think of mountainous horizons, clear blue seascapes or deep green jungles. None of which are available on our doorstep. But in England and particularly on The Suffolk Coast, we have a different sort of landscape at hand and equally as beautiful for those wanting to capture nature with a click of a camera.
The Suffolk Coast is rich in natural beauty; nature reserves, marshland and The Broads. Whether your camera is glued to your hip or you like to take a few snaps as you enjoy walking the dogs, The Suffolk Coast has some excellent locations to help you embrace your inner photographer and see life through a lens.
Want to get a true taste of The Suffolk Coast? Then book a holiday with Wild Days Conservation!
Local artist Maggi Hambling’s work is profoundly influenced by her Suffolk childhood and visits to the Suffolk Coast.
A brand New Year - the time when we typically look at making some radical changes in our lives; learning new skills and embracing new experiences.
As the UK's most easterly coast and the first place to see the sunrise you are well placed to see in the new year on The Suffolk Coast
Now, we all love spending time together with family, friends and loved ones over the Christmas holidays - but after an overdose of festive food, drink and ‘The Sound of Music’, it’s quite nice to escape for an hour or so…
With windswept beaches, cosy cafes, country pubs with roaring fires and boutique hotels it's easy to see why The Suffolk Coast is the ideal place for a romantic getaway...
The Friday Afternoons singing project by Aldeburgh Music
is inspiring thousands of young people across UK, with young people from Suffolk taking part in the ‘Big Sing’ on Friday 20 November.
Having received more than 170 entries from artists, designers and architects, Aldeburgh Music
has now announced the winning entry in the competition to design a family-friendly viewing sculpture for Snape Maltings.
Veteran oak trees are a characteristic feature of Suffolk’s landscape, some of which are thought to be over 500 years old.
The Suffolk Coast is known to be steeped in ancient legends and myths, not least the chilling legend of a ghostly dog by the name of Black Shuck!
The Suffolk Coast has a thriving folk music scene, which reaches its zenith every summer with the FolkEast Festival at Glemham Hall. And not only is the Suffolk Coast the perfect environment in which to write and perform folk music: with its mythic history, ruinous abbeys and mysterious legends, the Suffolk Coast also makes excellent folk song subject matter.
Did you know that The Suffolk Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Thanks to the AONB and Adnams, you can now explore the areas; from coast and country to marsh and heath.
Sausages are part and parcel of our national diet – a comfort food, a fast food and extremely versatile to boot.
The tension is palpable. We wait with baited breath. A fight is brewing. Will one protagonist back down, or will violent conflict follow?
The legendary ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev once said ‘You live as long as you dance’.
Woodbridge Tide Mill gets youngsters baking at the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival
Think of the Suffolk Coast and you’ll picture big skies, fantastic countryside, family holidays and so much more.
As we head into Autumn and the weather starts to change, now’s the time to dig out the warm clothing, the walking shoes and head to the fabulous beaches along The Suffolk Coast.
Great days out on The Suffolk Coast don’t have to cost a small fortune, in fact some of them are completely FREE!
With the Dig Deep
festival of races coming up this weekend, you may spot a runner or cyclist packing in some last minute training.
Pictures of brightly coloured beach huts are synonymous with The Suffolk Coast; from the simple wooden shed, to the extravagantly painted hut with veranda, beach hut living is not just for the summer months, for some, it’s a way of life.
With miles of winding quiet country roads, coastal paths and riverside tracks, The Suffolk Coast is the ideal place for all levels of cyclist; from families with children to those wanting to set off at a slightly more demanding pace.
This weekend, festival-goers from across the land will be making their way to Glemham for a celebration of folk and traditional music as FolkEast gets underway!
The British summer can be a bit hit and miss. But whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring down, there's a day out on The Suffolk Coast to entertain the whole family.
With miles of beautiful coastline, The Suffolk Coast is fast becoming a top spot for Kitesurfing in the UK. We spoke to Andre Smith from Airborne Kitesurf to discover how you can have your own kitesurfing experience this summer...
The Suffolk Coast is a haven for wildlife photographers. As an area of outstanding natural beauty, home to RSPB Minsmere
and RSPB Havergate Island, there are plenty of opportunities to capture on camera some of our rare wildlife.
The summer holidays can be expensive and the six week break hard to fill, but here on The Suffolk Coast you don't have to spend a penny to have a fun, memory-making day out...
The Suffolk Coast is famous for it's sunrises, and boy are they spectacular! We've picked our top 5 places to see the sunrise, so pack a flask of tea, set your alarm and head to The Suffolk Coast...
If you've driven along the A12 near Glemham recently, you may have spotted a rather unusual addition to the landscape...
When it comes to local food producers, we are spoilt for choice here on The Suffolk Coast. So, as summer gets into full swing, don your apron, fire up the coals and make your barbecue one your friends and family will talk about for weeks to come.
The beautiful Suffolk Coast has always been a favourite destination for dog lovers with its lush green countryside, coastal paths and miles of glorious beaches.
We all love to bag ourselves a bargain and where better to do so than at one of the plentiful car boot sales across the Suffolk Coast?
With summer in full swing, it’s that time of year when local food producers open their doors for you to pick your own fruit and veg...
It’s summer on The Suffolk Coast which can only mean one thing – time for The Latitude Festival!
Celebrating its 11th birthday this year, this ever popular annual event which takes place at Henham Park near Southwold, will this weekend be welcoming thousands of excited visitors - whether they are coming along for the day or soaking up the atmosphere all weekend camping out under the stars.
We've put together the ultimate guide, so whether you are a weekender or day-tripper, you will have all the information you will need to make your experience a memorable one!
With the school holidays fast approaching, we've put together a few ideas for great family days out on The Suffolk Coast this summer...
Quintessentially British, the village fete is a summer tradition that we love here on The Suffolk Coast... be it a traditional country fair, a school fete or a summer fun day there's sure to be something happening for you to enjoy!
The county of Suffolk and in particular our beautiful Suffolk Coast has become a mecca for cyclists. With rolling countryside, coastal roads and winding country lanes, a day out on two wheels is the perfect way to explore our coastline.
If you’ve ever wanted to find out more about Southwold, or simply have an hour or two to spare of an afternoon, then we can thoroughly recommend a trip to Southwold Museum.
For over a century the picturesque seaside town of Walberswick has inspired generations of artists. Looking back with fondness on summer vacations and days on the beach, the stunning scenery has encouraged artists to capture the beauty of the Suffolk coast in their work.
Asparagus – One of the most sought after vegetables with its delicately tender succulent spears and unique, delicious taste. Cook it simply by steaming and serving with salted butter, this delicacy delivers a real treat to the taste buds in the short time it’s in season.
Long gone are the days when children were content with ‘jelly and ice cream’ parties at home - In fact some youngsters and their parents spend months planning for their birthday celebrations and the more original the idea the better!
With it's long beach, unique architecture and the magical Meare, it's not hard to see why Thorpeness
has been named as one of Britain's Best Villages by Conde Nast Traveller
In the summer time when the weather is hot... Whether it’s Tutti-Frutti, Rum and Raisin or simply good old Vanilla flavour, a summer’s Day on the Suffolk Coast is not really complete without an ice cream!
Last month, the East Anglian Sailing Trust (EAST), a charity that offers sailing for the blind and disables, ran a very successful taster week on the River Orwell at Suffolk Yacht Habour, Ipswich as part of he Royal Yachting Association's national 'Push the Boat Out'
BBC Springwatch is back on our screens, coming live every evening from RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve right here on The Suffolk Coast and we were invited to Minsmere to interview presenters Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games
Holidays are for spending quality time with those near and dear to you; you wouldn’t dream of leaving a family member at home, and luckily for you, with a holiday on The Suffolk Coast, your four-legged friend can come along too!
Whether it's a relaxation, adventure, culture or cuisine you are hankering after this bank holiday weekend, The Suffolk Coast website has all you need to plan a memorable stay.
Today The Suffolk Coast village of Orford
is famous for it's nature conservation, hosting RSPB Sanctuary Halvergate Island
; home to waders, seasbirds and avocets. But it didn't always have such a tranquil atmosphere.
Traditional charm, modern opulence or boutique style, whatever your preference the hotels on The Suffolk Coast are sure to make a memorable bank holiday stay.
Visitors to The Suffolk Coast are spoilt for choice when it comes to a little indulgence and that very English pastime of taking afternoon tea.
The Suffolk coastal town of Aldeburgh is renowned for its musical heritage and this is largely due to the Britten-Pears legacy.
If you listen to the experts they’ll say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a proper breakfast will ensure you’re set up for whatever the day ahead brings. But a good breakfast is much more than that.
Benjamin Britten was inspired by the Suffolk coast throughout his lifetime. From his birth in Lowestoft in 1913 to his death in 1976 Britten’s life was dominated by his affection for Suffolk and the Suffolk Coast. From the age of seven the young composer had started work here. His final opera Death in Venice was written in the county while Britten staved off his inevitable heart surgery, making use of the opera’s necessary completion as an excuse.
James Fletcher is a photographer and artist based on the Suffolk coast. Having worked in fashion and journalism he now owns his own business, working within East Anglia and the UK as well as regularly producing fine art commissions, exhibitions and conducting humanitarian assignments abroad for a variety of clients. In his own words he ‘lives, breaths and sleeps photography’.
There are few places better on The Suffolk Coast to enjoy the blue skies and sunshine than Orford,
a small fishing village known for its bounty of excellent local food and peaceful atmosphere.
The Suffolk Coast is undoubtedly the spiritual home of artisan baking, and there’s one bakery that never fails to be full of customers coming in for their morning coffee and pastry, for a loaf of the day’s freshly baked bread or for the delicious treats displayed temptingly in the window: The Two Magpies Bakery
The Anchor in Walberswick has been awarded 36th position in the Top 50 Gastro Pub Awards 2014. The “Budweiser Budvar” Top 50 Gastropub Awards are prestigious, voted for by the sponsor’s panel of judges.
At this quirky 1940s-style tearoom in Southwold on The Suffolk Coast, you’re always guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome. The Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom is open every day during the summer and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the winter, and serves a range of tasty hot breakfasts and lunches, and fresh homemade snacks.
Walk the planks of this curious seaside attraction that stretches out over the waves on Suffolk’s picturesque coastline. Dangle your legs towards the sea, and bathe in the sunshine.
Where to stay, what to do and where to eat in Woodbridge.
The Suffolk Coast is well known for being a place for walkers and cyclists. Gorgeous heather, dramatic coastal views, pretty villages, and golden fields await the explorer, along with rivers, streams and tributaries.
Walking through Henham Park near Southwold on a summer’s day, when the sunlight shimmers on the lake and a breeze rustles through the trees, it’s easy to see why this place was chosen as the home of Latitude Festival.
The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout is a small tower overlooking one of the most famous beaches on The Suffolk Coast.
George Orwell is one of The Suffolk Coast’s most famous historical figures. Not only was the River Orwell inspiration for his own name (he was actually born Eric Arthur Blair), he also lived here for five years, from 1929 to 1935, in the famously beautiful seaside town of Southwold.
The Suffolk Coast has a myriad of quirky independent businesses, from award-winning village shops to ancient hotels that rank among the best in the world. Included in this category is In Da Cottage, an antique and furniture shop that provides its visitors with a very unique experience.
The good people at Friday Street Farm have come up with this delicious recipe for pumpkin soup, made using their own Crown Prince blue pumpkins, which you can buy from the Friday Street Farm Shop.
There aren’t many businesses that demonstrate the field-to-fork philosophy that gave The Suffolk Coast its foodie reputation quite as well as B Chocolates – except in their case, it’s more like the hive-to-hand philosophy.
Situated on Southwold’s busy High Street amongst bakeries, cafés and independent shops is The Crown Hotel, a warm and lively hotel, wine bar, pub and restaurant that, according to the Good Pub Guide, is the best dining pub in Suffolk!
The Suffolk Coast and the fishing industry have been intertwined since man first walked on these unique shores and for thousand of years Suffolk fishermen have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with the sea, relying on their catches for both their food and their livelihood.
Adnams is well known across the country for its delicious beers, and for its selection of wines sourced from around the world. But Adams’ beers and wines are just a part of their drinks repertoire. Its lesser known that Adnams also make a range of fine spirits, which are distilled and bottled right here on the Suffolk Coast at the Copper House Distillery, Southwold.
The Suffolk Coast is renowned for its abundance of fresh food, and the thriving farmers’ markets up and down the Suffolk Coast are a testament to the growing demand for good, local produce. But what to do when the next farmers’ market is two weeks away, and your fridge is bare? Snape Maltings has the answer: the Fresh Food Pantry!
The award-winning Pump Street Bakery, based in Orford, has joined forces with Snape Maltings.
Named by Rick Stein as bona fide Food Heroes, Emmett’s of Peasenhall are well-known for making succulent and delicious traditionally-smoked ham. Mark from Emmett’s has given us his acclaimed ham recipe, which has had its praises sung since it was featured on Rick Stein’s show. This is Mark’s perfect ham recipe; it’s simple to do and produces excellent results:
Johnny Spillings, culinary maestro at The Penny Bun Bakehouse, has offered up this delectable little recipe for you to enjoy at home. Having learnt his craft while working with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir, Johnny went on to start his own business in 2010, The Penny Bun Bakehouse, and has since been providing hand-crafted bread and baked goods to the restaurant and catering industry in Suffolk and Norfolk. “Soufflés may sound daunting,” says Johnny, “but this is a quick, light and easy recipe using banana as a replacement for the crème pâtissière base. They are lovely served with vanilla ice cream.”
The Pump Street Bakery has been chosen as a joint winner in the 2012 BBC Food and Farming Awards. The artisan bakery in Orford now shares the title of “Best Food Producer” with the Westcombe Dairy in Somerset.
There are few pleasures in life simpler than a good walk, especially one that takes you past interesting landmarks and beautiful views before ending at a cosy pub. That’s why Adnams have teamed up with the online walking guide iFootpath to create a series of pub walks through The Suffolk Coast countryside.
The Orwell Valley on the Suffolk Coast is recognized around the world for its rich wetland habitat and impotent wildlife, not to mention its numerous woodlands, which at this time of year are likely to be blanked in a rippling carpet of bluebells. This feature walk explores a section of the Orwell Valley, taking in the historic villages of Wherstead and Freston, and the gloriously springy Freston Wood.
Distance: 4 miles / 7 kilometres
This 11km/6.8 mile walk in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB takes you through the historic village of Dunwich, and along a stretch of Walberswick’s rugged beach.
For many years, Thorpeness was merely a tiny fishing hamlet, just north of Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast. However, in 1910 a Scottish barrister and dandy bought the hamlet and the surrounding area, from the north of Aldeburgh to the village of Sizewell, and inland to Leiston. Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie had big plans for Thorpeness, and gradually he began to transform it into a private fantasy holiday village.
December 2012 saw the long awaited reopening of the Sailor’s Path, which had been restored and upgraded in a joint effort by Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, Suffolk Secrets, Suffolk County Council and the AONB’s EU Balance project.
The Suffolk Coast is packed with fantastic trails and footpaths just waiting to be explored, and the ‘Easy Going Trails’ pack means it’s now even easier to experience the area’s beauty and wildlife first hand.
The Suffolk Coast and Heaths team have teamed up with Adnams to produce a collection of wonderful pub walks, taking you across the length and breadth of the Suffolk Coast.
We spoke to Emma Hibbert at Adnams about the pub walk packs Adnams created with Suffolk Coast and Heaths.
Adnams, the Suffolk-based brewer, distiller and hotelier, has unveiled ‘Food for Thought’, a social enterprise for local schools encouraging the students to grow fresh produce and gain business experience by selling them onto restaurants.