• Felixstowe - Children on Beach - (c) Emily Fae Photography

48 hours on a budget

Sometimes a short break is all that’s needed to rejuvenate, refresh and unwind. In only 48 hours you can experience a break for all the family, jam-packed with activities, nature, sights, sounds and tastes- and all on a budget. So, pack light, hop in the car and give the everyday a little sprinkle of adventure with this handy itinerary. 

Day 1

Dunwich - Family on the beach - (c) Emily Fae Photography

Arrive and stay at The Westleton Crown...

The gorgeously rustic and cosy Westleton Crown is the perfect place to start your trip away, with a range of rooms for couples and also spacious family suites, you’ll find yourself feeling immediately at home. The Crown’s restaurant boasts an AA 2 rosette restaurant award and uses the freshest ingredients from local suppliers to create sophisticated yet hearty cuisine.

There are seasonal offers available to help you plan your stay and save some pennies - The ‘Rambler’s retreat’ package includes dinner for two alongside your stay, as well as breakfast and afternoon tea to look forward to after a long walk along the beach. If you fancy a bit of bird watching, why not try the ‘Spotters hideaway’ package which includes Prosecco on arrival, dinner for two and packed lunches for your trip to the nearby RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve. Just don’t forget your binoculars! 

Enjoy an afternoon walk at National Trust Dunwich Heath and then explore Dunwich village on two wheels...

After a relaxing start it’s time to get out and about, stretch those legs and breathe in some fresh sea air. Dunwich Heath is a stunning coastal nature reserve complete with swathes of pink and purple heather and bright yellow, sweet smelling gorse. There are a whole range of winding walks for all energy levels and plenty for families to do, including ranger-led walks, geocaching and nature trails. The paths are also accessible for pushchairs and there are conveniently placed toilet facilities and parking - best of all it's all free to enjoy (parking charges apply to non National Trust members). 

If you’re feeling especially energetic you can hire cycles from nearby Southwold Cycle Hire and enjoy exploring the village of Dunwich and the surrounding area from two wheels. 

Head to The Ship at Dunwich for dinner...

Situated just a short walk from the sea, The Ship is a unique and very special place for a leisurely, delicious meal. The roaring fire and homely interior offers relaxation and escape to weary travellers. Choose from a menu that is influenced by the nautical surroundings; classic fish and chips with mushy peas, Lowestoft smoked Mackerel and horseradish pate, crispy fried whitebait and traditional fish pie will please fans of seafood. There are also tempting offerings for meat eaters with slow braised Blythburgh pork belly a stand out favourite. Vegetarians will enjoy the beetroot and red onion tart served with honeyed goat’s cheese or the spiced mixed bean Scotch egg with home made spiced tomato chutney. 

Day 2

Snape Trail - Snape Maltings

The next morning travel to The Bell in Saxmundham for breakfast...

Rise and shine and head to The Bell in Saxmundham to start your day the right way. There’s something for every appetite, including a cold buffet table with cereals and juices, toast and home preserves, yoghurts and fruit. Jumbo filled baps, poached smoked salmon, omelettes and of course, The Bell full English with local Blythburgh free range chipolatas and bacon, eggs cooked your way, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash brown and black pudding. All in the relaxed surroundings of this charming hotel, you’ll be set up for the rest of the day.  

Continue on to Snape Maltings for a walk across the hen reedbeds...

The hen reedbeds at Snape are home to a plethora of birds, wildfowl and other creatures. The rich tapestry of wetland habitat, fens, dykes and pools are the best place to spy a rare dragonfly, hear a Sedge Warbler and perhaps even spy a Heron. The more elusive Otter and Water Vole also reside here as well as the beautiful Kingfisher. Linger long enough and perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to spy some rare creatures in their natural habitat.

Children will especially love the nature trail which starts at Snape Maltings. Collect an activity sheet and youngsters can follow the Spring nature trail to cataloguing everything you spot.  

Travel on to Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Foxburrow Farm...

The family friendly Foxburrow Farm Nature Reserve is an exciting place for youngsters to explore all that nature has to offer. A mix of arable and grazing land, the farm has a whole range of wildlife as well as their own sheep. Entry is free and there are a range of activities for families if you book ahead. 

Travel back to Westhall and stay at Valley Farm B&B...

All the accommodation at this family-friendly B&B forms part of a grade II, 15th century Suffolk farmhouse set in 4 acres of grounds in rural Westhall. The stunning suites contain between them a woodburner, a roll top bath and even a romantic 4 poster bed. The sumptuous bed linen, designer bath products and fluffy robes complete this experience. What’s more, the accommodation is right next to the stables and threshing barn which houses the chickens and the horses so the children can make some furry friends during their stay. Youngsters will also enjoy the chance to go egg collecting in the morning and a complimentary breakfast pack is provided with orange juice, yoghurts, pain au chocolat, toast, jam and marmalade as well as rare breed eggs. For a taste of Suffolk, you can also buy the home reared sausages and bacon from the farm pantry.

Day 3

TTDA - Southwold Pier - Punch & Judy

Take a morning trip to Southwold for a walk along the prom and the pier...

Take in the sea air in beautiful Southwold as you stroll along the prom or even the beach, towards the pier. On a windy day, kids and adults alike will enjoy flying a kite on the golden sands and in sunny weather a dip in the sea is tempting, if a little refreshing! The Pier is very curious, with a cheeky water clock that performs every half hour. There is also a wacky walk of mirrors, and a whole collection of eccentric and interactive automatons in the ‘Under the Pier show’. There are also several shops stocking nautical and stylish trinkets and home ware, perfect for a quiet browse. 

In the warmer months, the Pier offers a range of live children's entertainment; from magicians and pirates to crafts and Punch & Judy - all free to enjoy!

Head to Oulton Broad for a stroll and time to play...

With your feet still sandy, hop into the car and drive towards Oulton Broad; a gateway to the expanse of water and marsh which forms the man-made Norfolk Broads. As well as the views and the wide-open space, there is plenty for the kids to do in Nicholas Everitt’s park. Feed the ducks and the seagulls, play on the adventure playground or bounce on the trampolines in the summer.

In less fair weather there is plenty to explore inside Lowestoft Museum, which charts the history of the town from the prehistoric, through to Anglo Saxon and Victorian times, up to the present day. The museum houses a fine collection of Lowestoft porcelain and even antique toys. There are some lovely shops selling local handicrafts and a small café for refreshments. 

End the day in Beccles with a delicious wood fired pizza!

After such a busy few days an easy supper is in order, so make your way to Beccles for a fresh and authentic wood fired pizza from Oak fired at The Royal Oak. As well as a wide selection of toppings and flavours to choose from on your pizza, there is also a pizza of the day and delicious starters such as arancini, olives and doughballs, made fresh daily. There are fabulous desserts also, such as panna cotta and limoncello tiramisu. But, if you’re not quite up to a sit down meal, you can always call ahead and takeaway, munching straight from the box as you travel home again with a head full of memories. 


For more purse-friendly things to do and places to stay, take a look at our 'Go Further on The Suffolk Coast' guide!


Things to see and do

Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold

So much more than glorious cream teas and freshly baked cakes and pastries, tasty breakfasts, lunches and homemade snacks - Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom is one of the gems of Southwold.

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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. 

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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. 

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Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

Check the website for times of Milling Demonstrations and Wheel-Turnings. The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years.

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Easton Farm Park 

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Fun family day out on the farm.  Home to plenty of farm animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

The Marina Theatre is proud to be Lowestoft’s not-for-profit professional theatre. Their charity number is 1149133. 

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Visit Felixstowe

Visit Felixstowe

Everybody loves a great day by the sea, and Felixstowe has great days for everyone.

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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. 

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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.


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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

Make your day out an adventure with a visit to Africa Alive!

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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

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

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the River Deben is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.


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Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements have been providing traditional family fun on Felixstowe Seafront since 1946!

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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. 

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Southwold Railway Steamworks

Southwold Railway Steamworks

This one-acre site is dedicated to the 3-foot gauge Southwold Railway that connected Southwold to Halesworth from 1879 to 1929.The Southwold Railway Trust are dedicated to preserving the memory of this special little railway and re-opening as much of the old route as they can. 

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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.

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Anglia Indoor Karting 

Anglia Indoor Karting

With indoor racing karts and their professionally designed, exhilarating multi-level circuit, Anglia Indoor Karting brings the thrill of motorsport to all adrenaline-seekers!

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National Trust Orford Ness

National Trust Orford Ness

Wild, remote and exposed, Orford Ness contains the ruined remnants of a disturbing past. Ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, rare and fragile wildlife thrives where weapons, including atomic bombs, were once tested and perfected.

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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. 

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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.

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Bawdsey Radar

Bawdsey Radar

Bawdsey Radar tells the story of the first operational radar station in the world where radar was developed that helped win the Battle of Britain.

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Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold

Unlike a larger town there aren’t any major roads in Southwold, meaning it’s a far safer environment for anyone on two wheels. Plus it only takes a few minutes pedaling in any direction before you are taking in scenic views, whether it’s a breathtaking coastal panorama or Suffolk’s rural landscape.

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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.

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Visit Deben Peninsula

Visit Deben Peninsula

The Deben Peninsula is located in Suffolk between the Deben River to the South and the Alde & Ore Estuary the North.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

A glorious seafront theatre and restaurant complex, with stunning views, an art deco auditorium for up to 900 people and a fabulous British Seaside and Mediterranean-style fish, meat, pizza, pasta & grill menu. 


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National Trust Dunwich Heath

National Trust Dunwich Heath

Dunwich Heath and Beach is a precious landscape on the Suffolk coast where you can experience a true sense of being at one with nature. 

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Visit Waveney Valley

Visit Waveney Valley

Running through the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, it's hard not to fall in love with the Waveney Valley. Discover a timeless rural landscape, where the pace of life is slow and the folk are friendly.

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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.

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Ipswich Museums

Ipswich Museums

Ipswich Museums incorporates three historical venues in Ipswich; Ipswich Museum - a fascinating Victorian museum; Christchurch Mansion - a magnificent Tudor building; and Ipswich Art Gallery - a unique contemporary gallery.

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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

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

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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. If you want to know more about the past and how it has affected the present, just come and take a closer look.

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WHERE TO EAT

The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship at Dunwich

Dunwich

There's plenty to enjoy on The Ship's menu from: pie of the day, slow-cooked pork belly, or roast red onion tart through to traditional English puddings like sticky toffee, pear and blackberry crumble and much more, accompanied by good wines at sensible prices, or proper beers and ales - including Adnams and a range of guest ales.

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The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Dunwich

Head Chef at The Westleton Crown restaurant, James Finch, and his highly skilled team pride themselves on their imaginative and varied menus which have earned them an AA 2 Rosette restaurant award, as well as a considerable reputation.

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Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold

Southwold Pier has a fabulous choice of restaurants and cafes to fill the gap from breakfast, through to morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner!

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where to stay

Valley Farmhouse B&B

Valley Farmhouse B&B

Forming part of a Grade II star 15th Century Suffolk Farmhouse set in 4 acres of grounds in rural Westhall close to Southwold and the heritage coast.

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Suffolk Sands Holiday Park 

Suffolk Sands Holiday Park

Suffolk Sands is a small, relaxing holiday park which enjoys a stunning beachfront location.

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Haw Wood Farm

Haw Wood Farm

Awarded 5 Gold pennants from the AA, Haw Wood Farm is a peaceful site near Darsham for touring caravans and tents known for their spacious pitches and friendly service. 

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Easton Farm Park Cottages

Easton Farm Park Cottages

Wake up to the sounds of rural Suffolk, pull on some clothes and head out to help feed the bunnies and the chickens on the farm. 

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The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Westleton

The Westleton Crown combines the character and charm of its coaching inn heritage with the comforts of contemporary living: smouldering log fires, 34 stylish bedrooms, award winning AA 2 rosette restaurant, sophisticated wine list and delightful terraced gardens.

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The Ship At Dunwich

The Ship At Dunwich

Dunwich

Whether you want to use The Ship at Dunwich as a base to explore this wild and wonderful coastline, enjoy some of the best fish and chips on the Suffolk Coast or simply indulge in a pint or two of Adnams, you’re guaranteed the warmest of welcomes.

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Best of Suffolk

Best of Suffolk

Aldeburgh

Best of Suffolk like to do things differently. Their hand-picked selection of over 400 stylish, self-catering holiday cottages in Suffolk offer guests well-appointed properties in prime locations. 

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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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All Seasons Cottage Breaks

All Seasons Cottage Breaks

Saxmundham

3 charming 4* Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the historic market town of Saxmundham, close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast and within easy reach of all popular places of interest.

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Wardley Hill Campsite 

Wardley Hill Campsite

Bungay

Wardley Hill Campsite is an eco campsite offering unregimented and relaxed car free camping. Luxurious Bell Tents and  Shepherds Huts are on offer for those of you who don't want to pack your own tent pegs. 

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Cliff House Holiday Park 

Cliff House Holiday Park

Cliff House is an award winning 30 acre 5 star EATB rated holiday park in Dunwich, specialising in lodges for sale, static caravans for sale, self-catering; including investment purchase self-catering, camping and touring caravan pitches. 

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Boundary Farm Glamping

Boundary Farm Glamping

Luxury Safari Tents set in a two acre meadow, on a family run arable farm near The Suffolk Coast.

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Broadlands Park & Marina 

Broadlands Park & Marina

Situated where the Norfolk Broads meets Suffolk’s coast, Broadlands Park & Marina makes for an idealistic British holiday destination, offering stunning scenes of famous waterways, coastal paths and the beauty of untouched nature. 

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Waterside Park 

Waterside Park

Waterside Park & Hotel provides a welcoming environment with a real sense of community near the stunning Suffolk coast, located in the quaint village of Corton, providing an ideal location for your trip to the East Coast!


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Hippersons Boatyard 

Hippersons Boatyard

Hippersons Boatyard is a family run boatyard on the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads located in the market town of Beccles, providing self-catering accommodation that floats in the basin and on the river front. 

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Carlton Meres Holiday Park 

Carlton Meres Holiday Park

Set in a beautiful woodland location with fully stocked fishing lakes and plenty of family-friendly facilities, Carlton Meres is the perfect holiday park for your family holiday or holiday home near the Suffolk coast.

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Broadland Sands Holiday Park 

Broadland Sands Holiday Park

Broadland Sands enjoys a stunning coastal location, and is just a short drive away from Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. This partnered with fantastic, family-friendly facilities brings the best in holiday accommodation.

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Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park 

Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park

Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park enjoys a fantastic coastal location, just minutes away from a stunning beach along the Sunrise Coast.

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Easton Farm Park Campsite

Easton Farm Park Campsite

Few things compare to a the clean, fresh air that welcomes you in the morning when you camp in the Suffolk Countryside. 

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