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6 Ways to Enjoy an Indian Summer

The delightful warmth of an unexpectedly sunny day can be all the inspiration you need to head out and explore one of the many gorgeous spots on The Suffolk Coast. So pack a picnic, gather the family and make the most of the uncharacteristically warm Indian summer we are currently experiencing. 

A day by the sea at Southwold

Southwold - Beach Huts at sunrise
Take in the blue skies and sea air in beautiful Southwold with a stroll along the prom and a trip to the beach. Grab your bucket and spade and get digging in the golden sands before braving a dip in the sea! Visit the quirky Pier with its water clock, wacky walk of mirrors, and a whole collection of interactive automatons in the ‘Under the Pier show’. Browse the shops selling nautical homewares and gifts before heading towards the town for an ice cream and maybe a trip to the Adnams brewery. Then round off the day by indulging in afternoon tea at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom where adults can relax with tea and scones while the children try out the boating lake. 

Canoe the River Alde

TTDA - Iken Canoe - Woman in canoe
Soak up the sun at Iken Canoe where you can hire out a range of paddle crafts- prices start at thirty pounds for a Kayak for two hours and buoyancy aids are provided. Take to the waters of the river Alde to explore several exciting routes, all with fantastic views and wildlife a-plenty.

Paddle all the way to Snape Bridge to work up an appetite before stopping to dine at the Plough and Sail pub, who serve delicious locally sourced, seasonal dishes as well as good old fashioned Adnams beer battered fish and chips.  After lunch make your way downriver to where the estuary widens and you can spy the historic Blackheath Mansion and YarnHill Wood. 

Take a dip at Beccles Lido

TTDA - Beccles Lido - swimming
Visit the quaint town of Beccles which is home to the stunning Beccles Lido; a fantastic outdoor swimming pool for all the family to enjoy. The heated open-air pool is located just next to the river Waveney and is surrounded by places to sit and grassy lawns as well as sun loungers for stretching out under the warm rays. There’s a separate toddler and paddling pool, a slide and even a diving board, all with views across the Waveney Valley.

Boating on the Broads

TTDA - Hippersons Boatyard - River
Sunny days are best enjoyed by boat and Oulton Broads are renowned for being the best place to explore all that boating has to offer. Famous for being the largest protected wetlands in Britain and a recognised National Park, the broads offer a nautical adventure for budding sailors of all ages. Oulton Broad Dayboats allow you to hire a self-drive boat by the hour or day and the price includes life jackets, fuel and insurance.

Hipperson’s boat yard offers dayboats, kayaks and canoes as well as options for floating accommodation should you wish to extend your stay. Spend time in the sun bobbing along the Broads’ southern gateway, where the river Waveney meets the sea, enjoying the sights and sounds of the wildlife and watching the world as you drift on by. 

Ice Cream and Amusements in Felixstowe

TTDA - Mannings Amusements - Emily Fae
Take a trip to Felixstowe and enjoy four miles of sand and shingle beaches lined with colourful and quirky beach huts; the perfect spot to paddle, get your toes sandy and indulge in an ice cream on the prom. Kids of all ages will enjoy spending their pennies on the slot machines on the pier and for a real treat pop along to Mannings Amusements; originally built by the famous Billy Butlin and now the must-go place for nostalgic family seaside fun. Try your hand at the magical crazy golf, ten pin bowling and a range of traditional fairground games - all the fun of the fair! 

Watch the sunset over the River Deben at the Ramsholt Arms

FD - Rmasholt Arms - Sunset
The Ramsholt Arms sits in prime position on the banks of the River Deben, enjoying a tranquil view, and is the perfect spot to unwind and watch the sun set. Take a seat on the south-facing terrace and while away the evening with a beer in hand. The pub serves a range of delightful ales and has a very tempting menu of sharing platters and freshly caught seafood as well as traditional hearty pub fayre. Take your time, make the most of the warm evenings and watch the world go by. 



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. 

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Oulton Broad Dayboats

Oulton Broad Dayboats

Self drive boat hire by the hour or day, spend time afloat in the newly created Broads National park here in Suffolk. 

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Sailing Barge Victor 

Sailing Barge Victor

Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel with comfortable, modern facilities for guests.

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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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Orwell Lady River Cruises

Orwell Lady River Cruises

Ipswich

From April to October each year, Orwell Lady cruises up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell, offering passengers a choice of trips and experiences whilst taking in the beautiful wooded stretches of the river, local wildlife and points of local and historical interest.

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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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Iken Canoe 

Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe hires out Canadian canoes, sit-on-top kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) on the stunning upper reaches of the River Alde between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast. 

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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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Hippersons Boatyard 

Hippersons Boatyard

Some of the best ways to see and experience the river! Day boats, canoes, kayaks and bikes are all available to hire on the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads in Beccles, with day hire from 9.15am till 4.45pm, costing £105 for the day on an electric boat or £50 a day on the canoe.

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Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark is the world's only floating exhibition of Bible storytelling and has extended its stay at Ipswich Waterfront until March 2021!

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MTP Presents Theatre on the virtual Coast

MTP Presents Theatre on the virtual Coast

Presenting theatre, music and events nationwide but also in Southwold and Aldeburgh, mtp is an award-winning professional theatre company established in 1999 and based in Suffolk since 2010.

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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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Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Beccles Lido is OPEN for swimming by advance booking only!

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Deben Cruises

Deben Cruises

Enjoy a two-hour river cruise along the River Deben.

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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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Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant 

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering breakfast and a la carte lunch, supper and dinner cruises from Orford Quay, Orford, Suffolk.

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The Red House, Aldeburgh 

The Red House, Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh

Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a vast amount of incredible music and wanted everyone to enjoy it – professional and amateur musicians, music enthusiasts, children and families.

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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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Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard is one of England's most exciting new wineries. Winemaker, Ben Witchell, combines cutting-edge technology with traditional winemaking techniques to produce elegant and refined English wines. 

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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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Pakefield Riding School

Pakefield Riding School

One of the oldest and best-known horse riding centres and stables in East Anglia.

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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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Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse

Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse

Ipswich

Suffolk Food Hall has everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. It is the 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural oscars) and it’s also an ideal location to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From an artisan butchery to the bouncy pillow outside for the children, it's a mix of Suffolk's best. 

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High Lodge Leisure

High Lodge Leisure

If you are looking for a place to try out a diverse range of activities then look no further than High Lodge which is home to an array of first-class sporting activities. Suitable for individuals, groups or businesses for corporate activities.

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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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