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
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
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
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
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
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
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.