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…
1. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to deserted beaches
During Summer, many of The Suffolk Coast’s beaches are a popular destination for holiday-makers, but in the winter, they 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.
For family-friendly stretches, head to the award-winning beaches at Lowestoft, Southwold and Felixstowe, where you're never very far away from a coastal cafe to warm up in with a mug of hot chocolate. For those 'get away from it all' winter walks, visit Shingle Street, Kessingland and Covehithe, or for dog walks head to Walberswick and Pakefield.
2.You can grab a bargain!
Not only can you take advantage of some great last-minute and winter offers, you can make the most of lower ‘out of season’ prices on self-catering cottages, apartments and houses as well as bed and breakfasts and hotels.
This winter, The Westleton Crown and The Ship at Dunwich are offering 50% off breaks Sunday to Friday, and 25% off Saturday stays. If you prefer a place to call your own for the week, then take advantage of Best of Suffolk's Winter Sale with 20% off a range of properties across The Suffolk Coast.
Check out our ‘Where To Stay’ listings and use the accommodation finder to get yourself a bargain break!
3. Burn off some festive calories!
If you over-indulged during the Christmas period, then The Suffolk Coast is the ideal place to burn off a few of those festive pounds! As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are plenty of places to head out into the great outdoors for an invigorating walk. Whilst you’re out, you can spot some of the UK's rarest birds, so remember to pack the binoculars!
If you fancy some company or someone to point out top wildlife spots, then join one of the guided walks at RSPB Minsmere. This winter choose from the Magic of Minsmere Weekend Walk, Otter Tracks and Signs, Birdwatching for Beginners, and Minsmere Reedlings; a wonderful outdoor adventure for 2-5 year olds!
For downloadable maps and guides, check out our ‘Walking Guide’.
4. Enjoy seasonal food at a local pub
You can experience something a bit different at a Suffolk Coast pub this winter...
Offering a range of foodie events this winter, head to The Westleton Crown and enjoy a 3-course meal accompanied by beers from local breweries Adnams, Woodforde's and St Peter's Brewery, or book a table at the wine and food pairing evening to sample a selection of wines alongside your meal or you can join Head Chef, James Finch at one of the Game Specials, with a menu boasting a selection of mouth-watering dishes, all created using local game and produce or for freshly caught fish and seafood, book a table at one of the fish night's at The Ship at Dunwich.
For pubs, restaurants and places to eat on The Suffolk Coast, head to our 'Food & Drink' guide.
5. Dogs have free reign!
The Suffolk Coast is a dog-friendly destination year-round, but during the summer months, there are restrictions on some of the beaches. Not the case in winter! Your 4-legged friend can enjoy a paddle in the North Sea, a roll around in the sand and a game of fetch right along the coast. Not forgetting spots such as Rendlesham Forest, Beccles Common, Halesworth Millenium Green and the riverside walk in Woodbridge, should you prefer to stay away from those bracing sea winds!
There's plenty of ‘dog friendly’ accommodation available too, so your dog can join you for a quiet drink in front of a roaring fire at the end of the day.
For downloadable maps and walking routes, head to our Walking Guide for inspiration!
6. Great Golf all year!
Experience winter golf at its best at Thorpeness Golf Club; a heathland course designed in 1922 by architect James Braid. It's open 365 days a year, is 6,421 yards long and plays to a par of 70.
Tee off by the sea at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club; the 5th oldest club in England and the only true links course in Suffolk or for golfers of all skill levels, book a round at Woodbridge Golf Club which has two courses; an 18-hole heathland course and a 9-hole forest course.
If you want to make a weekend of it, the course at Ufford Park has been voted top winter golf course by Today’s Golfer magazine. You can buy a 5 or 7 day membership for your stay, and when staying at the hotel you can also take advantage of the gym and spa facilities and enjoy a meal in the restaurant.
7. It’s oyster season!
Although served all year round, Oysters are at their best during the winter months. During your visit, be sure to pay a trip to Pinneys of Orford where you can enjoy a delicious bowl of freshly caught Pinney’s Oysters or Oyster soup, as well as a delicious selection of seasonal fish including smoked trout, smoked mackerel, griddled prawns, skate wings and fish pie to name but a few.
And remember to stop by the shop too and take a taste of The Suffolk Coast home with you.
8. You can learn something new