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8 Reasons to Visit The Suffolk Coast in Winter

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

TTDA - Beaches - Covehithe

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!

WTS - Bruisyard Hall

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, there are plenty of bargain getaways to be had, with 2-4-1, money off and package breaks being offered by hotels, self-catering properties and bed & breakfasts. Take a look at our 'Special Offers' page and start planning your winter break on The Suffolk Coast. 

Or for more places to stay inspiration, check out our ‘Where To Stay’ guide!

 

3. Explore the Outstanding Landscape

TTDA - Carlton Marshes - (c) Gill Moon Photography

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! 

The Suffolk Coast is also home to a number of nature reserves including Carlton & Oulton Marshes, Captain's Wood near Woodbridge, Framlingham Mere, Gunton Warren, Hen Reedbeds Snape Marshes and Sutton & Hollesley Common. Managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, there are plenty of ways to explore these stunning reserves and lots of ways for nature enthusiasts of all ages to discover Suffolk's wildlife and plantlife.

For downloadable maps and guides, check out our ‘Walking Guide’. 

4. Enjoy seasonal food at a local pub

FD - The Westleton Crown - Fire

You can experience something a bit different at a Suffolk Coast pub this winter...

After a walk along the windswept beach at Dunwich, find a table next to the fire at The Ship, or travel a couple of  miles inland and enjoy a course or two at The Westleton Crown.

Just a short drive from the riverside town of Woodbridge, The Ufford Crown is a great option for a family meal or Sunday lunch, or book a table at The Unruly Pig; with cosy wood burners and original beams it's the ideal place to tuck into some of Suffolk's finest fayre after a winter walk, in fact it was featured in The Financial Times ‘5 of the Best: Pubs with Walks.' 

Spend a day birdwatching and walking in the Deben Peninsula followed by a meal at The Sorrel Horse or The Alderton Swan or head down the coast to Walberswick and snuggle up and enjoy a pint and dinner at The Bell or The Anchor. 

For more pubs, restaurants and places to eat inspiration on The Suffolk Coast, head to our 'Food & Drink' guide.

5. Dogs have free reign!

Beanie walking the plank

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! 

TTDA - Thorpeness Golf Club - Course

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!

FD - Pinneys of Orford - Boat

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.

Home to many award-winning food & drinks producers, if you're looking to take a taste of The Suffolk Coast home with you, then pay a visit to one (or a few) of the many delis and producers. Take a look at our Food & Drink Guide to plan your shopping list! 

8. You can learn something new

TTDA - High Lodge - Shooting

From stargazing at Haw Wood Farm, landscape photography days with Gill Moon Photography and demijohn terranium workshops at Urban Jungle Cafe, to cooking workshops at The Food Hub Cookery School at Kenton Hall, boat building at the International Boatbuilding Training College and clay pigeon shooting at High Lodge – a trip to The Suffolk Coast in winter is the perfect opportunity to learn something new. 

For full event listings, visit our ‘What’s On’ guide.




Things to see and do

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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FolkEast

FolkEast

Woodbridge

Growing in stature every year, East Anglia’s fast-rising FolkEast is back for the 7th time this August, proving why it is nothing like other music festivals.

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Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager is the perfect activity for all ages ranging from families with children to work groups.


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Dog friendly

International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

IBTC in Lowestoft offers a variety of boatbuilding/maintenance and woodworking courses suitable for those looking for a career in the maritime industry as well as individuals wanting to develop existing or new interests and skills.

With courses from 1 day to almost a year there is something to offer everyone; from owners and enthusiasts to prospective tradespersons.


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Dog friendly

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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Free wifi Dog friendly

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.

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Wheelchair Accessible

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. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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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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Gill Moon Photography

Gill Moon Photography

Gill is a professional freelance photographer specialising in local landscapes, waterscapes and sailing photography.

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Ufford Park Golf Club

Ufford Park Golf Club

An award-winning 18 hole, par 71 golf course - perfect for all intermediate and experienced players.

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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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Thorpeness Golf Club

Thorpeness Golf Club

Thorpeness

Thorpeness Golf Club is a coastal heathland course designed by famous Scottish architect James Braid and opened in 1922. It winds its way through silver birch, pine trees, gorse and purple heather. The course is 6,421 yards long and plays to a par of 70.

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Free wifi Dog friendly

Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire

Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire

Join Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire at their private nature reserve at Bawdsey Hall on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. 

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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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Events

Astronomers Week at Haw Wood Farm

Astronomers Week at Haw Wood Farm

Saxmundham |

This year will see a dedicated week for several local astronomical societies to enjoy the dark skies at Haw Wood Farm.

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Archery Club at High Lodge

Archery Club at High Lodge

Halesworth | Sat 20th Oct 2018

Have a go at archery - a great family activity suitable from 7yrs+, available every month at 11am & 1pm on the listed dates.

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Beachcombing on Bawdsey Beach - A Winter Walk

Beachcombing on Bawdsey Beach - A Winter Walk

Bawdsey | Sat 01st Dec 2018

Bawdsey beach is beachcombing heaven: a cracking example of our Suffolk shingle and its plants, full of shells and full of sea glass.

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WHERE TO EAT

The Food Hub Cookery School

The Food Hub Cookery School

Framlingham

Whether you are an amateur cook or a food enthusiast let these courses inspire you.

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Free wifi

The Unruly Pig

The Unruly Pig

The Unruly Pig is a 16th century Suffolk Inn offering exceptional food, great wines, craft beers and really friendly service in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly

Pinney's of Orford

Pinney's of Orford

Established in 1959, Pinney's of Orford are a 3rd generation family run business that specialise in producing fine quality smoked products due to the experience and understanding that they have gained over the years in both fishing and smoking.

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The Ufford Crown

The Ufford Crown

Woodbridge

The Ufford Crown is a Michelin recommended, family run pub and restaurant in the village of Ufford, near Woodbridge, run by Polly and Max Durrant and Head Chef Will Hardiman.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

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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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

The Sorrel Horse

The Sorrel Horse

The Sorrel Horse is a community-owned quintessential English country pub with tap drawn cask ales, thatched roof, tiled floors and an original bar billiards table.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

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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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible