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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

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. 

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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!

 White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh with snow (med)

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’. 

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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.

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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!

Things to do Dog friendly - Black Collie dog  on Aldeburgh Beach

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.

Things to do attractions - Thorpeness Golf Club - Thorpeness -18th green at Thorpeness Golf Club with view of House in the Clouds

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. 

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8. You can learn something new

From stargazing at RSPB Minsmere, landscape photography days with Gill Moon Photography, Paper Art Making and Mindful Pilates at Snape Maltings, to music, singing and dance sessions as part of FolkEast's Sandlings Sessions and cooking workshops at The Food Hub Cookery School at Kenton Hall – 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.

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Things to see and do

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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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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Suffolk Craft Society

Suffolk Craft Society

The Suffolk Craft Society was formed in 1970 to promote the value and importance of contemporary crafts and currently supports around 110 individual craftspeople in the creation of their work across a wide range of craft skills. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Lettering Arts Centre

The Lettering Arts Centre

The Lettering Arts Centre is the home of the Lettering Arts Trust, an independent charity which champions Britain's rich heritage in the lettering arts. 

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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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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

Letter Carving in Wood Course

Letter Carving in Wood Course

Oulton Broad | Fri 02nd - Sun 04th Nov 2018

A practical approach to v-cutting lettering into wood with guidance on how to plan inscriptions appropriate to the material, building skills to gain a basic understanding of good letter forms for a range of end uses. This course is led by award winning lettering sculptor Gary Breeze.

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WHERE TO EAT

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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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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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 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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where to stay

Alde Garden

Alde Garden

A tiny site with an eclectic range of quirky and unusual accommodation, set in the garden of an award winning pub

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Lodge Farm Cottages

Lodge Farm Cottages

Lowestoft

The Granary and the Dairy are two beautifully converted self catering barns offering luxurious, spacious and well equipped accommodation on a family arable farm close to the Suffolk coast between Southwold and Lowestoft.

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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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