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8 Ways to Escape the Everyday

When things get a little too much and you need to get away from it all, The Suffolk Coast is the place to head. With over 50 miles of coastline, historic towns and villages and breath-taking landscapes, there are plenty of ways to escape the everyday...

1. Watch the sunrise at Britain's most easterly point

Ness Point - Sunrise

Not only does the town of Lowestoft boast a glorious sandy beach, it's also home Britain's most easterly point; Ness Point. An understated spot (although there's an exciting regeneration project underway), Ness Point is one of the first places to see the sunrise, and boy is it with the early start!

Head to Ness Point itself, or make your way to the beach to watch the sun rise into the sky from the horizon as flickers of light catch the waves. 

2. Enjoy some alone time at Shingle Street

Shingle Street

If you're in need of some time alone, then Shingle Street is where you should go. A desolate spot, despite it's name it is in fact the only settlement in Suffolk without streets of any kind, just a long line of bungalows and cottages facing directly onto the beach and the North Sea.

A haven for birds and wildlife, the shingle beach forms a sheltered lagoon with views across the marshes and the village of Hollesley or out to sea.

3. Spot Red Deer at RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere - Red Stag

October marks the start of the dramatic mating season for red deer males. It’s winner takes all, with the dominant male taking control of the females and earning the right to mate with them. The best place to watch the drama unfold? RSPB Minsmere on The Suffolk Coast!

The normally peaceful grounds of the female red deer are soon to be turned into a battlefield as rutting season begins. At this exciting time of year the deer engage in fierce mating battles, as the stags fight each other to win the chance to mate with as many females as possible.

4. Take in the views at Suffolk Food Hall

TTDA - Suffolk Food Hall - View of Orwell Bridge

Boasting breath taking views of the Orwell Bridge and Estuary, Suffolk Food Hall is one of the counties' gems; After stocking up on a range of local produce including meats, fish, cakes and pastries, cheese, ales and wine, visit the cafe and order lunch and a coffee and find a table outside where you can watch the boats sail out along the estuary.

Suffolk Food Hall also features a homeware store and nursery, so if shopping is your way to escape, you'll be suited just fine here!

5. Tuck into fish & chips on Aldeburgh Beach

FD - Aldeburgh Fish & Chips - On beach

After a bracing walk along the beach in the idyllic seaside town of Aldeburgh, pay a visit to Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop and tuck into the 'world's best fish and chips.' Whatever your choice, be it haddock, cod, or scampi, with mushy peas or scraps, choose it to go, and walk through the historic buildings onto the beach, where you can find a spot to listen to the waves crash and throw stones in the sea.

6. Walk out to sea along Southwold Pier

TTDA - Southwold Pier - (c) Gill Moon Photography

The Edwardian Pier at Southwold is an iconic view in itself, but head out along the prom and as you watch the waves beneath your feet, look back towards the town for a breath taking view of the town and historic lighthouse.

The Pier is home to the Boardwalk Restaurant, currently offering takeaway only, the menu includes fish and chips, Blythburgh sausage and chips and halloumi and chips. Or you could opt for a table at The Clockhouse Restaurant and tuck into morning coffee and cake, sandwiches and wraps, paninis and bakes. The Clockhouse’s Afternoon Tea is a popular choice with home-made scones, cream and jam - perfect for warming up on a chilly autumnal day. 

7. Walk the walls of the 'Castle on the Hill'

Framlingham - Castle in autumn

The inspiration for Ed Sheeran's 'The Castle on the Hill', Framlingham Castle dates back to 1148 and has a fascinating past; for it was here that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England. The Castle is owned by English Heritage so you have to pay for entry but walk along the ramparts of the castle and you are greeted with some pretty spectacular views of the surrounding mere and next door Framlingham College. 

For views of the castle itself, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve which surrounds the Castle and encompasses the mere is made up of wet meadows that are home to migrating birds such as marsh marigolds, delicate ragged-robin, and lady’s smock

8. Enjoy a day boating on the River Waveney

TTDA - Hippersons Boatyard - Sunset on river

You may think that summer is the ideal time to spend a day boating on the broads, but the River Waveney in autumn is a sight to behold, and much quieter than during the high season.

Boat hire is available from Hippersons Boatyard in Beccles and Oulton Broad Day Boats, both of which sit on the banks of the River Waveney. Start your journey in Beccles and mender up the river to Worlingham and on to Oulton Broad, or commence at Oulton Broad heading towards Burgh St Peter and onto Beccles, or travel north into Norfolk stopping at Haddiscoe and Burgh Castle.

Be the captain of your own boat, and you can truly escape the everyday!



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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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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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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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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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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Deben Cruises

Deben Cruises

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

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Visit Deben Peninsula

Visit Deben Peninsula

The Deben Peninsula is located in Suffolk between the Deben River to the South and the Alde & Ore Estuary the North.

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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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Visit Waveney Valley

Visit Waveney Valley

Running through the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, it's hard not to fall in love with the Waveney Valley. Discover a timeless rural landscape, where the pace of life is slow and the folk are friendly.

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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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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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Visit Felixstowe

Visit Felixstowe

Everybody loves a great day by the sea, and Felixstowe has great days for everyone.

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