The Suffolk Coast
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Date Night Inspiration on The Suffolk Coast

Don’t save your romantic efforts until 14th February! The Suffolk Coast offers the perfect place to keep romance alive!

Whether you're here on holiday, visiting for the weekend or want to whisk your loved one to The Suffolk Coast for a night away, The Suffolk Coast is brimming with fantastic experiences and restaurants which can be enjoyed by two on any budget – whether you want a romantic and intimate experience or a fun-filled night out away from Netflix, check out this list of Date Night Ideas we have put together.

Bond over baking at The Food Hub Cookery School

FD - The Food Hub - Man in front of oven

Located within the picturesque Kenton Hall, The Food Hub Cookery School is a housed within a converted cow byre next to the hall's kitchen garden. Using the state of the art equipment (including Aga Rangemaster cookers and Kenwood appliances) you can learn a range of cooking skills with your loved one by booking onto one of the many day courses on offer. 

Spend a day learning how to make British Breads, knobbly Coburgs, Bloomers and Cottage Loaves on the British Breads workshop and be guided through a range of seasonal Spring recipes from a foolproof Rhubarb cheesecake to layered cakes and the ultimate meringue roulade on the Seasonal Spring Baking course. If you're staying on The

Suffolk Coast over Easter, then you can gaze across the kitchen worktops at your loved one as you make Hot Cross Buns, sweet and savoury bagels, multi-plaited challah and snail rolls. 

For course information, visit https://www.kentonhallestate.co.uk/the-food-hub/

Stargazing at Blythburgh

Blythburgh Church - Gill Moon Photography

This date night suggestion is completely free! 

Designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site, the breathtaking village of Blythburgh is accessible by foot or car at postcode IP19 9NB. The site overlooks the Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve which comprises three reserves: Dingle Marshes, Walberswick and Hen Reedbeds.

The area offers extremely low light pollution and if you visit over the next month or so, you’ll benefit from the ideal stargazing conditions that the long Winter nights offer. View any number of different planets and constellations by the naked eye or over the cosy aspect of a shared telescope with your lover.

Take a thermos of coffee or soup, a blanket, turn off your phone and make the most of the chance to enjoy one of the most natural sights in the world - you’ll certainly be in the great company of countless former lovers gazing up to discover the beautiful night skies. 

Wine Tasting at Flint Vinyard, near Bungay

TTDA - Flint Vineyard - Hannah & Ben in Vineyard

If you both enjoy wine, then what could be a better date than to visit a winery where you can enjoy amazing wine in the unspoiled surroundings of a vineyard.

In 2007 Ben and Hannah Witchell decided to pursue their mutual interest of wine by quitting their jobs and travelling to some of the most famous winemaking regions in the world. They honed their skills and instincts and upon their return to the UK they searched out potential vineyard land in south Norfolk or Suffolk, wanting to set up in the area due to it being one of the driest and sunniest regions in the UK. 

Fast forward to their successful business – a state of the art winery called Flint Vineyard, set at Camphill Farm near Bungay, a partnership with farmer Adrian Hipwell, whose family has been resident at the site for generations. 

The experience lasts up to 2 hours and includes a guided tour of the winery, vineyard and cellar room accompanied by personal tutored tasting with Ben - the winemaker who will “unpick some of the mysteries of the wine-making process”. Learn why England is making some of the best wine in the world and enjoy a fantastic date which allows you both to drink wine in the very area that it is made!

Tours cost £12 and must be booked in advance. They run fortnightly on a Saturday until the end of March and then weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays until November.

https://flintvineyard.com/

A night at the movies at Electric Picture Palace, Southwold 

TTDA - Electric Picture Palace - Auditorium

The Electric Picture Palace is an intimate and cosy 70 seat cinema in Southwold. The palace was created by The Southwold Film Society who aim to give their patrons “the experience of cinema-going in the mid twentieth century”, stating that a “visit to the palace is not just about watching the film” – couples attending a film at the Palace can expect to be greeted by a commissionaire, shown to their seat by uniformed usherettes and see the “Tiny Wurlitzer” organ rising up mysteriously during the interval.  At the end of the showing, The National Anthem is played.

The Winter season is already scheduled and published and contains a mix of brand new features and blockbusters, local documentaries, B&W “Silver Screen” classics as well as national theatre live screenings with film showings every Friday and Saturday night.

Membership is required to attend screenings, but visitors are welcome and may join for a season at a cost of £3. Tickets are £6-8 or why not consider booking tickets in the royal box for £15 which offer a really secluded lovers feel. National theatre screenings tickets are £10. 

http://www.southwoldcinema.co.uk/

Watch the sunrise at the UK's most easterly point

Lowestoft Sunrise

“Night and day, you are the one. Only you beneath the moon and under the sun” as Cole Porter wrote in his famous song for lovers. For anyone looking for another serene and natural experience, this might be the most romantic of them all… and best of it – it’s free! 

Get up early (thankfully, not too early during Winter) and make your way to Lowestoft’s Ness point; the most Easterly point in the country – there you’ll be the first tow people in the UK to see the sunrise. 

Ness point is situated behind Birds Eye factory and seems a very low-key attraction but does afford you a peaceful contrast to some of the other compass point attractions such as Lands End or John O Groats (no visitor centres or cafes so you can enjoy the unique experience with a loved one). 

If you have time to explore or take a lover’s walk afterwards, you’ll find that evidence of the towns thriving fishing trade still exists – immediately nearby Ness Point, you can see the old drying racks on the North Denes scrubland that fishermen used. In this area too, from the C17th - the 1950’s, there was a flourishing community called ‘The Beach’ which was home to thousands of people working in the fishing industry. The village was mostly destroyed by the 1953 floods which ravaged the East coast and the remaining cottages were demolished to make way for Commerce and industry (most notably Birds Eye) but some old cottages still exist underneath the old High Street (on top of the cliff), with shops being built or extended upon right on top of them!

To find out what time to set your alarm, you can see the sunrise tables here: https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/uk/lowestoft 



Things to see and do

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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Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold

So much more than glorious cream teas and freshly baked cakes and pastries, tasty breakfasts, lunches and homemade snacks - Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom is one of the gems of Southwold.

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Dog friendly

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Cinema offers the very best in world and mainstream cinema. At the heart of the local community since 1919 and home of the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival, Aldeburgh Cinema is a local treasure.

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Electric Picture Palace

Electric Picture Palace

The Electric Picture Palace is a small but perfectly formed, 70 seat cinema in Southwold on The Suffolk coast.

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Wheelchair Accessible

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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Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years. The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170.

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Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Home to plenty of animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Moth Crafts

Moth Crafts

Bungay

Moth is a charming shop full to the brim of handmade articles from makers across Suffolk and Norfolk.

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Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

It plays host to major West End productions, top comedy, orchestral concerts, touring drama and musical productions, opera, ballet, music, dance and celebrity concerts as well as operating a successful cinema operation - boasting the largest screen and cinema auditoria in the town. 

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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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Felixstowe Museum

Felixstowe Museum

Explore the fascinating artefacts and collections of Felixstowe Museum, which brings alive the military and social history of this seaside town.

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Dog friendly 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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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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Orwell Lady River Cruises

Orwell Lady River Cruises

Ipswich

From April to October each year, Orwell Lady cruises up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell, offering passengers a choice of trips and experiences whilst taking in the beautiful wooded stretches of the river, local wildlife and points of local and historical interest.

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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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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

Africa Alive! - explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent, a great adventure for all the family.

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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 Escape Room

Suffolk Escape Room

Suffolk Escape Room is situated in the unique location of an original war time Nissen Hut on the edge of an American style Trailer Park immersing 2-8 players into an Area 51 themed experience.

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O&C Butcher

O&C Butcher

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh has changed in many ways over the last hundred years, but one business has been an ever present in the town.

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Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe is a small and friendly canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard hire centre based on the stunning upper reaches of the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast.

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Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Championing Ipswich as a great place to visit and stay. Promoting local events, places of interests, arts, theatre and culture of the historic town.

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The Cut - Halesworth

The Cut - Halesworth

Halesworth

The Cut Arts Centre offers Halesworth and the surrounding countryside an extensive range of arts, music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions. 

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

Sutton Hoo, including the estate walks, is now closed whilst an exciting transformation of the site takes place!

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Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements have been providing traditional family fun on Felixstowe Seafront since 1946!

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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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Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand stores in Southwold and Burnham Market offer Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories and there is also a contemporary Womenswear and Accessories store in Aldeburgh.

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Urban Jungle Plant Nursery & Café

Urban Jungle Plant Nursery & Café

The newest member of the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery & Café Group offering indoor and outdoor exotics, gifts and beautiful things for the home. 

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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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Long Shop Museum

Long Shop Museum

Leiston

Located at the heart of the original Richard Garrett and Sons Town Works, The Long Shop museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavor through its stunning collections, hands-on displays and the remarkable family behind the factory.

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Deben Boat Trips

Deben Boat Trips

Join the 'Oystercatcher' for a 30 minute river trip. Departing from The Quay, Waldringfield.

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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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Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre is situated in between Lowestoft's Award winning beaches in South Lowestoft. 

It's a hive of activity and entertainment, from traditional fruit machines and video games, to roller skating, fantastic live music, perfect party venue, great fish and chips and fabulous brasserie dining with the best sea views in town!

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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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Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold

Unlike a larger town there aren’t any major roads in Southwold, meaning it’s a far safer environment for anyone on two wheels. Plus it only takes a few minutes pedalling in any direction before you are taking in scenic views, whether it’s a breathtaking coastal panorama or Suffolk’s rural landscape.

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Sailing Barge Cruises

Sailing Barge Cruises

Ipswich

Relaxing Orwell River Cruises on board the vintage sailing barges, Thistle, Hydrogen and Kitty.

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The Amber Museum

The Amber Museum

Southwold

A small museum in the seaside town of Southwold purpose built to explain the origin of amber, its history and its uses throughout the years.

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The Red House

The Red House

Aldeburgh

The music of Benjamin Britten is the soundtrack of the Suffolk coast. Britten (1913-1976) was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

A glorious seafront theatre and restaurant complex, with stunning views, an art deco auditorium for up to 900 people and a fabulous Mediterranean-style pizza, pasta & grill menu. Food served all day includes home-made cakes and pastries, lunch and dinner menus, with tapas, sandwiches and takeaway also available. 


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Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard is one of England's most exciting new wineries. Winemaker, Ben Witchell, combines cutting-edge technology with traditional winemaking techniques to produce elegant and refined English wines. 

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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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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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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The newly restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. 

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way.

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Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Ipswich

Suffolk Food Hall has everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. It is the 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural oscars) and it’s also an ideal location to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a restaurant (booking advisable) which has been judged to be the Best On Farm Restaurant in Britain and separate café with a children’s playarea.


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The Riverside

The Riverside

The Riverside Cinema may be over 100 years old but the films and live broadcast events that are on screen are totally up to date. 

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Ferini Art Gallery

Ferini Art Gallery

The Ferini Art Gallery is set before the beautiful and ever-changing skies an seascapes of Pakefield. It's art mirrors the light and vibrance of the coastline, fishing beach and sandy cliffs.

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