The Suffolk Coast
  • TTDE - Heritage Open Days - The Red House

Heritage Open Days

From 6th - 9th and 13th - 16th September, many of The Suffolk Coast's museums and historic buildings will be opening their doors to celebrate this year's Heritage Open Days.

With over 100 events across the towns and villages on The Suffolk Coast, there's plenty on offer to suit all ages and tastes.

We've picked a few that you might like to check out!

The Red House, Aldeburgh - 8th & 9th September

As well as exploring Britten’s music, visitors to The Red House can see his and Pears’ eclectic collection of art, books and objects, wander around their gardens, and discover more about their lives. Entry is free on the 8th and 9th September with special events and activities taking place throughout the afternoon. 

No booking required.

Harvest House, Felixstowe - 8th September

This Grade II listed building opened as a hotel in 1903, still displays many original features. Enjoy a tour of the Palm Court and Dining Room designed by Thomas Cotman. Tours take place at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. 

Tours last 40 minutes and must be booked online at http://www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/whats-on/events-diary/heritage-open-days-felixstowe/

Landguard Fort, Felixstowe - 9th September

Visitors can explore the Grade I listed Landguard Fort; a building with a fascinating history on Sunday 9th September.

Replacing an earlier 17th-century fort on this site, the current fort is Georgian with later modifications in the 19th and 20th centuries. After your visit, enjoy a picnic and a walk through the nearby Landguard Nature Reserve.

Open from 10am - 5pm, no booking required. 

The 5th/60th Rifles Living History Group at Martello Park - 15th & 16th September

This popular group of re-enactors who will be showing drills, skirmishes and weapons firing, maintaining high standards of historical accuracy, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time!

10am - 4pm, no booking required. 

The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe - 9th September

The original Spa Pavilion opened in 1909, but this building is the result of remodelling after severe damage in WWII. It has a fascinating history, so why not find out more with backstage tours lasting about an hour.

Tours take place at 2.30pm and 3.30pm, booking online is required at http://www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/whats-on/events-diary/heritage-open-days-felixstowe/

Framlingham Heritage Food Trail - 8th September

Visit Framlingham's favourite eateries to sample foodstuffs with a local Heritage theme. Starting with a demonstration of butter-making and cheese-rolling, you will then collect a Trail Map from the 'HoD Hub' at The Unitarian Meeting House in Bridge Street to explore the places in the town offering free samples of heritage foods. 

10am - 5pm, no booking required.

Walpole Old Chapel, Halesworth - 7th, 8th, 9th September

Enjoy a visit to this unique example of a 17th-century congregational chapel on the edge of Halesworth in Suffolk.

Walpole Old Chapel is one of the most intriguing places in East Anglia and one of the earliest Independent chapels in the country. The chapel is the earliest surviving non-conformist chapel conversion from a domestic dwelling in the country, with tangible links to early Suffolk Independence, and one of the most evocative and finest meeting houses interiors in England.

Tours take place between 10.30am - 4pm on 7th, 9am - 5pm on 8th and 10.30am - 4pm on 9th September. No booking required.

A Walk Through 700 Years of History, Lowestoft - 8th & 14th September

Discover more about the Beach village, historic buildings and links with people from their past, wartime memories, fishing & maritime stories, old railway links, heritage industries and 3 extraordinary women with this guided walk from Ness Point to St Margaret's Church in Lowestoft.

This fascinating heritage guided walk, given by Jennifer Tucker, takes approx 90-120 minutes and runs from Ness Point, through Spurgeon Score, Flint House and the Heritage Centre, the Town Hall and Crown House, over to the Light House and Belle Vue Park, and via the Eastern Linear Park to St Margaret's Church. 

Saturday 8th's walk is now fully booked so an extra walk has been added on Friday 14th September, but booking early is advisable at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-walk-through-700-years-of-history-friday-14-september-tickets-49426001501

'Is herring still the King of the sea?' @ The Mincarlo, Lowestoft - 16th September

Come on board the Mincarlo fishing vessel for a unique and entertaining presentation by Dr Colin Bannister, DSc, Emeritus Fisheries Scientist at CEFAS Lowestoft. A fascinating talk on the history of the Herring Industry - past and present. The tour takes place at 3pm but spaces are limited so booking is essential at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/is-the-herring-still-king-of-the-sea-the-mincarlo-tickets-48652030533

Lowestoft Lifeboat Station - 16th September

A rare chance to see the Lowestoft Lifeboat (subject to operational needs) in its home at one of the oldest stations in the country. Tour the building and gift shop, along with an exhibition of Bascule Bridge.

Lowestoft Lifeboat Station is a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) operated lifeboat station, located at the mouth of Lowestoft's outer harbour on the South Pier. It is one of the oldest lifeboat stations in the British Isles, established in 1801, and has carried out many notable rescues including the evacuation of British forces from Dunkirk. 

Open from 10am - 3pm. 

Lowestoft's Ghost Walk

Come on a voyage of discovery though Medieval Lowestoft, and find out more about the ghosts that lurk in the shadows! Local historian and author Ivan Bunn traces the stories behind the UK's most Easterly spirits.

Ivan Bunn hails from Lowestoft and is widely appreciated and recognised as an expert in Lowestoft's local history. His first book was a small pamphlet published in 1975 entitled Haunted Lowestoft. The book was re-edited in 1988 and a third edition was released in the Winter of 2010. In 1997, he published a book detailing the Bury St Edmunds witch trials with American Criminologist Gilbert Geis, a book which remains to date one of the most comprehensive studies of the trials and is used in most major universities.

His television appearances have included appearing in the Animal X segment about Black Dogs, being adviser for and appearing in the documentary "Witchfinders", starring opposite Rory McGrath in the Witchfinder General episode of Bloody Britain and in 2014, he appeared in the fourth episode of the Yesterday TV series "Inquisition". 

In 2015 he appeared opposite John Humphrys in a Panorama General Election special looking at hope in Lowestoft.

He is known for his talent at combining historical detail with humour and insight, which makes him a highly sought-after speaker and tour guide.

The walk takes place from 7pm - 8.30pm, booking is essential at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lowestoft-ghosts-walk-with-ivan-bunn-tickets-48307846068

Patricia the Fisher Girl, Lowestoft - 16th September

Join Patricia the Fisher Girl as she wanders along the Harbour and Prom, and see what she carries in her basket. Listen to her tales of the town’s herring heritage and see how many family-friendly fish you can ‘gut’ in a minute!

As part of the Making Waves Together project, meet Patricia as she introduces you to artefacts from Lowestoft Maritime Museum and brings the past to life.

10am - 3pm, no booking required.

Bawdsey Manor - 8th & 9th September

A rare opportunity to visit parts of the Grade II listed Bawdsey Manor house built in 1886. Tours will include access to some interior rooms and the garden. This fascinating building played a major part in the development of radar and from 1936-1986, it was a military establishment.

Tours take place on both days at 9am, 10.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm, booking is required at http://www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/whats-on/events-diary/heritage-open-days-felixstowe/

Bawdsey Radar Transmitter Block - 8th & 9th September

Bawdsey Radar Transmitter Block - the first operational radar station in the world! The exhibition, in the original 1937 building, tells the story of how operational radar helped win the Battle of Britain.

In top secret in the months before the outbreak of WW2, scientists developed radar technology that quickly made the difference in protecting Britain. Operational radar meant that the RAF fighter pilots could be up in the air ready and waiting. The operational advantage that radar made meant that the battle of Britain was won and the threat of Nazi invasion faded.

The exhibition, in the original 1937 transmitter block building, tells the story of the women and men who worked as scientists, radar operators and technicians and gives a glimpse into their life and work at Bawdsey. 

Open between 10.30am - 4pm.

Maritime Woodbridge - 8th & 9th September

Maritime Woodbridge is a bi-annual celebration of Woodbridge's maritime heritage that aims to inform, educate and entertain visitors around a historical theme! The theme for 2018 will be the Saxons. The festival will include classic & traditional boats, enactments and exhibitions. There will be also craft stalls, refreshment stalls and the famous Maritime Woodbridge Coracle Pond for youngsters to learn how to control a coracle.

Taking place between 10am - 6pm both days. 



Things to see and do

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

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

Read more >

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. 

Read more >

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

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

Read more >

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.

Read more >

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.

Read more >

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.

Read more >
Free wifi

The Suffolk Punch Trust

The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge

The Suffolk Punch Trust is an educational and environmental charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the Suffolk Punch horse. The Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, is the world’s oldest and largest Suffolk Punch stud farm. It is the perfect place to meet these magnificent horses, to find out how they shaped the landscape of East Anglia and helped to develop farming throughout the Eastern Counties.

Read more >
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. 

Read more >
Free wifi Dog friendly

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.

Read more >

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. 

Read more >
Wheelchair Accessible

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.

Read more >
Wheelchair Accessible

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.

Read more >
Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

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

Read more >

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.

Read more >

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!

Read more >
Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

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. 

Read more >

Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

Read more >

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.

Read more >
Wheelchair Accessible

East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

Lowestoft

The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

Read more >
Dog friendly

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. 

Read more >
Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Waveney & Blyth Arts

Waveney & Blyth Arts

Waveney & Blyth Arts connects creative people and places along the Norfolk/Suffolk border and promotes the distinct cultural identity of this beautiful area through exciting arts events and activities.

Read more >

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.

Read more >
Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

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.

Read more >

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.

Read more >
Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible

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. 


Read more >
Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

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. Explore a number of footpaths leading you through a myriad of habitats and discover the birds and animals that call Dunwich Heath home. You can enjoy time in the tea room and browse the gift shop.

Read more >

Events

Milling Demonstration at Woodbridge Tide Mill 11am

Milling Demonstration at Woodbridge Tide Mill 11am

Woodbridge |

Step inside the iconic, fully working Tide Mill, a living museum, sitting on the banks of Woodbridge’s River Deben. You will see how the flour is milled, find out how bread is made and learn about all the parts of the machinery and its workings.

Read more >

Milling Demonstration at Woodbridge Tide Mill 3.30pm

Milling Demonstration at Woodbridge Tide Mill 3.30pm

Woodbridge |

Step inside the iconic, fully working Tide Mill, a living museum, sitting on the banks of Woodbridge’s River Deben. You will see how the flour is milled, find out how bread is made and learn about all the parts of the machinery and its workings.

Read more >

Milling Demonstration at Woodbridge Tide Mill 4.00pm

Milling Demonstration at Woodbridge Tide Mill 4.00pm

Woodbridge |

Step inside the iconic, fully working Tide Mill, a living museum, sitting on the banks of Woodbridge’s River Deben. You will see how the flour is milled, find out how bread is made and learn about all the parts of the machinery and its workings.

Read more >

Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail

Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail

Beccles | Fri 17th Aug - Sun 16th Sep 2018

The fifth Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will host the work of more than 30 artists on a three-acre site of hidden paths, romantic groves and secretive corners in a little-known site on the edge of the Waveney Valley.

Read more >
Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Heritage Open Days at The Red House, Aldeburgh

Heritage Open Days at The Red House, Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh | Sat 08th - Sun 09th Sep 2018

Explore the site for free on this nationwide event.

Read more >

Classic Bike Show at The Longshop Museum

Classic Bike Show at The Longshop Museum

Leiston | Sun 09th Sep 2018

A motorbike show for all ages and interests, with examples of Vintage, Classic, Touring and custom bikes on display.

Read more >

Special Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum - with Vintage Cars and Vehicles

Special Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum - with Vintage Cars and Vehicles

Woodbridge | Sun 09th Sep 2018

Special Martlesham Heath Control Tower Open Day
Sunday 9th September 11:00 to 4:00 p.m. with a large display of Vintage Vehicles – Civilian and Military + Control Museum and Underground Bunker Open.

Read more >