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If you love Southwold, you'll love...

With it's quaint and colourful beach huts, Blue Flag beach, stylish cafes, delis and restaurants, unique shops and boutiques and charming coastal boltholes, it's easy to see why Southwold is a popular destination for visitors to The Suffolk Coast. If you find yourself enamoured by Southwold’s coastal appeal, then we invite you to explore these other Suffolk locations which you are sure to love. 

If you love Southwold Pier, check out Felixstowe Pier

TTDA - Beach Street Felixstowe - Friends at table (c) Emily Fae Photography

If you’ve enjoyed a stroll along Southwold Pier then you’ll love Felixstowe Pier. After its multi-million pound reinvestment Felixstowe Pier has claimed the badge of ‘Britain’s newest pier’, with plenty to do for young, old and everyone in between.

The family entertainment centre offers an authentic British seaside gaming experience with its twinkling amusement arcade and mini ten pin bowling. The Boardwalk Cafe Bar has amazing sea views and serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as drinks, alcoholic beverages and a range of lighter snacks.

In the evenings, live music, candlelit decking and special cocktails makes for a real party atmosphere. Of course, no trip along the pier is complete without fish and chips and a Mr Whippy, so make your way to The Pier Fish Company and Lorenzos to get your fix. 

Another top tip for your trip to Felixstowe is a visit to the stylish pop up shops in Beach Street. The trendy beachfront destination has a range of upcycled shipping containers with different independent vendors inside. Enjoy takeaway street food, coffee and sweet treats as well as artisan homewares, arts and crafts and fashion. 

Mannings Amusements is a well-loved destination for traditional family fun in Felixstowe. Built by Billy Butlin in 1933, the amusements is just the tip of the iceberg, with games and prizes, a funfair and the most recent addition; crazy magical golf, all available on site.

For a great breakfast to kick start your day by the sea, enjoy 'breakfast at Benny's at Cafe Bencotto, and take in the sea views and hustle and bustle over lunch at The Alex Cafe Bar.

If you love Adnams, check out St Peter’s Brewery and Flint Vineyard

FD - Flint Vineyard - Tour

If you enjoyed your trip to Adnams and want to discover more new beers and traditional ales, pay a visit to St Peter’s Craft Brewery near Bungay where you can sample their range of award-winning beers including stouts, porters, ales, lagers and seasonal specials. Take a tour around the brewery and bottling hall, before taking part in a tutored tasting in the visitor’s centre, the tour even includes a free bottle of beer of your choice to take home.

If a crisp and cold glass of wine is more to your taste, then Flint Vineyard will tickle your tastebuds as one of the most exciting new vineyards in Britain. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Waveney Valley, the vineyard is home to a state of the art winery and offers tours and tastings as well as lunches on Saturdays. Flint’s award-winning wines include the ‘Bacchus’, a white grape variety closely related to the Riesling with hints of elderflower and lime, and the perfumed and soft ‘Pinot Noir Precoce’. 

If you love Southwold beach, check out the beaches at Pakefield and Lowestoft

Towns & Villages - Pakefield - Beach huts

If Southwold’s sandy beaches have you hankering after another trip to a different shore, then head to the gorgeous golden sands at the Pakefield and Lowestoft. For the full seaside experience, hire a traditional beach hut on Pakefield beach - the perfect base for a holiday spent sunning yourself, splashing in the sea and settling down in a comfy deck chair to read a good book. If you prefer something a little more energetic, then an early morning hack along the beach with Pakefield Riding School will be just the ticket!

The award-winning blue flag beach at Lowestoft offers wide stretches of family-friendly space to play and relax at your leisure, with lifeguards on duty to keep everybody safe. Lowestoft beach hut hire allows you to make a jaunty beach hut your very own for a day, week or even for the whole season, and each hut includes two brightly coloured deckchairs. 

For more family-friendly beaches on The Suffolk Coast, click here to check out our handy guide!

If you love Southwold’s boutiques and shops, check out Beccles 

Towns & Villages - Beccles - Shops

If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of Southwold’s high street, you’ll certainly relish Beccles’ many interesting shops and boutiques. As well as some of the more popular high street chains, Beccles has a thriving collection of independent retailers, including quirky gift shops, tempting sweet shops and vintage emporiums where you can while away the time looking at all sorts of nostalgic items. Like Southwold, the town also boasts a Public Hall which hosts a range of live theatre, comedy and music events and film screenings. 

Situated on the banks of the River Waveney, the town also is the perfect base to explore the Suffolk and Norfolk broads. Visit Hippersons Boatyard to hire a boat or paddleboards and soak up the views of the river and Waveney Valley whilst enjoying a dip at Beccles Lido. 

If you love Southwold’s Eateries, check out Oulton Broad 

Towns & Villages - Oulton Broad - boats

Southwold’s excellent eateries and pubs are well known for their atmospheric interiors and brilliant sea view locations, if you enjoy a dining experience with a view then you should make a beeline for stylish Oulton Broad with its vibrant atmosphere and waterside eateries with stunning views of the Broads.

In the Summer you can settle at one of the many popular pubs and restaurants to watch the boats floating along the river, or even the exciting powerboat races. Locals flood to the Commodore, where you can often enjoy live music alongside great food, the stately Wherry Hotel, The Lady of the Lake bar and the Copper Steak House; all great options for a sunset pint and bite to eat. 




Things to see and do

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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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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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. 

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

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High Lodge Leisure

High Lodge Leisure

If you are looking for a place to try out a diverse range of activities then look no further than High Lodge which is home to an array of first-class sporting activities. Suitable for individuals, groups or businesses for corporate activities.

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Easton Farm Park 

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Fun family day out on the farm. Home to plenty of farm 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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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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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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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

Make your day out an adventure with a visit to Africa Alive!

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St Peter's Brewery

St Peter's Brewery

St Peter's Brewery is a craft brewery in the heart of Suffolk, brewing award winning beers since 1996.

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Beach Street Felixstowe 

Beach Street Felixstowe

EAT. DRINK. SHOP!   A unique and vibrant destination on the seafront of upcycled shipping containers. Discover independent boutiques, artisan producers and street-food eateries.

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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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Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements

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

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Hippersons Boatyard 

Hippersons Boatyard

Some of the best ways to see and experience the river! Day boats, canoes, kayaks, Stand up Paddleboards (SUPs) and a pedal boat unique to the Norfolk Broads, 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 £110 for the day on an electric boat or £55 a day on the canoe or double kayak. We also offer guided canoe and kayak tours with our guides, and SUP lessons with our qualified instructor. 

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Beccles Public Hall

Beccles Public Hall

Situated in the heart of the town centre, Beccles Public Hall and Theatre is the perfect venue for all types of entertainment from live music to drama, films to exhibitions, bingo, quizzes, and much more. 

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Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Beccles Lido is OPEN for swimming by advance booking only!

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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. 

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WHERE TO EAT

Café Bencotto

Café Bencotto

Café Bencotto is part of Yeo Group - a group of individual venues in Felixstowe. Offering Mediterranean style fayre, the sophisticated yet informal interior complements the food freshly prepared in the open plan kitchen.

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The Alex Café Bar & Brasserie

The Alex Café Bar & Brasserie

The Alex Café Bar & Brasserie is part of Yeo Group - a group of individual venues in Felixstowe. Offering panoramic sea views, The Alex has a fabulous seafront setting just across from the promenade in Felixstowe where you can watch the world go by whilst enjoying great food and drink!

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