The Suffolk Coast
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Jenni Armstrong's Suffolk Coast

The ultimate in kitch glamping, Happy Days Retro Vacations offer a truly unique holiday experience...

Owner Jenni Armstrong shares with us her favourite things about The Suffolk Coast.

1. Where is your favourite place to ‘get away from it all’ on The Suffolk Coast?

I have a huge soft spot for Thorpeness. I love everything about it and I particularly love how close it is to our campsite so even in the summer when we can only escape for an hour we can enjoy a visit to this beautiful seaside village with The Meare, the House in the Clouds, the beautiful architecture of the houses, The Emporium vintage shop, The Kitchen café and The Dolphin pub. 

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2. Where are your top eating spots?

I’m a regular in The Kitchen at Thorpeness, we became dog owners last year. This was our favourite café before Pablo came into our lives but now this dog-friendly café with awesome chocolate brownies and a vintage shop is even harder to beat. For something a little more restaurant-like, we are blessed that although Saxmundham is only small it’s home to The Bell. The food is wonderful and the service is always good. We love it there, many of our campsite visitors eat there and they always give The Bell a glowing review. We are so lucky that’s it’s only a mile from the campsite.   

3. Which beach do you love?

We are spoiled for choice in this area, visitors stay for a week and have a new beach to try everyday! I love how peaceful the beaches are even in the summer. Walberswick is a favourite of mine, the village is very picturesque, I love the sand dunes, the crabbing and the fact that Pablo our dog can join us there all year round. I have also just discovered Covehithe which is beautiful and remote. A truly gorgeous beach all year round!

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4. What's special about The Suffolk Coast?

The big skies with the incredible sunsets. I’ve lived in various places in the UK and I’ve never experienced sunsets like it, the big orange-pink skies are just stunning. It doesn’t take long to take the beautiful big skies for granted. It’s wonderful to experience afresh through visitors eyes. Our campsite provides fire pits and visitors love to sit out in the evening and enjoy the stars. The night skies over Suffolk are bright with stars and I’ve even seen a number of shooting stars. That’s a definite perk of the job. 

5. What's your Suffolk Coast best-kept secret?

I’m going to be greedy here as I think Suffolk has two best-kept secrets for me. We are just 3 miles from Leiston Abbey. This gorgeous old ruin is an English Heritage site but it’s free of charge to visit and it’s always so quiet. It’s the best place to visit for a game of hide and seek. Amongst the buildings of the Abbey is a music college so you can idyll some time away with the sound of a violin or two as the soundtrack to your visit.

I also need to give a mention to the vintage shops in the area. As we rent vintage Airstreams obviously we have a love of all things vintage and retro. It was wonderful to discover that The Suffolk Coast is brimful with vintage shops, The Emporium, The Barn, Carley’s Yard and Vintage Mischief are amongst a few favourites of ours. 


For more information on Happy Days Retro Vacations, visit www.happydasrv.co.uk



Things to see and do

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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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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Free wifi Dog friendly

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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where to stay

Happy Days Retro Vacations 

Happy Days Retro Vacations

Saxmundham

A slice of vintage Americana has arrived in Suffolk. Happy Days Retro Vacations is a small campsite where visitors can live out their dreams of old Hollywood glamour by renting a beautifully restored Airstream trailer.

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Dog friendly

The House in the Clouds

The House in the Clouds

Thorpeness

The House in the Clouds, one of the country's most famous follies is set in 1 acre of private grounds, the House in the Clouds overlooks Thorpeness Golf Course, Thorpeness Meare and the sea on the very beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast. Close to Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings and home of the festival, to Minsmere and other bird and nature reserves.

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