• Thorpeness Meare in Summer - (c) Gill Moon Photography

Last Minute Summer Getaways!

Summer has well and truly arrived on The Suffolk Coast! With warm breezes, blue skies and blazing sun, there's never been a better time to enjoy a holiday on The Suffolk Coast... We've rounded up our pick of the best last-minute summer holiday getaways!

So pack your bags, grab your flip flops and sunglasses and head to The Suffolk Coast!

1. Alde Garden

WTS - Alde Garden - Barn Owl Yurt

Tucked away behind the Sweffling White Horse, Alde Garden is a small site with a unique collection of yurts, caravans and lodges. Set within a wildlife garden, the site is just 20 minutes drive from Aldeburgh and Dunwich and after a day of summer fun, you can sit under the stars around the evening campfire. 

Throughout the summer, you can catch a midweek break in the Dragonfly Yurt, Gypsy Caravan, Barn Owl Yurt and The Hideout (adults only). If it's a weekend break you're after, the 31st August is the only weekend available - so be quick!

http://www.aldegarden.co.uk/

2. All Seasons Cottage Breaks

All Seasons Cottage Breaks - Flint Cottage

A collection of quaint cottages in the historic town of Saxmundham; All Seasons Cottage Breaks are offering £100 off week-stays this summer, PLUS a complimentary bottle of summer fizz if you book by the end of July!

The newly renovated cottages include Chapel Cottage (sleeping 2) a cosy and compact two-story cottage ideal for solo travellers or a couple, Corner Cottage (sleeping 4) a single-storey cottage with open-plan living room kitchen and living room ideal for families and Flint Cottage (sleeping 4) with a pretty courtyard garden and log burner.

https://www.allseasonscottagebreaks.com/

3. Happy Days Retro Vacations

WTS - Happy Days Retro Vacations - Dee Dee

Enjoy a retro-inspired stay on The Suffolk Coast this summer with Happy Days Retro Vacations.

For just £415, book a stay in a 4 berth Airstream (either 3 night weekends or 4 nights midweek). It's a perfect place for kids to stay over the summer with Red Shed Movies playing family classics, a fairy garden and an onsite garden with a play area featuring swings, slide and giant trampoline and Bernard the 1950s truck hiding in the trees.

For families with kids aged 10 upwards there are 2 onsite Escape Room games 'Area 51' and 'Air Raid' to challenge you! and visitors to Happy Days receive a 20% discount on Escape Room bookings.

Dogs are also welcome in two of our vintage trailers, Betsy and Nettie, so the 4 legged family member is welcome too!

https://www.happydaysrv.co.uk/

4. Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

WTS - Milsoms Kesgrave Hall - Exterior

Enjoy a luxury getaway at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall; whisk your loved one away to one of the individually styled rooms; ranging from standard through to super de-luxe (with bathtubs in rooms and huge walk in showers). Super comfy beds, complimentary WiFi and products.

The 'Step into Summer' package includes an overnight stay with a three-course meal for 2 (full choice from the menu), a bottle of prosecco in your room upon arrival and full English breakfast the following morning. 

https://www.milsomhotels.com/kesgrave-hall/

5. Park Holidays

WTS - Carlton Meres - Pool

School’s out for summer! It's the most exciting time of the year for school children everywhere and Park Holidays UK are celebrating by reducing the cost of hundreds of holidays!

As they embark on 6 weeks of glorious school-free holiday time across July and August, they will have plenty of reasons to go back to school and rave about the holidays to their friends, with four holiday parks located in Suffolk to choose from; Broadland Sands in Lowestoft, Carlton Meres in Saxmundham, Suffolk Sands and Felixstowe Beach each offering fantastic family-friendly facilities, superb entertainment and discounted rates this summer! So don't miss out, book your holiday today, and bring some sun, fun and joy to your child's school break this year!

https://www.parkholidays.com/

6. Snape Maltings

WTS - Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages - Summer house

Snape Maltings is a unique set of Victorian malthouses set alongside the River Alde. There is an eclectic range of shops, galleries and eateries all on the doorstep as well as the world famous Concert Hall. The site is the perfect destination to enjoy walks, bird watching, shopping and music with a choice of wonderful places to enjoy food and drink. There is always something different here to be enjoyed.

The complex features a range different properties to suit your needs with late availability throughout August across the beautiful range of high-quality self-catering properties on-site, including a one bedroom cottage and a six bedroom family home that was built by Newson Garrett, the founder of the site.

https://snapemaltings.co.uk/stay/

6. So Southwold

WTS - So Southwold - 10b South Green

Take advantage off15% off remaining dates in August at So Southwold's 10B South Green, Southwold.

You might think there’s no room at the inn in Southwold for summer, but you’d be wrong!  This grand holiday home offers stunning views across South Green and to the sea beyond and accommodates up to 8 guests in true style.  Traditionally elegant this majestic home offers a real feel of grandeur and indulgence making you want to return time after time.

https://www.sosouthwold.co.uk/luxury-holiday-cottages/southwold/sog-10b-south-green

7. Suffolk Secrets

WTS - Suffolk Secrets - Mermaid Cove

Suffolk Secrets boast an impressive selection of coast and countryside properties for you to choose from across The Suffolk Coast: Escape to Mermaid Cove in Snape; this chic, coastal cool retreat is great for groups of friends or families, accommodating up to 6 guests with sociable and family living with a lovely open living space and welcoming a small dog too!  It’s perfectly located to enjoy the arts at Snape Maltings, seaside fun at Aldeburgh and glorious wildlife that surrounds the River Alde.

This stylish holiday home is offering 15% off stays in September and 10% off bookings made within 14 days throughout August.

https://www.suffolk-secrets.co.uk/aldeburgh-surrounding-villages/snape-cottages/3gc-mermaid-cove

One of a collection of 10 brand new homes in the delightfully quirky village of Thorpeness, Walnut is contemporary in style and practical in design, with one double room and one that can be set up as a double or twin. The owners of the fabulous holiday home have thought of everything for the guest's comfort.

Just a short stroll from the Meare, the beach and the village cafes and pubs, this pad is perfect for a last-minute family holiday.  Available with 10% off for stays arriving within 14 days. 

https://www.suffolk-secrets.co.uk/tabsapiproperty/826

If you’re a town mouse, you’ll love this well-appointed and comfortable holiday home in the heart of Aldeburgh.  It boasts fantastic sea views from the bedrooms on the first floor and is just steps away from the beach, plus the boutiques, cafes and shops of the bustling High Street are just a moments’ walk away.  With 15% of all remaining dates in August a stay at Pebbles is a real steal!  

https://www.suffolk-secrets.co.uk/aldeburgh-surrounding-villages/aldeburgh-cottages/4bkt-pebbles

8. Suffolk Cottage Holidays

WTS - Suffolk Secrets - Wren Cottage

Suffolk Cottage Holidays' Wren Cottage is a  pretty, red-brick terraced cottage in the heart of Woodbridge, with a quaint back garden, perfect for enjoying the long summer evenings, two bedrooms and new kitchen/dining area is ideal for a small family or couple. 

With beautiful walks, the town and the River Deben within easy reach, Wren Cottage is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The cottage is currently available to book with 10% off for stays arriving within 14 days.

https://www.suffolkcottageholidays.com/woodbridge-and-orford/woodbridge-cottages/csn2-wren-cottage

9. The Merchant House

WTS - The Merchant House - Bedroom

This summer, why not stay in Suffolk’s county town Ipswich and save 15% when you book the stunning Merchant House. Set just moments from the stunning Ipswich Waterfront, the Merchant House was built in 1636, meaning you’ll find lots of charm and character throughout.

It’s within easy reach of Ipswich’s town centre and just minutes away on foot from the historic waterfront, where you’ll find an array of bars and restaurants, as well as some really amazing views. Sleeping up to 14, it’s great for a getaway with friends or family and with 15% off bookings available until 31st August 2019, your reason to book just got stronger.

https://www.isaaclord.org/the-merchant-house/

10. 9 The Whinlands

WTS - 9 The Whinlands - Exterior

Situated in the enchanting seaside village of Thorpeness, 9 The Whinlands is a Grade II listed spacious property set over 3 floors with views to Thorpeness Common -  perfect for big get-togethers!

The property sleeps eleven people in 5 bedrooms. There is a large kitchen, dining room and large lounge with all the mod cons a family would need including Smart TV, Infinity fast fibre broadband and music dock.

For one week only, from 3rd - 10th August, you can get a 5% discount! This is rare late availability for this property, so book early to avoid disappointment!

http://www.holidaycottagethorpeness.co.uk/

11. Wheatacre Hall Barns

WTS - Wheatacre Hall Barns - Aerial view

Set within the idyllic Waveney Valley, just a short drive from the market town of Beccles, Wheatacre Hall Barns is a collection of eight barns which have been sympathetically converted into modern luxury accommodation. These luxury holiday cottages retain many of their original features including fine beams, the barns have been tastefully restored with very comfortable interiors with many modern luxury touches. 

There are some great offers on stays this summer including:

Coot Barn (sleeps 6)

Monday, 5th August – Friday, 9th August 2019 £900 discounted to £700

Monday, 12th August – Friday, 16th August 2019 £900 discounted to £700

Widgeon Barn (sleeps 6)

Monday, 19th August – Friday, 23rd August 2019 £900 discounted to £700

Snipe Barn (Sleeps 6) 

Monday, 5th August – Friday, 9th August 2019 £825 discounted to £618

Partridge Barn (sleeps 2)

Monday, 29th July – Friday, 2nd August 2019 £475 discounted to £375

Monday, 19th August – Friday, 23rd August 2019  £475 discounted to £375


For full details of all properties and 3D walking tour found take a look at the website

https://wheatacrehallbarns.co.uk/

For more offers on stays, days out and dining, check out our 'Special Offers' guide! 




Things to see and do

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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Visit Felixstowe

Visit Felixstowe

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

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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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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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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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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

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

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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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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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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

National Trust Sutton Hoo will be gradually revealing the new Sutton Hoo experience this year as they complete a multi-million pound project.


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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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Southwold Railway Steamworks

Southwold Railway Steamworks

This one-acre site is dedicated to the 3-foot gauge Southwold Railway that connected Southwold to Halesworth from 1879 to 1929.The Southwold Railway Trust are dedicated to preserving the memory of this special little railway and re-opening as much of the old route as they can. 

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Hippersons Boatyard 

Hippersons Boatyard

One of the best ways to see and experience the river! Day boats available to hire on the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads in Beccles, with day hire from 9.30am till 4.45pm, costing £100 for the day, part days are available on request. 

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MTP Presents Theatre on the Coast

MTP Presents Theatre on the Coast

Presenting summer theatre, music and events for younger audiences in Southwold and Aldeburgh for 2019.

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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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Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Come to Beccles and enjoy the amazing views and facilities of the Lido. It's open from 25th May to 8th September 2019.

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Anglia Indoor Karting 

Anglia Indoor Karting

With indoor racing karts and their professionally designed, exhilarating multi-level circuit, Anglia Indoor Karting brings the thrill of motorsport to all adrenaline-seekers!

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National Trust Orford Ness

National Trust Orford Ness

Wild, remote and exposed, Orford Ness contains the ruined remnants of a disturbing past. Ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, rare and fragile wildlife thrives where weapons, including atomic bombs, were once tested and perfected.

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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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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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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!

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Waveney River Tours

Waveney River Tours

Lowestoft

Conducted river tours and boat hire through the Waveney Valley and the New Broads National Park.

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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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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 pedaling 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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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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The Red House, Aldeburgh 

The Red House, Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh

Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a vast amount of incredible music and wanted everyone to enjoy it – professional and amateur musicians, music enthusiasts, children and families.


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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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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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Ipswich Museums

Ipswich Museums

Ipswich Museums incorporates three historical venues in Ipswich; Ipswich Museum - a fascinating Victorian museum; Christchurch Mansion - a magnificent Tudor building; and Ipswich Art Gallery - a unique contemporary gallery.

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Cycle Breaks

Cycle Breaks

Ipswich

Supported, gentle cycling & walking holidays along the Suffolk Coast as well as in Constable Country, the Wool Towns and Norfolk plus quality bike hire too!

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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 recently 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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Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant 

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Ipswich

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering breakfast and a la carte lunch, sunset supper or candlelit Dinner cruises. 

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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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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. 

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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

Check the website for times of Milling Demonstrations and Wheel-Turnings. The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years.

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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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