The Suffolk Coast
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Messing about on the water on The Suffolk Coast

If you like nothing better than getting out on the water then the Suffolk Coast has so much to offer. From slow moving, peaceful rivers to fast-paced action on the sea there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy

Iken Canoe

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You're spoilt for choice when it comes to places to head on a canoe and kayak onThe Suffolk Coast. If you don't own one yourself, you can hire them from Iken Canoe and enjoy a peaceful bob down the river along the Alde Estuary. 

You can hire Canadian canoes, sit-on-top kayaks and stand-up paddleboards from a short hire of one hour or more for a stand-up paddleboard, and two to four hours in a 3-man canoe, 2-man kayak or 1-man kayak. All craft are suitable for a wide range of skill levels and are ideal for couples, groups or family outings, even dogs are welcome!

Big Dog Ferry

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Travel along this tranquil stretch of the River Waveney on board The Big Dog Ferry. The ferry operates from the Beccles Lido pontoon and you can enjoy four leisurely 3-mile trips a day by open boat up to the Geldeston Locks.   

Big Dog Ferry is available for longer trips and pick-ups from destinations such as Beccles Quay upon request and single or round-trip tickets are also available. 

Coastal Voyager

TTDA - Coastal Voyager - Boat and sun

For high-octane fun there’s Coastal Voyager based at Southwold. It’s the perfect activity for all ages ranging from families with children to work groups. Providing a variety of trips to suit people with different interests, such as the exhilarating sea blast for adrenaline seekers or the peaceful river cruise for those looking to experience the outstanding natural beauty of the river Blyth.

Southwold Boating Lake

TTDA - Southwold Boating Lake - Pedalos

One for the kids - children will love sailing across the lake on little paddleboats at Southwold Boating Lake. As you watch on, enjoy tea, coffee, hot chocolate and a range of cakes, pastries, lunches and light meals. Afterwards, the whole family can play a round or two of crazy golf before enjoying ice creams and a walk out through the reed beds to see some of Suffolk's rare birds. 

Oulton Day Boats

TTDA - Oulton Dayboats

And if you fancy being the Captain, Oulton Dayboats will give you the chance to be skipper. No visit to Suffolk is complete without a visit to the new Broads National Park, and with Oulton Day Boats you can take your own boat out for an hour or so or a day from Oulton Broad; the southern gateway to the Broads where the river Waveney meets the sea.

Head along the River Waveney to the market town of Beccles or into Norfolk and the Roman Fort at Burgh Castle. Both routes boast a range of pubs and restaurants along the river banks where you could stop for a meal or just picnic on the riverbank.

Sailing Barge Victor

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Sailing Barge Victor is a majestic, traditionally rigged sailing barge, which has been lovingly restored and is moored at Old Customs House in Ipswich. Join one of the public cruises and enjoy a relaxing sail which departs from Ipswich Dock, passing through the lock gates and sailing down the beautiful and historic River Orwell and under the Orwell Bridge.

Alternatively, you can hire the barge for a private cruise (accommodating up to 40 people). On board, there is a licensed bar with a range of fine Adnams beers, cider and soft drinks and the Skipper is on hand to provide commentary and information on the fascinating maritime history of the area.

Waveney River Tours

TTDA - Waveney River Cruises - Waveney Princess

Step on board the purpose built vessel Waveney Princess and travel along the beautiful River Waveney from Oulton Broad. Sit on the top deck and take in the panoramic views, or head downstairs and enjoy a coffee or glass of wine in the coffee shop.

Deben Boat Trips

TTDA - Deben Boat Trips - Oystercatcher

Join the 'Oystercatcher' for a 30 minute river trip with Deben Boat Trips, departing from The Quay, Waldringfield.

The River Deben is one of the most beautiful and scenic spots on The Suffolk Coast and is rich in wildlife and history. The tidal Deben estuary is a special protection area which lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Trips will run to a timetable throughout the summer and can be pre-booked or groups can hire the Oystercatcher, seating up to 12 people, for photography trips, bird watching, painting and other special events.

Orwell Lady

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From April to October each year, the 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.

There are a variety of cruises on offer, all leaving Orwell Quay in Ipswich and returning up to three and a half hours later. The Orwell Bridge cruise lasts approximately one hour, making it ideal for families with young children.

Throughout the year there are daytime sight-seeing cruises that can be pre-booked or just taken on the spur of the moment. There are also music nights, wine tasting, English Afternoon Tea and Sunday Buffet lunch trips.



Things to see and do

Oulton Dayboats

Oulton 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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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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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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Dog friendly

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Come down to Beccles in the Summer Holidays and enjoy the amazing views and facilities of the Lido. 

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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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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Deben Boat Trips

Deben Boat Trips

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

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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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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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Dog friendly

Lowestoft Ferry

Lowestoft Ferry

The harbour launch "Terrier" provides regular daily trips between the attractions of Lowestoft and Oulton Broad.

Running hourly along the inland waterway known as Lake Lothing the journey provides a new and interesting way to see the town from the water. Accommodating up to 12 passengers, the vessel can be booked for groups. Why not give the traffic a miss, sit back and enjoy the view!


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International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

IBTC in Lowestoft offers a variety of boatbuilding/maintenance and woodworking courses suitable for those looking for a career in the maritime industry as well as individuals wanting to develop existing or new interests and skills.

With courses from 1 day to almost a year there is something to offer everyone; from owners and enthusiasts to prospective tradespersons.


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Dog friendly

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Ipswich

Offering 2 hour Brunch and 3 hour A la Carte Lunch, Sunset Supper or Candlelit Dinner Cruises. Serving freshly prepared on board wholesome food and drinks.

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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

WHERE TO EAT

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Orford

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering brunch and a la carte lunch or dinner cruises from Orford Quay, Orford, Suffolk.

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Dog friendly