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New Year - New Experience on The Suffolk Coast

A brand New Year - the time when we typically look at making some radical changes in our lives; learning new skills and embracing new experiences.

The Suffolk Coast is the perfect place for embarking on a new adventure, whether it’s an active pursuit or something more serene. We’ve come up with a few ideas for inspiration…

Sailing & Boatbuilding

There is nowhere better for sailing than right here on The Suffolk Coast with the expanse of coastline and the Suffolk Broads. Courses for adults and children are available at Aldeburgh Yacht Club ranging from basic dinghy and powerboat courses to dinghy racing modules. With the Viking Mariners you can learn to sail on the River Orwell, or if you would rather enjoy a more relaxing experience, join them on board one of their sailing yachts, power crafts or barges for a full or half day's sailing experience.

If you're passionate about all things nautical, then book yourself a place on one of the boatbuilding courses at the International Boatbuilding Training College in Oulton Broad; there are a range of full year, part-time and short courses on a range of subjects including Introduction to Woodwork, Letter Carving, Splicing and Ropework and Traditional Rigging and Wirework.

For full course details, visit


Take in the exhilarating sea air and the excitement of a new challenge. Kitesurfing is the perfect sport for our magnificent Suffolk beaches, particularly those which are uncrowded such as Pakefield, Kessingland, Southwold, Walberswick and Aldeburgh.Contrary to popular belief, this sport is not just for the young and strong. Nearly everyone can take part and give kiting a go. Although a reasonable amount of fitness and flexibility are required it is more important to be able to develop the ability of good kite control techniques. Kitesurfing can be extremely dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing and the worst accidents occur when people try to teach themselves. A qualified instructor will guide you through all aspects of kite flying from the beginning, providing all the necessary equipment and training to keep you safe along the way.


Did you get a new camera for Christmas? If so, join one of the photography days run by Gill Moon - you can see many of her stunning Suffolk landscapes on this website, so if you feel inspired, book a full days photography workshop for £130. The workshop includes: pre-session consultation to discover your requirements and what you would like from your time, photography out on The Suffolk Coast covering several different locations, transport between locations, photographic tuition tailored to your requirements (including camera settings, composition, exposure, ‘seeing the landscape’, filters and creative techniques), lunch at one of the chosen locations, a full set of printed course notes to take home, and email critique of images after the session...

After the course, check out some of The Suffolk Coast's top photography spots; RSPB Minsmere Kessingland Beach, Shingle Street and Carlton and Oulton Marshes.

For more information on photography tuition with Gill Moon, visit

Horse Riding

Pakefield Riding School

One of the most rewarding ways to see the beautiful Suffolk Countryside and Coast, along with keeping fit and healthy is to take up horse riding!  This wonderful skill has so much going for it - horses, it can be argued, are up there with dogs when it comes to man's best friend! Pakefield Riding School offers the perfect introduction to this sport, with BHS Qualified Instructors and 25 well-mannered horses and ponies suitable for all ages and abilities they'll be able to get you off to a flying start or provide an appropriate mount for that beautiful beach ride! 

For more information on Pakefield Riding School, visit 


We don’t all have to be budding Susan Boyles to enjoy singing, so why not try exercising your vocals somewhere other than the shower? Apparently, there are more choirs in the UK today than fish and chip shops – singing is uplifting and great food for the soul, fun, fat-free and a great way to make new friends. 

Beccles and Bungay both have their own Community Choirs which promote health and wellbeing, so if you're new year's resolution was to take up a new hobby and relax a bit more, then one of these choirs is for you! For more information visit 

Arts and Crafts

TTDA - Felixstowe Sewing School

There's a varied programme of workshops being held throughout 2018 at The Tack Rooms at Snape Maltings. 1 day courses include Making Unique Paper Art, The Art of Making with Textiles and Paint and Making Art Jewellery in Porcelain and Clay. More workshops will be added to the schedule throughout the year, for more information visit

Felixstowe Sewing School offers classes, and lessons for the beginner and novice sewer, as well as a series of workshops for the more experienced seamstress, dressmaker or fabric and textile lover including dressmaking for beginners, pyjama workshops, how to make vintage toys and how make a retro apron. For a fun way to spend a day with friends or a special occasion book a sew-in party; a baby shower quilt workshop, a hen party workshop with garter, lap quilt, knicker bag making or teen pyjama parties.  

To book a workshop, visit

Dance and Exercise

If your new year's resolution was to become more active, then pop along to The Cut in Halesworth. The stunning arts centre housed within a converted Maltings buildings, hosts a range of dance and exercise classes including Belly Dancing, Contemporary Dance, Kettlecise, Pilates, Yoga, Booty Barre, Mummy and Baby Pilates, Ballet and Dance/Choreography for Mature People - so there's something to suit all ages and abilities!

For class information, visit


Home to RSPB Minsmere and RSPB Havergate Island plus award-winning nature reserves, and as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there really is no better place to take up birdwatching in the UK. RSPB Minsmere run lots of sessions for beginners and often invite experts along to advise budding twitchers what equipment they should purchase. If you head there during Spring, you may even be caught on camera as BBC Springwatch broadcasts live!

Cycling and Walking

We miss so much of our beautiful Suffolk scenery travelling by car or bus. Make a promise to yourself to take a long walk or get the bicycle out a couple of times a month and discover new areas of our lovely county. Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and Adnams have put together these walking and cycling routes, so all you need now is a flask of tea to take along with you!


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Things to see and do

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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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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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve


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.

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Cycle Breaks

Cycle Breaks


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

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Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

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

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