• Kitesurfing on The Suffolk Coast

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

TTDA - ITBC - 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 https://www.ibtc.co.uk/short-courses

Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing at Walberswick

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.

Photography

TTDA - Gill Moon Photography - Beanie

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 across The Suffolk Coast's website, so if you feel inspired, book a full days photography workshop!

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.

For more information on photography tuition with Gill Moon, visit http://gillmoon.com/landscape-photography-tuition/ 

TTD Bawdsey Hall Photography

Want to know how to take the perfect wildlife photo? Bawdsey Hall is a quiet retreat with charm and character. The grounds have meadowland, large ponds and mature woods, offering a variety of different habitats for wildlife - so it's the perfect spot to capture Suffolk's rare inhabitants. Choose from a wildlife photography days or evening workshop, owl and badger night photography workshops, bespoke one to one and group photography workshops.

Afterward, hone your skills and 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 wildlife photography workshops at Bawdsey Hall call 01394 411103 / 07763291026

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 http://www.pakefieldridingschool.co.uk/ 

Arts and Crafts

TTDA - Lettering Arts Centre

Located within the Snape Maltings complex, The Lettering Arts Centre is one of the UK's leading providers of lettering arts training; offering workshops to help people explore the possibilities of the lettering arts. We offer one-day workshops and longer courses for the complete beginner and returning students alike in letter carving, calligraphy, letterpress and linocut. 

To book a workshop visit https://www.letteringartstrust.org.uk/course-calendar

If you've always dreamed of making your own clothes, then 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. Courses include 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.  

Dance and Exercise

The Cut - Stage

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 http://newcut.org/classes

Birdwatching

RSPB Minsmere Avocet Jon Evans

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!

For courses, classes and workshops at RSPB Minsmere, go to https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/events-dates-and-inspiration/events/courses.aspx

Cycling and Walking

Cycling-on-the-Coast-credit-Adrian-Green

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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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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Gill Moon Photography

Gill Moon Photography

Gill is a professional freelance photographer specialising in local landscapes, waterscapes and sailing photography.

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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

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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Festival of Fabric

Festival of Fabric

The award-winning Festival of Fabric draws together specialist traders to enable the purchase of vintage and vintage style fabric, patterns, haberdashery and sewing machines - taking place on Saturday 6th October.

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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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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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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire

Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire

Join Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire at their private nature reserve at Bawdsey Hall on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. 

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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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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. 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

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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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible

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

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.

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Wheelchair Accessible

Events

Archery Sessions at High Lodge Leisure

Archery Sessions at High Lodge Leisure

Halesworth |

High Lodge is delighted to see the return of it's popular Archery sessions, a fantastic activity for friends and family to enjoy together.

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