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New Year, New Experiences on The Suffolk Coast

A brand New Year - thank goodness!  The time when we typically look at making some radical changes in our lives, learning new skills and embracing new experiences, more so than ever in 2022.

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, so get planning now and let's keep positive about what we can achieve in 2022!

Sailing & Boatbuilding

TTDA - Excelsior - crewing experience
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, & Woodbridge Yacht Club ranging from basic dinghy and powerboat courses to dinghy racing modules.

Explore the Waveney River with day boat hire from both Oulton Broad Day Boats and Hippersons Boatyard or take to the water on a beautiful Thames barge with the Sailing Barge Victor based at the Ipswich waterfront. Explore the Orwell River with Orwell Lady River Cruises, the perfect to while away a few hours of peace and calm, seeing the landscape from a completely new perspective. Or learn how to sail an historic fishing smack with a trip on board Excelsior; Join in with hoisting out the bowsprit, take charge of the tiller or simply sit and enjoy the salty air and the sound of the wind in the sails.


International Boatbuilding College on the Suffolk Coast

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

Photography

Gill Moon Photography Tuition on the Suffolk Coast

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 workshops can include pre-session consultations to discover your requirements and what you would like from your time, photography out on The Suffolk Coast covering several different 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 an 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/ 

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. 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

Likewise, Suffolk Wildlife Trust has a full programme of events for both adults, children and families, get to grips with the stunning landscape and environments around you, make 2022 the year to learn how to recognise all those trees, birds and biodiversity right on the doorstep! For information on events, go to www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/events

Become a culture vulture!

Culture on the Suffolk Coast

The Suffolk Coast has some of the world's finest cultural experiences on its doorstep! From the inspirational Snape Maltings - home of the Aldeburgh Festival, The Red House - Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears' home in Aldeburgh, to the wonderful theatres and independent cinemas along the coast including Felixstowe Spa Pavilion, The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft, Thorington Theatre near Southwold, The Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich and of course the wealth of historical locations and attractions; Suffolk Museums, National Trust Sutton Hoo and Christchurch Museum in Ipswich - make 20201the year of digging deep into what's on offer and expand your cultural knowledge on the coast!

To find a comprehensive list of cultural delights on the coast go to, www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk/things-to-do/attractions/arts-music--culture

Kitesurfing & Paddleboarding

TTDA - Blitzkiting - kiting

Kitesurfing & stand up paddle boarding (SUP) are both a fantastic way to have fun, keep fit, learn something new and get your adrenaline pumping. Kitesurf & BlitzKiting in Lowestoft offer a range of lessons to show you the best and safest way to enjoy the water and you could be up and riding in less than 6 hours! 

Cycling and Walking

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

If all those lockdown adventures have inspired you to get out on your bike or don your walking boots, make a promise to yourself to start as you mean to go on and take a long walk or get the bicycle out a couple of times a month and discover new areas of our lovely county - after all, there's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes!

Check out our guide to both cycling and walking to get a flavour of what's out there ready to be explored!

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!



Things to see and do

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

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

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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. 

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Excelsior

Excelsior

Come and sail onboard one of Suffolk's historic sailing vessels! Excelsior LT472 is one of the few remaining Lowestoft sailing trawlers, built in 1921 and restored to her original specification on deck. And you can take a hand at sailing her!

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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 hires out Canadian canoes, sit-on-top kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) on the stunning upper reaches of the River Alde between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast. A Cornish Shrimper sailing boat is also available for charter.

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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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Deben Cruises

Deben Cruises

Enjoy a two-hour river cruise along the River Deben.

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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 pedalling 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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Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Photography Hides 

Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Photography Hides

Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Hides hosts a selection of unique photography experiences designed specifically for wildlife photographers and enthusiasts of all skill levels. 

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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. 

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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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Blitzkiting

Blitzkiting

Kitesurfing, powerkiting and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a fantastic way to have fun, keep fit, learn something new and get your adrenaline pumping.

Blitzkiting based in Lowestoft, offer kite sports and paddle board lessons/hire around the Norfolk and Suffolk coast and waterways.

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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.


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