You would be forgiven for thinking that The Suffolk Coast, best known for its award-winning beaches, shuts up shop when the last of the summer visitors packs away their bucket and spade. On the contrary! As summer slowly drifts away a new and exciting season dawns on The Suffolk Coast…
Whether it's a romantic break for two, a week exploring the great outdoors or family getaway, there's something to suit all this autumn.
Autumn arrives with its golden tinged trees, mild days and chilly evenings, a perfect time to enjoy a stay in the far east of England. This is a great season to head over to one of The Suffolk Coast’s glorious beaches – the swathes of summer holiday makers have long gone, making way for a more relaxed stroll along the miles of golden sands and pebbles. And, if it turns a bit chilly, treat yourself to a frothy hot chocolate or a Latte from one of the many coastal cafes!
From 1st October most beaches allow dogs to join you too – so it’s a perfect time to take your tail wagging friend away with you for a mid-season break. You’ll find a wide selection of superb cottages that welcome well behaved dogs.
Head slightly further inland for some great rambles through fields, heathland and woodlands. Blackberries are at their best and ripe for picking. You might get your fingers pricked gathering them but it’s worth it if you can persuade someone to make you a blackberry and apple crumble or blackberry jam!
With more of us sneaking in an off season break, there’s no place more romantic than The Suffolk Coast. It’s perfect for a quiet getaway. Couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out; get dressed up and enjoy a few pre-dinner cocktails in one (or a few!) of the many bars, and if you don't fancy traveling far after a few, why not book a room in a boutique hotel. If you prefer a roaring fire, a stay at in one of our coastal or countryside pubs, inns and hotels, all serving a range of delicious locally produced meals is the ideal way to wine and dine with your loved one.
During the day, there's a vast choice of market towns to explore. Peruse the antiques and homewares shops of Beccles, the craft shops in Bungay and Woodbridge, the galleries and pubs in Halesworth, the cafes and castle at Framlingham and the boutiques and independent shops in Southwold and Aldeburgh.
Of course if you want to get away from it all and enjoy a bit of peace and tranquility, there's a wide selection of self-catering cottages, apartments, barns and lodges situated throughout The Suffolk Coast.
Home to some of the UKs top food and drink producers, The Suffolk Coast is a food connoisseur's playground! Be sure to book a table at one of the many award-winning restaurants; and grab a bite to eat during the day ar a cafes or pubs in the historic market and seaside towns.
Be sure to stock up for the journey home too! With ales and spirits from Adnams Shops, locally grown fruit and veg from Giddens & Thompson and Suffolk Food Hall and the Farm Cafe and Shop at Marlesford. Don't forget your morning kippers either! Available from Anchor Smokehouse, the Kippers have just won the title of 'Best British Smoked Fish' at the Great British Food Magazines Farm Produce Awards!
Whilst you're here, why not learn from some of the food industry's experts at the famous Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, taking place on 25th and 26th September, or at one of The Food Hub's many culinary courses.
For a fun half term holiday with the kids, Autumn is a great time to get away for a few days – The weather is still reasonably mild, you can avoid the summer season crowds (and traffic), plus the accommodation prices are reasonable too!
There's plenty to keep little ones occupied too. The region's number 1 theme park Pleasurewood Hills opens for half term with special Halloween events and fireworks, as well as the nearby East Anglia Transport Museum, whose Spooky Day includes a witch hunt and late running of the trams, trolleybuses and train.
Further down the coast in Felixstowe, you're in for a spine-tingling time at Felixstowe Museum; with magic show, crafts, trail and face painting or for teenagers and adults, the Little Fort of Horrors is sure to scare the bravest of folk!
If the weather takes a turn for the worse, the whole family can enjoy days out at some of the region's top museums including The Long Shop Museum, National Trust Sutton Hoo and Woodbridge Tide Mill. Or if you prefer something a little less strenuous, sit back, relax and enjoy a film or show at Aldeburgh Cinema or The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft.
And at the end of an action-packed day, choose from friendly B&Bs, cosy countryside cottages with a warming wood burner, converted barns, big enough to accommodate friends and family or luxurious log cabins.