The Suffolk Coast
  • Family Fun on at Framlingham on The Suffolk Coast - (c) Image by Emily Fae
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Plan your Bank Holiday Weekend on The Suffolk Coast

Whether it's a relaxation, adventure, culture or cuisine you are hankering after this May bank holiday weekend, there's something for to suit all on The Suffolk Coast...

Spirit of Beowulf Community Festival - 4th - 7th May

From Thursday 3rd - Monday 7th May, the riverside town of Woodbridge will be celebrating the links between the epic poem of Beowulf and the treasures found in the Royal Burial site at Sutton Hoo at the 'Spirit of Beowulf' Festival. 

The Festival encompasses a range of events including an 'Evening of Dragons' an evening of history at the town's Shire Hall, the 'Festival on the River' on 5th May which features a Beowulf Village and Anglo Saxon Market plus storytelling, music, and the Beowulf Festival lights and projections finishing the day's celebrations at 10pm. 

On Sunday 6th, head to the Tea Hut for the Beowulf Family Fun Day where The Distressed Artist will be running a range of arts and crafts activities and author Kevin Crossley-Holland will be signing copies of his latest book. 

The celebrations continue on Monday 7th May at National Trust Sutton Hoo.


Flint Vineyard Tour - 5th May

One for adults only, visit Flint Vineyard for a relaxed and informative tour of this stunning vineyard which overlooks the Waveney Valley. You will be guided by the winemaker who will show you the vine growing and wine-making processes, finishing with a tutored tasting of 3 Flint Vineyard wines!

To accompany your wine, stay for the '15-mile lunch' which features local cheese, charcuterie and bread from the finest producers located within 15 miles of Flint Vineyard.

Beccles Antiques Street Market - 6th May

One of Suffolk's top antiques fairs, head to the market town of Beccles on Sunday 6th May and peruse the many stalls which fill the pavements in the town centre at the Antiques Street Market. 

There will be over one hundred general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, books, clocks, retro and vintage design and decorative items.

Many of the town's independent shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars and cafes will be open, plus a range of local ‘street food’ sellers. Make the most of your visit with a walk along the River Waveney and a trip on the Big Dog Ferry to view the beautiful Waveney Valley from the water. 

Bungay Classic Vehicle Rally and Country Fair

Located just outside of Bungay in the grounds of historic Earsham Hall, the Classic Vehicle Rally and Country Fair will feature a huge range of stalls, displays and activities including classic vehicles, craft and trade stands, children's entertainment and pony rides and food stalls. 

Whilst there enjoy a tour of the Hall and pay a visit to Bungay where you will find independent cafes and restaurants.

Rose May Fete - 7th May

Taking place at Ringsfield Village Hall near Beccles, the traditional Rose May Fete will celebrate May Day with craft stalls, bouncy castles, food and drink stalls and a display from Waggy Tails Dog Display. There will be performances in the arena from Funky Feet, Bellatonic, Florido School of Dance and Moore Music Roadshow. 

Bird Watching for Beginners at Landguard Fort, Felixstowe - 7th May

Aimed at children aged 7-11 years, this Bird Watching for Beginners session at Landguard Fort in Felixstowe will teach inspiring twitchers how to bird-watch and identify the feather inhabitants of The Suffolk Coast. 

They will also learn how to identify birds by their song and calls and discover which birds are we likely to find at different times of the year, which birds migrate to Landguard and where are they from and the birds that nest on the Nature Reserve. 

Beginner binoculars will be available (along with guidance on how to use them), but best to bring your own if you have them. Stout footwear, warm clothing and waterproofs are advised! There are just 6 spaces available and children must be accompanied by an adult so book early to avoid disappointment!

Spring Birds Guided Walk - 7th May

Explore Sutton Hoo on this Spring Birds Guided Walk with one of the knowledgeable guides and discover more about the birds who call Sutton Hoo home. You can enjoy a tour of the Sutton Hoo landscape looking out for the different birds that visit in the Spring.

Booking is essential for this walk on 0344 249 1895, the walk takes place between 10am and 12pm.

This tour is not suitable for young children and unfortunately, dogs are not allowed. 


Of course if none of these takes your fancy, pay a visit to one of the many attractions here on The Suffolk Coast or if the weather is fine, head to our award-winning beaches!

Things to see and do

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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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The newly restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. 

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Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Ipswich

Suffolk Food Hall has everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. It is the 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural oscars) and it’s also an ideal location to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a restaurant (booking advisable) which has been judged to be the Best On Farm Restaurant in Britain and separate café with a children’s playarea.


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The Riverside

The Riverside

The Riverside Cinema may be over 100 years old but the films and live broadcast events that are on screen are totally up to date. 

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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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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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Lowestoft Tourism

Lowestoft Tourism

Come to Lowestoft for a great day out, short break or family holiday. 

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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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Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Cinema offers the very best in world and mainstream cinema. At the heart of the local community since 1919 and home of the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival, Aldeburgh Cinema is a local treasure.

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The Suffolk Punch Trust

The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge

The Suffolk Punch Trust is an educational and environmental charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the Suffolk Punch horse. The Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, is the world’s oldest and largest Suffolk Punch stud farm. It is the perfect place to meet these magnificent horses, to find out how they shaped the landscape of East Anglia and helped to develop farming throughout the Eastern Counties.

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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Home to plenty of animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Suffolk Heritage Food Tours

Suffolk Heritage Food Tours

Suffolk Heritage Food Trails specialise in exploring the local heritage of Suffolk, combining local authentic food and drink tours that showcase Suffolk's produce, places and people.

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Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

It plays host to major West End productions, top comedy, orchestral concerts, touring drama and musical productions, opera, ballet, music, dance and celebrity concerts as well as operating a successful cinema operation - boasting the largest screen and cinema auditoria in the town. 

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Felixstowe Museum

Felixstowe Museum

Explore the fascinating artefacts and collections of Felixstowe Museum, which brings alive the military and social history of this seaside town.

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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. 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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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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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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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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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

Africa Alive! - explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent, a great adventure for all the family.

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Suffolk Escape Room

Suffolk Escape Room

Suffolk Escape Room is situated in the unique location of an original war time Nissen Hut on the edge of an American style Trailer Park immersing 2-8 players into an Area 51 themed experience.

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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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Open Top Touring Ltd

Open Top Touring Ltd

Woodbridge

Do you want to feel the exhilaration of driving a powerful British MGB GT down winding country roads or cruising along the coast in a topless red Alfa Romeo? Open Top Touring believe that it is all about the experience and go to great lengths to make yours exciting and unforgettable! 

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

Sutton Hoo, including the estate walks, is now closed whilst an exciting transformation of the site takes place!

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Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements have been providing traditional family fun on Felixstowe Seafront since 1946!

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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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Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

Southwold

Southwold is a popular destination for the many visitors to the East Coast and its most prominent attraction, the pier, hosts a wide range of things to see and do.

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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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Long Shop Museum

Long Shop Museum

Leiston

Located at the heart of the original Richard Garrett and Sons Town Works, The Long Shop museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavor through its stunning collections, hands-on displays and the remarkable family behind the factory.

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East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

Lowestoft

The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

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Deben Boat Trips

Deben Boat Trips

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

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The Lettering Arts Centre

The Lettering Arts Centre

The Lettering Arts Centre is the home of the Lettering Arts Trust, an independent charity which champions Britain's rich heritage in the lettering arts. 

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Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre is situated in between Lowestoft's Award winning beaches in South Lowestoft. 

It's a hive of activity and entertainment, from traditional fruit machines and video games, to roller skating, fantastic live music, perfect party venue, great fish and chips and fabulous brasserie dining with the best sea views in town!

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Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Whether it's a traditional Victorian park, a fort in the middle of a forest, or a zip wire along the river, the outdoor play areas on The Suffolk Coast are the perfect place for kids to let off steam and enjoy the great outdoors.

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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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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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The Red House

The Red House

Aldeburgh

The music of Benjamin Britten is the soundtrack of the Suffolk coast. Britten (1913-1976) was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.

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Suffolk Libraries

Suffolk Libraries

All of the county's 44 libraries provide a wide range of services including traditional library loans (books, DVDs etc) access to the internet and a range of information materials, free Wi-Fi and activities for people of all ages throughout the year.


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Events

Suffolk Cream Tea Barge Cruise

Suffolk Cream Tea Barge Cruise

Ipswich |

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruises run every Wednesday and Sunday from June to September, departing from the Old Custom’s House in Ipswich Dock. 

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Beccles Antiques Street Market

Beccles Antiques Street Market

Beccles | Sun 06th May 2018

A wide and varied selection of antiques for both the dealer and collector.

100 stalls, locally produced street food, free entry.

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Rose May Fete - Beccles

Rose May Fete - Beccles

Beccles | Mon 07th May 2018

Traditional May Day fete with a twist

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Bird Watching for Beginners at Landguard Nature Reserve,

Bird Watching for Beginners at Landguard Nature Reserve,

Felixstowe |

Are you aged between 7 and 11 years, and would like to know how to 'bird watch' and learn more about our feathered friends?

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Milling Demonstration at Woodbridge Tide Mill 11am

Milling Demonstration at Woodbridge Tide Mill 11am

Woodbridge |

Step inside the iconic, fully working Tide Mill, a living museum, sitting on the banks of Woodbridge’s River Deben. You will see how the flour is milled, find out how bread is made and learn about all the parts of the machinery and its workings.

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Bungay Area Lions Classic Vehicle Rally and Country Fayre

Bungay Area Lions Classic Vehicle Rally and Country Fayre

Bungay | Sun 06th May 2018

Classic Vehicles and Country Fayre at Earsham Hall 

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Brie Harrison exhibition at Snape Maltings

Brie Harrison exhibition at Snape Maltings

Snape |

Woodbridge-based illustrator Brie Harrison’s work has a worldwide following.

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Night Time in the Jungle at The Urban Jungle

Night Time in the Jungle at The Urban Jungle

Beccles |

Dine in Cafe Jungle Suffolk every Saturday night from Saturday 21st April. Join them on their opening night for cocktails from 6pm.

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St George's Day Menu at The Crown Woodbridge

St George's Day Menu at The Crown Woodbridge

Woodbridge | Sun 22nd Apr - Sun 06th May 2018

Celebrate St George’s Day at The Crown, Woodbridge, where a special menu has been prepared by Head Chef, Darran Hazelton in honour of England’s patron saint. Featuring local, seasonal produce and some traditional favourites, the set price menu will be served for lunch and dinner in the contemporary inn’s AA two rosette restaurant from 22nd April to 6th May

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The Spirit of Beowulf Community Festival

The Spirit of Beowulf Community Festival

Woodbridge | Thu 03rd - Mon 07th May 2018

A free Community Festival celebrating the links between the epic poem of Beowulf and the treasures found in the Royal Burial site at Sutton Hoo

The Spirit of Beowulf is the Mayor's gift to Woodbridge to celebrate the end of her mayoral year. It is a free Community festival over five days, from May 3rd - 7th on the banks of the River Deben and through the town .

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Spring Birds guided walk

Spring Birds guided walk

Woodbridge | Mon 07th May 2018

Explore Sutton Hoo with Steve, our knowledgeable guide, and discover more about the birds who call Sutton Hoo home.

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WHERE TO EAT

Felixstowe Spa - The Lounge  & The Terrace

Felixstowe Spa - The Lounge & The Terrace

Two fabulous seaview venues in one stunning location! The Lounge is a first floor carpeted space with panoramic views of the sea, Felixstowe Pier and the maritime traffic to Harwich & Felixstowe Ports.

At promenade level there is also The Terrace; a cosy beachside venue with plentiful outdoor seating and a Mediterranean ambience with the sea views framed by palm trees.

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