The Suffolk Coast
  • Children in Rendlesham Forest - (c) Emily Fae Photography

Plan your Easter Holiday!

The Easter holidays are a great time to visit The Suffolk Coast. The days are getting longer, the weather slightly warmer, and many of the family favourite attractions are opening for the season. Our guide has all you need to know to plan your family Easter break...

Where to Stay

Camping and Glamping

WTS - Wardle Hill Campsite - Lotus Belle Tent

Camping is a fun way to stay on The Suffolk Coast and children will love spending a few nights under the stars. There are plenty of holiday parks and campsites available along the coast nearby countryside to choose from; Pitch a tent or hook up with a caravan or campervan at Heathland Beach Holiday Park in Kessingland, Haw Wood Farm near Saxmundham, Cliff House Holiday Park at Dunwich, Mill Hill Farm at Darsham and Aldeburgh Basecamp to name but a few.

If the weather is a tad too chilly for you to brave the blow-up bed, then why not treat yourself to a glamping stay. You're spoilt for choice on The Suffolk Coast; with Secret Meadows near Woodbridge, Happy Days Retro Vacations near Saxmundham, Wardley Hill near Bungay, Boundary Farm Glamping in Kelsale, Kenton Hall, and Alde Garden in Sweffling. 

For more Glamping & Camping listings, click here.

Self-Catering Accommodation

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The list of self-catering accommodation on The Suffolk Coast is endless, so there's something to suit everyone; from cosy cottages in seaside towns, converted barns on working farms, to luxury apartments overlooking the sea and private homes on country estates.

All sizes of group are catered for too; so whether you're a couple looking for a romantic getaway, a family and dog seeking adventure, a group of friends looking to relax or the whole extended family seeking flexible, accessible accommodation for all, you can all enjoy a stay on The Suffolk Coast. 

For full self-catering accommodation listings, click here.

Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts

WTS - Five Acre Barn - Barn and Gardens

And of course, if you would prefer to put your feet up and be waited on, then book a stay in one of The Suffolk Coast's award-winning hotels or bed & breakfasts. Wake up to panoramic sea views, spend a day relaxing in a 15th century farmhouse, sit in front of the fire in a contemporary converted barn, explore The Suffolk Coast's towns with a few nights in a boutique hotel or muck in with the daily jobs and collect your own eggs for breakfast on a working farm.


For full accommodation listings, visit our Where to Stay Guide.

What to Do

The Easter holidays signal the start of the season for many of The Suffolk Coast's attractions, and there's a huge range of days out on offer that will appeal to the whole family. 

Action Packed

Coastal Voyager

For action-packed days out, visit Pleasurewood Hills theme park in Lowestoft, or book a trip on the Coastal Voyager in Southwold; on board you will be sped out to sea, taking in the views of Southwold and the coast.

If you enjoy exploring by water but prefer to stay dry, then take a trip on board a sailing barge or boat with Sailing Barge Cruises, Sailing Barge Victor, Deben Boat Trips and The Orwell Lady. Alternatively, you can skipper your own boat and discover the Suffolk and Norfolk broads with Waveveny River Tours or don your wetsuit and canoe or paddleboard down the rivers and waterways along the River Alde with Iken Canoe. 

Animal lovers will be in their element at Africa Alive! Here you can meet the animals of the African savannah, take a ride around the park on the safari train, get up close to reptiles and creepy crawlies in the discovery zone and even become a zookeeper for the day! Alternatively, book a place on one of the beach rides, a private lesson or hire a pony for the day at Pakefield Riding School.

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Outdoor Adventures

TTDA - Easton Farm Park - Children playing

As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Suffolk Coast and Heaths is home to some of the UK's rarest wildlife, birdlife, plants and insects. Spend a day at RSPB Minsmere and join one of the many guided walks or activities including bird watching, nest box building, and star gazing. There are many Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserves located throughout The Suffolk Coast too, all offering a range of outdoor activities for the whole family.

Children will love a day at Easton Farm Park; the working  farm is home to many a baby animals at Easter and over the Easter weekend there's a whole host of fun activities; including egg hunts, train rides, pony rides, animal encounters and a chance to get up close to magnificent Suffolk Punch horses.

With miles of winding lanes, forest tracks and country roads to explore, what better and more fun a way to do so than on two-wheels! If you don't fancy bringing your own, you can hire bikes, bicycle seats and locks from Southwold Cycle Hire. You can hire the bikes for any length of time to suit your stay.

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Museums

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Discover The Suffolk's Coast past with a trip to a museum; explore the Anglo-Saxon burial ground at National Trust Sutton Hoo, walk the castle walls of Framlingham Castle, pay a visit to the last working Tide Mill in the UK in Woodbridge, and visit one of Britain's best preserved sea defences; Landguard Fort. Make a day of it and also pay a visit to Felixstowe Museum (open Easter Sunday and Easter Monday) where you can take a step back in time and view the collections of mammoth tusks, Roman pottery, Medieval coins and cannon balls and learn about the ancient inhabitants of this region. 

The whole family will enjoy a visit to East Anglia Transport Museum where you can see and take a ride on working trams, trolleybuses and a narrow gauge railway.The cobbled streets are also home to exhibition halls, period street scenes, 'Tar, Sweat and Steam building'. From 31st March to the 1st April Easter there will be special Easter events too with a treasure hunt, egg decorating and face painting. 

You can also discover Suffolk's engineering heritage with a trip to the Long Shop Museum. Children will love to discover the mini-home ‘working van’ where they can dress up in vintage clothes, get creative with the sand-moulds and pattern boxes, make their own engine rubbings and follow the museum trail. 

For more 'days out' ideas, visit our Things to Do Guide.

For a full list of Suffolk Coast attractions, head to our Attractions Guide.



Things to see and do

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 and 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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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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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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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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Photography by Emily Fae

Photography by Emily Fae

Emily is a professional photographer and is behind many of the beautiful images you see on The Suffolk Coast website.

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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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Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Ipswich

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering 2 hour Brunch and 3 hour A la Carte Lunch, Sunset Supper or Candlelit Dinner Cruises. Serving freshly prepared on board wholesome food and drinks.

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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: the very best of world cinema at the heart of the local community since 1919. Providing a programme of film screenings, live shows and special event;  independent, inspirational, meaningful, fun.

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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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Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years. The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170.

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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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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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Visit Felixstowe

Visit Felixstowe

Everybody loves a great day by the sea, and Felixstowe has great days for everyone.

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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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Suffolk Summer Theatres

Suffolk Summer Theatres

With a broad mixture of comedies, thrillers and family drama; performing five shows at both St Edmund's Hall, Southwold and the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh between July to mid-September. "Classic theatre for a modern audience."

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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!

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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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Easton Grange

Easton Grange

Once a working farm, Easton Grange has been transformed into one of Suffolk's most exclusive wedding venues.

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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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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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Leiston Football Club

Leiston Football Club

Hidden away in the industrial town of Leiston is one of the jewels in the sporting crown of Suffolk. Leiston FC has been in existence since 1880 but it is its recent history that has made it the go to venue for football fans in the area.


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The Cut - Halesworth

The Cut - Halesworth

Halesworth

The Cut Arts Centre offers Halesworth and the surrounding countryside an extensive range of arts, music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions. 

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

Discover the story of the Anglo-Saxons at the burial ground of kings

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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 Arts Centre

Southwold Arts Centre

The première entertainment venue in the popular Suffolk coastal town of Southwold; presenting a year-round programme of events including music, theatre, film, comedy, craft and antique fairs, art exhibitions, workshops, community events and outdoor events. Southwold Arts Centre also offers a number of spaces for hire; suitable for live events, meetings, family celebrations and exhibition space.

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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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Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

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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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Waveney River Tours

Waveney River Tours

Lowestoft

Conducted river tours and boat hire through the Waveney Valley and the New Broads National Park.

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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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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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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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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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Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise and  Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering brunch and a la carte lunch or dinner cruises from Orford Quay, Orford, Suffolk. 


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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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Visit Deben Peninsula

Visit Deben Peninsula

The Deben Peninsula is located in Suffolk between the Deben River to the South and the Alde & Ore Estuary the North.

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The Amber Museum

The Amber Museum

Southwold

A small museum in the seaside town of Southwold purpose built to explain the origin of amber, its history and its uses throughout the years.

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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. At The Red House in Aldeburgh you can explore the life and work of this world-famous composer in the place where he lived and worked.

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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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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

A glorious seafront theatre and restaurant complex, with stunning views, an art deco auditorium for up to 900 people and a fabulous Mediterranean-style pizza, pasta & grill menu. Food served all day includes home-made cakes and pastries, lunch and dinner menus, with tapas, sandwiches and takeaway also available. 


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