• Walberswick - Couple drinking tea on beach
  • Dunwich - Girl on beach
  • Framlingham - Child in front of castle

Suffolk Coast Winter Bucket List

A visit to The Suffolk Coast in winter is a truly unique experience; as the crowds seeking sunny days by the sea have headed home, it becomes a place to get away from it all, experience something new, and recharge the batteries.

Whether you travel from afar or are just a short drive away, make sure these things to do are on your bucket list!

1. Walk the historic scores in Lowestoft

Towns & Villages - Lowestoft - Scores

A walk up and down the historic scores is the ideal way to discover Lowestoft's maritime history. A series of narrow lanes created over time by the fishermen and women bringing their catch up from the beach village to the High Street.

Take the steps at a gentle pace or if you're feeling particularly energetic, pop on your running shoes and follow the route of the annual Scores Race; the course takes you from the High Street, along the sea wall and back up and down the scores; including 401 steps!

2. See migrating birds over the Orwell Estuary

TTDA - Sailing Barge Victor - Thumbnail

Experience one of East Anglia’s finest wildlife spectacles and see thousands of birds flying over the magnificent Orwell estuary, aboard the Thames Sailing Barge Victor. The half day excursion is hosted by an on-board expert who provides a continuous informative commentary to help you get the most out of the bird-watching and environment. 

For more information, visit www.sbvictor.co.uk/

3. Go to a winter concert at Snape Maltings

TTDA - Snape Maltings Concert Hall - (c) Jeremy Young

The world-famous concert hall at Snape Maltings plays host to a range of concerts this winter; with everything from classical and choral to percussion and jazz. 

The winter programme includes The Nutcracker and I, Gifts of Winter: Christmas with Aldeburgh Voices,  Pelléas Ensemble, Cara Dillon: Upon a Winter's Night and The Snowman with live orchestra.

For more information, visit snapemaltings.co.uk

4. Eat steaming hot fish and chips on the beach at Aldeburgh

FD - Aldeburgh Fish and Chips - chips on beach

After a bracing walk along the beach, stopping en route to admire Maggi Hambling's sculpture The Scallop, head into the town to peruse the independent shops, boutiques and cafes before paying a visit to Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop. Choose your steaming hot cod and chips to go, and walk through the historic buildings onto the beach, where you can find a spot to listen to the waves crash, watch the boats go by, and tuck in to the 'world's best fish and chips'. For more information, visit www.aldeburghfishandchips.co.uk

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to delicious fish & chip shops on The Suffolk Coast, click here to take a look at our favourites!

5. Amble up the Deben Estuary

Woodbridge Tide Mill

One of the most picturesque walks on The Suffolk Coast, start in Woodbridge and follow the River Wall, past the boats and out along the banks of the estuary. Remember to pack the binoculars too and look out for Redshanks, Curlews and Oyster Catchers to name but a few.

Afterwards, head into the town and pay a visit to one of the many cafes and bakeries (our favourites are The Tea Hut and Deben Cafe Bar on HMS Vale) or make a weekend of it, and book a stay at The Crown at Woodbridge; complete with dinner in the award-winning restaurant, followed by cocktails in the stylish bar. 

Download the route map here:

6. Stroll along Southwold Pier

TTDA - Southwold Pier - Water Clock

Southwold's historic Pier plays home to a cafe and restaurant plus Tim Hunkin's Under the Pier Show; collection of hand-built, utterly silly, totally potty machinery, the Wacky Walk of Mirrors, the Waterclock and The Quantum Tunnelling Telescope; demonstrating the latest advances in particle physics and quantum dynamics focusing on time and space to bring you everything that could possibly happen in the North Sea... including nuclear explosions and singing mermaids!

After a stroll along the pier and out to sea, enjoy locally caught fish and chips or a hearty roast dinner in The Boardwalk Restaurant, pastries, cakes and coffee in The Clockhouse Cafe or a full English breakfast in the Beach Cafe. 

For more information, visit www.southwoldpier.co.uk

7. Get muddy in Rendlesham Forest

TTDA - Rendlesham Forest - autumn

Young explorers will love hunting for UFOs in Rendlesham Forest; the setting for the well-known UFO incident which occurred on 26th December 1980. It's reported that Servicemen who were stationed at RAF Woodbridge saw lights in the trees and discovered a conical object the size of a car, floating in a forest clearing. 

After completing the UFO trail, head to the giant play area; complete with tube slide, obstacle course, zip line and swings. The forest is a favourite of dogs too, with miles of woodland pathway to sniff and run along.

If you prefer to travel at a faster pace, then hop on your bike and whip along the Rendlesham to Shingle Street Explorer cycle route.

8. Watch the Old Glory Molly Men

The Old Glory Molly Men

Molly dancing traditionally only appeared during the depths of winter as a means of earning some money when the land was frozen or waterlogged and could not be worked. East Anglia's 'Morris Dancers', the Molly dancers of Old Glory are all men, whilst the musicians are all women playing a variety of instruments, which may include at least one four-stop melodeon in the "Suffolk key" of C, concertina, recorder, drums, trombone, “tea-chest” bass and rommelpot.

This winter, appearances include:

  • The Locks Inn, Geldeston on 3 December at 7pm.
  • The Racehorse in Westhall on 10 December at 8pm.
  • Sailors Home in Kessingland on 16 December at 8pm.
  • The Locks Inn at Geldeston on 21 December (Winter Solstice) at 8pm.
  • Various venues in Southwold on 24 December (Christmas Eve) from 7.45pm followed by The Bell at Walberswick at 9.30pm.
  • The Ancient Ceremony of the Cutty Wren at on St Stephen's Day, 26 December, at The Bell Inn, Middleton at 8pm.
  • The Oddfellows in Pakefield on 7 January at 8pm.
  • Rumburgh Church on 9th January from 3pm.
  • The Rumburgh Buck on 9 January at 8pm.
  • The Sweffling White Horse on 19 January for the Village Wassail at 7.30pm.
  • The Triangle Tavern, Lowestoft on 21 January at 8pm.

Visit The Old Glory Molly Men website for more information https://old-glory.org.uk/programme.html 

9. Enjoy beach hut life

Eastern Edge Beach Huts at Lowestoft

Embrace life on The Suffolk Coast and hire your own beach hut to warm up in after a bracing walk along Lowestoft beach. The new uber cool Eastern Edge huts are not only accessible, they are the perfect spot by the sea from which to enjoy cold water swimming, dog walks, sea fishing and getting stuck into a good book whilst you watch the waves crash on the shore.

Visit https://www.hirebeachhuts.co.uk/ for more information and to hire a beach hut.

10. Walk the castle walls and take in the views at Framlingham Castle

Girl walking in Mere Nature Reserve in Framlingham

Boasting a spectacular view of the surrounding mere and Suffolk countryside beyond, a visit to Framlingham Castle in winter is a great day out for all members of the family. Discover the fascinating past of Ed Sheeran's 'Castle on the Hill', and be sure to head up the steep staircase to enjoy the castle walls walk. 

Afterwards, explore the unique landscape of the Mere Nature Reserve and take a stroll into the town to warm up with a delicious meal at the award-winning Watson & Walpole.

10. Cold water swimming at Beccles Lido

Cold winter swimming at Beccles Lido

The warm, balmy days of summer may be long gone, but that won't stop the hardy outdoor swimmers making the most of the panoramic views of the Waveney Valley. The heaters may be switched off, but Beccles Lido is open for winter lane swimming on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until March.

Kept at a temperature between 12-15 degrees celsius, enjoying a dip in this beautiful outdoor pool is a must this winter!

Book your swim at https://www.beccleslido.com/book-swim

Take a look below for more 'must-visit' places to enjoy this winter!



Things to see and do

Suffolk River Trips

Suffolk River Trips

Suffolk River Trips operate river trips, with commentary, from three locations in Suffolk; Snape Maltings Quay, Orford Town Quay and Woodbridge Town Steps.

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Dog friendly

Lowestoft Beach

Lowestoft Beach

Lowestoft beach is home to two award-winning stretches of golden sandy beach - Lowestoft South Beach and Lowestoft North beach.

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Seaside Award 2023

Pakefield Beach

Pakefield Beach

A little more wild than the neighbouring beach at Lowestoft, Pakefield Beach is made up of a sand and pebble beach, with marram grass and dunes and fishing boats to sunbathe amongst. 

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Kessingland Beach

Kessingland Beach

A huge stretch of beach framed by imposing cliffs, perfect for those looking for a wild beach experience.

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Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

The Marina Theatre is proud to be Lowestoft’s not-for-profit professional theatre. Their charity number is 1149133. 

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Wheelchair Accessible

Adnams Tours and Experiences

Adnams Tours and Experiences

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. If Gin is your favourite tipple the 'Make your own Gin Southwold' experience is a must!

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Southwold Beach

Southwold Beach

Officially recognised as an environmentally-friendly beach, Southwold is a top spot for those wanting to take a paddle in the sea and a stroll along the prom. 

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Blue Flag Award Seaside Award 2023

Walberswick Beach

Walberswick Beach

A wilder beach than neighbouring Southwold, Walberswick Beach is a favourite with families, dog walkers and sea swimmers.

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Dunwich Beach

Dunwich Beach

Popular with pups and with those wanting to avoid the crowds, Dunwich is one of The Suffolk Coast's popular wild beaches.

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Thorpeness Beach

Thorpeness Beach

The enchanting coastal village of Thorpeness is not only home to the famous Meare, but also a charming shingle beach.

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Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape

Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape

The Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. 

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Dog friendly

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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Orwell Lady river trips

Orwell Lady river trips

Ipswich

From April to December each year, Orwell Lady cruises up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell from Ipswich waterfront, offering passengers a choice of trips and experiences whilst taking in the beautiful wooded stretches of the river, local wildlife and points of  interest.

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Dog friendly

Shingle Street Beach

Shingle Street Beach

A remote stretch of coastline, Shingle Street is located to the north of Felixstowe, known for it's shingle and pebble beach.

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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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Dog friendly

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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Free wifi

National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the River Deben is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

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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Red Rose Chain

Red Rose Chain

Award-winning Independent theatre company based in Suffolk with community at the heart of all they do. Creators of Theatre In The Forest, East Anglia's largest outdoor theatre event, and home to Suffolk's newest creative venue The Avenue Theatre.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

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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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Swim and have fun at Beccles Lido, take a relaxing river trip on Big Dog Ferry or hire a canoe, kayak or paddleboard with The Canoe Man.

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Wheelchair Accessible

Anglia Indoor Karting 

Anglia Indoor Karting

With indoor racing karts and their professionally designed, exhilarating multi-level circuit, Anglia Indoor Karting brings the thrill of motorsport to all adrenaline-seekers!

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible

National Trust Orford Ness

National Trust Orford Ness

Wild, remote and exposed, Orford Ness contains the ruined remnants of a disturbing past. Ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, rare and fragile wildlife thrives where weapons, including atomic bombs, were once tested and perfected.

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Deben Cruises

Deben Cruises

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

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The Red House, Aldeburgh

The Red House, Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh

Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears' home in Aldeburgh offers a charming snapshot into the couple's life. The farmhouse, nestled in a beautiful five-acre garden, is home to their collections and archive, alongside a gallery space, museum shop and café.

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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 British Seaside and Mediterranean-style fish, meat, pizza, pasta & grill menu. 


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Fishers Gin

Fishers Gin

Fishers is the closest Gin Distillery to the sea in the UK and has quickly become one of Aldeburgh's most magnetic attractions. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly

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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Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard is one of England's most exciting wineries. Winemaker, Ben Witchell, combines cutting-edge technology with traditional winemaking techniques to produce elegant and refined English wines.

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Free wifi Dog friendly

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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Christchurch Mansion

Christchurch Mansion

Christchurch Mansion is a magnificent Tudor building packed with fascinating history, located in the heart of Ipswich within the stunning Christchurch Park. 

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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The 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 60 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. If you want to know more about the past and how it has affected the present, just come and take a closer look.

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Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

Nestling in the heart of the seaside town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk sits the historic and much- loved Jubilee Hall.

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High Lodge Leisure

High Lodge Leisure

If you are looking for a place to try out a diverse range of activities then look no further than High Lodge which is home to an array of first-class sporting activities. Suitable for individuals, groups or businesses for corporate activities.

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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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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings sits on the bank of the River Alde, surrounded by a designated National Landscape and just five miles from Aldeburgh.

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Woodbridge Tide Mill 

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

The Tide Mill has stood here, on the bank of the River Deben, for over 850 years.

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WHERE TO EAT

Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop 

Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop

Traditional family run fish and chip shop since 1967, offering Cod, Haddock, Plaice, Scampi and more with chips made from locally sourced potatoes. Located a short walk from the beach to enjoy fish and chips 'The Aldeburgh Way'.

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The Bell Inn

The Bell Inn

The Bell is a home from home with no shortage of Suffolk character - beamed ceilings, open fires, quirky snugs, hidden alcoves and worn flagstones floors. 

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The Tea Hut

The Tea Hut

The Tea Hut cafe/restaurant sits on the banks of the beautiful River Deben in Woodbridge. 

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The Sweffling White Horse 

The Sweffling White Horse

A traditional pub in the village of Sweffling near Saxmundham and East Anglia Pub of the Year 2015.

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