• Felixstowe Beach Huts - (c) Gill Moon
  • TTDA - Southwold - Toddler at beach huts
  • TTDA - Lowestoft beach - view of beach and claremont pier

Top Family-Friendly Beaches

As we enjoy the warmer weather, sunshine and long days, where better to spend them than at the beach! Pack your picnic, pop on your flip flops and head to one of these fantastic, family-friendly beaches...

1. Lowestoft

TTDA - Lowestoft Beach - Boys running in waves

The wide sandy beach at Lowestoft has once again received a Seaside Award, recognising the high standards of beach management, cleanliness, and safety. A favourite with families, the stretch of golden sands south of the Claremont Pier is lined with a promenade, boasting a cafe which serves ice creams, hot and cold drinks and snacks.

There are also showers and toilets available, so after a day of running in and out of the waves, you can rinse the sand off your feet and head into the villages of Pakefield, Kirkley or Lowestoft itself for a family meal.

2. Kessingland

TTDA - Kessingland Beach - View of beach and sea

Another beach to receive a Seaside Award, Kessingland sits next to the popular beach at Lowestoft, but is much quieter and more understated. With grassy dunes and old fishing boats lining the sands which form a bay, it's the perfect place to catch some rays whilst reading a book and enjoy some peace and tranquillity.

Please note, there are no toilet facilities here, but dogs are welcome, so it can be a day out for the whole family, furry member included!

3. Southwold

TTDA - Southwold beach - children making sandcastles

The popular beach, which has once again been awarded Blue Flag status, Southwold is a top spot for those wanting to take a paddle in the sea and a stroll along the prom. After splashing about in the waves, head to the famous Pier for a walk along the prom and an ice cream. 

A stop at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearooms for lunch should also be on your to-do list, and children will love playing in the paddle boats and a game of crazy golf.

And if you would like to call a little bit of the beach your own, hire a beach hut from Durrants Holidays or Best of Suffolk during your stay!

4. Felixstowe

TTDA - Felixstowe Beach - Man and son paddle boarding

At the southernmost point of The Suffolk Coast, sits the traditional seaside town of Felixstowe. The sandy beach is lined with pastel coloured beach huts and is ideal for a fun day out. After a day soaking up the sun and splashing about in the waves, take a stroll through the Edwardian Seafront Gardens or head to Landguard Nature Reserve for a bike ride. 

Watch the big ships come and go from the port whilst enjoying an ice cream at the View Point Cafe and discover Suffolk's military history with a visit to Landguard Fort. 

5. Aldeburgh

Beaches - Aldeburgh - Aerial


The delightful pebble beach at Aldeburgh is a favourite for a day at the seaside. The beach is backed by a promenade and pretty pastel-coloured villas, and is just a short walk from the High Street. After a morning paddling and throwing stones in the sea, make your way into the town to get freshly caught and cooked fish & chips from Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop followed by an ice cream from one of the many delis and cafes.


For more information on the beaches of The Suffolk Coast, click below for our Beach Guides!



Things to see and do

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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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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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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Covehithe Beach

Covehithe Beach

One of The Suffolk Coast's wild beaches, Covehithe is a beach where you can escape the crowds and get away from it all.

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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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Visit Felixstowe 

Visit Felixstowe

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

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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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Aldeburgh Beach

Aldeburgh Beach

The delightful pebble beach at Aldeburgh is a favourite for a day at the seaside on The Suffolk Coast.

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Felixstowe Beach

Felixstowe Beach

The attractive seaside town of Felixstowe is home to a 4-mile beach, with family-friendly spots and more rural stretches for those looking for a more rural experience.

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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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Sizewell Beach

Sizewell Beach

The small fishing village of Sizewell is home to a wild beach, back by dunes.


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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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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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