• Southwold beach huts
  • People crabbing at Southwold
  • Boating at First Light Festival (c) Mykola Romanovsky

Why you should visit The Suffolk Coast in 2024

The Suffolk Coast, with its picturesque landscapes, charming seaside towns, and rich cultural heritage, has long been a hidden gem for those seeking a quintessential British coastal experience. 

As thoughts turn to holidays and short breaks and we embrace 2024, there's no better time to explore the unique allure of The Suffolk Coast. Here are just a few of the compelling reasons why a Suffolk Coast staycation should be at the top of your travel list this year.

You'll love the breathtaking scenery

Covehithe beach in winter

The Suffolk Coast boasts an unspoiled and diverse natural beauty that will captivate any visitor. From the windswept dunes of Walberswick to the serene marshes of Orford Ness, the landscape is a haven for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade at Southwold or enjoy the panoramic views from the historic Orford Castle for a truly immersive experience.

Home to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths National Landscape, the protected area starts from Kessingland in the north, stretching down to the Stour Estuary in north Essex encompassing glorious stretches of beach, heathland, marsh, forest and rambling country lanes to explore.

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Discover the Charming Towns & Villages

Bungay buttercross

The Suffolk Coast is home to some of the most charming seaside and market towns in the UK, each with its own unique character. Southwold, with its colourful beach huts and iconic pier, exudes old-world charm. Aldeburgh, famous for its annual music festival (held at Snape Maltings) and fresh seafood, is a haven for culture lovers. Felixstowe with its pier and amusements, 1.9 mile long promenade, and beautiful seafront gardens is perfect for families and rekindling those childhood memories of the seaside. Embrace the slow pace of life in the quaint villages of Thorpeness and Dunwich, where time seems to stand still. Watch the boats bob on the river and enjoy award-winning food and drink in Woodbridge, and indulge in a little retail therapy at one of the many independent shops in Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth.

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Sample Our Culinary Delights

Cooking lobster on Aldeburgh beach

Foodies, rejoice! The Suffolk Coast is a gastronomic paradise, offering a delectable array of locally produced meat, cheese, wine, beer and fresh seafood. Not only can you indulge in dining out at one of the many award-winning eateries, here you can experience and discover how our fine produce is made. Tours and experiences are in abundance from Adnams Brewery, Fishers Gin, Flint Vineyard, St Peter's Brewery and Briarbank Brewery.

Alternatively, you can learn to bake, BBQ and butcher on a cookery workshop at The Food Hub and The Next Loaf and or pay a visit to the vast array of delis and farm shops including Friday Street Farm Shop, Suffolk Food Hall, Fen Farm Dairy and many more!

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Historical Treasures

Sutton Hoo Helmet

History buffs will find themselves enthralled by the rich historical tapestry of the Suffolk Coast. Explore the medieval grandeur of Framlingham Castle, witness the haunting beauty of the abandoned Orford Ness military testing site, or visit the fascinating site of National Trust Sutton Hoo; which rivals Stonehenge as Britain's premier historical site and where you will find stories of kings, mysterious mounds and buried treasure. 

Pay a visit to the Suffolk Punch Trust and you can get up close to the magnificent horses of the world's oldest and largest Suffolk Punch stud farm or spend a day exploring Landguard Fort; one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years.

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Year-Round Events and Festivals

First Light Festival - sunrise stage

No matter the season, The Suffolk Coast hosts a variety of events and festivals that add a vibrant touch to your visit. From the Aldeburgh Festival celebrating classical music, First Light Festival bringing international artists to the golden sands of Lowestoft beach and the folkie festival favourite FolkEast, to Felixstowe Book Festival hosting best-selling authors and speakers, Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival showcasing the very best of our bounty, INK Festival showcasing emerging writing talents and Lowestoft Film Festival; with an exciting programme of independent films for all to enjoy - there's always something happening along the coast.

Plan your visit to coincide with one of these events to make your Suffolk experience even more memorable.

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50 Miles of Coast to Explore

Children on Southwold Denes neach

In 2024, the Suffolk Coast beckons with its timeless beauty, rich history, and warm hospitality that makes every visitor feel at home.

From the iconic Southwold Beach with its vibrant array of beach huts and nostalgic pier, to the shingle expanse of Aldeburgh, framed by pastel-hued houses and a thriving arts scene, each beach in Suffolk tells a unique story.

The unspoiled beaches of Dunwich and Walberswick, nestled amidst sand dunes and cliffs,  provides a tranquil retreat for nature enthusiasts seeking solace by the sea. Whilst the golden sands of Lowestoft and Kessingland and the traditional beach resort at Felixstowe offer days by the sea the whole family can enjoy. 

Whether you're seeking a tranquil retreat or an adventure-filled escape, the Suffolk Coast has something for everyone. Pack your bags, embrace the coastal breeze, and embark on a journey to discover the hidden treasures of this enchanting region.

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