2023 is the Year of the Coast - and we want to share our love of the Suffolk Coast with you! This celebratory year includes a programme of events - with festivals, markets, trails and experiences all taking place, around the UK and on the glorious Suffolk Coast.
The English coastline is one of the most exciting in the world; more than 185 million years old, and one of the most varied – rich in maritime port cities, smuggling villages, family resorts, nature and unique sea life.
Join us in celebrating all that we love about the coast; from our wild beaches, coastal villages and seaside resorts to watersports, sailing, nature and wildlife.
Discover The Suffolk Coast
Whether you’re looking for a great family day out, a bird watching haven, or a trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast make for 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 ones, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.
In summer, they're the perfect place to soak up the sun and enjoy a day by the sea; head to Walberswick and take part in the traditional Suffolk pastime of crabbing, visit Southwold and stroll out to sea along the traditional pier, build a sandcastle and slurp an ice cream in Felixstowe, and swim in the sea and hire your own beach hut in Lowestoft.
Check out our Beaches Guide to plan your day by the sea!
Year of the Coast Events
2023 is set to be an exciting year of events on The Suffolk Coast; with the Aldeburgh Festival, First Light Festival, Maverick Festival in June, Latitude Festival in July, FolkEast in August, Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival in September and loads of other events taking place throughout the year - all celebrating our wonderful coast!
Check out the Year of the Coast events and plan your visit!
Experiences on The Suffolk Coast
Make 2023 the year you turn 'I've always wanted to do that' to 'I did it!'. Try unique, authentic and fabulous hands on experiences, tours and trails on The Suffolk Coast and you will discover the full beauty of our landscape, people and places, and gain memories that will last a lifetime!
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Walking on The Suffolk Coast
Walk The Suffolk Coast Path! As part of the new England Coast Path, you can follow the beautiful Suffolk coast path from Felixstowe to Lowestoft passing through the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which covers 150 square miles in East Anglia and includes wildlife-rich wetlands, ancient heaths, shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.
Take in the charming coastal towns and villages of Bawdsey, Snape, Aldeburgh, North Warren, Thorpeness, Minsmere, Dunwich Forest, Southwold and Kessingland and discover what makes this stretch of coast so unique.
Click here for more walking trails and routes on The Suffolk Coast
Book a stay on The Suffolk Coast
Lonely cottages on wild shores, tipi-filled glamping sites, luxury hotels with panoramic sea views, even a fairytale house that floats above the clouds; The Suffolk Coast has an extraordinary array of accommodation.
If space and tranquillity are what you're looking for, how about a converted barn deep in the Suffolk coast countryside? Perhaps the quirky charm of a fisherman’s cottage, or a luxurious stay in one of our many boutique hotels? Whatever's on your 'where to stay' wish list you'll find your ideal bolt hole here on The Suffolk Coast.
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Things to Do on The Suffolk Coast
Whether it’s browsing the delights of a local market, listening to a string quartet in stunning surroundings, building a bird house or meeting animals from the African savannah, The Suffolk Coast has a day out for you.
Perfectly seasoned, with culture, landscape and history, The Suffolk Coast is home to a range of attractions providing live theatre and music, outdoor pursuits, literature and comedy, history and heritage and food and drink. Enjoy a day out, a short break or a holiday packed with memorable experiences.
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Dine out on The Suffolk Coast
Home to some of the region's finest food producers and restaurants, The Suffolk Coast is blessed with a broad range of quality local produce including smoked fish, Suffolk ham and pork, quality beef and lamb, hand-picked asparagus and strawberries, cheese, honey and jams, a taste sensation for all foodies.
For breakfast and lunch, head to one of the many cafes, delis or restaurants, making the most of the fabulous alfresco dining opportunities along the coast! After an exhilarating day exploring or for that special treat, indulge in a glorious afternoon tea, a Suffolk coast speciality - set in beautiful surroundings using great local produce!
Click here for our Food & Drink Guide