• Know before you go

Know before you go

Respect, protect, enjoy

Updated 5 January 2021

Our tourism and hospitality businesses are closed due to the National Lockdown restrictions. We ask that you do not visit us for the time being and follow all guidance and laws to protect yourselves and to help keep everyone safe.

Our website is packed with inspiration on where to stay, things to see and do, places to eat and towns and villages to explore, and we will continue to share our beautiful scenes and stories with you to lift everyone's spirits!

Enjoy planning your future visit in the comfort of your own home and we hope to see you again very soon!

Know before you go!

When out and about, we need to remember to look after ourselves, one another and the environment around us. So to make sure we’re all doing our bit to tread lightly and travel responsibly, we’ve put together a few simple steps to help you enjoy your holidays and days out as safely as possible.

  • We are all in this together! Please respect our local communities by taking note of the advice below, not only will your visit be a great one, you will also be reassuring the people who live and work here that you care about the Suffolk coast as much as we all do! Thank you!

  • REMEMBER - If you live in a high alert area (Tier 2) you must adhere to the local restrictions that relate to that area if you travel to a medium alert area. If you live in a very high alert area (Tier 3) or stay at home area (Tier 4) we would respectfully ask that you do not visit the Suffolk Coast at this time to keep as many people safe as possible.

  • Don't get caught short! When planning your trip, check that important facilities like toilets and car parks are open before you travel. Check out our handy Towns and Villages section for useful travel information, where to park and how to find other public facilities such as toilets and baby changing. All public toilets along the Suffolk coast are open BUT PLEASE NOTE there are no toilet facilities at Kessingland, Covehithe, Dunwich and Shingle Street beaches.
  • Avoid the crowds and get off the beaten track! Some places may be extremely popular, so get off the beaten track and discover hidden gems along the Suffolk coast. Please use your common sense when visiting - rural locations will not have parking, toilets and rubbish bins and they may be overcrowded. Being able to socially distance is the key to visiting responsibly, if you arrive and there are loads of cars parked on the road and lots of other people there, turn around and visit somewhere else which is less busy or which has the facilities to ensure your visit is as safe as possible. Make sure wherever you go you follow the Countryside Code. 
  • Be part of the solution not the pollution! Respect, protect, enjoy! Don't toss your rubbish about all over the place - take it away with you - the only thing you should leave behind are your footprints!

  • Planning to stay overnight? If you are planning to stay in a cottage, hotel, B&B, campsite or any other type of accommodation, please check what you need to know before you go.  Book in advance, get familiar with the establishment's new guidelines and procedures that have been put in place to keep you as safe as possible during your stay. Look out for the 'We're Good to Go' industry standard when choosing accommodation.Take a look at our Places to Stay section to plan your break. 
  • Planning to visit an attraction? If you are planning to visit an attraction, please check what you need to know before you go. You may need to pre-book a time slot, there may be restrictions and in some cases the attraction may not be open.  The best thing to do is check online or get in touch with the attraction before you set out to avoid disappointment.  You can find a fab list of attractions on The Suffolk Coast along with their contact information in our Things to Do Section.

  • Planning to eat and drink out? If you are planning on dining out, visiting a pub or other food & drink establishment, please check what you need to know before you go. You may need to book in advance, there may be restrictions on when you can go and in some cases the establishment may not be open. The best thing to do is check online or get in touch with the establishment before you set out to avoid disappointment. You can find a lovely list of places to eat and drink on the Suffolk coast, along with their contact information in our Food and Drink section.
  • Remember social distancing - we are all in this together! Keep two metres apart from anyone outside your household or bubble (or one metre plus, from the 4th July where 2 metres is not possible) – this not only applies to outdoor activities such as walking, running, cycling, sitting and sunbathing but to visiting restaurants, cafes, pubs, attractions, hotels, campsites and other accommodation providers.
  • Keep an eye on the kids - if visiting with children, please make sure they also practice social distancing - easier said than done we know but so important!
  • Other useful tips to make your visit a success! - make sure you have a bank card; many businesses are currently only accepting cashless payments and you don’t want to miss out on that ice cream! Take hand sanitiser with you, you don’t know where will be open for you to wash your hands. Leave the car behind where possible and visit nearby attractions by walking or cycling.
  • Look out for the ‘We’re Good to Go’ logo - Look for the VisitEngland Covid-19 accreditation scheme logo across the website. The scheme means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place. You can find out more here: www.visitbritain.com/gb/en/know-before-you-go-uk

Good to Go VisitEngland Accreditation Scheme

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