1. Take a trip on Bawdsey Ferry
The main street meanders down to the sea half a mile away at Bawdsey Quay, where you can visit the Boathouse Café, catch one of the coast’s famous four foot ferries across to the hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry or follow the coastal path between East Lane and Shingle Street.
2. Discover Bawdsey's fascinating past
Bawdsey's sleepy charm belies the incredible history and heritage associated with the village; along this stretch of coastline stands Bawdsey Manor, the world’s first operational RADAR station, four Martello Towers, machine gun emplacements and other WWII defences, a testament to the vulnerability of this area in the past to invasion.
3. Visit Bawdsey RADAR
Discover the story of the men and women and the work they did, in top-secret conditions, to develop radar. Operational radar was born here and contributed very significantly to the successful outcome of the Battle of Britain. Bawdsey RADAR is a new interactive visitor centre, packed full of information set in the original Transmitter Block!
4. Visit St Mary's the Virgin Church
The oldest building in the village is the parish church of St Mary's the Virgin which stands in a pretty graveyard mid-way down The Street on the right-hand side. It dates from the thirteenth century although it has undergone several re-buildings, the latest occurring in the 1840s after a fire.
5. Enjoy a game of tennis!
Bawdsey Recreation Ground has 2 tennis courts available for hire, one court is multi-purpose and can be used for basketball, 5-a-side football, netball and tennis. The other is exclusively for tennis. Annual membership is available or you can book and pay per session. Contact 01394 411626 for information on membership and bookings.
6. Discover Bawdsey's unique and rare wildlife
Join one of the fascinating workshops at Bawdsey Hall Wildlife; the private nature reserve is home to meadowland, large ponds and mature woods, offering a variety of different habitats for wildlife. Workshops on offer include wildlife photography days and evenings, owl and badger night photography workshops, owl and badger wildlife watching, one to one and group photography workshops, wildlife tours, hide hire, mothing and bird ringing demonstrations.
7. Tuck into tea and cake and take in the views!
Find a table at the Boathouse cafe near Bawdsey and tuck into homemade cake and a pot of tea whilst spotting Suffolk's rare birdlife. The picturesque wooden building has a veranda with breathtakingly wide river views - a haven for Bawdsey regulars and visitors.