Be the first to see the sunrise in the UK
Sitting proudly in the northernmost part of The Suffolk Coast is Lowestoft. Famous for being the most easterly town and the first place to see the sunrise in the UK, it's also the birthplace of composer Benjamin Britten.
The town is a favourite with families, and there's plenty to see and do; with two piers, a wildlife park, an award-winning theme park, museums and a busy theatre which is home to the Royal Philhamonic Orchestra.
Did you know?
Lowestoft is home to Ness Point, the UK’s most easterly point and is one of the leading areas in the UK for renewable energy. Historically, Lowestoft was a thriving port at the centre of the fishing industry with 400 million herring landed every season at the height of the industry.
Lowestoft is the birthplace of English composer, conductor and pianist Benjamin Britten, and you can still see, and even stay in the house on Kirkley Cliff Road where he was born and spent his childhood. At the other end of the spectrum of musical genres, rock band The Darkness formed in Lowestoft when it’s members met at Kirkley High school. There is even a shout out to the school’s extra curricular activities in the song ‘Friday Night’.
Polish author Joseph Conrad disembarked at Lowestoft in 1878, unable to speak a word of English, he learned the language from Lowestoft sailors whose boat he worked on, describing them as 'ruddy faced, hardy men'. It was Conrad’s novella The Heart of Darkness that inspired the 1979 thriller Apocalypse Now, starring Marlon Brando.
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