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Thorpeness guide

A place where children could enjoy the magic and innocence of a traditional seaside holiday.

The small village of Thorpeness is dominated by the Mere, which is popular all year round and bears witness to the village’s fantastical past. In 1910 Stuart Ogilvie bought the hamlet and set to transform it into a private fantasy holiday village. Today the village is just how Ogilvie envisaged it with pretty mock Tudor houses and the fairy-tale ‘House in the Clouds’


Things to do in Thorpeness

1. Sailing on Peter Pan Boating Lake 

The Meare is an artificially created boating lake with landings marked with names on a Peter Pan theme. Tiny islands contain locations found in J M Barrie’s novel including ‘The Pirate’s Lair’ and ‘Wendy’s Island’. The lake is open for row boat hire from Spring through to the end of Summer.


2. A round of golf at Thorpeness Golf Club

Regarded as one of the finest golf courses in Suffolk, Thorpeness Golf Club has a classic 18 hole, par 70 golf course which is just a stone’s throw away from the beach.


3. Find hidden treasures at Thorpeness Emporium

 Situated in the heart of Thorpeness, The Emporium is a vintage antiques and collectibles market of stalls, tables and cabinets. Showcased here is everything from jewellery to homewares and furniture to pictures, clothes, glassware and so much more.


4. Discover the wildlife and landscapes

As well as having unique man-made features, Thorpeness is surrounded by glorious countryside which is a mixture of heathland, and forest. There is an abundance of wildlife to admire and landscapes to explore; excellent for walking, cycling and birdwatching.  


Useful Information

Public Conveniences and Baby Changing Facilities

The Boathouse, Thorpeness Meare, Remembrance Road, IP16 4NW - Disabled toilets and baby changing facilities


How to get to Thorpeness - Public Transport

By Bus:

There is a local, regular bus service to and from Leiston and Aldeburgh.

Timetables and further information can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com


By Train:

The nearest station is located at Saxmundham where there is a direct line to Lowestoft, Ipswich and London Liverpool Street and onward connections from Ipswich to Cambridge.

All train tickets can be purchased via the Abellio Greater Anglia Website or the app.


How to get to Thorpeness - By Car

From Lowestoft, take the A12 (south bound) followed by the B1122 and B1353

From Norwich, take the A146 onto the B1122 and then follow the B1353

From Ipswich, follow the A12 (north bound) onto the A1094 then the B1353

From London, follow the M11 (M25), A12 then onto the A1094 and B1353


Car Parks in Thorpeness

Remembrance Road – IP16 4NW