The Suffolk Coast

The Beach Village at the Seagull Theatre

The Town Below the Cliff

The Rogues Shanty Chorus appear at the Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft on Friday 13th April with ‘The Beach Village’; an evening of music and stories with a local nautical flavour. 

The show will explore the intriguing history of Lowestoft’s beach village, which was situated to the extreme east of Lowestoft and home to a thriving fishing community.

Towards the end of the 18th century some basic houses were erected on the Denes to the extreme east of Lowestoft. These were the start of what became known as the Beach Village or, by the residents, a “town below the cliff”.

By 1812, a guide book stated that “the buildings had become so numerous that, had they been built more compactly, they would have been sufficient to form a small town themselves". By the end of the century, that is precisely what happened.

The village existed until around the end of WWII when the floods of 1953 and incoming commerce making a base in the area, pushed the residents out.

The Rogues Chorus will perform their inimitable mix of sea shanties, as sung by the town fishermen, accompanied by stories which will explore the lives of the residents as well as the social and historical importance of the village to Lowestoft.

The show starts at 7.30pm with all seats at £8.00, available now from The Seagull Theatre box office or online at See website for details.

Event name:
The Beach Village at the Seagull Theatre
phone: 01502 589726
Opening Hours:
One off