• Top 10 Suffolk Coast Shopping Spots

Top 10 Suffolk Coast Shopping Spots

The Suffolk Coast is best known for its miles of glorious beaches, quaint countryside villages, and coastal heathland, but that’s not to say we don’t have our fair share of fabulous shopping areas too!

Whether you’re staying here on holiday, a short break or just a whistle stop day trip, you can’t beat a little retail therapy to make your visit complete.

To make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for, we’ve put together our top 10 Suffolk Coast shopping spots…

1. Waveney Valley

FD - Flint Vineyard - Wine bottles

The Waveney Valley is home to the market towns of Bungay, Beccles and Halesworth; each packed with independent shops, cafes and galleries - ideal for buying local produce, jewellery and unique gifts, homewares and fashion. This pretty little market town has a lot to offer when it comes to shops. 

Located in Earsham near Bungay, Flint Vineyard is an award-winning vineyard producing four wines; Bacchus 2018, Silex Blanc 2018, Pinot Noir Precoce and the Charmat Rose 2018 - ideal as a special gift or as a treat for yourself!

Just a short drive away you will also find Fen Farm Dairy - producer of Baron Bigod Cheese, which was served at the wedding reception of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! The farm produces and sells a range of mouthwatering raw dairy products including raw-cultured butter, free range eggs, raw cream, buttermilk and milk from their farm shop, and you can fill up a bottle of delicious raw milk from the farm's vending machine! 

For exotic plants, homewares and furnishings, Urban Jungle near Beccles is sure to deliver! Lose yourself amongst the Olive trees, grasses, ferns, cacti and succulents to name just a few and enjoy a pot of coffee, a slice of cake or a delicious meal in the cafe. 

2. Aldeburgh

TTDA - OC Butcher - Shop front

Aldeburgh is world-renowned thanks to its connection with Benjamin Britten, the founder of the Aldeburgh Festival, which takes place in June every year. Pastel-coloured 19th Century holiday villas line the promenade and to the east, the pebble beach with fisherman’s huts selling the daily catch.

From a shoppers point of view there’s a generous sprinkling of clothes boutiques, antiques and arts, an independent book shop and a huge variety of culinary temptation!

Although Aldeburgh has changed in many ways over the last hundred years, one business has been ever present in the town. O & C Butcher is still in its prime High Street location, and still sells a vast range of clothing and footwear. They mainly specialise in country clothing and stock dozens of leading brands plus accessories, meaning you can buy a complete outfit from the store and look the picture of sartorial elegance. Your four-legged friend isn't left out either as the store sells a range of dog coats and accessories!

Although the Adnams shop in Southwold is the true Flagship, there are now Adnams stores located in many Suffolk towns including Aldeburgh. Offering a top class tasting experience, pop in to purchase the famous Ghost Ship and Copper House Dry Gin and choose from a huge selection of wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

3. Lowestoft

TTDA - Ferini Art Gallery - Exhibition

The fine seaside town of Lowestoft has long been a favourite destination for bucket and spade family holidays and day trips. Today, the award winning Blue Flag beach and promenade is as busy as ever - Running alongside the beachfront is a mix of popular high street chain stores as well as some lovely independent shops too.

Just outside the town, in the coastal village of Pakefield, you will find the Ferini Art Gallery. The Gallery hosts a range of workshops and events, as well as exhibitions of local artists; with many pieces featuring the stunning landscape of The Suffolk Coast. 

Drive on to Oulton Broad where, alongside the beautiful Edwardian park, you will find The Gift Shop; the perfect place to buy souvenirs and mementos from your visit to The Suffolk Coast or to find a birthday or anniversary present; with collectables, jewellery, home fragrances, figurines and Suffolk branded items. 

4. Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets - Bread - Bokeh Photographic

The Suffolk Coast is blessed with a huge selection of local food and drink producers, selling jams, honey, Suffolk-cured ham, strawberries, asparagus, breads, cheeses and ales... Whenever you visit, there's bound to be a market selling fresh, local produce and artisan goods nearby; with weekly street markets at Beccles, Bungay, Felixstowe, Framlingham, Halesworth, Southwold, Wickham Market at Woodbridge and farmers markets at Woodbridge, Snape, Beccles, Halesworth, Ipswich and The Long Shop Museum.

So wherever you are, whatever the day, you know where to go for a taste of The Suffolk Coast!

Click here for a for a full list of markets on The Suffolk Coast.

5. Snape

TTDA - Snape Maltings - Home shop

Snape is a gem of a village and a 'must-visit' destination for anyone who wants to sample the beauty and atmosphere The Suffolk Coast countryside has become famous for, whatever the season!

The Snape Maltings complex houses art galleries, restaurants, cafés, shops and stunning holiday cottages inside an intricate network of beautiful brick buildings. Unsurprisingly, it’s a favourite place for visitors and locals alike. Shopaholics will be in their element amongst the eclectic mix of wonderful stores here from toy and book shops, boutiques, craft shops, to house and gardens and fresh food pantry. Whilst visiting, make sure you stop by the Lettering Arts Centre; selling a range of beautiful lettered artworks and gifts from statement works of art to small gifts.

6. Southwold

TTDA - Collen & Clare - Exterior

There are few seaside towns quite as quintessentially British as Southwold. With its sandy beach and beach hut-lined promenade, Southwold offers a wonderful environment for holidays and weekends away, as well as a thriving market town atmosphere.

Southwold is home to the Adnams Brewery, winner of The Good Pub Guide 2011’s ‘Brewery of the Year’. The brewery itself is very much the focal point of the town with its brewing rooms set just behind the High Street and adjacent to the town’s lighthouse. Brewery tours are on offer throughout the year, and there is no shortage of pubs and restaurants at which to sample the variety of Adnams beers on offer. More recently they have added a distillery, which as well as the wine shop, guarantees your favourite ‘tipple’ will be available!

Collen & Clare is a beautiful multi-brand store in Southwold offering womenswear, menswear, beauty, lingerie and accessories. Further along the coast you’ll also find their contemporary womenswear and accessories store in Aldeburgh.

You really can’t leave Southwold without visiting the iconic Pier which hosts a wide range of things to see and do. Take a moment to watch the cheeky water clock as you wander around the cafés, restaurants, shops and an amusement arcade.

7. Woodbridge

Woodbridge - Market Hill

The ‘gem’ in Suffolk’s crown, Woodbridge combines excellent shops with superb pubs and restaurants and numerous activities both indoors and out. You’ll find stores covering every type of item from DIY and craft supplies to wool shops, outdoor clothing, boutiques, deli’s cook shops, tailors, and even a violin shop!

If you get a whiff of delicious freshly baked bread during your shopping spree it’s most probably emanating from The Cake Shop. This award-winning family run bakery is now in its third generation and after winning ITV’s “Britain’s Best Bakery” in 2014, it is a must-see if you are visiting the Suffolk Coast!

To make sure you don’t miss out on your shopping experience in Woodbridge, check out the Choose Woodbridge website for a full directory listing of local shops.

8. Wherstead

TTDA  - Suffolk Food Hall

If you’re a bit of a ‘foodie’ then The Suffolk Food Hall located in Wherstead near Ipswich will not leave you feeling disappointed… with everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. 

The 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural ‘Oscars’) you will find a restaurant (booking advisable) which has been judged to be the Best On Farm Restaurant in Britain and separate café with a children’s play area. The Food Hall brings together the best local specialists and has a wide selection of artisan and luxury food and drink including a market hall, scratch baker, traditional butcher, fishmonger, delicatessen, chocolatier and greengrocer.

9. Antiques

Grand Brocante

The Suffolk Coast is famous for being a treasure house for antiques. Whether you are interested in furniture or decorative items in your home, splendid jewellery, or something very precious and beautiful to keep as an investment - Suffolk is the place to come!

Searching for antiques and vintage items is great for getting a little insight into previous lives and long gone eras. It’s a very satisfying pass time and well worth planning day trips or a holiday exploring the world of Suffolk antiques alone! 

Pay a visit to Black Dog Antiques in Halesworth, built around 1570,  the Grade II* listed property is the perfect setting for the eclectic mix of antiques, vintage and mid-century modern pieces that it houses. Inside you will find antique pine and mahogany pieces, mid-century modern industrial, vintage tools, pictures, taxidermy and lots more. Blackdog also holds specialist markets in the historic Market Place over the course of the year. Starting with the Spring Garden Market at the end of April, followed by the Midsummer Market at the end of June. On the antiques front, the monthly Brocante Antique & Vintage Fair takes place at the Old Print Works on the first Saturday of the month from March - December. With thirty-five Brocanteurs attending each month, there is an ever-changing array of antiques, vintage and collectables on offer.

You will find antiques a'plenty also at Beccles Antiques Street Market,which takes place in May and September - check out our Antique and Vintage Markets guide which highlights a few across The Suffolk Coast which are well worth a visit…

10. Arts, Crafts and Galleries

TTDA - Aldeburgh Beach Lookout

If you are a lover of arts and crafts and galleries, The Suffolk Coast scores points with this too. Places such as Southwold, Bungay, Beccles, Halesworth and Aldeburgh are full of art galleries and craft shops for visitors to enjoy. 

The Artists Boulevard in Oulton Broad near Lowestoft is certainly worth a look, showcasing local themed art, photography and abstract canvases right through from Easter to October, so too is The Halesworth Gallery which is celebrating 50 years of art this year. 

And, for something totally different…

Isolated on the pebbled beach of Aldeburgh, the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House welcomes a new artist, poet, performer, musician, thinker each week as artist in residence. Each Weekly artist’s residency culminates in an exhibition of brand new work.




Things to see and do

O&C Butcher

O&C Butcher

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh has changed in many ways over the last hundred years, but one business has been an ever present in the town.

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Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Championing Ipswich as a great place to visit and stay. Promoting local events, places of interests, arts, theatre and culture of the historic town.

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Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand stores in Southwold and Burnham Market offer Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories and there is also a contemporary Womenswear and Accessories store in Aldeburgh.

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Urban Jungle Plant Nursery & Café

Urban Jungle Plant Nursery & Café

The newest member of the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery & Café Group offering indoor and outdoor exotics, gifts and beautiful things for the home. 

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Blackdog Antiques and Events

Blackdog Antiques and Events

Blackdog Antiques is set at the top of the historic Market Place in Halesworth. Built around 1570 the Grade II* listed property is the perfect setting for the eclectic mix of antiques, vintage and mid-century modern pieces that it houses.

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East Suffolk Markets

East Suffolk Markets

The Suffolk Coast is blessed with a huge selection of local food and drink producers, selling jams, honey, Suffolk-cured ham, strawberries, asparagus, breads, cheeses and ales... you name it, we make it!

So wherever you are, whatever the day, you know where to go for a taste of The Suffolk Coast.

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Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

Southwold

Southwold is a popular destination for the many visitors to the East Coast and its most prominent attraction, the pier, hosts a wide range of things to see and do.

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The Lettering Arts Centre 

The Lettering Arts Centre

The Lettering Arts Centre is the home of the Lettering Arts Trust, an independent charity which champions Britain's rich heritage in the lettering arts. 

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Choose Woodbridge 

Choose Woodbridge

Choose Woodbridge is the business and tourism association for Woodbridge, Suffolk. Its website is a hub for the latest information, events, news, offers, jobs and much more to help visitors to plan their trips and locals to stay informed.


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Visit Waveney Valley

Visit Waveney Valley

Running through the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, it's hard not to fall in love with the Waveney Valley. Discover a timeless rural landscape, where the pace of life is slow and the folk are friendly.

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Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard is one of England's most exciting new wineries. Winemaker, Ben Witchell, combines cutting-edge technology with traditional winemaking techniques to produce elegant and refined English wines. 

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way.

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Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Ipswich

Suffolk Food Hall has everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. It is the 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural oscars) and it’s also an ideal location to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a restaurant (booking advisable) which has been judged to be the Best On Farm Restaurant in Britain and separate café with a children’s playarea.


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Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Snape

Taking place on 28th & 29th September 2019, tickets for the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival go on sale from 1st July! 

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The Gift Shop

The Gift Shop

The Gift Shop is an independent retailer providing a diverse selection of quality gifts, souvenirs, collectables, jewellery and home fragrancing and is perfectly based in the beautiful surroundings of Oulton Broad in Suffolk, which is part of the Broads National Park.

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The Briarbank Bar & Brewery

The Briarbank Bar & Brewery

When in Ipswich, why not take a tour of the Briarbank's microbrewery and learn all about how and where their beer is made.

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Ferini Art Gallery

Ferini Art Gallery

The Ferini Art Gallery is set before the beautiful and ever-changing skies an seascapes of Pakefield. It's art mirrors the light and vibrance of the coastline, fishing beach and sandy cliffs.

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Suffolk Craft Society

Suffolk Craft Society

The Suffolk Craft Society was formed in 1970 to promote the value and importance of contemporary crafts and currently supports around 110 individual craftspeople in the creation of their work across a wide range of craft skills. 

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Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.

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Visit Felixstowe

Visit Felixstowe

Everybody loves a great day by the sea, and Felixstowe has great days for everyone.

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WHERE TO EAT

Emmett's Stores

Emmett's Stores

Emmett's is the oldest artisan ham and bacon producer in the UK.

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Fen Farm Dairy 

Fen Farm Dairy

Beautiful handcrafted raw dairy products, made on the farm from the milk of the herd of happy Montbeliarde cows.


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Pump Street Bakery & Cafe

Pump Street Bakery & Cafe

Pump Street Bakery is a small, family owned bakery and cafe in the village of Orford on Suffolk's Heritage Coast.

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Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Ipswich

The Cookhouse Restaurant is a unique place to eat or have a drink whilst enjoying stunning views down the river.

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Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Bungay

Purveyors of high quality Fruit and Vegetables in the pretty market town of Bungay.

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Pinney's of Orford 

Pinney's of Orford

Established in 1959, Pinney's of Orford are a 3rd generation family run business that specialise in producing fine quality smoked products due to the experience and understanding that they have gained over the years in both fishing and smoking.

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Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard is set in a beautiful location overlooking the Waveney Valley, close to the bustling market town of Bungay.

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Eat at Snape Maltings

Eat at Snape Maltings

Snape

There's an excellent selection of places to eat at Snape Maltings, from freshly prepared local food and cream teas to cafés overlooking the Alde estuary, providing guests with one of the best views of reeds, water and sky in the UK.

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