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Top 10 Ways to See the Season Change

Sun kissed children marching off to school in their crisp new uniforms, golden tinged trees and a nip in the early morning air are all sure signs that summer is slowly ebbing away.

Think of mellow sunshine walks through carpets of leaves, countryside berry picking rambles and cosy evenings in coastal cottages – The Suffolk Coast really is a destination for all seasons!

It won’t be long before The Suffolk Coast is swathed in the cloak of autumn; a season which it wears very well…

Here are our favourite top 10 ways to make the most of this glorious season:

1. Berry Picking

There is no shortage of hedge rows on The Suffolk Coast and during late summer and autumn they are abundant with sun ripened berries. Blackberries are a particular favourite and are worth pricking your fingers for if you can persuade someone to make you a blackberry and apple crumble or blackberry jam.

Go well equipped with good walking shoes, a hooked walking stick to coax down the berry laden branches within your reach, gloves and containers to collect the fruit. Make sure children are well supervised and don’t eat unwashed berries!

For downloadable maps and walking routes, check out our Walking Guide. 

Things to Do - Blackberrying on the Suffolk Coast

2. Coastal Walks with or without a dog

The autumn is a great time to head over to one of The Suffolk Coast’s glorious beaches – the swathes of summer holiday makers have long gone, making way for a more relaxed stroll along the miles of golden sands and pebbles. And, if it turns a bit chilly, treat yourself to a frothy hot chocolate and something to eat at one of the many dog friendly eateries along the coast.

After 1st October most beaches allow dogs to join you too – so it’s a perfect time to take your tail wagging friend away with you for a mid-season break. You’ll find a wide selection of superb cottages and places to stay that welcome well behaved dogs in our Where to stay section.

Check out our 'Beaches Guide' for more information!

Dog walks on the Suffolk Coast

3. Go Conkers for The Suffolk Coast’s Wildlife!

The Suffolk coast is the perfect place to watch the autumn season unfold, revealing the wonderful native flora and fauna and natural environment, with wide open skies packed full of nature and wildlife.

In Autumn, migration is in full swing with a continuous stream of birds passing through. Wading birds include Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stints or Ruffs and perhaps a rare visitor from North America. The Red Deer rut is the star attraction on Dunwich Heath during October but keep an eye out, as you may spot foxes stalking rabbits, green woodpeckers searching for ants and much more besides…

Check out the wonderful range of walks, talks, wildlife watching and beach combing events on offer, from hedgehog torchlight tours with Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Minsmere 4 x 4 safaris with the RSPB, volunteering opportunities with the Suffolk Coast AONB, bird identification walks with National Trust Dunwich Heath and wildlife photography workshops and hide hire with Bawdsey Hall, among many other activities taking place!

Have a look at all the nature and wildlife activities taking place in our What's On guide.

autumn

4. Vintage Markets, Antiques and Quirky Shops

If the weather takes a turn for the worse, it’s the perfect excuse to fit in a spot of retail therapy!

You’ll find all your favourite high street stores in towns such as Ipswich, Felixstowe and Lowestoft, but if you’re looking for something a bit different, pay a visit to one of The Suffolk Coast’s lovely market towns including Beccles, Bungay, Framlingham, Halesworth and Woodbridge or coastal villages and towns including Southwold, Aldeburgh and Orford and browse through quirky little independent stores for a truly unique shopping experience. 

On the antiques front, Blackdog Events started the Halesworth Brocante Antique & Vintage Fair in the Old Print Works back in 2016. Now in its third year it is held 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.

Have a browse through our guide to Suffolk Coast Towns and Villages here.

TTD Black Dog Antiques - The Suffolk Coast

5. Food Glorious Food!

When there’s a bit of a nip in the air there’s nothing better than indulging in a lovely home cooked lunch or supper. On The Suffolk Coast you can choose from bistros, cosy cafes, a la carte restaurants or good old pub grub!

Home to some of the UKs best food and drinks producers, you don't want to miss these foodie events:

  • Cornucopia! A feast of seasonal wild foods, artisan crafts and visual arts in the farmyard and barns at White House Farm, Great Glemham - in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley.
  • The Woodbridge Shuck is a annual fish and shellfish festival, held over the weekend of 22nd September to 23rd September 2018.
  • Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, held over the weekend of 28th and 29th September in the beautiful surroundings of Snape Maltings.
  • Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival Fringe, Sunday 29th September to 14th October, various locations and events along the Suffolk coast
  • Film Feast - held over the weekend of 5th to 7th October, Woodbridge, this brand new event for 2018 will be showcasing feature films, documentaries and short films from around the world, all on the subject of food and drink. Screenings will take place at The Riverside and the festival's partner cafés – The Fire Station, Honey & Harvey and The Tea Hut. At the end of each day a meal will be recreated from one of the feature films at the festival's partner restaurants – The Riverside, The Galley and The Table.
  • Great Framlingham Sausage Festival, Sunday 14th October in and around Framlingham.
  • Suffolk Heritage Food Tours - bespoke tours specialising in exploring the local heritage of Suffolk, combining authentic local food and drink tours that showcase Suffolk’s produce, places and people.
  • Flint Vineyard, near Bungay, group tours of this wonderful winery, or buy online for that perfect gift!
  • Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours, Southwold - see how the magic is worked and take some of it home!

Experience our wonderful food and drink producers first hand and watch our Local Food Heroes Video here! Check out our Food and Drink section here for ideas and inspiration.

Food and Drink on the Suffolk Coast

6. Pedal Your Way into Autumn!

Seize the chance to get out in the great outdoors before you feel the need to hibernate!

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the beautiful Suffolk Coast, especially when the scenery is a blaze of colour with scarlet and golden leaved trees. There are some superb cycle paths mapped out which are designed to make the most of the fabulous coast and countryside available in our Cycling Guide.

If you are a visitor to the area why not book a holiday with Cycle Breaks and be guided through the outstanding landscape of The Suffolk Coast, with stops in luxury accommodation along the way! Or why not hire at bike from Southwold Cycle Hire for that perfect day out on wheels!

Cycling in the Autumn Suffolk coast

7.That’s entertainment!

We are lucky to have some fabulous theatres on The Suffolk Coast with West End standard productions. 

Book tickets to a range of musicals, concerts, comedians and screenings at The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft, The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe, The Riverside in Woodbridge, Southwold Arts Centre, the Electric Picture Palace in Southwold, Aldeburgh Cinema and The Cut in Halesworth to name but a few.

And no trip to The Suffolk Coast would be complete without catching a concert in the world-famous concert hall at Snape Maltings.


Marina Theatre - nightime exterior shot

8. Plan your perfect wedding!

With the summer wedding season at an end, perhaps it's given you an idea or two....? Autumn is the perfect time to reflect and start to plan that all important event, not forgetting those hen and stag do's and mini-moons! Take your time and browse through our beautiful Weddings section, giving you ideas for that perfect seaside ceremony, romantic getaway, delicious local Suffolk food and drink or just an ideal place to up sticks and bring the whole family to celebrate Suffolk Coast style.

Coastal weddings on the suffolk coast - emily fae photography

9. Autumn Retreats

With more of us sneaking in an autumn break, there’s no better place to choose than The Suffolk Coast. It’s perfect for quiet romantic getaways or fun half term holidays with the kids.

October is a great time to get away for a few days – The weather is still reasonably mild, you can avoid the summer season crowds and the accommodation prices are great value for money too!

Select from cosy countryside cottages with a warming wood burner for those chilly evenings, luxurious coastal hotels, woodland lodges and action packed holiday parks.

You might even like to brave the chillier weather snuggled up in your own yurt, shepherds hut or airstream trailer! Just remember to pack the hot chocolate!

Belle Grove Halesworth

10. Hole in One!

If you’re a keen golfer or fancy taking up a new hobby, there are some excellent golf courses in Suffolk so why not make a weekend of it?

Situated on the sunny Suffolk Heritage Coast within walking distance to the sea, Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club offers modern accommodation with picturesque views of the golf course. 

The course is set on classic British heathland designed by five-time Open Champion and legendary golf course architect James Braid. This Par 70, 18 hole, challenging 6,421 yard course will test golfers of all abilities.

After the 18th hole, celebrate your victory (or commiserate losing your ball in the rough!) with a hearty breakfast, afternoon tea or homemade dinner which are available to hotel guests, golfers and visitors alike. 

Combine a golfing break with relaxing spa facilities at Ufford Park Woodbridge, Hotel, Golf and Spa - Spreading out from Ufford Park's 90 bedroom hotel are 120 acres of historic parkland, including their 18-hole championship golf course. The golf course has been used for events including the PGA Europro Tour, and the Best Western Senior Masters. Being a par 71, the selection of short technical and longer holes make it a testing but enjoyable course!

Then relax and enjoy some pampering in the bubbling hydro pool which will massage you with tension-easing, stress-relieving water jets, or you can try the ice fountain and tropical showers for revitalising, tingling stimulation. The mineral grotto is a relaxing, steamy room full of exotic fragrances, while essences in the aroma steam room will gently cleanse and energise the body…

The two courses at Woodbridge Golf Club are set in the beautiful surroundings of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A haven for golfers of all ages and abilities; the 18-hole Heath course provides a serious golfer's challenge all year round, whilst the full length nine-hole Forest course is suitable for all standards.

High Lodge is perfect for those action packed weekends, offering various activities including clay pigeon shooting, archery, fishing and a 9 hole golf course, complete with luxury lodges and hot tubs! Perfect autumn getaway!

Things to do attractions - Thorpeness Golf Club - Thorpeness -18th green at Thorpeness Golf Club with view of House in the Clouds