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Now that you have arrived in our unique part of the world we thought we would introduce you to some of the highlights. We believe time on the Suffolk Coast should be spent exploring our coastal heaths and marshes, enjoying our vast beaches, browsing the endless number of independent shops, boutiques and galleries and eating your way around the great restaurants and pubs. You may even have time for a pint or two! Although it would be impossible to include everything, rest assured that we have picked out the key places and events loved by visitors and locals alike to ensure you get a real taste of the Suffolk Coast. We have even let you into a few local secrets, but let’s just keep them between us. So whilst you may leave with a lingering craving for fish and chips, a shameful array of beach inspired nick-nacks and a scent more like the salty Channel than Chanel, it’s time to embrace the sand between your toes (let’s face it, you’ll be finding grains of the stuff for weeks) and say ‘MORNUN’ to the Suffolk Coast.


P.10 Somerleyton P.12 Lowestoft P.14 Oulton Broad P.16 Kessingland P.18 Beccles P.22 Bungay P.26 Wrentham & Covehithe P.28 Halesworth P.32 Southwold P.38 Blackshore P.40 Walberswick & Blythburgh P.42 Dunwich P.44 Westleton P.46 Darsham P.48 Yoxford & Peasenhall P.52 Minsmere P.56 Leiston


P.58 Thorpeness P.60 Aldeburgh P.68 Saxmundham P.72 Snape P.78 Wickham Market P.80 Framlingham P.88 Orford P.90 Woodbridge P.100 Deben Peninsula P.102 Felixstowe Ferry P.104 Felixstowe P.106 Ipswich Waterfront P.108 Shotley Peninsula


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Map Suffolk Folk: Andrew Storer 5 Tours With Tipples Suffolk Folk: Sasha Ayres 5 Spots To Talk To The Animals 5 Ways To Get On The Water Suffolk Folk: Sonja Moon 5 Rummage Worthy Secondhand Bookshops P.54 Suffolk Folk: Matt Parrott P.74 5 Spots For Seafood Lovers P.82 Suffolk Folk: Julia Marsen P.89 5 Places To Go Wild P.103 Suffolk Folk: Jimmy Doherty P.110 A Little Further Down The Road P.114 New To The Suffolk Coast P.116 Walk The Suffolk Coast SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23

P.117 On Your Bike P.118 Best Beaches P.120 Dog’s Best Friend P.122 5 Intriguing Buildings To Visit P.123 Good Local Produce P.124 You Can’t Beat A Bit Of Crabbing P.125 Suffolk Coast Tides P.126 Useful Information P.127 Emergency














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This beautiful village, sprinkled with traditional thatched cottages, sits on the Suffolk edge of the Norfolk border. Famous for Somerleyton Hall, the home of Hugh Crossley, 4th Baron Somerleyton, and his family. Don’t miss: Getting lost in the fine yew hedge maze at Somerleyton Hall Gardens. Delicious gastropub dishes at the Dukes Head, or The Fritton Arms Hotel nearby. Getting out on the water at nearby Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre, where you can hire canoes, rowing boats and katakanus. Taking a walk to the Grade II listed Herringfleet windmill on the River Waveney. Hiring a bike from Somerleyton Cycle Hire and making the 20 mile round trip along quiet lanes to Burgh Castle.


Did you know: The English engineer Sir Christopher Sydney Cockerell lived in Somerleyton when he invented the Hovercraft. Look out for The Hovercraft Column in the village. The brilliant drama, ‘The Crown’ used Somerleyton Hall for filming the scenes of the Royal Family at Sandringham.

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Once a thriving fishing port, Lowestoft is now known for being one of Britain’s traditional seaside holiday destinations, with large stretches of golden sand and a plethora of entertainment for all the family. It is the most easterly town in the UK.

weekly rates available from Visiting the East Anglia Transport Museum. Exploring the local artwork at Lowestoft Arts Centre. Dinner with a view on the terrace at Mortons Bar & Grill, part of The Hatfield Hotel.

Don’t miss: Immersing yourself in the history of this one-time fishing village and now thriving port at the Maritime Museum. Watching the sunrise over the sea. The twists, turns and loops of the region’s biggest roller coaster, Wipeout at Pleasurewood Hills. Strolling along one of Lowestoft’s two piers. Letting the kids run amongst the Princess Royal Fountains at South Pier. Renting one of the colourful beach huts on lower promenade between Kensington Gardens and the Claremont Pier. Daily and

Perfect beach for: All the family. This stunning beach has lots of facilities, and lifeguards are on duty from April until September. Don’t miss the First Light Festival to celebrate the summer solstice.




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OULTON BROAD Sitting just inland from Lowestoft, Oulton Broad is known for being the southern gateway to the Broads National Park. Don’t miss: Relishing the thrills of powerboat racing held most Thursday evenings from late April to mid-August. See for times. Captaining a boat for the day and exploring The Broads. Strolling through Nicholas Everitt Park, stopping off for refreshment at any one of the many cafes en route. Relaxing on a sightseeing cruise with Waveney River Tours.

PARKHILL HOTEL Parkhill Hotel is an elegant country house hotel and restaurant set within acres of beautiful private gardens and only a short drive from Oulton Broad. Parts of this former family farmhouse date from the early 18th century, giving it a unique atmosphere that blends traditional style with modern facilities. This pet-friendly hotel has 14 comfortable ensuite bedrooms, an inviting bar with an open wood fire on cold evenings, restaurant with dishes focusing on locally sourced Parkhill, Oulton, Lowestoft NR32 5DQ T. 01502 730322 /


ingredients and function rooms to cater for any occasion. Whatever the occasion, you can always be assured of a warm welcome at Parkhill Hotel.

SUFFOLK FOLK Andrew Storer is the founder of The Black Dog Delis. His passion for food started from a very early age and Suffolk had a lot to do with that as it is blessed with a wonderful array of produce and producers; all you have to do is leave your home and good food is right on the doorstep.





F ocus Organic, Halesworth - endless supply of “get me out of trouble gifts” for my wife when I forget an anniversary or something.


DP’s Bar, Aldeburgh - perfect Thai street food ‘fixer upper supper’! Must mention the Boarding House in Halesworth, also excellent.


You can’t beat my local, The Star in Wenhaston. It’s a gem of a pub.


It has to be Lickety Ice pops, especially the rhubarb and custard flavour.


I love Dunwich forest. We always do the big loop walk from Dunwich to Westleton and back with our dog, Tetley. He loves it too, he told me so!


Undoubtably Walberswick, with its big sweeping bay and views to Dunwich. I also know an amazing little deli there that’s worth a visit.


The coast and all its natural surroundings. The countryside is stunning and even though I live here, its beauty always takes me by surprise.


Just slowly make your way up the coast, visit all the pretty villages, get close to nature, enjoy a beer in a traditional Suffolk pub and relax. That’s exactly what this county is all about.




With a depth of historical significance, the village of Kessingland sits right on the edge of a vast, partly shingled beach, which you’ll find dotted with colourful flora during the spring. Don’t miss: Getting up close with the BIG cats at nearby Africa Alive. Spotting marsh harriers at Benacre National Nature Reserve. Fish and Chips at the Waterfront Restaurant. Perfect beach for: Finding your own space. Kessingland beach is also dog friendly. Did you know: While other beaches along the East Anglian coast are feeling the effects of rising sea levels, the unspoilt, sprawling beach at Kessingland is bucking the trend. As the sea recedes, the beach is getting bigger!


The remains of an ancient forest lie buried on the seabed nearby, and Palaeolithic and Neolithic tools have been found buried there, making the area of interest to archaeologists.





A guided tour through beautiful vineyards and fascinating winery. The tour finishes with a tutored tasting of their own award-winning wines.

Let an experienced guide lead you through the working craft brewery, revealing insights into the brewing process. Followed by a tutored beer tasting which includes a complimentary bottle of beer to take home. SHOTLEY VINEYARD / SHOTLEY


Book a tasting tour at one of East Anglia’s oldest commercial vineyards, producers of a range of Wander through the vines, led by a white, red, rosé and sparkling wines. fully trained guide, and take in some of Suffolk’s finest countryside views, FISHERS GIN DISTILLERY / ALDEBURGH tours are followed by a tutored tasting. A pebble’s throw from the sea, take a 90-minute experience including a tour around the distillery and a tutored tasting of gins and seasonal cocktails.


A thriving market town on the River Waveney, Beccles is made up of winding streets and market squares, full of independent shops, delis and cafes, with a strong sense of community. Don’t miss: A leisurely boat trip with Big Dog Ferry from Beccles Lido or just taking a dip in any one of their three heated outdoor pools. Hiring a canoe from The Canoe Man at the lido and taking the trail on the river, or staying on dry land and enjoying a walk alongside it. Free falling from 13,000 feet on a tandem sky dive with UK Parachuting. Treating your four-legged friend to a fur-do at Groomtastic Dog Spa. All things mid-century modern and retro at Vintage Mischief. The regular vintage markets. Mouthwatering menus that may very well leave you spoilt for choice at Twyfords Cafe in


Exchange Square. Plants galore at nearby Urban Jungle. Visiting Hundred River Farm for a ‘Natural Wonders’ afternoon. Did you know: Beccles church has a beautiful, if unusual bell tower. It stands detached from the main building.

WHEATACRE HALL BARNS Situated in the beautifully peaceful Waveney Valley, adjoining the southern tip of the Norfolk Broads, Wheatacre Hall Barns offers luxury self-catering accommodation in eight converted barns on a working arable and dairy farm. With fantastic sandy beaches and attractions just a short distance away, this is a great base from which to explore Norfolk and Suffolk. On site facilities include a games barn, fitness barn, a soft play barn, a hot tub, and plenty of outdoor space. T. 01502 677208 /

HIPPERSONS BOATYARD Hippersons is a beautiful boutique boatyard holiday destination floating on the Suffolk and Norfolk Broads. They welcome guests to spend time making memories. You can stay overnight or just visit for the day. SUP lessons, canoe and kayak tours, a pedal boat for 2, and twilight tours in July and August, are all available to book in advance. Well-behaved pets are welcome to take part in most of the activities. Parking is included. Winner of ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ for 2021-22. Gillingham Dam, Beccles, NR34 0EB T. 01502 712166 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23


BAILEYS DELICATESSEN Situated in the bustling, market town of Beccles, Baileys is a popular destination for day trippers and shoppers alike. Husband and wife team, Paul and Suzanne Buck, took over in 2018, and with the help of their dedicated staff, established Baileys as a well-loved eatery within the Beccles area. If you’re looking for a spot of breakfast/lunch, something from the deli or just to browse the shelves for produce from around the world or closer to home, Baileys is the answer! 2 Hungate, Beccles NR34 9TL T. 01502 710609 /

FANCY A SATURDAY MORNING RUN? PARKRUN IS A SERIES OF 5K RUNS HELD ON SATURDAY MORNINGS IN AREAS OF OPEN SPACE AROUND THE UK. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. So why not give one a go, we have some great locations along the Suffolk Coast. For more information visit



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Enjoying stunning views across the River Waveney, in our 30m outdoor heated pool, with slide, springboard, giant inflatable aquarun, and there is outdoor exercise equipment and a child's adventure play area. With lane swimming, family fun sessions and excellent disabled access, Beccles Lido is perfect for a swim or family fun visit, or an after dark swim with our underwater lights.

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A relaxing 3 mile boat journey along the river with the opportunity to enjoy the wildlife enroute. A regular passenger service between Beccles Lido and Geldeston Locks, with request stops at Geldeston Marina and 3 Rivers Campsite. Stay on board for a round trip, disembark and enjoy a meal, drink or music in Geldeston, or take a one-way ticket and walk back on delightful footpaths. Visit for full details and to book your trip.


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Named by the Sunday Times as one of the best places to live in the UK 2018, Bungay has tremendous appeal, whether you’re interested in history, food and drink, vintage finds or simple relaxation. Don’t miss: Walking the two town trails, starting at Buttercross. Clambering up the Norman Castle ruins. The Country Market, every Thursday in the new Bungay Community Centre. Passing through the Kissing Gate onto Falcon Meadow. Popping into Earsham Street Deli to pick up a picnic. Filling up with milk at Fen Farm Dairy from the UK’s first raw milk vending machine. Browsing the antique shops. A performance at Fishers’ Theatre. A guided tour of Flint Vineyard, following by their 15 mile lunch. Traditional afternoon tea in Old Bank Tearooms.


Did you know: The cobbled area known as Cork Bricks was created by a wealthy town owner so that his sick wife wouldn’t be disturbed by the sound of the horses’ hooves across the cobblestones!


A quirky cow-print shed at the farm gate, featuring vending machines brimming with sustainable dairy products made right there on the farm. Get the finest artisan cheeses, free range meats, local sourdough, pastries and raw milk coffees. In a few short years, Fen Farm products have taken the UK food scene by storm. Their Baron Bigod cheese has become a beloved menu staple of top chefs and is known to frequently grace the tables of Royalty.

cheesemaking facilities are powered by renewable energy, including a cow poo heat exchange system and solar power. Visitors can often see the farm’s herd of happy red and white Montbeliarde cows grazing the surrounding marshland of the Waveney River Valley. Open 24/7 and the vending machines accept contactless payment.

Fen Farm Dairy is an innovative 3rd generation dairy farm, aiming to set the standard for dairy sustainability. The majority of the farm and Fen Farm, Flixton Road, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1PD T. 01986 892350 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23





Sasha and her husband Richard came to Suffolk in 2005 and loved it so much they wanted to share it with others so set up Mollett’s Farm. This offers self-catering holiday accommodation in seven cottages and studios, a site for touring caravans and motorhomes and a pop-up campsite over the summer.


I don’t have a favourite shop as such. I love all the individual shops as it is possible to find unique and individual items to treasure, many crafted by local artisans using local produce and products.


The Duck at Campsea Ashe – great food, fantastic friendly service and, as they say, “walk in, waddle out”.


Vela in Saxmundham, which is also an Art Gallery serves tasty coffee and cakes, light bites, and speciality German food, as well as wine and beer from local breweries – we love it!


Too many to mention really, without offending someone. This area is definitely a must for foodies!


Minsmere for its ever-changing environment over the seasons and the diversity of wildlife as well as scenery.


Sizewell beach – often overlooked – great café there too.


All the above, plus Suffolk has something for everyone. It is diverse, ever-changing, and always engaging.


Suffolk is the UK’s best kept secret! Once visited, never forgotten.


THE FRONT ROOM Nestled amongst the independent shops of Earsham Street is The Front Room, a small neighbourhood bakery run by family and friends. A delicious rotation of homemade food showcases the variety of outstanding local produce and the talents of their bakers. Daily organic sourdough, handmade pastries, savouries and sweets, wholesome salads, light lunch options and speciality coffee to go. A favourite of locals and visitors alike, expect good music and a warm welcome. Takeaway only. The Front Room, 28 Earsham Street, Bungay NR35 1AQ T. 01986 948261 /




WRENTHAM & COVEHITHE Wrentham is a small but picturesque inland village. Its tiny neighbour, Covehithe sits high up on the cliff edge, where it faces more that its fair share of coastal erosion, with a beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. Don’t miss: Finding the thatched Church of St. Andrew which was built within the ruins of a much larger original church in 1672. A Pint of Adnams ale at The Five Bells or The Horse & Groom. Henstead Arts & Crafts Centre, just outside the village.

COUNTRY KITCHEN Country Kitchen is a warm and ­welcoming family run café, preparing and serving ­home-cooked meals using all locally sourced ingredients: meat from ­Sepping’s Butchers and eggs straight from the farm. Serving full English breakfast from 8.00am, ­h­ome-cooked lunches such as steak and kidney pie, lasagne and cottage pie, and ­afternoon tea with delicious cakes. ­Traditional Sunday Roast. All meals less than £10*. Children’s meals £3. Licenced Premises. Open 8am – 4pm 7 days a week. Plenty of free parking opposite. (*at time of print)

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A charming market town with a thriving cafe culture and great shopping, centred on the pedestrianised Thoroughfare, that is really worth the short trip inland for. Don’t miss: Following the Town Trail - an ideal way to explore elements of architectural interest throughout the town. A leisurely morning at the Wednesday market. Taking your time at the newest café in town, Black Dog Deli. Being spoilt for choice at Focus Organic, a treasure trove of food, drink and gift items. The full calendar of events at The Cut arts centre. Delicious Italian meals at Cleone’s. Meandering down Rectory Lane to see the crinkle-crankle wall and feed the ducks on the bridge. Browsing for a holiday read in the Halesworth Bookshop. Visiting the town museum, housed in the old


Victorian railway station. Enjoying fine dining at The Boarding House. Retail therapy in the town’s many independent shops. Did you know: The town’s Millennium Green is the largest single Millennium green in the country.

PURPLE PUMPKIN CREATIVE STUDIO Purple Pumpkin Creative Studio on Halesworth’s Thoroughfare is a hive of activity. It offers a selection of over 200 items for ceramic painting - from dinner plates to unicorns - as well as craft gifts and keepsake services. All ages and abilities welcome. Enjoy a barista coffee and tasty snack whilst you work, and once you return home, you can look forward to receiving your finished item through the post. What better keepsake could you wish for of your stay on the Suffolk Coast! Booking is recommended. 2 The Thoroughfare, Halesworth IP19 8AH T. 01986 872714 /











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K.W. CLARKE BUTCHERS K.W. Clarke is a traditional butchers owned by the Thickitt family. It is well-known locally for its high-quality home-produced range of fresh and smoked meats, delicious sausages and pies. As grazier-farmers of their own heritage cattle herd, the family understands what good beef should be and this is the same for the British farmers, the majority in Suffolk, supplying them with pork, lamb, poultry and game. The family also honours the age-old craft traditions when it comes to their signature

range of cured and smoked meats. On site is a well-stocked cheese counter and traditional village shop, which sells general groceries, fruit and veg, bakery products and newspapers.

KW Clarke, Low Rd, Bramfield, Halesworth IP19 9JH T. 01986 784244 /

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THE ANGEL HOTEL & CLEONE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT The Angel Hotel oozes charm. Dating back to the C16, it is quirky and full of character, with two bars serving food, one with an open fire in season, where locals and visitors can catch up over a meal and a pint. There is a fabulous Italian restaurant serving seasonal specials, and 7 en-suite 1st floor bedrooms, all united by a central covered courtyard - adding a Mediterranean feel to the place. There is also a sunny patio area, ideal for al fresco dining, a versatile function room & limited free parking. Thoroughfare, Halesworth IP19 8AH T. 01986 873365 /

BLACK DOG DELI The Black Dog Deli has opened its 2nd deli and fully licensed bistro in Halesworth with Chef Damien Riseley and his wife Gemma, serving home made savories, sweets, freshly baked breads and freshly roasted coffee, the aroma of which tantalizingly wafts out into the thoroughfare. Damien’s Cypriot heritage has brought a taste of the Med and his bistro has a menu featuring small plates, all priced under £10, bringing something new, fresh and exciting to this wonderful town. 13 Bridge Street, The Thoroughfare, Halesworth IP19 8BA SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22



Encapsulating everything you would expect from a thriving seaside town, Southwold takes the traditional and puts a very characterful twist on it, making it one of the coast’s must visit spots. Don’t miss: Strolling along the prom and down The Pier with all its old-fashioned charm and some of the most entertaining arcade games you will ever come across at the Under The Pier Show. Going behind the scenes at Adnams on a brewery tour, they even give you the chance to make and bottle your own gin! Book online or call 01502 727 225. The best cakes for miles and true artisan bread at Two Magpies Bakery. The big pop of colour for your home at Max. Local institution for women and men’s fashion, Collen and Clare. Hiring one of the colourful beach huts from Suffolk Secrets. Getting


away from the hustle and bustle at The Randolph. Tucking into a fabulous freshly prepared curry from The Jewel in the Box. All the cheese you could eat at Slate. Getting lost in the Southwold Maize Maze. Picking your own bouquet of flowers, fresh from their farm in Reydon, at The Southwold Flower Co. Did you know: George Orwell, author of 1984, lived in the town with his family from 1921. Look out for his plaque on Montague House.


The Sail Loft on Southwold seafront is a cosmopolitan, laid-back bar and café-restaurant, only a gentle stroll down the hill towards the harbour before you reach Southwold campsite and the lifeboat station.

trademark style. As well as having a fabulous Specials Board, burgers are a house speciality – there are twelve varieties to choose from! Lovely outdoor seating with great views across the marshes and takeaway also available.

With the happy team’s smiling welcome whatever the time of day, you will find it a great place to relax after the delights of a few hours spent on the beach, rambling through the marshes or enjoying some of Suffolk’s best retail therapy. Offering all-day dining whatever you fancy and when - be it a hearty breakfast, morning coffee, a lazy lunch, an afternoon bite or a family supper, The Sail Loft does it all and more in its relaxed,

Why not stay a while, enjoying the indulgence of the Suffolk seaside in one of its five cosy, coastal-chic bedrooms upstairs. Owned by chef Jonathan Nicholson, good food, elegantly cooked using local, seasonal ingredients and great value prices are the signature of The Sail Loft and to be expected from one of Marco Pierre White’s former sous chefs. Enjoy!

53 Ferry Road, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6HQ T. 01502 725713 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23


THE RANDOLPH Located in the peaceful village of Reydon, just a 15-minute stroll from Southwold, The Randolph is the perfect base for exploring the Suffolk Heritage Coast and offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Open every day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea (24 hrs notice required) and dinner, whether you are looking for a holiday, a celebratory meal or simply a pint of the local Adnams ale – you can be assured that the team will deliver excellent service, excellent food and an excellent experience. Wangford Road, Reydon, IP18 6PZ T. 01502 723603 /

KEY EVENTS IN SOUTHWOLD SOUTHWOLD ARTS FESTIVAL 25th June - 2nd July 2022. Showcasing talent in and around the town. Music, theatre, poetry, visual arts, family events, talks, discussions, literature and more. LATITUDE 21st - 24th July 2022. Set in the stunning surroundings of Henham Park, this festival features an eclectic mix of literature, comedy, theatre, dance, poetry and music.


GRAND HENHAM STEAM RALLY 17th - 18th September 2022. Steam power in all its glory in Henham Park. With stationary engines, heavy horses in action, a vintage fairground, bandstand and trades stands to explore. SOUTHWOLD CHRISTMAS DAY SWIM 25th December 2022. Brave the winter weather with a dip in the sea for charity, or pop along and cheer them on.

TIPTREE TEA ROOM Tiptree Tea Room in the stunning coastal town of Southwold is Wilkin & Sons 10th Tea Room and the first outside of Essex. The store is located in the heart of the town and comprises a traditional Tiptree tea room and shop, offering traditional table service in comfortable surroundings - on warm summer days the sun-trap terrace is the perfect place to relax. It serves breakfast, lunches and Afternoon Teas, available seven days a week, and you can also choose from wide range of sweet

treats made by the expert bakers at Tiptree Patisserie. Finally, the shop features a range of Tiptree products, including jams, marmalades, fruit gin liqueurs and a luxury gift range.

70 High Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6DN T. 01502 726017 /

SOUTHWOLD MAIZE MAZE & OLD HALL CAFE Award winning attraction with a fabulous new café providing a day of outdoor play & adventure for the whole family. In the summer holidays there are two maize mazes & a pedal go-kart track as well as the large play park* with 3 jumping pillows, a superfast double zip line for older kids, 3 different play frames, giant sand pits, cradle nest swing and pedal tractors. The licensed café has floor to ceiling marsh views and offers locally sourced, freshly prepared food. 2 dog friendly walking trails

lead down to the river Blyth and onto Southwold and the Hen Reedbeds, with plenty to see along the way. *NB The play park is also open separately to the summer Maze event at weekends April – July.

Old Hall Farm, Halesworth Road, Reydon, Southwold IP18 6SG T. 01502 723091 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23






The only place in the UK where the Traditional, working, free-range farm whole family can see and touch with a wildlife park, restaurant, camels and their animal relations gardens, farm shop and clothing, gift close-up. and craft shops. SUFFOLK PUNCH TRUST/HOLLESLEY SUFFOLK OWL BARN/STONHAM ASPAL Meet the critically endangered Home to over 80 stunning owls and Suffolk Punch, the oldest English birds of prey from around the world. breed of working heavy horse, as well Say hello to some amazing raptors, as sheep, donkeys and pigs, and in chat with the friendly staff all about the Pets’ Paddock, the goats, owls and meet the resident mob of chickens, ducks and guinea pigs! cheeky meerkats. HARWICH SEAL WATCHING/HA’PENNY PIER Take a trip through the backwaters to Oakley creek, where the seals enjoy resting on the mudbanks.


Coastal Voyager has it all, from a high speed “Sea Blast” around Sole Bay to a peaceful river cruise on the Blyth Estuary. Please call 07887 525082 to book For more details on prices please visit

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Located on the south side of Southwold, Blackshore and Southwold Harbour are bursting with traditional nautical character. Don’t miss: All the fresh fish you could need from Sole Bay Fish Co, eat in their restaurant or takeaway from their deli counter. A relaxed, hearty menu just off the beach at The Sail Loft. An ­adrenaline filled ride of your life on the open sea with a Coastal Voyager or a more relaxed boat ride to see the seals on Scroby Sands. Jumping on the row boat ferry to Walberswick, a stone’s throw across the River Blyth. The t­ raditional old fisherman’s pub, The Harbour Inn overlooking the River Blyth. Mrs T’s fabulously fresh fish and chips, with delicious homemade mushy peas. Perfect beach for: Running through the dunes and escaping the crowds back in the town.


Did you know: In the early 1900’s, at the end of Ferry Road, there was once a herring processing house, known locally as the ‘Kipperdrome’ which sat alongside a fish market and fish processing factory. It didn’t last long though, blowing down in the early 1920’s.





Never more than 3 feet deep, The Meare is the ideal place for children of all ages to explore and have their own adventures. A wide range of boats are available including dinghies, larger rowing boats, punts, sailing boats, canoes and kayaks. SEAL WATCHING / HARWICH

Regular boat trips from Ipswich waterfront along the River Orwell, past Pin Mill, down to Felixstowe and the historic Port of Harwich. Orwell Lady has an open, seated, top viewing deck and fully enclosed lower saloon with panoramic viewing windows. COASTAL VOYAGER / SOUTHWOLD

Take a trip through the backwaters behind the Naze, known as Hamford Water Nature Reserve, where the seals enjoy resting on the mudbanks. A variety of birds can also be spotted. BECCLES LIDO A heated open air lido with three swimming pools with disabled access and cafe. SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23

If it’s adrenaline, fun and excitement you are looking for in the beautiful sleepy seaside town of Southwold you will have to go a long way to beat the exhilarating experience of a high speed Sea Blast aboard the thrilling charter RIB Coastal Voyager.



The village of Walberswick sits on the south side of the River Blyth with its popular shingle and sand beach and surrounding heathland. You’ll find its inland neighbour Blythburgh a little further up river. Don’t miss: Catching a big one while crabbing from the jetty. Breathing in when driving across the bridge to the beach car park; it’s a little tight. Taking the rowing boat ferry over to Southwold. Exploring Walberswick Nature Reserve and maybe spotting an otter or two near the old windmill. Something tasty for the road from Black Dog Deli. A world class summer BBQ at The Anchor. Feasting on home baked savoury and sweet treats at The Tea Shed. Spotting the twelve wooden flying angels that line the high roof of Holy Trinity Church in Blythburgh.


Perfect beach for: An out of season walk to Dunwich and back, just in time for a pint at The Bell. Did you know: Dani Church’s family has been ferrying people across the River Blyth since 1885. Walberswick was once home to the noted artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

THE BLACK DOG DELI The Black Dog Deli in Walberswick has become a major attraction for foodies visiting the east coast. Owner Andy, a former London head chef, uses his skills to make all sorts of homemade savory and sweet treats, and the Black Dog sausage rolls have now become the stuff of legend. Don’t be fooled by the size of the shop: you will find it bursting with lovingly made goodies making it the perfect place to pick up a picnic to enjoy down by the river, watching the harbour boats go by. The Black Dog Deli, The Street, Walberswick IP18 6UG T. 01502 723925 /

THE ANCHOR Situated in the picturesque seaside village of Walberswick, The Anchor is an award-winning gastro pub set within 2 acres of beautiful gardens overlooking the dunes and beach huts. It has four bedrooms and six large eco-clad chalets providing quiet, comfortable accommodation. Its seasonal menus highlight the best that Suffolk has to offer - fish from local boats, West Mersea Oysters, Suffolk Pork, local game, organic pulses and beans, vegetables and herbs from the allotment.

In the summer, enjoy wood fired pizzas and BBQs on the terrace, or delicious seafood in the sea-facing landscaped garden. Cosy up indoors in winter with log fires, books and one of its 45 bottled beers, 20 gins or a glass of award-winning wine.

The Anchor, Main Street, Walberswick IP18 6UA T. 01502 722112 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23



Dating back to Anglo-Saxon times when it was the capital of the Kingdom of East Angles, Dunwich may only be a small village, but it is packed with history. Don’t miss: Discovering the history behind the city lost to the sea at Dunwich Museum (open March – October). Taking the Dunwich Trail around the village to learn how it would have looked many years ago pick up a map from the museum. The rumoured sound of bells from drowned churches said to still ring from the waves. Spotting herds of deer on The Heath, during autumn months look out for males clashing antlers in the battle for a mate. A woodland walk back through The Dingles to Walberswick after a cuppa and homemade cake from Dingle Tearooms.


Perfect beach for: Enjoying fish and chips from the nearby cafe. Did you know: Dunwich was once the capital of East Anglia, its port second only to London in size and importance.

THE SHIP AT DUNWICH The Ship at Dunwich looks and feels just as a coastal pub should. Mirroring its seaside surroundings, the cosy bar and restaurant are decorated with blues and greys, and the 16 comfy bedrooms are decorated in a style inspired by big skies, beach combing and driftwood, where any salty sea dogs are welcome to stay. The menu features old school, coastal favourites and guests can also enjoy dining alfresco at the Field Bar & Kitchen in the garden, serving

woodfired pizzas and seafood dishes, washed down with a pint of beer or a glass of pinot.

The Ship, St James Street, Dunwich, Saxmundham IP17 3DT T. 01728 648219 /

MARTELLO TOWERS These defensive towers were inspired by an ancient watch tower at Mortella Point, ­Corsica. 103 were built, but their destinies have varied: some demolished, some lost ­to ­­­the sea, some destroyed during artillery testing. The survivors can be found s­ cattered across Britain, a number of them in Suffolk. There are 4 towers still standing at Felixstowe, three of which are private and unused, and one has been converted into a home. One tower has been converted into a SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23

house in Hollesley, and a further two towers are unused in Bawdsey. The largest remaining tower – which actually comprises of four towers joined together - is called Martello CC and is in the south of Aldeburgh. It is owned by Landmark Trust, and is available for rent.


WESTLETON The unspoilt village of Westleton is home to Westleton Heath National Trust Nature Reserve with its rolling views of gorgeous heather. Don’t miss: Enjoying a picnic on the green overlooking the duck pond. Browsing the stacks of books in the two second-hand bookshops that Westleton has to offer. Taking a seat in front of the fire after a good winter walk at The Westleton Crown or a pint with the locals in the White Horse Inn. A mighty slice of cake at The Snug Tearoom.

THE WESTLETON CROWN Just a stone’s throw from the Suffolk coast, there’s no better place for a relaxing and peaceful getaway than The Westleton Crown. Newly refurbished, the hotel and restaurant’s interiors are inspired by the wildlife and stunning scenery that surround the property. From heather, gorse, sand and sea, everything is captured in the comfortable, stylish bar, restaurant, garden room and beautiful bedrooms, many of which have been designed to be pooch-perfect.

During a relaxing stay, Executive Head Chef Kieran Drinkwater and his team will treat you to a mouth-watering meal from their imaginative and varied menus, featuring dishes inspired by farm, land and sea.

The Street, Westleton, Nr Southwold IP17 3AD T. 01728 648777/


SUFFOLK FOLK Sonja has lived in Suffolk for 25 years. After a long career in the education sector, as well as brief interludes in retail and hospitality, she has recently taken over as Manager of the Visitor Centre, shop, café and gardens at The Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley near Woodbridge.




ldeburgh Market for its fantastic shellfish and The A Orford Village shop for everything you could possibly need for your Suffolk stay.


Stuart Mackenzie always makes us and our dog so welcome at The Greyhound Inn, Pettistree and Vernon Blackmore’s wonderful pubs and restaurants, such as The Easton White Horse and The Table, are always a real treat.


Any of our wonderful coastal pubs for a pint of Aspall or Adnams Cyder after a brisk walk..


Pinney’s oysters and smoked salmon, bear claws from Pump Street bakery, Stokes mayonnaise, Hillfarm oils, cherries from High House fruit farm and fresh Orford lobster from Brinkley’s shed.


The heathland and coast around Westleton and Dunwich.


The stretch from Thorpeness to Sizewell - especially at low tide.


The fantastic local producers, the welcoming pubs, and the varied land and costal walks.



DARSHAM The village is tucked away down country lanes, with its railway station crossing the A12. The line runs from Lowestoft to Ipswich, cutting through open fields, woodland and many of the locations mentioned in this guide. Don’t miss: Shooting clays at High Lodge. A trip to Emmerdale Farm Shop with a proper butchers’ counter; the home-reared beef a speciality. A pizza masterclass at The Two Magpies Bakery. Look out for The Yoxman, an amazing 26ft bronze statue just off the A12!

HIGH LODGE A Suffolk sporting, leisure and hospitality venue, High Lodge nestles amongst open countryside and woodland. It is home to an array of first-class facilities including self-catering lodge accommodation with hot tubs, a premier clay shooting ground, fishing, archery & air rifle shooting and a large exclusive function suite with bar. High Lodge welcomes customers all year round to enjoy their activities, stay on site and enjoy local produce in the inviting cafe and clubhouse. Located just off the A12, within easy reach of Southwold and Aldeburgh. Haw Wood, Hinton, Nr Darsham, IP17 3QT T. 01986 784347 /


TWO MAGPIES BAKERY Two Magpies Bakery is a family owned bakery. The counter is always piled high with irresistible cakes & pastries, including gluten free and vegan options, and bread straight from the oven. This is the perfect stop-off for a coffee and a treat to go, or for lunch. Every Friday (Darsham) and Saturday (Southwold), the pizza oven is fired up for their famous sourdough pizzas, and throughout the year they hold a range of masterclasses giving everyone the chance to step into the wonderful world of baking. Two Magpies Bakery, London Road (A12), Darsham, IP17 3QR T. 01986 784370 /

EMMERDALE FARM SHOP Emmerdale Farm Shop is a haven for food lovers, stocking a wide variety of quality produce sourced locally and regionally, including their homereared Red Poll beef plus other fresh and frozen meat, vegetables, homemade prepared meals, deli products, spices and fact, all that you might need for your holiday. They also make a large range of delicious homemade pies. Open Monday - Saturday 9 - 5, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10 - 4. Westleton Road, Darsham IP17 3BP T. 01728 668648 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23



Nestled in what is known as The Garden of Suffolk, these two picturesque villages flank the A1120 Tourist route, separated only by magnificent parkland, much of which sits within The Wilderness Reserve. Don’t miss in Yoxford: A stroll along Yoxford’s High Street to take in the beautiful assortment of listed houses and quaint cottages, some now rather wonky! Picking up a piece of history in one of the antique shops in the village or at Yoxford Antiques, just outside. Browsing local artists at the fine art gallery - Rowe & Williams. Enjoying a home-cooked breakfast or afternoon tea at the fabulous café - G&T’s. Clapping the overs at Yoxford Cricket Club, where matches are regularly hosted.


Don’t miss in Peasenhall: Shopping for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Peasenhall’s selection of fabulous food stores: Emmett’s, Salter & King Butchers, and The Village Stores where you can also pick up a plant or two! Furnishing your home with a purchase from The Little Upholsterer or George Juniper Interiors. Stopping for afternoon tea at Weavers Tearoom - their cream teas are legendary. Popping for a drink at the Sibton White Horse - just outside the village - which puts on regular live music and BBQs.

SALTER & KING Salter & King Craft Butcher is an award-winning butcher’s shop and delicatessen in Peasenhall. Combining pasture-fed, naturally reared and slow-grown meat with a passionate and progressive approach to butchery, it offers exceptional organic, free-range and traditionalbreed meat from a cohort of enlightened Suffolk farmers. For breakfast bacon, a joint for a Sunday roast or a meat box for a family BBQ, this is the place to head to. Open Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm and SaT. 8am-1pm The Causeway, Peasenhall IP17 2HU T. 01728 660219 /

THE WEAVERS TEAROOM Weavers Tearoom is an established stop-off point in pretty Peasenhall on the popular A1120 tourist route. Sara, Beth and their team provide a warm welcome to both you and your 4 legged friends. Using local suppliers and producers where possible, they offer delicious coffee, cakes and savoury bakes. From breakfast baps to cream teas and freshly baked scones, whatever you fancy the Weavers will have something to tempt you! Open 6 days a week, closed Wednesdays. 2 The Knoll, Peasenhall IP17 2JE T. 01728 660548 SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23




REEDS BOOKS / ALDEBURGH Books on almost every subject imaginable. Be sure to set aside an hour or more! CHAPEL BOOKS / WESTLETON

FRAMLINGHAM BOOKSHOP / FRAMLINGHAM Instagram /framlingham_bookshop

With its pretty façade overlooking The Market Hill, this long-running bookshop has a great choice of secondhand books as well as some new, local interest titles too. TREASURE CHEST BOOKS / FELIXSTOWE

Expect to find some unusual treasures, with some books on sale in the £100’s, as well as better known titles - the perfect companions for a With over 50,000 books piled high but sunny afternoon on the beach. nevertheless neatly ordered into relevant categories in a warren of BARNABEES BOOKS / WESTLETON rooms and covering many specialist Instagram/barnabeesbooks areas. Make sure to put aside an hour or two in this fantastic bookshop. Tyrona Campbell runs Barnabees out of the pretty cottage that she grew up in, with a higgledy-piggledy layout and shelves of all shapes and sizes, enjoy a good rummage but expect the book that you didn’t know you wanted to find you!


EMMETT’S OF PEASENHALL Emmett’s is an award-winning gem on the food map of Suffolk. Recognised far and wide for its wonderful range of bacon and ham, all home-cured on the premises using traditional methods – highly praised by Saturday Morning TV chef, James Martin, and TV presenter, Phillip Schofield – you will not taste better! The shop stocks a very fine selection of cheeses, charcuterie, jams, honey, Spanish chocolates and own label Spanish wine. Open Weds to Friday 9.30am–5pm and Sat 8am–5pm. Emmett’s, The Street, Peasenhall IP17 2HJ T. 01728 660250 /

SIBTON WHITE HORSE INN Sibton White Horse Inn is a wonderful historic inn tucked away off the beaten track, with wonky walls, huge inglenook fireplaces and stone floors. In summer, you can enjoy a BBQ in the beautiful courtyard, with salads freshly picked from the kitchen garden and in winter, a delicious supper by the fire. The pub also has 5 well-appointed self-contained bedrooms if you are looking for a cosy getaway. Awarded 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence. Halesworth Road, Sibton, Nr Saxmundham P17 2JJ T. 01728 660337 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23


MINSMERE Home to the RSPB Nature Reserve; an area of splendid woodland, wetland and coastal scenery, packed with rare birds, shy wildlife like otters, the booming call of bitterns in spring, beautiful bugs and colourful wild flowers in summer. Don’t miss: Stretching your legs along the trails around the reserve, there are circuits of one to two miles to choose from. Reflecting on the stained-glass window in the ruins of the abbey out on the marshes before taking a pit stop at The Eels Foot Inn in Eastbridge.

THE RECKFORD ROOST Reckford Roost stocks a range of Suffolk produce – fresh bread, cheese, eggs, meat, fish, beer, wines, fruit and vegetables including Reckford Farm’s own asparagus, rhubarb, blueberries, blackberries, selection of eating apples and apple juice. They also sell organic whole foods and eco-friendly household products. The welcoming café uses locally sourced, quality ingredients in freshly prepared breakfasts, soups and sandwiches, with homemade sausage rolls, scones and a delicious selection of cakes.

The cosy indoor seating is dog friendly with free wifi, and there are sunny picnic tables outside. There are plenty of walks around Middleton, further afield onto Westleton Heath, or leading along the Minsmere River to Eastbridge. Open all year round.

Reckford Farm, Leiston Road, Middleton, Suffolk IP17 3NS T. 01728 648936 /


RSPB MINSMERE Minsmere is the RSPB’s flagship nature reserve on the Suffolk coast, rich in bird life such as avocet, bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit. Look out for fascinating insects and plants, as well as otters, red deer and grey seals. After exploring the nature trails you can relax in the café serving locally sourced meals, drinks and cakes or browse the gifts, books and binoculars in the well stocked shop. An exciting events programme runs throughout the year, from birdwatching tours to wildflower courses and family activities like den building and bug hunting. Westleton, Suffolk IP17 3BY T. 01728 648281 /

SUFFOLK FOLK Matt is a Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Minsmere nature reserve where they are proud to be celebrating 75 years of RSPB conservation work on the Suffolk Coast, a very special place for people and wildlife.




ouse and Gardens at Snape Maltings for amazing H gardening ideas, and the Adnams Shop, Southwold for Christmas gifts.


Fish and Chips at the Lord Nelson, Southwold, just a joy to eat overlooking the seafront in summer.


Carlton Marshes, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, a really beautiful nature reserve and it does a great cup of tea.


I can’t say Minsmere’s cheese scones! The Black Dog Deli at Halesworth do some wonderful cakes.


Dunwich and Westleton Heath, the changing colours of heather and gorse through the seasons, nightjars churring and glow worms on summer evenings.


Kessingland to Covehithe. It’s just magical, constantly changing, sometimes brutally.


It’s a very special place, so many unspoilt beaches, heaths and woodlands and so much history and wildlife.


Really lovely people - so nice to share places with passionate and welcoming locals.


LEISTON Set in beautiful countryside, Leiston has a rich, varied history to discover, from monastic abbey to the industrial heritage of its time as a thriving manufacturing town producing steam tractors, engines and munitions. Don’t miss: Discovering the town’s groundbreaking history in manufacturing at The Long Shop Museum. Catching a movie in the long running Film Theatre. A stroll round the striking abbey ruins. Finding out how a nuclear power plant works with some time at the Sizewell B Visitor Centre. Lunch at the Aldringham Parrot on the edge of town.

LEISTON FILM THEATRE Leiston Film Theatre opened in 1914 and has traded continuously for 107 years. Following a decline in cinema attendances in the 1970’s, the venue was saved from closure in 1976 by Leiston Town Council, who have invested in carefully updating the building to meet the expectations of today’s cinema audiences. Despite being Suffolk’s oldest cinema, this versatile venue boasts a very comfortable 252 seat auditorium and features Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround EX sound and the very latest in digital

projection. The venue was shortlisted for the prestigious Cinema of the Year award at the 2015 Screen Awards and was awarded a 2020 Travellers’ Choice award from Trip Advisor. It is the cinema of choice for regular customers and visitors alike.

Leiston Film Theatre, 74 High Street, Leiston, IP16 4BZT. T. 01728 830549 /



Beach View Holiday Park is located right next to a fantastic beach between Thorpeness and Minsmere on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Luxury Holiday Accommodation: Book a comfortable holiday lodge with amazing sea views, or cosy one and two-bedroom apartment just a few metres from the beach. Available year-round for weekly or short breaks. Camping & Glamping pitches with electric for caravans, motorhomes and campervans. Fourteen new ‘fully-serviced’ hardstand pitches with electric, water and waste water connections. For those looking for a glamping experience, Snug Pods and Super

Pods can be hired for a hassle tent-free camping experience for up to 4 people. Facilities include a heated shower and toilet block, accessible wetroom and laundry room. On site facilities include a family games room with pool table, table football and table tennis. The Beach View Café Bar is open most days during season for coffee, teas and cakes, and wood-fired pizzas are available weekends and during the week in the summer months. A wide selection of gins is available from the bar and you can enjoy a local pint or glass of wine in the conservatory or out on the terrace where you can take in the magnificent sea views.

Beach View Holiday Park, Sizewell Common, Leiston IP16 4TU T. 01728 830724 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23



This fairytale inspired holiday village was dreamt up in the early 1900s and thanks to careful conservation it still holds its magical charm today, with many mock Tudor houses and unexpected surprises to be found around The Meare. Don’t miss: Finding Neverland on the Peter Pan themed boating lake, boat rentals available from spring through to the end of summer. Teeing off on the challenging 18 hole championship course followed by afternoon tea at The Meare Tearoom. Modern British cuisine at The Dolphin Inn. An almighty fry-up at The Kitchen@Thorpeness. Searching out vintage and antique treasures at The Emporium. Catching the windmill turning - public access is very limited but if you catch it open it’s a special sight.


Perfect beach for: Spotting some amber or seaglass. Did you know: The House in the Clouds is a former water tower built in 1923. The house was added at the top of the tower to make it blend in with other properties in the village.

The Meare Shop & Tearoom, Thorpeness

Teas, Cream Teas, Toasties, Quiches, Ice Cream, Gifts, Duck Food (Quack!) Plus, wonderful views of Thorpeness Meare

THE FOUR FOOT FERRIES OF SUFFOLK Where the rivers Orwell, Deben, Alde and Blyth beautifully (though maybe a bit inconveniently for walkers and cyclists taking the coastal paths) interrupt the coastline at Harwich, Bawdsey, Butley and Walberswick, there are local foot ferries on hand to transport you across the water. For generations, ferry men and women have carried passengers, some by paddle power alone, in small rowing boats across the rivers. These crossings are well worth experiencing at least once during a stay in Suffolk.


A bustling seaside town with a great independent high street, located at the edge of the shingle beach, which is dotted with colourful boats and fish huts selling freshly caught seafood. Don’t miss: Touring The Red House, where composer Benjamin ­Britten lived and worked for the last two decades of his life. A tour of Fisher’s Gin Distillery. A film at Aldeburgh Cinema, the historic building has been screening films since 1919. Moot Hall, one of the best-preserved Tudor public buildings in Britain, home to the small Aldeburgh Museum. Artwork from an ever-changing collection of weekly residential artists in The Lookout on the beach. Renting an E-bike from EezyBike and exploring the coast. Spending the night in the


Martello Tower, a fort built to defend against Napoleon in the early 1800s. Pottering in the great range of independent shops. Salt and vinegar sprinkled over hot fish and chips then eaten on the sea wall. Exotic Indian cuisine combined with Suffolk produce at Sea Spice at The White Lion Hotel. Mouthwatering pastries from Two Magpies Bakery. Dinner with a sea view at The Wentworth Hotel or The Brudenell. Perfect beach for: Watching the local fishermen bringing in their catch while you skim stones over the waves.


Based in the seaside town of Aldeburgh, Fishers is the closest Gin Distillery to the sea in the UK and has quickly become one of Suffolk’s most magnetic attractions.

Fishers offer a range of tours, from Seasonal Tours and Tastings to Lunch or Supper Tours, championing the finest local food producers.

Home to the UK’s first-ever London Dry Smoked Gin, the Distillery is open for pre-booked tours and tastings throughout the year.

Please call Fishers Gin or visit their website for more details.

Learn about the unique locally foraged wild herbs and coastal botanicals that go into Fishers Gin, make your own botanical tea, and enjoy a tutored tasting and cocktails in the stunning Coastal Room overlooking the North Sea.

Fishers Gin Distillery, Crag Path, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BT T. 01728 454201 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23


- where a warm welcome and traditional values await LIGHT LUNCH ON THE TER �CE

Enjoy our light lunch bar menu in our two attractive sea view terrace gardens.


Choose 2 or 3 courses from our restaurant menu. • Mon-Sat: 2 courses from £18.50 • Sunday: 2 courses from £25

EVENING DINING IN OUR RESTAU �NT • Mon-Sat: 2 courses from £28 • Sunday: 3 courses for £23

For table reservations please phone 01728 452312

With new paintings by Kate Giles and sculptures by Jack Wheeler, Beth Groom and Emily Mayer. Joined by artists and makers with strong connections to East Anglia and its coastal landscape.



THE RED HOUSE The Red House was home to Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He shared this home with Peter Pears, his inspiration and life partner for nearly two decades. Lovingly preserved, the house holds an extensive collection of art, books and artifacts to view, alongside the beautiful surrounding gardens with The Red Hut Garden café. Throughout the year enjoy seasonal exhibitions, family-friendly events and stories from The Archive. The Red House, Golf Lane, Aldeburgh IP15 5PZ T. 01728 687110 /

THE MILL INN Eat with us, drink with us, stay with us. The Mill Inn is a traditional seafront inn opposite the famous Moot Hall in Aldeburgh. Having weathered many a storm over the last 200 years, it offers a warm welcome to visitors, with roaring log fires in the winter, fabulous Adnams ales and wines, and great homecooked comfort food. Famous for its in-house American smoking oven, the king ribs and smoked beef brisket are a must the next time you take a trip to Aldeburgh. The Mill Inn welcomes dogs and

children and holds regular live music and food evenings. Also available for private hire for group gatherings. Not to be missed, our new Boutique B&B sea-view rooms. A warm welcome awaits you.

Mill Inn, Market Cross Place, Aldeburgh IP15 5BJ T. 01728 452563 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22


RILEY & RILEY FINE JEWELLERY Situated in a fabulous central location in the beautiful coastal town of Aldeburgh, is the gem that is Riley & Riley. Headed up by gemmologist and jeweller Mark Riley, this totally independent jewellers is an enticing mix of the traditional and the eclectic. With a workshop on site, Mark makes some stunning pieces, including the famous and unique ‘Aldeburgh Pebbles®’ and the mink coloured diamond ring (pictured). Big range of wedding rings, gem rings, amber and silver, plus antique and period pieces. 122-124 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AB T. 01728 452431 /

WAG & BONE Wag & Bone, the little Dog Boutique, is an Aladdin’s Cave for your canine companion! Filled with beautiful collars, leads, harnesses, coats, toys and healthy treats, all from carefully chosen brands, and other essentials. A warm and personal service awaits, with someone on hand for some friendly advice if required. Don’t forget to bring the dog as you’ll be encouraged to try things for size and even road (or pavement!) test for comfort, style and practicality... and of course every dog gets a treat! 127b High Street, Aldeburgh IP15 5AR T. 01728 453366 /


Enjoy your fish and chips the Aldeburgh way locations across Aldeburgh. Each with their own unique character. _______ Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop 226 High Street, Aldeburgh IP15 5DJ _______ The Golden Galleon 137 High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AR _______ The Upper Deck 137 High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AR

129-131 High Street, Aldeburgh, IP15 5AS

JOLI Bringing the best in independent fashion, design and handmade homewares to Suffolk, Joli offers you a carefully chosen selection of womenswear, including Humility from France, ELK from Melbourne and Numph from Denmark, plus exclusive own-label candles, award-winning English crockery, a selection of designer jewellery from across the globe, and its favourite hand-made English sunglasses by Bird.... the list goes on.. 158 Aldeburgh High Street, IP15 5AQ T. 07771 623408 /

PUG & PUSSYCAT Situated along the High Street in the picturesque seaside town of Aldeburgh, The Pug and the Pussycat is a treasure trove of exquisite gifts and home furnishings. Stocking a wide range of greetings cards, unusual presents, delightful candles and room diffusers, beautiful items for the home and a selection of fashion items and accessories, it is a wonderful place to shop! Also found in Southwold at 3 Market Place, IP18 6DX . T. 01502 724961. 179 Aldeburgh High Street, IP15 5AN T. 01728 452928 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23


SAXMUNDHAM Saxmundham is a small market town with good rail links, making it an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. Take a walk along the town trail to explore its historic buildings before stepping into The Bell at Sax’, a Grade II listed building with a charming bar, often full of locals. Don’t miss: The Art Station, a creative space in what was the Post Office. Filling up with homegrown organic veg, produce and free-range eggs from Maple Farm Shop. Being tempted by a purchase in lifestyle store, East of Eden and The George Farnham Gallery.

MOLLETT’S FARM This idyllic countryside farm located between the villages of Farnham and Benhall in Suffolk, offers luxurious self-catering holiday accommodation in seven cottages and studios, and is a Certificated Location for caravans and motorhomes as well as a pop-up campsite over the summer months. Husband and wife team, Richard and Sasha Ayres, purchased the 17th-century farmhouse in 2005 and then converted the redundant agricultural buildings into six fully-serviced holiday studios and cottages, as well as apportioning part of the original farmhouse for guests. It is situated alongside the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty and is surrounded by 39 acres of arable farmland which is home to a wide range of wildlife. Careful consideration and thought have been put into ensuring that the accommodation is accessible to all, with particular attention paid to the needs of visitors with disabilities as the accommodation incorporates universal access features. The fantastic location makes Mollett’s an ideal base for exploring the Suffolk Heritage Coast, with easy access to the local farm shop which is a five minute walk across the field. The accommodation has been finished to a very high standard with everything you would need for an enjoyable stay, and each comes with a generous living area, beautifully furnished bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Some have private patios where you can enjoy the sunset or a spot of star-gazing while others offer the option of unwinding in the south-facing rose-garden courtyard while the children feed the chickens. It is the perfect destination for couples, families or large groups who may want to book for their exclusive use – and don’t forget they are dog-friendly too.

Mollett’s Farm, Main Road, Benhall, Saxmundham, IP17 1JY T. 01728 604547 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23 2021-22


MAPLE FARM SHOP Tucked away on back lanes near East Green Kelsale is Maple Farm’s organic farm store. It stocks organic produce from the market garden including vegetables, salad, fruit, and all types of flour from the farm’s own mill. You will also find its famous eggs, honey, home-made jams and chutneys, meats from local farmers, yoghurts, cheeses and butter from Fen Farm Dairy, and bread from Wakelyns Bakery, with fresh and frozen meal kits from Pinch Suffolk. Open seven days a week. Maple Farm, East Green, Kelsale IP17 2PJ T. 01728 652000 /

VELA ART GALLERY AND CAFE BAR Vela Art Gallery and Cafe Bar is a contemporary art space where you can enjoy good artisan coffee with homemade German cakes and savoury dishes, as well as a glass of wine, bubbly drink or German beer. There is a courtyard at the rear, and wood burners inside for the colder winter months. The owners have created this relaxing and inviting space whilst juggling their busy working lives in the NHS during the week. The shop offers original art for sale but also a range of beautiful gifts 28 High Street, Saxmundham IP17 1AB T. 01728 603432 /

inspired by Nordic, German and local design. Vela also hosts various events including live music, art exhibitions and free German & French conversation sessions, amongst other activities. Dogs welcome. Open Thursday to Sunday.

THE WHITE HORSE RENDHAM Recently refurbished, the White Horse is an unmissable stop whilst visiting the Suffolk coast. The pub has an excellent reputation for unpretentious, home-cooked food and excellent brewery-fresh beer, as well as good quality coffee, wines and locally produced soft drinks. Located in Rendham village, between Saxmundham & Framlingham, this 17th century pub is dog and child friendly with cycle racks, car park and an easily accessible garden. Bruisyard Road, Rendham, Saxmundham IP17 2AF T. 01728 663497 /

JUNIPER BARN Juniper Barn is a café and village shop in the picturesque village of Rendham, Suffolk. Its two self-catering properties can sleep a total of 12 guests. The café offers a full breakfast menu, a tantalising general menu including some sharing platters and hearty, warming soups and soul bowls, as well as a selection of freshly made cakes, scones and sausage rolls. A heated, covered outdoor terrace is a peaceful spot for meeting friends and the shop provides the village and wider area

with a handy place to pop in for essentials. With disabled access, baby changing facilities, and water bowls for dogs, everyone is given a warm welcome as it keeps everything ‘creative, artisan and local’.

Juniper Barn, Bridge St, Rendham, Saxmundham IP17 2AZ T. 07903 100320 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23



You will find the pretty village of Snape where the River Alde widens and becomes tidal, and it is most widely known for the malting development and world-class concert hall. Don’t miss: The vast House and Garden Store at Snape Maltings. Spotting a seal at low tide in the River Alde. Walking one of the many footpaths through the local landscape. The full calendar of live classical, jazz and folk music at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. The Farmers’ Market, 1st Sat of the month. Stopping at nearby Friday Street, home to a farm shop and cafe, Maximus Fish, and, perfect for vintage finds. Having a pint at one of Snape’s great pubs or enjoying coffee and cake overlooking the marshes. Hiring a canoe at Iken Canoe.


Did you know: Built in the 1840’s, Snape Maltings was the largest flat floor maltings in the country, used to malt barley before it was shipped by Thames barge to breweries in London and elsewhere. The malting continued up until 1965 when the site was sold and the largest building leased to Benjamin Britten to create the 830 seat Concert Hall.

SNAPE MALTINGS One of the Suffolk Coast’s most popular tourist destinations, Snape Maltings sits on the bank of the River Alde, surrounded by a breath taking expanse of reeds, water and sky. The beautiful heritage site, with its converted 19th-century industrial buildings, is home to independent shops and galleries, great places to eat, and an internationally renowned music campus, including the world famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall which celebrates both established and emerging talent. Snape Maltings, Snape IP17 1SP T. 01728 687100 /

THE BARN.CO Pull off the road at Friday Street and you can’t help but notice, stacked with a huge collection of antique, retro and artisan finds for your home, garden or workplace and plenty of unusual hand-crafted gifts all from a collection of trusted traders. Whether it’s a huge statement piece for your garden, a retro lamp or a piece of art for your wall, we’re sure you’ll walk out with something under your arm. Next door you’ll find the Farm Shop and Cafe which offers quality local produce. Friday Street, Farnham, Saxmundham IP17 1JX T. 01728 652159 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23






Offering an extensive range of wet, shell and smoked fish, including exotic and unusual specialities, with well seasoned experts on hand to share with you their extensive knowledge of how to store and cook your purchases. SOLE BAY FISH CO / SOUTHWOLD HARBOUR

A Friday (and occasional Saturday) pop up stall selling seasonal British fish and shellfish sourced directly from the fishermen. PINNEYS OF ORFORD / ORFORD

Harbourside restaurant and takeaway, with an in-house fresh wet fish counter, stocked daily from their very own boats - try the chargrilled lobster.

Down by the Quay, Pinneys of Orford stocks a full range of world class products, smoked in-house at Butley Creek, as well as a fresh fish counter supplying daily catches and fresh oysters. WINKLES AT THE FERRY / FELIXSTOWE

Line caught fish and chips straight from the boat, to takeaway or eat waterside. Lobster, crab and prawns are also available when in season.


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WICKHAM MARKET Mentioned in the Little Domesday book as far back as 1086, Wickham Market village centres around the former Market Square from which pretty lanes lead out to the villages of Pettistree and Loudham. Don’t miss: Buying sausages at one of Suffolk’s best butchers, Revetts. Browsing local crafts in Inspirations. Walking through the lanes out to The Greyhound for lunch. Taking in the beautiful gardens of Pettistree. 9 holes of pay and play golf at Glevering Mill. Swinging into the Farm Café + Shop at Marlesford for an amazing breakfast.

CHURCHES OF THE SUFFOLK COAST Suffolk is home to many of the finest medieval churches in Europe. Some of the most spectacular churches are near the heritage coast and include Orford St Bartholomew – the church that Benjamin Britten loved, Woodbridge St Mary, overlooking the beautiful River Deben with its exposed flintwork and battlements, and All Saints church at Ramsholt, overlooking the estuary where, centuries ago, Richard III’s fleet would have moored. For a truly stunning setting visit Holy Trinity church at Blythburgh.


The imposing building rises majestically out of the Blyth Estuary, the church and is known to many as ‘The Cathedral of the Marshes’. Nearby in Huntingfield is St Mary’s, famous for its ceiling which is highly decorated from end to end with carved and hand painted angels in dazzling colours. In Hollesley church you can spend a happy afternoon studying the curious wooden depictions of Aesop’s Fables on the pew ends, and St Peters in Yoxford is home to a fine collection of Tudor and medieval brasses.


Established in 2001, Marlesford Farm Cafe + Shop is a food oasis on the A12 near Woodbridge. The cafe has earned an excellent reputation by using locally produced, quality ingredients in their delicious breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas (the homemade scones are a must!) The ­outdoor seating has beautiful garden views, and the ­comfortable indoor seating is kept cosy in winter with a wood burner, so you can relax while your meal is freshly prepared. The cafe is dog friendly, has good disabled access, and free wifi. Vegetarian and vegan options are available and they have recently been awarded a Gold “Eat Out Eat Well” award which recognises their

dedication to providing healthy options on the menu. The farm shop next door stocks a vast range of local produce - eggs, vegetables, meat and fresh bread, soups, pies, ready meals and preserves. They also have plants, daily provisions, newspapers and gifts. The cafe is open every day from 7am (8am on Sundays and public holidays) and the shop is open every day from 8:30am.

Main Road (A12), Marlesford, Woodbridge, IP13 0AG T. 01728 747 717 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22 2022-23



A thriving market town built in the shadow of a magnificent Norman Castle, Framlingham is the perfect place to while away the day exploring its antique shops, independent boutiques, traditional pubs and deli. Don’t miss: The magnificent late 12th-century Framlingham Castle, where, on the 19th July 1553, Mary Tudor learned that she had become Queen of England. A stroll around the Mere, a Suffolk Wildlife reserve – just watch out for the cattle! The Saturday market brimming with local produce and bric-a-brac. Taking the town trail or if walking is your thing, hiking the Brownsord Way, before turning in for a pint of locally brewed Victoria ale at The Station. Taking time out in the quiet surroundings of Grade I listed Framlingham Church. Hunting for bargains amongst the


numerous antique shops. Lunch with a warm welcome at The Common Room. Salivating over the fantastic authentic Italian menu at Watson & Walpole. Browsing for childhood favourites at the secondhand book shop. Treating yourself to a new outfit at one of the stylish boutiques. Delicious picnic fare from Leo’s Deli. Did you know: The singer songwriter who recently broke multiple records for his chart success, Ed Sheeran, grew up in Framlingham. Joseph Tetley, of teabag fame, is buried in Framlingham cemetery.

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Julia established Ottie and the Bea, an independent, modern children’s store in SE London, in 2010. Julia was brought up in Suffolk and having finally persuaded her family to return, is very excited to be bringing Ottie and the Bea to Framlingham this spring.


ew Street Market in Woodbridge always has N wonderful flowers, and Pascale curates a great selection of beautiful treasures.


The Sheds, Framlingham has great food and is the perfect place to watch the sun setting.


The fab Black Dog Deli in Walberswick, where I usually end up having to get one of their delicious quiches as well.


At the moment it would have to be the garlic tapenade from Emmett’s in Peasenhall.


I love walking from Southwold to Walberswick over the Bailey Bridge and then along the beach and out to the old windmill.


Walberswick. I’ve been visiting the beach since I was a child, and it has become my go-to place when I need to reset.


It offers everything for a wonderful adventure - the coastline is stunning, the sky is wonderfully expansive, and there are so many fabulous independent makers and businesses to explore.


You’ll have time to do so much, because time seems to function differently here.




SHAWSGATE VINEYARD One of East Anglia’s oldest commercial vineyards, Shawsgate produces a range of white, red and rosé wines, as well as quality white and rosé sparkling wines, cider, perry and, new this season, white and rosé vermouths. Tastings and walks in the vineyard are free, so bring a picnic and enjoy wine just metres from the vines that produced it. May-SepT. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Oct - Apr: Open Fri & Sat 11am-4pm. Visit the online shop for more information, tasting notes, vouchers and tour and event dates. Badingham Road, Framlingham, IP13 9HZ T. 01728 724060 /

THE DENNINGTON QUEEN The Dennington Queen is a stunning 16th century country pub run by chef/owner Jon Reeves and his dedicated team and is a firm favourite with locals. The outdoor seating areas overlook the church to the front and a covered deck area overlooks the village duck pond to the rear. The interior is charming; two welcoming inglenooks with roaring fires and a gorgeous, well-appointed restaurant and bar area. The food is freshly prepared daily, with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and the

menu is a mix of restaurant quality food & pub classics. There is a varied children’s menu and a children’s play area at the rear of the pub. Open 6 days a week (closed Mon) food is served from 12pm-2pm & 5.30pm-8.30pm.

The Dennington Queen, The Square, Dennington IP13 8AB T. 01728 638241 /



A fun-packed day the whole family will enjoy, Easton Farm Park is a farmyard gem nestled in the Suffolk countryside. You can meet all the farm animals, drive a tractor and ride a pony and lots more fun farm activities. Easton Farm Park is open every day from February half-term until Christmas Eve, with lots of indoor and outdoor play. The Willow Barn Café serves delicious homemade meals from 9am, with free Wi-Fi, delicious hot & cold food and drinks and an indoor playzone, and the Riverbank Tearooms do fabulous homemade cakes and afternoon tea. From Easter to September, and in the school holidays, enjoy pony rides, hug a bunny, animal feeding, cart rides, egg collecting and lots more, not forgetting the indoor playareas and the outdoor adventure playground. With 35 acres to explore, it is an

adventure for the whole family, including fun in the woods, pond dipping and den building. Easton Farm Park also runs special events including Easter celebrations, goat yoga, Halloween fun, Father Christmas on the farm and much much, more! Birthday parties offer a fun-packed day full of fabulous memories. If you can’t get enough of the farm fun, there are two 4 star holiday cottages on-site, plus cow-themed glamping pods and a large family campsite with excellent facilities. A holiday on the farm offers lots of fun and is the ideal base from which to explore the Suffolk.

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Located off the A1120 and set in 122 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside, Kingfishers offers a place to get away from the world, providing open spaces and beautiful facilities for all the family. Children are encouraged to let loose in the adventure playground, complete with boating lake for kayaking, or be inspired in the weekday pre-school classes, delivered by qualified early years staff. The entertainment doesn’t stop there. Take in the scenery on one of the lovely walks, relax and revive in a yoga or meditation class, test your skills on the 9-hole parkland golf course or simply go for brunch, eat cake and drink coffee - they do cocktails too!

For those looking for something different, Kingfishers is host to a multi-award-winning interior design practice, Lark, which offers a bespoke design service, lifestyle shop and sumptuous deli stocking some of the best Suffolk and British-made home and lifestyle products. Keep an eye on the events pages too, with everything from live music in the heart of the park, Farmers’ Markets and Yoga Retreats, to a range of activities designed to improve health and wellbeing. They can also host your bespoke event. Or, to fully experience what Kingfishers has to offer, stay in one of their log cabins with hot tub, a unique hobbit house, glamping, shepherd huts or camp site.

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At Orford the River Ore divides the land between the idyllic village and the internationally important Orford Ness Nature Reserve, with its intriguing 20th century military history. Don’t miss: Rewarding yourself with the panoramic view after climbing to the top of the towering Orford Castle. Walking through the site of the WWI airfield which is now home to marshland birds, on self-guided trails at Orford Ness. Watching the sun go down aboard a sunset supper cruise on the Lady Florence or an à la carte dinner during the summer season. An armful of truly fresh bread and traditional pastries from Pump Street Bakery - we can’t resist the doughnuts! The tempting selection of smoked seafood at Pinneys of Orford. Stylish dining at The Crown and Castle. Flavoursome,


no-nonsense cooking at The Butley Orford Oysterage. The weekly Country Food and Craft Market held in the Town Hall every Saturday. Spending more than you had planned in the Village Store, packed full of local delights, not to mention a fine array of plants. Time out in Grade I listed St Barthlomew’s Church, voted one of the best churches in the UK. A circular walk out to Sudbourne Church, or straight along the River to Snape Maltings. Passing time down at the busy harbour before walking along the river to count the cows.



CARLTON MARSHES / OULTON BROAD Flower studded marshes drained by a system of dykes and grazed by cattle in summer create a paradise for marshland birds and birds of prey including hobby and marsh harrier. MINSMERE / NR WESTLETON Discover some of the UK’s rarest wildlife and enjoy family-friendly activities. Choose an idyllic walk or head to the coastal lagoons to see an impressive variety of birds, including avocets, bearded tits and bitterns. If you’re lucky, an otter around the reedbed pools. THE MERE / FRAMLINGHAM With its surrounding wet meadows and ancient castle backdrop, the Mere is considered by many to be the best view in inland Suffolk. Its wildlife SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23

is equally special and the reserve is best known for its sedge beds and stream of migrating birds. BOYTON AND HOLLESLEY MARSHES / WOODBRIDGE Boyton and Hollesley Marshes are two vibrant coastal reserves in the lower reaches of the Alde-Ore Estuary. They are both grazing marshes, which means they’re great places for watching birds of prey, owls, butterflies and dragonflies, depending on the time of year. TRIMLEY MARSHES / FELIXSTOWE

Whether it is rafts of duck, colonies of avocet or a peregrine, its razor-like wings in stooping flight, the sheer number of birds that Trimley Marshes attracts is nothing short of spectacular.



The attractive town of Woodbridge lies a few miles inland on the river Deben, with a thriving sailing, yachting and rowing community and bustling town centre.

Mixing with the locals at the bar in The Anchor. People watching in one of the town’s many cafés. Treating yourself to a spa day at Ufford Park.

Don’t miss: The unspoilt harbour and walking the river paths down by the River Deben and stopping off for tea at The Tea Hut. The Tide Mill Living Museum for the chance to get up close with the giant mill stones which still grind flour today. The Shire Hall and Market Square, abundant with independent clothing retailers. Popping into the historic Bull Inn for a bite to eat before heading to New Street Market. Scandinavian inspired living right in the heart of Woodbridge at Vanil. A leisurely stroll along The Thoroughfare. Big on flavour sandwiches and great tasting coffee at Honey + Harvey. Wall to wall violins at Woodbridge Violin.

Did you know: Records show there has been a tide mill on the River Deben since 1170.


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With gorgeous river walks and many local businesses to support, Woodbridge is the ideal place for a day out. The beautiful Barretts of Woodbridge store is located in the centre of Woodbridge’s famous Thoroughfare, along with many other popular independent shops. Specialising in inspiring and beautiful home furnishings, they stock a wide range of quality furnishings, gifts, furniture, bed linen and accessories from top brands such as Neom, Sophie Allport, and Christy. Barretts have been helping people ‘Love their Home’ for over 50 years, and their high level of service is a major asset. And they’ve followed this through to their recently re-launched 40-42 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, IP12 1AL T. 01394 384300 /


online presence, making online shopping a more exciting experience. Barretts take great pride in dressing their windows beautifully, giving you inspiration to make your home a special place. This follows through the showroom as you are greeted with a friendly welcome and discover gifts for loved ones (or even yourself), living and dining furniture, beds & bedroom furniture, as well as fabrics and carpets to start your big projects! You can sign up for their Barretts Reward Card so every time you buy you will receive points to spend back in the store on anything you like and whenever you like. They look forward to welcoming you into the store very soon! Free car park at the rear of store.

THE BULL INN The Bull Inn is a charming 16th century coaching inn ideally located in the centre of historic Woodbridge. Overlooking the Market Hill, there is easy access to the River Deben, Sutton Hoo and the beautiful Suffolk Coast, making it the ideal place to base your stay. Recently nominated as one of the best places to eat in Suffolk, The Bull Inn offers a seasonal menu featuring some of the finest local produce, as well as an excellent range of real ales and an extensive wine menu. 2 Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LR T. 01394 382089 /

JOHN IVES FOOTWEAR John Ives of Woodbridge is a family shoe shop run by brother and sister duo, David & Fay, who took over from the founder of the company, their late father John, and have 70 years of service between them. They have two separate shops side-by-side on the Thoroughfare, the main shopping street in Woodbridge, which are dedicated to women’s and men’s footwear and offering brands such as Crocs, Dubarry, Ecco, Gabor, Josef Seibel, Pikolinos, Rieker, Skechers and many more!

Fay, David and their dedicated staff continue to provide top quality footwear and a distinguished, friendly and knowledgeable service to all their customers and look forward to welcoming you to Woodbridge soon.

29 & 31 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1AA T. 01394 386393 (Womens) / 383241 (Mens) / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23



Set in 120 acres of stunning historic parkland and surrounded by beautifully peaceful countryside, Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa is one of Suffolk’s best kept secrets. Located just ten miles from Ipswich, with easy access from the A12, it is the perfect location for a family weekend, romantic getaway, or a golf, spa or business break or event. The hotel boasts elegant and modern accommodation, an award-winning golf course, Suffolk’s only two-tiered driving range, a Thermal Suite Day Spa, indoor pool and well-equipped gym, bar and restaurant, as well as function suites and wedding rooms for hire. All facilities are open to non-members and non-residents,

making it an ideal setting for a spot of lunch with family or a coffee and catch up with friends. You are also able to get in your steps on the two-mile trim trail and can even bring along your dog - who is welcome to stay at the hotel! All visitors are offered free parking and wi-fi throughout the hotel, and it also have two charging stations for drivers of electric or hybrid vehicles.

Ufford Park, Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1QW T. 01394 383555 /



Indulge yourself at Seckford Hall, a blissful haven in the heart of historic Suffolk. With 42 bedrooms, 2 AA rosette restaurant, spa and afternoon tea options like no other, the memories start here… Culinary Excellence At Seckford Hall Come & Dine at ‘1530’ - its 2 AA Rosette Restaurant. Set in the warm Tudor charm of this country house, 1530 offers a stylish and comfortable setting in which to enjoy some of the most exquisite food in the county. It turns local produce into mouth-watering dishes, catering for a range of dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. To book, please call or use the online booking system. Lunch & Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers also available.

Luxury Afternoon Tea Go on, treat yourself and a friend. Afternoon Tea in the beautiful surroundings of Seckford Hall is the perfect treat. Enjoy its traditional approach, with three tiers of elegant finger sandwiches, homemade scones, cakes and indulgent clotted cream and preserves. Served 2pm- 5pm. From £18.00. All this is complemented by a wide selection of refreshments: a range of speciality teas, Brodie Coffee or a soft drink of choice. Or indulge with a glass of Prosecco or Champagne. Lunch & Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers also available.

Seckford Hall Hotel & Spa, Great Bealings, Woodbridge IP13 6NU T. 01394 385678 /


MARTHA’S BARN AT OTLEY HALL Just a few miles from Woodbridge, set within ten acres of tranquil gardens at Otley Hall, Martha’s Barn is a new destination café offering speciality coffee, homemade cakes and creative seasonal menus that showcase Suffolk’s local produce. Otley Hall is a Grade I listed Tudor Hall with picturesque gardens reflecting an exquisite blend of wild and formal features including vibrant borders, water features and nods to medieval design throughout. The gardens are open from 29th Mar - 28th Oct 2022. Otley Hall, Hall Lane, Otley, IP6 9PA T. 01473 553585 /

Deben Café Bar on HMS Vale Halfway between Woodbridge and Wilford Bridge, Deben Café Bar is a welcome spot for rest and relaxation with spectacular views over the River Deben.

Licensed Bar, Draft Beer, Hot & Cold Drinks, Barista Coffee, Wholesome Food, Breakfast Rolls, Hot Pastries, Sandwiches & Snacks, Covered & Open Air Seating, Dog Friendly Open: Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun (Closed Tue, Wed) Please note we are a walking/cycling destination; there is no parking in Melton Boatyard. Search IP12 1PE. Trains stop at Woodbridge and Melton for a wonderful one-way river walk.

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If you love really good food and drink, then Grange Farm Shop has to be on your list of places to visit! Set up on the farm in 1953 and still family-run, it stocks a rich variety of produce, daily essentials, beautiful gifts and a healthy plant selection.

And once you’ve filled up the boot of your car, enjoy a coffee or a sandwich in the café on site. Open seven days a week. Pop in or order online.

There’s a great range of local meat, charcuterie, vegetables, bread and cakes, seasonal British fish and shellfish at A Passion for Seafood, and a tremendous display of sauces, condiments, oils and preserves; many from within a 30-mile radius. If you pop along at the weekend, you may also enjoy a free tasting or two and engage with some of the producers. Grange Farm, Hasketon, Woodbridge IP13 6HN T. 01473 735610 /


THE DOG The Dog is a pretty village pub located in Grundisburgh, just 2 miles from the market town of Woodbridge. Owners Charles and Eilir keep things traditional, with a lovely tiled public bar and cosy log burner, serving 4 real ales from the hand pump or direct from the barrel. The menu majors on seasonal British and Suffolk produce, and you can enjoy a meal in the restaurant or or al fresco, overlooking the village green. Why not pop into their fabulous new deli too… The Green, Grundisburgh IP13 6TA T. 01473 735267 /

SECRET MEADOWS Set at a beautiful nature reserve in rural Suffolk, Secret Meadows takes glamping to new heights with multi-award winning accommodation. This year’s award is for Best Camping, Glamping, Holiday Park and Self Catering Accommodation from East of England Tourism. A two-storey safari tent, luxury lodge tents (one with hot tub), Gypsy’s Rest and The Horsebox Hideaway are set in private woodland glades overlooking wildflower meadows and there’s an onsite pantry stocked by the local

farm shop. Special extras include luxury hampers, complimentary eco products, green-themed activities and Meet the Animals sessions. Owned by a wildlife charity, Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust, profits go towards nature conservation.

White House Farm Nature Reserve, Hasketon, Woodbridge IP13 6JP T. 01394 337337 / | SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23



The Deben Peninsular is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with winding lanes and rolling meadows that occasionally allow glimpses of the river beyond. At its south-easterly point you can board the ferry to Felixstowe and the villages of Hollesley and Alderton sit a short way inland from the atmospheric expanse of Shingle Street. Ramsholt, once an historic fishing town, is a wonderful place to while away a few hours and Rendlesham Forest is a leafy escape, packed with opportunities for walking, cycling, nature spotting, or even just picnicking. Don’t miss: The Anglo-Saxon burial mounds at Sutton Hoo. Seal spotting from the shingle shore. Taking a scenic tour around The Suffolk Punch Trust where they are Dedicated to helping protect the critically endangered breed of Suffolk Punch heavy horses.


A trip to Bawdsey Radar. Taking the UFO trail and stumbling across a replica of the mysterious craft that was reportedly sighted (IP12 3NF). The Cold War Museum at Bentwaters, where you can see the USAF original war operations room and battle cabin, (open from July, 1st and 3rd Sunday and Bank Holidays.)


Come and join these gentle giants for a great family day out in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Suffolk Punch Trust is home to the Hollesley Bay Colony Stud – the world’s oldest breeding stud farm of the critically endangered Suffolk Punch horse. The Suffolk Trilogy Suffolk Punch horses, Red Poll cattle and Suffolk sheep - can all be found here, along with the Pets Paddock which houses pygmy goats, chickens, ducks and guinea pigs.

The newly refurbished café provides delicious homemade meals whilst the gift shop stocks a wide array of locally produced gifts and souvenirs. There are indoor and outdoor play areas and 3 farm trails to follow around the 120-acre site. The Suffolk Punch Trust runs special event days including Horse & Dog Shows, Easter events, Halloween fun and a Christmas Grotto & Craft Fair.

Agricultural history can be uncovered in the Heritage Museum and the beautiful Heritage Garden has a vast array of plants that have been bred by Suffolk people or are in some way associated with the county. The Suffolk Punch Trust, Woodbridge Walk, Hollesley, IP12 3LA T. 01394 411327 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23



A couple of miles up the coast, Felixstowe Ferry is a rural hamlet at the mouth of the beautiful River Deben. It’s a lovely unspoiled area ideal for a spot of lunch and a river or seaside stroll. Don’t miss: A bite to eat in the Ferry Boat Inn overlooking the village green and sailing club. Waving the bat to summon the foot ferry to take you across to Bawdsey. Pottering along the sandy shoreline and then pausing for a brew and fish and chips at Winkles or The Ferry Cafe. Perfect beach for: Crabbing or waiting to buy your fresh fish straight from the boats arriving back with their catch of the day. Did you know: There are two Napoleonic Martello Towers still standing in Felixstowe Ferry. “Tower T” is on Felixstowe Ferry golf course


close to the sea wall. It was briefly used as the clubhouse by the club, which was formed in 1880 and is the fourth oldest in England and only true “links” course in Suffolk.

SUFFOLK FOLK Jimmy started Jimmy’s Farm in 2002 with his wife, Michaela. The vision, turned reality, was to farm using traditional free-range meat production practices rearing British rare breeds. Twenty years on, it’s also an award-winning Wildlife Park as well hosting gift and clothing stores.




Clarkes of Walsham, they have a small country store onsite. It has everything you need from welly boots to Barbour jackets; you can even order a pig hut!


There are so many quality eateries in Suffolk it’s hard to choose but I recently visited a lovely little place in Aldeburgh called Bubble & Squid. I love Calamari and theirs is superb.


I do love Nourish Café in Newbourne. It has a really relaxed, super friendly feel.


You can’t go wrong with a Suffolk Noon Tart from the hut on Aldeburgh beach!


I love walking along the river Deben or from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness taking in the fantastic, natural wildlife environment.


Orford Ness shingle spit – I think it’s really underrated. You can’t beat its lovely views.


I could list a million reasons! From its fantastic food produce to its wonderful breeds of domestic livestock and dramatic landscape.


Watching the sunset on the river Deben with my family and dog.




Felixstowe is a very popular Edwardian seaside town with beautiful gardens along its historic seafront and over 900 colourful beach huts. With four miles of promenade running from quaint Felixstowe Ferry in the north, down to the historic Landguard peninsular and “the Docks” in the south, Felixstowe is a great place for walkers. Don’t miss: Landguard Fort, the site of the last seaborne invasion of England in 1667. Watching the world’s largest container boats from the View Point Cafe. Hopping over to Harwich on the newly refurbished foot ferry. Visiting the new Pier Pavilion, Amusements and Boardwalk Café near the town centre. Live music and great comedy at The Spa Pavilion Theatre. Stylish homeware at Tea and Kate. Ice


cream and milkshakes at the Little Ice Cream Company. Suffolk Living, the hub for local artists, ladies fashion and gifts for the home. Vegan food at The Greenhouse Café. Perfect beach for: Sandcastle building, paddling, promenading and swimming, with good amenities. The “Prom” is a magnet for joggers and dog walkers morning and evening. Did you know: The Port of Felixstowe is the busiest container port in the UK. Each year the port handles over 4 million containers and almost 50% of UK container trade.

SUFFOLK LIVING Suffolk Living gallery in the Orwell Road artisan quarter of Felixstowe offers a lovely blend of home accessories, fashion items and local art & crafts. As well as stocking Frenchic (eco-friendly chalk paint), new this year is their vintage outlet at the Felixstowe Emporium in the high street and their brocante/ upscaling shop also in Orwell Road. Situated just off­the high street, Suffolk Living is opposite the popular greenhouse (vegan) cafe and a two minute stroll from the beach. Suffolk Living, 12 Orwell Rd, Felixstowe IP11 7HD T. 07887 375801

HARWICH HARBOUR FERRY Where the rivers Stour and Orwell meet, Harwich Harbour separates Harwich on the Essex side from Shotley and Felixstowe on the Suffolk side. More than just a ferry, the Harwich Harbour Ferry offers short crossings and also a one-hour round trip/ Harbour tour. It operates seasonally from April until October, providing an hourly service for foot and bicycle passengers. Tickets start from £3 up to £12. Please book tickets online at Departures - Harwich CO12 3HH, Shotley IP9 1QJ, Felixstowe IP11 3TW T. 01728 666329 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23



The port of Ipswich on the banks of the River Orwell has been a place of trade since the 8th century. Although it’s 10km inland, it has a rich maritime history and shares the culture of the coastal towns and villages of Suffolk. Don’t miss: A stroll along the water’s edge. Lunch, brunch or a candlelit dinner whilst cruising the river aboard The Allen Gardiner River Restaurant. Taking to the water on Sailing Barge Victor for supper, afternoon tea or an evening of music. An evening meal with a sunset view of the harbour, while yachts and boats sail in and out of the marina. A meander up to The Saints – comprising St Nicholas Street and St Peters Street - one of Ipswich’s most historic and attractive gems where you’ll find an eclectic mix of great independent eateries and shops.


Did you know: Christchurch Mansion, set within the town’s historic park, is home to one of the world’s most important collections of artist John Constable’s work. It’s the only place in his own region where his paintings can be seen.

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A BIT OF IPSWICH HISTORY Starting life as a small trading settlement, Ipswich is believed to have been continuously inhabited for longer than any other English town. A dock was in operation on The River Orwell in the 8th century, but it was probably established as early as during the 7th century. Many cultures have left their mark on the area in one way or another. Some by way of invasion, like The Danes who occupied the area in the 9th century, and The Vikings who sacked the town, others left their footprints by SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23

means of trade and travel from across the continent. Artefacts from 8th century mainland Europe such as coins and timber, which have been excavated at the site, document some of the people and goods that passed through this important port, which acted as the trade capital of the East Anglian Kingdom and a point of departure and arrival for continental travel. This area of Ipswich, once filled with warehouses, boat building and trade, is now a hub primarily devoted to leisure.



Sitting between the rivers Orwell and Stour, this picturesque peninsular is a magnet for sailors, artists and walkers alike, and at its tip you’ll find Shotley Gate, where the two rivers meet and join the North Sea. Don’t miss: The Shipwreck Bar and Restaurant for tasty home cooked food and real ale. Learning about the renowned Royal Naval Training Establishment at the HMS Ganges Museum. Taking the Foot Ferry, from April to October, to Felixstowe Landguard Fort Beach and Harwich Pier and getting up closer to the giant ships. Saying hello to Alice the camel at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park. A well-earned lunch at The Butt and Oyster. Majestic Thames barges competing in the annual barge match at Pin Mill 3rd July 2021.


Suffolk Food Hall with its well-stocked shop and café, and plenty more besides. Wine tasting and tour at Shotley Vineyard. Did you know: Pin Mill is where Arthur Ransome, author of Swallows & Amazons, spent a great deal of time, setting the opening chapters of ‘We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea’ here.




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A LITTLE FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD WINGFIELD & HOXNE As villages go, both Wingfield and Hoxne could be said to have had more than their fair share of fame! Don’t miss: Admiring the grand Georgian façade of Wingfield College. Enjoying an open-air performance at Wingfield Barns. Imagining the scene of Ed Sheeran’s secret wedding in Wingfield Church. Standing on Goldbrook Bridge in Hoxne, under which it is said that St Edmund, King of East Anglia, hid to elude the pursuing Danes. A pint at The Hoxne Swan.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE HUNGRY This unique countryside bistro café, set within rolling fields in Wingfield on the Norfolk Suffolk border, is a warm, friendly and fun place to relax. Fully licensed, it is a great cycling, walking and dog-friendly stop. Enjoy a variety of breakfast specials, light lunches, evening meals, homemade cakes, and locally roasted coffee, as well as their fabulous carvery from midday on Sundays. The venue is very popular, so booking recommended. For opening times, please check online or give them a call. Vicarage Rd, Wingfield, IP21 5RB T. 01379 388193 /


HARWICH Harwich is a coastal port town just over the border in Essex with significant maritime history attached. Don’t miss: Taking a trip around the harbour on the Harwich Harbour Ferry. Enjoying great views of the harbour while staying at The Pier. Did you know: The Mayflower initially set sail from here before embarking on its epic journey from Plymouth to the New World in 1620. The Harwich Ha’penny Pier was so called because of the half shilling toll charged to step onto it. Originally the pier was twice as long, but one half burnt down in 1927.

HARWICH SEAL WATCHING Departing from Harwich, this is a truly wonderful seal watching experience. The boat has on-board toilet facilities and safety equipment. The tour takes you slowly through the backwaters behind Walton-onthe-Naze, known as Hamford Water Nature Reserve, where a healthy breeding population of over 250 seals enjoy resting on the mud banks. 2-hour trip from £14. Private hire available. Sightings guaranteed! Please book online at Harwich Hapny Pier CO12 3HH T. 01728 666329 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23



Starting at Stowupland and linking the A14 with the A12 at Yoxford and then on to the coast, the A1120 Tourist Route offers you a wonderful introduction to the Suffolk countryside. Don’t miss: Sharing a stone-baked pizza at The Crown, Stowupland. The Maize Maze at The Hog & Hen Farm Shop, watching a Flying Display at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, visiting Casa Mexico - a quirky shop in the former village pub; all in Stonham Aspal. Taking a wrong turn to the beautiful village of Debenham. Visiting the Grade I listed gardens at Helmingham Hall. A pint of locally brewed Victoria Ale in the pub, stepping into John Hutton Butchers, filled floor to ceiling with delicious food and drink; both in Earl Soham. Climbing the steps up Saxtead


Windmill. Enjoying coffee and cake on Dennington Green at The Neathouse Café. Stretching your legs on one of the many circular walks in Peasenhall or Yoxford. Did you know: In Suffolk dialect a barnabee is a ladybird, a hodmedod is a snail and a jaykie is a tadpole.

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THE WOOL TOWNS The Suffolk Wool Towns, which include Lavenham, Kersey, Clare, Hadleigh, Cavendish, Long Melford and Sudbury, are some of the prettiest and best-preserved historic towns and villages in the country. Don’t miss: A trip to the Lavenham Swan Hotel’s Airmen’s bar, where you can raise a glass to old heroes. Exploring the Elizabethan Melford Hall. Being part of a living history event at Kentwall Hall. Browsing the great galleries and antique shops that Long Melford is known for. SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23


NEW TO THE SUFFOLK COAST Another thing we love about the Suffolk Coast is the fact that it is always evolving and growing, with lots of fresh faced businesses appearing. We wanted to highlight some of the new additions that have popped up or made changes since last year’s guide; all worthy of a visit. POCKET KIDS - WOODBRIDGE Kids concept store showcasing sustainable design-led things for small & big people alike, none of which you’ll find on the average high street. THE CRAB AND OYSTER - HALESWORTH Family-run traditional fishmonger, selling locally caught, fresh and smoked, fish and shellfish. From the sustainable to the exotic, owners, Joe & Rachel, have you covered. WITT’S DESIGN - ALDEBURGH Witts Design is owned and run by mother and daughter, Michelle & Stephanie Witts and sells textiles, ceramics and more besides, all featuring their own designs, which they create by hand and print in their Norfolk studio. THE BAKEHOUSE CAFÉ, EMMERDALE FARM SHOP - DARSHAM Mark Mills, a talented pastry chef and beekeeper, has taken on the café at Emmerdale Farm Shop, serving fabulous patisserie, cakes and savoury delights – his Scotch Eggs are a speciality - all baked daily. Just don’t ask for chips. EEZY BIKE - ALDEBURGH With its first click and collect point in Aldeburgh already in place and plans to expand on the horizon, Eezy Bike is already proving very popular with visitors to the area looking to explore by e-bike. Good for the environment too.



SUFFOLK JUNGLE ROOM - METFIELD Whilst it might not offer just plant-based dishes, there are plenty of plants for sale at The Suffolk Jungle Room. With an ever-changing menu, this café is a wonderful discovery, tucked away in the Waveney Valley. THE LITTLE WINE BAR - FELIXSTOWE This intimate and friendly wine bar serves great wine, which you can either enjoy by the glass or by the bottle or if you wish, take home to try. Dog, vegan, and planet-friendly.m. DUCHIE’S CAFÉ - SOUTHWOLD A newcomer to Southwold’s bustling High St, the warm homemade breakfast turnovers and fresh sausage rolls served up every morning are irresistible. THE POACHER’S POCKET - NR SAXMUNDHAM Reopened by the team behind the Fox at Darsham, expect a very warm welcome from this traditional family-owned pub, along with a great selection of local beers, tempting pub menu and exceptional Sunday roast. INTERIORS @ NO 11 - BUNGAY A beautifully curated range of lovely things for your home and garden, bringing together both new and pre-loved items, and constantly updated with exciting new additions. SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2022-23



The Suffolk Coast Path is a beautiful walking route from Felixstowe to Lowestoft. The walk passes through a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which covers 150 square miles and includes wildlife-rich wetlands, ancient heaths, shingle beaches and historic towns and villages. Passing through Bawdsey, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, North Warren, Thorpeness, Minsmere, Dunwich Forest, Southwold and Kessingland. Highlights on the route include the delightful Minsmere Nature Reserve, the peaceful Dunwich Forest, the Walberswick Nature Reserve and the lovely National Trust owned Dunwich Heath. There are miles of footpaths through b ­ eautiful purple heathland and coastal views.


Why not incorporate a walk with a bite to eat at a local pub or pack up a picnic and enjoy it along the way. For a selection of circular routes we would recommend the collection of free downloadable Explorer Guides at


Suffolk is a great county for cycling and it’s a lovely way to explore the area. Choose from a leisurely pedal or something more challenging! ALTON WATER & PIN MILL (16 MILES) Alton Water Park is set in the beautiful countryside of the Shotley Peninsula. Quiet roads lead to Pin Mill, a well-known riverside hamlet. DUNWICH & MINSMERE (13 MILES) This route visits the ancient parish of Dunwich as well as the RSPB’s famous nature reserve at Minsmere and the National Trust’s beautiful Dunwich Heath. RENDLESHAM FOREST & SHINGLE STREET (13 MILES) Take a trip from the natural to the ­supernatural! Rendlesham Forest was the setting for the UK’s most famous


UFO incident, whilst the coast at Shingle Street is a great place for wildlife. SNAPE & ORFORD - (15 MILES) This cycle route starts from Snape Maltings and visits the mysterious St. Botolph’s Church on the way to the ancient port of Orford, with its imposing Norman castle. WOODBRIDGE & WALDRINGFIELD (15 MILES) This cycle ride links the historic town of Woodbridge with the pretty riverside village of Waldringfield. On the way you ride through lovely countryside with great views of the River Deben.



It wouldn’t be a trip to the Suffolk Coast without exploring one or all of our great beaches. Whether you are looking to entertain the kids while you soak up the sun, wear out the dogs, or just enjoy a romantic stroll, you can’t leave Suffolk without experiencing some sand between your toes.

here, just sand, sea and the tranquil Covehithe broad behind.



The beach is a firm favourite for families. With wide golden sands, beach huts, a pier and good facilities, it’s perfect for swimming and paddling. COVEHITHE

You’ll find this quiet beach by following a small footpath through the fields. There is no development


SOUTHWOLD This beach is a popular destination for those seeking some traditional seaside ­escapism. With its Victorian pier and the famous row of brightly coloured beach huts, it is well worth a visit.

Separated from Southwold by the River Blyth, the wide unspoilt beach at ­Walberswick is a popular spot for swimmers, surfers and kite surfers alike. The harbour is an ideal spot for a bit of crabbing, making this a great family beach.



You will find car parks at all the

beaches listed. As tempting as it may A quiet, idyllic spot for a picnic, a be, please avoid parking in residential walk, or both. The large shingle beach areas as this causes problems to is backed by glorious heathland traffic and local residents. making it a great spot for wildlife Please also ensure that you take all watching. Famous for ghostly tales of your litter home... Remember of the bells of the drowned village take only pictures: leave only ringing from beneath the waves. footprints. ALDEBURGH With a Martello tower, Maggie Hambling’s striking scallop sculpture, the spiraling stairs of The Lookout, and may we add, notably good fish and chips, Aldeburgh beach is one of contrasts, making this long, straight stretch of sand and shingle well worth exploring.




Taking your dog on holiday is one of the great pleasures of visiting the Suffolk Coast - loads of time together, no kennel fees and lots of walks. If you are looking to give them an extra treat, check out these great pet shops that go the extra mile to keep tails wagging. Creature Clothes / Halesworth

Toby’s Pet Shop / Framlingham A fantastically well stocked pet shop where you are guaranteed to find the perfect treat for your four-legged friend. The Good Dogg / Woodbridge

A conscious lifestyle store for the modern living dog with a great range Selling the finest UK hand crafted of products for man and hound. dog collars, accessories & bespoke beds for your loyal furry friends.. Conkers Pets / Felixstowe Family run pet shop in the heart of Wag & Bone / Aldeburgh Felixstowe where they provide a A little Dog Boutique on Aldeburgh friendly, caring service to all of their High Street selling a full range of furry & non furry customers. canine supplies: foods (inc raw), treats, leads, collars, coats, beds, grooming, etc.


DOG’S BEST FRIEND PERFECT BEACHES Dogs are welcome on many of our beaches, although some have restrictions during spring/summer due to children playing, seals and ground nesting birds. If you are at all unsure of your dog’s recall then please keep it on a lead close to bird nesting areas. Most restrictions are ­lifted from October - April. Our pick of beaches below are restriction free. Corton Sands, Lowestoft

Sizewell Beach

A beach at England’s most easterly point, which means it can get a tad blowy, and your hound can enjoy chasing after the rolling sand, swept up by the wind. Covehithe

Boasting a fabulous coastline, a walk in either direction will always be rewarding, coming back to freshly prepared fish and chips that you can enjoy at the beach café whilst your pooch takes a welcome rest.

A beautiful sandy beach that stretches for miles. Only accessible on foot or by cycle – park up by the church - it always feel remote and is perfect for a wild and windy walk with the dog. Blackshore, Southwold Fabulous whether low or high tide, and with tremendous views of the Lighthouse atop of the town’s skyline.


Aldeburgh Just to the North of Aldeburgh, there is a mile of wide, dog-friendly shingle beach that runs alongside the path stretching from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness. Shingle Street One of Suffolk’s most unspoilt beaches, and with no seasonal restrictions for dogs, this pebble beach is a haven for dog walkers.




ST OLAVES PRIORY / FRITTON The hidden gem in this ruin is its 14th-century undercroft. Its vaulted ceiling is an important example of the use of brick in England. Supported on marble columns, it’s still almost complete and retains much of its original plasterwork. FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE / FRAMLINGHAM Behind these walls Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England. Discover more of Framlingham’s stories in the exhibition and the Lanman Museum, and walk the ramparts of the castle to enjoy its breath-taking views. ORFORD CASTLE / ORFORD Discover one of England’s most complete keeps. The tower keep of Orford ­Castle stands beside the pretty town and former port. Around the


rooms is a maze of passages leading to the chapel, kitchen and other chambers in the turrets. LEISTON ABBEY / LEISTON Among Suffolk’s most impressive monastic ruins, with spectacular ­architectural features, these abbey ruins stand in peaceful open fields near the town of Leiston.

LANDGUARD FORT / FELIXSTOWE Explore the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England’s best-preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years.

GOOD LOCAL PRODUCE FARM SHOPS Wangford Farm Shop / Wangford 01728 747717 Emmerdale Farm Shop / Darsham 01728 668648 Maple Farm Shop / Kelsale 01728 652000 Railway Farm Shop / Saxmundham 01728 602783 Friday Street Farm Shop / Farnham 01728 602783 Grange Farm / Hasketon 01473 735601

MARKET DAYS For centuries, market days have been part of Suffolk life, providing an opportunity to purchase local produce and essentials. Most towns have designated market areas, if not you’ll find markets popping up in the most unexpected places and if you just can’t wait, head to one of the many fabulous farm shops dotted along the Suffolk Coast. Weekly Markets • Southwold - Monday, Thursday, Country Market Friday • Saxmundham - Wednesday, Country Market - Friday • Framlingham - Tuesday and Saturday • Ipswich - Tues/Thurs/Fri & Sat

Monthly Farmers’ Markets • Beccles Heliport - 1st & 3rd Saturday • Woodbridge - 2nd and 4th Saturday • Snape Maltings - 1st Saturday • Aldeburgh - 3rd Saturday • Ipswich - 1st Sunday

• Felixstowe - Sunday



YOU CAN’T BEAT A BIT OF CRABBING It’s long been part of the Suffolk seaside tradition to dangle a piece of line over the edge of the quay, strung with bait of your choice, with the aim to catching as many crabs as possible before the day is out.

What you’ll need... A bucket. Crabbing line, (you’ll find these in most local shops by the quayside). BaiT. try bacon or whelks from a local fishmonger. Location, location, location... Best spots for gillying include; Walberswick and Orford Quay or the Old Felixstowe Jetty. Firstly find your spot along the water’s edge. In the height of summer it can get crowded. Please remember that the quay is a working environment so watch out for boats and traffic.

3. Now lower your line down into the water and give it a few minutes before gently removing it to check for a catch. Don’t leave it too long as you may find something has done a runner with your bait.

Let the games begin...

4. Add your catch to your bucket, keep a count and after an hour or 10 crabs return them to the sea and replace your water. Make it more fun by adding a prize for the best crab catcher.

1. Secure your bucket to the end of the line and carefully lower it down to fill with water and place safely behind you out of the sun.

In an emergency... or if you see someone in difficulty... call the Coastguard on 999.

2. Tie your chosen bait to the end of your line. Under new guide lines it is requested that hooks are removed and bait is tied on, as hooks are a serious hazard to local wildlife.


SUFFOLK COAST TIDES 2022 We want to ensure that if you are heading to the beach you can time it with the tides and ensure there is plenty of time for a dip or paddle. The times below indicate the main high tide of the day, to the nearest hour.

MAY 1 S 2 M 3 T 4 W 5 T 6 F 7 S 8 S 9 M 10 T 11 W 12 T 13 F 14 S 15 S 16 M 17 T 18 W 19 T 20 F 21 S 22 S 23 M 24 T 25 W 26 T 27 F 28 S 29 S 30 M 31 T

JUNE 12.00 13.00 13.00 14.00 14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00 09.00 09.00 10.00 10.00 11.00 12.00 13.00 13.00 14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00 09.00 10.00 10.00 11.00 11.00 12.00 12.00

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JULY 13.00 14.00 14.00 15.00 15.00 16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00 09.00 09.00 10.00 11.00 12.00 12.00 13.00 14.00 15.00 15.00 16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00 09.00 10.00 10.00 11.00 12.00 12.00 13.00

1 F 2 S 3 S 4 M 5 T 6 W 7 T 8 F 9 S 10 S 11 M 12 T 13 W 14 T 15 F 16 S 17 S 18 M 19 T 20 W 21 T 22 F 23 S 24 S 25 M 26 T 27 W 28 T 29 F 30 S 31 S

AUGUST 13.00 14.00 14.00 15.00 16.00 16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00 09.00 10.00 10.00 11.00 12.00 13.00 14.00 14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00 08.00 09.00 10.00 11.00 11.00 12.00 12.00 13.00 13.00

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USEFUL INFORMATION VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES If you are looking for some further information not published in this guide we would recommend you call into one of the Visitor Information Centres dotted around the county. Staffed by friendly Suffolk faces they are always happy to help you with any queries or questions you have about the local area.

PETROL STATIONS We don’t want you to get caught short so keep an eye on that fuel gauge and remember at times the nearest petrol station could be some distance away. You will find petrol stations in the following locations: Lowestoft, Carlton Colville, Kessingland, Wangford, Halesworth, Darsham, Leiston, Saxmundham,Farnham, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Martlesham, Felixstowe, Ipswich, Shotley.

Woodbridge Library, New Street,Woodbridge IP12 1DT T. 0333 0162000 Framlingham Library, Bridge Street, IP13 9BA T. 01728 723735 Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, IP11 7BY T. 0333 0162000 TAXI SERVICES NKS, Southwold - T.07449 145467 Hart Cars, Saxmundham - T.01728 602009 Woodbridge Cars - T.0800 0936612 BUS/RAIL SERVICES National Rail Enquiries - T. 08547 484950 Anglian Bus - T.01502 711109 Border Bus - T.01502 714565 First Bus - T.03456 020121 Harwich International Port - T.01255 242000





Police, Ambulance, Fire and Coastguard 999 / 112

Fromus Veterinary Group Saxmundham - T. 01728 602599

For non-emergencies / 101 For medical non emergencies / 111

Ipswich Veterinary Centre T. 01473 555000


Castle Vets - Framlingham T. 01728 723480

West Suffolk Hospital, Hardwick Lane, Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 2QZ The Ipswich Hospital, Heath Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 5PD James Paget Hospital, Lowestoft Rd, Gorleston-on-Sea, NR31 6LA

Framlingham Vets - T. 01728 621666 Ryder Davies & Partners Woodbridge - T. 01394 380083 Rendlesham - T. 01394 420964 Ipswich - T. 01473 274040 Felixstowe - T. 01394 284554

DOCTORS/DENTISTS NHS non-emergency - 111



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