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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.


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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 young family. Don’t miss: Getting lost in the fine yew hedge maze at Somerleyton Hall Gardens. Delicious gastropub dishes at the Somerleyton Estate owned Dukes Head, and their nearby sister hotel The Fritton Arms. 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. Grabbing the chance to have a look round the early Victorian Somerleyton Hall and then finding a picnic spot in the gardens.


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.



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

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.


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 2021-22


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.



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 Leisure Services - 01502 588444. 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 Blue Flag Beach has lots of facilities, and lifeguards are on duty from April until September.




RENDLESHAM FOREST / NEAR WOODBRIDGE Combines traffic-free walking, cycling and play. Spread out among the trees is a zip wire, swings, climbing walls and a giant wooden play structure that will entertain toddlers through to teenagers. EASTON FARM PARK / NEAR WOODBRIDGE

Take a ride on the Marble Madness rollercoaster, get soaked on the log flume, or jump onboard Wipeout, the tallest, fastest, most extreme roller coaster in the East of England! AFRICA ALIVE! / KESSINGLAND A chance to spot a wide range of British wildlife alongside a whole host of much more exotic creatures across different zones. JIMMY’S FARM / IPSWICH

Open year-round. Let the kids get up close to nature and meet the animals, drive a tractor, take a ride on a pony or the farm train, and take part in a wide range of daily Meet farm animals, as well as an activities. array of exotic animals from meerkats to raccoons. There are play PLEASUREWOOD HILLS / LOWESTOFT areas for little folk, as well as a woodland walk and den building Set within 52 acres of enclosed areas. coastal parkland, this family theme park has much to do and explore. SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22


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 17 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.


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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. Paella night every Thursday 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 away, the beach is actually 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.



THE DIG Big screen delve into the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938, starring Carey Mulligan and Ipswich born Ralph Fiennes. Filming locations included Rendlesham Forest, Shingle Street and Boyton. THE DETECTORISTS

find the right bench in the Ramsholt Arms beer garden for a rendition of Yesterday. THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD

Armando Iannucci’s modern take on a Charles Dickens classic made use of The Theatre Royal in Bury Saint Starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Edmunds - the last Regency Jones, this BBC comedy follows the playhouse in the country. The Angel life of two metal detectorists. Hotel in Bury St Edmunds also Although set in a fictional Essex features. Charles Dickens himself village, Suffolk provided many of the stayed there and wrote the hotel into locations, including Framlingham, the Pickwick papers. Orford Primary School, the church at Aldham and the Crown Inn at Great MADE IN CHELSEA Glemham. Made in Chelsea has also been filming YESTERDAY in Suffolk this year. The Wilderness Reserve near Yoxford has provided a A musical, romantic comedy from luxury backdrop and we hear the Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis. stars have been spotted out and Latitude festival, Halesworth, about in Framlingham too. Shingle Street, Lowestoft and Dunwich all feature. See if you can




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 /

Ferry trips to and from Beccles Lido A heated open-air swimming pool with slide, spring board, children’s adventure play area and heated toddler pools p lane swimming, family fun sessions, floodlit after dark swims p canoe, kayak & paddle board hire from p excellent disabled facilities p open every day p visit for full timetable or call 01502 713297

A relaxing 3 mile boat trip along the River Waveney p enjoy the wildlife en-route and a meal and drink at the Locks Inn p if you’re feeling energetic take a one-way ticket and walk back on delightful footpaths p request stops at Geldeston Marina and 3 Rivers Campsite p booking highly recommended p timetabled trips from late Spring

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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 2021-22


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.

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





Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore were the first in the UK to introduce the raw milk vending machine concept back in 2011. Since then, along with their team at Fen Farm Dairy, they have gone on to create a whole range of nationally known award-winning dairy products such as Baron Bigod Brie and Bungay Butter from their Suffolk farm.


T he Art Trading Company on Earsham Street, Bungay. An incredibly well stocked art shop with a huge selection of high-quality art materials for the professional artist, or just for fun.


There are so many amazing places. Our local fave has to be The Boarding House at Halesworth.


We tend to swing by Pump Street Bakery when in Orford and grab a coffee. They are consistently amazing.


Has to be The Front Room Bungay. Everything they make is better than delicious. Join the queue, it’s absolutely worth it.


One of our faves is Hoist Covert at Walberswick, which leads past the old windmill and on to the village of Dunwich.


We love the stretch from the Coastguard Cottages at Dunwich to Sizewell.


The Food and drink producers. There is so much amazing produce made in east Suffolk!


For us it has to be Dunwich forest and heathland. A great place to get lost with a picnic!


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 /

Open Daily 10.30am - 5pm Mon 12th April to Sun 31st October 2021


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 takeaway from Black Dog Deli at The Box. All the cheese you could eat at Slate. Getting lost in the Southwold Maize Maze from 18th July 2021 – booking online essential. 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. Plus, new this season, a collaboration with Wagyu burgers & Street Food! And why not stay a while, enjoying the indulgence of the Suffolk seaside in one of its five cosy, coastal-chic bedrooms upstairs.

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,

Owned by chef Jonathan Nicholson, good food and great value prices are the signature of The Sail Loft and his other restaurant-withrooms, The Bell At Sax’ on Saxmundham High Street. Jonny’s popular dining destinations are known for their hearty, elegant cooking and local, seasonal ingredients, 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 2021-22


THE BLACK DOG DELI SOUTHWOLD In 2019, Black Dog Deli set up Black Dog Deli Foods Ltd to meet the huge demand for their famous sausage rolls and plenty more besides. Since then, owners Michael Anfilogoff and Andy Storer launched ‘Street Food Fridays’ at The Box in Southwold, taking you on a journey from the souks of Marrakesh to the markets of the Far East. Michael says, “People just love the idea of turning up and picking a delicious, eye-catching takeaway then taking it down to the beach and tucking in.” Street Food Fridays, The Box - 27 High Street, Southwold, IP18 6AD

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 /


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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.


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: 07801 065845 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22



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.

SUFFOLK FOLK Brendan Padfield has lived in Woodbridge, Suffolk for over 25 years. He had a long career as a lawyer with a City firm before becoming owner of multi award-winning The Unruly Pig in Woodbridge, a Top 10 UK Gastropub and ‘Dining Pub of the Year’ (The Good Pub Guide 2021).




A toss-up between Maison Blue in Bury St Edmunds and The Bildeston Crown ... oh and I love the fab waiting team at L’Escargot Sur Mer in Aldeburgh.


The Galley in Woodbridge - amazing Turkish coffee, great wine list.


Fen Farm butter from Bungay - heaven on a slice of Pump Street Bakery sourdough bread.


So many! The walk I do most days with my dog is along the Deben estuary riverside walk from Woodbridge. No competition - Shingle Street. Sets the benchmark for desolate beauty.


Two reasons. It’s close to London yet feels so remote and empty, and secondly, its produce. Suffolk produces some of the best quality ingredients on offer in the UK. For example, nothing beats Orford lobster and Rendlesham Forest game. At The Unruly Pig we are able to get 75% of our produce from within 35 miles. The amazing Suffolk Coast!


It’s an amazing place to bring up children and, happily, my two daughters, who now live in London, never cease to miss an opportunity to come home to its skies, its sea and, of course, its food.




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 TEA SHED The Tea Shed is a welcoming family-run tearoom just off the green in the seaside village of Walberswick. Open all year round, they serve a delicious selection of homemade cakes, wholesome lunches and afternoon teas (available from September to March). Make sure you try one of their freshly baked scones made from a special family recipe – but hurry as they literally do sell like hot cakes!

You can enjoy a choice of over thirty loose leaf teas, coffee, flavoured lattes and frappes, which are especially popular in the summer. They are dog-friendly and have both indoor and outdoor seating.

The Green, Walberswick, Southwold IP18 6TT T: 01502 724468 SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22


SUFFOLK FOLK Jane & Ron have lived locally in East Suffolk since opening Huus, their successful home accessories and lifestyle store in Halesworth, in 2018. They moved to Suffolk to be closer to family in Essex, following 10 years owning businesses in the Scottish Highlands and after escaping life in International HR and Graphic Design in Amsterdam. They opened Huus Southwold in 2020.

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F or a happy, colourful stationery fix it’s LIFT in Southwold, and our dog can’t keep her nose out of The Feedbarn in Halesworth!


Always great reviews for Tyler’s food at the Boarding House, Halesworth, and for an “after work quick bite” it’s the Little Fish & Chip Shop, Southwold.


Our guilty pleasure is bacon butties and coffee from the Gun Hill Kiosk, Southwold, whilst sitting in front of our friend’s beach hut.


We love shopping locally at the independent butcher, greengrocers and deli/cafes along Halesworth’s Thoroughfare.


Dunwich to Walberswick and back along the beach, walking on the wet sand at low tide.


We love our hidden beach spots, so our lips are sealed! However, at the start or end of the day, the beach and dunes between the town and harbour in Southwold are a great escape.


A network of traditional local market towns full of independent shops and businesses, secret places to discover, unspoilt stunning beaches. The list goes on!


An unhurried pace of life with a friendly, warm welcome - a great escape whether to visit or live.


THE ANCHOR The Anchor is an award-winning inn and restaurant run by Mark and Sophie Dorber. An Arts and Craft building, it sits in an acre of garden overlooking the dunes and beach huts at Walberswick. Four bedrooms and six large eco-clad chalets provide quiet, comfortable accommodation, and in the kitchen, the couple like to follow the seasons, using produce from their allotment, local growers and market gardens. Daily changing specials sit alongside a fabulous à la carte menu, and in the summer, you

can tuck into delicious woodfired pizzas and BBQs on the terrace. The drinks menu is equally impressive and includes 45 world class bottled beers, 20 gins, Adnams craft ales and fabulous wines by the glass.

Main Street, Walberswick, Southwold IP18 6UA T: 01502 722112 /

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. SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22



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.



THORPENESS GOLF CLUB & HOTEL / THORPENESS Regarded as one of the finest golf courses in Suffolk, just a stone’s throw from the sea on the Suffolk coast. Will test golfers of all abilities. KINGFISHERS GOLF CLUB / CRETINGHAM


Founded in 1884, making it one of the oldest golf clubs in East Anglia. UFFORD PARK / MELTON

An 18 hole course regarded as an enjoyable yet stern test. A good selection of short technical and longer holes which circle a 5 acre conservation area. FELIXSTOWE FERRY GOLF CLUB / FELIXSTOWE

Set in 120 acres of beautiful rural Suffolk countryside, it is a picturesque newly developed 9 hole, parkland course with the river Deben winding throughout. A relaxed club open to all, plus cafe and pizza oven. Located on the picturesque Suffolk coast, the club boasts superb views over the River Deben and the historic Bawdsey Manor. SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22


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.

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


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.




With books categorised by type spread over five rooms, you will be sure to find a book to suit your interest or your pocket. CHAPEL BOOKS / WESTLETON

sizes, enjoy a good rummage but expect the book that you didn’t know you wanted to find you! 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 sunny afternoon on the beach. With over 50,000 books piled high BARNABEES BOOKS / WESTLETON but nevertheless neatly ordered into Instagram /barnabeesbooks relevant categories in a warren of rooms and covering many specialist Tyrona Campbell runs Barnabees out areas. Make sure to put aside an of the pretty cottage that she grew hour or two in this fantastic up in, with a higgledy-piggledy bookshop. layout and shelves of all shapes and SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22


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. A rummage through all things vintage at Darsham Station Emporium.

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 /


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 /

TWO MAGPIES BAKERY Two Magpies Bakery is a family owned bakery. The counter is always piled high with irresistible cakes and 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 Saturday, 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 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22



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.

EMMETT’S OF PEASENHALL This award-winning Food Shop and Café sells a wonderful range of bacon and ham, all home-cured on the premises using traditional methods, as well as a fine selection of cheeses, charcuterie, jams, honey and Spanish chocolates. The pretty Courtyard Café serves breakfast, lunch and a range of snacks throughout the day, all made to order using fresh ingredients from the shop, and enjoyed with local apple juice or their own label Spanish wine. Open Monday - Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm and Saturday 8.00am – 5pm. The Street, Peasenhall IP17 2HU T. 01728 660250 /

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 2021-22


SUFFOLK FOLK Anthony has lived almost half his life in Suffolk. He’s been a photographer since leaving university in 1994, and is fortunate that his job has taken him around the world, but he still rates Suffolk as his favourite place to live and work. He’s based at The Pin Mill Studio on the banks of the river Orwell where he shoots commercial work and runs photographic workshops.



ollingsworths, my local store and butchers in H Chelmondiston, as I’m keen to shop locally.


I’m very spoilt as my studio sits next to my favourite place to eat, The Butt and Oyster. The food is consistently great and it has a brilliant atmosphere.


The Sunshine Store at Pin Mill serves a fantastic Frank and Earnest, ethically sourced coffee, roasted down the road in Bury St Edmunds.


I do like a pint of Adnams Ghost Ship, which tastes even better after a long day photographing their beers and spirits up in Southwold.


Westleton to Dunwich is a great walk - a mix of heathland, woods, beach and village, with an incredible story to tell.


I love going to Felixstowe beach; family-friendly old-fashioned seaside resort, with nice cafes and bars.


If, like me, you love sailing, walking, photography, food and drink, fascinating history and tranquility then you couldn’t find a better place!


For me its sailing the rivers and coastline over the summer months and capturing beautiful early morning landscape pictures – I love it.


Boutique B&B and self catering within easy reach of the Suffolk Heritage Coast

PEACOCKS OF PEASENHALL Peasenhall is a lovely village to meander in, not just for tourists, but also a growing number of peafowl families which can be spotted strutting their stuff around the village. Both peacocks and peahens can be found roaming the village throughout the year and are joined by numerous peachicks from June onwards. Did you know: A family of peafowl is called a ‘bevy’ and a group of the birds is also sometimes called an ‘ostentation’, a ‘muster’, or even a ‘party’. SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22



UNUSUAL PLACES TO STAY BALANCING BARN / THORINGTON Standing on the edge of a nature reserve a few miles inland, this house dramatically cantilevers over the landscape, providing countryside views from its huge panoramic windows. FRESTON TOWER / NEAR IPSWICH

A six-storey Tudor folly looking out over the River Orwell, with a sitting room at the top to take advantage of the unrivalled views. THE HOUSE IN THE CLOUDS / THORPENESS

One of the country’s most famous follies. Set in an acre of private grounds with wonderful views over The Meare and out to sea. MARTELLO TOWER / ALDEBURGH


Spend the night on this Dutch barge The largest of a chain of towers built moored at Woodbridge which has by the Board of Ordnance to defend been uniquely restored. Skippered against Napoleon. trips on the river can also be arranged.


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-Sat: 8am-5pm The Causeway, Peasenhall IP17 2HU T. 01728 660219 /

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 2021-22


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.

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 After working as an event manager in London, Jess returned to Suffolk and has been lucky enough to work on the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival for the last 10 years. Now the festival organiser, she works with a fantastic board and group of local producers who are all highly passionate about Suffolk and its amazing food and drink.




L ittle Gems, greengrocer in Southwold. Fresh and colourful and always something local and seasonal to discover.


It’s been a while, but I love everywhere Vernon Blackmore touches, so current favourite would be Easton White Horse. I like a relaxed environment and Vernon is great at that.


‘Coffee to go’ from Magpies Bakery and sitting on the steps of a Southwold beach hut.


This is hard as we have so many to choose from but I do love a Lickety Ice lolly, my favourite is lemon, lime and ginger.


Minsmere Nature reserve, stunning in every season - I just love the trees and gnarly rooted paths.


Southwold, I was living there when my daughter was born and it has a special place in my heart, especially first thing in the morning. .


Fresh air and open space, this area is moulded by the countryside and the people within it.


Passionate and unique people that make Suffolk tick.



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 2021-22



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. Did you know: Leiston is home to Suffolk’s oldest purpose built ­cinema. Leiston Film Theatre, or Leiston Picture House as it was originally named, opened in October 1914 and


has traded continuously ever since. Despite its age, this versatile venue boasts a comfortable auditorium, digital surround sound and the latest in digital projection, including 3D.

THE LONG SHOP MUSEUM The programme of events at the Long Shop Museum for 2021 includes Steam Up!, Father’s Day Model Show, Suffolk Day Community Marketplace, Steampunk Spectacular, Motorbike Show and Final Fling. There will also be evening events and steam engine outings to local shows.

For 2021, the museum has moved to an online ticketing system - full details of events and admissions are all available on the website, so please check regularly at

The museum is situated in the heart of the market town, just 10 minutes from the A12 at Saxmundham - from where the museum can be reached via public transport. Main High Street, Leiston, IP16 4ES T. 01728 832189 /

SUFFOLK’S SECRET MILITARY PAST NOW A RENOWNED NATURE RESERVE, THE LANDSCAPE OF ORFORD NESS HAS A PAST SHROUDED IN SECRECY. From 1913 the land was used as a military test site and ballistics testing facility, or bombing range, and was closely guarded to prevent public access. Top-secret experiments were conducted here during both World Wars and into the nuclear age, including the tantalisingly named Cobra Mist Project, a radar development program. At the height of the Cold War, the Atomic Weapons SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22

Research Establishment and the Royal Aircraft Establishment used Orford Ness for development work on the atomic bomb. Ominous half-buried concrete structures were built to test these most lethal of weapons. Nuclear bombs (complete apart from the Plutonium) were dropped, banged, heated and frozen, all to test how they would withstand use in battle. To this day the concrete “Pagodas” still stand, studding the landscape with an eerie reminder of the area’s military past.



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


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. 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. Tea & cake at Cragg Sisters. Perfect beach for: Watching the local fishermen bringing in their catch while you skim stones over the waves.


"The BEST attraction in Aldeburgh by far" 5 star on Tripadvisor

Distillery Tours and Tastings are held daily throughout the year. To book and for more information, visit or call 01728 454201

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 /

- 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: from £17.50 • Sunday: from £24.00

EVENING DINING IN OUR RESTAU �NT • Mon-Sat: from £25.75 • Sunday: £20 for 3 courses

For table reservations please phone 01728 452312

THE RED HOUSE The Red House was home to Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. Suffolk was the backdrop for nearly his entire life and The Red House is where he lived with Peter Pears, his inspiration and life partner, for nearly two decades. During your visit you can explore their home; enjoy the gardens; attend concerts and family-friendly events, and see their exhibitions. New additions include a museum shop and The Red Hut garden café. The Red House, Golf Lane, Aldeburgh IP15 5PZ T: 01728 687110 /

THE MILL INN 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. New at the Mill Inn for this year, they have 2 luxury sea view en-suite rooms.

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, Suffolk

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 locally grown veg, produce and free-range eggs from Railway Farm Shop. Being tempted by a purchase in lifestyle store, East of Eden and The George Farnham Gallery.

THE BELL AT SAX’ Owned by chef Jonathan Nicholson, good food and great value prices are the signature of this Grade II listed, Victorian former Coaching Inn on Saxmundham High Street, and The Sail Loft, his other restaurant with rooms in Southwold. Jonny learned his skills under the tutelage of Marco Pierre White, and offers elegant but hearty cooking with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients. As well as serving a truly magnificent Sunday roast, Jonny also offers themed menus on a monthly basis,

transporting your tastebuds from the shores of the Med to Mexico and the Far East, with popular and lesser known authentic dishes to enjoy. Upstairs there are 10 comfortable double rooms.

The Bell at Sax’, 31 High Street, Saxmundham IP17 1AF T: 01728 602331 /


JUNIPER BARN Juniper Barn is a welcoming and friendly café and shop in Rendham, an unspoilt village between Framlingham and Saxmundham. Set in a beautifully restored C18 Suffolk barn, the café serves all-day breakfast, lunch and tea, hot and cold drinks, and is fully licensed. Locally produced food and drink, everyday essentials and treats, cards, maps and books and a selection of fruit and veg are also sold in the shop. There is indoor and outdoor seating, easy access, parking, and an

accessible loo. Children, cyclists and walkers are very welcome - as are dogs. Voted Travellers’ Choice 2020 by Tripadvisor, the reviews of the homecooked breakfast, fresh cakes, brunch and lunch say it all!

Juniper Barn, Rendham, Saxmundham IP17 2AZ T: 01728 663773 /


homeware, textiles, ceramics + gifts.


SUFFOLK FOLK Fergus took over as owner of Cakes and Ale in 2004 from his father Peter, who opened the holiday park in Theberton over 50 years ago in 1968. You will find him there most days, often working out and about on the site, or in reception.





S laughden wines - a great selection of wine with helpful staff.


Plough and Sail in Snape - fabulous restaurant and pub food served in beautiful surroundings.


Pump Sreet Bakery in Orford. You just have to try their Eccles cakes!


Stokes Sauces - I can’t resist their proper ketchup and the coronation sauce is fabulous.


Kenton Hills in the spring when the rhododendrons are in flower - it is a delight for the senses.


Walberswick, quaint and mostly sandy, with an excellent choice of pubs in the village too.


Suffolk is an unsung hero as a holiday destination come and relax and enjoy all it has to offer.


The people and places to visit - oh and it is one of the driest parts of the UK!


MOLLETT’S FARM This idyllic countryside farm located between the villages of Farnham and Benhall in Suffolk offers luxurious self-catering holiday accommodation in six cottages and studios as well as five pitches for caravans or motorhomes. 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. 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 visitors wishing to explore the Suffolk Heritage Coast which is something Richard and Sasha have always wanted to be able to share with others. 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. Mollett’s Farm is the perfect destination for exploring Suffolk, either for couples, families or large groups who may want to book for their exclusive use. Richard and Sasha look forward to welcoming you – and don’t forget they are dog-friendly too.

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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 Home 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.

THE PLOUGH AND SAIL Alex and Oliver Burnside reopened the doors of The Plough and Sail in April 2012. The twin brothers aim to offer their customers delicious food and drink, a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and exceptional service. Chef Oliver has a passion for using quality, seasonal food from local suppliers, and front-of-house Alex enjoys serving customers a range of draught lagers and ales and a fantastic wine list. Whether you choose a light, casual meal or a formal dinner in the restaurant, the

menus feature traditional favourites, the best of modern British cuisine and dishes influenced from around the world. Every dish is cooked and presented with flair and imagination and is accompanied by a superb wine list. They hope to see you soon!

The Plough and Sail, Snape Maltings, Snape IP17 1SR T: 01728 688413 /

LETTERING ARTS TRUST The Lettering Arts Trust raises utilitarian lettering to an artform by championing excellence in design and showcasing the crafts of etching calligraphy, letterpress and hand letter carving. Artists are available to commission to create beautiful and unique work to commemorate past lives and celebrate landmark events. Based at Snape Maltings there is a permanent gallery exhibiting the work of renowned lettering artists, as well as a shop filled with ideas for unusual lettered gifts. Open daily. The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Snape IP17 1SP T: 01728 688393 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22


THE GOLDEN KEY The Golden Key is a relaxed cottage-style dining pub dating back to the 1600’s and packed full of original character, beams, open fires and quirky details, which make it a fantastic pub to visit any time of the year. Tucked away in the beautiful village of Snape, it has two ensuite rooms (one of which is dog friendly), and is conveniently located to nearby Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Orford, Framlingham and Woodbridge. Alex and Oliver Burnside took over the running of The ‘Key’ in July 2017

and strive to offer their customers a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, exceptional service and traditional ‘pub’ dishes done well. They believe in celebrating local, seasonal produce and playing a central role in the local community.

The Golden Key, Priory Road, Snape IP17 1SA T. 01728 688510 /

ALDEBURGH FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL 25th & 26th September 2021 Held in the glorious grounds of Snape Maltings, the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is one of Suffolk’s most exciting food events. Enjoy a huge gathering of over 100 local food and drink producers, there to promote and sell their produce, including delicious local meats, charcuterie, cheese, preserves, organic vegetables, bread, award-winning beer, cyder and spirits, snacks and delicious street food. The festival also hosts a full programme of cookery


demonstrations, hands on masterclasses and an interactive family space offering free cooking classes with Cook School.

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.

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SUFFOLK FOLK Mel set up Cupboard Love, a mobile refill shop aimed at tackling the problem of single-use plastics in 2018, after watching the BBC Blue Planet Series. At the weekly markets in Woodbridge, Framlingham and Wickham Market, she helps customers refill their own containers with kitchen staples, dried food and household cleaning liquids.





art Healing Kitchen in Framlingham because it H always smells divine and Jessie is really passionate about the products she creates.


The Boathouse in Woodbridge. Stunning river views, a sustainable ethos, Sun Deck Sundays and a mean plant-based burger!


The tranquil little courtyard of Honey + Harvey in Woodbridge for the best coffee and yummy almond croissants - a real oasis!


After a busy market day nothing beats homemade fudge from The Quince Tree and a canned cocktail from Niche Cocktails.


Exploring the area around Butley and Chillesford for its woods, ponds and views over the mill and reed beds.


Bawdsey Quay at high tide is my ‘happy place’ - the perfect spot to sit and watch the world go by.


We are surrounded by a variety of beautiful rivers, beaches, woodland and history, with so many hidden gems to discover.


Woodbridge has it all - riverside location, independent businesses, a thriving weekly market, and of course lovely, friendly, creative people!


THE GREYHOUND INN Stewart & Louise McKenzie welcome you to the Greyhound Inn, a beautiful C14 Village Inn situated in the quintessential village of Pettistree. Voted one of the ‘30 Greatest Summer Pubs in Britain’ by the Sunday Telegraph, Chef Louise produces wonderful pub classics, local game and fish dishes, with the occasional Scottish twist thrown in for good measure. The emphasis is on local, seasonal food served alongside local ales, Malt Whisky and Scottish Gins. There’s a lovely beer garden with views of the village church. The Greyhound Inn, The Street, Pettistree, Woodbridge IP13 0HP T: 01728 746451 /


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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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THE CASTLE INN, FRAMLINGHAM The Castle Inn stands on a very historic spot at the entrance to Framlingham Castle and is the perfect stopping point to soak up the atmosphere of times gone by, historic characters, local folklore and legend. This warm and welcoming pub serves good old-fashioned home-cooked food, and on sunny days you can enjoy lunch with a view of the battlements. There is also a sheltered courtyard and a separate entertainment room with a big screen and pool table. Castle Street, Framlingham, Woodbridge IP13 9BP T: 01728 724033 /


The Suffolk Trinity is made up of three rare breeds that originated in Suffolk. It comprises Suffolk Sheep, easily recognisable by their black faces, Red Poll Cattle, a lovely compact breed that is a deep red colour, and the Suffolk Punch, the smallest of the heavy horses, that is


sadly now an endangered species. The Trinity is the inspiration behind the name of the county showgroundTrinity Park - and its entrance is guarded by three magnificent statues designed by sculptor, Harriet Mead.

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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 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 get involved in a wide range of fun farm activities. It 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, daily newspapers and a heated indoor play zone, and the Riverside Tearooms serves homemade cakes and afternoon teas. From Easter to September and in half-term holidays, enjoy pony rides, hug a bunny, animal feeding, cart rides, egg collecting and lots more, not forgetting the two indoor heated play areas and the outdoor adventure playground. With 35 acres to explore,

it is an adventure for all, including fun in the woods, pond dipping and den building. Easton Farm Park also runs special event days, including Easter@Easton, Goat Yoga, Halloween fun, Father Christmas on the farm, plus Fairies, Unicorns, Dens, Explorers and more! 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 Coast.

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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.



TWO MAGPIES / SOUTHWOLD, DARSHAM & ALDEBURGH The renowned Two Magpies of Suffolk front three sites across the coast, serving up bakes, sweet treats and drinks. PUMP STREET BAKERY / ORFORD Pump Street pride themselves on offering outstanding bread and handmade pastries. The doughnuts and their own brand chocolates are quite exceptional, and there’s an intimate cafe on site. THE CAKE SHOP BAKERY / WOODBRIDGE

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the 1940s, been responsible for filling Woodbridge with the delicious aroma of fresh bakes. THE PENNY BUN BAKEHOUSE / THE BOX, SOUTHWOLD Choose from a mouthwatering menu, released each week, then pre-order to have your delicious bakes and cakes ready to collect on Saturday from The Box. SUFFOLK FOOD HALL / WHERSTEAD Working in front of you throughout the day, their in-house bakers constantly turn out the freshest loaves and specialities.

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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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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, 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.

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WOODBRIDGE TIDE MILL Woodbridge’s iconic Tide Mill was one of the first tide mills in the country, and was unquestionably the last one working commercially – operating for well over 800 years. Today, it is one of only two tide mills in the country still in operation and produces stoneground wholemeal flour from locally grown wheat using only the power of the tide and traditional craft methods. Visit this working living museum for a jam-packed schedule of wheelturning and milling times. During your tour you can watch the historic


water wheel in action, see the crown wheel with its wooden teeth and how it transfers power to the sack hoist and flour dresser, and learn how the millers make their flour. For more details on opening hours, booking your visit, upcoming events, and where you can buy Tide Mill flour, visit

THE BULL INN The Bull Inn is a charming 16th century coaching inn situated in the centre of historic Woodbridge overlooking the Market Hill, the imposing Shire Hall and impressive St Mary’s Church. It has recently been renovated by proprietors Sarah & David Clarke, who have totally transformed the bar, café and restaurant areas, as well as the fabulous first floor master suites. It has a fantastic range of wines and local ales, and offers a seasonal menu featuring the best of Suffolk produce. 2 Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LR T. 01394 382089 /

HONEY + HARVEY H+H is an independent speciality coffee shop and brunch spot on Woodbridge’s Thoroughfare (also in Melton). Hugely popular with regulars and visitors alike, H+H prides itself on serving fantastic locally sourced produce alongside lovingly crafted specialty coffee. H+H has won multiple regional and national awards, and serves up the most delicious brunch, lunch and afternoon tea delights. You’d be a fool to pass by without popping in for a treat or two! 56 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1ALT T. 01394 447088 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22



At Barretts Of Woodbridge they want you to adore the town just like they do! With gorgeous river walks and many local businesses to support, Woodbridge is the ideal place for a day out. Their beautiful store is located in the centre of Woodbridge’s famous Thoroughfare, along with many other popular independent shops, and specialises in inspiring and beautiful home furnishings. Stocking a wide range of quality furnishings, gifts, furniture, bed linen and accessories from top brands such as Hypnos, Westbridge, Neom and Christy, they have been helping people to ‘love their home’ for over 50 years.

modern blue and grey colour palette that brings a fresher, more contemporary look to the store, and whilst they may have updated their look, their loyalty and high level of service to customers remains paramount. They look forward to welcoming you into the store very soon!

Their famous ‘Barretts green’ has recently been refreshed to a new 40-42 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1AL T. 01394 384300 /


A fabulously relaxed R E S TA U R A N T and B A R , open all day with no need to book. Pop in for B R E A K FA S T, B R U N C H , L U N C H , D I N N E R , A F T E R N O O N T E A , cocktails or coffee.


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UFFORD PARK Bring the family to Ufford Park, set in 120 acres of historic parkland and located just off the A12. The hotel, golf and spa complex is the ideal base for exploring Suffolk’s beautiful countryside or visiting the many local attractions. The hotel boasts a fantastic array of facilities that are open to everyone; an 18-hole golf course, thermal suite spa and adventure golf course. The Park Bar serves food all day and the outside terraces are also dog-friendly. Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1QW T. 01394 383555 /

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SECRET MEADOWS Set at a beautiful nature reserve in rural Suffolk, Secret Meadows takes glamping to new heights with award winning accommodation and green-themed activities. A two-storey safari tent, luxury lodge tents, Gypsy’s Rest and The Hobbit Box are set in individual woodland glades overlooking wildflower meadows and there’s an onsite pantry stocked by the local farm shop. Guided by an environmental ethos and owned by a wildlife charity, the Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust, profits go

towards nature conservation. The charity hosts events such as habitat box making and woodland family crafts throughout the year and runs special volunteer days where visitors can take part in conservation work and activities at this special site.

White House Farm Nature Reserve, Hasketon, Woodbridge IP13 6JP T: 01394 382992 / |

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 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22



Grange Farm is a working farm with a lot to offer - farm shop, cafe, fishmonger, antiques and unique creative space - and regular foodie events.

The popular Barn Café, with its sun deck and picnic tables, is a haven for holiday makers and locals alike, and its warm and friendly atmosphere makes it a rare gem.

The Farm Shop stocks a rich variety of local produce – whether you need daily essentials, a picnic on the beach or ingredients for a flavour-of-Suffolk dinner.

EJaRt Creative is home to ceramic artist Emma Jayne Robertson. Browse the gallery of East Anglian artists, shop for art, gifts, cards and supplies or book a workshop from an ever-changing programme of Arts and Crafts. Escape, Relax, Unwind... Let your Creativity Flow.

A Passion for Seafood - founded by food writer Mike Warner, draws on years of experience in the fishing industry, to bring you the freshest, seasonal, UK fish and shellfish, fully traceable and direct from the fishermen themselves. Wild local bass, live lobsters and langoustines are a speciality.

Richard Anthony Rush is one of the South East’s finest antique dealers and furniture restorers, appearing on the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip twice in recent times, and his antiques shop is the jewel in Grange Farm’s crown.

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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.)


The Sorrel Horse, Shottisham is a community-owned quintessential English country pub with tap drawn cask ales, thatched roof and original bar billiards table. Nestled in the centre of picturesque Shottisham, this is the perfect stopping off point for exploring the area, welcoming children, dogs, cyclists, muddy boots and horses - amongst others! Their team of chefs offers a delicious regularly changing menu along with a selection of wine and local beers. The Pizza Barn serves freshly cooked wood-fired pizzas several days a week and the cosy bar area has a woodburner for winter evenings. In the summer the garden and pightle come into their own, with a Shepherd’s Hut bar, firepit and wonderful views over the village. A warm welcome awaits. The Sorrel Horse, Hollesley Road, Shottisham, IP12 3HA T: 01394 411617 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22



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.





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 2021-22

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.



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 in Felixstowe is a lovely blend of old and new, with an emphasis on beautiful home accessories, fashion items and local arts & craft. Since opening in 2015, Francis & Karen have hosted numerous exhibitions in their Art gallery and become a sought-after outlet for Suffolk’s talented artists and crafters. Situated just off the high street in Felixstowe’s artisan quarter, Suffolk Living is opposite the greenhouse cafe and only a two minute stroll up from the beach. Suffolk Living, 12 Orwell Rd, Felixstowe IP11 7HD T: 07887 375801

NEWBOURNE PARK Newbourne Park Luxury Holiday Village is a stunning and tranquil lodge for the over 50s. A family owed park, they would be delighted to welcome you at any time to discuss and view their stunning, yet small and select development of luxury accommodation priced from £159,500. Fully landscaped, Newbourne Park is nestled in the beautiful village of Newbourne, home of the renowned Fox Inn, and is just 4 miles from the historic riverside town of Woodbridge, making it a

truly tranquil and peaceful environment for all your holidays. All lodges are supplied by the renowned Suffolk maker OMAR and each plot has its own enclosed garden, with parking. Viewing is strongly advised.

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SUFFOLK FOLK Karen grew up in South Africa, but since meeting husband Francis in 1990 she has made her home in Felixstowe on the beautiful Suffolk coast. She created Suffolk Living in 2015 and loves to paint, cycle, jog and power-walk along Felixstowe’s impressive promenade in her spare time




nderwoods in Felixstowe. For all your DIY needs U and helpful staff.


The Fludyers Hotel, Felixstowe. Chic bar and restaurant with terrace overlooking the beach.


The Boardwalk Café on Felixstowe Pier to enjoy the Suffolk sunset.


The Greenhouse Cafe, Felixstowe for the best coffee in town and locally produced vegan food.


Felixstowe Pier to Felixstowe Ferry. Promenade along the historic Spa Pavilion gardens and then beside the Martello golf course to the Ferry.


Landguard beach. Lovely nature reserve beach with views back towards Felixstowe. Get close to world’s largest container ships!


Step back in time and just smell the sea!


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 to up to £13. Please book tickets online and get free priority boarding. Departures - Harwich CO12 3HH, Shotley IP9 1QJ, Felixstowe IP11 3TW T: 01728 666329 /



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.

Enjoy coffee and cake in the Café or gelato from our new hut. Shop all things Suffolk and some of our favourites from a little further afield in our gift and garden departments, a fresh butchery, bakery and delicatessen too.

Enjoy the beautiful view of the Orwell estuary whilst enjoying breakfast, lunch or pre-booked afternoon tea. Our restaurant boasts fresh and seasonal ingredients. Book online or walk-ins are accepted.

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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 2021-22

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.



PIZZA TIPI /SNAPE MALTINGS Enjoy delicious stone-baked pizzas under the shelter of a double tipi, as well as some twists on classic Italian starters and desserts. BRUDENELL / ALDEBURGH

the Broads National Park, the pub overlooks Waveney River Centre’s marina and is perfect for relaxing in style as you watch the world go by. RAMSHOLT ARMS / RAMSHOLT On the edge of The River Deben, the south-facing terrace and lawn leading to the sandy waters edge is an idyllic spot to relax and enjoy the views while you drink and dine. THE SHIPWRECK / SHOTLEY

Take a seat on the sea-facing terrace and lap up Aldeburgh’s glorious views. Choose your tapas by the sea, light bites or full meals from menus featuring the freshest local fish, seafood, produce, and free-range While the busy front bar acts as the meats. hub of the marina, outside there is a terrace and a large green with THE WAVENEY INN / BECCLES benches. Both have excellent views of Felixstowe and Harwich to enjoy Offering a menu of delicious, alongside real ale and tasty food. locally-sourced food, and located right on the edge of the marshes in SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22


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. There are currently over 250 seals in the Walton backwaters, a healthy breeding population which has risen from only 5 in 1986. The tour takes you slowly through the backwaters behind Walton-on-the-Naze, known as Hamford Water Nature Reserve, where the seals enjoy resting on the mud banks. Please book tickets online. Sightings guaranteed! Harwich Hapny Pier CO12 3HH T: 01728 666329 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22



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 2021-22


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. BLACK DOG DELI - HALESWORTH Owned and run by Chef Damien Riseley and his wife Gemma in partnership with Andy of Black Dog Deli Walberswick. Expect a well-stocked deli counter and delicious small plates, Cypriot style, in their fully licensed seated bistro. PURPLE PUMPKIN CREATIVE STUDIO - HALESWORTH Ceramic painting, clay workshops, parties and keepsakes, accompanied by fabulous frappes and iced drinks, in a very cosy studio setting. NINE DELI - SOUTHWOLD Tucked away off the High St down Pinkey’s Lane, pick up a superb Portuguese blend coffee, fantastic hot chocolate or a freshly made sandwich. BEYOND ONE BAR DIVING SHOP - LEISTON A small family-centered business committed to the underwater world and its inhabitants, with reuse and recycle at its core, selling a range of diving items and high quality second-hand equipment. L’ESCARGOT RESTAURANT - ALDEBURGH Known to some as a Soho Institution, L’Escargot is now opening its doors to lunch and dinner guests at its new home, just off the High St in Aldeburgh. Fine dining at its best – booking recommended.


NEW TO THE SUFFOLK COAST EAST OF EDEN - SAXMUNDHAM Gorgeous lifestyle store in a Grade II listed barn in the heart of Saxmundham, a must-visit if you’re looking for a unique keepsake to cherish for years to come. MAJESTIC HARE APOTHECARY - WICKHAM MARKET Stocking a fantastic range of skin care and cosmetic products along with some great home fragrances, candles and reed diffusers, as well as fine jewellery, antiques and decorative home interior pieces. WATSON & WALPOLE NEIGBOURHOOD ITALIAN - FRAMLINGHAM Neighbourhood Italian in stylish surroundings with carefully sourced, seasonal ingredients, beautifully prepared and presented by the team, with first-class restaurateurs, Ruth Watson and Rob Walpole at the helm. SPA KESGRAVE HALL - WOODBRIDGE With beautifully designed interiors, capacious glass windows and wooden features, this spa is a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation set in woodland in the grounds of Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, a luxury hotel and restaurant. BLUE SALT RESTAURANT - WOODBRIDGE Using the finest Anatolian ingredients, Blue Salt serves up delicious food from its wood-fired grill and smoked oven, perfectly seasoned with Persian Blue Salt. REFILL-ECO - WOODBRIDGE A welcome newcomer to the Thoroughfare, this eco-friendly store sells a variety of food, cleaning liquid refills and a large variety of eco-friendly items. SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2021-22


NEW TO THE SUFFOLK COAST THE BOATHOUSE KITCHEN & BAR - WOODBRIDGE Located on the site of the former boatyard overlooking the River Deben, The Boathouse is a spectacular venue in which to savour the cosmopolitan menu, accompanied by their very own ‘Boathouse Bitter’.


WOODY’S FARM SHOP - WOODBRIDGE Situated on the Thoroughfare, Woodys is an homage to all things East Anglian, so if you’re after something to take home from the region, this is the place for you! CHARLOTTE CROFTS INTERIORS - WOODBRIDGE Beautiful new interiors store and studio dedicated to making your home sing.

NOURISH CAFE & DELI - NEWBOURNE Popular with locals who drive some distance to sample owner Tracey’s fare, expect the best in seasonal and locally sourced, often organic ingredients, freshly prepared in her compact little kitchen. GRUNDISBURGH DOG DELI - GRUNDISBURGH Initially set up within the Grundisburgh Pub but now expanded into a fully blown gourmet food store and micro café, this fabulous deli sells over 50 types of cheese, continental pastries and plenty more besides. BEACH STREET - FELIXSTOWE A unique dining and shopping hot-spot where you’ll find independent boutiques, artisan producers, cafes, and more besides. Inspired by the ‘boxpark’ trend, it has been created from Felixstowe’s own upcycled shipping containers.


NEW TO THE SUFFOLK COAST THE KITCHEN AT MARTELLO PARK - FELIXSTOWE Due to open this summer, this contemporary restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor dining with seaviews. Run by the Dedham Boathouse Group, rest assured it’ll be a magnet for locals and visitors alike. THE POTTING SHED GARDEN CENTRE AT JIMMY’S FARM - IPSWICH The new garden centre at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park provides yet another reason – not that you need any more - to visit this fabulous venue. The perfect day out for all the family. HANKS DELI & SUPERMARKET - IPSWICH Hanks is the first fully vegan deli & grocery shop in Ipswich, where owners, Philip and Geoffrey, provide wonderful vegan food, excellent service and make their customers feel like an old friend. ON THE HUH CAFE - IPSWICH A celebration of Suffolk and its produce - sustainable, seasonal, local and homemade. Serving breakfast, brunch and lunches, be it vegan, vegetarian or the full roast on Sundays. THE SMOKEHOUSE KITCHEN - IPSWICH The best Suffolk products are smoked in their own smokehouse using traditional methods of curing and smoking, with a combination of oak and mesquite wood to produce finely balanced smoky flavour. FLUNDER WINES - CLOPTON PARK Owner Luke sources excellent wines, at exceptional value, from around the world.




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 award-winning Blue Flag 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. 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 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 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.


Sizewell Beach 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. 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 / Darsham 01728 668648 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

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

• Saxmundham - Wednesday, Country • Snape Maltings - 1st Saturday Market - Friday • Aldeburgh - 3rd Saturday • Framlingham - Tuesday and Saturday • Ipswich - 1st Sunday • Ipswich - Tues/Thurs/Fri & Sat • 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 2021 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.

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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 Squirrell’s Taxi - Saxmundham T.01728 602344 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 Southwold -T. 01502 725132 Saxmundham - T. 01728 602599

For non-emergencies / 101 For medical non emergencies / 111 A&E DEPARTMENTS 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

Ipswich Veterinary Centre T. 01473 555000 Castle Vets - Framlingham T. 01728 723480 Framlingham Vets - T. 01728 621666 Ryder Davies & Partners Woodbridge - T. 01394 380083 Ipswich - T. 01473 274040 Felixstowe - T. 01394 284554

DOCTORS/DENTISTS NHS non-emergency - 111



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