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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 nik naks 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. Saturday morning Park Run at Fritton Lake (9am start). 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. Picking up a pint of raw milk at the cow-kind Calf at Foot Dairy at Home Farm. Grabbing the chance to have a look


round the early Victorian Somerleyton Hall. 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, which was unveiled in 2010 to commemorate his invention.



SURF LESSONS / SOUTHWOLD SURF SCHOOL, SOUTHWOLD. Surfing lessons and stand up paddleboard lessons on Southwold Beach. Suitable for all abilities, from complete beginners to those looking for more advanced coaching. LEARN TO SAIL / SHEARWATER SAILING SCHOOL, WOOLVERSTONE MARINA A family run sailing school specialising in providing a friendly, fun and quality sailing experience with RYA Yachtmaster instructors.



Experience the adrenaline rush of a lifetime with amazing views across the Suffolk countryside with UK Parachuting. TWO MAGPIES BAKE SCHOOL / DARSHAM Opening this spring the Bake School will offer an Introduction to Sourdough Baking and the Two Magpies Pizza Masterclass among other classes. PHOTOGRAPHIC COURSES / PIN MILL A range of photography courses are available for all abilities with award winning photographer Anthony Cullen at the Pin Mill Studio.



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. Don’t miss: Exploring the local artwork at Lowestoft Arts Centre. Immersing yourself in the history of this one time fishing village and now thriving port at the Maritime Museum. Shopping inspiring and creative interior goods at Homewood & Rose. Watching the sunrise over the sea at the most easterly point in U.K., Ness Point. 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 weekly rates available from Leisure Services - 01502 588444. Jumping on the Water Taxi for a visit up the river to Oulton Broad. Dinner with a view on the terrace at Mortons Bar & Grill, part of The Hatfield Hotel. Perfect beach for: All the family. This Blue Flag Beach has lots of facilities, and lifeguards are on duty from April until September.

FIRST LIGHT FESTIVAL First Light Festival is a new FREE 24-hour multi-arts festival for the UK, celebrating the first light of midsummer’s weekend in Lowestoft - Britain’s most easterly point. From midday June 22, through to midday June 23, Lowestoft South Beach will play host to music, dance, film, talks and workshops plus the best in regional food, drinks and produce. Headliners include celebrated tabla player and Mercury award winner Talvin Singh and brilliantly eclectic BBC 6Music presenter and international DJ Gilles Peterson.

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 www.lobmbc. for times. Captaining a boat for the day and exploring The Broads. Picking out some local art on Artists Boulevard, browse the open air art exhibition every Sunday (April-October) in Nicholas Everitt Park. 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.

THE WAVENEY INN This Broads’ waterside pub and hotel serves excellent food cooked with locally sourced ingredients. Relax and unwind as you dine alfresco and enjoy stunning views of the Norfolk and Suffolk marshes, and if you can’t bear to leave, don’t worry! Stay the night in one of their seven luxurious, maritime-themed rooms with breakfast included, and if you’re feeling adventurous, hop on their ferry and take a trip across the river to explore the beautiful Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve. Staithe Road, Burgh St Peter, NR34 0DE T: 01502 677 599 /

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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 and Geldeston Locks Inn. Taking a dip at Beccles Lido. One hundred antiques dealers at the Beccles Antiques Street Market on 5th May and 11th August 2019. Plants galore at nearby Urban Jungle. 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. Mouthwatering menus that may very well leave you spoilt for choice at Twyfords Cafe in Exchange Square. 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 / p 01502 713297

Ferry trips to and from Beccles Lido

Visit Beccles and enjoy the heated open-air swimming pool with its slide, spring board, children’s adventure play area and heated toddler pools p timetabled giant inflatable sessions and lane swimming p canoe hire from p hot and cold snacks, drinks, ice creams p excellent disabled facilities p open every day 25th May - 8th September

A relaxing 3 mile boat trip along the River Waveney p enjoy the wildlife en-route and a meal and drink in Geldeston 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 daily 6th April to October


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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 actually bucking the trend. As the sea recedes away, the beach is actually


growing 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.

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.

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)

Located at the crossroads in Wrentham on the A12. NR34 7HE T: 01502 676063 SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20


HALESWORTH A pretty market town with a thriving cafe culture and great shopping, centred around The Thoroughfare. Don’t miss: Following the Halesworth Town Trail - an ideal way to explore elements of architectural interest throughout the town. The great selection of antiques shops including Black Dog Antiques Centre and Courtyard Antiques. The full calendar of events at The Cut arts centre. Delicious Italian meals at Cleone’s. Browsing in Halesworth Bookshop. Irresistible, design led home accessories at Huus Living.

HALESWORTH BOOKSHOP Situated close to St Mary’s Church and the Market Place, Halesworth Bookshop is the place to go for a satisfying browse. The shop is well-stocked with a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, maps, cookery books, travel guides and a most impressive selection of local books. The children’s department has a magnificent ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ inspired mural and hosts regular storytelling and craft sessions. Check out their Facebook page for details of upcoming events, both for

children and adults. There is also a large choice of greetings cards, postcards, notebooks, gift wrap and other stationery, with ranges from Woodmansterne, Paperblanks, Leonard Smith and Great British Cards.

42 Thoroughfare, Halesworth IP19 8HG T: 01986 873840

THE ANGEL HOTEL 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 the locals and visitors can catch up over a meal and a pint, ‘Cleone’s’, a fabulous Italian restaurant with seasonal specials and seven en-suite bedrooms, all united by a central covered courtyard, which adds a Mediterranean feel to the whole place. There is also a patio area, ideal for al fresco dining, and free parking. Thoroughfare, Halesworth IP19 8AH T. 01986 873365 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20



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. The Serena Hall Gallery, local, punchy and full of colour. The best cakes for miles and true artisan bread at Two Magpies Bakery. 15% off at Joules (see their ad inside the front cover for details). 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. Some of the most beautiful bouquets you’ll ever see at The Southwold Flower Co. The big pop of colour for you and your home at Lift. Local institution for women and


men’s fashion, Collen and Clare. Hiring one of the colourful beach huts from Suffolk Secrets. Irresistible pies from Black Olive Delicatessen. Shopping independently, the town has a plethora of great independent shops. Some of the most ­entertaining arcade games you will ever come across at the Under the Pier Show, on the pier. All the cheese you could eat at Slate. Getting lost in the Southwold Maize Maze from 20th July. A cone piled high with gelato from Harris & James, they’ve even got doggy ice cream for your pooch.


The Swan Hotel is a must-go destination, maintaining the very best of the old and the new in a contemporary, bright style. Owned and run by Adnams, with a brewery and distillery on its doorstep, it offers both indulgences in abundance, and lots of exciting things to experience. Experienced, passionate about cooking and eager to challenge convention, Executive Chef Rory Whelan and his team are making their mark, and with two restaurants, The Swan offers variety, choice and outstanding food and drink. The Still Room is an elegant restaurant which takes its name from the small-batch distillery situated just a few meters away from the hotel. Also influenced by the design, the restaurant features a stunning

copper-topped cocktail bar showcasing Adnams award-winning spirits. It’s an elegant yet relaxed environment in which to enjoy delicious food that challenges convention, alongside awardwinning Adnams drinks and great service. The Tap Room offers a great range of Adnams beers and celebrates the long brewing tradition of Southwold. With quirky details and artefacts galore, the Tap Room is steeped in Adnams’ heritage and is a great place for a quick drink, light bite or long lunch. Quality ingredients and unique flavours are true hallmarks of both the beer and food menu. The bedrooms at The Swan are sumptuous, with bespoke furniture, luxury bedding and lots of thoughtful touches to help you relax and unwind.

Market Place, Southwold, IP18 6EG T: 01502 722 186 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20


SLATE A specialist cheese shop bursting with the finest artisan cheeses from the best British and European makers, including a selection produced locally in Suffolk and neighbouring Norfolk. Call in to visit their “wall of cheese” and to meet the friendly and knowledgeable team who are on hand to help you create a fabulous cheeseboard with the perfect accompaniments of crackers, chutneys, and preserves. While you’re there, pick up a sourdough loaf from Pump Street Bakery, authentic fresh

pasta and locally sourced sausage rolls, pasties and pork pies for a delicious lunch, or antipasti and charcuterie to nibble later. Slate also delivers cheese nationwide, so visit their online shop to enjoy Slate cheese at home.

6 Victoria Street, Southwold IP18 6HZ T. 01502 724 318 /

THE CROWN Standing proudly on the High Street, The Crown is everything you’d associate with Southwold. It offers laid-back dining with deliciously simple and understated top quality food, complemented by an interesting list of award-winning Adnams beers, wine and spirits. With 14 characterful bedrooms, two restaurant areas and a cosy back bar, The Crown is the perfect seaside retreat. 90 High Street, Southwold IP18 6DP T: 01502 722275 /


TWO MAGPIES BAKERY Located on Southwold’s bustling high street, Two Magpies Bakery is the place to head for great food, coffee and conversation. Their counter is piled high with a sumptuous range of cakes and pastries, including sticky ginger loaf, cherry and pistachio cake, their famously huge meringues and gooey chocolate brownies, and the Allpress Espresso machine is in constant use. Everything is available to eat-in at the cafÊ or take-away for a beach-side picnic.

Plus, every Saturday night their bakers create delicious hand thrown sourdough pizza from 5-8.30pm. Availability is limited, so make sure you book to avoid disappointment. Open Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm / Sat 8am to 8.30pm / Sun 8am to 5pm.

88 High Street, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6DP T: 01502 726120 /

THE SOUTHWOLD FLOWER CO. Based in the iconic coastal town in Southwold, the company was born from a desire to harness and work with the rhythms of nature, leaving as small a footprint on the environment as possible. As such, their speciality lies in growing, selling and designing with a wide variety of traditional and seasonal British blooms. Their talented team of florists and growers are passionate about bringing your vision to life and creating unforgettable floral designs for their shop and weddings. The Southwold Flower Co. Church Street, Southwold, IP18 6JG T: 07484 619707 /



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. 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,

trademark style. And why not stay a while, enjoying the indulgence of the Suffolk seaside in one of five new cosy, coastal-chic bedrooms upstairs, the latest addition in 2018. 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 2019-20


SUFFOLK FOLK Following the success of their Southwold café, Steve and Rebecca of Two Magpies Bakery recently took over a new premises in Aldeburgh and have already turned it into a place where great food, coffee and conversation can be enjoyed seven days a week. They are also opening a new café and bakery in Darsham, where they will be holding regular baking classes so you too can learn how to make the perfect pizza.





C ollen and Clare, a great fashion boutique in Aldeburgh and Southwold.


The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell


A freshly pulled pint from the The Anchor at Walberswick.


Has to be an Allpress espresso that we serve here at The Two Magpies Bakery, which is just as well as we must drink six each a day.


Ash smoked fish from Aldeburgh beach.


We love the walk from Sizewell through Dunwich forest along Sandlings Route, hoping this won’t all get destroyed if Sizewell C goes ahead.


South Cove, just north of Southwold – a beautiful isolated long sandy beach.


The combination of vast skies, amazing beaches and the ability to cycle most places.


Quirky places like Orford Ness.


THE RANDOLPH Located in the peaceful village of Reydon, just a 15-minute stroll from the quintessential seaside town of Southwold, The Randolph is the perfect base for exploring the Suffolk Heritage Coast and offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a holiday, a celebratory meal, a venue for business meetings, 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, Suffolk IP18 6PZ T: 01502 723603 /

HARRIS & JAMES Harris & James serves up award winning gelato, freshly cooked churros, and some of the UK’s finest chocolates. The fresh gelato is made in store with local milk and cream and features over 30 tempting flavours, including salted caramel, cherry Bakewell, award winning chocolate and two daily sorbets. If the weather is cooler try the freshly made churros with salted caramel sauce. Why not take home some delicious goodies such as the handcrafted chocolates, small batch roasted coffee or freshly baked cakes. 11 East Street, Southwold IP18 6EH T: 01502 726061 SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20



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 over looking the River Blyth. Mrs T’s fabulously fresh fish and chips, with delicious home made 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.


Open every day, whatever the weather, the Southwold Harbour Café is the perfect place for a refreshment stop whilst exploring Southwold’s Blackshore. With spectacular views over the harbour and surrounding marshes, you really get to enjoy the un-spoilt natural beauty of the area. Offering a varied menu using locally sourced produce, the café caters for breakfast, lunch and in the summer months early evening meals or simply teas, coffees and ice creams. It welcomes families and dogs and new for the 2019 summer season, disabled access, baby changing facilities and off-road parking. Offering a cosy welcome in the winter months with a log burning

stove and a large outside seating area for the summer, it has the best of both worlds and is possibly the best place in Southwold for people-watching as there is a constantly changing procession of people, boats, wildlife and harbour activity. Visit the small café gift shop or its chandlery, which is a treasure chest of clothing, boat essentials and gifts, as well as specialist marine supplies. Situated right next door to a fascinating Harbour Marine Services boatyard, if you like boats you’ll love the Harbour Cafe. There’s always something to see.

The Harbour Café Southwold, Blackshore, Southwold Harbour IP18 6TA T. 01502 722593 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20



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. B ­ reathing 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 watermill. Something tasty for the road, pick up a picnic from Black Dog Deli. Staying at the nearby Balancing Barn, an iconic cantilevered holiday home commissioned by Living ­Architecture. ­Sharing a fresh seafood platter at The Sardine Tin on the green. 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.

THE SARDINE TIN After a successful first year, Paul and Debbie at The Sardine Tin have responded to customer demand by creating their own specialities. Alongside locally sourced fresh and smoked fish, they now make all their own chowders, cakes, patĂŠs and scotch eggs, as well as serving hot and cold fish platters and tasty treats all at the lovely location on the village green. All the cakes are homemade, so relax with a coffee or choose some fresh fish to take home to enjoy. The Green, Walberswick, IP18 6TT T. 01502 725052

THE BLACK DOG DELI Runner up at the Suffolk Food and Drink Awards 2017, The Black Dog Deli has become a must visit on the Suffolk coast. Owner Andy, a former London head chef, has used his skills to create a deli with a difference. Filled with homemade goodies and Suffolk produce, the deli is a treat for the eye and the tastebuds, making it the perfect place to pick up a picnic for the beach or to enjoy a coffee in the sun.

The Street, Walberswick, IP18 6UG T. 01502 723 925 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20



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.

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 its size and importance.

Don’t miss: Discovering the history behind the city lost to the sea at Dunwich Museum (Open MarchOctober).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. Taking the Dunwich Trail around the village to learn how it would have looked many years ago pick up a map from the museum. A woodland walk back through The Dingles to Walberswick. Noteworthy fish and chips from The Ship at Dunwich.






Beautiful, intimate, family run bakery with a contemporary interior, serving great coffee, artisan breads and homemade cakes.

A homely, relaxing and friendly atmosphere with a vintage feel, there is even an old record player. Very family friendly.



A casual, social atmosphere in a light, airy dining room, with a small outdoor terrace set in a wonderful nursery. HONEY + HARVEY / WOODBRIDGE

A great place to relax and unwind, with old copper brewing vessels forming cosy snugs indoors and out. Great coffee, freshly-baked cakes and more.

Industrial, rustic style with a hint of retro, make this an inspiring place to enjoy artisan coffee and quality teas, as well as breakfasts and lunches.



WESTLETON The unspoilt village of Westleton is home to Westleton Heath National 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 second hand books that Westleton ­Chapel Books has to offer. Taking a seat in front of the fire after a good winter walk at The Westleton Crown.

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.


Ben is a landscape and countryside artist based in Westleton, Suffolk. He runs a stable yard and paints in every other free moment. He recently completed an MA in Fine Art and during his studies became interested in representing his relationship with his local rural environment and wild spaces within his landscapes. He spends his working days on horseback exploring some of the most beautiful countryside East Anglia has to offer, and studying for his degree has pushed him to paint not only what he sees when he is in these landscapes, but also how he feels.

The potential use of the term ‘Anthropocene’ to label the next geological epoch fascinates Ben as there are few parts of the world that haven’t been irreversibly damaged by the human hand. Being in wild spaces has a tremendous effect on one’s mental health and this psychological/ environmental link gives Ben a great source of creative inspiration. You can see his work in 2019 at The Aldeburgh Gallery in September and at Arts Fair East, Norwich in December and Ben updates his Facebook page regularly.

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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: A pint of Adnams and a Sunday Roast in The Fox, an old fashioned village pub. A pizza masterclass at The Two Magpies Bakery. Shooting clays at High Lodge Leisure. Lots of garden inspiration at Darsham Nurseries with its beautiful shop and nationally recognised cafe.

HIGH LODGE Suffolk’s premier sporting, leisure and hospitality venue, High Lodge nestles amongst 120 acres of woodland on the Suffolk Coast. It is home to an array of first class facilities including luxury lodge accommodation, world class clay shooting, golf, fishing, an inviting restaurant and clubhouse and a state of the art function suite to name a few. High Lodge also welcomes customers to enjoy their weekly carvery, served every Sunday. They are located just off the A12, within easy reach of Southwold and Aldeburgh. Haw Wood, Hinton, Nr Darsham, IP17 3QT T 01986 784 647 /


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 pickles ... in fact, all that you might need for your holiday. Red Poll tea rooms serve a Full English, plus homemade cakes, lunches and cream teas. Open Monday - Saturday 9 - 5, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10 - 4. Westleton Road, Darsham IP17 3BP T. 01728 668648 /

DARSHAM MARSH Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Darsham Marsh is a peaceful haven. The reserve is a snapshot of unspoilt Suffolk and one of the county’s best kept secrets. In the spring and early summer the marshes burst into flower, and the distinctive song of reed, sedge and grasshopper warbler can be heard among the fen vegetation. In summer, after the toads and frogs have spawned, dragonflies and damselflies can be seen defending their watery territories. SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20

In winter, hen and marsh harrier can be seen patrolling the reserve, while snipe scan for worms and the hedgerows provide berries for wintering fieldfare and redwing. Otters are known to live here, although seldom seen, and water vole too, although the characteristic ‘plop’ as they dive into the water means they have probably seen you first – only reappearing if you’re quiet enough, but when this means perhaps glimpsing a fox, or an owl overhead, sitting still has never been such fun.


YOXFORD A picturesque village surrounded by parkland, known as “The Garden Of Suffolk”. Yoxford is known for its variety of shops and cafes and its beautiful assortment of listed houses and quaint cottages. Don’t miss: A stroll along the quaint High Street. A rummage through the shelves of the excellent secondhand bookshop. Spotting the wonky houses on the High Street. Picking up a piece of history in one of the antiques shops in the village.

G&T’S CAFE AND KITCHEN Along the popular A1120 tourist You will also be surprised by the route, Yoxford is a quaint village, pretty summer garden, which is steeped in history and with an hidden at the back and catches the interesting mix of architectural sun until closing time. G & T look styles. In the middle of the village, forward to seeing you soon. stands G & Ts Cafe and Kitchen, proud winners of ‘Best Cafe in Suffolk 2017’. Thalia welcomes you with a warm smile and will attend to your every culinary need, while Gina will surprise you with scrumptious snacks, lunches, dinners and of course her wonderful cakes, all cooked on site in one of the smallest working kitchens you’re likely to see! The Old Post Office, High Street, Yoxford IP17 3EP T. 01728 668009


ROWE & WILLIAMS GALLERY Rowe & Williams Gallery was founded in 2017 by a husband and wife team, both having previously worked as museum directors. Set over two floors, it sells modern and contemporary art that was either made in or inspired by Suffolk and East Anglia. The gallery has already achieved a reputation for the relaxed and informal way that it presents significant artists through changing themed displays – often around landscape, coast and the seasons – so there is always something new to see and buy. High Street, Yoxford, IP17 3EP T: 01728 668027 /


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PEASENHALL A small, picturesque village just inland from the A12. Peasenhall has become home to an increasing number of peafowl families. Both peacocks and peahens can be spotted strutting their stuff around the village throughout the year, and from June onwards they’re joined by numerous chicks. Don’t miss: Taking a gentle stroll through the village punctuated by cafes and specialist shops. Picking up some tasty things from the village deli, Emmett’s.

EMMETT’S OF PEASENHALL Emmett’s is an award-winning Delicatessen and Café selling 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 found within the shop, and enjoyed with local apple juice or their own label Spanish wine. Open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm and Saturday 8.00am – 5pm. The Street, Peasenhall IP17 2HU T. 01728 660250 /


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

CHURCHES OF THE SUFFOLK COAST Suffolk is home to some 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 try a visit to Holy Trinity church at Blythburgh.

The imposing building rises majestically out of the Blyth Estuary, the church 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.


Sibton White Horse is a wonderful historic inn tucked away off the beaten track, with wonky walls, huge inglenooks, ship timbers and old pews harking back to a bygone era, with a warm welcome assured. The pub has been described as ‘cosy country gastro boozer’ and landlords Neil & Gill Mason have won numerous awards during their 14 years behind the bar. The pub also has five well-appointed self-contained bedrooms and in the summer months, Neil & Gill hold regular BBQs in the beautiful courtyard, with salads freshly picked from the kitchen garden. Whether it’s a memorable supper by the fire, a delicious al fresco lunch or a comfortable cosy overnight stay that you’re looking for, rest assured the team will take good care of you. Awarded ‘The Good Pub Guide Suffolk Dining Pub of 2019’, the kitchen team also holds 2 AA Rosettes. Halesworth Road, Sibton, Nr Saxmundham IP17 2JJ T. 01728 660337 /


THE WEAVERS TEAROOM The Weavers Tearoom is an established stop-off point in pretty Peasenhall on the popular A1120 tourist route. Mother and daughter, Sara and Beth, and their team provide a warm welcome. Using local suppliers and producers where possible, they create fresh seasonal menus. Enjoy a full English breakfast, morning coffee with yummy homemade cakes, a light lunch or a delicious clotted cream tea with fresh baked scones. Whatever you fancy the Weavers will have something to tempt you. 2 The Knoll, Peasenhall IP17 2JE T. 01728 660548

GEORGE JUNIPER & CO George Juniper & Co in Peasenhall offers a range of stylish interior products, both old and new. Mark and Beth bring decades of creativity from the worlds of theatre, TV, film and advertising to their carefully curated selection of items, with the aim to inspire and excite people. They also make their own range of bespoke lighting converted from vintage and antique pieces. Come and see for yourself at their shop in Peasenhall or at Snape Antiques Centre. Angel Room, The Street, Peasenhall, Suffolk, IP17 2HJ T: 01728 660 797 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20


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. Making a pit stop at The Eels Foot Inn in Eastbridge, a traditional pub with rooms.

RSPB MINSMERE Minsmere is the RSPB’s flagship nature reserve on the Suffolk coast, rich in birdlife 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 pond dipping. Westleton, Suffolk IP17 3BY T: 01728 648281 /


SUFFOLK FOLK Ben has lived in Suffolk most of his adult life and loves being able to call East Anglia his home. Currently living on a farm in Theberton with his wife Annette and 6 year old daughter Martha. He spends his mornings working as a Stable Yard Manager in Westleton and his afternoons painting local landscapes for his next exhibition and the pet portraits he often has commissions for.




C oopers in Halesworth - I get lots of my art supplies from there and they are always incredibly helpful.


Prezzo in Aldeburgh - we have been taking Martha there all her life and the staff are so welcoming.


Annette and I love the Ship at Dunwich - we recently stayed there for our wedding anniversary and it’s a proper pub with a lovely atmosphere.


Homemade sausage rolls and pasties from the Snug Tearooms, Westleton - they are so good I am almost reticent to tell other people to visit.


Walberswick to the Harbour Inn in Southwold for a meal - magical, especially after school in term-time when there is hardly anyone else about.


Sizewell! Underrated with a great cafe and plenty of parking - I often take the horses there for a paddle!


Space and big skies. Coastal Suffolk is magical.


It’s rubbish. Don’t visit. I want Suffolk all to myself.



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 a cosy one or two-bedroom apartment just a few hundred metres from the beach. Available year-round for weekly or short breaks. Camping & Glamping pitches with electric for caravans, motorhomes and campervans. Eight 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 & toilet block, disabled 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 are 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.

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SAXMUNDHAM Saxmundham is a small market town with good road and 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, stopping off at the museum on the high street on the way. Don’t miss: The Alde Valley Spring Festival, an annual, four week celebration of the arts, food, farming and landscape 27th April – Sun 26th May. 1 19/03/2019 12:44:39

Stylish long menu and local ingredients Sunday Carvery All-day dining every day Welcoming bar and open re Comfy bedrooms – phone for best rates

THE SWEFFLING WHITE HORSE This 200-year-old traditional alehouse is a real hidden gem and a regular winner of the local CAMRA Pub of the Year. It has no bar, drinks are served through a taproom door and all the ales are brewed by small independent brewers within a 40 mile radius. Food is simple - pies in winter and ploughman’s in summer - plus a selection of other snacks. Emphasis here is on quality/ethics rather than quantity, but with normal pub prices. Dog and child friendly. Traditional pub games including bar billiards,

darts and shove ha’penny. Summer accommodation includes yurts, a gypsy caravan and tent pitches, and a 2-bedroom holiday cottage offers year-round accommodation for up to 4 people. The pub is open Fri-Mon from 7pm and Sunday lunch 12-3pm.

Low Road, Sweffling, IP17 2BB T. 01728 664 178 /

JUNIPER BARN By the bridge over the River Alde, in this glorious part of East Suffolk, Juniper Barn Café, Village Shop and B&B in Rendham offers a warm welcome to all. Suffolk foodie treats and essentials can be found in the shop, and home-cooked all-day breakfasts, brunch and lunch, tasty cakes and delicious coffees and teas are served in the café. Cosy up by the wood burner in winter and enjoy the sunny outside seating in warmer weather - walkers, dogs and children are welcome.

Open Monday - Saturday until 4.00pm, Juniper Barn is the perfect place to visit, with plenty to explore within a short drive. B&B guests enjoy breakfast in the café and accommodation in the barn.

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THE WHITE HORSE AT RENDHAM This 17th Century traditional free house pub welcomes both locals and visitors. They serve Suffolk ales, wines and ciders alongside a menu focused on local ingredients, plus a selection of vegetarian options and snacks. Cosy wood burners, a relaxing beer garden, Regular smooth jazz on Saturday nights and fantastic roasts for lunch and dinner on Sundays, add up to make this a friendly, must visit pub. Dogs and children welcome. Open every evening and Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes. Bruisyard Road, Rendham, Saxmundham IP17 2AF T. 01728 663 497 /


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 new 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 Heath 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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Set in beautiful countryside, Leiston has a rich, varied history to discover, from monastic ruin to the industrial heritage of its time as a thriving manufacturing town producing steam tractors, engines and munitions. The importance of the town continues as it provides a home to the nuclear power stations on the nearby coast at Sizewell. 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. 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, Leiston Our programme of events for 2019 THE includes, Steam Up!, Festival of craft & LONG SHOP MUSEUM Print, Works in Wartime, Father’s Day The programme of events at the Show, Suffolk The Day museum Model Railway Com- is 10 minutes from the Long Shop Museummunity for 2019 includes TheA12 atCenSaxmundham, Yoxford, Snape Marketplace, Joker Steam Up!, Festival of Craft & Print, The Long Shop tenary, Museum, Leiston and Aldeburgh, and 45 minutes from Suffolk Steampunk Spectacular, Ipswich, Felixstowe and Lowestoft. Works in Wartime, Father’s Day Our programme of events forPast, 2019Motorbike Show, Model The museum offers free parking Model Railway Show,Harvest Suffolk Day Engineering Show, Real Ale & Music parking is made available includes, Steam Up!, Festival of craft & Community Marketplace, The Joker ,alternative Print, Works in Wartime, Father’s Festival, Final Day Fling and together with a Centenary, Suffolk Steampunk on event days. Model Railway Show,vast Suffolk Day Comarray of supporting evening events Spectacular, Harvest Past, Motorbike munity Marketplace, Thesteam Joker CenShow, Model Engineering Show, Realoutings to local and engine Ale & Music Festival and Final Fling, as tenary, Suffolk Steampunk Spectacular, events. well as a Past, vast array of supporting Harvest Motorbike Show, Model The museum is 10 minutes from the evening events andReal steam Engineering Show, Ale &engine Music A12 at outings to local events. Saxmundham or Yoxford and Festival, Final Fling and together with a Snape and Aldeburgh. 45 minutes from vast array of supporting evening events Ipswich, Felixstowe and Lowestoft. Free and steam engine outings to local Main High Street, Leiston, IP16 4ES Parking in the museum (alternative 01728 832189 / parking is made available on event The museum is 10 minutes days). from the A12 at Saxmundham or Yoxford and Main High Street, Snape and Aldeburgh. 45 minutes fromLeiston, Suffolk, IP16 4ES Ipswich, Felixstowe and Lowestoft. Free Tel: 01728 832189 Parking in the museum (alternative parking is made available on event PARK RUN IS A SERIES OF 5K RUNS LOWESTOFT days).


HELD ON SATURDAY MORNINGS IN AREAS Claremont Pier, NR33 0BS Street, Leiston, IP16 4ES FRITTON OFMain OPENHigh SPACE AROUND THE Suffolk, UK. Fritton Lake Country Park Tel: 01728 832189 They are open to all, free, and are SIZEWELL safe and easy to take part in. Beach Car Park, IP16 4UH So why not give one a go, we have KESGRAVE some great locations along the Millennium Jubilee Hall, IP5 2EN. Suffolk Coast IPSWICH Christchurch Park, IP4 2BE For more information visit FELIXSTOWE Undercliff Road West, IP11 2AE




This fairytale inspired holiday village was dreamt up in the early 1900s and due 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: Spending a night in the clouds for the best views of ­Thorpeness at the House In The Clouds. Finding Neverland on the Peter Pan themed boating lake, boat rentals available from spring through to the end of summer. Delicious afternoon tea at Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel. Searching out vintage and antique treasures at The ­Emporium. Teeing off on the challenging 18 hole championship course at Thorpeness Golf Club. Modern British cuisine at The Dolphin Inn. Catching the windmill turning public access is very limited but if you


catch it open it’s a special sight. Perfect beach for: Having a crafty peek at the beautiful seaside homes. 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.



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.


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 Kingfishers Golf Club is set in 120 longer holes which circle a 5 acre acres of beautiful rural Suffolk. It is conservation area. a picturesque, 18 hole, parkland course with the river Deben winding FELIXSTOWE FERRY GOLF CLUB / throughout. A relaxed club open to FELIXSTOWE all. Located on the picturesque Suffolk coast, the club is over 130 years old and boasts superb views over the River Deben and the historic Bawdsey Manor. KINGFISHERS / CRETINGHAM




A bustling seaside town with a great independent high street, located right on 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. Mouthwatering pastries from Two Magpies Bakery. 15% off at Joules (see their ad inside the front cover for details). Dinner with a sea view at The Wentworth Hotel. An evening 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. Spending the night in the Martello Tower, a fort built to defend against Napoleon in the early 1800s.


Salt and vinegar sprinkled over hot fish and chips then eaten on the sea wall. Exotic Indian cuisine combined with coastal Suffolk produce at Sea Spice at The White Lion Hotel. Artwork from an ever changing collection of weekly residential artists in The Lookout on the beach. Planning your next stay at the Suffolk Hideaways office. Perfect beach for: Watching the local fishermen bringing in their catch while you skim stones over the waves.

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SLATE Like its sister shop in Southwold, Slate is a treasure trove for cheese lovers and foodies. Call in to discover cheese from the finest makers of Britain and Europe, including a selection produced locally in Suffolk and neighbouring Norfolk. With the help of Slate’s knowledgeable team, you’ll find everything you need to create the perfect cheeseboard, including crackers, crispbreads, honey, nuts, chutneys, and preserves. You can pick up provisions for the ultimate picnic or post-beach dinner

from freshly made salads and sandwiches to sausage rolls, pasties and pork pies. Slate also delivers cheese nationwide, so visit their online shop to enjoy Slate cheese direct to your door.

138 High Street, Aldeburgh IP15 5AQ T: 01728 454 052 /

THE RED HOUSE, ALDEBURGH 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 muse and life partner, for nearly two decades. During your visit you can explore their home, attend concerts and events, visit the archive, see the exhibitions, and enjoy the gardens. Family-friendly activities are available during school holidays. The Red House, Golf Lane, Aldeburgh, IP15 5PZ T. 01728 451700 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2018-19 2019-20


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THE PUG AND THE PUSSYCAT Situated along the High Street in the picturesque seaside town of Aldeburgh, The Pug and the Pussycat is a treasure trove of exquisite gifts and home furnishings. Stocking a wide range of greetings cards, unusual presents, delightful candles and room diffusers, beautiful items for the home and a selection of fashion items and accessories, it is a wonderful place to shop. They also sell seaside inspired gifts and unique decorative pieces, such as Cream 179 High Street, Aldeburgh, IP15 5AN T: 01728 452928

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THE CRAGG SISTERS TEA ROOM Celebrating its 70th year, The Cragg Sisters Tearoom is an Aldeburgh institution. Specialising in loose-leaf teas, afternoon teas, cream teas and delicious homemade cakes, all baked daily in their little kitchen, it’s a lovely place to step back in time and relax. They serve simple lunches, using fresh and local produce wherever possible, and there’s a little courtyard garden too which is great in the warmer weather. Dogs and children are always welcome. Gluten-free and vegan options are available daily. 110 High Street, Aldeburgh IP15 5AB T: 07813 552181 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20


JOLI Bringing the best in Danish fashion, design and handmade homewares to Suffolk, Joli offers you a unique collection of wonderful products in a relaxing and comfortable store. Their stock combines a carefully chosen selection of womenswear including Numph and Danefae from Denmark, own-label candles, award-winning English crockery, cushions and throws, a selection of hand-made women’s jewellery, sunglasses from exclusive English brand Bird - the list goes on. 158 Aldeburgh High Street, IP15 5AQ T: 07771 623408 /



Crafted in Aldeburgh, between the sea and the salt marshes, Fishers Gin infuses local herbs and coastal botanicals; capturing the wild and forgotten flavours of the British Isles. Fishers founder, Andrew Heald, whose family has lived in Aldeburgh for many generations, was inspired to create a gin that reflects the power of the sea and the beauty of the wind-swept landscape that surrounds this majestic old fishing town. Botanicals are foraged locally and sourced from remote stretches of the British coastline, paying tribute to the maritime history of these islands. Fishers Gin will be opening a new distillery in Aldeburgh later this year, in a stunning location flanked by the River Alde and the North Sea. Beach Lodge, Brudenell Street, Aldeburgh, IP15 5DD T. 0203 5955360 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20


ALDEBURGH FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL 28th & 29th September 2019

Held in the glorious grounds of Snape Maltings, with the iconic Concert Hall as a backdrop, the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is one of Suffolk’s most exciting food events. Enjoy a huge gathering of 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. Not only is there an amazing array of Suffolk produce, but the festival also has a full programme of Masterclasses, Adnams Drink Experience, cookery demonstrations and a Wild Suffolk area, where local and visiting chefs will show you how to improve your kitchen skills and prepare and serve up delicious meals from scratch.


HARRIS & JAMES Harris & James serves up award winning gelato, small batch roasted coffee and some of the UK’s finest chocolates. The fresh gelato is made in store with local milk and cream and features over 30 tempting flavours, including salted caramel, cherry Bakewell, Jaffa cake, Sherry trifle, award winning chocolate and two daily sorbets. Why not take home some delicious goodies such as the handcrafted chocolates, small batch roasted coffee or freshly baked cakes. 159 High Street Aldeburgh IP15 5AN T: 01728 453676

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You will find the village of Snape where the River Alde widens and becomes tidal, most commonly know for the malting development and concert hall. Don’t miss: The vast Home and Garden Store at Snape Maltings. A unique ­collection of everyday clothing and inspiring accessories for women and men at Samphire. 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. Hiring a canoe or stand up paddle board to explore the creeks at nearby Iken from Iken Canoe. Stopping at nearby Friday Street, home to a Farm Shop and Cafe, Maximus Fish and, perfect for vintage finds. A huge celebration of Suffolk


produce at the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, held at Snape 28th & 29th September. 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 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 three 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.

Priory Road, Snape, IP17 1SA T: 01728 688510 /

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!

Snape Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SR T: 01728 688413 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20


SUFFOLK FOLK Restaurateur and chef Vernon Blackmore has been an integral part of the Suffolk food scene for many years. As well as running The Anchor and the Table in Woodbridge and The Easton White Horse, he also has his own range of award-winning curry sauces, choose spice, and is often busy with outside catering. We track him down for a little flavour of what he loves about Suffolk.





I find it hard to leave at Friday Street without buying something, however small.


We are spoilt for choice in this part of Suffolk but the ones I enjoy and eat in the most are the Ufford Crown, Turks Head in Hasketon, Station Hotel in Framlingham and Riverside in Woodbridge - all very consistent with both service and food.


There is so much! In terms of food produce I love Gressingham Duck, Dingley Dell pork, Sutton Hoo chicken and Stokes Sauces - all within 10 miles of the restaurants.


It’s hard to beat the river walk in Woodbridge.


Covehithe, between Lowestoft and Southwold is a great place to escape from it all - it’s less of a secret than it used to be though.


Great coastline and countryside and a wonderful food culture - the Aldeburgh Food and Drink festival in September is a particular highlight. Suffolk also has much to offer if you need to just relax and escape.


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

TAKE A STROLL FROM SNAPE Starting at Snape Maltings. Turn right so you’re following the road across the river, turn right directly after the bridge and you’ll see the signs for the Sailors’ Path. Follow this route to Snape Warren car park, then take a sharp right along the lane which is signed ‘Aldeburgh’. Carry on past the cottages, over the heathland and alongside woodland up to a metal kissing gate on your right. Pass through into Snape Warren. Red markers will guide you across the SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20

warren. Cross the track and go straight ahead. The path follows a wire fence that leads you across a lane and into woodland where you’ll meet a well-trodden footpath. Take a left turn, this path gives some great views of the River Alde and to Iken Church. Leave Snape Warren via the gate and go right, following the edge of the saltmarsh. Shortly after you enter the woodland, you’ll rejoin the Sailors’ Path leading back to Snape Maltings.



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: Stylish dining at The Crown and Castle. 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. Rewarding yourself with the panoramic view after ­climbing to the top of the towering Orford Castle. Flavoursome, no-nonsense cooking at The Butley Orford Oysterage. Walking through the site of the WWI airfield which is now home to marshland birds, on self guided trails at Orford Ness. The weekly Country Food and Craft Market held in the Town Hall every


Saturday morning from 9am. Watching the sun go down aboard a sunset supper cruise on the Lady Florence or an à la carte dinner during the summer season. Taking a guided tour of the iconic Orford Ness Lighthouse, tours operate on select days so booking is recommended. Visit Did you know: Orford Ness Lighthouse has a huge 4 ton rotating lens, installed in 1914, which makes one full rotation every 15 seconds, flashing once every 5 seconds, casting a beam of light visible for about 25 nautical miles on a clear night.

LADY FLORENCE RIVER CRUISE Built in 1944 as an Admiralty MFV supply boat, the Lady Florence oozes character and history. Offering delicious, freshly-prepared brunch, lunch and supper cruises for up to 12 passengers, the Lady Florence cruises daily from Orford along an area rich in both wildlife and history. Like her sister ship the Allen Gardiner, she operates all year round and is also available as an exclusive private charter. Please get in touch to discuss your exact requirements. T. 07831 698 298 / 01473 558 712

SUFFOLK’S SECRET MILITARY PAST NOW A RENOWNED NATURE RESERVE, THE LANDSCAPE OF NEARBY 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 2019-20

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.



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 once at the centre of a vast network of power and influence. A plethora of local designer makers at Fram Makers Market, 3rd Saturday of month at Unitarian Meeting House. A pint of Victoria at The Station. The Saturday market brimming with local produce and bric-a-brac. Hunting for bargains amongst the numerous antique shops. Lunch with a warm welcome at The Common Room. Rolling down the grassy banks of the castle ­battlements. Browsing for childhood favourites at the


second-hand book shop. Food with a Anglo/French twist at The Lemon Tree Bistro. Treating yourself to a new outfit at one of the stylish boutiques. Dipping for tadpoles down at The Mere, a wildlife reserve below the Castle. Kitting your self out with country clothing at Out and About. Delicious sausage roll 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. His hit single Castle On The Hill immortalises ­Framlingham Castle in song.

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 two pool tables. Castle Street, Framlingham, Woodbridge IP13 9BP T: 01728 724033 /

THE LEMON TREE BISTRO Situated just off the Market Square in Framlingham, The Lemon Tree Bistro is the ideal place to recharge after taking a stroll around this historic town or paying a visit to the Castle. Serving a mix of French and English classics, such as boeuf bourguignon or bangers and mash, they also serve light lunches such as soups, salads and croque monsieur, and a selection of delicious homemade cakes. With comfortable sofas and plenty of space, the cafÊ is perfect for all the family – including the dog! Church Street, Framlingham IP13 9BE SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20



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THE STATION HOTEL Based in the pretty market town of Framlingham, The Station Hotel is a popular pub that serves a varied, honest robust menu and beer brewed locally at The Earl Soham Brewery. With a wood-burning stove offering a warm welcome in the colder months and a sheltered courtyard garden for warm summer evenings, it is a favourite with both locals and visitors. The menu includes dishes such as filet of venison, pan-fried pigeon breast and grilled sea bass, a selection of tempting puddings and

an impressive cheeseboard, and they also serve wood-fired pizzas from 5pm on Thurs-Sat which can be eat-in or take-away.

Station Road, Framlingham IP13 9EE T. 01728 723455 Pizza. 01728 727167 /

THE DENNINGTON QUEEN The Dennington Queen is a stunning C16th country pub with dining, run by chef/owner Jon Reeves and his dedicated team, and a firm favourite with locals. The outdoor seating areas overlook the church while a covered deck area overlooks the village duck pond. The interior is charming, two large inglenooks with roaring fires welcoming you in during the colder months, and the gorgeous, well-appointed restaurant and bar area encouraging diners to dwell perhaps longer than they might

have planned. The food is freshly prepared daily, with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients where possible. Weekday lunch special – 2 courses for £12.50, varied children’s menu and play area. Open 7 days a week – Food served: 12-2pm & 6.30-9pm.

The Dennington Queen, The Square, Dennington IP13 8AB T. 01728 638241 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20



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.

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.

Vegetarian and vegan options are available, as well as smaller portions of most adult meals for children. Their passion for food really shows. Main Road (A12), Marlesford, Woodbridge, IP13 0AG T. 01728 747 717 /



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A fun packed day the whole family will enjoy, Easton Farm Park is a farmyard gem nestled in the Suffolk countryside, where you get to meet all the animals, drive a tractor and join in a wide range of daily activities. The farm is open every day from February half-term until Christmas-time, with lots of indoor and outdoor play and the Barn CafĂŠ serving delicious home grown and homemade goodies. From Easter to September and through the half-term holidays, enjoy pony rides, get to hug a bunny, feed the animals, go on pony and cart rides and lots more plus explore the two indoor heated playbarns and the outdoor adventure playground with a giant bouncy pillow. As well as the variety of daily fun on the farm, Easton Farm Park also arranges special event days throughout the year, including Easter Egg Hunts, Halloween fun, Father Christmas on the farm plus, new for 2019, dinosaurs, circus skills, Space Day and more unicorns! Now taking bookings for a new campsite opening on the farm in July 2019, with an all new loo & shower block - the ideal base to explore the farm and the Suffolk Coast.

Easton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0EQ T. 01728 746475 /


EASTON WHITE HORSE This beautiful 16th century pub is situated in the picturesque village of Easton. Whether you’re basking in the garden in Summer or cosying by the fire in Winter, it’s the ideal year round destination. Great quality pub food, perfect for the whole family, is served 12-2.30pm Monday to Saturday and 12-4.30pm on Sundays. Dinner is 6-9pm Monday to Saturday (closed Mondays in the winter) Every Tuesday is Chiu’s day. Chiu’s Malaysian Kitchen offers a selection of delicious South East Asian food. Easton, Woodbridge, IP13 0ED T: 01728 746 456 /

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 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20



The attractive town of Woodbridge lies a few miles inland on the river Deben, with its thriving sailing, yachting and rowing communities that surround the unspoiled harbour. Don’t miss: Walking the river paths down by the River Deben. Scandinavian inspired living right in the heart of Woodbridge at Vanil. The Tide Mill Living ­Museum for the chance to get up close with the giant mill stones which still grind flour today. Big on flavour sandwiches and great tasting coffee at Honey + Harvey. Wall to wall violins at Woodbridge Violin where the art of restoring and stringing instruments continues. Shopping at some great independent clothing retailers, try Anna, Ninni Noo, Homespun Cashmere, Fanny and Frank, and Holly Blue. ‘Britain’s Tutankhamun’


- Learn about Anglo-Saxon burial mounds within the royal cemetery at nearby Sutton Hoo and the treasures found beneath. Relaxed dining at The Table brasserie style restaurant. 15% off at Joules (see their ad inside the front cover for details). Creating something special you a loved one or even yourself on a 1 or 2 day course at Woodbridge Jewellery Workshop. Did you know: Records show there has been a tide mill on the River Deben since 1170.

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7 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, IP12 1AA 01394 382091

UFFORD PARK Bring the family to Ufford Park Woodbridge. Nestled in the heart of Suffolk, Ufford Park is set in 120 acres of historic parkland and located just off the A12. The 90-bedroom hotel, golf and spa complex is the ideal base for exploring Suffolk’s beautiful countryside or visiting the many local attractions including; Framlingham Castle, the world-famous Snape Maltings or the coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold. 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 Restaurant and Bar serves food all day and offers a relaxed atmosphere, local produce and a seasonally changing menu.

Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1QW T. 01394 383 555 /

KILN FARM NURSERIES Kiln Farm Nursery, just off the A1214 at Kesgrave near Woodbridge, is a family business based on a farm. Owners Ruth and Paul Goudy have a passion for plants and most of their extensive range of shrubs, perennials, trees and bedding plants are grown on site. This year they are running a variety of events designed to inspire people of all ages to enjoy gardening and nature and have opened a Coffee Shop so people can sit amongst the flowers with a cuppa. 10% discount off plants if you show this page at checkout. Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1BJ


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. Milsoms KESGRAVE HALL

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THE TABLE This brasserie style restaurant offers relaxed dining in a characterful building, with its sun kissed courtyard and cosy interior. It’s the ideal setting for light lunches, family gatherings, romantic dinners, or a celebration. Owner Vernon Blackmore’s ethos is that good food comes from using the best local ingredients, whether it’s fish from the quayside or vegetables grown just up the road. Open 11.30 - 2.30pm and 6 - 9pm (closed Sunday and Monday evenings). 3 Quay Street, Woodbridge, IP12 1BX T: 01394 382428 /

THE ANCHOR A traditional pub with a selection of ales, great food and courtyard garden offering indoor, outdoor and dog friendly dining. The menu is compiled of dishes you’d expect in a Great British hostelry, mixed with a variety of dishes that reflect the background and passion of owner Vernon Blackmore. For something different, every Thursday lunch is “Tiffin Time” when a range of authentic South East Asian curries and accompaniment are on offer. Food served 12-2.30pm and 6-9pm all week. 19 Quay Street, Woodbridge, IP12 1BX T: 01394 382649 /


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In the 1700s, the Ives family were curriers in Cratfield, Suffolk. In 1864, Walter Henry Ives established his own curriers business and started manufacturing boots for the wholesale trade while his brother Charles was making boots and shoes for direct sale. The factory invested in new machinery and by 1913 was producing 400 pairs of shoes a week, exclusively for Curl Bros in Norwich. The factory closed in 1925 as the family business developed into shoe retail and by 1930 three Ives brothers, Herbert, Jack and Jim, had shoe shops in Leiston, Halesworth, Diss, Bury St. Edmunds and Littleport.

Today, John Ives in Woodbridge is still a family affair. It is 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. There are two separate shops side-by-side which are dedicated to women’s and men’s footwear and offering brands such as Caprice, Crocs, Dubarry, Ecco, 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.

29 & 31 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1AA T: 01394 386393 (Womens) / 383241 (Mens) /



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RENDLESHAM FOREST Sitting in contrast to the sprawling former USAF Bentwaters ­airbase, Rendlesham Forest is a leafy escape. Packed with opportunities for walking, cycling, nature spotting, or even just picnicking. Don’t miss: The UFO in the forest, take the UFO trail and stumble across a replica of the mysterious craft that was reportedly sighted (IP12 3NF). The original war operations room and battle cabin restored to the original condition at The Cold War Museum at Bentwaters (open 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month plus bank holidays).

STRANGE GOINGS ON Rendlesham is the site of probably the UK’s most famous UFO sightings, and one of the best known sites worldwide, this has lead to it being sometimes called “Britain’s Roswell”.

USAF personnel from the neighbouring airbase were sent to investigate in the following days, and their eyewitness accounts, physical evidence, and official reports have combined to make this one of the most documented and intriguing UFO mysteries of all time.

On three nights in late December 1980, sightings of unexplained lights and glowing metallic objects were reported in the forest of Rendlesham Several books have been written on near the East gate of RAF the topic, and theory after theory Woodbridge by a security patrol. devised but the true explanation of what was behind the strange phenomena remains unknown.



The Oyster Inn, Butley is a cosy village pub serving real ale and home-style pub food on the edge of Rendlesham Forest, in-between Woodbridge and Orford. The pub serves simple lunches and dinners, with regular themed food evenings, and is an ideal staging post for cyclists, walkers, birdwatchers and anyone exploring the Suffolk Heritage Coast. There is traditional folk music on the first Tuesday evening of every month and a pretty beer garden can be enjoyed on warmer days. The pub is also home to a village shop and microbrewery and there is a mini cinema in one of the barns. It welcomes dogs and families and there is plenty of parking and lots of beautiful walks nearby.

Butley, Woodbridge IP12 3NZ T. 01394 459722 / SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20


HOLLESLEY & SURROUNDING The villages of Hollesley and nearby Alderton sit a short way inland from the atmospheric expanse of Shingle Street, with its rumours of failed wartime invasions and iconic coastguards cottages. Don’t miss: Seal spotting from the shingle shore. Jumping in the back of the tractor trailer and taking a scenic tour around the 100 acre farm at The Suffolk Punch Trust where they are dedicated to help protect the critically endangered breed of Suffolk Punch heavy horses.

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. It’s an age-old trip well worth experiencing at least once during a stay in Suffolk.





Joanna Burroughs, a farmer’s daughter from Norfolk, married her own farmer, David, in 1982. They live on the family farm at Wheatacre Hall, and in 2009 converted a number of barns into luxury self-catering holiday accommodation known as Wheatacre Hall Barns and Joanna has been managing, looking after and growing the holiday business ever since. Every day is a busy day, both on the farm and at the barns, with never two days the same!


The Marmalade Tree, Beccles, a great place for gifts and treats for the home.


Wheatacre White Lion – our very special local pub just down the road which is great for a delicious meal.


Twyfords in Beccles – always a bubbling happy place good for a coffee and chat.


Our very own raw milk – fresh from our cows on the farm which is available at Wheatacre Hall Barns and local farmers’ markets, including Halesworth.


Along the seashore from Lowestoft to Pakefield and beyond, usually with my family’s dogs in tow!


Lowestoft - large sandy beach great for family fun.


Stunning coastline and wildlife and wonderful coastal picturesque villages and towns and unspoilt landscapes - and not forgetting warm friendly people.


Home is always a great place to return to.



RAMSHOLT Though tiny, the beautiful hamlet of Ramsholt on the River Deben is a hidden gem. Well worth a visit for peaceful riverside views and a leisurely lunch in the sunshine. Don’t miss: Delicious sharing platters on the sun soaked terrace at The Ramsholt Arms. Perfect beach for: Fossil hunting, spotting shark’s teeth, urchins, crab and fish remains which have come loose from the red crag.

LEGENDS OF THE SUFFOLK COAST Legend tells of a wild man, sometimes described as a merman, who was caught in the nets of a group of fishermen a mile off Orford Ness. Feral, naked and covered in hair, he refused to speak, despite being held captive, tortured and hung by his feet. He was allowed to swim in the sea, guarded by nets on all sides, , but eventually he escaped and was never seen again. Another visitor, this time to Blythburgh, is the ghostly Black Shuck. Also known as Old Shuck or just Shuck, the terrifying huge, black dog with flaming red eyes (or single eye, according to some accounts) is said in folklore to be a savage hellhound, an omen of ill to those who behold him, although in some legends the apparition is said to be a protective companion or guardian to lone travelers. To this day the tale endures, with people still claiming to see Old Shuck stalking churchyards and the countryside.



In contrast to Felixstowe, Felixstowe Ferry is a rural hamlet at the mouth of the River Deben. It’s an unspoiled area ideal for a spot of lunch from a choice of pubs and cafes, and a riverside stroll.

was briefly used as the clubhouse by the club, which was formed in 1880 and is one of the oldest in England.

Don’t miss: A bite to eat in the pub, the Ferry Boat Inn, which ­overlooks the village green. Waving the bat to summon the rowboat foot ferry to take you to Bawdsey, over the river. Pottering along the sandy shoreline and then pausing for a brew at Winkles or the Ferry Cafe. Perfect beach for: Waiting to buy your fresh fish straight from the boats as they arrive back with their catch of the day. Did you know: There are two Martello Towers, T and U, still standing in Felixstowe ferry. Tower T is on the golf course close to the sea wall, it SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20



Felixstowe is a diverse and historic seaside town. A major container port, with four miles of promenade running from quaint Felixstowe Ferry on the river Deben to the north, down to Landguard peninsular and “the docks” in the south. Don’t miss: Landguard Fort, the site of last seaborne invasion of England in 1667. Suffolk Living, the hub for local art and crafts mixed with vintage finds and gifts. Watching the world’s largest container boats from View Point Cafe. Hopping over to Harwich on the foot ferry for a pub lunch. Visiting the new Pier Pavilion, Amusements and Boardwalk café. Stylish homeware at concept store Tea and Kate. The perfect spot for vegan food at The Greenhouse café. Live music and great comedy at The Spa Pavilion Theatre.


Perfect beach for: Families. Sandcastle building, paddling, promenading and swimming, with good amenities. “The Prom” is a magnet for joggers and dog walkers. Did you know: The Port of Felixstowe is the busiest container port in the UK. Each year the port handles over 3.5 million containers which equates to over 40% of Britain’s container trade.

SUFFOLK FOLK Neil’s the engine behind one of Suffolk’s finest pubs. In 2005, with wife Gill and tough criteria to find the perfect property, he searched the country far and wide before finding the Sibton White Horse.



He’s taken this once much under loved pub and turned it into an enviable favourite for locals and tourists alike. Fourteen years on and Neil’s still as enthused as ever.


If it had to be one, Aqua Eight in Ipswich for its consistently good fusion food. Never disappointed.


Gun Hill Beach Kiosk in Southwold on a sunny day. Great view, good coffee and friendly and welcoming.


Adnams need a lot of credit for their quality and diversity but the local micro-brewers get my vote they all stamp their own personality on their beer.


Dunwich Heath - take the trail through the woods and stop for a spot of lunch at the Eels Foot. Continue around the outskirts of Minsmere and follow the beach back to the start.


Covehithe, simply a fantastic beach, one of Suffolk’s best kept secrets. A short walk from the road through the dunes and a scramble down. No facilities there but worth a visit.


The gentle pace of life and the sense of a county where time seems to have stood still. Suffolk is perfect if you enjoy outdoor pursuits.


The tremendous size and wealth of the Suffolk larder. All types of passionate farmers, growers and fishermen that deliver to places like the White Horse and allow us to showcase the finest food.




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: The Maritime Festival, this year taking place on the 17th and 18th August 2019. Lunch, brunch or a candlelit dinner whilst cruising the river aboard The Allen Gardiner River Restaurant. A stroll along the water’s edge. Taking to the water aboard 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. Did you know: Christchurch Mansion is the 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.

ALLEN GARDINER RIVER CRUISE Enjoy river cruise dining at its best on board the historic Allen Gardiner. Offering a choice of delicious, freshly-prepared brunch, lunch, sunset and candlelit dinner cruises for up to 12 passengers, this wooden ship departs daily from the Wet Dock in Ipswich towards the Port of Felixstowe. Every cruise includes an informative commentary on both the history of the river and the wildlife which now inhabits it. Operating all year round, she is also available as an exclusive private charter. T. 07831 698298 / 01473 558712

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 2019-20

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.



Pin Mill sits on the bank of the River Orwell, on the Shotley Peninsula. Once a busy landing point, this picturesque sailing hamlet is made up of a cluster of boatyards and the sailing club alongside a pub, cafe, art studio, and the pretty common, which is an ideal spot for a picnic or stroll. A popular sailing destination, it is home to the renowned annual Pin Mill Thames Barge Match. Don’t miss: Looking out for wrecks which were once cargo vessels, beached along the foreshore, on the nearby 2 mile circular ramble. A well earned lunch at The Butt And Oyster, right by the riverside. Fun for all the family at nearby Jimmy’s Farm. ­Majestic Thames barges competing in the annual barge match 27th July 2019. A day or two developing your artistic skills with ­professional artists


on a course with the Pin Mill Studio. The nearby Suffolk Food Hall with its well stocked shop and cafe. Did you know: Pin Mill was a centre for the repair and maintenance of Thames Sailing Barges, commercial, flat bottomed vessels ideal for shallow estuary waters.

SHOTLEY GATE Shotley Gate is on the tip of Shotley peninsula, where the rivers Orwell and Stour meet and join the North Sea. The marina here makes for a dramatic contrast to the vast Felixstowe port to the north and the port of Harwich to the south. Don’t miss: The Shipwreck Bar and Restaurant for tasty home cooked food and real ale. Learning about the renowned Royal Naval Training Establishment which trained 160,000 men between 1905 and 1976 at the HMS Granges Museum. Taking a walk through the marina, along the banks of the river Orwell and up to St Mary’s Church which dates from the 1400’s. Taking the Foot Ferry, from April to October, to Felixstowe Landguard Fort Beach and Harwich Pier and getting up closer to the giant ships.

THE SUFFOLK SHOW 29TH - 30TH MAY 2019 Held at Trinity Park, on the outskirts of Ipswich, this annual, traditional county show is a celebration of food, farming and the countryside. Enjoy loads of all round family entertainment, spectacular grand ring displays, fabulous shopping, a sport zone, cookery theatre, show

jumping, military zone, stunt horse riders, unique exhibits, have a go activities and hundreds of animals to see. There is a huge choice of local food and drink in the food hall and with live music, fashion and art on offer, the show really does offer something for everyone.

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. So we wanted to highlight some of the new additions that have cropped up or made changes since last year’s guide; all worthy of a visit. SWEETIES - BECCLES This old school sweet shop has shelves stacked high with eye catching jars of tempting sweets which will take you back to your youth. HOMEWOOD & ROSE - LOWESTOFT An independent home interiors store selling contemporary and eclectic home accessories and bespoke furniture.

MAX SOUTHWOLD - SOUTHWOLD Offering an ever changing array of fabulous furniture and accessories, their enthusiasm for their exciting new venture has been inspired by two things, their son Max and Southwold. OLD HALL CAFE AND WALKS - SOUTHWOLD Providing locally sourced, freshly prepared, home cooked food using exciting local ingredients. You can either sit in and admire the views or take away. TWO MAGPIES BAKERY - DARSHAM & ALDEBURGH The ever-popular, award winning artisan bakery has opened it’s doors in two new venues; Aldeburgh & Darsham. The new Darsham will also house space for a bakery school.


NEW TO THE SUFFOLK COAST THE CROSS KEYS, ALDEBURGH The historic Cross Keys pub by the seafront in Aldeburgh has re-opened after a major refurbishment by Adnams.

TAISCE - WOODBRIDGE Pronounced Tash-ka, a new independent men’s boutique with a unique collection of predominantly British made garments including outerwear, denim, knitwear, handmade footwear and luxury staples. CARBON MALE CLOTHING - WOODBRIDGE Selling good-looking clothing from casual to smart from great brands you don’t usually find on the High Street. Catering for gents of all ages and sizes. THE GREENHOUSE CAFE - FELIXSTOWE A family run plant based cafe which puts sustainability and ethics at the heart of what they do including hearty soups, home cooked classics and delicious cakes. DELPHINE’S DINER - FELIXSTOWE A vintage American diner where many of the fittings and accessories are original from the 1940’s & 1950’s. Serving traditional American food using local ingredients and delicious ice cream thick shakes. CAFE TWENTY - IPSWICH Celebrating the beautiful ingredients Suffolk has to offer, in a relaxed environment with a contemporary feel, Café Twenty is the perfect spot in which to enjoy breakfast, lunch or simply catch up over a coffee. SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20


FESTIVALS 2019 With a diverse range of festivals on the Suffolk Coast we are sure there is something for everyone.

INK FESTIVAL NEW CUT, HALESWORTH, 12TH - 14TH APRIL 2019 An annual weekend festival of new short plays, musicals, radio and film. The festival also includes a growing programme of workshops and talks, as well as a children’s programme. ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL: 7TH - 23RD JUNE 2019 Celebrating Britten and America, and reflecting the period in post-war British history when the festival began and when much of what we now regard to be the backbone of our cultural life was launched. FIRST LIGHT FESTIVAL: LOWESTOFT 22ND JUNE 2019 A truly unique, 24 hour long multi-arts beach & beach front festival that, as the sun rises celebrates the UK’s ‘First Light’ of day as it touches Britain on the seafront of its most easterly town. DRUM CAMP FESTIVAL: HULVER FARM, BUNGAY, 11TH - 14TH JULY 2019 World music, from ancient rhythmic traditions to modern beats. The line-up of artists from the African Continent, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, USA and Australia perform across four nights. MAVERICK FESTIVAL: EASTON FARM PARK, 5TH - 7TH JULY 2019 The Maverick Festival is a celebration of Americana and roots music from both sides of the Atlantic, with live music, film & workshops. Featuring over forty different artists, across five stages indoors and out.


FESTIVALS 2019 LATITUDE FESTIVAL, SOUTHWOLD 18TH - 21ST JULY 2019 George Ezra, Snow Patrol and Lana Delrey headline the numerous bands playing across multiple stages and arenas over the weekend. With music, film, poetry, comedy, cabaret and more. EAST ANGLIAN DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL, 31ST AUGUST 2019 Over 30 teams battle it out over the 200m race course at Oulton Broad, the colourful, exciting races are watched by several thousand spectators. Open to everyone, with plenty of bank-side entertainment and food stalls. FOLKEAST: GLEMHAM HALL GROUNDS 16TH - 18TH AUGUST 2019 FolkEast is a festival like no other. A unique combination of music, food and crafts, that feels like a very English fete. One of the top U.K. folk festivals. GRAND HENHAM STEAM RALLY: 21ST - 22ND SEPTEMBER 2019 This annual rally attracts large numbers of exhibitors showing vintage and bygone tractors, cars, army vehicles, fire engines, lorries and of course, steam engines. With on site camping for those wanting to stay. ALDEBURGH FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL: 28TH - 29TH SEPTEMBER 2019 A collection of over 90 food and drink producers from Suffolk, many from just a few miles away, gathered to sell their produce. SUFFOLK RESTAURANT WEEK : 4TH -15TH NOVEMBER 2019 Celebrating our fine restaurants, food, and the people who produce it. Each restaurant taking part offers their usual high standard of food but at incredibly tempting prices. SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20



The Suffolk Coast Path is a beautiful walking route from Lowestoft to Felixstowe. 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 Just type into your web browser.


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 property. 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 beaches

listed. As tempting as it may be, A quiet, idyllic spot for a picnic, a 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 of your litter home... remember take the bells of the drowned village only pictures: leave only footprints. ringing from beneath the waves. ALDEBURGH With a Martello tower, Maggie Hambling’s striking scallop sculpture, the spiralling 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.




If you are looking for the best produce, then look local and support our producers and fishermen.



Emmerdale Farm / Darsham 01728 668648

Pinneys of Orford / Orford Quay 01394 459183 Aldeburgh Fresh Fish Co / Aldeburgh 01728 454570 The Felixstowe Fishmongers / Felixstowe 01394 726356

Marlesford / Woodbridge 01728 747717

Friday Street Farm / Farnham 01728 602783 Goslings / Trimley St Martin 01394 273361

Maximus Fish / Friday Street 01728 605578

MARKET DAYS For years, market days have been part of Suffolk life. Providing an opportunity to purchase local produce and essentials. Most towns have designated market areas. • Southwold - Monday, Thursday, Farmers Market Friday

• Woodbridge - Farmers Market 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month

• Orford - Saturday

• Snape Maltings - Farmers Market 1st Saturday of each month

• Saxmundham - Wednesday, Farmers Market - Friday • Framlingham - Tuesday and Saturday

• Aldeburgh - Farmers Market 3rd Saturday of each month

DISABLED FRIENDLY We spoke to Sasha Ayres of Mollett’s Farm luxury holiday accommodation, to give us some tips for visitors of mixed ability parties to Suffolk. At RSPB Minsmere you can discover some of the UK’s rarest wildlife. There’s a mix of different paths through the reserve both flat and undulating. Some of the nature trails and four hides are adapted for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The Long Shop Museum in Leiston is a unique outpost of industrial Britain in rural Suffolk. It was home to the world’s first production line and houses a fascinating array of products manufactured by Leiston Works. There is level access to most of the displays, although the first floor of the Long Shop is only accessible by an original, steep stairway. At Sutton Hoo you can visit the ancient burial mounds and discover the incredible story of the Anglo Saxon ship burial, with stunning replicas and original finds from one of the mounds. Much of it is level access and care has been taken to make many of the walks accessible too.

Both these places have decent accessible toilets. Southwold Pier is also worth a visit. This quirky, nostalgic seaside adventure has plenty to keep you amused. It has good level access and accessible toilets. For the more adventurous there is Africa Alive! at Lowestoft. With about 100 acres of parkland which is considered reasonably wheelchair friendly, although some access is over grass. Snape Maltings, Home of Aldeburgh Music has something for everyone – eateries, shops, galleries and concert halls. Care has been taken to make much of it accessible. Mollett’s Farm provides self-catering holiday cottages which are accessible to all, with special attention paid to the needs of visitors with disabilities.

Aldeburgh and Southwold offer two very different seaside experiences. At Aldeburgh you can hire an all terrain wheelchair to go on the shingle beach, and there are paths alongside which are very accessible. SUFFOLK COAST THE GUIDE 2019-20



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. We have loads of dog friendly places for an overnight stay, pubs for lunch, miles of beaches. PERFECT PLACES TO STAY The Westleton Crown, Westleton Their rooms don’t just come with sumptuous bedding for you but also a blanket for your companion alongside a water bowl and dog biscuits. Milsoms Kesgrave Hall With its sumptuous dog-friendly bedrooms and 38 acres of lawn and woodlands for you and your pooch to explore, this place is dog-friendly par excellence!


Holiday Cottages All of the major holiday letting agencies have dog friendly cottages available, ask for details of what’s available. PERFECT PUBS Many pubs will welcome your four legged friend with open arms while some go that extra mile. The Ship at Dunwich

Welcomed with a treat, your dog is free to play in their large garden while you enjoy a meal outside. Alternatively they are also welcome to dine with you in the bar or conservatory.

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 dogs’ recall then please keep them on a lead close to bird nesting areas. Most restrictions are ­lifted from October - April. Our pick of the following beaches are restriction free. Corton Sands, Lowestoft Sizewell Beach A beach at England’s most easterly Boasting a fabulous coastline, a walk point, which means it can get a tad in either direction will always be blowy, and your hound can enjoy rewarding, coming back to freshly chasing after the rolling sand, swept prepared fish and chips that you can up by the wind. enjoy at the beach café whilst your pooch takes a welcome rest. 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.


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.


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 2019/20 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.

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


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SUFFOLK COAST TIDES 2019/20 Please note these are only an approximate time rounded to the nearest hour and should only be used as a guide. If you are looking for the exact times and heights we would recommend picking up a tide time table.

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


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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, Farnham, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Martlesham, Felixstowe, Ipswich.


Woodbridge Library, New Street,Woodbridge, IP12 1DT T. 01394 383789 Aldeburgh Cinema, 51 High Street Aldeburgh, IP15 5AY T. 01728 453637

Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7BY T. 01394 383789 Ipswich, St Stephen’s Church,.St Stephen’s Lane, Ipswich, IP1 1DP T. 01473 258070




Police, Ambulance, Fire and Coastguard 999 / 112

Fromus Veterinary Group Southwold - 01502 725132 Saxmundham - 01728 602599

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

Ipswich Veterinary Centre - Ipswich - 01473 555000


Castle Vets - Framlingham 01728 723480.

West Suffolk Hospital, Hardwick Lane, Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 2QZ


The Ipswich Hospital, Heath Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 5PD

Hart cars - Saxmundham - 01728 602009

James Paget Hospital, Lowestoft Rd, Gorleston-on-Sea, NR31 6LA

NK’s - Southwold - 07449 145467

DOCTORS/DENTISTS NHS non-emergency - 111

Woodbridge Cars - 0800 0936612 BUS/RAIL SERVICES National Rail Enquiries - 08547 484950 Anglian Bus - 01502 711109

Border Bus

- 01502 714565

First Bus - 03456 020121 Harwich International Port - 01255 242000












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