Suffolk Coast Holidays and Weekend Breaks
Be inspired by big skies on a short break or holiday on the Suffolk coast. Roam the diverse and stunning landscapes, beaches and areas of outstanding natural beauty along Suffolk’s historic and famous coastline. Indulge in Suffolk’s quirky and stylish seaside towns; Southwold and Aldeburgh to name just two, offering superb local fare and a generous helping of independent shops. Indulge the senses through an abundance of natural experiences, vibrant and exciting cultural events and discover heritage dating back to the Anglo-Saxons.
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Isles of Scilly
The Isles of Scilly are a beautiful cluster of islands, just off the coast of Cornwall.
The Western Lake District coast is an undiscovered natural landscape - a beautifully rugged coastline.
Things to do in Suffolk
Britten Centenary (until 22 Nov 2013)
Year-long festival celebrating the life and works of international composer Benjamin Britten who was influenced by the timeless Suffolk landscape, sea and big skies.
HighTide Festival (2 - 12 May)
HighTide Festival is the world’s first producing Festival of new plays. Now in its seventh year, the Festival returns to Halesworth to present fresh and contemporary theatre from local, national and international playwrights.
Suffolk Walking Festival (11 May – 2 Jun)
The 6th annual Suffolk Walking Festival will be bigger and better than ever with over 50 walks across the county. All walks are led by expert guides and for 2013 there will be a Coastal Challenge Walk along the stunning coastline of Suffolk.
Latitude Festival at Henham Park (18 – 21 July)
Recently named 'Best Family Festival', Latitude returns for a spectacular eighth edition, taking place in the summer.
Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival (28 & 29 Sept)
Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival has become one of the most established food festivals in Britain. Held in the unique setting of the historic Victorian Snape Maltings, situated on the river Alde and surrounded by marshland and reed beds, it demonstrates a strong connection between the countryside and the food it provides.
- Britten Centenary (until 22 Nov 2013)
Have a day out at Southwold and visit the award-winning Southwold Pier, not forgetting the Under the Pier Show with quirky arcade games!
Get your taste buds flowing and attend a ‘Food Safari’ – unique food event especially for Children.
The Meare in Thorpeness
Take a boat out on The Meare in Thorpeness. The water’s only 3 ft deep so it’s a safe environment where children can go boating.
Take the Coastal Voyager boat trip from Southwold, a high-speed 30 min boat trip around Solebay.
Visit Pleasurewood Hills, the top theme park in Suffolk with 50 acres of fun filled rides.
- Southwold Pier
Suffolk Food & Drink
Enjoy a taste of Adnams in Southwold. Its famous Suffolk beer has been brewed there for over 150 years and all around the town you will experience the influences of the brewery.
Inn to Inn walking
Combine a breathtaking walk with good hearty fare, afternoon tea and a cosy stay. Walks with a purpose are the key; head from one charming inn to another on a circular walk between The Westleton Crown and The Ship at Dunwich.
Field to Fork Experience
Unique cookery courses and food events that go further than the traditional cookery school, giving you the opportunity to see the origins of really great food.
Pinney’s of Orford
Experience the culinary delights of three generations Pinney’s who have grown oysters at Butley Creek since the 1950s. Their traditional smokehouse supplies fresh smoked fish every day including trout, mackerel, wild salmon and eel!
Suffolk Food Hall
Suffolk Food Hall is the finest market place for tasty local fayre anywhere in Suffolk. The impressive Cookhouse Restaurant takes in panoramic views of the River Orwell.
Suffolk’s Top Beaches
Aldeburgh is the perfect traditional seaside escape with pebble beach and pastel-coloured 19th century holiday villas lining the promenade.
For a beach with a great local pub, The Ship, you can’t beat Dunwich Beach. The heath above is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, ideal for walkers and cyclists looking to experience nature at its best.
Britain's most easterly town is an ideal holiday and short break destination for all ages, with a mix of vibrant sandy beaches, coastal walks and quality family attractions set within a back drop of traditional Victorian seaside gardens.
A quintessential seaside town with golden sandy beaches, hut-lined promenade and award winning pier.
The small seaside village of Walberswick sits at the mouth of the River Blyth. Beautiful sand dunes and tarred wooden huts overlook the river. Watch out for the annual crabbing championships!
Discover one of England’s most complete and unusual keeps at Orford Castle. Absorb the views of Orford Ness from the top of the keep – a designated nature reserve with a fascinating 20th century military history, or take a short boat trip to the remote shingle spit.
Walk around the burial mounds and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king.
A ‘privately built fantasy holiday village’ for long-stay holiday makers for more than 100 years, Thorpeness has a mysterious man-made lake ‘the meare’ which is said to have inspired J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.
The Lost City of Dunwich
The ‘lost city’ of Dunwich, once the capital of the Saxon Kingdom, was mostly lost to the north sea apart from a 13th century ruin of a Franciscan friary. Now you’ll find a gastro-style 17th century pub, aptly named The Ship Inn - a Martin Parr-esque style tea room, and, of course, the awe-inspiring vistas.
Tread the well-worn ‘Sailors’ Path’ from Aldeburgh to Snape meandering the River Alde, ancient woods and reed beds to its finale at Snape Maltings - the perfect respite for shops, eateries and galleries, and home to the World-famous Snape Proms and Benjamin Britten.
- Orford Castle