Discover The Beauty of Suffolk This Summer
A staycation in Suffolk will allow you to explore spectacular coastal landscape and experience pretty seaside towns.
The staycation industry is set to enjoy an incredible boom later this year as millions of Brits opt to holiday within the UK after the lockdown has ended. Those that visit Suffolk’s beautiful coastline will soon realise that there was never any need to venture further afield. Visitors will be rewarded with pretty coastal towns and breath-taking scenery along sandy beaches. With a coastline that stretches 65 miles from Felixstowe to Lowestoft, here are some of the highlights.
Southwold is one of the most popular places to visit in Suffolk, and it’s an absolute gem. The sandy beach at Southwold is a major selling point which is why families flock here every year.
The town includes a multitude of seafood restaurants and the odd café for more hearty fare. Southwold’s Pier is a true classic and a gambling-free zone. Instead, it’s packed full of friendly arcade games and eateries such as the Boardwalk Restaurant. You’ll also find everything you need for fun in the sand stocked in shops along the Pier. Whilst you’re in the area, a Suffolk holiday cottages owner recommends visiting Adnams in Southwold, where you can book a brewery tour to learn more about their 650 years of brewing history.
Aldeburgh is a small seaside town which attracts an arty community due to its connection with Benjamin Britten who also founded the annual Aldeburgh Festival, held in June. The town is said to have inspired his opera Peter Grimes. Nowadays, the town is synonymous with fishing, and visitors will be able to buy the daily catch from huts that line the pebble beach.
Dunwich Heath and Beach
This National Trust nature reserve is home to abundant crops of heather as well as gorse covered sand dunes and heathland. Historically, it was a busy port which rivalled London, but storms throughout the 1400s and 1500s destroyed the town completely. Now it has a small population of just 100 people which certainly adds to its charm. If you’re going for a walk on the heath, keep an eye out for wildlife including red deer, or seal and porpoises off the coast.
You can get to Orford Ness by taking a ferry boat from the village of Orford from June to September only. Orford Ness has been used for research purposes from the Napoleonic Wars right up to the Cold War. But its other claim to fame is that the Ness is the longest natural shingle spit in Europe. Visitors will also enjoy the rare plants and wildlife found within the nature reserve here.
If you like crabbing, then why not head to the UK’s crabbing capital at Walberswick? This beautiful hamlet is a short ferry ride from Southwold across the estuary. You can expect golden sands on an expansive beach backed by dunes. To take in the wider area, use Walberswick as your base to take in the surrounding heaths.
The only problem with venturing to Suffolk for your next staycation is that there’s so much to explore. But that’s a problem that can be resolved by returning to this spectacular part of the country year on year!