Suffolk is brimful of unspoilt joys, but don't tell anyone...
Southwold is certainly a delight. A buckets and spades beach; the fine Adnams beer and unique boutiques, the award winning eating houses and the pretty little streets lined with beautiful painted cottages. From the harbour full of fish shops and children crabbing you can take a rowing boat ferry to the pretty village of Walberswick or a short drive to the fascinating old village of Dunwich (a city lost to the sea) and the nature reserves of Minsmere. Further south to the river and concert venue of Snape, and the uniqueness of Thorpeness with its house in the clouds. Further south to the sophisticated towns of Aldeburgh and Woodbridge.
And if you don't believe us...
Hear what The Times has to say about Southwold:
The beach is enlivened by bright windbreakers, cricket stumps and intense bucket and spade activity. Kites crisscross the sky. Children run in and out of the rows of beach huts.
A great video on the area from the Telegraph:
Find out what there is to see and do in sunny Suffolk, from sandcastles to historic castles there are plenty of sights to keep the children amused, and don't forget to sample the delicious fish and chips at the seaside.
The Independent :
A veritable heaven on earth.
The Eastern Daily Press :
You will find no "kiss-me-quick hats" here, but you will find a number of antique and gift shops. Southwold is also famous for its amber and its beer-Adnams brewery, which brews real ales popular with discerning drinkers well beyond the borders of Suffolk.
Events - 2011
All year round events organised through Adnams
Adnams is proud to take part in a series of fantastic Food and Drink Festivals and Events in 2013. Our major sponsorships include the Suffolk Show, the Royal Norfolk Show, the Essex Food & Drink Festival and the Tour Cycle Series, to name just a few.
You’ll find our latest beer and spirit releases on the Adnams Boat Bar, as well as year-round favourites. New wines, beers, spirits and Adnams goodies can also be purchased at the Adnams Cellar & Kitchen mobile beach hut.
Click on the link to veiw all their events
Aldeburgh food and drink festival 27th September-13th October
Come and celebrate the abundance of good local food and drink in Suffolk at the 8th Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival.
Over 80 producers, some familiar and some new, will gather at Snape Maltings over the weekend of 28-29 September. There will be live demonstrations - celebrity chefs including Valentine Warner, Thomasina Miers, Sarah Raven, and Daniel Clifford of Midsummer House in Cambridge alongside our local stars including Madalene Bonvini-Hamel of the British Larder, and Paul Foster of Tuddenham Mill.
Aldeburgh music -Snape Maltings Concert Hall-All year.
Aldeburgh music - Continuing its rich artistic tradition, Aldeburgh Music presents a packed season of contemporary performances and exhibitions during the autumn and winter 2013 with Benjamin Britten season through September and November
Southwold and Aldeburgh Summer Theatre-till September 2013 and again in the Summer of 2014
Southwold and Aldeburgh Summer Theatre - Coming to a close at the start of September 2013 but back in 2014
Henham park Nr Southwold -Thursday 17th July-Sunday 20th July 2014
Latitude - has gone from being a boutique event and a reasonably well-kept secret to a major date on the festival calendar. With its "more than just a music festival" motto – it also hosts theatre, comedy, poetry and film – it's the sort of thing you can take the kids (or their grandparents) to, and plenty of people do just that.
Ways With Words-Southwold- 7-11th November 2013
Ways With Words - Five glorious star-studded days of books, ideas and lively debate in the beautiful seaside setting of Southwold. This years speakers include Kate Adie, John Snow and Jeremy Paxman.
Southwold switch on- December 6th 2013
Switch On of Christmas Lights Enjoy Southwold’s traditional ‘Switch On’ of the Christmas lights. Partake in the music, shopping, fun and frolics in the Market Square and of course the ‘Switch On’ by Father Christmas.