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
Royal Wedding celebrations in Southwold
The Town Council is organising an event on Gun Hill on Saturday, 30th April to celebrate the Royal Wedding the previous day. There will be music from 7.30 pm onwards, followed by the lighting of the Beacon at 8.00 pm, the firing of the cannons at 8.45 pm and fireworks at 9.00 pm. The Southwold (Sole Bay) Lions Club will be offering hot and cold drinks and a barbecue, and a marquee will be erected to provide some shelter should the evening be cold
Southwold and Aldeburgh Summer Theatre-7th July 2011-10th September 2011
Southwold and Aldeburgh Summer Theatre - A heady mix of theatre-‘AND A NIGHTINGALE SANG, FIDDLERS THREE, MOVE OVER MRS MARKHAM, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, Agatha Christie's LOVE FROM A STRANGER
Henham park Nr Southwold -Friday 14th to Sunday 17th July 2011
- 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. http://www.latitudefestival.co.uk/2011/
The British open crabbing championship-Walberswick-Date TBC. But has been at the begining of August in the past.
Lowestoft Air show-Thursday 11th and Friday 12th August
Our fantastic air display will take place again next year on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th August. Held along the sea front, along one of East Anglia's finest beaches, the coastline provides a natural coastal amphitheatre that is a great venue for watching the thrilling aerial displays
Jimmy’s Farm Harvest Festival- Nr Ipswich- 9th-12th September 2011
- Fans of food, music and general festival fun get ready to end the summer in style by picking up Harvest at Jimmy’s tickets and joining Jimmy Doherty from the BBC’s Jimmy’s Farm for a weekend of fine music and fare in the Suffolk countryside- http://www.harvestatjimmys.com/
Ways With Words-Southwold- 10 - 14 November 2011
Ways With Words - Five glorious star-studded days of books, ideas and lively debate in the beautiful seaside setting of Southwold. Past speakers include Michael Beurke, Sandi Toksvig and Kate Adie.
Southwold switch on- Dates TBC
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.