SAXMUNDHAM (3 miles)
Saxmundham is a popular market town on the River Fromus at the centre of Suffolk’s Heritage Coastal region, with many interesting shops as well as banks and a large supermarket. Saxmundham also hosts a small market every Wednesday.
FRAMLINGHAM (4 miles)
Framlingham is one of the prettiest small towns in this rural part of Suffolk. With its Castle, Mere and delightful old buildings, it makes the perfect day out or a wonderful base to explore this timeless part of eastern England. Framlingham has a central market square, hosting a wonderful market every Tuesday & Saturday mornings, and offering a wide choice of great pubs, shops and restaurants – there’s something to suit all budgets and tastes. In recent years, ‘Country Life’ magazine has voted Framlingham the number one place to live in the country.
SNAPE (7 miles)
A world famous music venue, hosting opera, concerts and recitals performed by some of the greatest artists of the twenty first century. Snape Maltings is a unique collection of granaries and malthouses nestled beside the River Alde. Shops, galleries and the concert hall fill the old buildings where local barley was once malted.Today Snape Maltings is an inspiring place to visit for a unique day out on the Suffolk Coast, offering a stunning array of craft and antique shops and hosting a farmers market on the first Saturday of each month. There are a variety of local walks starting at Snape Maltings that offer plenty of opportunities to explore the local landscape – hugely popular with walkers, birdwatchers and nature lovers.
THORPENESS (10 miles)
This small village was created by Scotsman Glencairne Ogilvie as a tudor style fantasy village for friends and family to holiday in. Much inspiration for the village came from close family friend J.M Barrie’s book Peter Pan. The meare at Thorpeness covers 60 acres, with over 40 acres of water – none of which is more than 3 ft deep. This, together with the vast array of craft available to hire (including rowing boats and kayaks) makes this a fabulous and safe place for all the family to enjoy.
DUNWICH (11 miles)
Dunwich is one of our favourite places in the UK. Once a thriving city, with an important boat building industry and harbour, home to an impressive fleet of royal ships – much of Dunwich has since been lost as the sea and wind undermined the cliffs. Now a sleepy Suffolk village on a remote and beautiful stretch of Suffolk coastline with a host of heathland and shore-side walks, shady woods and sandy cliffs and magnificent flowering heather. A truly lovely place to visit, with stunning views, good food, tea and gifts at the old Coastguard Cottages. Nearby Minsmere RSPB nature reserve offers nature trails, birdwatching hides, regular family events and a visitor centre with a shop and licensed tearoom.
ALDEBURGH (11 miles)
This pretty seaside town has a lot to offer besides it’s spotless shingle beach. Famous for it’s excellent fish & chips, Aldeburgh also has an array of delightful shops and restaurants, and a cinema – hosting a Children’s Film Festival in October and numerous special events, including live opera & ballet from the New York Met & the Royal Opera House.
ORFORD (11 miles)
A place to get away from it all – Orford is a quiet and friendly fishing town and former port with a medieval castle. Here you can enjoy a river cruise, a trip to the RSPB sanctuary on Havergate Island, or just sit and watch the world go by at one of the restaurants or tea rooms. You could also visit one of the famous smokehouses stocking a fabulous array of locally caught fresh fish and tasty smoked produce. A large spit at the end of the river, Orford Ness is a sanctuary for birds and other wildlife and offers many walks for birdwatchers and nature lovers. No visit to Orford is complete without sampling the wares at the award-winning Pumphouse Bakery. Their eccles cakes are amazing…
WOODBRIDGE (12 miles)
The riverside town of Woodbridge offers a wonderful array of antique stores, boutiques, smart shops and delis – as well as an abundance of fine restaurants. Situated on the banks of the river Deben, Woodbridge is home to one of the earliest, and the last working tide mill in the UK. Woodbridge is also just across the river from probably the most important Anglo-Saxon site in the UK – the Sutton Hoo Saxon royal burial ship.
SOUTHWOLD (15 miles)
Southwold is home to the famous award-winning pier with it’s novel and intriguing array of unusual amusements ‘under the pier’ and fantastic eateries. A quintessentially English resort town, Southwold has a stunning blue flag beach with it’s famously pretty coloured beach huts, working lighthouse, boating lake and wonderful coastal footpaths and walks. With the North Sea to the east, the River Blyth to the southwest and the Buss creek to the north, Southwold is almost an island – meaning it can offer lots of water based amusements, including waterskiing, windsurfing and boat trips. It’s unusual landscape has also meant that it has avoided any major development and is instead seen as the town that time forgot. A unique night out is “The Electric Picture Palace” – a 68-seat cinema designed in 1912 style, with a rising ‘Tiny Wurlitzer’ organ, an old fashioned kiosk, and usherettes.