The first thing you notice on the seafront at Southwold is the traditional seaside pier. Potter around the shops, stop for coffee and cake or a light lunch then take a bracing walk along the boards and fill your lungs with salty sea air. The pier is home to the quirkiest collection of games in ‘The Under The Pier Show’ and the cheeky Water Clock that chimes every half an hour.
The lighthouse, which dominates the skyline in the town, is still in use and candy coloured beach huts line the seafront. The beach is a mixture of sand and pebble perfect for playing, sunbathing, walking and even surfing if the weather is favourable.
The high street is full of independent shops for all tastes including designer clothes and shoes, food, children’s clothes, contemporary local art, glass, jewellery, crafts and antiques from the Southwold Antiques Centre There’s also an antiques fair at the end of August each year.
After a morning pottering around the shops it’s time for lunch at The Sole Bay Fish Company where you can share a seafood platter of lobster, crab, prawns, mussels and smoked salmon or try fish and chips, some fresh local bread and a glass of wine by the harbour.
A brewery or distillery tour of Adnams gives you a fabulous insight into how they brew their beer and make their spirits. Or you could even make gin for yourself or as a gift for friends or family on their special ‘Make Your Own Gin’ experience.
The need to knows
- Southwold: 12 miles
- Aldeburgh: 14 miles
- Thorpeness: 10 miles
- Orford: 15 miles
- Walberswick: 13 miles
- Dunwich: 15 miles