Things to do in Southwold

A guide to the wide range of things to see and do in and around Southwold Suffolk

Southwold is a pretty unspoilt seaside town situated on the heritage coast.  It has a beautiful long sandy beach which is adorned by colourful beach huts, a working lighthouse, harbour and stylish pier.  The unique town consists mainly of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian properties and has lovely open green areas.  Shops range from high quality butchers, greengrocers, delicatessen to chic boutiques and art galleries.  There is a good chice of hotels and restaurants and local pubs which sell the locally brewed Adnams Ales.  The area is great for family days out on the beach or walking or cycling with miles of footpaths and quiet roads and tracks to cycle along.  There is a cycle hire shop in Southwold which stocks bikes of all sizes and for more inland cycling there is a good cycle shop at nearby Darsham.  Southwold also has it's own Golf Course, part of which can be seen from The Creek House, public tennis courts can also be hired at Southwold Golf Course. The area is known for it's literacy festivals both in Southwold and nearby Aldeburgh.  There is also sailing as well as it's abundant wildlife, including RSPB Minsmere, ensuring there is plenty to appeal whatever your interests.  Children will enjoy taking the hand rowed ferry across the river from Southwold to Walberswick to practice their crabbing skills whilst grown ups will appreciate the areas wealth of pubs and restaurants. Here are some suggestions of things to do during your stay at The Creek House.


Coastal Voyager:

Launching from Southwold Harbour, the Coastal voyager offers an exhilarating ride around Sole Bay, perfect for the adrenalin seeker! The high speed journey out to sea is one of the most popular trips in which the 400hp Coastal Voyager is put through its formidable paces in a 30 minute tour of Sole Bay.

If you prefer something a little more sedate, the 30 minute River Blyth cruise passes through a protected area, which includes many important birds including Marsh Harriers, Heron, Cormorants and Osprey and if you are really lucky you may see a seal or two sun bathing on Marsh islands.


The trip includes a stop at the Blythburgh White Hart Pub, enough time for a meal on their lunch or evening cruise.

Southwold Pier:

Southwold Pier has been fully renovated in recent years and is one of the finest piers in Britain! It features a fantastic value Boardwalk restaurant which has a varied menu and another cafe which sells cakes and panninis.  There is also a variety of gift shops and a 'wacky under the pier Show' with it's hand built imaginative slot machines.

Africa Alive:

Situated up the coast from Southwold in Kessingland, this offers the most wonderful family safari experience.  Uniquely the animals roam together, as on the African Savannah, across 100 acres of dramatic coastal parkland - take a trip on the safari road train, watch the lions from the Lookout lodge, see feeding displays, take the kids to Farmyard corner, walk through the Lemur enclosure and visit the discovery centre.

Jimmy's Farm

Situated South of Ipswich is television's favourite Jimmy's Farm.  This is a fantastic place for a fun family day out.  Walk the nature trail, explore the woodlands and gardens, visit the farm shop and field kitchen and let the kids loose in the Adventure Play Area.

Pleasurewood Hills

Awarded Best Visitor Experience at the 2009 Tourism in Suffolk Awards, this 50 acre theme park is situated on Suffolk's beautiful coastal landscape and offers something for all the family - from adrenalin fueled coasters and log flumes to children's rides and sea lion and circus shows.  The park's latest thrill is the wipeout rollercoaster, the tallest, fastest and most extreme roller coaster in the East of England that travels up to 50mph and pulls over 5Gs! If you need a rest from all the excitement or roller coasters aren't your thing then you can always take a ride on a chairlift across the park lake or hop upon the railway.


Places to stay in Suffolk

The Creek House is a beautifully renovated contemporary large detached house in Suffolk, which sleeps up to 12 people. It offers spacious and stylish five bedroomed accommodation with superb panoramic views across fields and Buss Creek towards the beautiful seaside town of Southwold.