An elegant seaside town with sandy beaches which regularly win ‘Blue Flag’ awards. The town itself has many attractions including a Regency High Street, spacious greens, charming cottages, the lighthouse, the famously expensive beach huts, traditional working fishing harbour, the horsedrawn brewery dray and the newly restored pier and Electric Picture Palace. The town is the home of Adnams brewery and there are many excellent pubs recommended in good pub guides. Golf, sailing, horse riding, tennis, crabbing and other sports are available in Southwold.
Walberswick (4 miles): Charming village set around a green, with an two excellent pubs, fine sandy beach and sand dunes.
The majestic church of Blythburgh (“the Cathedral of the Marshes”) is the venue for some of the concerts of the Aldeburgh festival. There is a shop/post office in the village and a good village pub, recommended in the Good Pub Guide, with outside seating area and marvellous views. There are many excellent walks and cycle rides in the locality and birdhides in the nearby Hen Marshes.
Aldeburgh (13 miles)
The home of the composer Benjamin Britten, Aldeburgh is a popular, elegant seaside family resort with many working fishing boats pulled up on the shingle, fresh fish to be bought and renowned fish and chip shops.
Bird Sanctuary (8 miles)
The showcase of the RSPB -Bitterns, Marsh Harriers, Avocets, Godwits and even an occasional Spoonbill can be seen.
Sandlings and Dunwich Heath (8 miles)
The Sandlings are an area of lowland heath of international importance with reed beds, mudflats, low crumbling cliffs, shingle beaches, peaceful woodlands, rough grazing and salt marshes. Dunwich Heath is an important National Trust Nature Reserve where night jars are often heard.
Maltings (14 miles)
The home of the world famous Aldeburgh Festival of Music, this is also a most beautiful site, with spectacular views over the reed beds and the River Alde.
Ipswich, Norwich and Felixstowe are 30-35 miles away. Lowestoft is about ten miles, Great Yarmouth 20.
The Norfolk Broads start about 10 miles away, at the pleasant towns of Bungay and Beccles.
Other places of particular interest in the area include: Sutton Hoo and restored tidemill at Woodbridge (20 miles). The Church-within-a-church at Covehithe. Working windmill at Thorpeness. Orford and Framlingham Castles.
Shopping: There are good individual shops in Southwold and Halesworth and many interesting shops nearby. There are farmshops, farmers markets and many roadside stalls selling fresh local produce. Local fish is excellent, and there is a small market in Southwold on Monday and Thursday. Adnams beer and wine.
Restaurants: there are many excellent pubs and restaurants in the area, at all prices. For a special celebration we receommend the Crown and the Swan in Southwold, the Queens Head at Bramfield or the Anchor in Walberswick.
Spring: Aldeburgh Spring and Easter music festivals. Southwold literary festival (May). Glorious bluebell woods at end of lane (April, May). Lambs and calves in adjacent fields. Southwold Trinity fair (May). Grey plover, black-tailed godwit, bar-tailed godwit, whimbrel.
Summer: Sandy beaches at Southwold, Walberswick and elsewhere. Meals on the terrace and in our meadow. Plenty of sports locally. Boating on the Broads. Aldeburgh International Festival (June, with some concerts at Blythburgh), Summer Proms (August). The Latitude Festival is within walking distance. Southwold Summer Theatre. Walberswick Crabbing. Westleton Wild Flower festival (end July), Barrel Fair (August). Shelduck, redshank, common tern, swallows on our roof.
Autumn: Southwold Jazz festival (Sept). Henham Steam Rally (Sept). Southwold Literary festival (Nov). Lovely autumn colouring over the estuary. Britten festival (Snape). Grey plover, spotted redshank, greenshank, whimbrel.
Winter: Log fires. Christmas lights festival, Southwold (Dec). Good walks locally and excellent pubs. Bird watching from the barns windows: Wigeon, shelduck, spotted redshank.