by lauren | Sep 15, 2015 |

Top 10 Things to Do in Southwold


Planning a family holiday to the much loved coastal town of Southwold? Or perhaps you merely want a day trip. Read on for our Top 10 Things To Do in Southwold to make the most of your visit to this part of the Suffolk coast.


 1) Take them to the movies

For an intimate and memorable cinema and theatre experience, look no further than the Electric Picture Palace, Southwold. This 70 seat venue is steeped in history and is laid out in a traditional style, including an original organ! From here you can enjoy popular film classics as well as new releases and theatre screenings.

For the avid historian, tours of the cinema are also available. Lasting for roughly an hour, adults and children alike are most welcome to learn more about the building and the workings of the business. £5 Adult, £2 Child.

To check the latest screenings, be sure to call the Box Office on 07815 769565, open on Tuesdays, 10.30 am - 12 pm.

2) Take them Pottery Painting

The perfect solution for a visit to Southwold at any time of year. Grab your paint brushes, pick your design and away you go. From coffee mugs to dinner plates, pick your item and decorate! Pottery Painting at Gallery Thea is a fun activity for all. The working studio, shop and gallery is packed full of inspiration and run by artist Thea Cutting. Selected for the Country Living magazine’s Rural Women in Business Award, Cutting is renowned for her skilled pieces and is on hand to make sure you receive a rewarding experience.

£5 studio fee applies per person. Pottery items start from £7.
To book your space, please call 01502 722433

3) Take them Paddling

Head along to Southwold Boating Lake and sail for yourselves. Challenge the family to a race on either the paddle or row boats - Adults v Children; who will win?! (Lifejackets can be provided for extra security). After an energetic, or leisurely boat around relax in the 1940’s style tea hut on shore, serving light lunches, cream teas and made to order sandwiches. Of course, you can sit outside and watch the action from dry land, blankets are on standby should there be a bracing sea breeze.

For more information and hire prices, be sure to call 07771 781739.

4) Take them Crabbing

Try your luck as you dangle your string into the sea below. All you need is a bucket, a weighted piece of string and bacon! Watch the little ones from the dunes, or stand on one of the footbridges from behind. See how many you can capture! (If lucky, tweet us a picture to @VisitSuffolk and we will happily share in your success!) Walberswick is particularly popular for crabbing, the British Open Crabbing Championship was held here in 1981.

Top tip - You may want to wear shoes, crabs like pinching toes!

5) Take them to climb a Lighthouse

Standing in the centre of the town, Southwold Lighthouse is an impressive landmark. Managed by Trinity House, the feature once guided vessels safely into Southwold Harbour. Eagle-eyed children may recognise the building from the popular TV show, ‘Grandpa in my Pocket.’ Tours are available of the lighthouse, allowing behind the scenes access to the workings of this important coastal tool. Lasting 20 minutes, volunteers are on hand to make sure you have an informative visit.

Adults £4, Children £3. Tours normally operate on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, no booking is required. For more information, please call 01502 724729.

6) Take them to encounter wildlife

A short drive from Southwold will take you to RSPB Minsmere. Take your camera and binoculars and explore. Several miles of footpaths will take you through a variety of landscapes including coastal and wetland. Alive with nature throughout the year, with dragonflies in summer, to ducks in winter, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the ever popular and graceful avocet. The Wild Zone and Wild Wood Adventure are an excitement for families, providing a fun way of learning about the resident Suffolk wildlife.

Nature trails and hides open daily from dawn till dusk. The Visitor Centre, Cafe and Shop open daily from 9am - 5pm. For more information, please call 01728 648281

7) Take them to learn a new skill

Sitting in 120 acres of woodland, High Lodge Leisure provides expert tuition on a number of outdoor sports and activities. Courses in Clay Shooting, Golf, Footgolf, Air Rifle Shooting, Archery and Fishing run throughout the year. The team of expert instructors are on hand to give advice and tips on how to be your best. 1 to 1 coaching and group coaching is available for most activities, so why not try for yourself.

Prices start from £26.20 per head. Pre-booking is strongly advised. For a full price list, please visit the website or call 01986 784347.

8) Take them on a Brewery Tour

An educational and fun visit for all awaits at the tour of the famous Adnams Brewery in Southwold. Guides will show you the complete brewing process, lasting for approximately one hour, complete with tasting sessions and your choice of beer to take home. A lighthearted way to spend the day, whilst learning about one of Suffolk’s much loved local produces. Please note, the tour is only suitable for those aged 18 and over.

Tickets start from £12. A 10% discount applies in the shop for those who spend £20 or over. Tickets must be pre-booked in advance via the website or by calling 01502 727295.

9) Take them on the ride of their life

Hold onto your seats as you tear through the water on the Southwold Coastal Voyager. The 400 horsepower boat is put through its paces as you take a thirty minute tour of Solebay. In season, you may even spot the odd seal or too on the shoreline. Of course, for a longer tour, a three and a half hour scenic Blyth Cruise is a fantastic way to see the surrounding area.

30 minute Sea Blast: £26 Adults, £13 Child
Blyth Cruise: £30 Adult, £15 Child

Places can be booked by calling 07887 525082 or by visiting the Coastal Voyager Office at Southwold Harbour.

10) Take them to the Pier

Southwold’s iconic pier is a draw for many visitors. Purchased by the Bourne family in 2005, the pier was lovingly transformed into the structure we know and love today. Local artist Tim Hunkin designed the famous water clock, which performs every half hour, as well as many other quirky piece. The Under the Pier Show is sure to provide entertainment for all, with plenty of games and trivia. Be sure to take a walk through the wacky wall of mirrors! No trip would be complete without enjoying the award-winning fish and chips as you enjoy the view of the beach and sea beyond.

Open daily from 9am.

Inspired? Stay in and around Southwold for yourself. Accommodation can be viewed here

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