The Suffolk Coast & Activities

ABOUT THE SUFFOLK COAST

As the first place to see the sunrise in the UK, the Suffolk Coast, also fondly known as the Sunrise Coast, is the place to visit if you’re keen on a seaside break. Featuring stunning endless sandy beaches set against the unique beauty of the Broads, the Sunrise Coast includes Lowestoft, Southwold and inland towns such as Beccles and Bungay. The sunsets aren’t too shabby either. Lowestoft is a favourite with families, and there's plenty to see and do; with two piers, a wildlife park, an award-winning theme park, museums and a busy theatre which is home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Hog Hotel works with www.thesuffolkcoast.com to help our visitors plan their stay. Their guide to what's on in and around the Suffolk Coast is kept fully up to date and is packed full with ideas. Markets, country fairs and food and drink festivals celebrating local produce are aplenty, or head to one of the many theatres and concert halls for an evening of music and performance. Explore the great outdoors; be it coast or countryside, listen to prize-winning authors, or watch your favourite acts and comedians in stunning surroundings.

Check them out and be sure to call us if you have any questions. We have some of our top tips below;

Local things to do

From golf lessons to ghost tours, bird watching to beach bathing, cycling routes to walking hikes; we can help advise you on what will enhance your trip to the area.

Shopping

It is worth charging up your credit card for a trip to Suffolk as we ‘bat well above our average’ in the shopping stakes for smaller towns. Fantastic artwork can be found at the nearby Ferini Art Gallery in Pakefield, there are some excellent clothes boutiques in the area such as Donatella’s in Oulton Broad. Should you fancy heading further afield, a trip to Southwold and Aldeburgh is in order – both quintessentially British towns with a selection of fantastic stores ranging from seaside stalwarts Jack Wills, Joules & Seasalt to the acclaimed Collen & Clare if you are looking for something special.

Horse riding

Fancy a canter on the beach or a hack through the woods? Pakefield Riding School is one of the oldest and best known horse riding centres and stables in East Anglia. They can accommodate all levels of rider. Very popular in the school holidays, let us know early and we can secure you the best rates.

Walking

As an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Suffolk coast is an area rich in coastal and countryside walks. Whether you are an experienced rambler or just enjoy exploring on foot, The Hog Hotel can help you with walking maps and even pack you a delicious picnic! The coastal walk from Pakefield to Kessingland is stunning, and there are plenty of beautiful inland walks to get some fresh air.

Beach huts

The brightly coloured beach huts of Suffolk are a famous part of the British coast and nearby Pakefield has its very own gorgeous cluster. Should you fancy a day down at the beach, it is well worth exploring hiring one of these to keep the brisk wind out or just some good old fashioned people watching. We know several of the Pakefield hut owners and can get in touch with them for you –but be warned, they get pretty busy in high season!

Bird watching

With RSPB Minsmere just half an hour away, you are guaranteed to see some spectacular wildlife if you are in Suffolk for that purpose. But you don’t need to go that far from The Hog Hotel. We can put you in touch with local bird watching clubs who have fantastic on the spot knowledge of where to catch a glimpse of a red-eyed vireos or a Pallas’s warbler.

Food tours and tastings

East Anglia has a superb array of local produce with a wide array of artisan producers and speciality retailers and dare we say it, some of the best cheese in the UK. The Hog Hotel has connections at local vineyards, smokehouses, and dairies so should you wish to organise a trip then let us know.

Ghost tours

We weren’t joking! Ivan Bunn is a local author of Haunted Lowestoft, with huge knowledge of the area including where the most easterly ghouls in the UK are purposed to haunt. He also gives talks and presentations on "ghostly" themes together with local history material. It could well be something different for an event!

Cycling

As a fairly flat low-lying county, Suffolk is less punishing on the legs than many other areas of the UK, Several of Suffolk's coastal towns situated along National Cycling Networks and there is a wide selection of routes and maps to be found on the www.thesuffolkcoast.com website.

Golf

Suffolk is a golfer’s paradise. With courses to suit everyone from beginners to pros, all set within swathes of lush countryside and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Southwold and Aldeburgh courses are less than 30 minutes drive from The Hog Hotel.