Out and About
Seaside towns don’t get much better than the quintessentially British Southwold – a must see when visiting Lodge Farm Cottages. It’s home to an excellent beach with it’s famous colourful beach huts and a 19th Century style pier with cafes and some of the quirkiest arcade machines you’ll ever see. Southwold also boasts many excellent independent shops, art galleries, pubs and a working lighthouse. And don’t forget to visit the Adnams shop and restaurant where you can stock up on beer from the famous local brewery.
Beaches on your doorstep
You’re spoilt for choices when it comes to beaches with many others nearby for you to visit. Kessingland with its rolling sand dunes is just 5 minutes away and the perfect bucket and spade beach at Lowestoft is a mere 10 minute drive. Travel a little further and try the local pastime of crabbing at Walberswick, visit secluded Covehithe beach, or enjoy the wide sandy beach at Gorleston.
The great outdoors
Oulton Broad, the southern gateway to the Norfolk Broads, is only a 10 minute drive away where you can enjoy a spot of sailing, indulge in some fishing, take a leisurely cruise along these inland waterways, or even hire your own boat for the day.
And if you’re a keen ornithologist you’ll have to make time to visit the RSPB’s Minsmere nature reserve, visit NT Dunwich Heath, or discover bird life and bug life at Suffolk Wildlife Trusts Carlton Marshes.
If you enjoy walking, why not try the Suffolk Coast Path, and the many local walks and footpaths. The peaceful quiet country lanes are perfect for exploring by bicycle. Bring your own bikes and we can store them securely, or speak to one of the local bicycle hire companies who can supply you with a bike for a few hours. Activities such as golf, surfing, horse riding, swimming, sea fishing and coarse fishing are all available nearby.
Family days out
There are so many choices for a family day out – see the animals at Africa Alive!, Banham Zoo, and Easton Farm Park. Enjoy the thrills of Pleasurewood Hills, Go Ape!, and beWILDerwood. Have fun at Dinosaur Adventure, Southwold Maize Maze. Explore history at Framlingham Castle, Orford Castle, Norwich Castle, NT Sutton Hoo and Somerleyton Hall. Take a ride on a tram at East Anglian Transport Museum, a speed boat along the coast, or enjoy the trains at Bressingham Steam and the Bure Valley Railway
Shop until you drop
The local Waveney Valley market towns of Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth are all home to small independent shops and a large variety of fabulous cafes, tearooms, restaurants and pubs. For some serious shopping, Norwich is rated as one of the top 5 places to shop in the country, with two shopping malls and all the high street establishments, as well as “The Lanes”, which hosts a delightful selection of independent and individual traders.