Head to the Sunrise Coast for the best in landscape and culture
The Suffolk Coast encompasses a 60-mile stretch of heritage coastline, from Felixstowe to Lowestoft, of which much is officially listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This picturesque region has long inspired the culturally inclined. Former Southwold resident George Orwell, lifted his pen-name from the river which flows through the county and joins the North Sea at Felixstowe. While seaside town Walberswick is home to many high profile actors, writers and directors, in part owing to its wild beach and sprawling dunes. Travel further inland and you’ll find the inspiration behind Ed Sheeran’s hit, Castle on the Hill, in the imposing shape of Framlingham Castle that towers over the singer/songwriter’s hometown.
As for some of the big events that take place across the east coast, the Aldeburgh Festival, as founded by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, and now presented at Snape Maltings (pictured), remains a highlight of the international orchestral music calendar. The June summer solstice is welcomed in Lowestoft, the UK’s most easterly point, by First Light: a free 24 hour festival on Suffolk’s finest sand beach. While, just a few miles down the coast, the Latitude Festival draws top-grade international talent and capacity crowds every July to the upper reaches of the A12.
Add to all this, some of the nation’s finest heathlands, sand dunes and reed banks; and a most memorable short break is guaranteed.