A favourite with families, Lowestoft has much to offer with plenty to see and do; formerly a small fishing port, it now boasts an international award-winning beach and promenade, two piers, musical interactive fountains and a busy theatre that’s home to the famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, alongside a plethora of rich maritime history and museums—not to mention a zoo and theme park a stone’s throw away.
With a mix of independent and high street shops, cafés and restaurants, visitors won’t be short on activities.
Over 15 miles of stunning sandy beaches make up Great Yarmouth, one of the UK’s most popular seaside resorts. Inundated with family attractions and entertainment, the golden mile runs between two fun-packed piers full of amusements, old penny arcades, and ten-pin bowling, whilst being surrounded by active pursuits such as rollercoasters, crazy golf, go-karting and roller-skating.
You can enjoy Great Yarmouth after the sun goes down with an abundance of casinos, bars, restaurants and nightclubs providing the perfect contrast between day and night.
From the winding Tudor streets of Elm Hill, to the peaceful Cathedral Close and through to the bustling market alive with bright colours and delicious smells, this vibrant and beautiful city is the beating heart of the east of England.
Mired in medieval history and surrounded by surviving ancient walls, Norwich celebrates a plethora of cultural pursuits within its boundaries, including museums, galleries, theatres, concerts, cinema, a buzzing nightlife and a year-round roster of festivals hailing everything from music and literature to food and beer, ultimately combining to offer dynamic entertainment for any time of year.
Somerleyton Hall, Lowestoft
Step back in time with a visit to one of Suffolk’s best-preserved stately homes and gardens, situated in the heart of the Broads National Park. Brimming with timeless history and elegance, you can experience romance and grandeur in the opulent surroundings by taking a tour around the Hall’s interiors and its bordering walled gardens.
Take advantage of homemade tea and cake in the Kitchen Garden Café and gaze upon the 5,000 acres that make up the terraces, enjoy a pint or two of real ale in the estate’s own pub, The Duke’s Head or even attempt to unravel the mysteries of the finest yew hedge maze in Britain. But beware--first planted way back in 1846, many have said it takes longer than expected!
National Trust at Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge
National Trust’s Sutton Hoo sets imaginations alight with some of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made in Britain. Originally the site of a group of Anglo-Saxon burial grounds from the 6th and 7th century, it also includes the watery grave remains of an Anglo-Saxon King enshrined in a 90-foot long wooden ship.
A wealth of artefacts from times past have been uncovered and both originals and replicas are on display, including Byzantine silver bowls and spoons, jewelled weapons and sceptres, Celtic enamels and large gold adornments inlaid with ruby garnets. With fascinating exhibitions, solstice celebrations and historical talks and tours, Sutton Hoo is not to be missed.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Great Yarmouth
Get up close and personal with some of the most exotic animals the world has to offer at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens. Perfect for all-weather days, you can explore the parks using a unique network of walk ways and delight in discovering tigers, monkeys, leopards and so much more. Take part in feed & talk times for the animals or head into the swamp & reptile houses to test your courage in the face of crocodiles.
With a dedicated onsite café and gift shop, family play area and landscaped gardens to enjoy, there’s fun for all the family.