Well-heeled Southwold is the posh seaside resort with a fabulous down-to-earth side.
Lucy Gleeson is a blogger at lucylovesya.com, an interior designer and mum to two daughters, eight and 11.
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We love Black Olive for artisan food and the Two Magpies Bakery for the best cakes and pastries on the High Street. Fifty One is also perfect for a sit-down family lunch. Pick up some Champagne for a picnic from the Adnams Brewery shop – it’s so good.
Sunny Days v. Rainy Days
We love taking the ferry to Walberswick to go crabbing. Also, get fish and chips on Southwold Pier – you can walk from there down to the sandy beach. On a rainy day, go to the pottery painting studio at Gallery Thea or take a tour of the Lighthouse.
SOUTHWOLD BOATING LAKE
Challenge the kids to a paddleboat race, then sink into Lloyd Loom chairs in the 1940s tea hut for a cream tea. During the summer, battle for the Model Yacht Regatta Cup (all ages of sailor welcome).
SOLE BAY FISH CO
It’s serious seaside nosh here, with the freshest fish and fluffiest chips paired with local artisan bread. Dine out on the terrace and people-watch over the pretty harbour.
Explore 190m of kitsch fun on this beautiful pier, with views over to Southwold Lighthouse. Check out Under the Pier Show, an arcade filled with wacky machines.
ELECTRIC PICTURE PALACE
This retro 70-seat cinema, created from a 19th century stable, has usherettes, Pearl & Dean adverts, a royal box and Wurlitzer organ. Don’t miss live broadcasts from the National Theatre.
Beloved by BBC Springwatch, Minsmere on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast is a nature-lover’s treat, full of coastal paths, dragonflies in the summer and ducks in the winter. Kids can learn all about wildlife at the Wild Zone and Wild Wood Adventure.
ON THE MOVE
BUY: Expect to pay an arm and a leg. Beach huts alone go for £100k here! It’s skywards of £1.2m for a five-bed detached house with seaviews, £545k for a four-bed townhouse.
SCHOOLS: Surrounded by heathland, private Saint Felix School is a popular co-ed (2–18), and The Old School (co-ed, 2–11) is in Henstead.