Location: Southwold beach in Suffolk UKSize: Southwold beach is about 1km long from the pier to the river.
Type of beach: Coarse sand near the ocean and pebbles
Shade: No, there isn’t any shade on the beach unless you take it with you 🙂
Water: Southwold beach has a blue flag award from the European Union which measures for water quality, safety, environmental education and information.
Features: Southwold has lots going for it with a pier, amusement arcade, mini golf course, sand dunes, pebbles, sandy beach and all this walking distance from the town centre. You can walk along the beach to Walberswick to eat fresh seafood or take a walk through the marshes or get the ferry across the river for a spot of crabbing. Plus there are lots of lovely privately owned beach huts along the seafront which are worth checking out, while you stroll along.
Lifeguards: There aren’t any lifeguards on duty at Southwold Beach during winter or summer.
Facilities: At the pier there are restaurants, cafes and toilets. While on the beach front there is a cafe and toilets, plus a concrete path which is great if you want to walk along the beach but find the sand or pebbles too much.
Southwold beach is somewhere that can be visited all year round, whether you are going for a blowly walk along the front followed by a cup of tea in one of the pier cafes or want to enjoy fish and chips in the sunshine. It is a family friendly beach with enough room to build sandcastles, play beach cricket or hide and seek in the sand dunes.
Suitable for: Families with children, walkers, people with dogs, friends wanting to have space to play a game of beach cricket, or a picnic. You do need to remember that it is a beach in the UK and can get very windy, so if you are after a warm spot to sunbathe you can often find one in the sand dunes, but in general it is not the best beach for working on your tan.
Overall: For me this beach is a place to go to blow away the cobwebs, eat delicious food in the cafes and play on the old amusements in the arcade (they have those 2p shuffle machines). Southwold itself is an affluent area of Suffolk where a lot of people keep a beach house, and it is the nicest beach in the area so expect to find it pretty busy in summer.