Friday, 21 September 2012

English East Coast: Southwold and Gorleston Seaside Resorts Thriving in the September Sun

Southwold colourful chalets - pretty town on the East coast with blue flag beach

Weekend on the English East Coast of Norfolk and Suffolk: Southwold and Gorleston in the Surprise September Sun. Clean and Sandy Beaches, Colourful Beach Chalets, and Boutique Art Galleries

The East Coast of England often comes with a complimentary chilly wind whatever the time of year but with the right clothes it is a delightful, often sunny place. This sunny weekend in September however, saw hundreds of British holidaymakers out in force to enjoy a particularly hot and sunny few days on the wide, sandy beaches of the East Coast.

Southwold-On-Sea, Suffolk: Lively, Upmarket Seaside Resort on the English East Coast

Southwold is a quaint, historic (and upmarket) town in Suffolk. Property is sky high, but why wouldn't it be? The long sandy beach has a blue flag status, making it one of the cleanest in the area, the streets are lined with upmarket shops and boutiques, and there are so many many varied attractions here to enjoy. 
The delightful little shops and restaurants in the town include boutique art galleries featuring stunning general art and scultpures as well as art pieces inspired by the local seascapes.
The colourful chalets along the beachfront, each with their own theme and name, give Southwold seafront its own unique feel.

The Southwold Pier houses a quirky mix of shops and handmade funny games machines. See the solar powered moving signs, and the view of the town, beach and colourful chalets is great.   
Make sure you have arranged a lift home after a trip to the Adnams brewery - the free samples you will experience are apparently very generous! Book in advance for this tour as it is very popular. More information on the Adnams Website - Brewery and Distillery
The late 1800s lighthouse is an iconic image of this town, seen on many a postcard and magnet. A 20 minute tour is possible depending on weather conditions. Phone Trinity House on 01502 722576 to book in advance.
The Southwold Museum focusses on local and naturual history of the area. It is on Victoria Street and is £3.00 per person to enter.

Gorleston beach - clean, wide sandy beach on East coast in the sunGorleston, Norfolk: Quaint and Upmarket Seaside Location on the English East Coast

The wide, sandy expanses of Gorleston beach in the South of Norfolk, just South of Great Yarmouth, are a great place to stroll and unwind. On a particularly warm and sunny day like this one, it is a great place to take a dip and sunbathe! The clean beach has a promenade higher up on the land where there are lots of well-maintained sports areas including tennis courts, an obstacle course, pitch and putt golf, and the customary bowls lawn!

Down on the waterfront there is also a wide path. At the Northern end of the beach near the quay, there is a water pool used for motorised remote-controlled minature boats - some of which are so advanced and ornate they can't just be called 'toys'. In this area there is a small collection good cafes and pubs including one restaurant with excellent views of the beach. It has an outside decking area with heat lamps, and a protective glass barrier.

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