10 ways to … be beside the seaside in Norfolk and Suffolk this bank holiday weekend
PUBLISHED: 16:47 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:03 25 August 2017
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From dawn to dusk, from sandcastles to surfing, from deserted dunes to dazzling arcades, our miles of coastline offer wave after wave of wonder
1 See the sunrise – at Lowestoft. And after catching the first of the morning rays to hit Britain, go for breakfast at one of the town’s excellent cafes (eggs sunny side up, of course) and enjoy a swim from the sandy beach.
2 Go paddling – at Happisburgh. Follow in the footsteps of the earliest known humans to live in the British Isles and paddle across this lovely sandy beach. The 800,000-year-old footprints of adults and children were found here in 2013.
3 Play beach boules and cricket then cool off with a swim - at Mundesley. There are lifeguards on the long sandy beach daily through the summer season, until Sunday September 17, plus a promenade lined with beach huts, shops and cafes. With car parking just across the coast road there is everything you need for a proper British bank holiday day at the seaside.
5 Visit the pier - at Southwold, where the fabulous Under the Pier Show delights visitors of all ages with its wacky arcade games made by Tim Hunkin. Climb the housing ladder, have a brain wash, whack a banker, have a holiday in an armchair or a trip in a submarine…
6 Go crabbing – at Wells or Walberswick. Hang a bacon-baited string over the edge of the quay and keep your crabby catch in a big bucket of water until it is time to (gently) tip them out and let them scuttle sideways back to the sea.
7 Picnic – at Horsey. Lots of space for hampers, blankets, windbreaks, rugs. There are dunes for walking and sunbathing, miles of gently sloping beach for a dip, and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to do the East Anglian equivalent of swimming with dolphins and bob around alongside seals.
6 Enjoy the peace and quiet - at Covehithe, the sandy Suffolk beach only accessible by a path through fields and dunes. Sand, sea, and hopefully bank holiday sunshine too.
8 Go beachcombing - at Sizewell. Join the two hour Beach Bonkers walk, leaving the car park at 10am on Saturday, August 26. No booking (but arrive 10 minutes early wearing shoes suitable for walking on shingle, not flip-flops or open-toed sandals. £3 per person.
9 Have your heart warmed – at Great Yarmouth where the lorry drivers of the East Coast Truckers charity will drive in convoy along the seafront at around 6pm on Sunday, August 27. Dozens of truckers take disadvantaged or disabled children on a day out to Pleasurewood Hills, followed by the horn-honking Yarmouth parade. Get to Yarmouth early and enjoy a day out with all the fun of a traditional seaside resort, including miles of white sand along Yarmouth’s famous beach. No wonder they call it Great!
10 See the sun set over the water – at Hunstanton. The sky lights up in shades of pink, orange and red as the sun slips beneath the waves. But it is not just at dusk that Hunstanton sparkles with colour – there are striped red and white cliffs, ginger carrstone houses and flower-filled parks and gardens, and after sunset the resort lights up for an evening of seaside fun.