With miles of beautiful beaches open to the public year round, Suffolk is a great place for a lazy walk along the coast with family. Suffolk coasts are famously dog-friendly, and there's never a dog-friendly beach too far away from one of the area's many coastal towns and villages. Below are the most up to date guidelines for bringing your dog out for a day on the beach. First, the good news — from October through April, there are no dog restrictions in force in Suffolk so you can feel free to bring the family pet to any stretch of beach you like. However there are restrictions during the summer on some beaches, so a town by town listing of restrictions from 1st May through the 30th September follows below.
While Lowestoft itself has restrictions on the Pavilion and town beach, nearby Gunton Denes is dog-friendly, and is signposted off the B1385, north of Lowestoft. For information on the beaches around Lowestoft, please contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01502 533 600. More about Lowestoft.
Located on the most easterly point of the British coast, Lowestoftprovides an ideal holiday location for all ages. With a mix of sandy beaches, pleasant seaside walks and quality family attractions all set in a traditional seaside town, Lowestoft is an idyllic beach setting for a holiday getaway.
This once flourishing fishing port is now renowned for the quality of its golden sandy beaches. The North & South beaches are considered to be some of the very best in Europe and both currently hold the ENCAMS Blue flag award. The Victorian garden provide the perfect surrounds to one of the east coasts highlights. Donkeys have been reintroduced to Lowestoft's beaches this year and another unique feature of the town is the restaurant below - there aren't many places where you'll see a thatched restaurant on the seafront!!
The town centre and seafront areas have seen some recent changes to make them more accessible to visitors. The improvements also included the introduction of the Princess Royal Fountains. The fountains consist of 74 individual waters jets that provide the perfect attraction for children through the day and a visual spectacle in the evenings.
Lowestoft also offers a unique shopping experience. The main town centre provides all the high street names, Kirkley offers a choice of independent stores whilst the High Street provides an opportunity to shop in one of the most interesting and historical parts of the town.
Those wishing to indulge into Lowestoft's Rich Maritime History will be able to explore Heritage Quay and the Maritime Museum. There is also the opportunity to buy some local fish from one of the merchants or from the local smoke house.
Heading away from the beach, the town is surrounded by a wide choice of attractions, ranging from museums, wildlife parks, piers and other facilities that will keep all visitors entertained.
The Marina Theatre in the town provides a number of high quality acts throughout the year and is also the eastern home to the internationally acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This Christmas the Marina will be hosting a Panto that will make the trip to Lowestoft well worth it for that alone! See The Marina Theatre
Those wishing to be a little more active may decide to follow the coastal walk and horse riding along the coast or for the more adventurous why not try your hand at kite boarding.
The famous Lowestoft Porcelain - previously produced in the 18th Century - consisted of mainly domestic wares designed for a middle class audience and is now extremely valuable and popular with collectors. Recently it was put back into production, a new factory, shop and information centre can be found on Battery Green Road.
Not to be missed is the legendary annual Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival .Ness Point in Lowestoft is the Most Easterly Place in the UK. These are very exiting times for both Lowestoft and Ness Point, as the Council aims to make Lowestoft one of the leading areas in the UK for the renewable energy industry. This renewable energy boom started with the completion and installation of the UK's Largest Wind Turbine [Gulliver] in 2005, and Lowestoft now has a wonderfully designed and constructed OrbisEnergy Centre, which is close to completion and will soon be host to up to 30 businesess who are involved in the renewable energy sector. This interesting building is situated right next to Ness Point and will help for further bolster the economy of this area. So next time you're in Lowestoft look out for the enormous wind turbine in the City Centre!
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