Fancy swapping spreadsheets for seashells? Looking for somewhere to take the family for a short holiday? Look no further than Lowestoft Beach on the sunny Suffolk Coast.

Just south of Great Yarmouth, on Suffolk’s “Sunrise Coast”, Lowestoft South Beach is the perfect place to relax and unwind on your days off. Whether you’re seeking a fun-filled family day out or a peaceful afternoon soaking up the sun, Lowestoft Beach has something for everyone. So, pack your swimsuit, grab a beach towel, and get ready to discover what this delightful English seaside town has in store.

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Lowestoft beach Promenade

No trip to Lowestoft Beach would be complete without a stroll along the refurbished seafront and promenade. Stretching for over a mile, the promenade is a hive of activity, especially during the summer months.

Take in the fresh sea air as you wander past the famous Lowestoft beach huts, colourful cafes serving ice creams, and amusement arcades filled with classic seaside fun.

Keep an eye out for local artists showcasing their work along the promenade or have your portrait drawn by one of them – you might just find the perfect souvenir to take back home with you!

Where to Eat on Lowestoft Beach

After a morning of fun on the beach, you’ll no doubt have worked up an appetite. Luckily, Lowestoft Beach offers a fantastic selection of cafes, restaurants, and traditional beach kiosks catering to all tastes and budgets.

Sandy Toes


This classic beach kiosk is a popular spot for grabbing quick bites and refreshing drinks. Expect delicious ice creams, hot and cold beverages, and a selection of light snacks like sandwiches and crisps. Perfect for a quick refuel after building sandcastles or enjoying a paddle in the sea. They also accept cards so you don’t have to worry about leaving the beach to take out cash.

Zak's Sunrise Cafe

A local favourite, Zak’s Sunrise Cafe offers stunning views of Lowestoft Beach alongside their tasty treats.  Fuel up for a day of fun with a hearty breakfast bap or grab a light lunch from their menu of sandwiches and salads. They also boast a tempting selection of cakes and pastries for a sweet afternoon treat. Public toilets are conveniently located within Zak’s, making it a handy pitstop for families. They’re also dog-friendly and are even known to hand out tasty treats to the best doggos!

Kensington Gardens Cafe

Hidden within the pretty Kensington Gardens, this delightful cafe offers a relaxed escape from the hustle and bustle (and the wind!) of the beach. Enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of homemade lemon cake under the shade of the trees, or choose from their menu of light lunches and refreshing drinks. The perfect spot for a quiet picnic while you watch the bowls players and the world go by.

The Thatch Restaurant and Coffee

The Thatch Restaurant and Coffee House​

As you head along the upper promenade, you’ll find it hard to miss this beautiful blue building with a thatch roof. The Thatch boasts a delightful terrace with panoramic views of the coastline. Serving up delicious meals like a full English breakfast, fresh sausage rolls, fish & chips, and bacon & cheese melts, this is the perfect stop-off after working up an appetite on the beach. 

Family Fun: Lowestoft Beach Attractions for Everyone

Lowestoft Beach is a paradise for families. The golden sands of Lowestoft South Beach, worthy of their Blue Flag award, are perfect for building sandcastles, digging moats, and letting the kids burn off some steam. 

For the more adventurous, there’s a variety of watersports available, from kayaking and paddleboarding to surfing and windsurfing.  If you’re feeling less energetic, simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun while the kids splash in the shallows. 

There’s also a fantastic children’s play area on the North Beach, with swings, slides, and climbing frames to keep little ones entertained for hours.

Historical Highlights: Exploring Lowestoft's Coastal Heritage

For those interested in a bit of history alongside their beach break, Lowestoft boasts a rich maritime heritage. Here are our top picks:

Lowestoft Maritime Museum

Lowestoft Maritime Museum​

Located in a Grade II listed 17th-century building, the museum houses an impressive collection of nautical artefacts, ship models, and exhibits that bring Lowestoft’s maritime heritage to life. Learn about the town’s long history of fishing, shipbuilding, and trade, and gain insights into the lives of the sailors and boat builders who shaped Lowestoft’s past. Interactive displays and engaging storytelling make the museum a fun and informative experience for visitors of all ages.

Lowestoft's Historic Architecture

Lowestoft's Historic Architecture​

Lowestoft’s rich history is evident in its architecture. Take a stroll along the historic Lowestoft Scores – a series of narrow lanes and steep pathways running from Lowestoft High Street to the site of the town’s former beach village – and admire the traditional fisherman’s cottages that line the route. Don’t miss the impressive Grade I listed Nicholas Church, a beautiful example of Perpendicular Gothic architecture.  Keep an eye out for the unusual “inverted” church tower – a result of subsidence in the 15th century.

Claremont Pier

Claremont Pier​

Step back in time with a visit to the magnificent Claremont Pier. This Grade II listed Victorian pleasure pier, built in 1870, is a testament to Lowestoft’s rich seaside heritage. Take a stroll along the pier and soak up the panoramic views of the coastline. Enjoy classic seaside fun with amusement arcades, grab a bite to eat at the pier’s cafe, or catch a show at the historic Pavilion Theatre.

Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort​

For a dose of military history, head to Landguard Fort, located at the southern entrance to Lowestoft harbour. This impressive artillery fort dates back to the 16th century and has played a significant role in defending the Suffolk coast. Check out the fort’s ramparts, tunnels, and gun emplacements, and learn about its fascinating past. The fort also houses a museum showcasing its military history and the role it played in World War II.

Make Your Next Beach Day at Lowestoft

So, next time you’re looking for a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, consider a trip to South Beach Lowestoft. With its golden sands, charming promenade, and abundance of activities, Lowestoft offers the perfect seaside escape for contractors and families alike. 

After a day of soaking up the sun, building sandcastles, and exploring Lowestoft’s rich history, you’ll return to your comfortable KSuites apartment feeling refreshed and revitalised, ready to tackle the week ahead. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your beach bag and head to Lowestoft – your seaside adventure awaits!

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