Where exactly is Lowestoft?
When thinking of things to do in Lowestoft, the location of this seaside gem is important to bear in mind. Located in Suffolk, England on the eastern coast, Lowestoft is the most easterly town in the United Kingdom. Renowned for its breathtakingly beautiful beaches and maritime history stretching far back into history, there are plenty of reasons to put it on your list of must-visit UK coastal towns.
Visit Lowestoft Beach and Explore Pleasurewood Hills
If you’re wondering what to do in Lowestoft, the beach is a great place to start exploring. The beautiful Blue Flag award-winning, sandy beach has something for all ages. Take a gentle stroll along the traditional promenade, or tire the kids out building sandcastles and paddling in the gentle waves. There are plenty of attractions along the seafront, places to stop and enjoy a snack or a meal at one of the cafés or restaurants, or browse the range of shops. Nearby Claremont Pier is the perfect spot for having some serious fun at the family-oriented amusement arcade, an ice-cold pint or fish and chips at one the cafés, plus spectacular panoramic views of the stunning coastline. Built in 1903, this piece of Lowestoft history has been recently magnificently refurbished, even boasting a nightclub if you want the fun to last!
Pleasurewood Hills is a renowned amusement park near Lowestoft, offering fabulous fun-filled days out for families and thrill-seekers. There is a great range of rides and attractions for all visitors, from tamer options for the little ones, to scream-inducing roller coasters and water rides if you’re looking to up your adrenaline levels.The park regularly hosts live shows and entertainment throughout the day, with plenty of fun that’s suitable for visitors of all ages. There are loads of options for delicious snacks and meals, so you can keep your energy levels up while you’re there, and you can be assured that the family-friendly atmosphere guarantees a safe and pleasant environment for everyone.
Discover the Maritime Museum and Ness Point
Lowestoft has a long, rich history of fishing and shipbuilding, and the Lowestoft Maritime Museum is the perfect showcase for this heritage. Located close to the North Sea, in the lovely Sparrow’s Nest Park, it offers a unique insight into the maritime history and life of the local community. There are a number of exhibits, artifacts, photographs, and models at the museum that depict the town’s maritime past, making this the ideal place to learn about the fishing industry, boat-building, naval history, and how the sea has had such an impact on the development of Lowestoft.
The fully restored Victorian fishing smack “Excelsior” is an excellent example of fishing boats used in the area during the 19th and 20th centuries, while there are also a number of interactive displays for a great, educational experience for visitors of all ages. Ness Point boasts the distinction of being the United Kingdom’s most easterly point, and is right next to OrbisEnergy Centre, home to a number of companies involved in the country’s burgeoning renewable energy sector. Marked by a red steel sculpture known as the “Ness Point Compass”, the landmark and surrounding area are the perfect backdrop for photos, with dramatic, sweeping views across the North Sea.
The incredible beach at Lowestoft makes it the perfect location for enjoying a whole range of water sports. The sandy shores make it a great spot for swimming, especially during the warmer summer months, though visitors are always reminded to be observant of tides and any warning flags. Jet skiing and power-boating are popular options, along with windsurfing and kite surfing when the wind is blowing in the right direction! Stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing are all great ways to explore the coastal waters, plus there are plenty of sailing schools and clubs in the area that offer lessons or boat rentals, if you’re feeling adventurous.
No visit to Lowestoft is complete without sampling some traditional Fish and Chips, preferably with mushy peas and tartar sauce – bliss! And why not wash them down with a tipple from Adnams Brewery in Southwold, Suffolk, creators of a wide range of excellent beers. Lowestoft is a great place to enjoy a seafood platter, or some of the local kippers or smoked haddock. Suffolk is also renowned for its ham and sausages – great for a traditional, slap-up English breakfast of course! Many establishments here do a delicious cream tea – scones with jam, cream and a pot of steaming hot tea in a cosy tea room after a stroll on the beach – English beach heaven!
Events and festivals
Throughout the year, this seaside gem plays host to an array of celebrations that celebrate its rich heritage and community spirit. From the thrilling spectacle of the Lowestoft Airshow, where the skies are painted with breathtaking aerobatic displays, to the vibrant Lowestoft Folk Festival, which reverberates with the melodies of folk music from around the world, there’s always something exciting happening. The Maritime Festival pays homage to the town’s maritime roots, offering a chance to explore historic vessels and engage in maritime-themed activities. The festive spirit continues with the Christmas lights switch-on, illuminating the town with a warm and magical glow. Whether you’re a culture enthusiast, a food lover, or simply seeking an unforgettable experience, Lowestoft’s events and festivals promise a dynamic and captivating journey through the heart of its culture and traditions.
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