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Ah, the sound of silence. Apart from the waves lapping against the shore, the birds tweeting overhead and the possible tantrums from the kids when you win the family sandcastle competition yet again…Fans of peace and quiet will find Suffolk Sands a winner, set a pebble throw from the beach at the end of Felixstowe’s promenade, with views stretching out over the sea and with speedy access to the area’s sandy beaches, gardens and seaside villages.
Suffolk Sands is a Park Holidays site so has all the flashy facilities you’d expect, but it’s been designed as a relaxing family park for those gentle souls who don’t fancy the live entertainment and club complexes you can find on other sites. Or, if you want to mix up your peaceful break with an occasional foray into the nearby nightlife, you can use the facilities and take in the entertainment at the Suffolk Sands sister site Felixstowe Beach just half a mile away, where there’s also a heated indoor pool and family bar.
Other facilities at Suffolk Sands include a launderette and a sales office with display area; the caravans here come with two or three bedrooms sleeping up to six or eight, with two pets allowed on the Bronze tariff for a small extra charge. All caravans include linen, gas and electric in the pitch price and come with entertainment passes – although you might be too busy just strolling along the sand in silence…
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Indoor pool nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Felixstowe: Gt Eastern Square Coach Stop — 1.7 miles
1.7 miles Walton (Suffolk) Coach Stop — 1.8 miles
1.8 miles Trimley St Mary (Suffolk): Coach Stop — 2.2 miles
- Train stations
Felixstowe Rail Station — 1.6 miles
1.6 miles Harwich Town Rail Station — 1.8 miles
1.8 miles Trimley Rail Station — 2.1 miles
- Ferry ports
Felixstowe for Harwich Ferry Landing — 0.7 miles
0.7 miles Harwich Harbour Ferry Landing — 1.9 miles
1.9 miles Shotley Point Marina Ferry Landing — 2.4 miles
London Southend Airport — 37.5 miles
From Ipswich take the A14 signposted Felixstowe.
Continue on A14 until roundabout (junction 60) and take second exit (right) towards Felixstowe Docks A14.
Continue to the roundabout and take the second exit signposted Town Centre.
Continue to the traffic lights and turn right.
Continue half a mile and arrive at Suffolk Sands on the left.
Nearby Felixstowe has the moniker of the ‘Garden Resort of the East Coast’ because of the beds and borders along its promenade and in its town centre; the gardens on the seafront are listed on English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens of National Importance. Suffolk in general is stuffed with heritage and ornate gardens: the rose garden with Tudor features at Otley Hall and the Rotunda at Italianate Ickworth are just a couple of several in the county to see.
For more Felixstowe frolics, there’s a leisure centre on the seafront and the Spa Pavilion Theatre on the promenade – once the hallowed haunt of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix before being rebuilt – and an award-winning links course at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club. The Sunday market in the town is bigger than neighbouring Ipswich – obviously you should make sure to go to both to properly compare. For strolls, the Suffolk Coast Path starts from Felixstowe and carries on to Lowestoft on a 50-mile route.
Not far along the coast is Southwold, one of the many seaside villages around this area and part of the Suffolk Heritage Coast with its beaches, birdwatching and old buildings: Southwold has an award-winning pier, a working lighthouse, sea and ferry trips and the famous (and tiny) Electric Picture Palace cinema.
History abounds around this corner of Britain too: the ancient burial mounds at the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo are a must, or there’s the twelfth century Orford Castle built by Henry Two and just along the coast from Suffolk Sands, with Framingham and Hedingham Castle a short distance inland. Languard Fort, the scene of the last opposed invasion of England in 1667, is one of the most famous historical attractions in Suffolk and is also the spot for browsing through Roman ruins and other artefacts at Felixstowe Museum.
Other highlights near Suffolk Sands are patting pets and collecting eggs at the Easton Farm Park, slithering along to the giant play centre Snakes and Ladders at Ipswich, twitching at RSPB Minsmere and squawking along with the parrots and clowns at Lowestoft’s Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park.
- Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon Burial Mounds (10.1 miles)
- Christchurch Mansion (10.5 miles)
- Orford Castle (13.3 miles)
- Sutton Hoo (10.1 miles)
- Flatford: Bridge Cottage (13.2 miles)
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