Last week G and I ventured to the Suffolk coast for a quiet getaway to go glamping near Southwold. In just a two hour drive, we had countryside and peace and quiet to really switch off and enjoy the start of British summer.
This post is mostly a journal for me, so I can remind myself that it is good to take time out and that I don’t need to go far away to relax. There are a ton of pictures for me to share today, but I hope you will enjoy my online postcard from the seaside! We ignored our phones for most of the trip and I completely forgot my make up bag so it was really liberating in more ways than one.
Our campsite offered these wooden glamping pods for just £60 a night including a double bed, bunk beds, shower and toilet, toaster, microwave and kettle. It was really quiet and had a nature trail to wander around too.
The lovely folk from Go Outdoors had sent us some camping items to try out and we made use of this wonderful picnic set which came in a back pack with a cool bag zip compartment.
They also sent us a disposable BBQ and this folding stool, so we got to work making an alfresco meal on the first evening.
The campsite had a great shop with lots of goodies and also colouring books!
I took my knitting and G his current read to enjoy in the sunshine outside our pod.
I realised recently that I didn’t have Travel Scrabble! We had a couple of games in the sunshine of an evening. The campsite was around a 10 minute drive from the pretty seaside town of Southwold which gave us a patriotic welcome to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. There were tons of lovely little shops, bakeries and vintage havens to explore.
We found a handmade market down a passage way where I also spotted some bikes (of course!).
The weather was AMAZING for the UK! After a quick rain shower on our arrival at the campsite, this seaside town offered us glorious sunshine for the rest of the trip. You’d think the cottage below was somewhere in the Med from this photo! This old fashioned sweet shop on the high street was a great find, selling rock and fudge galore. Continue to the back of the shop and you will find a hidden tea room full of crocheted blankets and cake. I had fish and chips and cream soda for around £9 and it was delicious.
Cheese shop and bikes. Enough said.
Of course we ventured to the beach to explore the sandy coastline and beach hut views. The cliff top has a lovely costal path which is lined with wild flowers. I always smile when I see a Poppy as it was my Nan’s name. It almost feels as though she is saying hello each time I see one. The beach huts were full of colour and smiles, with families enjoying the good weather. In the UK we have to make the most of it as our summer’s are never that consistent. I couldn’t resist kicking off my sandals and running onto the beach. When I was a kid I hated the sand in my toes and used to wear wellingtons boots on the beach.
Southwold Pier really impressed me even though it is quite small! We ended up having coffees and a picnic on the pier as the weather was so glorious.
As you enter the pier, you find the sweet shop and classic arcades to enjoy.
I am still thinking about how I can get one of these slimming pier mirrors in my house…. The pier boasted a wonderful tea room, a restaurant, sweet shops, gift shops, arcades and an amazing gallery of ‘handmade’ arcade machines that were completely weird and wonderful. Take a look here to see what I mean!
The branding for the pier was really spot on – as a business owner I was impressed haha! We of course came away with some sweets as souvenirs.
On our third and final day in the town, we ventured across some local footpaths towards the Southwold Harbour.
The walk took us a few miles across flat lands and even a golf course. We met lots of couples out for a wander with their dogs, and spotted some wild rabbits, a Heron and even a grass snake on our walks.
We debated what these flowers were – a pink daisy perhaps? Neither of us are knowledgeable about plants or flowers so perhaps you can enlighten us.Of course no trip to the seaside is complete without an ice cream cone and flake. We sat on the beach front enjoying these and took in as much fresh air as we could before returning home to the city. Thanks for letting me share our mini break today!