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Lowestoft is a town in Suffolk, East Anglia, England, lying between the eastern edge of The Broads National Park at Oulton Broad and the North Sea. Nearby Lowestoft Ness is the most easterly point in the United Kingdom and is twinned with the French town of Plaisir (in Yvelines "département" and Île-de-France region). The town is divided in two by Lake Lothing, with the northern half being the commercial centre and the southern half being the holiday resort.

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      19.02.2010 12:49
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      Please don't move here, when the summer is gone, so is the fun!

      I feel like Lowestofts review should be split into two, one for the tourists and one for those considering relocation.

      For the tourists, I would say that in the summer, Lowestoft is a beautiful seaside town. Golden beaches, lovely sunshine, real ice cream and local caught fish and chips.
      In particular, the fish and chip shop on the pier, I know uses only the freshest fish caught 12 hours before by Lowestofts finest (the owner is always at the fish market at 5am selecting the days fish), sometimes coming off of my partners boat!
      There is a sea life centre, boat hire, Africa Alive and Pleasurewood Hills all a 5 minute drive away and in the summer, the airshow is not to be missed. It really is spectacular and only £2 donation. Everything down to the red arrows is there!

      For those of those considering relocation - don't.
      Lowestoft, aside from the above list, is full of people searching for jobs, teenage pregnancies, drunken teens (the hospital and police cells are regularly full of these as well) and no real outlet. There is only 2 play parks serving the entire population, as for shopping, well, if you want anything other than a pound shop, you will have to endure a 80 odd mile round trip to Norwich. The locals won't talk to you because you are not a local and the only form of restaurant that this town seems to have is chinese buffets.
      The local kids will steal anything they can carry, right down to manky, rusty sink pipes and the amount of unneutered male cats owned by each house is so high that mine are now house cats due the fact that the vets is costing too much to keep stitching them back together.
      The police will try to palm off all of your problems and complaints to the councils departments, and the council, no matter what you call about will either be constantly unavailable, or require you to fill out a dozen forms before they will even ask you what your problem is.
      The agencies don't care about the state of their houses, leaks, damp, rot, whatever, they will "get back to you".


      In conclusion, and I say this as I relocated here 12 months ago, steer well clear of this town unless you want a holiday.

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        19.10.2008 11:17
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        A great place catering for all tastes and budgets

        Lowestoft is one of the larger of the towns in Suffolk, though still definitely what i would call a quintisential seaside town!

        There are a whole host of places to visit, making it very family orientated and friendly and if you are looking for a holiday in Lowestoft there are plenty of places to stay, with a variety of accomodation such Bed &Breakfast places, hotels, self catering cottages and holiday parks. This helps to make Lowestoft very versatile and suitable for all tastes and budgets.

        Lowestoft boasts many activity centres such as The Adventure Island Park Play, In addition there are art galleries and museums. And at the end of a fun packed, busy day there is a range of pubs and restaurants suitable for all of the family and again catering for all tastes and budgets!

        Lowestoft has all you need for a great holiday and also makes a great base for exploring the lovely area around it.

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          15.05.2007 05:01
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          A short guide to Lowestoft and its history

          Lowestoft is a town situated in North East Suffolk, just south of Great Yarmouth. The town grew in size quickly in the 1800s with the advent of the railway, which made it a popular seaside resort. Samuel Morton Peto, a railway pioneer, invested heavily in the town to create new leisure, commercial and residential areas.

          Lowestoft's wealth in the late nineteenth and earlier twentieth century came from the fishing industry and the tourist industry. However, both declined in the late twentieth century, and where once there were so many drifters in the harbour it was said you could walk across one side to another by jumping from boat to boat, changes in the industry mean that today there are only a handful of registered fishing boats left.

          The tourist industry also gradually took a downturn as day-trips decreased in popularity and then the advent of the package holiday meant that more and more people decided to take their holidays overseas rather than a take a week's holiday by the sea.

          The town today has received relatively high amounts of investment through numerous funds from the British Government and the European Union Regeneration Fund, although locals argue whether the money has been spent wisely, with significant traffic problems still plaguing the town. Employment is mostly from the three largest employers, Waveney District Council, Bird's Eye and Sanyo. The Government's fishing agency, CEFAS, is also a major employer.

          Some other industries have been lost to the town, such as Eastern Counties Coachworks, where many of the buses in the UK were once made, and companies such as the Co-operative Canning Factory. The Eastern Counties site is now though a medium sized out of town shopping centre, with a B&Q, Argos, Brantano, Aldi, Choices and numerous other outlets situated there.

          Unemployment however remains a problem in the town as there are limited job opportunities, with many of the town's residents finding work in Norwich. Road links to Norwich are reasonably good, and there are also regular bus and train services.

          For tourists to the area today, there is a popular annual air festival, two piers (although one is closed), a long promenade and two stretches of beaches. Pontin's holiday camp is also nearby, and the theme park Pleasurewood Hills is just a two minute drive away. Some tourists also visit Ness Point, which is the most easterly point in the UK and is marked by a large compass showing the distance and direction to many large cities throughout Europe.

          Many of the historical buildings in the town have now been removed as part of slum clearance of as part of the road schemes over the last few decades. What was once the Beach Village has now nearly been replaced by industrial units, but was once a thriving fishing community at the base of the cliffs. The area suffered from flooding and a lack of investment and was mostly demolished of residential units in the mid twentieth century.

          The town is split into two in general terms, North and South Lowestoft. The latter was the area which was built primarily by Samuel Morton Peto whereas the older part of the town is the original northern end. The town's main church, St Margaret's, and the oldest houses in the town, on the High Street, are all in the northern end of the town.

          Today the town still suffers slightly from being so easterly, as the road networks are still in the main not dualled from either Ipswich or Norwich. That has an impact on business, but for tourists planning to come to the area, the town does have a long heritage and many interesting buildings, and is well worth visiting to say that you have been to the most easterly town in the UK!

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          09.01.2001 00:04
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          Lowestoft is england's most eastily point. It's renound for its fishing, and porcelin. Lowestoft has a population of approx. 65,000 people. Unfortunately the fishing industry has almost ceased to eist here, but Lowestoft porcelin is due to begin production again in the near future, so rumour has it. Lowestoft has a high number of unemployed people and has a problem with teenage pregnancies. Lowestoft has now been selected to receive european funding for regeneration to support and attract new business and industry. Lowestoft has its own college (see my other opinion), that offers both further and higher education courses. It also has a good selection of shopping areas and an abundance of new housing. Lowestoft also boasts two blue flags for their beaches. The cost of living is average for the UK, house prices are stable and the prospect of employment is ever increasing. If you wish to know more about Lowestoft, visit www.lowestoft.net, its a great resource. Hopefully this has given you an insight into living in, and the culture of, Lowestoft, my home town.

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