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Southwold is a town in the Waveney district of Suffolk, East Anglia, England, at the mouth of the River Blyth.

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      15.06.2009 20:06
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      Southwold is a quintessentially English seaside town, located on the most easterly part of the Norfolk coast. It is a totally unique place, with a real ale brewery, a working lighthouse, a lovely pier, great shops selling works of art as well as designer clothes, a fantastic beach, great pubs, and much more! The town remains old fashioned and untouched by commercialism. It is possibly most famous for its extremely pretty rows of beach huts, which can be found reproduced in the art galleries around the town. There are around 300 brightly painted beach huts stretching along the seafront, all ex-fishermens huts which now have sold for as much as £90,000 - a very good price for a small wooden hut with no plumbing! The huts are often passed down from generation to generation and are highly prized. Southwold abounds with a mixture of old factories, quaint fishermen's cottages and huge Victorian villas that overlook the green, and is this eclectic mixture of architecture that gives the town its olde worlde feel. The pure white lighthouse dates from 1890 and, standing at 100 feet tall, dominates the town centre. It is open several times a year for visitors. I highly recommend joining the queue and going in - the stairs are some the steepest and scariest I have ever seen, but the view from the top is amazing, and the mechanism of the lighthouse must be seen. At night you can see the comforting lighthouse lights winking across the fields and the beach for miles around. Along the beach there is another iconic piece of Southwold architecture. Southwold Pier is as tasteful as the town centre and is one of the few modern piers in the country. Originally built in 1900, it was gradually destroyed by storms, until it was rebuilt and opened in 2001. It is one of the most beautifully kept and interesting piers the UK has to offer, with tea shops, restaurants and a huge variety of shops selling artwork, handmade clothing and other individual and unusual products. At 623 feet long, it is a real delight to stroll out to sea along the pier, taking in a very unusual water clock along the way. The water clock is towards the end of the pier, and was designed by Tim Hunkin in 1998. Every 30 minutes a metal boy pulls his trousers down and wees into a pot, to the delight of the assembled crowd! Adnams Brewery has been brewing beer in Southwold since 1972, and is now an influential force in the town. The brewery still operates, and visitors can book up tours for around a tenner. As well as owning several pubs and hotels in the town, Adnams have recently opened a very nice café and kitchen shop, attached to the brewery. There is a fair amount of culture and entertainment in Southwold, with a tiny cinema called The Electric Picture Palace, run by the Southwold Film Society. Adverts around the town are full of concerts, jazz music and theatre productions - residents and visitors alike can have an active social life. More recently, Southwold has hosted the Latitude Festival - voted the best medium sized music festival of 2009. In addition to all of this culture, Southwold can still offer traditional seaside fun. The North beach is long and sandy, with a mile of dunes stretching down to the harbour. Although the wind can be chill, the sea is calm and clean, and ideal for picnics. The walk northwards along the dunes will take you to the river Blyth, where a ferryman will row you across to the village of Walberswick. Alternatively you can walk up river and cross the bridge, taking in the traditional harbour activities, fishermen's cabins selling fresh fish, and numerous cafes selling fish and chips or crab sandwiches. To the south of the pier, more traditional fun can be had, in the form of a boating lake and a golf putting green. Accomodation in Southwold offers you a range of options, from the very basic Harbour Campsite, on the River Blyth to the Adnams-owned luxurious Swann Hotel in the centre of town. In between these two extremes are many self catering cottages all over the area. A very large proportion of the houses and cottages in Southwold are holiday homes, and are rented out regularly. There are two main local agents for booking these cottages: Suffolk Secrets and Southwold Lettings. Whether you go for the shopping, the music, the beach or the beer - Southwold never fails to entertain and charm. The key words for Southwold are taste and culture - and this is what makes it a unique destination amongst the plethora of British Seaside resorts.

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        19.10.2008 11:11
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        something for everyone and more besides!

        Southwold has to be one of my favourite places to visit. it has something for everyone and to me is the perfect holiday destiniation! To start, there is a beautiul sandy beach, lined by the most amazing beach huts! leading out to the sea is the pier with its typical arcade games as well as lovely little pier shops and the end of the pier show with its quirky machines and contraptions. At the other end of Southwold is a lovely little shopping area with the most amazing shops... including the very best cheese shop in the world! There is also an array of places to eat and the most amazing fish and chip shop (once voted one of Englands best) where you can buy the tastiest fish and chips! If you ever fancy a change of scenery, in the summer months a little ferry will take you on a short trip over to Walberswick... famous for its crabbing competition! To me Southwold is the best... no competition!

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        12.06.2007 17:33

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        for a relaxing time

        Southwold what a quaint little seaside town. Known for the adnams brewery. Full of tiny little cottages and clean beach. Used to have a horse drawn dray that delivered beer to the numerous amount of public houses in the town a good place for a pub crawl. A must to try the beer, you haven't been to Southwold if you don't It not gone commercialised like many seaside towns so the quieter view of the sea is ensured here. the spectacular hotels and numerous little shops keep this town a little haven by the sea. One of the best features is the wonderous church in the town, it was part of the inspector morse series. Thats the other thing about this town there is always one film or other wanting the use the greens or houses in there production. PD James was from southwold along with michael palin. each year they have there fair at the top end of the town and the switching on of the christmas lights by someone famous. they have also renovated the pier and there is some fastinating items located on it. Especially the large water clock it's a must to see. Southwold is situated of the main A12 road from great yarmouth to london. So easy to get to.

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