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Suffolk has been high on my list of UK counties to explore for a long while. A foodie destination, with beautiful beach towns I always knew it would be great for my husband and I, but I was intrigued to find out how it would work for my very busy toddler.

Dunwich Beach Suffolk
CHLOE SOWTER @ThatHolidayMum

In February, in the middle of multiple storms, we headed out to the Suffolk Coast staying at The Westleton Crown - perfectly situated in between Southwold and Aldeburgh and on top of the Dunwich coastline. We stayed in a family room which had the unique benefit of being over two floors. Think roll top bath and four poster upstairs for parents and bunk bed, beanbag, TV-clad playroom downstairs for littles! All three of us got a great night’s sleep being in separate rooms and there was so much space for our little boy to play.

Despite the weather, we got out and about to explore the best of the Suffolk Coastline. A 7 minute drive from the beautiful village of Westleton, where the inn is situated, is Dunwich Heath and Beach. We took one of the trails (ranging from an engaging 30 minute smugglers treasure hunt to a 2 hour hike for bigger explorers) to take in the wildlife before heading down onto the beach. We fuelled up on fish and chips at The Ship at Dunwich, before heading 20 minutes up the coast to Southwold.


The next day we headed south of Westleton to take in the postcard-like fishing town of Aldeburgh. In just half an hour you can walk the beach path to the next coastal town of Thorpeness to see the ‘house in the clouds’ and the famous Scallop beach sculpture. We headed back to Aldeburgh for fresh seafood from the fisherman’s huts and a doughnut from Two Magpies Bakery. On the way home we stopped at Snape Maltings to see the old school ships and do a spot of shopping {there was something for everyone but I of course only came away with things for a tiny}!

Even with two mega storms, we found Suffolk to be such an amazing place to be outdoors and exploring. We will definitely be back.

That Holiday Mum, Chestnut Brand Ambassador

That Holiday Mum is a family travel Insta-guide by Chloe Sowter. Chloe has been travelling to boutique and luxury destinations for over 10 years and finds a huge amount of joy in recommending hotels and travel itineraries! That Holiday Mum documents Chloe's adventures with her one year old boy.

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For more things to do when visiting the Suffolk coast click here.


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