Sitting in a picturesque spot on the clifftops overlooking the North Sea, Pakefield is perfect for those who prefer a more relaxed pace of life, and is filled with great things to do, whether you’re on a day trip or a longer break.
To help you get the most out of your visit to this charming corner of East Anglia, we’ve put together a handy print-out-and-keep guide to Pakefield, featuring details on the town’s history and top tips for visitors.
If you discover something you think should be in our Pakefield guide, please get in touch and let us know so we can make sure it’s included in the next edition!
It’s been a magical summer in Pakefield With the 2012 Olympics boosting tourism the whole country over, few were surprised when the 2013 tourist season was a record-busting success for Suffolk. But with 2014 set to be an even bigger year for the region’s leisure and tourism industries, just what is driving the Pakefield holiday boom?
With many visitors returning in 2013 after enjoying a Suffolk break last year, area is still playing a major role in driving the resurgence in British tourism. The whole county is in on the action for 2014, and is fast becoming one of the holiday highlights of the whole country.
Suffolk’s tourist attractions have also welcomed the influx of visitors. Martin Dupee, operations director of the Dinosaur Adventure, Banham Zoo and Africa Alive, told the North Norfolk News: ‘We are heading for a record year at Dinosaur Adventure with more than 200,000 visitors now being projected and, following lean years, both zoos are back well up to where they should be.’
Of course, summer 2013 in Suffolk has also been one of the sunniest summers on record, which has led to thousands of families heading east for a weekend of good old British seaside fun in the sun. No doubt they’ll be back in even greater numbers this year!
Once again it’s nearly time to celebrate the old year and ring in the new, and once again we’re here to give you a rundown of what’s on for new year 2014 in Pakefield. From offers and deals at Pontins to local pub nights, Pakefield is the place to be on New Year’s Eve!
If you’re thinking of booking a Pontins new year, then make sure you don’t miss the Pontins Groupon offer, which lets you book a magical three night new year break from £147 per family, with a free bottle of champagne thrown in!
If you’re in the mood to see in the new year with a top-quality ale or two, then don’t miss the Winter Beer Festival at the Ship Inn, where you can sample a range of local and imported beers, plus the usual range of festive wines and cocktails.
If you’re looking for a family friendly new year’s eve party, then book your ticket for the Beach Farm holiday park’s fantastic all-ages New Year’s Eve Party, which kicks off at 19:00 and features a fully stocked bar and a live band.
Make sure you save a little energy for a restorative walk on Pakefield beach on New Year’s Day. Our beach is one of the most beautiful in Britain, and it makes for a wonderfully inspiring place to greet the first day of 2014.
Christmas in Pakefield is a magical time, when the nights draw in and (hopefully) a blanket of snow covers the town. In winter, beach walks really help to get the festive spirit flowing, and the many Christmas fairs offer some incredible gift-buying opportunities.
There’s nothing more festive than a good old fashioned Christmas craft fayre, so make sure you don’t miss Pakefield High School’s Fayre, which takes place on Saturday 30th November 10-4pm, at the School.
If you want to show your support for Kirkley and Pakefield FC, why not head down to their Kids Christmas Party on the 13th Dec from 19:00? Tickets cost £3 per child and £1 per adult, and there’s even the chance to meet a mystery surprise guest!
This year, the biggest and most-wanted Christmas gift for kids is a fully-functional kids electric car. These incredible machines feature powerful electric motors, giving kids the full driving experience in complete safety. Thankfully, East Anglian site Kids Electric Cars have established themselves as the premier source for these incredible gifts, so you can get your hands on a childs’ electric car while still supporting the local economy!
When it comes to weird, wacky and wonderful aprons, no online store can beat Buy Aprons UK. This fun-packed site has thousands of hilarious, one-of-a-kind apron gifts that let you surprise your loved ones, and what’s more, it started in Lowestoft, so by shopping at Buy Aprons UK for your weird christmas aprons, novelty apron gifts and funny apron stocking fillers, you’re actually shopping local!
We’ll see you at the 2013 Pakefield Christmas lights ceremony!
With the whole of east Anglia still blissfully baking in the heatwave, visitors have been flocking to the region, and a whole new wave of holidaymakers are falling in love with Pakefield.
Thanks to the huge numbers of holidaymakers choosing to spend their summer holiday in Pakefield, our site has seen a record number of visitors, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to single out a few unique Pakefield summer treats.
No visit to Pakefield is complete without a walk along the picturesque, unspoilt stony beach, where you can see some of the last surviving small fishing boats on the Suffolk coast. Enjoy a pint or a light bite at the charming Oddfellows pub which sits on the clifftop and looks out over a stunning view of the North Sea.
After lunch, why not take a walk? Walk north along the beach and you’ll soon be strolling along the beautiful white sands of Lowestoft’s Blue Flag award winning beach with its incredible variety of amusements and refreshments, or, for a quieter trek, wander south along the stony shore to the beautiful sand-streaked expanse of Kessingland Beach.
If you’ve been out and about and enjoying the Pakefield heatwave, or you’ve just fallen in love with the town, why not share some of your summer experiences in our comments section below?
Fans of chrome, fins and classic motor style turned out in force this weekend for the 23rd annual rally of the Lowestoft Classic Vehicle Club.
Among the engineering masterpieces on show were an 1935 Austin Cliffton, a 1961 Singer Gazelle Series III, a 1972 Triumph Stag. a Riley Elf from 1965, a 1970s Triumph Spitfire, a 1961 Ford Console, a 1933 Austin 12/6 Harley and a 50-year-old Porsche 356.
As well as this smorgasbord of classic autos, members of the Lowestoft Mini Club turned out in a rainbow procession, and families were treated to a dog display team, a samba band and a special display by Lowestoft Air Cadets.
If you couldn’t make it down on the day but want to check out the EDP’s photo gallery, which collects some of the best images of the day.
Fans of Great British Wrestling are in for a treat as Pontins prepares to turn up the heat.
With a packed roster of British wrestling heroes including Marty Scurll, VooDoo, Rocker Richards and Joey Naylor, as always accompanied by Disco Stuart Lake, the Ready to Rumble event is one of the best opportunities you’ll ever have to catch the starts of British wrestling in all their glory.
Referee CJ Pollard will keep things tough but fair as Britain’s wrestling greats vie for the chance to come out on top. Fresh from the Summer Sizzler series, which kicks off on 16 July at Pontins in Southport, the big Ready to Rumble event arrives in Pakefield on 20th July, with the show kicking off at 1:00 pm
For more info on the show, and to see Britain’s greatest wrestler in action, visit the Best of British Wrestling website
It’s Bank Holiday time again, as a three day weekend approaches.
Suffolk Bank Holidays are always a great opportunity to get out and have a proper visit to places you may not have the time for, in a normal week.
One of these places should definitely be Pakefield in Suffolk. If your’e looking for a good old day out or a long weekend in the countryside Pakefield is the place for it.
When coming up with bank holiday related words, pub is always one of them. Pakefield has a great choice of places to quench your thirst as well as a whole bunch of restaurants to tide over your hunger on those long bank holiday afternoons.
Pakefield is close to many fabulous beaches on the Suffolk coast. Bank Holidays always bring people out onto the sand, even if it’s cloudy! Grab your picnic basket and take a visit to the beach this bank holiday monday.
Another idea is traipsing around rammed shopping centres as people scramble for Suffolk bank holiday sale items on the floor, or a trip out on the open water, cruising in the fresh air of the Suffolk broads near Pakefield. It’s a tough decision, but if you do choose the latter Pakefield is a great place to access the Broads from.
Over the coming summer there is loads going on in and around Pakefield. This Bank Holiday check out what’s happening on Love Pakefield for ideas on what to do and where to go.
Pakefield Primary School is among several local schools to be included in an incredible new ornithological projects, the Famous Five Birds, designed to celebrate the unique bird life of suffolk by focusing on local feathered heroes the bittern, the barn owl, the bearded tit, the marsh harrier and the elusive nightingale.
Thanks to a partnership between Waveney and Blyth Arts, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Norfolk and Suffolk Biodiversity Partnerships and the RSPB, kids will be given the chance to learn about the birds from bird expert Steve Piotrowski, write bird-themed poetry with RSPB poet Matt Howard and compose bird-inspired music with ornithologist, composer and pianist Peter Cowdrey.
Jan Dungey, secretary at Waveney & Blyth Arts, told the Eastern Daily Press: “We want, through the birds, to get children more interested in the natural world and what is around them, because if you get to know birds you get to know the habitats, where they live and what they do.
“This was part of our inspiration, to encourage children to go out and look for the birds and listen. We want to get them out and about, and hopefully visiting some local nature reserves as well as wild places.”
If you would like to find out more about the Famous Five Birds, call Jan Dungey on 01986 895227 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.waveneyandblytharts.com
Kids and adults of all ages are in for a unique fun-sized treat this February, as the Folded Feather Compnay present their new show, Suitcase Circus, which features off-the-wall humour and the world’s only acrobatic potato sack.
Designed to get you laughing and to show kids the magic that lives inside even the most ordinary of objects, Suitcase Circus features hilarious characters like a daredevil ski glove, as well as charming puppetry and some truly exotic performances.
So if you’re looking for a fun-packed show to entertain yourself and the kids this February, make sure you head down to the Seagull Theatre on the 17th. The show starts at 2:30, and tickets (as well as more information) are available from the Seagull Theatre Website.