As our campsite was based about an hour from the Suffolk coastline, one of the day trips that we planned was to visit Southwold. It's known rather cheekily as 'Hampstead on sea' as it's houses sell mostly to second home owners from London and it's town centre is full of quirky independents and designer clothing stores. There is a long promenade, the pier, hundreds of colourful beach huts and a lovely sandy beach for families to enjoy. Southwold has a cool vibe and it was super busy the day we went. The sky was a brilliant blue and it was about 30 degrees.
I had a couple of places I wanted to visit - Adnams Cellar and Kitchen to get some locally brewed beer and also to the amazing Two Magpies Bakery. We indulged in portuguese custard tarts and salted caramel brownies and Harry and I could have stayed in there all day! It was so hard to choose from the amazing range of cake and pastries they make. We also bought some bread to take back to the campsite.
We then spent some time wandering the town centre, first visiting the bookshop and then the lighthouse. There were a couple of vintage stores which had some nice enamel pieces but sadly there wasn't anything I really wanted to buy. There are also some vintage sellers in the beach huts located near the boating lake selling lots of cool interior pieces and clothing. I did have my eye on a kilim, but I have nowhere to put it so sadly I left it behind.
The rest of the day was spent by the sea. We ate chips in the beach cafe and wandered along the pier. It's a beautiful construction and full of fantastic things to do including the whacky Under the Pier show. There are quite a few shops on the pier too, all selling pretty coastal home items and fashion accessories.
As is usual there are seaside stores selling buckets and spades and beach chairs but all of that is done tastefully - even the candy floss is from Hope and Greenwood. Southwold doesn't really do tat.
We wandered down to the beach and spent a happy time in the water and just chilling out on the picnic blanket. The beach was immaculate, the waves were crashing on to the shore. Kids were surfing and kites were flying. It was a happy place to be. x