Lowestoft attractions: Best places to roam around
Lowestoft has a reputation for being a quiet, easy-going coastal town but can thoroughly entertain your infants from start until finish. The place is famous for being the most easterly town and the first place to see the sunrise in the UK. It is also the birthplace of composer Benjamin Britten. The town is a first-choice spot for families and there’s plenty of attractions all around the town that you cannot miss.
South of Lowestoft’s harbour there’s a long, flat sandy beach, traced by a promenade, gardens, bowling greens and some handsome victorian houses. Packed with sun-seeking families in July and August, the beach is split into two by the Claremont Pier. The Pier dates to 1903 and extends for more than 200 metres into the North sea. The structure is awaiting redevelopment but at its entrance on the promenade are a couple of restaurants in historic pavilions. South of the pier, the promenade starts to climb the cliff away from the shore and below there’s a long line of cute beach chalets. Alongside, if you are an indoor person, you can find a plethora of iGaming houses that offers fantastic games with mesmerising bonuses like Blackspins Online Casino.
Lowestoft Maritime Museum
In a rather small space, this award-winning museum is busting with interesting objects covering different aspects of seafaring in Lowestoft. There are medals awarded to Royal Navy and RNLI personnel, tools from Lowestoft’s shipyards, fishing paraphernalia, pieces of marine art and a host of ship models. You can also go into depth on local figures like Robert William Hook, a Victorian-era RNLI coxswain, who saved more than 600 lives in his career and Thomas Crisp, a Lowestoft local awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for gallantry in the first world war.
The widely famed wildlife park close to Kessingland is dedicated to animals from the African continent. Africa alive has more than 1000 animals in 60 acres of parkland, keeping many of its inhabitants like ankole cattle, lechwes, Somali wild asses and Barbary sheep in vast paddocks. The plains of Africa has children’s favourite like giraffes, rhinos, and zebras, while there are also special habitats for lions, cheetahs and African primates. There’s also a timetable of feeding talks and a daily bird of prey demonstration.
Lowestoft has its own theme park in 50 acres of parkland on the northern edge of town. Kids under 13 will get the most out of Pleasurewood hills rollercoasters, water rides, bumper cars, carousels and miniature railways. There are more than 35 rides, shows and attractions in all, more than enough fun for a whole day. For some adrenaline try ‘wipeout’ which is a boomerang rollercoaster, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph going through three inversions and then repeating the course backwards. Little ones can hit the Heart Kids zone with lighter rides like a mini pirate ship, an indoor play area and flying elephants.
Lowestoft’s southern suburbs used to be independent villages before they were taken over by the town’s sprawl. Kirkley is on the coast and mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086. This area is noted for the imposing terrace of Victorian townhouses along Marine Parade commissioned by the construction entrepreneur Sir Samuel Morton Peto, who manages the firms that built monuments like Nelson’s Column and the new Houses of Parliament. Further south you will come to a traditional Victorian seafront park at Kensington Gardens, overlooking the beach and with a bowling green, tennis courts and tearooms.
Just plan for a fun-filled and warming holiday break in the town of Lowestoft and get lost with the serenity it possesses.