Suffolk Tourist Guide
Suffolk Coastal Cottages, Southwold
Suffolk Coastal Cottages, Southwold
Polstead Camping and Caravan Site
Polstead Camping and Caravan Site
Felixstowe Leisure Centre
Felixstowe Leisure Centre
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The Great House, Lavenham
The Great House, Lavenham
Fox and Goose, Fressingfield
Fox and Goose, Fressingfield
Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich
Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich
Short Courses at Assington Mill, Sudbury
Short Courses at Assington Mill, Sudbury
Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham
Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham
Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa
Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa
The Anchor, Walberswick
The Anchor, Walberswick
Best of Suffolk - Self Catering Accommodation
Best of Suffolk - Self Catering Accommodation
High House Farm, Woodbridge
High House Farm, Woodbridge
The Amber Shop, Southwold
The Amber Shop, Southwold
Suffolk Cottage Holidays, Aldeburgh
Suffolk Cottage Holidays, Aldeburgh
The Westleton Crown, Westleton
The Westleton Crown, Westleton
High Lodge Holiday Resort, Saxmundham
High Lodge Holiday Resort, Saxmundham
Swilland Mill Luxury Self Catering, Woodbridge
Swilland Mill Luxury Self Catering, Woodbridge
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
The Ship Inn, Blaxhall
The Ship Inn, Blaxhall
The Cock Inn, Polstead
The Cock Inn, Polstead
Red House Yards Events  &  Accommodation
Red House Yards Events & Accommodation
RSPB Suffolk
RSPB Suffolk
Aldeburgh Bay Holidays, Self Catering
Aldeburgh Bay Holidays, Self Catering
The Bildeston Crown, Bildeston
The Bildeston Crown, Bildeston
Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich
Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich
Fornham Organic Shop  &  Cafe, Bury St Edmunds
Fornham Organic Shop & Cafe, Bury St Edmunds
The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh
The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh
Pakefield Caravan Park
Pakefield Caravan Park
Broadland Sands Holiday Park, Lowestoft
Broadland Sands Holiday Park, Lowestoft
Classic Festivals Suffolk
Classic Festivals Suffolk
Visit Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley
Visit Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley
Cottages4you, Suffolk
Cottages4you, Suffolk
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
Stonham Barns Leisure  &  Retail Village
Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Village
Go Ape, Thetford
Go Ape, Thetford

Walberswick



Walberswick is a hidden gem in Suffolk - tucked away across the River Blyth from the much higher profile Southwold. Until the early 20th century Walberswick was a trading port, but today it is one of Suffolk’s top tourist attractions.



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The village and surrounding beach and marshland have long attracted residents drawn from the arts, film and media. In the 1890s and 1900s it became associated with Philip Wilson Steer and his circle of English
Impressionists, and it was home to the noted artist and architect
Charles Rennie Mackintosh from 1914.



Considering its size, an inordinate number of British celebrities own holiday homes in the village! Sir Clement Freud lived here, and their daughter, Emma Freud and her husband Richard Curtis still do. Martin Bell, Geoffrey Palmer, maintain properties here while Paul Heiney and Libby Purves live nearby. The village is the setting for Esther Freud’s novel, The Sea House,
thinly disguised as ‘Steerborough’ - presumably a coded reference,
or in-joke, towards one-time resident, Philip Wilson Steer. For more information on Suffolk's celebrities please see
Famous Suffolk People



The village is famous for its annual crabbing competition - The British Open Crabbing Championship, held every August. The person who catches
the single heaviest crab within a period of 90 minutes is declared
the winner. The proceeds go towards strengthening Walberswick's sea defences.
The village has tea rooms, restaurants, two public houses, an art gallery, original crafts and gift shops, and you can walk to
Southwold over the River Blyth from here.
You can also walk the other way along the coast down to
Dunwich, through the delightful
Walberswich Nature Reserve or right along the beach

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About the author - Sarah Quinlan is the owner of the Suffolk Guides. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahinSuffolk or Google+
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