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Sailing & Boat Trips in Suffolk

Sailing in Suffolk


With long stretches of stunning coastline, Suffolk is undoubtedly an idyllic location for watersports and adventurous vacations. Bring your own sailing boat and set sail or, if you’re new to the idea of a sailing holiday, take a look at some of the Activity Centres below and book yourself on a course to try it out. From small and large yacht charters to exciting sailing trips, celebratory and corporate events through to Ocean Yacht-Master to comprehensive RYA sail training for beginners, Suffolk has it all!

Watersports & Sailing in suffolk


Alton Water on the Ipswich Reservoir is a great place for beginners to start to find their sea legs. This is Suffolk’s largest reservoir and Alton Water provides a variety of sailing, windsurfing and kayaking courses with fully qualified and enthusiastic instructors. Short courses could be a morning or a day, or if you’re in the area for a holiday, check out some of their longer watersports courses at Alton Water.
Windsurfing Watersports Ipswich

They also have an extensive range of Kayaks, paddle boards, dinghies, row boats and windsurf equipment available to hire, so bring the family down and make a day of it.

Find out more here – Alton Water Watersports Activity Centre

River stour cruises

The River Stour Trust actively encourages the use of the river and organises many river-based activities and fundraising events on or near the river. This charity operates river trips along the Stour for the public at Sudbury, Flatford and Dedham, so if a gentle day ‘messing about on the river’ is what you’re after you couldn’t be in better hands. See The River Stour Trust, Sudbury for more information about their cruises & activities.

Sailing in Suffolk



EAST Sailing Activities

The EAST ANGLIAN SAILING TRUST provides disabled sailors and their carers with regular chances to participate in sailing ventures whilst promoting enhanced confidence, independence, and involvement from the community. EAST is a registered charity based run entirely by volunteers from Suffolk Yacht Harbour on the River Orwell near Ipswich. There is a programme of activities throughout the year so check them out now – East Anglian Sailing Trust.

Allen Gardiner

If you love being on the water but fancy a more leisurely way to enjoy it then why not try a River Cruise Restaurant? The historic Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant based at Ipswich Marina offers delicious Brunch, Lunch, Supper or Dinner cruises including an interesting commentary about the sights and sounds of the River Orwell. Meanwhile, the Lady Florence situated at Orford Quay also offers Brunch, Lunch and Supper Cruises with a talk about Orford. Both are equipped with cole fires for the winter months and both can also be hired out privately as a unique celebration venue.


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