Welcome to Lowestoft
Famous for being Britain’s most easterly point, Lowestoft’s idyllic setting amongst the beautiful Broads and the wide golden sands of the Suffolk coast has made the town a favourite beach holiday destination since Victorian times.
It is one of the earliest settlements in European history, with evidence of human activity in the form of man-made tools dating back 700,000 years.
The award-winning Blue Flag beach is said to have been the inspiration for Benjamin Britten’s first masterpiece and the composer, who lived on Kirkley Cliff Road in the house that is now the Britten House hotel, is celebrated by the musical Royal Plain Fountains on South Pier. Elegant Victorian Gardens and colourful beach huts line the promenades along seafront of the South beach, whilst the historic Scores wind from the town centre and the historic High Street to the north beach, Ness Point and Sparrows Nest lighthouse.
Lowestoft is an area of huge potential growth, with a focus on building on its unique location as the most easterly point in the Britain and making more of its heritage assets and maritime history. Lowestoft is traditionally a port town, which developed with the fishing industry. Now it is rapidly developing as a centre for renewable energy industry within East Anglia and is to be the base for the Anglia One offshore array for the next 40 years. The town is also currently undergoing significant changes with a variety of interesting and exciting projects underway, including the Third Crossing – a much needed new bridge, the redevelopment of Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) and creations of permanent new flood defences. With nationally significant events such as First Light Festival alongside other collaborations between councils, businesses and cultural organisations as part of these developments, Lowestoft is positioning itself as a youthful, engaging and modern destination.
On the First Light weekend the town will be alive with activity –
Park Run on the Saturday morning: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/lowestoft/
Open Studios around the town: https://www.suffolkopenstudios.org
Marina Theatre: Sunday 23rd June ‘Frankie’s Guys’ http://www.marinatheatre.co.uk
London Road South and the High Street are home to many independent stores and cafes, as well as national chains – all just a short stroll from the beach!