Gallery Thea (0 miles)

The studio was first set up by artist Thea Cutting in 2000 and in 2004, Thea was selected as one of the finalists in Country Living magazine's Rural Women in Business Award. Gallery Thea produces beautiful hand designed ceramics and recent commissions include a dinner service for a customer in New York as well as producing orders for returning customers from all over the world.

Henstead Art and Crafts (9 miles)

Working with Defra, the (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) we have converted former farm buildings into a set of high quality workshop units for the artists and craftspeople of Suffolk. Each unit is self contained, and we have been able to attract a wide range of talented folk to use them. This includes: Painters in watercolour and oils, a Photographer and a Professional Woodturner.

The Works Art School (11 miles)

'The Works Art School' was set up in March 1999 to provide facilities for creative activities. Many people already attend weekly classes and workshops in a friendly atmosphere, learning and experiencing art and design, printmaking and crafts. Tutors enjoy teaching all levels of ability, children and adults, and many students are complete beginners - don't be nervous - come and join us.

Lowestoft Art Centre (12 miles)

Lowestoft Art Centre is a non-profit making community initiative formed to promote the arts in the Lowestoft area. It provides an art and craft gallery and studio for teaching and small meetings. The gallery shows a continually changing selection of quality art and craft work including paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork and publications.

Snape Maltings (19 miles)

Snape maltings offers many arts and crafts shops and a gallery, as well as plenty of other activities. Inspiring surroundings and experienced tutors form the basis of a series of affordable creative painting courses which are available from the shop for single or three day events.

Teapot Pottery (26 miles)

Have you ever wondered how collectable teapots are made? You will find the answer at Carters Teapot Pottery in the beautiful village of Debenham, set deep in the Suffolk countryside. A visit to this unique pottery will show you these world renown teapots being made and painted by hand. And after watching our expert crafts people at work, you can browse around our pottery shop, where you can be sure to find the teapot of your choice.

Hentry Watsons Pottery (36 miles)

Since 1800 Henry Watson’s Potteries have established an enviable reputation for producing well-crafted, innovative products that continue to compliment both traditional and contemporary kitchen styles. At Henry Watson’s country gift shop you will discover a wide choice of superb kitchenware and giftware that is a pleasure to give, and a delight to receive and a welcome presence in any home.

Gainsborough House (54 miles)

The museum and art gallery at the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough. One of England's greatest painters, Gainsborough was as much a master of landscape as portraits. The collection at Gainsborough's House includes fine paintings, drawings and etchings from throughout Gainsborough's career

The Jessica Muir Gallery (55 miles)

The Jessica Muir Gallery is a contemporary art & craft gallery situated in the centre of the village, run by artists Jessica Brown & Jean Muir. The gallery specialises in jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles and limited edition prints, displayed on two floors within the 15 century grade II listed building. Work exhibited is an eclectic mix from new designers and established artists working in the British Isles, with many originating from East Anglia. A variety of exhibitions run throughout the year.

Things to do and see in the surrounding area

Nearby Places to visit Local things to do

Back to the main 'things to do and see' page, where you will find a list of local attractions in Southwold, including the Pier, Electric Picture Palace, Lighthouse, Voyager and Southwold Summer Theatre.
Nearby Places to visit Nearby places to visit

There are plenty of nearby towns and villages to visit. Nearby Blythburgh and across the river, Walberswick, the busy seaside towns of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth full of attractions, shops and things to do, or other similar places to Southwold such as Aldeburgh and Snape.
Local Walks Local walks

Southwold and the surrounding area is full of outstanding walks. We have put several recommended walks together with information on distance, and sights of interest along the route. These are just a small taster to the many walks.
Zoos and animal parks Zoos and animal parks

Looking for zoos and wildlife parks. The best local wildlife park is at nearby Kessingland "Africa Alive!", but there are plenty of smaller animal parks including Pettits farm animals for kids, Eastern Farm Park, and many more, for those interested in birds, try nearby Minsmere nature reserve.
Family attractions Family attractions

For family attractions, the two biggest are Pleasurewood Hills between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, and Pleasurebeach in Great Yarmouth. Both towns are packed with attractions and things to do such as mini-golf, bowling and sports attractions.

Arts and Craft Arts and Crafts

For all arts and crafts including art exhibitions, pottery and antiques. These include Lowestoft Arts Centre, Henstead Art and Craft Centre, Teapot Pottery in Debenham, and the Henry Watsons Potteries near Diss, There are plenty more in Suffolk and Norfolk.
House and Gardens House and Gardens

There are plenty of halls, and gardens to view in the area. The Walled Garden of Saxmundham, Exotic gardens of Aldeburgh, Wyken Hall, Melford Hall, Helmingham Hall and Gardens, Ickworth House, park and gardens, Otley Hall and Yoxford antique centre gardens
Museums and History Museums and History

Apart from the Museums of Southwold, there are many other places of interest including, Mid-Suffolk light Railway museum, Sutton Hoo, West Stow anglo saxon village, East Anglia transport museum, The National Horseracing Museum, The Long Shop Museum and Halesworth Airfield, memorial museum.
Other River trips

Southwold is not far from the Norfolk Broads, where you will find plenty of boat hire companies, offering single day hire, or short breaks. The Norfolk Broads offers outstanding scenery, spectacular wildlife and plenty of places to moor up and visit.