Thorpeness Meare and Thorpeness Beach

Written by MiriamSpall on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 13:08
Every summer we make a point of taking our son Joe (nearly 4yrs) to Thorpeness for a day trip and this year we went with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew (Alex 5yrs) as well. Thorpeness is not far from Aldeburgh which is also a ‘must visit’ for the summer, so it’s possible to go to both on the same day if you wish.
Both are found by following the A12 north from Ipswich and are well sign posted from there. Thorpeness is a small coastal village with lots to offer. This year, and last year we happened to go when the Thorpeness Regatta was taking place over the August bank holiday weekend so it was busier than usual, and there was more going on. The main attraction in Thorpeness has to be the boating lake or ‘meare’.
This is a large artificial lake where rowing boats, punts, canoes and even sailing boats can be hired to take the family out on the water. However, as the Regatta was on we were unable to hire a boat as the lake was being used for boat races, so I can’t tell you the exact cost but it’s in the region of £20 for 4 people to take a boat out for 2 hours. We had good fun watching the boat races though which were going on throughout the day.
Close to the lake there is a village green with a duckpond and picnic benches. There is also a shop selling all sorts of things from snacks, drinks and ice-creams, to bucket & spades and crabbing gear, and a café selling hot and cold food with plenty of outside seating overlooking the lake. There are public toilets near the lake and the other side of the shop was another green which had a few rides and stalls set up – I expect these were just there for the regatta week. Make sure you look out for the local landmark ‘The house in the clouds’ that is visible from the boating lake. Once we’d spent a while at the lake we decided to head to the beach with our picnic.
The beach is about a 10minute walk from the lake, and the main large public car park is about half way between the two. The beach is lovely, although pebbly (like neighbouring Aldeburgh, so no good for building sandcastles. There are lovely views up and down the Suffolk coastline and the beach was perfect for kite flying which kept the boys happy for a while.


If you’re planning a summer trip to the beach in Suffolk then I’d highly recommend Thorpeness. As well as the beach there is the added attraction of the boating lake, where at most times during the summer months it is fun to hire a rowing boat. The village doesn’t have the popular boutique shops and fish & chip shops like Aldeburgh, but as a result it feels quieter and more relaxed. The village does still have all the facilities you will need close by however, for having a great day out by the sea.  
Image of Alex and Miriam
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