Things to do in and around Thorpeness

Our quaint little village of Thorpeness is stacked with beautiful surrounds and plenty of things to do. If you’re planning a short stay with us here on the Suffolk Coast, here are nine ideas for when you visit…

Thorpeness Meare
Boating on the scenic Meare at Thorpeness is a fun and safe activity for all ages, all within a stunning setting. Waters are never over three feet deep, providing a haven of water-based fun for children, whilst adults can sit back, relax, and take in the beauty on show. A multitude of boats are available, from canoes and kayaks to rowing boats and punts. Set on a little adventure around the surrounding islands spread across forty acres of water.

House in the Clouds
One for admirers of quirky architecture. Formerly the village’s water tower, Thorpeness founder Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie ingeniously disguised the building as an overgrown house which is still in use today and available for holiday makers. Set in one acre of private grounds, the House in the Clouds overlooks Thorpeness Golf Course, Thorpness Meare and the sea.

Tennis, golf and leisure at Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel
Get involved with a few leisurely activities here at our Golf Club & Hotel. Whether you’re a fan of tennis, golf or simple relaxation, you’ll be spoilt for choice with something for everyone. With 36 bedrooms, 26 self-catering apartments, an outstanding coastal golf course and restaurant, Thorpeness is great place to stay for a short break in Suffolk.

Thorpeness Emporium
Overlooking the beautiful Meare, Thorpeness Emporium is situated in and around the Beach House in the heart of the village. With over 24 displays and cabinet rooms, the venue showcases a wide selection of collectables, antiques and crafts, from Beswick China to football memorabilia. A great day out for all the family and for something a little different in this historic part of Suffolk.

Aldeburgh Bay Holidays
Aldeburgh Bay Holidays offer the highest quality self-catering cottages in and around Thorpeness. Whether you wish to be overlooking the sea or Meare, there are over 25 unique cottages in Thorpeness alone to choose from. Aldeburgh Bay Holidays has a wealth of experience when it comes to tailoring a holiday suited to you, with accommodation guests receiving exclusive use of the tennis courts and a 20% discount on green fees at Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel.

The Kitchen @ Thorpeness
This small café restaurant overlooks the Meare and serves some of the finest local ingredients here in Suffolk. Work your way through their carefully crafted menu of seasonal and locally sourced cuisine, from breakfast, lunch, and cakes right through to dinner during the summer months. WiFi, sofas and complimentary newspapers make it a perfect pit stop for early morning risers.

Thorpeness Country Club
Built in 1912, Thorpeness Country Club is set in an ideal and unique location for all kinds of celebrations, from weddings and birthdays to christenings, dinner dances and conferences. Licensed for civil weddings, the Country Club has two floors available for hire, which may be used separately or in conjunction with each other. With a roster of exciting events over the coming weeks and months, visitors can plan their visit around what’s going on at the Club. Particular highlights include:

  • Live Tribute Night, featuring Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse
    Friday 4th July
    Watch the highly-talented Vicky Jackson perform as two iconic stars of the music industry.

  • Speakeasy Ball
    Saturday 27th September
    Relive the roaring twenties with a three-course dinner, live swing music and fancy dress attire.

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