The Village of Kessingland in Suffolk

Kessingland Suffolk Holidays

A holiday guide to Kessingland a former fishing village, located on the Suffolk Sunrise Coast in the Waveney District of Suffolk. The village used to comprise of two separate communities the 'Beach' and the 'Street', but in the 1960s a large housing estate united the village into a single community. The small population of Kessingland doubles during the summer months with the the influx of holiday makers.

It has a large rural sand duned and shingle beach and enjoys a quieter pace of life even during the popular summer months.

Kessingland makes an ideal base to explore Suffolks seaside resorts, situated as it is between Lowestoft under 4 miles (6km) and the popular seaside resort of Southwold 7 miles (10km).

Kessingland has a number of small shops, supermarkets, local inns and various take aways.  Right on the beach you will find the popular restaurant called The Waterfront.

At the southern edge of the village is Africa Alive a walking family safari set in 80 acres of dramatic coastal parkland.

A famous past resident of Kessingland was Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) an author of adventure novels who bought a property right on the cliffs and renamed it Kessingland Grange. In 1928 Kessingland Grange was sold to a Mr Catchpole who established a holiday camp in the grounds, and unfortunately demolished the Grange.

The area is a haven for wildlife, with large flocks of Snow Buntings in the winter months and seals visiting the shores. Around the parish is a network of footpaths passing through picturesque farmland, coastline and marshes.  These include the Suffolk Coat Path, which runs 50 miles between Lowestoft and Felixstowe. There is a good bus service between Lowestoft and Kessingland, with the nearest train station in Lowestoft.

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