The Village of Kessingland in Suffolk
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
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
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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