East Anglia Transport Museum
Discover the rich heritage of Lowestoft at the East Anglia Transport Museum. This heritage transport museum features an impressive collection of buses, cars, vans, trams, trolleybuses, a narrow gauge railway, and a ‘Tar, Sweat and Steam’ building that showcases the history of roadbuilding.
When you visit the museum, you can enjoy unlimited rides on vintage buses, trams, trolleybuses, and the narrow gauge railway. All of these rides are included in the entry price, making it a great value for visitors.
In addition to the transportation exhibits, the museum also boasts many examples of vintage street furniture, a cafe, a well-stocked shop, and free car parking. It’s a great place to spend a day exploring the history of transportation in East Anglia.
Getting to the museum is easy, as it is well served by public transport. There are half-hourly services from Lowestoft and Norwich (X22) from Monday to Saturday, and two-hourly on Sundays. Additionally, there are buses from Kessingland, Norwich, and Southwold (146), stopping right outside the museum.
Africa Alive Zoological Reserve
Experience the wonders of Africa without leaving Lowestoft at Africa Alive Zoological Reserve. This popular attraction gives visitors the chance to explore the sights and sounds of Africa and get up close to a variety of animals from the African continent.
At Africa Alive, you can spot lions, giraffes, rhinos, meerkats, hunting dogs, and many more fascinating animals. The highlight of the reserve is the “Plains of Africa” paddock, where you can see five species of African savannah animals, including giraffes and rhinos.
For a unique experience, visit the “Lookout Lodge” to get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent lions. You can also walk through the “Lemur Encounters” enclosure to get incredibly close to ring-tailed lemurs. Bird lovers can enjoy spotting native species from the new “Wader’s Lake Boardwalk.”
During your visit, make sure to attend the exciting feeding talks and seasonal Bird of Prey displays to learn fascinating facts about the animals. Don’t forget to take a ride on the free Safari Roadtrain for an entertaining journey around the park.
Africa Alive also offers a Discovery Centre where you can look, learn, and play. There are animal encounter sessions, an outdoor adventure play area, restaurants, free car parking, disabled facilities, and a gift shop to complete your visit.
Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park
For a day of thrills and family fun, head to Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park. With over 35 rides, shows, and attractions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
The park is divided into different zones to cater to all age groups. Youngsters can explore the Kid’s Zone with fun rides suitable for children around one meter tall. Family-friendly rides are perfect for those new to theme parks, providing a gentle introduction to the thrilling world of attractions.
If you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, there are several thrill rides to choose from, including Wipeout, the region’s most extreme roller coaster, the Jolly Roger, Fireball, and the beloved Cannonball Express.
But Pleasurewood Hills isn’t just about the rides. You can hop on and off the two trains as many times as you like, take in the stunning views of the park from the chairlift, and be entertained by spectacular sea lion and parrot shows.
The park also offers a range of amenities, including a great outdoor adventure play area, restaurants, free car parking, disabled facilities, and a gift shop where you can find souvenirs and gifts for everyone.
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Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature, visit the Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve. Located in the Waveney Valley at the southern tip of the Norfolk Broads, this Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve is a haven for wildlife.
The reserve comprises a mosaic of marshland habitats and is home to a wide variety of species. Keep an eye out for marsh harriers, water voles, and fen raft spiders as you explore the beautiful surroundings.
The Visitor Centre at Carlton Marshes is open from 10 am to 4 pm and offers facilities such as a cafe and shop. The toilets are open until 5:30 pm, although this may be subject to seasonal change.
For a cultural experience, head to the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft. This community theater offers a diverse range of drama, dance, and music performances throughout the year.
The theater has an intimate 110-seat auditorium and three studio spaces available for hire to local groups. Whether you’re interested in watching a performance or getting involved in the local arts scene, the Seagull Theatre provides a friendly and inclusive environment for all members of the community.
Step back in time at the Lowestoft Museum, housed inside the historic Broad House. This grade 2 listed building, dating from 1685, is located in the picturesque Nicholas Everitt Park and showcases objects relating to the history of Lowestoft and its people.
The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, and display items of historical significance, promoting awareness and interest in the area’s rich heritage. It’s a must-visit for history enthusiasts and those curious about the local culture.
The Marina Theatre
Located in the heart of Lowestoft, the Marina Theatre is a cultural hub that offers a mix of live entertainment and great cinema. The theater hosts a wide range of performances, including plays, musicals, concerts, and more.
The Marina Theatre plays a vital role in the local community, providing a platform for artists and serving as a gathering place for residents and visitors alike.
Experience the vibrant arts scene in Lowestoft at the Players Theatre, Britain’s most easterly theater. Situated in the historic Bethel, which was originally built as the Seamen’s and Fishermen’s Bethel in 1899, the theater offers a unique and intimate performance space.
The building underwent extensive renovations in 2012, including the addition of new facilities such as a licensed bar and new toilet facilities. Today, the Players Theatre serves as a complement to the larger Marina Theatre, allowing for exciting smaller productions that may not be feasible in a larger venue.
Beaches and Piers
No visit to Lowestoft is complete without spending time at the beaches and piers. Lowestoft South Beach, part of Suffolk’s “Sunrise Coast,” is known for its beautiful sand and excellent facilities. It has even been recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for its high standards.
The Lowestoft seafront and promenade provide easy access to the beaches, with pay-and-display car parking available nearby. Take a stroll along the promenade, visit the two piers (South Pier and Claremont Pier) with their amusements and local stalls, and enjoy the various activities and amusements available.
Whether you want to swim, surf, windsurf, or jet ski, the beach is an ideal location for watersports. Families can also enjoy the South Pier Family Entertainment Centre and the public play area adjacent to the Royal Green and promenade.
Local cafes, restaurants, and businesses are conveniently located near the beach, offering all the necessary facilities. Just remember that dogs are not allowed on the South Beach between May 1st and September 30th.
Where to Stay?
If you’re planning a visit to Lowestoft, consider staying at one of the holiday park homes, lodges, or statics available in the area. These accommodations provide a comfortable and convenient base for exploring all that Lowestoft has to offer.
With its rich history, cultural attractions, beautiful nature reserves, and stunning beaches, Lowestoft offers a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re interested in transportation history, wildlife, theater, or simply enjoying a day at the beach, there’s something for everyone in this charming seaside town.
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