The long-anticipated August Bank Holiday is finally here! For single travellers, couples or families hoping for a quintessentially British seaside staycation, filled with the summer-time essentials of ice-cream, sand-castle building, braving a swim in the sea and enjoying an evening pint of Adnams beer, then The Swan, Southwold, is the place for you. Located just a 2 hour’s drive from London, Southwold is one of the UK’s most idyllic seaside towns, nestling itself perfectly between the rolling hills of the Suffolk countryside and the beach promenade. Come and drink up the last drops of sunshine through the hotel’s newly launched Great British Break experiences.
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Picture this, you’ve wandered out your “home from home” bedroom suite after a spoiling breakfast-in-bed when you decide to go for an early morning beach stroll. Luckily for you, the sand will be underfoot in a matter of two minutes. Next you fancy a leisurely exploration of Southwold high-street which is brimming with quaint cafes, boutique shops & Adnams owned pubs. Along your way you peer into the tempting window display of freshly baked pastries and savoury treats at Two Magpies Bakery – an excellent mental note for the later sweet tooth cravings. Already enveloped in the serenity of Southwold, you wonder how you could be more relaxed by the time you receive your complimentary spa treatment at Blush & Glow beauty boutique.
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But the attractions of Southwold itself is just the shell of the oyster. The real perks of being a guest of The Swan hotel is having access to an array of outdoor activities in an affordable and stress-free package experience, suited to those wanting a weekend of coastal contemplation or more active exploration. Take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous sunrise and glide away from any worries on a stand-up paddle board or during a morning yoga class. Adrenaline-junkies don’t despair; turn up the anti and challenge yourself to kayaking down the river Alde estuary, test your balance when kite-surfing or even book into a skydive at Beccles Airfield. Now that’s a memorable way to end the summer!
At lunchtime, The Swan has created a much-needed celebration of British culture, rewinding back to the seaside of yesteryear. The hotel’s ‘Butler on the Beach’ service provides guests with an individually curated picnic hamper, blankets, deck chairs and buckets & spades. Sounds nice right? For more privacy, embrace the comfort of a premium English afternoon tea in one of Southwold’s most sought-after candy-coloured beach huts.
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After a day of seaside fun, return to The Swan for an evening meal at The Still Room which offers a menu of local, organic produce from Scorched Mackerel to Suffolk Loin of Lamb with braised shoulder croquet. Post-dinner treat yourself to a well-deserved beverage at The Tap Room. Seeking some more evening entertainment? Hotel guests are given VIP tickets to the Electric Picture Palace in Southwold town, a mid-twentieth century-style cinema showing a range of classic and modern-day releases every evening. Your staycation = most definitely sorted!
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