Southwold Pier

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Built in 1900, destroyed by various storms and floating mines, rebuilt in 2001, this Pier is unlike any other in the land. A real contemporary twist on everything we do - you can eat delicious home cooked food, play with the most brilliant hand-built unique machines and shop for really beautiful gifts. 

The Beach Cafe is open for breakfast from 8.30am and The Boardwalk Restaurant is open for supper every evening March to October.

LIGHT UP & FEEL THE EXCITEMENT 
RUN THROUGH YOUR FINGERS!

Bag a jingle of cash and turn it into something to treasure - there’s lots of fun to be had in this electric light filled room. Test your skills and feel the thrills of a race. Watch as the money spills on the 2p pusher and fill your pockets for loads more excitement... air hockey, bowling, stomping spiders, horse racing, there’s bundles of energetic, interactive games to play and prizes to be won! You could lose the kids for hours!

This is a safe, child friendly environment with an emphasis on fun family entertainment.

THE BONKERS, WEIRD & WHACKY
WORLD OF TIM HUNKIN’S MACHINES

Laugh out loud! …Yes you will. Welcome to the world of Tim Hunkin and his unique collection of hand-built, utterly silly, totally potty machinery. ‘Walk the Dog’ and get the mother-in-law frisked. ‘Whack a banker’ - it’s a revenge thing! Lend a hand to grandma on ‘Mobility Masterclass’ and try to get her across the road with a Zimmer frame in one piece! Dare to manhandle the plutonium rods into your own nuclear reactor on ‘My Nuke’! It’s a great day out on it’s own, and the big grins will say everything!
Not for the frail or fainthearted, the laughter might just be too much for you!

A WEE LITTLE TIME SPENT HERE 
IS WORTH THE WAIT!

Watch the water show every 30 minutes…
'The boys drop their trousers and pee, missing the loo'

Made in three weeks in 1998 by Tim Hunkin and Will Jackson, to an impossibly tight budget, the Water Clock was designed as a feature about water recycling, sponsored by Thames Water. The water is pumped up to the top of the clock from the pond and it was originally this water that then powered the cheeky antics that happen on the half hour. The hands and pendulum are now powered electrically. All the copper on the clock comes from old hot water cylinders

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TAKE A WALK ON THE 
FUNNY SIDE OF THE PIER

The titchy, teeny weeny, l o n g e s t, tallest, widest, GIANT, HUGE…COLOSSAL
new attraction on The Pier is waiting!

Take a peek and peer into the ‘Wacky Walk of Mirrors’ along the massive wall. You’ll soon see who’s got…the weirdest walk…the funniest face, the stupidest grin, the wobbliest legs, the tallest head, the bubbliest tummy and the largest laugh of all!

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'LL SEE 
FROM THE PIER

Try the Quantum Tunnelling Telescope. It demonstrates the latest advances in particle physics and quantum dynamics focusing on time and space to bring you everything that could possibly happen in the North Sea... including nuclear explosions and singing mermaids!

Visit Tim Hunkin's website for more information.

We couldn’t understand why people bothered to use the ordinary telescope as there is usually so little to look at out to sea, so we asked Tim to make it more interesting.
Tim realised he could fill the space under the platform with models, with a periscope to view them. Moving the telescope would also move the periscope so the models would look fixed in space. Genius!

 

CAST AWAY FROM THE END OF THE PIER 
& CATCH A GREAT DAYS FISHING!

The Pier has a very active angling club of 70 or so members who enjoy fishing from the end of The Pier. Whiting in the autumn, Codling in the winter, Dover Sole and Bass in the summer months. We had a 6lb Bass caught and a mackerel was caught on feather, not seen here for a while!

There are a healthy bunch of all ages who fish all year round regardless of the weather!
It’s a wonderful place to see the sunrise and a great place to enjoy true peace and quiet.

Day Fishing Permits for non-members are available from The Beach Café.
They cost £6.50 and you can fish from 9am to 4pm. Advanced booking advised.

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Babies (0-1), Toddlers (1-3), Pre-Schoolers (3-5), Juniors (5-13)

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