Rainy days at Dunwich Heath!

wet weather activities at Dunwich Heath

Dunwich Heath is a perfect place to relax and get closer to nature, so don’t let wet weather put you off exploring!

Nestled in the Suffolk Sandlings, this area of rare lowland heath benefits from sandy soil, so water quickly drains away leaving very few muddy areas.

Activities are planned around the weather as much as possible and there are plenty of ‘50 Things’ activities we can run in Heath Barn, so join us for mud pie making or snail racing if it is raining!

If you do get caught in the rain, why not head to Heath Barn for some shelter? You’ll find comfy seating where you can browse our second hand ‘Book Nook’, or find out about the history of Dunwich Heath and how it came into the care of the National Trust. Wildlife lovers will be intrigued by the natural history objects in the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, or you can enjoy watching video clips showing some of the wildlife found in this special area.

In the Coastguard Cottages tea-room you can settle in by the fire and enjoy a warming drink and freshly baked scones, or head upstairs to the lookout for spectacular views over the sea. You may be lucky to watch the storm clouds blowing away and a rainbow appearing. Dogs are welcome, so don’t leave your four-legged friends in the car as they can come in and dry off too!

Our shop has a small range of useful kit if you do get caught out, so don’t let the rain spoil your day, dig out your wet weather gear and come and explore!

Pond Dipping at Dunwich Heath

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Four snails sit on carved arrows on a stone platform

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