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Southwold Harbour

Southwold Harbour Lands consultation

Local people have been asked to express their views on proposals for the future management of the Southwold Harbour Lands.

Councillors from Southwold Town Council and East Suffolk Council proposed the creation of a new strategic body which would oversee harbour operation, bringing expertise and experience to the management of the port.

The structure would establish a Harbour Management Committee as a means of governing the Southwold Harbour Lands and would consist of a group of councillors and experts committed to securing long-term investment, while also reinforcing transparency and local involvement.

The consultation closed on 28 February 2019.

Permanent and short stay moorings

Please contact the Harbour Master before entry. All visitors should make contact with the harbour master 24 hours before their planned visit.

The approaches to Southwold are dogged by a series of sand and shingle banks which are constantly on the move especially in the winter months. Contact the harbour office for updated information.

Providing permanent and short stay moorings for the local community and visitors to the district, Southwold Harbour is situated in an area that is designated as an area of outstanding beauty and adjacent to the Southwold Denes Beach. Southwold has a historic town centre, which is within easy walking distance and is the home of the famous Adnams brewery.

Situated in North Suffolk Southwold is ideally located to explore nearby towns such as Lowestoft, Kessingland, Walberswick, Aldeburgh, Snape and Beccles. If you're looking for a quiet relaxing holiday, Southwold is the place to be. Southwold boasts two award winning beaches, skirted with the famous Southwold Beach Huts.

Southwold Harbour byelaws and notices

Facilities and availability

  • Harbour Masters office
  • Toilet
  • Toilet/shower facilities for visiting vessels
  • Short stay/visitor moorings
  • Boat storage ashore, including winter storage
  • Boat launching and recovery facilities
  • Boat and trailer parking.
  • Oil disposal points
  • Public house including restaurant
  • Cafe 
  • Chandlery
  • Boat builders and restorers
  • Suppliers of fresh fish
  • Red/white diesel available on North Wall 

Moorings are available all year round for visiting vessels. Southwold Harbour is very busy during the summer months and therefore advanced booking is strongly recommended during this period.

Charges and bookings

Whilst there is no charge for using the slip here there are other charges applicable when a vessel is launched; the daily rate is £9.00. Alternatively any vessel using the harbour frequently may prefer to pay an annual clearance (April to March), the cost of which depends on the length of the vessel, e.g. up to 20ft (6.1m) the cost is £68.00.

Storage ashore is £2.50 per foot (305mm). Winter Moorings on visitors stage is £3.70 per foot (305mm) per month.

Summer visitors moorings are:

  • up to 20ft (6.1m) £19.50 per night
  • 20ft (6.1m) - 30ft (9.15m) £23.00 per night
  • 30ft (9.15m) - 40ft (12.22m) £28.25 per night
  • 40ft (12.22m) - 50ft (15.25m) £36.00 per night
  • each additional ft (305mm) over 50ft charged at £1.75 per night