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Surrounded by an array of charming villages, from sleepy hamlets to quirky resorts, Leiston and district boasts many popular attractions worthy of day out in this somewhat undiscovered corner of the Suffolk countryside.
Located in peaceful open fields, on the outskirts of town, the striking and impressive ruins of the 14th century, Leiston Abbey can be visited for free at any time. Owned by English Heritage, the Abbey is one of Suffolk’s most impressive monastic ruins and is home to Pro Corda, a music organisation, providing education through the medium of chamber music.
Leiston is a interesting town, proud of its working class roots, where residents take time to chat in the bustling high street of useful, independent traders.
Leiston is also the home of Suffolk’s oldest purpose built cinema, opened in 1914. Saved from closure by the Town Council in 1976, the versatile Leiston Film Theatre screens the latest films and is equipped with digital sound, digital projection and even 3D cinema – an absolute must for anyone visiting the area.
Places to Eat
Leiston features a variety of eateries, including award winning delicatessens, cafes, Chinese and Indian cuisine as well as delicious traditional fish and chips, with various menus of home cooked food and fine Suffolk ales also offered by the numerous public houses in and around the town.
Although Leiston-cum-Sizewell is not generally recognised as a seaside town it is only a short walk to the beach at Sizewell which has always been appreciated by resident and visitor alike. Ample provision has been made for parking of cars on the cliffs at the seafront, and for coaches alongside the refreshment kiosk.
The long length of beach is excellent for bathing and enjoyable walks can be experienced southwards under the cliffs to Thorpeness or northwards to Dunwich taking in the RSPB Reserve at Minsmere.
Royal British Legion Band
A further pride of Leiston is its own Royal British Legion Band
It is a surprising fact that the Leiston Band, like many others, owes its origin to the foreign policy of Emperor Napoleon III in the 1850s…read on here.