A couple of weekends ago, we decided to go on a day trip to Southwold. I used to go regularly as a child, and have fond memories of going on bike rides to the beach and playing in the arcade. Coming back after over 10 years absence, it was interesting to see how much the place has changed. It has definitely become much more popular, being a weekend jaunt for moneyed Londoners, possibly with similar childhood memories of the place.
The pier has witnessed the biggest change. When I used to go there, the place was dilapidated, and I remember being the only kid there pouring my pocket money away into the arcade machines. These days, there are lots of different amusements along the pier, and the fish and chip shop was rammed with customers. Admittedly this was on a Saturday in the middle of August, but it really has improved, otherwise people wouldn’t be voluntarily spending time there!
The high street remains largely the same, although there are more coffee shops and clothing stores. The brewery is still going strong, and it was nice to visit the harbour in Walberswick. The whole area is worthy of a longer stay; it is easy see why we went there so frequently when we were young.