Southwold: Beach Hutting for RNLI

A Day by the Sea for RNLI


Why Norfolk & Suffolk Beaches Rock

With over 90 miles of stunning coastline here in Norfok, not to mention the nearby beauty spots along the Suffolk shore, I do love to be beside the seaside – rain or shine.


Camping things up. Matthew is always Head of Tea (HOT, for short)

Why Beach Huts are a Great Idea

You know me, I love a quirky getaway or a vintage-inspired retreat. One of my favourite things to do during our coastal jaunts is to hire a beach hut. There’s nothing quite like making a cup of tea or pouring yourself a glass of something cold and sparkling, while overlooking uninterrupted layers of blue.

We often head to Aldeburgh or Southwold. The latter is where me and my other half had our first date. It was his idea, which of course I found wildly romantic, and as far as first dates go, it was pretty memorable.

Since having our little girl, it’s even more fun with her in tow. In fact, we celebrated her second birthday in the same beach hut where we spent our final child-less week, when I was the size of a whale and very much at home by the sea.

I always find everything tastes better in a beach hut too: a homemade hamper picnic, a bakery haul from nearby Two Magpie Bakery, fast-melting strawberry ice cream or newspaper wrappings filled with hot steaming chips.


Finding a Beach Hut

In the past, it has sometimes been tricky to find an available beach hut during the summer months, especially for the day. Whereas hire by the week during peak season is more commonplace.  Although there are some owners that will take bookings just for the day.

This year we have a rather special beach hut lined up for our visits during the early summer and autumn. I was keen to share this with you so that you can access it too. The special thing about this hut is that all the proceeds are donated to charity.

A friend of mine, Lisa, along with her friends and family, have recently renovated one of Southwold’s prime beach huts, Sole Bay, over the winter months – and it’s now ready for hire this summer.


Chill Out in Aid of RNLI

Mark Eaton, the owner of the beach hut has kindly decided to donate all the rental fees to the RNLI for the summer of 2018. He’s a resident of Southwold, keen swimmer, part of the Sole Bay Swimmers, a little group Lisa set up in Southwold.

All of the exterior work has been completed by members of the lifeboat crew who are also local tradesmen. The internal work has been finished to perfection by Bob and Lisa during their free time.  A local upholstery company, Perkins & Gibbs, kindly donated the seat pad and cushions.  Other friends and Sole Bay Swimmers have donated various bits such as Scotch Guard for the cushions.

Every single penny of the money raised will be donated to the RNLI Southwold crew at the end of the summer. The station’s lifeboat was one of 19 that took part in the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk. Over its 140-year history, Southwold lifeboat crews have been presented with over 20 awards for gallantry! A worthy cause indeed.


What’s inside the Sole Bay Hut

The hut is fully equipped with: 3 x Sun Loungers, 4 chairs, portable gas stove, cutlery, crockery, saucepan, frying pan, Cafetiere, kettle, beach games, cleaning equipment/products & even RNLI buckets & spades!

Doesn’t it look pretty?



I love the fact that a day spent enjoying yourself in the sun, will actually benefit the crew and ultimately help folks stay safe at sea. Get involved peeps!

Booking Sole Bay

Bookings for July and August are for one week min. At other times the hut can be hired for the day.


Max Rent Week    £200

Max Rent Day        £55


Min Rent Week    £180

Min Rent Day         £45


Lisa Cooper-Dann

Sole Bay is also advertised on BEACH-HUTS.


Owner Mark with Lisa – Sole Bay Beach Hut

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