With some of the UK's rarest birds being spotted on Pakefield beach, and Oulton Broad the start of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, Lowestoft and the surrounding area is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors. In the neighbouring village of Carlton Colville, you will also find Carlton and Oulton Marshes; a Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve. Here you can spot Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tits and Snipes.

Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park is situated on the northern edge of the town.[75] In the west at Oulton Broad boat trips and watersports on the Broads and River Waveney are attractions, with companies such as Hoseasons operating hire boats from Oulton Broad.[58] To the south Africa Alive at Kessingland is a major attraction whilst Pontins operates a holiday park at Pakefield where 160 jobs were created in 2010.[58]

Lowestoft Town boss Ady Gallagher is prepared to stake his reputation on helping get the Trawlerboys back on track.

Admiral Sir John Ashby, who commanded HMS Victory at the Battles of Barfleur and La Hogue in 1692, grew up in Suffolk and is buried in Lowestoft. A memorial to him is sited in St Margaret's church in the town. Vice Admiral James Dacres fought in wars against America in the 19th Century and was born in the town. Captain Thomas Crisp V.C., Royal Navy officer, was born in the town – one of the town's main roads is named after him.

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The government has announced three new primary schools will be created in the Norwich area, as well as one in Lowestoft for children who have been excluded from mainstream school.

You can also enjoy a stroll through the Victorian seafront gardens or be entertained at the Royal Plain Fountains.

From Easter to October there is also a River Taxi in operation, travelling between Lowestoft and Oulton Broad it's a great way to see the Suffolk Coast!

Gary Setchell admits King’s Lynn Town’s feisty FA Cup showdown with Harlow Town could have ended with even less than 18 players on the pitch.

Lowestoft (/ˈloʊ.əstɒft/, /ˈloʊstɒft/ or /ˈloʊstəf/) is a town in the English county of Suffolk.[2] The town is on the North Sea coast and is the most easterly settlement of the United Kingdom. It is 110 miles (177 km) north-east of London, 38 miles (61 km) north-east of Ipswich and 22 miles (35 km) south-east of Norwich. It is situated on the edge of The Broads system and is the major settlement within the district of Waveney with a population of 71,010 in 2011.

The town is a favourite with families, and there's plenty to see and do; with two piers, a zoo, an award-winning theme park, museums and a busy theatre which is home to the Royal Philhamonic Orchestra.

Lowestoft has been subject to periodic flooding, most notably in January 1953 when a North Sea swell driven by low pressure and a high tide swept away many of the older sea defences and deluged most of the southern town.[27] Heavy rain caused flash flooding in the town in September 2006.[28] December 2013 storm surge caused severe flooding [29] of Lowestoft and its suburbs in December 2013 [30]

The area was settled during the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages and during the Roman and Saxon periods, with a Saxon cemetery producing a number of finds at Bloodmoor Hill in south Lowestoft.[4][5] The settlement's name is derived from the Viking personal name Hlothver and toft,[6] a Viking word for 'homestead'. The town's name has been spelled variously: Lothnwistoft, Lestoffe, Laistoe, Loystoft and Laystoft.

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In June 1665 the Battle of Lowestoft, the first battle of the Second Anglo-Dutch War, took place 40 miles (64 km) off the coast of the town. The battle resulted in a significant victory for the English fleet over the Dutch.[13]

Belle Vue Park is the site of the Royal Naval Patrol Service memorial. The central depot for the service was in Lowestoft when it was mobilised in August 1939 on a site known as Sparrow's Nest adjacent to the memorial. The memorial has the names of the 2,385 members of the service who died in World War II.[17]

Lowestoft is the major settlement in Waveney District Council. It is a former municipal borough, having lost this status in 1974, although it retains a ceremonial mayor. The mayor of Lowestoft is elected by councillors annually.[18] Suffolk County Council is the local authority.

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Lowestoft Town produced a much improved display away to Staines Town and were unlucky not to come away with at least a point from an open attacking game, writes Terry Lynes.

The harbour is the focus for redevelopment proposals for Lowestoft in the form of the Lake Lothing and Outer Harbour Area Action Plan submitted in February 2011.[87] The plan focusses on the redevelopment of brownfield sites in and around the harbour area to create jobs, particularly in the renewable energy and retailing sectors.[61][88][89]

In the Middle Ages Lowestoft became an increasingly important fishing town. The industry grew quickly and the town grew to challenge its neighbour Great Yarmouth.[11][12] The trade, particularly fishing for herring, continued to act as the town's main identity until the 20th century.

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Windsor Gallery, 167 London Road South, Kirkley, South Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0DR

At the 2001 census there were 27,777 households with an average household size of 2.40.[32] In total 8,430 households (30%) were classified as one person households while 26% included children aged 15 or under.[32] The proportion of households without a car was 29% whilst 22% had two or more cars. In terms of housing tenure, 72% of households were owner occupied.[32]

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Sitting proudly in the northernmost part of The Suffolk Coast is Lowestoft. Famous for being the most easterly town and the first place to see the sunrise in the UK, it's also the birthplace of composer Benjamin Britten.

The award-winning Blue Flag beach is a favourite amongst families and is said to have been the inspiration for Benjamin Britten's first masterpiece. With wide golden sands, beach huts, a pier and toilet and shower facilities it's perfect for swimming and paddling, building sandcastles and enjoying a walk along the prom. Lifeguards are present at the beach from April to September.

Lowestoft Town boss Ady Gallagher is looking to emerge from “one of his darkest days in football” when he takes his side to Staines Town this afternoon.

From the mid 1960s to the late 1990s, the oil and gas industry provided significant employment in the Lowestoft area.[56] For many years the Shell Southern Operations base on the north shore of Lowestoft Harbour was one of the town's largest employers.[56] A decision to close the Shell base was finally made in 2003.[57] The oil and gas industry is still a significant industry within the town.[58][59][60]

Near the town centre is Lowestoft Maritime Museum, which is open from late April to late October each year and which includes exhibits of maritime artefacts, an extensive collection of ship models and medals, marine art, fishing and the fishing industry, activities with the Royal Navy in WW II, and shipwrights and coopers tools.

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Lowestoft Library, Clapham Road South, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 1DR

A number of other local employers have had to make redundancies in recent years. The Sanyo plant in the town closed down in 2009 with the loss of 60 jobs.[54] The plant once employed 800 people.[55] Timber company Jeld-Wen closed their factory in the town in 2010.[47]

Dancer Wayne Sleep is looking forward to making his pantomime villain debut when he steps out on the Norwich Theatre Royal stage this Christmas.

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Lowestoft's cycle network is generally fairly well developed, with routes focussing on linking areas to the town centre.[61] Around 12% of residents cycle to work and the town is considered to be "ideally suited" to cycling due to its relatively small size and flat landscape.[61] Suffolk County Council is aiming to promote cycling in the town by working with employers and schools as well as through the funding of the pedestrian and cycle bridge in the town centre.[61]