Loving my local: Sparrows Nest, Lowestoft

Where Am I?  Sparrows Nest, Lowestoft

This is a section of Lowestoft on the North side. It houses the town Lighthouse, tiered gardens, outdoor stage and right by the sea.

Price: Free 

Access: Disabled access from Wapload Road. There are steps to get to the upper levels and a ramp (but its steep so you may struggle on your own in a wheelchair).

Food:

Giardino Italian Restaurant.  This is new in the park, after refurbishment and extension of an old café building, Giardino has a beautiful conservatory in addition to the main restaurant area. It is family friendly but also intimate for more romantic dates.  The food is freshly made and prepared on site. The staff are very welcoming and professional.

Given my food requirements, their risottos are very creamy and delicious. They are very good at accommodating dietary needs.  It is best to book if you want to go over a weekend evening.  They run some fantastic lunch specials.

Sparrows Nest food

Sparrows Nest food

Lighthouse Café: Just down the road is one of the best ‘Big Breakfast’ café in town.  I love going there – it get very busy no matter what day of the week it is, the food is all freshly made. As well as the traditional English breakfast they also make delicious sandwiches and baguettes. The prices are very reasonable. The staff are friendly and accommodating, trying to find you a table as quickly as possible.

Culture:

  • Sparrows Nest has a beautiful tiered garden walk. It is split in two halves connecting with bridges. The Nest area leads up to the Lighthouse which is open to the public at certain times of the year but not all the time. It’s best to check beforehand if you are visiting.
  • There is a Navy Memorial in the centre of the upper tier, as the Nest has extensive history in the fishing industry and naval ports connected to Great Yarmouth.
  • Bowls Lawn: The Nest houses a bowls lawn which is well used by local groups.
  • Marine Museum: Right at the entrance of the Sparrows Nest along Wapload Road is the small but jam packed with history, marine museum. It has lots of information about Lowestoft’s history including its fisheries, docks, 1953 floods, Naval activity and more.
  • Film Club: Next door to the Giardino Restaurant is a small brick building housing the film club, local enthusiasts meet once a month between September and May to learn skills and exhibit their work in the art of film making.

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If you venture out of the Nest and along Wapload Road you will be met by the North sea wall.  Turning right walking towards the town you will come to Ness Point – the most easterly point in England. It is marked by a giant compass and some interesting information boards.

Turning left walking along the sea wall you will reach Gunton Warren which is a beautiful wild walk habitat where you can enjoy spotting wildlife and bird watching.  There is a car park close by that is free if you drive down Corton Road (at the back of Sparrows Nest off the main road).

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Who to go with?

Perfect to go for a picnic with friends or partners.  During summer there is a Sunday morning concert for all the family to enjoy. Live bands play in the open stage in the centre of the Nest. There are organised poetry and plays on Saturdays during school holidays. All of them are advertised on the community boards within the park.

Runners also use the park for regular meet ups so the Nest really is accessible to everyone and anyone, big or small groups, families with or without children, dogs welcome too!

Extra Tips: 

Although Sparrows Nest is on the outskirt of the town, it is roughly a 3 minute walk to the Lowestoft High Street and 15 minutes to the Town Centre where you can shop, go to the Marina Theatre for a show or experience one of the other many cafes and restaurants in the town.

http://www.yummylowestoft.co.uk/restaurants/giardino-italian-restaurant/

http://lowestoftmaritimemuseum.org.uk/lighthouses/

http://lowestoftmaritimemuseum.org.uk/the-museum/

http://www.waveney.gov.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=447&categoryID=200073

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