Latest Update

The Pier will re-open on Friday 16th April!

The government lockdown is easing, and you will be able to visit and see us for some fresh air, retail therapy and fish and chips on the beach.

Look forward to seeing you all again.

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People watching the Water Clock The Water Clock in action
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The Water Clock

Brussels is famous for the Manneken Pis, but Southwold has raised the stakes! The Pier houses two of his peeing peers – a pair of piddlers who perform punctually* every half hour.

The cheeky sculpture was made in 1998 by eccentric talents Tim Hunkin and Will Jackson, in three weeks and to an impossibly tight budget. Designed as a feature about water recycling, water is pumped up to the top of the clock from the well below and goes on to power the half hourly pee-show.

Continuing the recycling theme, all the copper on the Water Clock was salvaged from old hot water cylinders. It’s one of our most popular sights and never fails to raise a smile!

* That’s it, we’ve run out of ‘p’s. Luckily they never will…