Local Activities For The Kids To Enjoy
Spend time with your little ones this summer at these fantastic Suffolk locations.
With the summer holidays on the horizon, anyone that has booked a staycation in Suffolk this year will be wondering what activities are on offer in this part of the world to keep the entire family occupied. The great news is that the East of England is one of the most family-friendly regions in the entire UK. Whether you’re looking for forest walks, a visit to the beach or day out on a steam train, Suffolk has everything for you to entertain the little ones until the schools go back in September.
Anglia Railway Museum
The village of Chappel is home to the East Anglia Railway museum which is open every day from 10am to 4.30pm throughout the summer holidays. The museum is located at the Chappel & Wakes Colne station from which you can reach Sudbury or Marks Tey as part of your visit. The trainline runs over the 23-metre tall Chappel viaduct with its impressive 32 arches, making it the second longest brick-built structure in England after the Battersea Power station. If your little ones are big fans of Thomas and Friends, they’ll love the Days out with Thomas special event. You can even have a go at driving a train yourself with the Driver for a Fiver instructional experience.
High Lodge at Thetford Forest is tremendous fun for children of any age who are staying in Suffolk holiday cottages in the vicinity. Older kids might enjoy the Go Ape experience or Forest Segway, whilst little ones can burn off steam by clambering over the adventure playgrounds or simply devouring a picnic in beautiful surroundings. Walking trails, bike hire and archery activities are all on offer at this fun-filled forest location and there’s even a café for you to stock up on refreshments too.
If you long for some sea air, then Aldeburgh is the place to be. Just walking along the seafront is fun for the little ones as they can count up all the different colours of houses they can see, but of course you’ll also love a stroll along the shingle beach. If you haven’t brought a picnic with you, this is no problem. In fact, it’s a great excuse to tuck into some of Suffolk’s finest eateries – whether you’re looking for fantastic fish and chips, or would prefer to hit the delis, there’s something for everyone, including your little eaters. Make sure you get a photo in front of Maggie Hamlin’s famous Scallop shell sculpture before you head home!
Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park
Jimmy’s Farm is a real treat for the entire family – you can stock up on some sumptuous ingredients for tonight’s dinner, spend time viewing camels, meerkats and wallabies at the wildlife park, or tire the kids out on the enormous outdoor bouncy pillows. You could spend the entire day at Jimmy’s Farm, which is a working farm and also includes an onsite restaurant and tea room in a 200 year old barn.
If you haven’t yet booked your Suffolk family holiday adventure, then now’s the time. Give yourself and your kids the break you deserve this year, by heading to the East of England for a memory-filled staycation.