The Suffolk Coast
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Fun and Free Family Days Out!

The summer holidays can be expensive and the six week break hard to fill, but here on The Suffolk Coast you don't have to spend a penny to have a fun, memory-making day out... We've put together some of our favourite places to go, where you can leave the wallet at home!

Crabbing in Walberswick1. Crabbing at Walberswick
Home to the British Open Crabbing Championships, you'd be hard pressed to find a better place to catch crawly crustaceans. Head to the harbour where you and your kids can find a spot to set up your line . After a morning competing to see who can catch the most, head to the beach where you can build a den in the dunes and go for a paddle in the sea.

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3. Rendlesham Forest
Believed to have been the setting for an alien sighting, there's something to keep kids of all ages entertained in Rendlesham Forest. From the giant play area, climbing walls and alien trail, to the BMX and cycle courses, den building, sculptures and picnic spots. It's a fantastic place for children to have an outdoor adventure without breaking the bank.

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Royal Plain Fountains3. Royal Plain Fountains, Lowestoft
Consisting of 74 individual water jets, the fountains are located on Lowestoft seafront and are a great source of fun for kids, from toddlers to teenagers. Every 30 minutes watch the water move in synch with a musical display and at night soak up the summer atmosphere as the fountain lights become part of the display.

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4. Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton
Open Sundays to Thursdays from 10am to 5pm, a trip to the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum at Flixton, near Bungay is entertaining for children and adults alike. The museum, which is free to enter but accepts donations, is home to a large collection of aircraft and artefacts, some of which you can climb on board and take a trip back in time. Children will love exploring the hangers and Adair Walk; a raised boardwalk to the River Waveney which winds through a willow plantation.

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5. Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!
We couldn't compile a list of free family days out without mentioning the many award-winning, blue flag beaches along The Suffolk Coast.

The family-friendly beach at Lowestoft is a safe place for children to play with lifeguard stations and toilet and shower facilities located along the prom.

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The award-winning beach at Southwold is ever-popular, head to the Pier for regular Punch and Judy shows, sandcastle competitions and the weird and wacky world of the Under The Pier Show.

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The wilder beaches of Dunwich and Shingle Street are ideal for digging giant holes and building dens, and the golden sands at Felixstowe make the perfect setting for building sandcastles before exploring the newly regenerated Edwardian gardens.

How to Get to Dunwich
How to Get to Shingle Street
How to Get to Felixstowe Seafront

Things to see and do


Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.


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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

At Africa Alive!, explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent.

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Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Come down to Beccles in the Summer Holidays and enjoy the amazing views and facilities of the Lido. 

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East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

Lowestoft

The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

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