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Fun outdoor activities for Kids on The Suffolk Coast

It seems like a long winter with the kids cooped up at home welded to the TV or computer games! But, don’t wait for the spring to arrive before blowing away those cobwebs!

Here on The Suffolk Coast we are blessed with some great outdoor spaces – Glorious beaches, stunning countryside and wonderful woodland… So, wrap up warm and get ready to explore and discover!

Child on Dunwich Beach

Let off steam at the beach

Make the most of our deserted beaches before the summertime crowds descend. Pop on coats and wellingtons, take blankets, something to sit on, buckets and spades and a big flask of steaming hot soup. The kids will love having the freedom to run about safely and let off steam. Make a list of items that your children have to look for along the shoreline and challenge them to build a state of the art sand castle too. Choose between the Blue Flag sands of Lowestoft through to nearby Kessingland or further down the coast to Cove Hithe, DunwichAldeburgh and Felixstowe. And, the best thing is, it costs nothing!

Have fun down on the farm

Easton Farm Park near Woodbridge is open year-round and are running special activities throughout the February half term break, Easter, and again throughout the main summer season. Let the kids get close up to nature with ‘Meet the Animals’, ‘Den Building and nature walks, plus take a ride on a pony and the farm train. What's best is that during half-term, admission is half price at just £4.50 for adults and £4.00 for children.

Get Pedalling

Those bicycles might need some TLC after the winter, so before you set out to explore the Suffolk Coast, make sure you check the essentials like tyres and brakes. Get everyone kitted out with well-fitting cycle helmets, then you’re ready to go! There are no limits to where your bikes can take you on The Suffolk Coast, whether it’s a short ride or a full day out – Along coastal paths, countryside or forest expeditions. Check out our dedicated cycling page for downloadable maps and route ideas. Or if you're staying here and haven't brought your bike with you,  Southwold Cycle Hire can help you out!

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Step Back in Time

As an area rich in culture and history, kids will love stepping back in time at one of the many museums on The Suffolk Coast. Landguard Fort, situated on Landguard Peninsula in Felixstowe is the perfect place to explore (just remember your hats and gloves!). As the site of the last seaborne invasion in 1667, spend a morning exploring the impressive military fort, complete with cannons and join one of the guided tours. This half-term, there's also a fun trail that you can take part in.

Slightly further in-land and up the coast you will find National Trust Sutton Hoo - where ancient burial grounds are waiting to be discovered. Be sure to take along the welly boots as it can get muddy, but you can warm up afterward in the cafe and whilst looking at the exhibitions with items including a 1,400-year-old ghost ship and replica treasure!


For more 'days out' ideas, check out the attractions and events listed below!


Things to see and do


Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Cinema: the very best of world cinema at the heart of the local community since 1919. Providing a programme of film screenings, live shows and special event;  independent, inspirational, meaningful, fun.

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The Suffolk Punch Trust

The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge

The Suffolk Punch Trust is an educational and environmental charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the Suffolk Punch horse. The Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, is the world’s oldest and largest Suffolk Punch stud farm. It is the perfect place to meet these magnificent horses, to find out how they shaped the landscape of East Anglia and helped to develop farming throughout the Eastern Counties.

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Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years. The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170.

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Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Home to plenty of animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Dog friendly


Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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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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Southwold Railway Trust

Southwold Railway Trust

Southwold

For a fifty year period The Southwold Railway linked the seaside town to nearby Halesworth and the main Great Eastern line.

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

Discover the story of the Anglo-Saxons at the burial ground of kings

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

Southwold

Southwold is a popular destination for the many visitors to the East Coast and its most prominent attraction, the pier, hosts a wide range of things to see and do.

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Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

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Long Shop Museum

Long Shop Museum

Leiston

Located at the heart of the original Richard Garrett and Sons Town Works, The Long Shop museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavor through its stunning collections, hands-on displays and the remarkable family behind the factory.

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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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Dog friendly


Waveney River Tours

Waveney River Tours

Lowestoft

Conducted river tours and boat hire through the Waveney Valley and the New Broads National Park.

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Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold

Unlike a larger town there aren’t any major roads in Southwold, meaning it’s a far safer environment for anyone on two wheels. Plus it only takes a few minutes pedalling in any direction before you are taking in scenic views, whether it’s a breathtaking coastal panorama or Suffolk’s rural landscape.

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Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Whether it's a traditional Victorian park, a fort in the middle of a forest, or a zip wire along the river, the outdoor play areas on The Suffolk Coast are the perfect place for kids to let off steam and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Fiona's Fabrics

Fiona's Fabrics

Woodbridge

Fabulous selection of fabrics, yarns and haberdashery - based in the market town of Woodbridge

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The Amber Museum

The Amber Museum

Southwold

A small museum in the seaside town of Southwold purpose built to explain the origin of amber, its history and its uses throughout the years.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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The Red House

The Red House

Aldeburgh

The music of Benjamin Britten is the soundtrack of the Suffolk coast. At The Red House in Aldeburgh you can explore the life and work of this world-famous composer in the place where he lived and worked.

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Pakefield Riding School

Pakefield Riding School

One of the oldest and best-known horse riding centres and stables in East Anglia.

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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The newly restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. 

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WHERE TO EAT


View Point Cafe

View Point Cafe

View Point Cafe is a warm and friendly cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating serving all day breakfasts, snacks, fish and chips, 'dish of the day', cakes, ice cream, teas and coffees.

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