The Suffolk Coast
  • Pirate Ship at Pleasurewood Hills
  • Africa Alive - Days Out for Families
  • Suffolk Steampunk Spectacular

Great Family Days Out on the Suffolk Coast

With the school holidays fast approaching, we've put together a few ideas for great family days out on The Suffolk Coast this summer... This coming weekend you’re spoilt for choice with child-friendly events, with the Suffolk Steampunk Spectacular! at the Long Shop Museum in Leiston and the Heveningham Hall Country Fair with Wings and Wheels. At the Steampunk, mini inventors can explore the gadgets and machines, listen to stories and take a ride on a steam engine, whilst at Wings and Wheels, they can marvel at the Eagle Heights Falconry Display and a medieval jousting stunt show!


Lowestoft Turtle Trail smallA firm family-favourite destination, there’s a host of child-friendly events being held throughout the summer in the seaside town of Lowestoft. Starting this weekend with the launch of the Turtle Trail, where you and the children can hunt down the elaborately painted model reptiles and meet a Ninja Turtle too! Throughout the summer there will also be sandcastle building competitions, a procession, beach sports and car rally (further information can be found at www.discoverlowestoft.co.uk)







Southwold Pier Sandcastle CompetitionLater in the month, join the Suffolk Wildlife Trust on Southwold Promenade for wildlife themed games and activities and join in the sandcastle competition before taking a trip to Southwold Boating Lake and Cafe for a round of crazy golf and a go on the paddle boats.


Staying at the Boating Lake, on the 3rd of August, Peter Pan, Tinkerbelle and Captain Hook will be visiting for 'Adventures in Neverland' where children can join the characters in finding the hidden treasure, before making wands and swords. And continuing with the pirate theme, Treasure Island will be performed at Landguard Fort in Felixstowe on the 2nd of August. Whilst there, you can explore the magnificent Landguard Fort and learn about the history of defending our coast.


For young animal lovers, why not head to Africa Alive and meet natives of the African savannah including lions, giraffes, rhinos and lemurs. Children will love taking a trip around the park on the train and running around in The Wild Zone (whilst grown-ups can enjoy a well-earned cup of coffee in the café!)


Pleasurewood Hills WoodyAnd for thrill seekers, a day out at Pleasurewood Hills is guaranteed to ramp up the summer fun excitement! With family rides including the Pirate Ship, Wave Breaker, Go Karts, Carousel, Miniature Railway, Log Flume and Rattle Snake, and kiddie rides including the Mini Twister and Car Safari there’s so much to choose from at the region’s largest theme park. If you’d rather stay on still ground, there are also plenty of shows to watch including the Wild West Stunt Show, the Parrot Show and the famous Sea Lion Show!


Of course you needn't spend any money, a day at one of our award-winning beaches is a great way to enjoy the great British summer too!

Things to see and do


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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Pleasurewood Hills

Pleasurewood Hills

Lowestoft

The brain child of a local entrepreneur, Pleasurewood Hills has grown every single year, making it one of the most popular attractions in the East.

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Wheelchair Accessible


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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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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events


Summer Theatre at Landguard Fort

Summer Theatre at Landguard Fort

Felixstowe | Sun 02nd Aug 2015

Come and spend a summer's evening watching a fantastic theatre production of 'Treasure Island' at Landguard Fort.

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Aldeburgh Carnival

Aldeburgh Carnival

Aldeburgh | Sat 15th - Mon 17th Aug 2015

When does a popular event become an institution? Maybe after 70 years and this year, Aldeburgh Carnival celebrates its 72nd anniversary throughout the weekend of 16th-18th August 2015.

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Rendlesham Forest - Summer Wild Forest foods

Rendlesham Forest - Summer Wild Forest foods

Snape | Sun 19th Jul 2015

Find out all about edible plants in the forest with identification tips, guidance and the opportunity to sample summer treats at the end. 10:30 – 1.30pm

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Adventures in Neverland

Adventures in Neverland

Southwold | Mon 03rd Aug 2015

Join Peter Pan, Tinkerbelle and Captain Hook for a magical adventure!

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