The Suffolk Coast
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Half Term Fun!

It’s officially autumn!

The days are shorter and there’s a distinctive freshness in the air… It’s nearly half term!

Why not snatch the opportunity to take some days out or even a break with the family and escape to The Suffolk Coast? There is so much on offer here – the weather is still beautifully mild, the summer crowds long gone and the out of season accommodation prices are very affordable!

It’s a long winter so make the most of the autumn sunshine and get the kids out in the great outdoors…

Walking in the Suffolk countryside or on the coast is always makes for a great family outing, but if you want something a little more structured why now try ‘The Magic of Minsmere’ weekend walks

With over 5600 recorded species and a wealth of history and archaeological highlights at Minsmere, there is so much to discover. Their friendly and knowledgeable RSPB guides will take you through the sights and sounds to be enjoyed at this time of year.  

These walks are on from Saturday 1st to Saturday 29th October starting at 9.15am. They generally last 3-4 hours and are tailored according to the season and visitor knowledge.

Places are limited so booking is essential - Email: minsmere@rspb.org.uk or phone: 01728 648281.

Staying with the wildlife theme, a visit to Africa Alive! in Kessingland near Lowestoft is always a sure fire way of keeping all the family entertained!

Set in 100 acres and home to more than 80 species of animals from around Africa means you will have more than enough to keep the kids occupied all day.

This half term, as an extra activity, the children will love taking part in a bit of detective work by following the clues to crack the code and find the hidden treasure!

Bring out the artistic side in your little ones by taking them along to The Tack Room, Snape Maltings on 28th October 2016 for a creative workshop of Mexican Shadow Puppets.

The aim of this workshop is to explore the Mexican festival ‘Day of the Dead’.  Children will be taught how to make Shadow puppets with a performance at the end of the day.

Workshop Times: 10.00am - 3.00pm and cost £30 per person. You will need to bring a packed lunch for this one.

For more information or to book email: enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk or phone: 01728 687110

Book worms will love the Suffolk Libraries Bookfest which is taking place during the half term week from Friday 21st to Sunday 30th October and will involve a range of talks and workshops throughout the county by authors and poets with events for younger and older readers.

Events confirmed so far include an afternoon tea with James Runcie, the creator of the Grantchester TV series; a magic act launching the new murder mystery from Elly Griffiths; music and readings with renowned poet Liz Lochhead; and conversation with best-selling novelists including Barbara Erskine, Chris Cleave, Gavin Extence and Erin Kelly. 

Celebrate the steam engine at the Long Shop Museum in the Suffolk town of Leiston, which is once again marking the end of the season with a spectacular festival of steam on Sunday 23rd October.

‘Final Fling’ is The Longshop's annual steam and activity day with full size and miniature engines being demonstrated in all their working glory. It runs from 11am to 4pm and highlights how the museum’s site in Leiston’s former Garrett Engineering Works, was a hub of industrial production with the design and manufacture of a prolific and diverse array of magnificent machines. 


For a full list of events during half term check out our 'What's On' page!

Whatever day out or activity you choose for the family, It’s safe to say, we’ve got half term on The Suffolk Coast well and truly covered!

Things to see and do


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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Wheelchair Accessible


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


Deben Boat Trips

Deben Boat Trips

Join the 'Oystercatcher' for a 30 minute river trip. Departing from The Quay, Waldringfield.

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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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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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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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Free wifi


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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Dog friendly


Oulton Dayboats

Oulton Dayboats

Self drive boat hire by the hour or day, spend time afloat in the newly created Broads National park here in Suffolk. 



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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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Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe is a small and friendly canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard hire centre based on the stunning upper reaches of the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast.

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Dog friendly

events


LOST! at Africa Alive!

LOST! at Africa Alive!

Kessingland |

Follow the clues, crack the code and find the treasure at Africa Alive!


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Have a Spooky Halloween!

Have a Spooky Halloween!

Lowestoft | Sat 29th Oct 2016

Join the East Anglia Transport Museum for a spooky night!

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Dog friendly


Art Island 4: Mexican Shadow Puppets

Art Island 4: Mexican Shadow Puppets

Snape | Fri 28th Oct 2016

Bring the children to The Tack Room, Snape Maltings on 28th October 2016 for a creative workshop of Shadow Puppets.

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Suffolk Libraries Bookfest

Suffolk Libraries Bookfest

| Fri 21st - Sun 30th Oct 2016

Suffolk Libraries Bookfest is taking place during the half term week from Friday 21st to Sunday 30th October and will involve a range of talks and workshops by authors and poets with events for younger and older readers. 

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Landguard Spooky Day

Landguard Spooky Day

Felixstowe | Sat 22nd Oct 2016

Your kids will love this spooky event at Felixstowe Museum.

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Wheelchair Accessible


Little Fort of Horrors

Little Fort of Horrors

Felixstowe | Sat 29th Oct 2016

Following an unidentified infection outbreak in Felixstowe, the 'URE' (Undead Research Establishment) has been set up at Landguard Fort.

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Stick Man

Stick Man

Lowestoft | Thu 20th - Fri 21st Oct 2016

‘Stick Man lives in the family tree

With his Stick Lady Love

and their stick children three...’

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Wheelchair Accessible


The Magic of Minsmere - Weekend Walks

The Magic of Minsmere - Weekend Walks

Saxmundham |

Never been to Minsmere before? Then this is the walk for you! 

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Final Fling at The Longshop Museum

Final Fling at The Longshop Museum

Saxmundham | Sun 23rd Oct 2016

The Long Shop Museum will once again mark the end of the season with a spectacular celebration of steam on Sunday 23rd October

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