The Suffolk Coast
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School’s Out for Summer!

Yes, it’s that time again, the long 6 weeks school summer holiday stretches before us.

And, while the kids are super excited it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge knowing how to keep them occupied without having to spend a small fortune.

Children love the simple things in life – a bit like playing with the cardboard box that the expensive toy came in! You don’t always have to fork out too much money either, the secret is to find something a little bit different… 

The Suffolk Coast is rich in beautiful expanses of beaches and excellent for a fun family day out. The beach is the perfect place to let your child build, scoop, and pour to his or her heart’s content. You can use buckets and shovels, cups and spoons, or your hands. Sensory play at its very best!

We’ve put together a few activity ideas and tips for a fun and safe day at the Suffolk Coast seaside…

Bucket and Spade!

The most obvious tools to take on the beach but great for hours of fun! Whether it’s building a castle with a moat, a sand statue or just digging a pool, there are not many places kids can have the freedom of mucking about with sand and water without getting scolded for making a mess!

Pirate Treasure Hunt

Go on a scavenger hunt and collect rocks, shells, seaweed – Children can make believe they are Pirates hunting for hidden treasure. Put together a list of items they need to find and a bucket for collecting the ‘treasure’ making sure they are always within your sight of course.  

Exploring Rock Pools

It’s surprising how many little sea creatures lurk in the rocks pools once the tide has gone out and The Suffolk Coast is one of the best places to find them!

Taking a bucket is a good idea as it allows you to contain rock pool creatures for closer inspection, but you must remember to let them go back where you found them after a short time. Try placing the bucket in the water and see what swims in or, push it gently through the water to scoop up some marine life. Steer clear of using a net as these little creatures are small and very delicate so getting tangled in a net can cause them harm.

Go Fly a Kite!

Especially entertaining when there’s a bit of a sea breeze. And make sure you choose a spot that’s not too heavily populated. Never leave your child unattended with the kite.

Kite flying is even more fun when kids make the kite themselves before the trip, here’s how you can create a very simple kite:

Step 1: Fold a strong piece of paper in half widthways (decorate before with a colourful design)

Step 2: Bend the front corner of the top layer down to touch the crease. Repeat on the back layer and staple.

Step 3: Make a hole near the front of the crease

Step 4: Thread string through hole and tie it off.

Beach Games

Take along a ball, bat and wicket for a game of Rounders. Again, make sure you have some space around you so as not to upset any nearby sun worshippers!

Boules is great too or simply fill a few plastic bottles with sand and try bowling them over with a ball.

Guess Who – One player must choose a person on the beach while the others ask questions to discover which person it is: Are they wearing a hat, do they have a red swim suit etc. Answers must be ‘yes’ or ‘no’

Tag – Really simple but kids love having the expanse of the beach to run around on!

Ducks and drakes - A game of throwing flat stones so that they skim along the surface of water.


There’s really no end to what you can find to do on our sandy shores but make sure you stay safe by:

  • Taking plenty of water (for drinking and washing sand off hands and out of eyes).
  • Sun cream (apply even if it’s cloudy – the sea breeze can be deceiving!).
  • Adhere to the coast guard’s warning about tides and when it’s safe (and not) to go in the water.
  • Place a safety bracelet on your child’s wrist with your mobile number and name on.
  • Take away any rubbish.
  • Always make sure your child is within your vision.

You can return time and time again to the beach and do different activities on each visit – Have fun in the sun and enjoy our beautiful Suffolk beaches!





 






Things to see and do


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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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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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


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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Sizewell B Visitors Centre

Sizewell B Visitors Centre

Sizewell B is the UK’s only Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) and also the most modern nuclear power station in the UK. The visitor centre offers a unique insight into this technology in an interactive exhibition, there is also a classroom facility and the opportunity to pre book a tour of the power station.

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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


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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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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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. The Lido is open for public swimming from 28th May 2016

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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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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


Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre is situated in between Lowestoft's Award winning beaches in South Lowestoft. 

It's a hive of activity and entertainment, from traditional fruit machines and video games, to roller skating, fantastic live music, perfect party venue, great fish and chips and fabulous brasserie dining with the best sea views in town!

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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


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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events


Felixstowe Carnival 2016

Felixstowe Carnival 2016

Felixstowe | Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Jul 2016

Save the date for this uplifting carnival 23rd - 24th July 2016

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Activity Weekend & Big Fun Day

Activity Weekend & Big Fun Day

Bungay | Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Jul 2016

Deer Walk, River Walk, Workshops and on Sunday- bouncy castle, fairground rides, stalls!

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Southwold Model Railway Exhibition

Southwold Model Railway Exhibition

Southwold | Sat 06th - Sun 07th Aug 2016

 Southwold Model Railway Exhibition is the largest, and the only two-day, club organised model railway exhibition in East Anglia, it caters for all aspects and levels of railway modelling interest, in fact from Toy Trains to Finescale Modelling!  The multi-scale exhibition includes around twenty working layouts, including live-steam.  


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Wheelchair Accessible


Bird Watching for Beginners

Bird Watching for Beginners

Felixstowe | Fri 29th Jul 2016

Are you aged between 7 and 11 years, and would like to know how to bird watch and learn more about our feathered friends?

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Summer Science Fun

Summer Science Fun

Leiston |

Science and Nature

Great family fun for the whole family - and the best bit is, it's FREE!

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Lowestoft Turtle Trail

Lowestoft Turtle Trail

Lowestoft | Sat 16th Jul - Sun 04th Sep 2016

From the 16th July to 4th September 2016 we invite you to turn international turtle detective and discover the Lowestoft turtles.

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Aliens Love Underpants

Aliens Love Underpants

Lowestoft | Fri 26th - Sun 28th Aug 2016

The whole family can head to Lowestoft Marina Theatre for this fantastic adaptation of  Claire Freedman and Ben Cort's well loved children's book on 26th to 28th August 2016.

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Alien Hunt

Alien Hunt

Woodbridge |

Head to Bentwaters Cold War Museum for a space themed day out!

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Lowestoft Summer Festival - Sandcastle Competition

Lowestoft Summer Festival - Sandcastle Competition

Lowestoft | Sun 24th Jul 2016

As part of the 2016 Lowestoft Summer Festival, Lowestoft Lions will be hosting the annual sandcastle competition.

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Fun at the Seaside!

Fun at the Seaside!

Felixstowe | Wed 10th Aug 2016

Join the team at the Felixstowe Museum for a fun-filled day at the seaside!

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Bug and Beastie Day

Bug and Beastie Day

Felixstowe | Fri 05th Aug 2016

Head to Landguard Nature Reserve for a fun-packed afternoon children's event.

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