There's plenty to see and do on The Suffolk Coast; from museums, beaches, parks, outdoor adventures and some of the region's best attractions.
We've put together a few of our tried and tested family days out; so load the car or catch that train - grab your coats and head to The Suffolk Coast!
1. Search for buried treasure at National Trust Sutton Hoo
Discover the story of the Anglo-Saxons at the burial ground of kings, at National Trust Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge. There are 18 royal burial mounds, where historians predict the royal dynasty of East Anglia, the Wuffingas, who claimed descent from the god Woden lay, plus a young warrior Prince and his horse, and two ships. Buried in mound one you will find the richest burial ever found in northern Europe.Whilst the 90-foot Anglo-Saxon boat no longer exists, you can still see it's ghostly imprint on the sand.
After a morning exploring the burial grounds, head indoors to the exhibition for replica ships, treasure and to learn about the many stories surrounding this National Trust site and finish of the day with a walk around the grounds.
Entry prices: Adult - £8.20, Child - £4.10, Family - £20.50
Opening times: During the winter months, Sutton Hoo is open weekends only from 10.30am to 4pm
How to get to Sutton Hoo: Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge IP12 3DJ
For more information go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/suttonhoo
2. Become a Knight of the Realm at Framlingham and Orford Castles
Framlingham Castle: It was here that Mary Tudor found out she was to become the Queen of England; kids will love the 10.5-metre high wall walk offering views across Framlingham and the Suffolk countryside. Enjoy a picnic on the lawns, or pop along on one of the many event days, where you will be treated to re-enactments, traditional food and entertainment.
After a day of exploring, head into Framlingham to one of the many cafes and restaurants for a delicious meal or coffee and cake.
Entry prices: English Heritage Member - Free, Adult - £7.20, Child (5-15 years) - £4.80, Concessions - £6.50, Family (2 adults, 3 children) - £18.70
Opening times: Until 14th January - weekends only 10am to 4pm, half term (15th to 21st February) - daily from 10am to 4pm, 22nd February to 26th March - weekends only 10am to 4pm
How to get to Framlingham Castle: IP13 9BP
For more information go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/framlingham-castle
Orford Castle: If the weather is a bit wet, head to Orford Castle, one of England's most complete and unusual castle keeps. Explore the polygonal tower from the basement, lower and upper halls right up to the roof to take in the panoramic views of Orford town and Orford Ness.
Children will love exploring the many passages that lead to the chapel, kitchen and chambers and the audio tour telling the historical tale of the castle. Afterwards, pop into Orford village to browse the independent shops, stopping off for a hot chocolate, cake and ice cream in one of the cafes.
Entry prices: English Heritage Member - free, Adult - £6.50, Child (5-15 years) -£3.90, Concessions - £5.90, Family (2 adults, 3 children) - £17.00
Opening times: Until 14th January - weekends only 10am to 4pm, half term (15th to 21st February) - daily from 10am to 4pm, 22nd February - 24th March - weekends only 10am to 4pm
How to get to Orford Castle: IP12 2ND
For more information go to www.english-heritage.org.uk.visit/places/orford-castle
3. Meet the animals of the African savannah at Africa Alive!
Home to lions, giraffes, rhinos, cheetahs, cape hunting dogs and many more animals and birds from the African continent, a day out at Africa Alive! will appeal to all members of the family.
Children will enjoy riding the road train, running around in the 'Wild Zone' indoor play area, joining the park keepers to feed the animals and meeting some of the smaller residents in the animal encounter sessions.
Choose to take a picnic or enjoy lunch in the restaurants, followed by a run around in the outdoor play area. For an evening meal, head into the nearby town of Lowestoft followed by a walk along the award-winning beach.
Entry prices: Adults - £11.75, Children (aged 3 - 15 years) - £8.10, Under 3s - Free, Senior Citizens (aged 65 and over)- £10, Registered Disabled Child / Adult / Carer - ££5.85
Opening times: Until 18th March, from 9.30am to 4pm (last admission 3pm)
How to get to Africa Alive!: NR33 7TF
For more information go to www.africa-alive.co.uk
4. Watch a Blockbuster at Aldeburgh Cinema
Having resided in the pretty seaside town of Aldeburgh since 1919, Aldeburgh Cinema is the ideal place to head to when it's a bit damp outside. After your quirky cinematic experience, walk into the town for lunch or supper in one of the restaurants, or sample the legendary fish and chips, followed by a run around on the beach.
Ticket prices: Adults (18 and over) - £8.30, Seniors (60 and over) - £7.80, Under 18s and students - £5.50
How to get to Aldeburgh Cinema: IP15 5AU
For showing times and more information go to www.aldeburghcinema.co.uk
5. Discover Suffolk's Military History at Landguard Fort
Landguard Fort stands proudly overlooking the mile-wide Harwich Harbour in Felixstowe, at the mouth of the Rivers Orwell and Stour and is now home to historical tours and exhibitions. In years gone by, it was an important military defence, in 1667 successfully repelling an invasion of Dutch Soldiers and in later years defended our coastline and country in the two world wars.
After a morning spent exploring the fort, stop off for a hot chocolate and cake at the View Point Cafe before heading towards the town for a walk along the seafront taking in the newly rejuvenated Seafront Gardens, and a play in the arcades.
Top FREE things to do:
- No trip to The Suffolk Coast is complete without a visit to our award-winning beaches
- The kids can run off steam and enjoy the great outdoors at one of the many outdoor play areas
- Meet the Suffolk Coast's resident animals and creepy crawlies with Suffolk Wildlife Trust
- Check out the many events at one of Suffolk's 44 libraries
- Take a step back in time and discover The Suffolk Coast's rich history at one of the many museums
- Cycle to your hearts content on road or off - with our downloadable Explorer Guides, make sure you stop off at a few Suffolk coast pubs en route!