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Half Term on the Suffolk Coast

We've got a jam-packed week of events this half-term on The Suffolk Coast!

 There's something for everyone, indoors and out! Our guide has all you need to plan an action packed week!

Outdoor Activities

1. Suffolk Wildlife Trust Carlton Marshes  

Carlton Marshes is located just outside the seaside town of Lowestoft. Here kids can enjoy structured fun activities which are rich in educational values too! Here’s what they have lined up over half term…

Monday 15th FebruaryFamily Bird Box Building 10.30am-12.30pm - A fab activity for children from 3 years old. The cost is £5 per child which includes all materials.

Wednesday 17th FebruaryWoodland Adventure Family Morning 10.30am-12.30pm - Build dens, climb trees, explore the wood and play in the mud! Suitable for children from 3 years upwards. The cost is £2.50.

Friday 19th February - Young Wardens at Oulton Marshes 10.30am-12.30pm - This event is probably best suited for slightly older children and based at nearby Oulton Marshes. Cost is £4

All these activities must be booked via the Carlton Marshes website (places are limited)

 Winter Woodland Kids-Photography by Emily Fae 1

2. Beach Combing

Make the most of Suffolk’s glorious beaches this school holiday! Give the kids a checklist of items to find on the beach… from various colours and shapes of pebbles, to seaweed, birds, boats… the list is endless! Once everything is ticked off the prize is a well-earned ice cream!

Covehithe beach combing - Photography by Emily Fae

3. Cycling

A perfect way to blow away those winter cobwebs! There’s a whole host of great cycle trails along The Suffolk Coast. Find out more about cycling on the coast and download a series of 'Explorer' guides to help you get around here! If you don’t own bikes for all the family, they can be hired from Southwold Cycle Hire or Suffolk Cycle Hire, based in Rendlesham near Woodbridge. The daily cost is £13 for adult bikes and £8 for children’s. A delivery and collection service from various locations can also be arranged.

Cycling action on the Suffolk Coast-credit-Adrian Green

4. Framlingham Castle 

Children of all ages will love the Heroes and Villains themed days throughout the half term week (10am-4pm). Deadly enemies and bitter battles, children can choose their side and start their Knight's training as they discover the castle's bloody history with the Magna Carta. Listen to astonishing tales of your favourite rogues, choose a steed and take part in the junior jousting!

Admission is £7.20 for adults and £4.30 for children with an extra charge of £1 per child for the activity.

Framlingham Castle - Knights in Action

5. Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Stretching for almost a mile along Felixstowe’s seafront, these grade II listed gardens are perfect for wandering through with the family, and best of all it’s completely FREE! Get the kids to complete a tick list with things to find and then indulge in a tasty treat from South Kiosk at Martello Park famed for it's sausage rolls, hot chocolate and hot water bottles to help keep the wind at bay!

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens Suffolk

6. Easton Farm Park

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. Children will love the pony and train rides and cuddling some of the smaller farm residents and running around in the outdoor play area. 

Best of all, during half term admission is half price at just £4 for children, £4.50 for adults and £16 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.

Easton-Farm-Park-Martin-Pettitt


Indoor Activities

1. Live Theatre!
If the weather isn't kind head over to Lowestoft and Woodbridge for some interactive shows:


Saturday 13th February‘Prof Kaos’ is back….! Returning to The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft for another explosive helping of cool science, chaos and bad jokes. From Arctic Explorer to Space explorer, 9 scientists 12 experiments, loads of explosions. The family show that likes to blow stuff up! Book early to get the safe seats!  

Start Time: 3pm, Ticket Price : £10 (adults) £6.50 (u14/conc) £28 (family 2+2)

Tuesday 16th FebruaryFoolhardy Circus Workshop. Both instructive and enjoyable, this workshop at The Seagull Theatre will help children to develop patience, dexterity, stamina, self-discipline and creativity.

Time: 11am – 1pm, Ticket price: £2

Tuesday 16th February - ‘Where have all the Fleas Gone?’ Join Cosmo, Lucas and Tom plus circus troupe at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft as they take you on a zany journey through the madcap Foolhardy circus world, where anything could happen and usually does. Including happiness and laughter guaranteed for all ages.

Start time: 2pm, Tickets: £5

12th to 20th February - Little Red Riding Hood - The family pantomime is live on stage at The Riverside Theatre and Cinema, Woodbridge.

Ticket prices: £13 adults, £10 children.

2. What’s on the Big Screen? 

Choose from a selection of local cinemas including East Coast Cinema, Lowestoft, Aldeburgh Cinema and Leiston Film Theatre to name but a few. Half term favourite films look to be ‘The Peanuts Movie’ and ‘The Good Dinosaur’, not forgetting the new Star Wars film ‘The Force Awakens’ if you haven’t already seen it!

3. Making a Splash 

Kids love having fun in the water and it’s also worth checking out if there are any giant inflatable sessions too! You’ll find great indoor swimming pools across The Suffolk Coast including Woodbridge (Deben Swimming Pool), Lowestoft (Water Lane Leisure Centre) Bungay Pool, Felixstowe Leisure Centre and Ipswich (Crown Swimming Pool)

Places to Stay

If you would like to extend your stay beyond a day trip, there's a huge selection of self-catering cottages and accommodation on offer along our coast and throughout our countryside here in Suffolk:

- Self-Catering Accommodation

- Hotels

- Bed and Breakfasts

- Holiday Parks

Belle Grove Upper Barn Living Room


Things to see and do


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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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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The Cut - Halesworth

The Cut - Halesworth

Halesworth

The Cut Arts Centre offers Halesworth and the surrounding countryside an extensive range of arts, music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions. 

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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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Wheelchair Accessible


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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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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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