There's something for everyone, indoors and out! Our guide has all you need to plan an action packed week!
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 February – Family 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 February – Woodland 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)
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
1. Live Theatre!
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 February – Foolhardy 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
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
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
- Bed and Breakfasts
- Holiday Parks