6 Days Out to Enjoy After Lockdown

As lockdown restrictions ease, we know you're eager to get out and enjoy The Suffolk Coast once more. So if you're planning a day out this weekend, take a look our suggestions...

Before setting off, make sure you check out our 'Know Before You Go Guide' and respect, protect and enjoy The Suffolk Coast...

1. Discover the wilds of the Savannah at Africa Alive!

TTDA - Africa Alive - Plains animals

A visit to Africa Alive! promises to be a great family day out. The park is home to over 80 different species of animal including rhinos, giraffes, lions, lemurs, cheetas, meerkats and many more.

During your visit, explore the many areas of the park including Amazing African Animals, Hog Snorts, Kingdom of the Lion, Farmyard Corner and Lemur Encounters. You can get up close to many of the park's residents with an 'animal encounters' experience, enjoy a picnic followed by ice creams from one of the food kiosks and follow the trail 

Booking in advance is required and you need to choose a time slot for entry, lots of information on procedures put in place to keep you safe can be found at https://www.africa-alive.co.uk/visit-the-park/coronavirus-and-your-visit/.

2. Boating on the Broads

TTDA - Hippersons - Boat on the broads

Enjoy a day 'messing about on the river' and be a captain for the day with boat hire on the broads. Explore the beautiful byways of the River Waveney starting in Beccles with boat hire from Hippersons or Oulton Broad with Oulton Broad Dayboats. If you're feeling energetic at the end of your trip, Hippersons also offers canoe, kayak and peddle boat hire.

The stretch of river between Beccles and Oulton Broad takes you past the Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve, here you can spot some of the UK's rarest wildlife and birdlife, looking out for Marsh Harriers, bitterns, Reed Warblers and Bearded Tits. In the summer, there's also stunning displays of Southern Marsh Orchid, Marsh Marigold and Ragged Robin. . 

Book online, plan your visit and know before you go at https://www.hippersons.co.uk/  https://www.waveneyrivertours.com/dayboat-hire

3. Canoe along the River Alde

TTDA - Iken Canoe - Boat

Spend the day travelling along the stunning upper reaches of the River Alde between Snape and Aldeburgh with a canoe from Iken Canoe. Discover creeks and flood waters, or gently glide with the tide at low water and get up close to seals basking on the mud banks as well as observing a multitude of different wading birds.

Canoes, paddleboards, Katakunas and kayaks are all available to hire, ideal for families, couples or singles wanting to get away from it all and absorp the beauty of The Suffolk Coast. 

If you desire a less energetic experience, opt for the motorised dinghy or classic 21ft gaff-rigged sailing boat. 

Book online, plan your visit and know before you go at http://www.ikencanoe.co.uk/

4. A day at the beach

TTDA - Lowestoft Beach

No visit to The Suffolk Coast would be complete without a day at the beach, and you're spoilt for choice here, with over 50 miles of coastline to explore. Families will love the golden sandy beach at Lowestoft and the brightly coloured beach huts and Edwardian pier at Southwold. Find a spot on the pebbles at enjoy a dip at Aldeburgh or Felixstowe. Or if you prefer somewhere a little more remote, head to the open spaces and wild beaches at Kessingland, Covehithe, Dunwich or Walberswick

To find the right beach for you, take a look at our beaches guide - but remember, to respect, protect and enjoy, plan ahead and know before you go.

5. Spend a day down on the farm

TTDA - Easton Farm Park - family with horse

Re-opening to the public on 6th July, a day out at Easton Farm Park is ideal for families eager to start making memories this summer. There are social distancing measures in place to keep you safe while you explore the farm and meet the resident animals including, donkeys, pigs, cows, horses goats. 

New trails have been developed along with a range of activities for you to enjoy. Takeaway food is available or you can enjoy a picnic on one of the many outdoor picnic areas.

Booking your tickets, plan your visit and know before you go at https://www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk/

6. Discover The Suffolk Coast's rare wildlife at RSPB Minsmere

TTDA - RSPB Minsmere - Child with binoculars

Pop on your walking boots, pack a picnic and head to RSPB Minsmere to spend a day exploring the nature trails which weave through this unique reserve. 

Start your day with a relaxing walk, through the bright purple heathland as the heather flowers. Tuck into your picnic in a secluded spot or on one of the picnic benches, and after lunch, head to the coastal lagoons to see an impressive variety of birds, including avocets, bearded tits and bitterns. If you arrive later in the day, stick around till dusk to hear the nightjar's churr and nocturnal animals begin to wake.

Know before you go and plan your visit at https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/minsmere/



Things to see and do

Oulton Broad Dayboats

Oulton Broad 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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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

Make your day out an adventure with a visit to Africa Alive!

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Ufford Park Golf Club

Ufford Park Golf Club

The complete golfing experience; An award-winning 18 hole, par 71 golf course - perfect for all intermediate and experienced players.

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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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Iken Canoe 

Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe hires out Canadian canoes, sit-on-top kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) on the stunning upper reaches of the River Alde between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast. 

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the River Deben is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.


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Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements

Mannings Amusements have been providing traditional family fun on Felixstowe Seafront since 1946!

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Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand store in Southwold offers Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories.

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Hippersons Boatyard 

Hippersons Boatyard

Some of the best ways to see and experience the river! Day boats, canoes, kayaks and bikes are all available to hire on the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads in Beccles, with day hire from 9.15am till 4.45pm, costing £105 for the day on an electric boat or £50 a day on the canoe.

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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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National Trust Orford Ness

National Trust Orford Ness

Wild, remote and exposed, Orford Ness contains the ruined remnants of a disturbing past. Ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, rare and fragile wildlife thrives where weapons, including atomic bombs, were once tested and perfected.

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Waveney River Tours

Waveney River Tours

Lowestoft

Conducted river tours and boat hire through the Waveney Valley and the New Broads National Park.

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National Trust Dunwich Heath

National Trust Dunwich Heath

Dunwich Heath and Beach is a precious landscape on the Suffolk coast where you can experience a true sense of being at one with nature. 

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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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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The recently restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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High Lodge Leisure

High Lodge Leisure

If you are looking for a place to try out a diverse range of activities then look no further than High Lodge which is home to an array of first-class sporting activities. Suitable for individuals, groups or businesses for corporate activities.

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Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

Check the website for times of Milling Demonstrations and Wheel-Turnings. The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years.

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Easton Farm Park 

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Fun family day out on the farm.  Home to plenty of farm 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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