It seems like a long winter with the kids cooped up at home welded to the TV or computer games! But, don’t wait for the spring to arrive before blowing away those cobwebs!
Here on The Suffolk Coast we are blessed with some great outdoor spaces – Glorious beaches, stunning countryside and wonderful woodland… So, wrap up warm and get ready to explore and discover!
Let off steam at the beach
Make the most of our deserted beaches before the summertime crowds descend. Pop on coats and wellingtons, take blankets, something to sit on, buckets and spades and a big flask of steaming hot soup. The kids will love having the freedom to run about safely and let off steam. Make a list of items that your children have to look for along the shoreline and challenge them to build a state of the art sand castle too. Choose between the Blue Flag sands of Lowestoft through to nearby Kessingland or further down the coast to Cove Hithe, Dunwich, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe. And, the best thing is, it costs nothing!
Have fun down on the farm
Easton Farm Park near Woodbridge is open year-round and are running special activities throughout the February half term break, Easter, and again throughout the main summer season. Let the kids get close up to nature with ‘Meet the Animals’, ‘Den Building and nature walks, plus take a ride on a pony and the farm train. What's best is that during half-term, admission is half price at just £4.50 for adults and £4.00 for children.
Those bicycles might need some TLC after the winter, so before you set out to explore the Suffolk Coast, make sure you check the essentials like tyres and brakes. Get everyone kitted out with well-fitting cycle helmets, then you’re ready to go! There are no limits to where your bikes can take you on The Suffolk Coast, whether it’s a short ride or a full day out – Along coastal paths, countryside or forest expeditions. Check out our dedicated cycling page for downloadable maps and route ideas. Or if you're staying here and haven't brought your bike with you, Southwold Cycle Hire can help you out!
Step Back in Time
As an area rich in culture and history, kids will love stepping back in time at one of the many museums on The Suffolk Coast. Landguard Fort, situated on Landguard Peninsula in Felixstowe is the perfect place to explore (just remember your hats and gloves!). As the site of the last seaborne invasion in 1667, spend a morning exploring the impressive military fort, complete with cannons and join one of the guided tours. This half-term, there's also a fun trail that you can take part in.
Slightly further in-land and up the coast you will find National Trust Sutton Hoo - where ancient burial grounds are waiting to be discovered. Be sure to take along the welly boots as it can get muddy, but you can warm up afterward in the cafe and whilst looking at the exhibitions with items including a 1,400-year-old ghost ship and replica treasure!
For more 'days out' ideas, check out the attractions and events listed below!