• Fun outdoor activities on The Suffolk Coast

Fun outdoor activities for Kids on The Suffolk Coast

The warm and sunny weather may not be reliable, but when it comes to days out enjoying the great outdoors, The Suffolk Coast is guaranteed not to disappoint!

Here on The Suffolk Coast we are blessed with some great outdoor spaces – Glorious beaches, stunning countryside and wonderful woodland… so pack a picnic and head out for an outdoor adventure!

Splash About!

TTDA - Beaches - Boy in sea

Whether you prefer remote beaches with marram grass-covered dunes to explore or blue flag beaches with golden sands, the beaches of The Suffolk Coast are the perfect place for children to let off steam. 

If you're looking for beaches with family facilities such as toilets, cafes and ice cream shops, then visit the wide sandy beach at Lowestoft, the traditional seaside resort of Southwold or the beach hut lined shores at Felixstowe.

The pretty coastal village of Walberswick can be busy in summer, especially where the River Blyth meets the sea as it's a fabulous spot for crabbing! But cross over the dunes and the beach itself is much quieter than neighboring Southwold. 

Take kids on a pirate-inspired adventure at Cove Hithe; the beach is only accessible by foot (access isn't suitable for wheelchairs or buggies), and when you reach the golden sands which are overshadowed by crumbling cliffs, children will think they've been washed up on a desert island!

Discover all of the beach along The Suffolk Coast with our 'Beaches Guide'. 

If you prefer a pool to the sea, then enjoy a day at  Beccles Lido; located next to the river Waveney in Puddingmoor, Beccles, the pool is a traditional outdoor swimming pool heated to 27°C. There's a large 30 x 15 metre pool with a 1 metre springboard and slide at the shallow end plus separate heated toddler and paddling pools. 

There are plenty of paved and grassy areas for sunbathing, as well as picnic tables, chairs, sun loungers and a covered outdoor eating area plus a play area for young children and toddlers. 

Have fun down on the farm

TTDA - Easton Farm Park - Barrell Rides

Easton Farm Park near Woodbridge is open year-round with a fantastic array of special events and activities to enjoy throughout the summer season including Tractor Day on 14th July, Space Day on 21st July, Circus Weekend on 27th & 28th July, Fairies on the Farm on 6th July, Bring your Dog Day on 17th August and Superhero Day on 27th August. 

Even on non-event days, there's so much to see and do; cuddle baby animals, have a ride around the farm on a tractor, train or in the barrel bugs! There's also an indoor soft play (if the weather takes a turn for the worse), plays a giant inflatable pillow and zip wire!

Try Something New

TTDA - Africa Alive - Safari Truck

Spend a day at High Lodge Leisure and families can try their hand at clay pigeon shooting, archery and footgolf or further down the coast, enjoy an early morning horse ride along the beach with Pakefield Riding School. 

There's so much to see and do at Africa Alive! in Kessingland; get up close to the animals of the African Savannah, discover fun facts about the park's inhabitants in the Discovery Zone, let kids burn off some energy on the outdoor play area, take a ride on the safari train and pop inside to the soft play if the weather takes a turn for the worse. There are plenty of add-on experiences to enjoy too including being a keeper for the day, close encounters with rhinos and lions and 'world of darkness' to meet the nocturnal inhabitants.

Make the most of the warm weather and spend a day on the river with Iken Canoe! Hire out Canadian canoes, sit-on-top kayaks, stand-up paddleboards or the new 6-people Katakanus and explore the beautiful River Alde.

Get Pedalling

TTDA - AONB - Family cycling (c) Tony Pick

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

TTDA - Framlingham Castle - Kids

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. 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. Throughout the summer holiday, you can join in the trail, looking for clues around the fort - usual entry fees apply plus £1.50 for a trail sheet. 

Slightly further in-land and up the coast you will find National Trust Sutton Hoo - where ancient burial grounds are waiting to be discovered. Follow the new River View Trail, offering stunning views across the River Deben. You can also follow in the footsteps of the Anglo-Saxons, and discover the route King Raedwald’s burial ship was taken on, before arriving at the top of the valley. 

For a fun day out, visit the East Anglia Transport Museum; the only museum where you can ride on working trams, trolleybuses and a narrow gauge railway! The museum is mostly outside, with a huge range of vintage cars, lorries, vans and taxis for little ones to explore.  

On 18th August, there's a special 999 Emergency Services Day where examples from all the local emergency services will be on displays. There will also be demonstrations and vintage emergency vehicles will be running alongside modern equipment. 

During a visit to Southwold, stop by the Southwold Railway Steamworks; here you can enjoy having a ride on a 3-foot gauge railway and discovering the station and engine shed. There's also a cafe and shop and you can enjoy a 7¼ inch miniature steam railway which rides around the landscaped site! Perfect for enthusiasts young and old!

A day out in Framlingham is perfect for the whole family; enjoy a picnic in the meadows surrounding the Castle Meare, followed by a visit to the Castle itself; throughout the summer there are a number of family events including 'Legendary Joust' on 27th & 28th July, 'Siege' on 10th & 11th August, 'Falconry' on 17th & 19th August and 'Bloody Mary's Castle' from 24th - 26th August. 

Enjoy the great outdoors!

TTDA - Rendlesham Forest - Children in woods

As a haven for wildlife, The Suffolk Coast is home to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; encompassing National Trust Dunwich Heath and RSPB Minsmere.

At Dunwich Heath, pack a picnic and explore a number of footpaths which lead you through a myriad of habitats, spotting birds and animals along the way. During the summer months there are a range of free activities for younger people to get involved in; including pond dipping and bug hunting with the visitor experience team.

RSPB Minsmere is a great place to bring the family to enjoy nature on The Suffolk coast. Depending on how far you want to walk, there’s a choice of easy walks through beautiful woodland, wetland and coastal scenery. The wildlife changes throughout the year but includes an amazing variety of birds, insects and flowers and other wildlife, plus Guides are on hand to help you spot bittern, otter, avocet and red deer. Families can hire an Explorer backpack to investigate minibeasts, build a den together, or play in the Wild Zone’s sand martin tunnels and bittern nest. 

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, Suffolk Wildlife Trust 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. Families can enjoy exploring the 1000 acre nature reserve at Carlton Marses; located at the southern gateway to the Broads, or start at Snape Maltings and head out to Snape Marshes with beautiful veteran oaks, dry heathland edge and reed-filled marshes. Here you can find adder, common lizard, grass snake and slow worm plus barn owl, hobby and marsh harrier. 

You are welcome to explore the reserves anytime free of charge or join one of the many year-round events!


For more 'days out' ideas, check out the attractions below and our What's On Guide!



Things to see and do

Lowestoft Tourism

Lowestoft Tourism

Come to Lowestoft for a great day out, short break or family holiday. 

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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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Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold

So much more than glorious cream teas and freshly baked cakes and pastries, tasty breakfasts, lunches and homemade snacks - Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom is one of the gems of Southwold.

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Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

2019 is a momentous year for Aldeburgh Cinema, as August 9th is the Centenary of the Cinema's opening.  

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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. 

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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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Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

The Marina Theatre is proud to be Lowestoft’s not-for-profit professional theatre. Their charity number is 1149133. 

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Felixstowe Museum

Felixstowe Museum

Explore the fascinating artefacts and collections of Felixstowe Museum, which brings alive the military and social history of this seaside town.

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Visit Felixstowe

Visit Felixstowe

Everybody loves a great day by the sea, and Felixstowe has great days for everyone.

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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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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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Sailing Barge Victor 

Sailing Barge Victor

Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel with comfortable, modern facilities for guests.

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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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Orwell Lady River Cruises

Orwell Lady River Cruises

Ipswich

From April to October each year, Orwell Lady cruises up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell, offering passengers a choice of trips and experiences whilst taking in the beautiful wooded stretches of the river, local wildlife and points of local and historical interest.

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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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Suffolk Escape Room

Suffolk Escape Room

Suffolk Escape Room is situated in the unique location of an original war time Nissen Hut on the edge of an American style Trailer Park immersing 2-8 players into an Area 51 themed experience.

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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 is a small and friendly canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard hire centre based on the stunning upper reaches of the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast.

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Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Championing Ipswich as a great place to visit and stay. Promoting local events, places of interests, arts, theatre and culture of the historic town.

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

National Trust Sutton Hoo will be gradually revealing the new Sutton Hoo experience this year as they complete a multi-million pound project.


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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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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 Railway Steamworks

Southwold Railway Steamworks

This one-acre site is dedicated to the 3-foot gauge Southwold Railway that connected Southwold to Halesworth from 1879 to 1929.The Southwold Railway Trust are dedicated to preserving the memory of this special little railway and re-opening as much of the old route as they can. 

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Hippersons Boatyard 

Hippersons Boatyard

One of the best ways to see and experience the river! Day boats available to hire on the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads in Beccles, with day hire from 9.30am till 4.45pm, costing £100 for the day, part days are available on request. 

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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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Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles Lido & Big Dog Ferry

Beccles

Beccles Lido is now closed for the winter - reopening on Saturday 23rd May 2020.

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Anglia Indoor Karting 

Anglia Indoor Karting

With indoor racing karts and their professionally designed, exhilarating multi-level circuit, Anglia Indoor Karting brings the thrill of motorsport to all adrenaline-seekers!

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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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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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East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

Lowestoft

The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

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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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Deben Boat Trips

Deben Boat Trips

Join the 'Oystercatcher' for a 30 minute river trip. Departing from The Quay, Waldringfield.

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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 pedaling 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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Visit Deben Peninsula

Visit Deben Peninsula

The Deben Peninsula is located in Suffolk between the Deben River to the South and the Alde & Ore Estuary the North.

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Waveney & Blyth Arts

Waveney & Blyth Arts

Waveney & Blyth Arts connects creative people and places along the Norfolk/Suffolk border and promotes the distinct cultural identity of this beautiful area through exciting arts events and activities.

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The Red House, Aldeburgh 

The Red House, Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh

Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a vast amount of incredible music and wanted everyone to enjoy it – professional and amateur musicians, music enthusiasts, children and families.


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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

A glorious seafront theatre and restaurant complex, with stunning views, an art deco auditorium for up to 900 people and a fabulous British Seaside and Mediterranean-style fish, meat, pizza, pasta & grill menu. 


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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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Visit Waveney Valley

Visit Waveney Valley

Running through the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, it's hard not to fall in love with the Waveney Valley. Discover a timeless rural landscape, where the pace of life is slow and the folk are friendly.

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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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Ipswich Museums

Ipswich Museums

Ipswich Museums incorporates three historical venues in Ipswich; Ipswich Museum - a fascinating Victorian museum; Christchurch Mansion - a magnificent Tudor building; and Ipswich Art Gallery - a unique contemporary gallery.

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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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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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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. If you want to know more about the past and how it has affected the present, just come and take a closer look.

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Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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David Silver Honda Collection 

David Silver Honda Collection

A collection of 200 Honda Motorcycles, artefacts, books and magazines charting the history of Honda from 1946-1992.

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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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