• Fun Places to Stay with Kids
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Fun Places to Stay with Kids

With wide, sandy beaches, award-winning attractions, heathland, woodland and waterways to explore, The Suffolk Coast is a great place to stay with kids. 

We've picked a few of our favourite places to stay, which the younger members of your family will love!

The House in the Clouds, Thorpeness

House in the Clouds with Plants

The House in the Clouds in Thorpeness is one of the country's most famous follies and children will love exploring this unique property, taking in the views from the 'Room at the Top'. Set in 1 acre of private grounds, the whole family can join in the fun playing lawn tennis, table tennis and boules.

The House in the Clouds features 5 bedrooms; 2 doubles and 3 twin rooms.

www.houseintheclouds.co.uk

Secret Meadows, Hasketon

Secret Meadows Luxury Tent

Children will love bedding down for the night in a Gypsy Caravan, Shepherd's Hut, Hobbit Box or Luxury Lodge Tent at Secret Meadows. Set in a 115-acre wildlife site, there's plenty of room for young explorers to run around. 

During your stay you can also hire a wood-fired hot tub, hammock or hen coop or book on to one of the bush craft workshops!

www.secretmeadows.co.uk

Kingfishers at Cretingham Country Park

WTS - Kingfishers - Lodge

Set in 120 acres, Kingfishers at Cretingham Country Park has plenty of places for children to explore. There's a range of accommodation on offer to suit all sizes of family, including log cabins with hot tubs and private gardens, shepherd huts, glamping pods and camping pitches.

You can make the most of onsite facilities including the lakeside cafe and restaurant, a 9 hold parkland golf course, kayak and boat hire on the boating lake and a nature trail. For the grown ups, there's also a fitness suite and wellbeing and treatment rooms to enjoy!

https://www.kingfisherscretingham.co.uk/

Barn Owl Glade, Brampton

WTS - Barn Owl Glade - Fire Pit

A new site located in Brampton close to the seaside town of Southwold, Barn Owl Glade is perfect for a family getaway. With a play area and swimming pool, children will love a stay here in one of the four glamping pods or two cottages. 

Each cottage and pod has their own fire pit, so you can spend the evening toasting marshmallows and there's also a clubhouse featuring games room, a WIFI lounge and country shop. 

https://www.barnowlglade.co.uk/

Easton Farm Park Cottages, Easton

Easton Farm Park Kids with Lambs

What better way to keep children entertained whilst on holiday than to stay on a working farm at Easton Farm Park Cottages. 

Children will love waking up and heading out to help feed the animals on the farm. The Farm Park is open from 10:30am (check opening dates) with two indoor playbarns, tractor rides, pony rides and meet the animal experiences. 

There are two cottages on the Farm. The Duke Cottage has 3 bedrooms - 2 large doubles each with 2 pull out single beds and 1 twin room, sleeping a maximum of 6 adults and 4 children.

The Duchess Cottage also has 3 bedrooms - 1 twin, 1 double and 1 single, sleeping up to 6 people with a pull-out bed.

www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk/holiday-cottages-in-suffolk

Happy Days Retro Vacations 

WTS - Happy Days Retro Vacations - Airstream Trailer

Enjoy a slice of vintage Americana at Happy Days Retro Vacations, situated in the Suffolk countryside a few miles away from Saxmundham. At this small campsite guests can live out their dreams of old Hollywood glamour by renting a beautifully restored Airstream trailer; choose from Betsy, Dee Dee, Annie, Gloria, Nettie or Peggy - all vintage airstream trailers sleeping 4 or 5 so are ideal for families. 

On-site there's a fabulous play areas with swings, slide, a giant trampoline and a 1950s French army truck to explore! Firepits are provided, so the whole family can enjoy an evening toasting marshmallows on the fire.

www.happydaysrv.co.uk

The Summer House

The Summer House in Snape

The Summer House at Abbey Farm is a converted cart lodge conveniently located for Snape Maltings (a short walk) and Aldeburgh (10 mins drive) and surrounded by an RSPB reserve. 

Great family activities offered on the doorstep include;  metal detector hire for those budding treasure hunters and access to explore the surrounding fields;  mountain bike hire allows easy access to the countryside, both on and off-road; a games room onsite and if you're an animal lover you'll enjoy helping with the resident ducks, geese, goats, chickens, sheep and horses, while the little ones can try a pony ride. There is also a babysitter service which can be booked in advance.

www.thesummerhouseinsnape.co.uk

Park Holidays

WTS - Park Holidays - Felixstowe Beach

With four family-friendly parks located across Suffolk, Park Holidays can provide you with a fun filled holiday. 

Situated between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, Broadland Sands Holiday Park is in the ideal location for your family holiday or holiday home by the sea. You'll be in the perfect spot to do some exploring in both counties of Suffolk and Norfolk. 

There's a fantastic selection of facilities on the park, including a family entertainment venue, a restaurant and takeaway, a sports bar and lounge, a heated indoor swimming pool with 45-meter flume, paddling pool, and a dinosaur themed adventure golf course. 

If your family enjoys outdoor adventures, then book a stay at Carlton Meres near Saxmundham. Ideally situated for days out at RSPB Minsmere and National Trust Dunwich Heath, the park has a tranquil location with an abundance of wildlife; a nature lovers haven. Facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, a gymnasium, an adventure playground, a clubhouse with restaurant and family bar, gaming and relaxation areas, and a fantastic indoor swimming pool!

For a traditional seaside break, Felixstowe Beach enjoys a fantastic coastal location, just minutes away from the beach, pier and amusements. Facilities on the park include a heated indoor swimming pool with flume, a paddling pool for the little ones, a family clubhouse complete with restaurant, an amusement and arcade area and an adventure playground. There's plenty of activities to keep all ages entertained including hover archery, segway hire and water walkers.

If you prefer a quieter location, the nearby Suffolk Sands will suit you. The park is located just across the promenade from the beach, so you can wake up to the sounds of waves crashing against the shore! The facilities at Felixstowe Beach are open to those staying at Suffolk Sands so your holiday can be as busy or laid back as you wish!

Heathland Beach Holiday Park

WTS - Heathland Beach - Girl on water slide

With access to a windswept sandy beach, perfect for a stay by the sea whatever the time of year, Heathland Beach Holiday Park is a family run holiday park with facilities to keep everyone entertained including 3 heated pools, tennis courts, fishing, a bar and play areas.

There's a range of accommodation on offer including holiday homes, and touring pitches for caravans and camping with electric hook-ups, shared water tap, TV outlet and modern toilet and shower blocks. 

Old Hall Farm Barns

WTS - Old Hall Farm Cottages - Exterior

A collection of 3 barns in the village of Walpole near Halesworth, Old Hall Farm Barns are ideal for a big family get together all with views across the grazing meadows of the Blyth Valley. Each sympathetically decorated with all modern conveniences and family necessities, there's also an indoor swimming pool (open between Easter and the end of September) and a playbarn with astro turf football pitch.

Wissett Farm Holidays

WTS - Wissett Farm Holidays - Courtyard

Situated on a 300 acre farm, in the village of Wissett, Wissett Farm is perfect for families who love to enjoy the outdoors in all weathers! There are two cottages and The Old Dairy to choose from, ideal for small families to snuggle up in. During a stay, visitors can explore the surrounding farmland, and the Village pub is within walking distance. 

Wheatacre Hall Barns

WTS - Wheatacre Hall Barns - Family barn

A cluster of eight barns which have been sympathetically converted into modern luxury accommodation, Wheatacrce Hall Barns are located on the Norfolk Suffolk border in the Waveney Valley.

There's lots to keep all members of the family entertained; with a family a games room, fitness barn and indoor play barn (for under 5s), as well as visiting the farm animals on site. Guests are also able to swim free of charge at the indoor heated pool found at local Marina close to Barns. The barns are surrounded by extensive grounds with plenty of grass areas are great for football and a game of rounders.

Alde Garden

WTS - Alde Garden - Exterior

Alde Garden is perfect for families with small children. Choose from an eclectic range of accommodation including the bell tent or the magical gypsy caravan - popular with Roald Dahl fans! For those who aren't keen on camping - there's beautiful Badger Cottage for a touch of luxury, whilst also being able to enjoy the quirky facilities and campfire of the garden. This tiny wildlife garden is also home to friendly ducks and chickens who children love to feed. 

Nearby family attractions include Framlingham Castle, Africa Alive & Easton Farm Park - plus there's lots of woodland and beaches within a 20 minute drive. Those on a shoestring can still find lots to do locally - including Rendlesham Forest's bike park, cycle tracks and UFO trail, several nature reserves (including RSPB Minsmere - as seen on Springwatch), Southwold Pier, numerous museums and a wonderful network of footpaths leading from the site. 



where to stay

Wheatacre Hall Barns

Wheatacre Hall Barns

Beccles

All eight barns have been sympathetically converted into modern luxury accommodation.

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Barn Owl Glade

Barn Owl Glade

Welcome to Barn Owl Glade Cottages and Glamping. Self-catering cottages and glamping pods set in rural tranquility near Southwold and the stunning East Anglian coast-line. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Heathland Beach Holiday Park

Heathland Beach Holiday Park

Kessingland

Heathland Beach is a family run holiday park with excellent facilities including 3 heated pools, tennis courts, fishing, bar, play areas for children and access to a beautiful sandy beach.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Wissett Farm Holidays

Wissett Farm Holidays

Halesworth

Offering self catering holiday accommodation in three converted stables. The 300 acre farm, in the village of Wissett, is an ideal place to enjoy the peace and serenity of the Suffolk countryside.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Happy Days Retro Vacations

Happy Days Retro Vacations

Saxmundham

A slice of vintage Americana has arrived in Suffolk. Happy Days Retro Vacations is a small campsite where visitors can live out their dreams of old Hollywood glamour by renting a beautifully restored Airstream trailer.

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Dog friendly

Alde Garden

Alde Garden

A tiny site with an eclectic range of quirky and unusual accommodation, set in the garden of an award winning pub.

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Free wifi

Secret Meadows

Secret Meadows

Tucked away at a nature reserve with lots of luxury extras, Secret Meadows takes glamping to new heights. 

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Easton Farm Park Cottages

Easton Farm Park Cottages

Wake up in the tranquillity of rural Suffolk, pull on some clothes and head out to help feed the bunnies and the chickens on the farm. 

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Boundary Farm Glamping

Boundary Farm Glamping

Luxury glamping safari tents set in a two acre meadow, on a family-run  arable farm near Aldeburgh and Southwold. The best way to make the most of outdoor living without having to compromise on comfort. 

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Old Hall Farm Barns 

Old Hall Farm Barns

Old Hall Farm offers three beautifully converted holiday barns, in the village of Walpole near Halesworth. Just a short drive from Southwold and the wonderful Heritage Coast.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Carlton Meres Holiday Park 

Carlton Meres Holiday Park

Set in a beautiful woodland location with fully stocked fishing lakes and plenty of family-friendly facilities, Carlton Meres is the perfect holiday park for your family holiday or holiday home near the Suffolk coast.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Broadland Sands Holiday Park 

Broadland Sands Holiday Park

Broadland Sands enjoys a stunning coastal location, and is just a short drive away from Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. This partnered with fantastic, family-friendly facilities brings the best in holiday accommodation.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park 

Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park

Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park enjoys a fantastic coastal location, just minutes away from a stunning beach along the Sunrise Coast.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Suffolk Sands Holiday Park 

Suffolk Sands Holiday Park

Suffolk Sands is a small, relaxing holiday park which enjoys a stunning beachfront location.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Kingfishers at Cretingham Country Park

Kingfishers at Cretingham Country Park

The Country Park at Kingfishers is set in 120 acres of the stunning parkland, offering the best of the Suffolk Countryside.

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