With the warmer weather comes a hot line up of attractions and activities on The Suffolk Coast to keep youngsters, and the young at heart, completely entertained this spring bank half term holiday.
Have a blast in the past!
History suddenly becomes ‘cool’ after a visit to Framlingham Castle where they’ll be putting on a right royal welcome as kids learn how to avoid the pitfalls of palace life, uncover the perfect curtsy and to bow like a King - Get it wrong and it’ll be off with your head! The Kings and Queens event is on from 31st May to 3rd June, 11am – 5pm.
Sticking with the historic theme, visitors to Sutton Hoo on Saturday 2nd May will be treated to an Anglo-Saxon re-enactment, The Spoils of War. Take a journey back in time where conflict was a constant threat to everyday life!
There’s some wonderful little museums dotted around the county which help to uncover the past of The Suffolk Coast - from prehistoric discoveries to amazing archaeological finds; Saxon burials to fishing and farming in the age of steam, attractions like the Long Shop Museum in Leiston and the East Anglia Transport Museum bring these topics to life; from the drowning of Medieval Dunwich to the development of Radar at Bawdsey - there’s something for visitors of all ages find out about.
Thrills, spills and a walk on the wild side…
There’s certainly no threat of getting bored if you’re heading over to Lowestoft, The Suffolk Coast’s most Easterly town. Prepare for your biggest day out ever at Pleasurewood Hills theme park where only the brave at heart dare to take on the white knuckle rides, whilst the less courageous of us can opt for a spin around on the traditional carousel. Either way, there are rides and shows to keep young and old entertained for the whole day – You might even bump into the legendary Woody Bear and his mates!
A mile or so away at Africa Alive, you’ll find bears of the non-talking variety and much more besides… Discover the sights and sounds of Africa, check out the innovative ‘Wild Zone’ adventure play area for under 12’s or fun packed ‘Discover Centre’. Kids will love the daily feeding sessions for the animals, and if they start to feel peckish themselves, there are restaurants and snack shacks to satisfy those rumbly tums!
Sand, sea and outdoor adventure!
A visit to The Suffolk Coast would not be complete without a bucket and spade trip to the seaside. And, as we’ve just been given The Blue Flag award once again for our beaches in Lowestoft and Southwold you can be sure that our sandy shores are among the best in the world! Not forgetting wonderful Felixstowe with the beautiful seafront gardens and fascinating Landguard Fort & Nature Reserve.
Get out those walking boots for the Suffolk Walking Festival which is on from now until 15th June. You might want to save the date for the Horrible Histories for Families walk from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, Wednesday 1st June, 10.30am. Along the way will be a gory story of murder and execution, ghosts and witchcraft, vile diseases, foul stinks and overflowing graveyards!
Alternatively, decide whether you prefer to explore beaches, countryside or our market towns on foot and simply check out the walking guides page…
Take advantage of our lovely flat landscapes and hop on a bicycle to discover the wonders of The Suffolk Coast on 2 wheels. Cycling Trips make a perfect day out for all the family and if you don’t have a bike or if you’re a visitor to the area, it’s easy and affordable to hire from either Southwold Cycle Hire or Surfwold. Here, you can choose from a wide range of bikes which come with a lock and pump. Again, we’ve mapped out some routes for you so you can make the most of the stunning Suffolk scenery!
Discovering the beauty of Suffolk on the water is always a winner for the whole family, whether you want to stay dry and hire your own boat to navigate the Waveney with Oulton DayBoats, adventure along with Iken Canoe or get fully submerged with a surf lesson at Southwold Surf School - the choice is yours for a great day out!