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Must-do days out to enjoy with kids before the summer ends

It may feel like Autumn is closing in and the kids are soon to be going back to school, but its never too late to make the most of the last weeks of summer sun.

Enjoy quality family time together at one of these must-do days out on the Suffolk Coast...

Crabbing at Walberswick

TTD - Crabbing at Walberswick

The village of Walberswick is synonymous with seaside fun with its wonderful walks amongst the dunes, a sandy beach and plenty to see and explore. But a trip to Walberswick wouldn’t be complete without trying your hand at the traditional past time of crabbing.

It’s a fun and inexpensive way to pass the time with kids, who will be delighted and intrigued by the curious crustaceans. Just pick up a crabbing line from one of the local shops or vans (though a piece of string with a stone attached will do just as well), choose your bait and drop your line into the water. It is rumoured that crabs are partial to raw liver or a fish head but most people opt for a piece for streaky bacon. Just remember to be gentle with any crabs you catch and return them safely to the water at the end of day.

Messing about in boats at Southwold Boating Lake  

TTDA - Southwold Boating Lake - Paddle Boats

The town of Southwold is home to many delights including arguably some of the best ice cream in Suffolk, and the quirky automatons on the pier. But tucked away in a haven of lakes, surrounded by reeds and marshland is the Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom.

Adults can relax and enjoy tea and scones while the children paddle away on the little lake in miniature boats sized just for them. Nostalgic and quaint, this is a perfect photo opportunity and is sure to bring back your own childhood memories. There are also life jackets available for your piece of mind.

Get lost in the Maize Maze

TTD - Southwold Maize Maze

Outdoor fun and adventure for all the family lies in wait at the Southwold Maize maze. Winner of the 2019 Norfolk and Suffolk tourism awards, this attraction offers two mazes to lose yourself in. The main maze has a nature theme, with things to find and letters to collect and the mini maze is shaped as a rainbow as a tribute to the NHS.

There’s play equipment for youngsters to enjoy as well as jumping pillows and go-karts. The Old Hall café is open, serving delicious food and drinks from the summer menu as well as picnic boxes, which should be ordered ahead of time. 

Boating on the broads 

TTDA - Oulton Broad Dayboats - Boat

Oulton Broads are the largest protected wetlands in Britain and a recognised National Park. Explore this stunning landscape by boat with the whole family, a nautical adventure for your young sailors.

Hire a self-drive boat by the hour or day from Oulton Broad Dayboats or Hippersons Boatyard in Beccles and spend time floating along the Broads’ southern gateway, where the river Waveney meets the sea. The boats are easy to drive and the price includes life jackets, fuel and insurance. Enjoy the sights and the wildlife, stop for a picnic, explore the market town of Beccles or hop across the border and stop at the Roman fort at Burgh Castle. 

Cycle the UFO trail at Rendlesham Forest

TTDA - Rendlesham Forest - Emily Fae Photography

Rendlesham Forest is a glorious area of woodland and the perfect place to slow down and get back in touch with nature. Youngsters can scramble, slide and swing away on the adventure playground, complete with zip-line, while adults relax and enjoy a picnic. But the highlight of the trip for youngsters has to be the UFO trail.

Known as Britain’s own ‘Roswell incident’ and with some surprising parallels, the ‘Rendlesham forest incident’ is a tantalising mystery for budding alien hunters. The story goes that in December 1980 locals were alarmed to see several unexplained lights in the sky descending into RAF Woodbridge and when they entered the area to investigate they were startled to see what they described as a glowing object, metallic in appearance, with coloured lights. After a few days the object had vanished, leaving only burn marks on the ground.  But is the story true? Make up your own mind as you complete the trail, taking in the replica modelof the UFO alongside other evidence on display. 

Step on board one of the foot ferries of The Suffolk Coast  

TTD - Walberswick Ferry

A well known ‘life hack’ for walkers and cyclists on the Suffolk coast, the four foot ferries of The Suffolk Coast at Walberswick, Bawdsey, Butley and Harwich can save you over 75 miles of travel on inland roads, and are a handy way to take a short, convenient trip across the rivers Blyth, Deben and Orwell. It’s exciting too; little ones will discover their sense of adventure as they climb inside the different sized boats and whizz across the water. It’s a great way to explore further without having to get back in the car. 

Paddle Boarding on the River Alde  

TTDA - Paddle boarding - (c) Joshua Simpson

Take the opportunity to learn a new skill and try out a stand up paddleboard or canoe on the stunning upper reaches of the river Alde, between Snape and Aldeburgh with Iken Canoe.

Once you have mastered the art of balancing and paddling you can explore the river at your leisure, discovering creeks and floodwaters and perhaps even spotting seals and a variety of different birds. Hire of equipment includes buoyancy aids, paddles and dry bags and even a map for navigating the perfect family outing. 

Take a dip at Beccles Lido

 TTDA - Beccles Lido - Swim

The town of Beccles is home to the delightful lido, a glorious location to enjoy swimming outdoors with all the family. The heated open-air pool is located just next to the river Waveney and is surrounded by paved and grassy areas, complete with picnic benches and sun loungers; perfect for sunbathing.

There’s a separate toddler and paddling pool, ideal for little ones too, plus there's hot showers and beach hut changing rooms. (Booking is essential).



Things to see and do

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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Free wifi

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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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly

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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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

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. 

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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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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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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

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

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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Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark is the world's only floating exhibition of Bible storytelling and has extended its stay at Ipswich Waterfront until March 2021!

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Wheelchair Accessible

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 OPEN for swimming by advance booking only!

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Wheelchair Accessible

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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Dog friendly

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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Deben Cruises

Deben Cruises

Enjoy a two-hour river cruise along the River Deben.

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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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Waveney & Blyth Arts

Waveney & Blyth Arts

Waveney & Blyth Arts connects people and places along the Norfolk/Suffolk border through creativity, and promotes the distinct 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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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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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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