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Summer Days Out on The Suffolk Coast

The summer holidays are almost here, and there’s plenty on offer across The Suffolk Coast to keep the whole family entertained; a day out at one of the region’s top attractions, an outdoor adventure, a festival or carnival or something fun and free!

Attractions

TTDA - Africa Alive - Boy feeding giraffe

Located just south of Lowestoft in Kessingland, Africa Alive is home to animals of the African savannah; lions, rhinos, giraffes, meerkats and many more! There’s plenty to see and do, the park is spread across 100 acres and you have ample opportunity to get up close to many of the park’s residents including lemurs, aardvarks, and new for 2019, the ‘feed a giraffe’ experience! Children will love taking a ride on the safari train, plus there’s an outdoor play area and indoor soft play area for them to explore. 

Families with young children will also love a day at Easton Farm Park. Here they can experience life on a working farm and meet many of the furry inhabitants including bunnies, chicks, goats, donkeys, cows and pigs. Take a trip around the farm on the barrel bugs, train or tractor, ride a pony and visit the play area complete with zip wire, sandpit and bouncy cushion.

Older children and teenagers will love a round or two of crazy golf at the Congo Rapids at Ufford Park Golf, Hotel & Spa; the 18-hole adventure golf course challenges you to pass through an abandoned temple, ride of the raft into the Lost World where you will find life-size dinosaurs, tackle  an erupting volcano and giant dinosaur claw, before you head into the Congo jungle. 

When the weather is hot, cool down and have fun at Beccles Lido. The traditional outdoor pool is situated on the banks of the River Waveney and includes a splash pool for babies and toddlers, a children’s pool, and the main large pool with slide. The giant inflatable makes an appearance most days and there’s a café on site serving reasonably priced meals, snack, drinks and ice creams.

Outdoor Adventures

Rendlesham Forest - (c) Emily Fae Photography

Explore the stunning landscape of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a visit to National Trust Dunwich Heath. Set off on foot or bicycle and explore the footpaths that take you through a myriad of habitats, discovering some of Suffolk’s rare wildlife and birdlife. From July to September, the heath comes alive with colour; a patchwork of pink and purple heather and coconut scented yellow gorse. The perfect place to enjoy a summer picnic, and dogs are welcome too!

Throughout the summer, there are a number of family events and activities taking place at RSPB Minsmere including pond dipping, owl pellet dissecting, bird ringing demonstrations, family nature walks and wild woods forest school where for six mornings children aged 7-11 can take part in activities such as den building, learning basic bushcraft and playing games around the campfire. Whilst the kids are being kept entertained, adults can explore the award-winning nature reserve followed by coffee and cake in the café.

Festivals and Carnivals 

TTDE - Felixstowe Carnival

There’s a packed schedule of festivals and events taking place across the Suffolk coast this summer. Celebrate the summer solstice and take the family along to First Light Festival. Taking place on Lowestoft's sandy beach, the 24-hour festival includes headline acts Gilles Peterson, Talvin Singh and Academy-Award winning director Danny Boyle. There's a whole host of family events taking place too including storytelling, raft building, beach combing, dance, yoga and sports.

Spend a day messing about on the river at Beccles River Festival on 6th and 7th July; travel along the River Waveney on a day boat taster, or get wet and enjoy short canoe and kayak tasters for all the family. There will be historic craft to view; step aboard the MTB 102 Trust Wherry Maud Trust, Countess of Light and other historic vessels that will be moored especially for the event. Local musicians will be playing throughout the day and local food stalls will be serving refreshments.

On 3rd August, enter the imaginarium of the world of engines and eccentricities, as the Long Shop Museum holds its annual Suffolk Steampunk Spectacular! The weekend is packed with family fun activities including High Noon Shoot-outs (with Nerf Guns), sci-fi storytelling, Sherlock Holmes style Bartitsu, and much more.  

Of course, summer wouldn’t be summer without carnival and there are plenty of opportunities for you to join in the frivolities. Felixstowe is first up with the carnival weekend taking place on 28th and 29th July, followed by Aldeburgh Carnival weekend on 17th, 18th and 19th August and Beccles also on the 17th and 18th August. And whilst not a carnival, Thorpeness Regatta and Fireworks is a summer spectacle not to be missed! On 22nd and 23rd August, the Meare hosts sailing events, canoeing and kayaking for children, plus there’s a BBQ and paella for you to enjoy as you sit in the beautiful Meare gardens to watch the magical lit boat parade and fireworks at dusk.

Click here for more festivals, fetes and carnivals on The Suffolk Coast!

Fun and Free!

TTDA - Beaches - Boys in Sea

A fun-filled day out doesn’t have to cost the earth, on the Suffolk coast there’s plenty to do that will keep all members of the family entertained, and they don’t cost you a penny! Visit the child-friendly beaches at Lowestoft, Felixstowe, Southwold and Aldeburgh for a day of sandcastle building, paddling in the sea and collecting shells, or head to the coastal village of Walberswick with a bucket and line for a crab catching competition!

Explore the forest at Rendlesham by bike or by foot or walk along the banks of the River Waveney from Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Carlton Marshes to Oulton Broad where you can stop for a go on the swings and slide in Nicholas Everitt Park before catching the Powerboat championships which take place on the broad every Thursday evening throughout the summer. 


For more summer days out inspiration and to plan your summer holiday, take a look at our 'Explore' guide!




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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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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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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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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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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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

Make your day out an adventure with a visit to Africa Alive!

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Ufford Park Golf Club

Ufford Park Golf Club

The complete golfing experience; An award-winning 18 hole, par 71 golf course - perfect for all intermediate and experienced players.

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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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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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Wheelchair Accessible

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 Boat Trips

Deben Boat Trips

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

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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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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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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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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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Events

Beccles carnival and family fun weekend

Beccles carnival and family fun weekend

Beccles | Sat 17th - Sun 18th Aug 2019

More than a traditional carnival an affordable event with something for whole family to enjoy

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First Light Festival

First Light Festival

Lowestoft | Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd Jun 2019

First Light Festival is a brand new FREE 24-hour multi-arts festival for the UK, celebrating Lowestoft as our most easterly town, where the first sunrise reaches the horizon every morning.

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Beccles River Festival 2019

Beccles River Festival 2019

Beccles |

A free river festival over the weekend that brings the river to life for the whole family! 

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