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Top Picnic Spots on The Suffolk Coast

What better way to entertain the kids this summer than packing up the picnic hamper and heading out across The Suffolk Coast for a spot of al fresco dining!

We've selected some of our favourite picnic spots on The Suffolk Coast, where the kids can let of steam whilst you put your feet up and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Nicholas Everitt Park

Oulton Broad - Sitting by the riverside - Nick Catling

Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad is situated on the edge of the southernmost point of the broads, so the views are pretty spectacular!

You will also find a bandstand, trampolines, and cafe plus a playground complete with slides, swings, see-saw. The large grassed area which overlooks the broads is ideal for a game of football or rounders after you've enjoyed your picnic. If ice creams are demanded afterwards (or even if they're not), then pay a visit to the cafe kiosk for delicious whippy 99s, waffle ice creams with a range of flavours and lollies, along with other sweet treats such as slush drinks and candy floss.

Rendlesham Forest

TTDA - Rendlesham Forest children on swing - Emily Fae Photography

Adventure awaits you at Rendlesham Forest, explore the UFO trail through plantation, heath, and wetland before letting the kids run wild on the play area. It's a pretty impressive! With tube slide, climbing wall, obstacle course, swings and zip-line set amongst the forest backdrop.

Once you've built up an appetite, find a place amongst the trees to lay your blanket or grab one of the BBQ spots (you need to take your own BBQ long and fill out a BBQ permit form available from the info hut) if a juicy burger rather than a soggy sandwich is what you fancy.

If you'd rather not haul your picnic along with you, then pay a visit to Bear Grills Forest Caterer where you can tuck into hot and cold food, delicious cakes, tea, coffee, soft drinks and ice creams.

Beccles Quay

TTDA - Beccles Quay

With a large open green, you can enjoy a picnic sat amongst the boats at Beccles Quay. There's a selection of picnic tables located close to the play area, so you can sit and watch the children play whilst enjoying a glass of Pimms!

Dogs are welcome on the Quay (but not inside the fenced play areas) and there's plenty of space for them to enjoy a game of fetch. Once you've finished off your scotch eggs and sarnies, walk over the bridge and stop by the cafe to treat everyone to an ice cream or ice lolly. 

Covehithe Beach

Covehithe Beach - (c) Joshua Simpson

Covehithe Beach, near Kessingland is like a pirates cove and so is sure to spark imaginations and is a fun spot for a little explorers lunch. Only accessible by foot (and not suitable for pushchairs), the remote stretch is surrounded by cliffs so an afternoon building a den from the flotsam and jetsam before enjoying cake will make a fun day for all. 

Whilst in the coastal village of Kessingland, pay a visit to Africa Alive! Here you can meet the animals of the African savannah, enjoy the soft play area and outdoor play area, take a ride on the safari train and get up close and personal with some of the park's smaller inhabitants and insects in the Discovery Centre. 

Elmhurst Park

TTDA - Elmhurst Park

Located in the centre of Woodbridge and with views across the River Deben, Elmhurst Park is the perfect place to put down your blanket and enjoy a family picnic. The park has been awarded a Green Flag every year for over ten years, so it's as pretty as it is green.

There's a children's play area nearby, and lots of green space for a game of rounders or frisbee! You're also right in the town centre, so it's the perfect spot to enjoy lunch al fresco when shopping. 

Dunwich Forest

TTDA - Dunwich Heath - (c) Malcolm Farrow

With over 260 hectares of woodland and heaths, Dunwich Forest is the perfect place to head to for a woodland walk or bike ride.

A designated County Wildlife Site, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the Forestry Commission have created a mixture of semi-natural habitats including lowland heath, wet woodland and broad leaved woodland, so you're bound to spot some of Suffolk's rare birds and wildlife, you may even stumble across some of the resident Dartmoor ponies!

There are plenty of picnic benches located throughout the forest, so all you need to remember are your sandwiches and lashings and lashings of ginger beer!



Things to see and do

Cycle Breaks

Cycle Breaks

Ipswich

Supported, gentle cycling & walking holidays along the Suffolk Coast as well as in Constable Country & The Wool Towns and Norfolk and quality bike hire too!

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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The newly restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager is the perfect activity for all ages ranging from families with children to work groups.


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Dog friendly

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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Dog friendly

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

The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years. The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170.

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Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Home to plenty of 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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Dog friendly

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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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. 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

Africa Alive! - explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent!

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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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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 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

Come down to Beccles in the Summer Holidays and enjoy the amazing views and facilities of the Lido. 

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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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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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Dog friendly

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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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Deben Boat Trips

Deben Boat Trips

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

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Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre is situated in between Lowestoft's Award winning beaches in South Lowestoft. 

It's a hive of activity and entertainment, from traditional fruit machines and video games, to roller skating, fantastic live music, perfect party venue, great fish and chips and fabulous brasserie dining with the best sea views in town!

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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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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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