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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. Rendlesham Forest nr Woodbridge Traffic-free walking and cycling combined with enormous wooden outdoor play structures mean you can easily spend several hours in this magical forest with its spooky UFO trail. When you arrive in the car park you will see a small metal play ground which is great for younger children; however the really exciting activities are hidden just a short walk away in the woods (it is worth noting that there are not very clear directional signs). Spread out among the trees is a zip wire, swings, climbing walls and a giant wooden ship that will entertain toddlers through to teenagers. Need to know:
  • Parking is £3.30 per car per day.
  • There is a small kiosk selling drinks, but no café.
  • Cycles can be hired, or bring your own and explore the well marked trails – including a “black” run for experienced mountain bikers and an obstacle course.
  • Dogs are welcome.

Southwold Southwold has many varied and exciting entertainments including the pier and amusements and the sandy beach and prom, which is perfect for cycling. Tucked away behind the Church just off Victoria Street in Southwold is a wonderful playground with up-to-date, well-maintained equipment and picnic tables. There is giant spider web climbing wall for primary school aged children and a pirate ship for toddlers. The basket swing will have children grinning and slight looks of fear appearing on the faces of the adults as it flies higher and higher. Need to know:
  • There is free on street parking around the play area. For those looking after the little ones there is a short cut through Tibby’s Triangle (the modern flats) to the Adnams Cellar & Kitchen, where coffees and hot chocolates will warm you up.
  • The magnificent Southwold church is within view from the playground, and is considered one of Suffolk’s finest featuring the “clock Jack” of Southwold, wonderful flint work and beautiful painted ceilings and rood screens.

Woodbridge - Kingston Field Location, location, location… This is a perfect place to finish a riverside stroll in Woodbridge. This enclosed play area alongside the River Deben has a large sandpit, a zip wire, swings and climbing frames. The tennis courts and petanque piste are very popular in the summer months, and the pavilion has a café with ice creams and snacks. The large area of open grass is great for picnics and ball games, and one of the latest additions is an outdoor table tennis table. Every so often trains will chug past on the branch line to Ipswich, which is an added excitement for youngsters. Less than 5 minutes walk away is a model boating lake and the excellent “Tea Hut” café, as well as easy access to the riverside path with lovely views across to Sutton Hoo. Need to know:
  • There is free parking and pay and display close by.

Oulton Broad - Nicholas Everitt Park Open all year round (restrictions on some facilities), Nicholas Everitt Park is an impressive green space sitting comfortably alongside the broads in Oulton Broad. The traditional park hosts a tea room, Lowestoft Museum, bowling, tennis, tramplines and children's play area. Need to know:
  • A large pay and display car park is accessible from Bridge Road, a second smaller car park is located to the rear of the Harbour Master's Office and is accessible from the High Street.
  • Limited short-term free parking can be found at The Crescent to the front of the main entrance into the park.
Attraction name:
Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast