Family Fun and Things To Do with Kids in Suffolk
There are so many things to do with kids in Suffolk when you’re on a family vacation for the school holidays or just having a great day out in this lovely county. You will be informed, entertained, and excited by the many activity options available. This Guide primarily offers holiday inspiration for kids under 11 – for Days Out with older children, please click here.
Children’s Activities and Family Fun in Suffolk – Indoor Activities
A rainy day or two are inevitable when you visit Suffolk for the school holidays. Do not fret because Suffolk offers a huge range of fantastic attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy on a rainy day. From art galleries and museums to theatre entertainment, you’re sure to find something to keep the kids happy.
Children who are into football and team sports or dance will have fun at Inspire Suffolk, which offers a wide range of high-quality training, soccer camps, and day programmes for children and adults throughout the year and the county.
Anglia Indoor Karting, Ipswich, provides thrilling family activities as you compete against each other on their premier indoor karting track, and children between the ages of five and eight can have fun on the Kubz Karting course! If you prefer to experience karting in the great outdoors, visit Beacon Rally Karts just outside Ipswich, where you can rent outdoor off-road karts for people of all ages for a reasonable price.
Museums & History
Discover the fascinating history of Suffolk at the Lowestoft Maritime Museum, where kids receive a themed hat upon entrance. They can choose to be a captain, fisherman, pirate, or sailor for the day as they wander around one of the best museums in Suffolk. This is a great indoor activity to enjoy on a rainy day as toys, games to play, treasure trails, and crafting activities are all available for kids on Thursdays in August.
See the Museum of East Anglian Life, set in 75 acres of beautiful countryside, to experience the history and stunning natural world of East Anglia. A 15-building historic restoration project along more than 3 kilometres of woodlands and riverside nature trails will introduce you to East Anglian craftsmanship and Gypsy culture. This museum is a great indoor destination to visit on a rainy day.
Easton Farm Park
On a rainy day, Easton Farm Park has plenty of indoor activities to keep young children occupied. During the school holidays, there are craft workshops, among other undercover activities. The barns host so many different animals, and the farm offers sessions where visitors can handle and feed all the farm animals. If you’re not too bothered by wet soil, take on the Green Trail 30-acre walking trail across the vast green space of this wonderful place.
The purpose of the Craft Loft is to help you express your creativity and turn thoughts into actions! Small groups, family gatherings, hen parties, and one-on-one instruction are all accommodated by the Craft Loft. Mobile workshops can be provided for large groups or those who cannot get to the studio. This wonderful place is found on Church Hill, Burstall, Suffolk.
Find other indoor children’s Activities in our Guide to Rainy Day things to do with the kids here
Children’s Activities and Family Fun in Suffolk – Outdoor Things to Do
Keeping the entire family active while getting some fresh air is easy in Suffolk. The weather is fantastic during the spring and summer months, the driest in the country, in fact, and there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep everyone interested.
Kentwell Hall is one of the UK’s most incredible Tudor houses, with a distinctive element. It houses Suffolk Punch horses, long-horned cattle, Norfolk Horn sheep, British white cattle, and Baudet du Poitou donkeys, of which there are less than 60 in England and 800 globally. The magnificent gardens surrounding the house feature beautiful Yew trees, a pond rich in wildlife, and a contemporary hedge consisting of a Pied Piper Topiary. Visitors can enjoy refreshments and a light lunch at the Stable Yard Tea Rooms. The Hall is home to various events year-round, including Kentwell through the Ages, Tudor re-enactment, Magical Weekends, the world-renowned ‘Scaresville’, and both indoor and outdoor performances, making it a great choice for a day out with the kids.
Suffolk Punch Trust
Kids will be delighted to witness these massive, calm, and rare horses at Punch. Every visit will be stock full of exciting activities and interesting sights, including trips to the stud, wagon rides, stables, museum, and an implement barn. Visitors can also enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and homemade meals at the on-site Coffee Shop. Find out more here – Suffolk Punch Trust
Who doesn’t love a trip to the wonderful beaches of Lowestoft, Felixstowe, and Aldeburgh that all have delightful seaside towns the whole family would enjoy visiting. The coastal town of Southwold has so much to offer to every family member, boasting world-class beaches, lovely shops, inns, family-friendly restaurants, and the renowned Southwold Pier. The kids will be overwhelmed by the old-time amusement arcade, the Flash Gordon-Esque telescope, the notoriously cheeky water clock, and the fascinating water stations, while adults can relax at some of the many shops or a lovely cafe. Dunwich Beach is a nature reserve and National Trust beach where wildlife can thrive. Suffolk’s unspoiled beauty is illustrated perfectly here. Dunwich Heath offers a pleasant setting for birdwatchers and dog walkers. After that, you can reenergize at a nice tearoom/cafe nearby.
Archaeologists dug into one of eleven burial mounds on the Anglo-Saxon royal burial site of Sutton Hoo overlooking the River Deben in Suffolk in 1939. They found a ship that dates back to the 7th century, which is quite remarkable. The Exhibition Hall offers a comprehensive overview of this famous locale. Visitors can stroll through Sutton Hoo to gain a sense of its history and significance in the past of Anglo-Saxon warriors.
Mannings Amusement Park
Mannings Amusement Park, Felixstowe, is a great place to have some seaside fun with the whole family. You can visit here for children’s rides, video games, penny pushers, casinos, Sunday markets, crazy golf, cafés, bars, and so much more.
Surrounded by 100 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside, Africa Alive is a phenomenal conservation area that lets you get close to some of the world’s most impressive wildlife species. You can see graceful giraffes and magnificent lions, as well as a variety of British wildlife, as you stroll around the park. There is plenty for children to enjoy here, including outdoor and indoor adventure playgrounds, the free ‘Safari Roadtrain’, and an animal encounter programme. This farm is certainly a firm favourite among children in the UK.
Throughout the year, RSPB Suffolk has a variety of events for children, families, and nature enthusiasts at their massive reserves across Suffolk. Click on the link above to find more information on all of the Suffolk RSPB sites. Throughout the year, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Ipswich, offers a variety of events and activities to make for memorable family outings.
A trip to the woods may reveal some exciting archery, and children are welcome to join the fun. The Whitefriars Bowmen, who have been regular shooters in the woods for a long time, may frequent the Dunwich Forest on a crisp Sunday morning ([email protected]). It’s best to email ahead first to hire equipment or take lessons, as competitions are frequently held in the Forest.
Go Ape in the Thetford Forest is the ideal destination for a fun-filled family day out. It is a high ropes course with a variety of challenges and obstacles. Climb, swing, and traverse 50,000 acres of pine trees with Forest Segways. Alternatively, stay on terra firma. The Treetop Junior Adventure, however, is a great activity for children aged six and up. Renting bicycles and enjoying the walking and cycling trails are also available in Thetford Forest. Dog walkers can spend the day exploring the incredible forest while children let loose and have a great time with their friends at the multitude of playgrounds.
Lovely Farm Days
Kids would be delighted by the variety of animals and the activities surrounding the breeds here. Visitors can meet some of the friendly farm animals, shop at the charming farm shop, and have a thrilling experience at the Adventure Playground situated at Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich, where they can greet the sweet miniature Shetland ponies, tour The National Stud, Newmarket, and check out the Stallion unit.
If your children enjoy walking, then find some great walks all over Suffolk that will appeal to younger ramblers here – Kiddiwalks in Suffolk
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham
If trains are of particular interest, then take a ride on a period country railway at Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham. Special themed events such as A Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine plus Murder Mystery and Dining are also available on various dates.
Woodbridge Tide Mill in Woodbridge, Suffolk
Woodbridge Tide Mill, one of the most well-known Suffolk attractions, provides a glimpse into a unique piece of heritage – one of the few tide mills in the world that is still operational. Dating back over 800 years, this historic mill in Woodbridge, Suffolk, provides an intriguing look at how our food is produced. Nowadays, the mill is both a historic landmark and a functioning mill, and you will find engaging exhibitions and activities for children to keep them entertained.
Pleasurewood Hills is the place to go if you want to have fun with your children in Suffolk. The park offers rides for children of all ages and certainly makes for a great day out in Suffolk. If you’re visiting on a rainy day, Pleasurewood Hill ensures you’ll still have good fun at their indoor soft play area and offers shows of animals, such as parrots and seals.
With such an abundance of fun day trips and exciting activities for children, Suffolk will always offer a memorable time for the whole family.
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