Days Out in Suffolk
Suffolk is a great place to come for day trips as we have so much to see and do and something for every age and budget. We’ve listed less vigorous activities, attractions and fun things to do when you visit Suffolk, Days out for younger kids here, and current events here – What’s On in Suffolk, but for full-on family entertainment, this Guide to Days Out in Suffolk is the answer!
Take a trip to the friendly, family-orientated Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich, where Spedeworth Motorsports promote spectacular short oval motorsport. The venue has a 5-star hygiene catering rating, modern facilities, and some of the fastest, all-action Stadium Motorsport to be seen in the UK. Home of the annual National Hot Rod Championship of the World and National Unlimited Bangers Championship of the World.
If the sun is shining, then head to the coast for a trip on the Coastal Voyager in Southwold. Offering 1/2 hour blasts around Sole bay, dog-friendly river trips, 3-hour Seal and wind farm trips, Coastal Cruises or 1/2 or 1-hour drive of your life in which you take control of the boat under the instruction of the skipper.
For something a bit different, why not hire a canoe from Iken Canoe? This is a small & helpful kayak and canoe hire centre located on the gorgeous upper reaches of the Alde estuary between Aldeburgh and Snape, near the stunning Suffolk coast. Great for bigger kids (over 5’s only) and grown-ups! For details on how to book, please see: Iken Canoe
Stonham Barns is a great day out in the heart of the Suffolk Countryside. It offers a variety of retail shops and leisure facilities such as the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Fishing Lakes, Fit Club, Garden Centre and much, much more to ensure you enjoy your visit! Year-round admission and parking are free, so for more information and to see exactly what’s available, please see: Stonham Barns Leisure and Retail Village
Go Ape in Thetford Forest
For an action-packed day out, head for the trees at Go Ape in Thetford Forest, the UK’s No1 Forest Adventure. There are lots to see and do for all ages, including Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, where you can explore the towering trees and fly down zip slides! They’re part of an exciting course of Tarzan crossings and swings, all reaching up to 120 feet above the floor of the forest, and thrilling rope bridges. Or, if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, explore by segway! Go Ape is a paradise for adventurers and nature lovers alike. Click on the link above to find out more.
High Lodge Leisure
Grab a slice of country life with a day at High Lodge Leisure, a fantastic place to take the whole family. High Lodge offers archery (7 years+), golf, footgolf, fishing (8 years+), clay shooting (9 years+) and air rifle shooting (6 years+). They also have a clubhouse open to the public, which serves excellent Sunday lunches. They have great Youngster activity days throughout the year which offer children the opportunity to have a go at lots of activities (usually during school holidays). It’s always best to ring and see what’s on offer. To find out more, click on the link above.
For events happening during the school holidays, please see Half Term Activities and Summer Holiday Activities
One of Suffolk’s most popular Days Out is Jimmy’s Farm near Ipswich. Families can learn about farming, food and nature whilst having a ton of fun!
There is a brilliant adventure playground, two crazy areas, one for toddlers and another for those who are a bit more grown-up. All the family can climb like monkeys, slalom like snakes and go crazy on the zip wire! Don’t miss the Hobbit House, animal petting and den building. And there is, of course, a fantastic restaurant serving excellent dishes from the best regional ingredients (many from the farm itself), and a farm shop and butchery so you can take some goodies home with you. You can bring the family pooch along, too, as long as they are kept on a lead. Jimmy’s Farm has lots of exciting events throughout the year. Click on the link above to see what’s coming up next.
The National Stud
Guided Tours of the National Stud make for a fascinating trip for all, especially little girls who love ponies! Set amongst acres and acres of prime Suffolk land, shared with Newmarket Racecourses, The National Stud is a unique attraction, ideal for a Suffolk day out or even exciting school trips. Before your tour, say hello to the popular miniature Shetland ponies. Visit the Stallion unit. See the foaling unit. Lots to see and Do! For all ages.
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to a wonderful environment brimming with wildlife and awe-inspiring places to discover. There’s something for everyone, thanks to the 155 miles of unspoiled and tranquil landscape featuring wildlife areas, such as estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches, and villages and towns abundant in social history.
There’s no end to the pleasures of taking a brisk morning walk along the beach, biking through country lanes, sailing the historic estuaries, or simply sitting for hours watching some of England’s rarest wildlife. Discover the beauty of Sutton Heath on two beautiful walks, or follow the Sailor’s Path to the Suffolk coast and Snape village, walking in the footsteps of the seafarers. Alternatively, spend the day discovering all the interesting elements of the coastal village of Kessingland.
Find Things to do, Attractions and Festivals in Suffolk
These are just a sample of the hundreds of Days Out in Suffolk. We just know that you will find plenty to keep you busy and happy here. For a listing of Suffolk Attractions and Activities, see Activities in Suffolk and also the guide to Tourist Attractions in Suffolk
⇨Suffolk Tourist Attractions – guides to both action-packed activities and subdued, relaxing attractions in Suffolk
⇨Beaches in Suffolk
⇨Walking in Suffolk
⇨Farm shops and Farmers Markets
⇨Cycling in Suffolk
⇨and Current Art Exhibitions
⇨Courses in Suffolk
⇨Horse Riding in Suffolk
⇨RSPB in Suffolk
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