Suffolk is the perfect place to have a fun day out with your kids. With a myriad of entertaining and educational activities available for the young ones, you’re sure to find something to keep your kids satisfied while you relax with a cup of tea.
Information in this guide relates to children under 11. For older children, please see Days out in Suffolk
You might also like to check out Easton Farm Park as they also offer the opportunity to play with, pet and possibly feed animals, & more!
If you are the parent on a true adrenaline-junky, take your kid to the Ipswich Anglia Indoor Karting, where you’ll find a full-sized racing circuit, Kubz Karting, suitable for children under the age of 8, and an exciting bouncy play area. Beacon Rally Karts, near Woodbridge, is also a fantastic place for five to six-year-old thrill-seekers to have fun at the outdoor circuits.
Mannings Amusement Park, Felixstowe, is the perfect place for a beachside day. Situated so incredibly close to the beach, Mannings offers a casino, a bar and cafe, crazy golf, and rides suitable for every age.
For more eventful days out with your kids in Suffolk, see Days Out in Suffolk, and to discover some exciting events occurring during school holidays, check out Half Term Activities.
One of East Anglia’s most highly praised Elizabethan homes, Melford Hall, was Beatrix Potter’s favourite holiday spot where she used to sketch. A room in Melford Hall is dedicated to a variety of Potter memorabilia and further houses the original Jemima Puddleduck doll. Melford Hall plays host to numerous Treasure Hunts, Teddy Bear’s Picnics, Fun Days, and so much more for kids especially. Parents will also have lots to experience here, such as Guided Tours and Exhibitions, along with the beauty of the peaceful parkland and gardens.
For further details, please see The National Trust in Suffolk
Jimmy’s Farm in Ipswich is the perfect spot for a fun-filled day out with the family. Here, you can enjoy the Farm and Nature Trail and get some intel on pig keeping, farming, and nature in general. If the kids are up for a more strenuous activity, they can expel all their energy at the Adventure Playground, which welcomes both toddlers and older kids. Parents can browse the lovely Farmer’s Market or the Garden Shop to find many unique farmer’s treasures.
Check out Farm shops and Farmer’s Markets for more information about Suffolk’s farms.
Stowmarket’s Museum of East Anglian Life consists of various family-friendly riverside nature trails and almost three kilometres of beautiful woodland. Everyone can experience rare cattle breeds and friendly animals here. Ipswich’s Suffolk Wildlife Trust offers more than fifty free nature reserves and a massive variety of wildlife events that make for a memorable family day out.
Nothing keeps young kiddos amused quite like trains do. The younger members of your family can enjoy a day of enchantment, learning more about engines. Suffolk boasts numerous wonderful attractions that will keep every family member entertained, from the ardent train enthusiasts to the smallest children.
Visit Colne Valley Railway at Castle Hedingham to discover a real English gem. This site welcomes the public on weekends and throughout all school holidays. Here, children and parents alike will love to experience old steam trains, the garden railway, and the still-functioning signal box first-hand. The site also offers a farm park where you can soak up the sun.
In addition to special dinner events, Thomas the Tank Engine loves visiting this railway. Whatever you decide to do at Colne Valley, you’re sure to have a lovely day.
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