Suffolk has some amazing walks and cycling trails, loads of watersports to try on its rivers. In addition, broads and beaches, and abundant wildlife in its multiple nature reserves. So whether your kids prefer farms, beaches or forests, we’ve got you covered when it comes to plan your weekend away.
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best family days out in Suffolk.
1. Go Ape, Thetford Forest
For an adventurous family day out, head to the original Go Ape. A high ropes course that offers a whole day of outdoor family fun. Swing your way around 50,000 acres of pine trees, challenge yourself to tackle the rope bridges or stay on terra firma with Forest Segways. However the Treetop Junior Adventure is suitable for children aged 6 and over.
In Thetford Forest you will also find opportunities to rent bicycles and enjoy the walking and cycling trails. Also let the little ones loose on the various play areas.
Opening Hours: Open daily 9am – 4pm
2. Africa Alive
Winner of the Best Large Visitor Attraction at the Norfolk & Suffolk Tourism Awards 2019. Africa Alive is guaranteed to be a big hit with adults and children alike. It will guarantee you a great family days out with your kids in Suffolk. Set in 100 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside, this amazing conservation park lets you see some of the world’s most impressive wildlife up close.
As you make your way around the park, you can spot graceful giraffes and magnificent lions, king colobus monkeys and a range of British wildlife. There is so much for the kids to enjoy here, including indoor and outdoor adventure play areas, animal encounter sessions and a free ‘Safari Roadtrain’ .
Opening Hours: Open daily 9:30am – 5pm
3. Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park
This extensive site is a fantastic day out in Suffolk for the family. In addition to the working farm and butchery, visitors will find a wildlife Park, restaurant, vegetable and flower gardens. In addition, a farm shop and clothing, gift and craft shops. Sustainable farming and quality meat and food production is at the heart of this farm’s ethos. Visitors are invited to “share the good life”, embracing the wholesome, eco-friendly atmosphere .
There’s so much to see and do here, from a butterfly house to woodland walks and extensive play areas. We recommend looking at the website’s suggested itineraries so you don’t miss out on anything! Also make sure you buy your ticket online in advance to save some pennies.
Opening Hours: Open daily 9:30am – 4:30pm
4. Sutton Hoo
This National Trust owned Anglo-Saxon royal burial site overlooking the River Deben is a fascinating day out in Suffolk for history buffs. In 1939 archaeologists excavated one of the eleven burial mounds, dating back to the 7th century. They discovered an entire ship buried there. Visitors can learn all about this iconic site at The Exhibition Hall. Enjoy various walking routes around the evocative site.
Recently undergoing a multi-million pound renovation, 2019 will see the unveiling of a new full-size Anglo-Saxon ship sculpture. Including a new walking trail and River Walk, a 17 metre high observation tower and a refurbished River Café. During the school holidays you can enjoy Anglo-Saxon battle re-enactments, archaeology digs for kids, family tours and more.
Address: Tranmer House, Woodbridge IP12 3DJ
Opening hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm
5. Day at the Beach
Suffolk’s beaches are varied, wild and beautiful, and for the most part relatively uncrowded. Whether you prefer sweeping sand dunes, activity-packed promenades or wildlife havens, there’s a beach to suit you and your family in Suffolk. We’ve listed three of our favourites for great family days out in Suffolk below:
Dunwich Beach – A haven for wildlife. This National Trust protected beach and nature reserve is a perfect example of Suffolk’s unspoiled beauty. Popular with birdwatchers and dog walkers, the long expanse of shingle is backed by Dunwich Heath. After that you’ll find a charming tearoom to refuel you.
Southwold Beach – This popular beach is lined with candyfloss coloured beach huts. Its iconic pier juts out into the sea, on which you’ll find a cafe, restaurant, family entertainment centre and fantastic 360 degree sea views. The town of Southwold is certainly a nice spot for an afternoon amble.
Felixstowe Beach – A firm favourite with families. Felixstowe beach has loads of attractions surrounding it to keep you busy. Including windsurfing, adventure golf, open air theatre and nature trails.
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