If you are planning an action-packed family break UK to Suffolk any time soon, there is plenty to keep you entertained for the whole holiday. Whether you opt for breakfast at the most easterly point in the country and be the first to watch the sun rise or visit pleasure beach in Great Yarmouth where laughter and enjoyment is the order for the day, you will have a fantastic holiday in Suffolk. We’ve compiled a list of a few of our favourite activities for you to enjoy during your stay and these attractions will have something for everyone to make for a family holiday no one will be forgetting any time soon.
Great Yarmouth Pleasure beach
Great Yarmouth is home to a mixture of high-octane rides and traditional fairground attractions to make for an incredibly fun day out for all the family during your time in Suffolk. The park sits at the top of Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile and boasts over 9 acres of thrilling, retro and family rides for a quintessentially British fairground experience. The rollercoaster dates back to 1932 and has been a crowd pleaser ever since, with many coming from far and wide to ride the traditional wooden rollercoaster. Over 1 million visitors enjoyed the Pleasure Beach experience in 2016, confirming its spot in the top 10 free entry amusement parks in the UK, why not see what all the fuss is about, with a visit this year?
Combine a trip to the seaside with a tour of a spectacular lighthouse, which allows you to climb to the top of the tower and head to Southwold for the day. Trinity House operates tours of the lighthouse for a small fee, where children can explore the landmark featured in BBC’s children television series Grandpa in My Pocket. Why not make a day of it, and hire out a beach hut to be your base for the day?
Crabbing in Walberswick
A great, fun and inexpensive day out with the kids is to take them crabbing in Walberswick. In the summer, the river banks become full of young children, armed with buckets and foul smelling bait, full of hope for finding a Mr Crabs to call their own. There are lots of walks nearby, so why not pack a picnic and head over for a day of exploring?
Currently at the forefront of everyone’s mind thanks to a recent hit by Ed Sheeran, this ‘castle on the hill’ is a fantastic place to explore and discover with the whole family, with the sight appealing to children, both young and old, perhaps for different reasons. This castle dates back to the 12th century and is a former home to Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, Mary I. Families are able to walk the wall, appreciating unrivalled views across the expanding countryside whilst counting the oldest surviving 12th century and Tudor chimneys in the country. If you’re visiting anytime soon, there’s a temporary slide in place to take visitors from the castle wall to the courtyard below, which will be in operation until May.
Be the first to welcome the sun, at the most easterly point in the British Isles, Ness Point. Arm yourselves with a packed breakfast, and just take in the beautiful colours as the sun rises over the sea, making for a fantastic Instagram opportunity! A fantastic way to start the day and one to tick off the bucket list!
This fantastic village is full of quirky buildings and was designed to be a place where children can enjoy the magic and innocence of a traditional seaside holiday. The whole family are able to go sailing on Peter Pan lake or search for treasures in the village emporium, which is full of antique and vintage-style souvenirs which are great for gifts! The village is nestled amidst beautiful landscapes and a diverse countryside and as such there is a plethora of opportunities for you to discover nature and wildlife during your time here.
Africa Alive! is set amongst 100 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside and offers plenty of opportunities to spot a wide range of British wildlife. A spectacular feature of this beautiful park is the ‘Plains of Africa’, where you can spot 5 species of African savannah animals, including magnificent giraffes and sturdy rhinos. The park offers various animal experiences giving you and your family the chance to get up close and personal with your favourite creatures.
A hauntingly beautiful estate nestled amongst 255 acres of land, Sutton Hoo is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Come for a day out with the family and learn all about the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and all his treasures, whilst you wander the ancient burial mounds and appreciate the extensive views over the River Deben. Take a look inside the Edwardian house for some interior inspiration or discover the range of beautiful seasonal colours on any of the trails within the estate.
Set within 50 acres of coastal parkland, this family theme park has a plethora of rides and attractions to explore and enjoy during your holiday in Suffolk. From thrilling rides to water-drenched log flumes to family fun in the kiddie zones, all ages are accommodated for at Pleasurewood Hills. There’s even entertaining animal shows, featuring sea lions and playful parrots.
Whilst it might not be everyone’s idea of a fun day out, there are many museums in Suffolk that are informative, educational and well worth the visit to find out about local history. The East Anglia Transport Museum, Museum of Horseracing and the Museum of East Anglian Life to name just a few, are a great way to learn about the culture of the region, proving an inexpensive day out that even the least historically-oriented can enjoy.
Whatever you decide to do in Suffolk, you’re bound to have the staycation of a lifetime that leaves you coming back for more. A great introduction to all that this diverse county can offer is through one of our themed breaks, which you can pick depending on the priorities of your family and a good time is all but guaranteed.
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