With its beautiful coastline, long countryside walks, rich history and pretty villages, there’s no better place to spend your summer than Suffolk. There is something for everyone to enjoy! Here are some suggestions on things to do and see if you're visiting us this year.
For nature lovers
Suffolk is home to many areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and RSPB Minsmere is one of them. A lovely place to go to watch the wildlife, have a long walk or take the kids for some den building fun. You might spot a bittern or marsh harrier and last time we visited my smallest was excited to be shown some adders by the really friendly staff there. Look it up at https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/minsmere/
For history lovers
Did you know Suffolk is home to the burial site of a medieval King? Sutton Hoo is a really good day out to learn about life in the Middle Ages and has exhibitions and attractions such as a viewing tower which looks out over the burial mounds, which is thought to be the burial site of Kind Raedwald of East Anglia. Or head over to Framlingham Castle, which is excellent for kids and usually has lots of fun events over the summer holidays to keep them occupied. Have a look here for more information on these:
For music lovers
A trip to Snape Maltings is always a treat. It has lovely walks, shops full of lovely homewares and food, art exhibitions and is home to the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. There is always a variety of concerts and music events over the summer to suit all tastes. Check out what's on here: https://brittenpearsarts.org/whats-on
For fun family days out
Pleasurewood Hills is a really good day out with lots of rides, attractions and shows to keep everyone entertained all day long. I always love the chair lift that takes you over the top and gives you five minutes peace from all the chaos below. Look it up at https://www.pleasurewoodhills.com
Alternatively, if you have very small people, Easton Farm Park is really fun. There’s lots of animals to see, really good play areas indoor and out and activities such a hug a bunny or the barrel ride. Find more info here: https://www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk/
You can’t beat some arcades by the seaside for all ages but especially for your ‘too cool for school’ teens. Felixstowe has arcades on the pier and a mini golf and more arcades further along the beach front. Go check out Beach Street Felixstowe too for street food and boutique shops. Try the amazing vegan burgers and the waffle shack! Info here: https://www.beachstreetfelixstowe.co.uk/
If they're an indoor type try the Geek Retreat in Ipswich. This is an amazing inclusive cafe that has video games, board games and card games tournaments like Pokemon. They are always friendly and welcoming, we spend a lot of time here with my son! Go to their Facebook page for more info.
For a bit of peace and quiet
There are so many lovely outdoor spaces in Suffolk. Ask locally to where you are staying for good places nearby. My favourites are swimming at Shingle Street or walking at Rendlesham Forest. Once you get past the busy car park it’s such a big area you can go for ages without seeing anyone else!
For a Suffolk staycation treat please do check out the Staycation Box (or the mini version) or get yourself some other Suffolk treats to compliment your stay. Click on the homepage and have a look to see what would help to really relax on your holiday!