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Family Breaks in Suffolk: Where To Go and What To Do

Nestled in the heart of East Anglia, Suffolk stands as an enchanting destination where families can escape the hustle of city life and delve into the tranquillity of countryside bliss. Suffolk, with its miles of stunning heritage coastline and beaches, historic castles, market towns, and forests ripe for exploration, is a truly versatile destination, appealing to families, couples, and group getaways alike. Its rich tapestry of attractions and activities creates the perfect backdrop for a family holiday.

Thankfully, Best of Suffolk has made it easier to find that perfect holiday cottage to serve as your home away from home.

Suffolk’s appeal lies in its versatility. It caters to the adventurous spirits of children and the calm-seeking souls of adults alike. Discover the reasons that make this county a gem for family outings.

Dive into History & Culture

Start your adventure with a journey through time by heading to one of Suffolk’s historical attractions; Bury St Edmunds, a market town steeped in history, is not to be missed. Bury St Edmunds Abbey is a picturesque spot offering a wealth of history and stunning gardens for a classic family picnic. Just a short drive away, you’ll find Framlingham Castle, perfect for your little knights and princesses. With engaging interactive exhibits and scenic grounds, it’s one of the best historical attractions for kids in Suffolk.

On another note, if you encounter a patch of rain during your Suffolk visit, Aldeburgh’s vintage cinema, one of the oldest in the UK, becomes a perfect refuge.

Step into Nature’s Playground

One cannot speak of Suffolk without mentioning its abundant natural beauty. Suffolk’s RSPB Minsmere nature reserve, a delightful maze of woodland, reedbeds and coastline, is a haven for countless species of birds, insects and mammals. It is the perfect spot for family walks, cycling and encounters with nature.

If you want to enjoy Suffolk’s scenic coastline, consider a trip to Southwold Pier, where you can enjoy the colourful beach huts and the charming Southwold Pier Beach. Adorned with quirky shops, amusements and eateries, a visit to Southwold Pier is a must for families.

Ignite their imagination

Suffolk isn’t just about picturesque landscapes and historical sites; it’s a hub for interactive learning and fun. For instance, the East Anglia Transport Museum provides a fascinating look into the past with a collection of various vintage vehicles.

Another gem of Suffolk is Africa Alive – a walking safari set on 100 acres. The opportunity to explore Africa’s sights and sounds and have close encounters with its unique wildlife is an experience your children will cherish.

Savour the Local Flavours

A trip to Suffolk wouldn’t be complete without indulging in its local culinary delights. Food-loving families should visit the Suffolk Food Hall, known as the ‘foodie’s paradise’. Here, you can indulge in a wide range of local produce, the on-site restaurant, and fantastic views of the River Orwell.

For many, the charming coastal town of Aldeburgh tops the itinerary when exploring Suffolk. Situated just a two-hour drive from London, Aldeburgh is home to arguably some of the finest Fish and Chips in the country. At lunchtime, expect to see a line snaking out the door – a testament to their mouth-watering fare.

Once you’ve secured your classic British meal, you can retreat to the beach against the picturesque canvas of vibrant Victorian seafront houses, making fish and chips by the seaside a feast for both the palate and the eyes. Be prepared, as the local seagulls can sometimes display an enthusiastic interest in your meal!

Music, Art and Culture

For those planning a trip in July, why not pop over to Henham Park for the Latitude Festival, an annual celebration of music, art, and culture?

Renowned for its vibrant and diverse line-up, the festival features an extensive mix of musical acts, from internationally recognized headliners to emerging talent waiting to be discovered.  However, Latitude offers much more than just music to its visitors. It’s a rich tapestry of culture featuring impressive theatre and comedy performances, inspiring poetry readings, and intriguing art installations.

There’s even a dedicated kids’ area, making it a family-friendly festival treat.

And when it’s time to refuel, visitors can explore Latitude’s extraordinary array of food and drink options, ranging from festival casual to gourmet dining. Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or a family seeking a weekend of entertainment and discovery, Latitude Festival presents a magical immersive experience you won’t forget.

Attractions for the Thrill-Seekers

A visit to Suffolk is incomplete without a day at Pleasure wood Hills. Located in the charming town of Lowestoft, Pleasure wood Hills is an exciting family- themed park that offers a joyous escape for families seeking fun and adventure.

Sprawling over 59 acres of parkland, it features an array of attractions suitable for both thrill-seekers and those looking for more relaxed fun. From adrenaline-inducing roller coasters and exhilarating water rides to captivating shows, there’s something for every member of the family. For the little ones, the park provides a host of kiddie rides and engaging activities designed to ignite their imaginations. As you navigate the park, take a break and refuel by visiting one of the many restaurants or snack bars on site. Pleasure wood Hills impeccably captures the essence of wholesome family fun, making it a must-do experience when exploring Suffolk.

Delightful Family-Friendly Accommodation

After a full day of exploration, rest and relaxation are a must. At Best of Suffolk, our award-winning team excels in offering a collection of over 300 stylish places to stay. You can choose from our curated list of family-friendly and dog-friendly holiday cottages, each offering hotel-quality standards of comfort and care.

Suffolk is a destination for all seasons. Enjoy a summer holiday by the seaside, watching sails dance at sunset, or cosy up in winter in a quaint cottage with warmth emanating from an open fireplace. Each season paints a different picture of Suffolk, waiting for you to step in and experience its unique charm.

Family breaks in Suffolk are all about new discoveries, quality family time and creating lasting memories. With so much to see, do and experience, Suffolk is undeniably a top choice for unforgettable family holidays.

Book your next Suffolk holiday today through our secure website and commence on an adventure that will hold a special place in your family’s heart. Alternatively, feel free to contact our knowledgeable, local team of Suffolk experts. Embrace the opportunity to unlock a family break as unforgettable as the county.