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Fun things to do with the family in Suffolk

September 15, 2018

Welcome back! You may remember last month I began my three-part series on UK staycations with the kids. My first instalment featured the Cornwall as the scenic summer holiday destination.

Yet, great British getaways aren’t exclusive to the southwest coast of the country. A little further north, just above the capital, on the east coast of England, Suffolk is the ideal Staycation location for the whole family.

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Family holiday accommodation in Suffolk

As we all know, before we set off on any jaunt with juniors in tow, sorting out the digs is essential. A little like Cornish Horizons, Suffolk Secrets is a great site for securing the finest choice of local holiday cottages. Giving you the freedom of venturing as and when you please, a home from home cottage is spot-on for Suffolk adventuring. And as you know, many cottages will allow furry friends, if you do want to take your tail-wagger with you.

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With accommodation selected, courtesy of Suffolk Secrets, it’s time to turn your attention onto planning a fun-filled itinerary. There are plenty of attractions and activities in Suffolk, you could easy fill a week or even two with things to do.

Coastal Voyager

Located by the River Blyth in Southwold, Coastal Voyager is a summer holiday activity with a difference. Rather than just heading down to the seaside, bucket and spade in hand, why not let the adrenaline factor soar and try a speed trip out to sea.

Despite this high-energy boat trip reaching speeds some pretty exciting speeds, the activity is suitable for children of all ages. Reservations are required, and prices vary whether you opt for the aforementioned Sea Blast or a leisurely river cruise.

Africa Alive

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Families who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground should try Africa Alive! at Lowestoft. A winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Africa Alive! is a nature park with a difference, transporting the whole family to the plains of one of the world’s most fascinating continents.

Discover lions, giraffes, meerkats, rhinos, and much more, amongst the 80 species of African animals at this exceptional walking safari. Do check out their website for information on feeding times, talks and any seasonal workshops.

Suffolk Coastline

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Given that Suffolk is bordered by 50 miles of stunning shorelines, do take the time to enjoy a day at your nearest beach. Inland, however, Suffolk is an extremely historical county and its medieval past certainly isn’t one to be ignored.

Framlingham Castle

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A visit to Framlingham Castle is a laidback way to appreciate Suffolk’s past. A super spot for a picnic, ball games, and lazing around the sun, the Castle is also an impressive and integral piece of the country’s history as the place where Mary Tudor was made Queen of England. Walk the walls, visit the exhibitions, and take part in some of the hands-on activities on offer here. It’s a gorgeous, truly great, British day out.

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