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Feburary Half-term in Suffolk

As the kids look forward to some downtime over half-term, consider some family-friendly options to keep you sane and the offspring engaged. Suffolk this February is anything but boring. From awe-inspiring sights such as a giant illuminated moon, Hogwarts look-a-like owls, a cryptic art detective trail and a chance to get up close to some wild and wonderful Tamworth pigs – keeping everyone happy can be a challenge. Thankfully, we’ve made it easy with 5 fun-filled days out the whole family will enjoy.

Woodbridge Tide MillThe Woodbridge Tide Mill - the country's oldest working tide mill, situated on the River Deben.

Suffolk Science Festival, Bury St Edmunds

The headline act of this festival is the “The Museum of the Moon” at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds. This awe-inspiring sight will be hanging around from the 19th to the 23rd Feb. Artist Luke Jerram’s enormous Moon has been created using detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and will no doubt set your child’s imagination on fire! Set alongside a sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winner, Dan Jones, it’s going to be an amazing spectacle.

Top tip: Visit Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show which explores the strange and magical properties of matter; with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and howling jelly babies! Or get to touch the 1.2 billion-year-old piece of Mars rock! And if you have time, head to Moyses Hall to explore moon mythology.


Suffolk Science FestivalSee the amazing sight of the illuminated moon during the Suffolk Science Festival in Bury St Edmunds

Africa Alive! at Kessingland

Between the 16th and 24th February, KIDS GO Free at Africa Alive!  Spy some of the most magnificent creatures that ever walked the planet, set within 100 acres of Suffolk countryside and close to The Suffolk Coast. Explore the ‘Plains of Africa’ and spot five favourite African savannah mammals, including giraffes and the heavyweight rhino! But don’t miss the Galagos (otherwise known as bush babies), king colobus monkeys or rare golden-bellied mangabeys, during your visit.

Top tip: Get a bird’s eye view from the ‘Lookout Lodge’ to spot the magnificent lion or walk through the lemur enclosure to get right at the heart of the action!


Africa Alive!Kids go FREE at Africa Alive! 

The Magical world of owls at Stonham Barns

Our feathery friend, the owl, is so special no child can resist their charm. The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary couldn’t agree more. Set up as a charity to look after these solitary, fascinating creatures, there are more than 80 in their care. Watch the owls in action during the frequent flying demonstrations and spy other birds of prey including eagles, vultures, red kites, caracaras, falcons and hawks. For budding explorers, the fun doesn’t end there. Discover the magical woodland walk, a red squirrel colony, bug hotels, ladybird houses and a hedgehog tepee!
Top tip: If you have more time to explore, head to Needham Lake and follow the circular trail with the brood. Considered one of Suffolk’s top outdoor attractions, it’s a 10-minute drive from Stonham Barns, The Owl Sanctuary’s home.


Owl Sanctuary in SuffolkGet up close to over 80 owls at The Owl Sanctuary in the heart of Suffolk

Woodbridge Tide Mill - Suffolk's Iconic attraction

Visit one of Suffolk’s most iconic attractions and perhaps one of the oldest too! Woodbridge Tide Mill Living Museum spans over 800 years of history and includes lots of interactive activities (and we know how children love to push buttons!). Frequent milling demonstrations show flour production in practice – great for budding engineers – and the friendly wardens will guide you round the rest of the museum to allow you time to fully immerse in the sights, sounds and drama of a working mill.

Top tip: You’ll naturally be drawn to the River Deben in Woodbridge and a circular walk around the town is a must (you could finish up at the Adnams shop for a spot of Suffolk’s famous ales!). Amble along the quayside and river banks, watch sailing boats gather a gentle speed, whilst taking in views across to Sutton Hoo – a major Anglo-Saxon discovery (open Easter 2019).


Woodbridge Tide Mill Living MuseumLearn how to make flour the old way at Woodbridge Tide Mill Living Museum

Be a jockey for a day in Newmarket

Palace House in Newmarket has enough going on to entertain the most discerning child without any half-term activities. In addition to the jockey simulator, meeting ex-racehorses and gemming up on these magical beasts, this half-term kids can join the Art Detective Trail and get an invitation to meet special guests, Pip and Plum the donkeys.
Top tip: Budding jockeys can dress in jockey colours and ride the horse simulator for free! Parents can ‘have a go’ too, but be warned, it’s not as easy as it looks!


Horse simulator at Palace HouseTest your jockey skills and board the horse simulator at Palace House

And there’s more! Explore Suffolk’s great natural wonders including two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, diverse landscapes, sprawling countryside and charming coastal towns. Explore here.

Scallop at AldeburghChildren love to climb the 12ft-high Scallop on Aldeburgh Beach


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