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Ten fun things to do this half-term in Suffolk

If the thought of having to pack a whole wintry week with fun things for the kids to do fills you with panic, don’t worry! We have compiled a list of ten activities to keep the whole family happy, active, and entertained.

1. LOVE OUR PLANET

Take a trip to Africa Alive Zoological Reserve, you don’t even have to leave the Country.  Here you can walk, talk and squawk with over 80 species of animals. The kids will love seeing animals from around the world including the African lion, black and white lemurs, cheetahs and meekats.  There are enough activities to make a whole day of it, so pack plenty of warm clothes and get ready to embark on a thrilling journey of discovery with their brand-new trail, learning how to how  love our planet! Solve puzzles and riddles as you make your way around the zoo. Keep an eye out for the exclusive half-term trail signs to ensure you’re on track.

See the cheeky meerkats at Africa Alive Zoological Reserve

2. BE KING OR QUEEN OF THE CASTLE

The magnificent Framlingham Castle, was once home to some of the most formidable names of Tudor England and it was here that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England. If you are feeling brave, you can take a walk around the magnificent wall walk to see for miles around the Suffolk countryside.

Explore the magnificent Framlingham Castle

3. PUSH YOUR LIMITS

Discover the perfect adventure day at Go Ape Thetford Forest. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from exploring the canopy at great height to tearing up the trails onboard all-terrain electric Segway’s.

4. STROLL ALONG SOUTHWOLD PIER

A trip to Southwold Pier is a must for anyone visiting this favourite town on the Suffolk Coast. You will find the usual pier amusements alongside some hilariously funny and quirky machines, water clocks and wall of mirrors.

The Pier is great for rainy days too and has a choice of cafes and restaurants where little ones’ batteries can be recharged.

Have some good old-fashioned family fun on the Pier

5. EXPERIENCE FLAVOUR WEEK AT THE FOOD MUSEUM!

Across the week they’ll be unpacking flavour through some of the punchiest ingredients suffolk has to offer and asking what this means for the past, present and future of what we eat.

Through eye-wateringly mustardy greens, seriously toasty malts, deeply earthy roots, and very cheesy cheese they’ll explore the importance of flavour and how understanding it helps us take charge in the kitchen.

6. HAVE SOME FUN AT EASTON FARM PARK

Go on an adventure at Easton Farm Park near Woodbridge.  During the half-term holidays, 17th – 25th February 2024, you will be able to see the newborn lambs, engage in interactive animal sessions, experience their magical frozen walk-through, take a ride the sheep shuttle, plus all the usual fun on the farm.

Pack your waterproofs just in case it’s wet and don’t worry if it’s cold outside though, inside there’s a cosy cafe to relax in with a cup of something warm.

 7.  KENTWELL HALL

Kentwell Hall is a timeless Manor House set in over 30 acres of stunning, family-friendly gardens and parkland, in the beautiful Suffolk village of Long Melford.  This half-term you need to grab your wellies, and head off around the gardens, farm and woodland trails to see the snowdrops and other spring flowers coming into bloom.

See the Snowdrops at Kentwell Hall

8. BE A JOCKEY AT THE NATIONAL HORSE RACING MUSEUM

The National Horse Racing Museum brings to life centuries of history through interactive galleries; a chance to meet celebrated retired racehorses in the Rothschild Yard (who love a pat!); watch daily demonstrations of retired horses in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena and spot some of the finest sporting art in the world (Stubbs and Munnings are just two of the ‘greats’).

Children simply love to ‘have a go’ on the racehorse simulator – and who knows, you may have a jockey in the making! Family trails are available from reception, so you can make the most of your visit.

Be a jockey on the racehorse simulator (c) Mark Atkins

9. DISCOVER AN ANGLO-SAXON’S BURIAL SITE

Discover the awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon burial site from a 17 metre high viewing tower. This is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time and you can even dress up like an Anglo Saxon too.

Have fun dressing up like an Anglo Saxon

10. TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary welcomes visitors every day, providing a unique chance to encounter more than 80 magnificent owls and captivating birds of prey from various corners of the globe. Enjoy special talks at 11:00 and 2:00 daily, where you can meet their lively meerkat group. Youngsters can embark on the S.O.S. Safari trail during their visit, with a prize awaiting them at the end

 

If you need inspiration for more things to see and do in Suffolk, take a look at our What’s On and Inspire pages.