Take the kids bowling at Martlesham Heath, go crazy for the soft play at the Oliver Hayward play barn, watch the latest releases at Aldeburgh, one of the UK’s oldest picture houses, or enjoy a unique combination of movies and food (including al fresco) at The Woodbridge Cinema.
Bring plenty of twine to go crabbing in Walberswick or Orford. See the incredible Anglo-Saxon burial site with Viking ship at Sutton Hoo made famous by Netflix’s The Dig. Meet over 100 species of animals at Jimmy’s Farm, from capybara to crocodiles, pigs to pelicans, and even monkeys.
Ride a pony, hug a bunny, collect eggs, ride the tractor and trailer, and refuel with home-made cake at Easton Farm Park. Meet the heavy horses – plus rabbits, chickens and goats – at Suffolk Punch Trust. Or visit the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, the county’s only standard-gauge railway museum with recreated original station buildings.
Brave ROARR!, the UK’s largest dinosaur-themed adventure park, with treetop adventures, a maze, cute (and not-so-cute) animals and an assault course. Discover the history of textiles, agriculture and more at the Museum of East Anglian Life. Or run free with your dog on wild, beautiful beaches at Orford, Aldeburgh and Southwold.
For independent shops, cinema, galleries, eateries, and several performance venues, including a world-famous concert hall, get down to Snape Maltings. Choose from a superbugs or air-raid theme at the Suffolk Escape Rooms. Or walk the Suffolk coast, including Minsmere nature reserve, Rendlesham Forest, and Aldeburgh to Thorpeness.
Taste the spirit of the coast at Fisher’s Gin brewery, with wild herbs and coastal botanicals foraged locally. Take a tour of Adnam’s Brewery and see the whole process from grain to glass. Or indulge yourself at Seckford Hall spa, complete with two AA Rosette restaurant, treatments and afternoon tea option.
Take pot-shots at clay pigeons at Darsham under the guidance of six-time world champion John Bidwell, within 100 acres of beautiful woodland. Take a boat out on the Mere in Thorpeness or sail from Aldeburgh. Or potter the quaint and quirky high streets of Woodbridge, Aldeburgh and Southwold.
Head out to castles at Framlingham and Orford. Visit Kentwell Hall, a timeless manor house set in stunning parkland, moated manor house Helmingham Hall, or Melford Hall, an eclectic home with stories of naval exploits and picturesque gardens. Come in August for Aldeburgh Carnival or in July for Latitude’s celebration of the arts.