I spend a lot of time sharing our family days out – namely where we go and what we love, so I felt it was time to have a special place to house all of these starting with my favourite Suffolk stand outs.
As I’m the type of person that always wants to know what somewhere is like before going and especially so, now I’m a parent, I like to share what its like and what you need to take or do beforehand, when visiting as a family.
Over the past couple of years there have been many days out and trips away that I’ve shared on my blog and socials, so here you will find some highlights of those to showcase some of the best days out Suffolk has to offer.
That’s not all though…with another summer of staycations upon us – I thought I would start a weekly ‘WHATS IT LIKE WEDNESDAY?’ on my Suffolk Mum Facebook and Instagram pages: Whether its a new place we’ve found or revisiting an old favourite – there will be a quick capture on what its like, including what you need to know before going. Then going forward, I will be adding to this blog sharing lots more ideas for places to go in Suffolk.
I’ll use the hashtag #Whatsitlike too each week so they are also easily searchable for later. If you have some of your own I’d love to see them – please tag me on Instagram and stick the #on so I can share them in my stories and add you into this blog.
As its where we are and spend most of our time, What’s it like Suffolk is the first in these series of blogs
Bury St Edmunds – What’s It like?
A pretty market town with lots on offer for families, for me it provides the best of both worlds, being full of places I love to visit, with also enough little attractions to keep the kids happy:
- Abbey Gardens is beautiful, boasting stunning historical gardens to walk around with playgrounds for the kids to enjoy. Its also easy walking distance from the town, so a good spot to take a picnic.
- There are some great theatres (When we can enjoy them again) The Theatre Royal is housed in a beautiful old building, providing an intimate theatre experience, perfect for first theatre trips for little ones. I watched an adaptation of The Little Prince here with my little girl and it was wonderful. I have shared our experience of visiting the theatre as a family over in this review – Theatre Royal Bury Review
- The Arc has a lot of great shopping to enjoy, plus in the holidays they often run interactive events that children can get involved in.
- The Vue cinema is handily positioned behind The Arc Shopping Centre with plenty of parking and a nearby Giraffe and Burger Amour, both great for family meals out. For more recommendations on places to eat out I have a blog dedicated to it – Family Friendly Places to Eat Out Around Colchester, Bury and Sudbury
Suffolk Food Hall – What’s it like?
Felixstowe – What’s it like?
Felixstowe is a traditional English coastal town, with a fab beach to spend the day:
- It gets pretty busy over the summer months and can feel quite chocker when walking through the main promenade in the middle of the day, but the beach is vast so there’s always room to enjoy the sand and sea with lots of space.
- There’s lots of parking on the coastal road running alongside the beach and although we’ve never had trouble finding a space its also quite nice to get there early to avoid the crowds.
- Felixstowe is one of our favourite days out in Suffolk and I have shared lots more details on visiting and other local attractions over on Suffolk Outdoor Days Out
Hollow Trees Farm – What’s it Like?
Nowton Park – What’s It Like?
Another beautiful open Suffolk Space. Its really easy to drive to and park (Always an important one for me, as I’m terrible at both!) Nowton park is a wonderful place to spend the day and great for meeting up with other families.
- Full of lovely long walks and spots to picnic, they also often have activity trails to complete with prizes to collect at the end.
- There’s a lovely café serving snacks and lunches.
- They have a big playground next to the carpark as you go in, with plenty to keep little and big kids entertained.
What’s It Like – Sudbury, Suffolk
We live in Sudbury and although its only a small market town, there are lots of things to do with children…
- Top of the list is Belvue Park – As long as its not raining, my children are always happy to spend time there. Its a just a five minute walk from the town and has things to play on for all ages, plus lots of grass to set up camp for the afternoon with a picnic. There are different play areas to enjoy, including an obstacle course and a giant sand pit with 3 climbing frames for different ages. There’s tennis courts, lawn for a kick about and a skate and scooter park. On sunny days and holidays there’s also a café hut serving cheap ice creams and drinks. The zip wire is also handily positioned near the exit, so you can bribe the kids to leave with the promise of a go, on the way out.
- I can’t mention Sudbury without talking about the beautiful meadows and countryside surrounding us. Together with the old railway track running alongside it, its wonderful for walks and bike rides all year round, and is the perfect spot for summer picnics with so much space for the kids to run and be free.
- For lots more inspo and info on days out in Sudbury, have a look at – Things to do in Sudbury, Suffolk
So that’s my starter for ten so far, but be sure to pop back as I’ll be updating this blog regularly as we find new local ‘What’s It Like’ places to share…
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