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Suffolk: Summer fun - ideas for mums and dads for Wednesday, August 13

14:35 12 August 2014

Join the family fun in Haverhill

Join the family fun in Haverhill

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Heavy black clouds will loom tomorrow - making it even harder to entertain the kids.


But our summer guide is here to give you some great ideas for summer fun.

Suffolk Coastal

Bulid a woodland den, dig holes, build nests and weave webs for the animals at the family morning at Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1NA.

This session costs £2.50 adults and children and runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

To book call 01394 380113 or email foxburrow.bookings@suffolkwildlifetrust.org

Join one of the family nature walk at RSPB Minsmere Family nature walks at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm or 2.30pm.

Nature enthusiast Stephen Massey will bring the nature reserve alive with a 45-minute adventure, encouraging families to use all their senses to explore the delights of the reserve’s summer plants and insects.

All walks will start from the Discovery Centre where there will be quizzes and crafts taking place.

The cost is £1.50 per person, plus normal reserve entry fees (£7.50 for non-members, £15 per family).

Or try birdwatching for beginners from 1.30pm.

Learn how to identify the fantastic birds that gather on the reserve at this time of year. The guides will take you through all the steps for bird identification as well as showing you how to use binoculars and which field guides are best for you. No previous experience needed.

The cost for adults is £5 and for children it is £2.50 plus normal reserve entry fees for non-members.

More information here


There is free live music and a firework display at the Sea Life Centre Gardens, Great Yarmouth from 8pm. Fireworks at 10pm. More details here

St Edmundsbury

Everyone can join in the family activity day at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds - drop in any time between 10am and 4pm and join in a range of activities, quizzes, trails and stories aimed at children aged five to 12. Children must be accompanied.

The day is organised by the Cathedral’s Discovery Centre team and the theme is Making Choices, with a focus on colour, numbers, patterns and objects.

For more information contact Clare Wootton, Discovery Centre administrator on 01284 748731 or admin.dc@stedscathedral.org

Give your kids a head start on completing the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 & ¾ years’ challenges with Out & About Wednesday’s at Ickworth House.

Tomorrow they will be making pies! Mud pies in fact, down in the den building area. Children can also make dens and play with mud as well as trying a few fun crafts.

You can also follow the trail of sticks and make your own trail to follow, where will it lead you? Children can complete challenges four, 12 and 13 from your 50 Things challenge.

Sessions run from 11am to 3pm.
For more information, visit the National Trust website or call 01284 735270.

Spend the afternoon orienteering with the family at Lackford Lakes.

Follow the map and gain points by completing the fun family friendly challenges to win a prize. Families are asked to take along a digital camera or camera phone

The session runs from 2pm to 4pm and costs £2.50 each.

More inforamtion here

Find out about hedgehogs and how you can help them.

The afternoon session starts at 2pm, and there will be activities, crafts and fun.

Meet at education centre, just inside wood, Felsham Road, Bradfield St George, Bury St Edmund’s, Suffolk,

More information here

Book now for your chance to come face to face with characters and scenes from the Theatre Royal’s past with Backstage Past Live Encounters.

Enjoy a promenade performance around the Theatre Royal through 200 years of its history in just 60 minutes. Advance booking highly recommended as capacity is limited - tours run Wedensday, Thursday, Friday adn Saturday and spaces are limited.

The cost is £9 for adults, £7.50 for concessions and £6.25 for National Trust members.

Tea and cake is served from 11am to 5pm.


There may not be any real wild animals in Ipswich but you’ll be surprised how many majestic animals and mythical beasts can be seen on a ’Safari’ around the town – from lions to dragons and even a chameleon! Join a walk of discovery from 10.30am.

The event costs £3 per person.

Call 01473 258070 or email tourist@ipswich.gov.uk for more information.

Try something creative and visit the family art room at Ipswich Art School Gallery in High Street. Cost is £5 per person.

For further information visit www.cimuseums.org/whatson or call 01473 433691.

A feast of family fun is in store at Ipswich’s Holywells Park tomorrow afternoon and every Wednesday during the holidays.

Tomorrow there will be an active theme to the events.

For more details, email holywells.hlf@ipswich.gov.uk or contact 01473 433541.

At Crown Pools there is a family float session from 10.30am to midday, and the inflatable slide will be out from 2pm to 3pm - only suitable for chidlren aged eight and over.

Meanwhile, at Gainsborough Sports Centre, there is a disco party for children aged three and over from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

At Whitton Sports Centre there is rounders and kiwk cricket for five to 12 year olds from 11.30pm to 3.30pm or soft play for preschoolers from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

There is an action-packed day planned Northgate, starting with dance for seven to 11 year olds from 10am to 11am. There is a free basketball roadshow from 3pm to 4.30pm. Badminton runs from 10am to midday for 11 to 16 years olds and there is archery from 10am to midday for those aged seven and over.

You can try family rollerskating at Maidenhall from 3.30pm to 5pm or take part in the free summer basketball roadshow from 3pm to 4.30pm.

More details here

Children aged 10 and over can try the free summer jumpers for goalposts sessions at Bourne Park from 1pm to 2pm or Bramford Road Rec from 3pm to 4.30pm.

Call Paul Knight on 07717 290545.

Forest Heath

A day of entertainment and activities is planned at East Town Park, Haverhill, in partnership with Haverhill Town Council.

there will be fun and games for all the family, and you can take your picnic along.

The event is free and runs from 11am to 3pm.

For more days out ideas, see our Summer fun for under a fiver guide here



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