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Suffolk: Summer fun - ideas for mums and dads for Wednesday, August 6

15:52 05 August 2014

Punch and Judy will be in Ipswich tomorrow

Punch and Judy will be in Ipswich tomorrow

Are you searching for inspiration for days out? Our summer guide is here to help

It is set to be warmer and brighter in Suffolk, with highs of around 23C and a moderate wind, perfect weather for getting out and about in Suffolk.

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Stomp, bang and crash - watch out for these noises coming from Saxmundham Free School, the Bungalow, Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham tomorrow.

Arty Pops are running a monster making class for children aged six and over from 10am to midday.

Another monster making session will be held at Jubilee Park, Mayhew Road, Rendlesham from 2pm to 4pm.

The sessions cost £5 per child.

Email or call 01394 444652 for more information.

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. A

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

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

More information here

Why not take a trip to the circus?

Circus Hassani in Southwold brings together hand balancing acts, foot juggling, aerialist acrobatics and family-friendly comedy.

Performances take place all this week - with shows at 2pm and 5pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. And at 2pm on Tuesday and Saturday.

Tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 for children and £32 for a family or £6 with Suffolk Secrets or Southwold Lettings special offer.

Tickets can be booked now at the Southwold Tourist Information Centre, online at, via telephone on 01775 764777 or at the Box Office on The Common, York Road, Southwold.


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

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.

Go on a guided bat walk with a park ranger at Nowton Park.

The walk, which starts at 8pm, is suitable for children eight and over, and adults.

Guests are advised to dress in suitable outdoor clothing and should meet at the Nowton Park Visitor Centre for the hour-long walk.

Tickets cost £4 for adults, £2 for children.

Book online here


Join the Horrible History of Ipswich walk, leaving at 10.30am.

Discover the horrible things that have happened in Ipswich – diseases, death, what our ancestors did with their poo, executions, grave robbers, and worse. Would you have been one of the lucky few children to even make it to adult hood?

The walk is expected to last an hour and a half, is specifically aimed at eight to 12-year-olds, but others are welcome, and the cost is £3 per child, parents go free.

Call 01473 258070 or email 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 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 a Punch and Judy show and donkey rides as well as a merry-go-round

For more details, email 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 table tennis and basketball for seven to 14 year olds from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Whitton Sports Centre has an action-packed day planned, starting with football for five to 12 year olds from 9.30am to 11.30am. There is soft play from 12.30pm for pre-schoolers and basketball from 1.30pm to 3.30pm for children aged five to 12. And from 5pm to 6pm there is a dance session.

And at Northgate there is athletics, and a junior version, in the morning, as well as playground games, and family rollerskating from 2.30pm to 4pm. There is also a bikeability course taking place.

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.


Children aged six and over can take part in the Stalking in the Wilderness event at the Eden Rose Coppice tomorrow.

They will learn to use all of their senses to move around the woods - blindfolded - to the sound of a drum! This exciting nature awareness game will switch children on to experiencing nature in a completely new way. They will follow the string trail to find the treasure trove and build on activities to complete the final adventure which is a big surprise. The session costs £6 and runs from 10am.

More information here

Mid Suffolk

Children aged 14 and over can join the Museum of East Anglian Life activity day and explore the grounds for bugs and birds.

Afterwards, they will build a den in the woods and help with planting inside the walled gardens.

The day costs £12, runs from 10am to 3pm and children should take a packed lunch.

More information here

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


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