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Suffolk: What to do with kids this summer - your guide for Thursday, July 31

12:16 30 July 2014

Rollerskating at Northgate Sports Centre

Rollerskating at Northgate Sports Centre


Here is our second daily update for what’s on in Suffolk this summer.

Thursday is set to be warmer and brighter than today, with highs of around 24C - meaning it will be ideal weather for a day out to the beach, just watch the wind.

Alternatively, there are a host of reasonably-priced activities available across Suffolk.

Suffolk Coastal

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 Thursday and Friday. At the weekend, there are shows at 5pm only.

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.

Waveney Bird Club’s ringing demonstrations are not to be missed at RSPB Minsmere.

They offer unique and rare opportunities to experience close encounters with the Minsmere birds - blue tits, green finches and the highly camouflaged reed warblers.

The whole family can discover more about the lives of the Minsmere birds, what migration adventures they have and the important work the club do every year.

No booking required.

Normal reserve entry fees (£7.50 for non-members, £15 per family).

More information here

Spend the afternoon at Dunwich Beach and join the Wild Beach taster session.

This is an opportunity to investigate the shoreline and enjoy lots of creative activities, suitable for the whole family.

The session takes place at Beach Road, Dunwich, Suffolk, Dunwich, Suffolk, IP17 3EN from 2pm to 4pm

No booking required.
Call Bev Rogers on 01473 89008 or email

St Edmundsbury

Discover the secret world of the bugs and beasties that live in Clare Castle Country Park. Join the park rangers on a mini beast hunt then have a go at making your own insect house to take home.

This session takes place at the Ranger’s Office, Clare Castle Country Park from 10am to midday and costs £6 per child.

It is suitable for children aged five to 12, under eight’s must be accompanied.

Old clothes and sensible footwear advised.

Book online here

Why not join the drama extravaganza workshop at Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal?

Again, this is suitable for five to 12 year olds, and it will be held at Mildenhall Jubilee Centre.

The cost is £20 for the first child, £35 for two or £50 for three and the day runs from 10am to 3pm.

To book your place, call the box office on 01284 769505.

Activity Thursday takes place each week at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village.

All of the activities are free provided you have a heritage or West Stow day ticket, and you can try archery, pottery, a mini archaeological dig or storytelling.

Heritage tickets cost £9 for adults, £6 for children or £30 for a family and day tickets are priced at £5 for adults, £3 for children and £15 for a family.

No advance booking necessary, just turn up from 11am.


At Gainsborough Sports Centre you can try rollerskating from 1pm to 2.30pm.

There will be a disco atmosphere and skates are available to hire but take your own along if you have them.
Suitable for ages five upwards. Cost £2.60.

From 9.30am to 11am there is a team games session for children aged five to nine, costing £4.20 each.

And from 3pm to 4.30pm there is a free basketball roadshow for under 14s delivered by Ipswich Basketball Club.

No booking required, more information available here

There is also family rollerskating at Maidenhall Sports Centre tomorrow.

Suitable for age five and over, running from 3.30pm to 5pm and costing £2.60 per person.

The Little Kickers Football Taster for age three and a half to five runs from 4pm to 4.45pm and is free.

Book your place by emailing
For more on Maidenhall’s summer programme, visit their website

Rollerskating takes place between 2.30pm and 4pm at Whitton Sports Centre.
Again cost is £2.60 and it is suitable for age five and over.

No booking required.

Karate runs from 9am to 10am, costs £4.30 each and is suitable for age five and over.

Or you can try archery between 10am and midday at a cost of £8.70 for children aged seven and up, adults also welcome to book a place.

Young athletes can hone their skills during age-specific workshops - indoors if wet.

Five to seven year olds can attend from 9.30am to 10.30am, and children aged eight to 12 can join from 10.30am to midday.

Cost £2.80 for the first session and £4.20 for older children.

Book your place at any of these by calling 01473 433611 or visit the website

Roller skate with your children from 12.30pm to 2.30pm at Whitton Sports Centre - cost £3.10 per person.

Or let your pre-schoolers enjoy the soft play area between 12.30pm and 3.30pm - cost £2.10.

A football session runs from 9.30am to 11.30am and is suitable for children aged five to 12, cost is £3.10.

And there is a family trampolining session from 2.45pm to 3.45pm, costing £4.20 each.

To book in advance call 01473 433633 or see their website for more information


During the summer the Suffolk Wildlife Trust is holding a series of events which will showcase the wildlife wonders at its Arger Fen nature reserve.

And tomorrow the theme is Marvellous Minibeasts.

The session costs £2.50 per person, is ideal for the whole family and runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

To book, call trust education ranger Joanne Atkins on 01449 737996.

Take part in a fun and fully inclusive multi-sports activity morning at Farlingaye High School with Discovery Summer Sports Camps.

Children can be dropped off from 9.15am, with sessions starting at 9.30am and finishing at 12.30pm.

Suitable for children aged 10 to 16, the cost is £6 each and children should take a drink.

Email for more details

Forest Heath

There is free family fun in the fens from 11am to 12.30pm at Lakenheath Fen nature reserve, Station Road, Lakenheath, Brandon, Suffolk, IP27 9AD.

You will learn about a wide variety of creatures both big and small that call the reserve home.

The session will consist of both inside and outdoors elements, so please dress appropriately.

All children must be accompanied by adults.

Call 01842 863400 or email for more details.

Just pay for car parking.

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


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