9 summer days out for under £5
- Credit: Gregg Brown
The summer holidays have arrived, here are some fun ways to keep your children entertained without having to spend a lot of money.
Lego hunt at Felixstowe Museum, July 25 to September 2
Cost: £2 per person plus museum admission charge (£2 for an adult, 50p for a child, free for under 5’s)
Explore the exciting Felixstowe Museum this summer while going on a hunt to spot hidden Lego pieces. You will need to solve clues to find the Lego and claim an award. The Felixstowe museum has over 14 display areas covering the local, social, and military history of the seaside town. Please note the museum is only open on Sundays and Wednesday in July and September. In August it is open Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday.
ITFC Open Day, July 26
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Take your footie fans to a free day out at Portman Road this summer. It is a very popular event which allows ITFC lovers to meet the players and get their autographs and pictures taken with them. Supporters will also get a chance to watch new boss Paul Hurst and assistant Chris Doig put the players through their paces in a training session on the main pitch as a new era at the club gets underway. Club mascots Bluey and Crazee are likely to take on all-comers in the mascot race, with youngsters able to take part in fun footie coaching sessions as well. Gates are likely to open at around 9.30am and the event will finish at 2pm.
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Beccles Duck Race, July 29
Cost: £2.50 for the duck
The Beccles duck race is full of fun, to enter all you need to do is buy a duck on the day or in advance in shops around Beccles. You can then have fun with your children by decorating the ducks so you can spot yours during the race. The ducks will be raced along the River Waveney and the winning duck will win £100. There will also be a fun dog show so your four-legged friend can come with you to the event.
Family drumming at Ipswich Museum, July 31 10am until 3pm
Cost: £3.30 per child
Check out the Ipswich Museum while meeting local musicians for a morning or afternoon of fun. This summer your children have the chance to learn how to use drums and percussion instruments and may even get to perform in the museum galleries. There are three sessions taking place on the day, the first one is 10.15am - 11am, the second 11.15am - 12pm, and the last one 2.15pm - 3pm. Make sure you book in advance to guarantee your place you can do this here.
Den building at Nowton Park, August 1-3
Cost: £4 per child
This exciting activity will teach your children how to build secret dens and shelters and camouflage them with leaves. They will need to be waterproof as they will be tested by the organisers. There will also be the chance to learn fire lighting techniques and cook marshmallows over an open fire. The event will take place at the Walled Garden in Nowton Park where car parking is available. It will run from 11am to 12.30pm on all three days and is suitable for six to 11 year olds.
Aldeburgh Carnival, August 18, 19 and 20
Take your family to a fun colourful event which is packed with things to do. The three day carnival has something different going on each day, Saturday is the music day, Sunday is sports day and Monday is carnival day. On Saturday there will be various acts performing live at different venues in Aldeburgh town centre, Sunday consists of a 10k mini marathon, children’s races, an egg and boat race, Punch and Judy, and more. Monday is another fun packed day with the carnival procession starting at 3.15pm from the Moot Hall, a Chinese lantern procession at 8.45pm which is then followed by a firework display at 9.15pm. To see a full list of activities arranged over the three days visit the website.
Rendlesham UFO Trail
Cost: £4 to park all day
Educate and excite your children on the tales of the UFO sightings in Rendlesham Forest. The trail is three miles long and takes you past where the supposed sightings were, look out for strange symbols on posts to try and decode the message with help from the alien trail leaflet. Part of the trail will take you to a UFO which looks like the one which was sighted in 1980. When you have finished the trail there is a great play area with climbing frames, log tunnels and adventure courses which the kids will love.
A day at the Hollow Trees farm
Cost: £3.50 per person, children under 2 are free
Children love a day at the farm and Hollow Tree is a great one. The farm trail takes you on a journey of animals where you see llamas, goats, cows, pigs, and chickens. There are mini tractors, the roly-poly pole, play equipment, rope swings, climbing poles and the foxhole slide for your little ones to enjoy. Make sure you check out Semer Beach before you leave, it is a huge sand pit where you can have hours of fun digging.
A picnic at Needham Lake
Cost: Free including parking
Make the most of a sunny day and get your children outside with a yummy picnic by Needham Lake. The lake is full of wildlife including birds, ducks, geese and swans, you can feed them or just watch them swim around. Children tend to love the wooden sculptures, stepping stones, and fun play area. The park is very peaceful and picturesque, perfect for a family day out.