Ideas for family days out to enjoy after April 12

Reporter Mariam Ghaemi and her children Layla, four, and Jasmine, two, at Baylham House Rare Breeds

Reporter Mariam Ghaemi and her children Layla, four, and Jasmine, two, at Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm near Needham before restrictions came into place Picture: RUSSELL CLAYDON - Credit: RUSSELL CLAYDON

With coronavirus restrictions easing further from April 12, families can begin to plan days out as more attractions across Suffolk are set to open. 

On Monday, prime minister Boris Johnson spoke of an "exciting time for us all" as he gave the green light for shops, gyms, zoos, campsites, beer gardens and outdoor hospitality to reopen. 

As we look to support businesses across Suffolk and Essex, here are some suggestions of places you and your family can visit from Monday. 

Farms and zoos 

Many families will be looking for things to do outdoors, as six people or two separate households are allowed to meet while socially distanced. 

An Easter scene from Baylham Rare Breeds Farm
Picture: RACHEL EDGE

An Easter scene from Baylham Rare Breeds Farm Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: Rachel Edge

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm

The farm in Mill Lane, Baylham, near Needham Market, can't wait to open its doors at 10am on Monday, April 12.

To avoid families crowding together, the majority of the animals will be kept outside and adorable piglets will be roaming around the farm. 

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Little ones will be pleased to hear that the den building area will be open and they will still be able to feed the animals. 

Find out more on the farm's Facebook page, here. 

Tostock Animal Park

If you are looking for a day out where you can meet some unusual animals, Tostock Animal Park near Bury St Edmunds is a must visit. 

The park cares for some wonderful characters, including llamas, alpacas, miniature ponies and even emus.

Tostock Animal Park will be open from Tuesday, April 13. It is open every day from 10.30am to 2.30pm but is closed on Mondays. 

Alice the Bactrian camel at Jimmy's Farm Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Alice the camel from Jimmy's farm will have been enjoying the hot weather we have been having lately - Credit: Archant

Jimmys Farm and Wildlife Park 

Jimmy Doherty and his team at his farm and wildlife park, on the outskirts of Ipswich, are looking forward to welcoming back visitors from next Monday. 

If you haven't visited for a while,you may well have a few cute surprises in store. 

Fans of the bouncy pillow will be pleased to know it will open each day from 11am to 4.30pm. 

A one-way system will be in place to adhere to social distancing requirements. Visitors will need to buy a ticket before they arrive. 

Colchester Zoo reopened to guests on June 18 after months of closure Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Colchester Zoo is preparing to reopen its gates in April. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Colchester Zoo 

The popular Essex zoo will reopen all of its outdoor areas from Monday.

Visitors will be able to meet lots of baby animals for the first time.

To ensure the zoo does not become overcrowded, visitors will have to book before they arrive.

Tickets are available seven days in advance. 

Swimming pools 

Beccles Lido 

How amazing does a late night swim at Beccles Lido look? 

Outdoor swimming pools were able to reopen on March 29, and Beccles Lido has been inundated with thousands of bookings. 

If you want to book a swim, find out more about Beccles Lido on Twitter. 

A brand new swimming pool at Abbeycroft Leisure is set to open in April Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

A brand new swimming pool at Abbeycroft Leisure is set to open in April Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Hadleigh swimming pool 

A brand new swimming pool in Hadleigh is getting ready to reopen when restrictions are eased. 

The pool, which will be run by Abbeycroft Leisure, offers lane swimming and family 'bubble' swims for household groups and support bubbles. 

It also has a pool pod which means it is accessible for all. 

You can a book a swimming session at the new Hadleigh pool, and other pools in Suffolk run by Abbeycroft Leisure, via its website. 

Crown Pools 

Families in Ipswich that have missed having a splash around in the pool will be pleased to know that Crown Pools will be open from Monday

Booking for family swimming is available seven days in advance via the Ipswich Fit website. Sessions are 45 minutes long. 

More indoor attractions for a family day out 

Clip and Climb Ipswich have put in place Covid measures ahead of opening in APril Pictur: CHARLOTTE

Clip 'n Climb in Ipswich have put covid measures in place to make sure there centre is safe for climbers - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Clip 'n Climb, Ipswich 

The huge indoor climbing centre on the Ransomes Industrial Park will open for standard climbing and toddler sessions from Monday. 

On its Facebook page, fans of the centre have been delighted to discover that the vertical drop slide and leap of faith will also be open again.

Find out more about what Clip 'n Climb have planned for their reopening here. 

Avid Climbing, Ipswich

If you are keen to give bouldering a try after lockdown, another indoor attraction is Avid Climbing, which is also on the Ransomes Industrial Park in Ipswich.

The climbing and bouldering centre caters for everyone, from children and beginners to those that have been climbing for years. 

Details of their courses and what else they have to offer can be found here. 

More outdoor ideas for days out in Suffolk 

Go Ape, Thetford 

Since restrictions were eased on Monday, March 29, children and adults have been enjoying challenging themselves at Go Ape at High Lodge. 

So if your family are looking for something a tad more high octane than a daily walk, it might be an ideal spot for a day out.

Like Go Ape Thetford on Facebook for more details on what they offer. 

The bouncy pillow at Suffolk Food Hall or Stonham Barns 

Cousins Preston Moran and Maisy Wythe celebrating Suffolk Day last year Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Cousins Preston Moran and Maisy Wythe celebrating Suffolk Day last year Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

If you are looking to keep the little ones in your family entertained whilst you enjoy a cup of coffee, why not head to your nearest bouncy pillow?

Both Suffolk Food Hall near Ipswich and Stonham Barns, in Stonham Aspal, have one - and they are very popular with children. 

The best thing is that they are absolutely free to use, making them an ideal spot for an outdoor meet up. 


Do you have any suggestions for days out in Suffolk? 

If you do, please share them on the East Anglian Daily Times Facebook page. 

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