10 things to do in Suffolk with kids this half term

Kentwell's History Festival is taking place this weekend

Kentwell's History Festival is taking place this weekend - Credit: Courtesy of Kentwell Hall

This half term families can finally get out and about in Suffolk, meeting up outside in larger groups or trying some of the county's favourite attractions including Framlingham Castle and Kentwell Hall.

Youngsters can step back in time at Kentwell Hall

Youngsters can step back in time at Kentwell Hall - Credit: Courtesy of Kentwell Hall

1) Kentwell's History Festival - May 29 to May 31

Living historians will be bringing the past back to life across Kentwell Hall's buildings, gardens, farm and woodland. 

There's over 2000 years of history for families and their budding historians to learn about. 

Make your way up the hill to have a gander at the Norman castle ruins in Clare Picture: Clare Castle

Pond dipping will be taking place in Clare - Credit: Clare Castle Country Park

2) Family pond dipping in Clare

Visitors to Clare Castle Country Park will be able to get up close with nature and discover what is living in the park's pond. 

Families will be provided with equipment to explore the water and see what lives out and about in the water. 

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Free time slots for the event need to be booked online. 

Framlingham Castle

Framlingham Castle has a sword school on offer for families this half term - Credit: Gregg Brown

3) Kids Rule at Framlingham Castle

Little knights will be ruling the roost in Framlingham this half term. 

Storytellers will be on hand to help families learn more while a sword school will be held for youngsters.  

Advance booking is required for the castle, even for English Heritage members. 

4) Den building in Knettishall 

The Suffolk Wildlife Trust have a number of "wild families" activity sessions taking place on the Knettishall Heath Nature Reserve across the holidays.

On Wednesday, June 2 they will be hosting a den building event where participants will learn how to survive in the wild.  

Booking is needed ahead of this event. 

Rendlesham Forest UFO trail

The UFO trail is one of the walks on offer in Rendlesham - Credit: Archant

5) Head out to the forest 

With better weather on the way what better way is there to spend your time than with a wander or a cycle through Suffolk's forests.

Many of Suffolk's forest offer a variety of tails including the UFO trail at Rendlesham. 

No need to book and a great way to get away from the crowds. 

6) Graffiti Bag workshop

A workshop in Bury will be giving youngsters aged three to five the chance to get messy and create their own tote or drawstring bag. 

The Crafty Foxes will be helping youngsters to create a truly unique item. 

Booking in advance is essential as are old clothes you don't mind getting messy!

7) Swing from the trees

Heading just over the border into Norfolk Go Ape still have spaces for their treetop challenges.

There's courses available for different age groups but places could easily sell out. 

Advanced booking is required. 

People enjoying the beach at Aldeburgh on the hottest day of the year so far. Picture: Neil Didsbury

People enjoying the beach at Aldeburgh on the hottest day of the year so far. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

8) Head to the coast 

It might seem obvious but just having a bit of time and space out at the coast can be just what the kids ordered.

From building sandcastles to rock pool exploring and walks along the sea front, Suffolk has much to offer in terms of coast.  

A brilliant art exhibition is showing at Moyse Hall Museum iin Bury, including the works of Banksy a

Rainbow artwork by Damien Hirst - Credit: Charlotte Bond

9) A little bit of culture

For those with older children a visit to the

Banksy and Damian Hirst feature in new Suffolk art exhibition

CB MAY 2021 - Moyses Hall Bury Banksy exhibition (2)

An "international level" modern art exhibition including seven originals by Banksy is opening in Suffolk on Sunday, May 23.

Moments, which features more than 100 works by 23 of the world's best-known contemporary artists, would not be out of place in art capitals like London and New York, but happens to be in Bury St Edmunds, at Moyse's Hall Museum.

Organised in association with Brandler Galleries, featured artists in addition to Banksy include Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Kaws, Pure Evil, Connor Brothers, Blek le Rat, My Dog Sighs and Rachel List with both original artworks and prints.

A brilliant art exhibition is showing at Moyse Hall Museum iin Bury, including the works of Banksy a

Rainbow artwork by Damien Hirst - Credit: Charlotte Bond

While it is undoubtedly a disappointment that Banksy's Heart Boy has not made it to the show due to difficulties in displaying the heavy piece, amongst the highlights will be his Hula-Hooping Girl, which originally appeared on the side of a building in residential Nottingham.

The exhibition describes the mysterious Banksy, whose real identity is the subject of speculation, as "perhaps the most notorious artist of the last half a century".

Heritage officer Dan Clarke, who has been heavily involved in organising Moments, said Banksy's works could be "whimsical" - escapism in forlorn surroundings - but also anti-war, such as the famous piece Heavy Weaponry, which is included in the show.

A brilliant art exhibition is showing at Moyse Hall Museum iin Bury, including the works of Banksy a

One of the Banksy's, Heavy Weaponry, in the show - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Speaking of Moments, art dealer John Brandler, of Brandler Galleries, said: "I'm absolutely delighted with it. It's as good as any show I have seen anywhere - an international show that happens to be in Bury.

"Everything is perfect. They really have punched above their weight with this show."

Essex-based Mr Brandler, who owns most of the pieces in the exhibition, said he had tried to bring a street art exhibition to Wales after purchasing a Banksy piece there called Season's Greetings - but he claimed the Welsh didn't want the show.

With the idea for the exhibition bubbling away in his head, he said he was put in touch with West Suffolk Council and they said "let's do it at Moyse's Hall".

Dan Clarke Heritage officer. A brilliant art exhibition is showing at Moyse Hall Museum iin Bury, in

Dan Clarke, heritage officer for West Suffolk Council. He is standing in the Moments exhibition space at Moyse's Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Charlotte Bond

It will be the most valuable exhibition the museum has ever staged, with a combined worth of millions of pounds.

Other pieces across the five display spaces include His Masterless Voice by French artist Blek le Rat - a precursor to Banksy - who Mr Clarke said used stencils as a speedy way to produce street art and not be caught by the police.

A brilliant art exhibition is showing at Moyse Hall Museum iin Bury, including the works of Banksy a

Work by street artist Blek le Rat - Credit: Charlotte Bond

And the concept of street artists "creating a moment" in a short period of time is where the title for the show came from, Mr Clarke added.

Pieces by renowned West Yorkshire artist Rachel List are also in the exhibition, including her original NHS Angel painting for which she gained prominence during the first coronavirus lockdown.

NHS Angel by Rachel List

Rachel List's 'NHS Angel' which will be part of the Moments exhibition at Moyse's Hall in Bury St Edmunds which opens on May 2 - Credit: John Brandler

Lucky ticketholders will be able to watch her in action as she creates a new piece at a sold-out event on Saturday, May 22. This new work will then feature as part of the exhibition and be kept on permanent display at Moyse's Hall.

Speaking of the exhibition taking place in the town, she said: "Street art is for the public. It's for the people to enjoy. It's about accessibility. I think that makes it more important to bring the work to small towns."

Mr Brandler, who is fond of Bury St Edmunds, added: "Why should good art only be shown in London, Manchester, Liverpool?" 

The inclusion of pieces by less well-known artists like Swoon will introduce their work to people and be a "real treat," Mr Clarke said.

Dan Clarke Heritage officer. A brilliant art exhibition is showing at Moyse Hall Museum iin Bury, in

Heritage officer Dan Clarke says Moments is of "national significance" - Credit: Charlotte Bond

Speaking of the importance of the exhibition, Mr Clarke said: "I genuinely think this is of national significance. It's a collection that could have gone anywhere because of the names involved, but also because of the pieces involved."

Moments will be supplemented by a range of workshops and pop-up activities, as well as the live art demonstrations and private view evenings when artists will be talking to guests about their work. There will also be an art trail around the town using pizza boxes.

Mr Brandler said: "It's not just about the museum, but the whole town and that's why I wanted pieces on this around the town.

"I don't want people to just come to the museum, have a look and go home."

Heart Boy by Banksy. Works by contemporary artists like Banksy Tracy Emin and The Connor Brothers fe

Heart Boy by Banksy. Works by contemporary artists like Banksy, Tracy Emin and The Connor Brothers feature in the Moments exhibition coming to Bury St Edmunds in May - Credit: John Brandler

Mr Clarke hopes Banksy's Heart Boy will come to Bury St Edmunds in the future, perhaps as the centrepiece of an art trail in a couple of years time. 

Jo Rayner, cabinet member for leisure, culture and community hubs at West Suffolk Council, said: “The Moments exhibition is a hugely culturally-significant event, which will attract significant cultural tourism to the town and provide a welcome and much-needed boost for local businesses, such as accommodation providers, bars, restaurants, cafés, retail and other arts and cultural organisations.”

The exhibition runs until September 30. Timed viewing slots of one hour must be pre-booked either online, in person at the Apex or by calling the Apex box office on 01284 758000.

 could be a good choice.

With pieces by world renowned artists like Damien Hurst and Banksy there's plenty on offer to see. 

Viewing slots must be booked in advance. 

10) Little City for big fun

The children's role playing centre has re-opened its events for youngsters. 

All the events are held as pop ups in venues across Suffolk and spaces book up quickly. 

Booking must be made in advance. 

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