Action and Adventure

Boating at Thorpeness Meare

The picturesque Meare at Thorpeness is a fun and safe activity for families with waters never over three feet deep. Enjoy a multitude of boats from canoes and kayaks to rowing boats and punts, and set on a little adventure around the surrounding islands spread across forty acres of water.

Virgin Hot Air Balloons

Appreciate the beauty of Eastern England from high up in the sky as you travel across Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and the Suffolk coast. Not one for those with a fear of heights, perfect for those who love a challenge!

Horse Riding Hacks

Enjoy the thrill of an escorted hack on a quality horse through Tunstall Forest along stunning woodland tracks. Call 01728 688080 or email for more information.

Canoeing on Alde Estuary

A great family adventure on the water. Explore the hidden creeks and flood waters on the upper reaches of the Alde Estuary, in-between Snape and Aldeburgh, by hiring a canoe or kayak from the friendly team at Iken Canoe Hire. For children seven years or older.

Coastal Voyager

If it's adrenaline, fun and excitement you are looking for then Coastal Voyager is one for you! Hop on a boat trip from Southwold in a high-speed 30 min boat trip around Solebay. The Coastal Voyager is a 9M Rigid Inflatable Boat with a deep V hull equipped with 12 wrap around seats & seat belts.

History and Heritage

Framlingham Castle

This magnificent 12th century fortress has a long and exciting history which makes for a captivating day out in Suffolk. Children can enjoy a host of interactive features and games, which bring the great history of the castle to life. Audio tours are also available and be sure to take advantage of the fantastic views when on the famous Wall Walk.

Sutton Hoo

This world famous Anglo-Saxon burial site is a must-do when visiting Suffolk. Located in Woodbridge, a short distance from the coast and around 14 miles from Aldeburgh, the popular visitor centre welcomes families year round with exhibitions showcasing priceless treasures and artefacts.

Nature and Trails

Minsmere Nature Reserve

Enjoy guided wildlife walks and tours through the stunning countryside at RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve. Family activities are available throughout the year along with hot and cold meals at the visitor centre and cafe. Children will especially enjoy the Wild Zone and Wild Wood Adventure!

Rendlesham Forest

The main recreational area for the Sandling Forests, Rendlesham offers a fun and exciting experience in the woods. With three circular walks, a special UFO trail and various cycle routes, you certainly won’t be short of ideas. Keep an eye out for the giant sculptures!

Suffolk Treasure Trails

Travel writer David Senior has created 12 Treasure Trails based around Suffolk, with trails on the coast in Aldeburgh, Lowestoft and Southwold. Varying in distance but usually around a couple of miles, the trails include Murder Mysteries, Spy Mission and of course, Treasure Hunts.

The Brecks

Explore The Brecks, 329 square miles of forests, heathland and agricultural land, a year-round destination for all the family. Relax in the countryside, see wild animals, explore a historic property or choose to cycle or horse ride on the many trails, also perfect for exploring on foot or bike!

Visitor Attractions and Parks

Jimmy’s Farm

Pay a visit to Jimmy’s Farm, home of The Essex Pig Company and meet working and rare breed pigs as well as cows, sheep, chickens and more! The Farm also has a nature trail with activities for children, a butchery and shop, café, playground, and a farmers market on the 1st Saturday of every month.

Africa Alive

Based in Kessingland, Africa Alive is one of the UK’s largest wildlife attractions where visitors can get up close to rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, lions and hundreds of other African animals and birds. A fantastic day out for the whole family who can enjoy a safari experience with guided tours and a fun-packed Discovery Centre.

We kindly ask that only children over the age of 8 visit The Crown and Castle, this applies to both the restaurant and the hotel. Guests wishing to bring children are advised to call us to create your reservation.

Pleasurewood Hills

Located in 59 acres of stunning woodland near Lowestoft, Suffolk, Pleasurewood Hills is a renowned family focussed theme park. It’s home to adrenaline pumping rides as well as lighter alternatives, with world-class Sea Lion and Parrot Shows in the mix as well. Make sure you check out Wipeout!

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