May half-term in Suffolk

We've got adventures for all the family this May half term, so head outdoors where the kids can get messy, muddy and back in touch with nature. Here are some of our favourite places to go for a wild family day out across Suffolk.

Family walking dogs

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

We're starting to open some gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland at reduced capacity, through advance bookings every week. Most places up to 8 June have now reached capacity. New tickets are released every Friday and we'll continue to add new places over the coming weeks. More than 200 coast and countryside car parks are now open. All houses remain closed for now and all places in Wales remain closed following Welsh Government advice. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.​

Child building a woodland den


Join us on a Nature Day on 26 May, or call into our Visitor Centre to pick up a family activity pack to help you make the most of exploring the area. We've got possibly the best bridge in Suffolk for playing pooh sticks, which is one of the 50 things to do before you're 11¾ or perhaps you'd like to give geocaching a go?

Child planting seeds in flower pot at Mottisfont, Hampshire


Celebrate spring with craft activities in Ickworth's West Wing Gallery from 23 - 31 May. Why not join our walled garden 'Plant It' workshops on 23 and 30 May? Learn how to grow herbs and find out where your food comes from.

Pond Dipping at Dunwich Heath

Dunwich Heath 

Get back in touch with nature and go in search of bugs and pond creatures at Dunwich Heath. Tick off as many of your 50 things activities as you can. What will you discover?

Boy dressing up in a Tudor costume at Lavenham Guildhall

Lavenham Guildhall 

Discover some of the intriguing stories from the characters connected with Lavenham Guildhall this half-term. There’s dressing up clothes to try on and a host of intriguing medicinal recipes to look out for, that were once used to treat the ailments of those living in the workhouse here.

Visitors on the roof of the 'bomb ballistics' building at Orford Ness, Suffolk

Orford Ness 

A top secret military testing site, Orford Ness is certainly a different experience when choosing your next family day out. Become a spy for the day with our children's spy trail, pick up your booklet before heading across to this secret 'island' by boat. Open Saturdays.

Replica drinking horn in Sutton Hoo High Hall

Sutton Hoo 

With its tales of medieval kings, mysterious mounds and buried treasure, Sutton Hoo is the perfect place to keep your family enthralled for hours. For young visitors who like things that make you go ‘eeuuuggh’, our Gruesome Graves tours are the perfect way to soak up some of Sutton Hoo’s horrible history.

Every family day out helps us care for special places for half-terms to come

Thanks to you, when you join, donate, visit or volunteer, your support helps us to look after special places for ever, for everyone.