Summer adventures in Suffolk

Do you remember climbing your first tree, building your most extravagant den, or creating the longest daisy chain you could when you were a child? Such simple pleasures are among the activities you can get stuck into with your family at our places in Suffolk this summer.

A family pond dipping

Dunwich Heath 

What beasties will you find in our bug hunting area? Will you be brave enough to lift the basement hatch and see what lurks beneath? Whether you want to explore yourselves or join one of our ranger led drop in activities, the choice is yours.

Young visitor at Colby Woodland Garden, Amroth, Pembrokeshire


Why not bring the family and pick up one of our family activity packs? They'll help you to explore Flatford together and enjoy some of the 50 things before you’re 11 and ¾ activities, such as hunting for bugs and wild animals. We’ll also be running several Nature Days during the summer, which will include pond dipping, bug hunting, animal tracking and country crafts.

Children sitting on the steps of the Orangery, amongst plants.


There’s so much going on at Ickworth during the school holidays, your family certainly won’t be bored! From crafts in the Gallery (a great option for rainy days) to our explorer backpacks, why not stop off at our 50 things hub for more inspiration? Enjoy a game of croquet in the garden, head to the adventure playground, or time travel back to 1935 inside the Rotunda.

Visitors at the Lavenham Guildhall, Suffolk

Lavenham Guildhall 

At Lavenham you can dress up like a child in the 18th century workhouse and sniff some of the dreadful cures that Widow Snell, the workhouse keeper would have made! With our free family trail, you can also seek out some more fascinating answers about this rather wonky building.

Baby and child playing with croquet equipment

Melford Hall 

Get carried away by the magical adventures of Peter Rabbit and his friends as written by Beatrix Potter and narrated by one of our story tellers. Alternatively join us for some naval fun or a spot of outdoor theatre. Our children’s story bags and garden games can be enjoyed whatever day you visit.

Sutton Hoo Boy and Helmet

Sutton Hoo 

Is your little one an Anglo-Saxon warrior in the making? Enjoy a day out with the family at Sutton Hoo this summer and try your hand at sand tray archaeology. We’ve got trails to follow and of course the Hnefatafl Championships, where you can learn to play (and pronounce) this Medieval board game.