Summer adventures in the East of England

Do you remember climbing your first tree, building your most extravagant sandcastle, 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 on a family day out at our places in the East of England this summer.

A young girl holding a kite at the 2014 Dunstable Kite Festival, on the Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire 

Dunstable Downs is an ideal spot to learn to fly a kite, make a grass trumpet or simply eat your favourite ice-cream. Then on the first Sunday of every month, why not join one of our ranger team, as they hold a 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activity. From building dens to walking barefoot, come and enjoy the great outdoors with your family this summer.

Group of girls down by the river at Houghton Mill

Cambridgeshire 

There are lots of places on the doorstep of Cambridge just waiting to be explored this summer. Bring the family for a wildlife adventure at Wicken Fen, meet the rare breeds at Wimpole Home Farm, climb to the top of the treehouse at Anglesey Abbey or get crafty at Houghton Mill.

Children climbing a tree in the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire.

Essex 

Where better to climb a tree than Hatfield Forest in Essex? During the school holidays we'll also be creating art inspired by the Forest, finding out what creatures lurk in the pond and putting your bushcraft skills to the test! Why not bring the kids, so they can burn off some energy!

A boy dressing up in a ladies hat

Norfolk 

Whether you live here, or are coming to Norfolk on holiday, we've got lots of great ideas for your next family day out. From crabbing at Blakeney, cycling at Blickling to den building at Oxburgh. You can even become a nature detective at Sheringham Park.

A family pond dipping

Suffolk 

Come and hunt for creepy crawlies at Dunwich Heath, travel back in time at Lavenham, get crafty at Ickworth, lose yourself in a world of stories at Melford Hall or follow in the footsteps of a warrior king at Sutton Hoo.