Summer holiday days out 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.

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

50 things to do in the East of England 

This summer fill your days with challenges and adventures and become the explorer you were meant to be. To help you on your way, here’s our top places to tick off some of our 50 things to do before you’re 11¾.

Cambridgeshire
Children can get closer to nature at Wicken Fen

Summer fun in 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.

Norfolk
A boy dressing up in a ladies hat

Summer fun in 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.

Suffolk
A family pond dipping

Summer fun in 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.

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

Summer fun in Bedfordshire 

Dunstable Downs is the highest point in Bedfordshire and therefore the ideal spot to fly a kite or go cloud watching. Bring a picnic to share with friends, then head off on an adventure to Chute Wood where you'll be able to complete more activities on our 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ list.

Raleigh Ritchie and a gang of young adventurers

Summer fun in Essex 

At Hatfield Forest we have plenty of open space for playing and exploring. This summer, join us on one of our nature walks for children as we search the forest for wildlife, or visit after dark on a family bat walk.

Family with two children walking at Ashridge, Herts

Summer fun in Hertfordshire 

Why not become an Ashridge Adventurer this summer? On Tuesday and Thursdays from 30 July and throughout August, choose from a morning or afternoon of led activities and crafts to learn more about the many animals and plants that call Ashridge home.