Summer holidays 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 enjoy with your children and grandchildren 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 by 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? Our packs and nature trail will 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 a Nature Day on Tuesday 21 August when you can join us as we explore the wild side of Flatford.

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 travel back in time inside the Rotunda.

Child in Lavenham Guildhall

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, as we watch the newly released film outdoors. Throughout the summer holidays you'll be able to enjoy our nature trail, pick up one of our story bags or challenge your family to garden games on the lawn.

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 hard at archaeology - you can even head off in search of modern treasure if you enjoy geocaching. Discover more about why this site is special on a Gruesome Graves tour and join in many more of the activities we have planned.

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

50 Things 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 11 ¾.