Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Holidays in Suffolk – Keep the kids amused this summer with a holiday in Suffolk UK
The fun doesn’t end there either. Off site and within a short distance of Windmill Lodges there is a great selection of exciting things to do. Listed below are just a few of them.
Ten places to take the kids while you are staying at Windmill Lodges in Suffolk
Easton Farm Park - Woodbridge
There is always loads to do down on the farm and this year is no exceptional. You can ride on some of the ponies and visit the petting zoo to see, stroke and maybe even help to feed the goats, sheep, pigs and piglets, calves, donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs. You can also meet Star, one of the big Suffolk Punch carthorses, go on barrel train rides, pony and cart rides and have fun in one of their two heated indoor play barns.
Easton Farm Park is open daily from 10:30am - 6pm during the holidays.
Sutton Hoo – Woodbridge
Sutton Hoo is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made. You can walk around the ancient burial mounds and learn about the incredible story of a buried ship, which was captained by an Anglo-Saxon King. He was buried here, together with his ship and all of his treasures. There is a full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber, some fabulous replica treasures and some original finds, including a sword that would have belonged to a Prince. You can take a look inside a large Edwardian house and enjoy the wonderful seasonal colours as you walk around the huge estate.
In peak season Sutton Hoo is open daily from 10:30 – 17.00, during the winter months these hours are slightly reduced.
Orford Castle – Woodbridge
This 12th Century castle is remarkably intact allowing you to explore everywhere from its basement, right through its lower and upper halls to its roof, from where you can get a great view of Orford Ness and the surrounding countryside. You can also follow the maze of passages, which lead to its chapel, kitchens and other chambers up in the turrets. The castle has really been brought back to life and although it is quite small, especially compared to Framlingham Castle, it is full of atmosphere and the audio tour will take you right back to the olden days.
Orford Castle’s opening times vary throughout the year but until the end of August, they are open from 10.00 till 18.00.
Jimmys Farm – Wherstead
Jimmy's Farm has been made famous by its TV series and makes for an exciting day out for all the family. It is a working farm, breeding rare pigs but they’ve also got cows, sheep, chickens and much more. There’s a nature trail, a farm shop, a café and playground and they even have their own on site butchers shop. Farmers markets are held here on the 1st Saturday of every month and are growing in popularity all the time, as are their comedy nights, festivals and tractor driving courses.
Jimmy’s Farm is open 7 days a week
Jimmy’s Farm restaurant is open;
Sun to Thurs 08.30 – 17.00
Fri & Sat 08.30 – 16.00 and 18.00 – 23.00
The Pier Beach and Deans Beach - Southwold
These two fabulous sand and shingle beaches are great for swimming, snorkelling, canoeing and body boarding. They both have lifeguard cover in the summer and have regularly been awarded Blue Flag status. They are seaside beaches as English seaside beaches once were and still should be. Lined with colourful beach huts, on a typical summer’s day you’ll find families with buckets and spades building sandcastles and making numerous trips to and from the ice cream van.
Close to the beaches you’ll find restaurants, cafés and sweet shops as well as art galleries and souvenir shops but it’s not all about the tourist or day-tripper. Southwold has its own residential community, many of whom have lived there for many years and as a result, it’s high street boasts a butchers, a bakers, a supermarket and various specialist shops including the Adnams brewery shop selling beers wines and spirits form around the world.
Minsmere – Saxmundham
Minsmere Suffolk is the RSPB’s flagship reserve and a home to the endangered bittern. It is famed for the return of the avocet and offers families and keen birdwatchers a great day out. The mapped out nature trails will take you through a variety of habitats, arriving at excellent bird watching hides and there is a wealth of information on hand for the keen ornithologist, courtesy of the RSPB. Throughout the region, the RSPB have been active, transforming carrot fields into wetlands to attract birds like the bearded tit and crane and maintaining fields and heathlands for stone-curlews. Thanks to the work of the RSPB in this area, clearings in Thetford Forest are now homes to woodlarks and nightjars, as are the coastal forests and Sandlings.
Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre and Beach – Saxmundham
Dunwich Heath coastal centre and beach offers guided walks, family nature trails, tracker packs, smugglers' and history trails, tea-room events, sea-watching, wildlife identification charts and telescopes. There’s a children's play area next to the tea-room if you want to keep your little ones close by, otherwise there’s loads to keep them occupied and the real beauty of it is, they’ll be having so much fun, they won’t even realise they are learning.
Post Mill - Saxtead Green
Saxtead Green Post Mill is one of many corn mills, built in Suffolk from the late 13th century. Its whole body revolves on its base meaning that once upon a time, it could catch the wind from whichever direction it blew and mill corn constantly. The milling process has long since stopped here but the mill itself is still in great condition and in good working order. There are a number of different floors, each housing some very interesting bits of milling machinery and the accompanying audio tour gives you all the information you need about milling and what the machines were used for.
Framlingham Castle – Framlingham
Framlingham Castle is another 12th century castle, like the one at Orford, except this one is much larger and more of a fortress than castle. There is a very exciting audio tour and interactive exhibits, there are themed trails, a castle wall walk, and some spectacular views but the most thrilling thing about this fortress is you can actually imagine a real battle happening here. The walls that are still standing today, are huge and very thick and it has a moat and battlements and it used to have a drawbridge. There’s loads of information inside the castle itself and there’s plenty of stuff going on that both the kids and the adults will enjoy.
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