When you are spending weekend breaks in Suffolk, there are many animal attractions in the area which will provide a great family day out, ranging from zoos to farm parks. Close encounters with giraffes, goats or guinea pigs are bound to prove a big hit with the younger members of the family in particular. Both parents and children will come away with memories to cherish when it's time to go home again.
Windmill Lodges is a great place to stay with all the family for short breaks in log cabins because of its relaxed atmosphere and excellent facilities. These include your own private hot tub, as well as a catch-and-release fishing lake and a covered heated swimming pool for use during the summer. The site is in beautiful rural Suffolk, at Saxtead, with many different visitor attractions within easy reach.
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Here are details of some of the best animal-themed parks to go to during your lodge holidays in Suffolk. Please do check with the venues on opening times before visiting, as these vary according to the time of year and can often change.
Easton Farm Park: This popular family attraction is less than seven miles from Windmill Lodges' site, so it is an ideal place to visit during your weekend breaks in Suffolk. Youngsters can enjoy all kinds of hands-on activities here, ranging from hugging a bunny to handling chicks and collecting eggs. There is also lots of themed seasonal fun every year, from Easter through to Hallowe'en. The animals to be seen here include pigs, sheep, cows and Suffolk Punch horses, with many new arrivals through the year.
Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm: There are all kinds of animals to see at this farm park, just half an hour's drive from Windmill Lodges. Among the most unusual breeds are the Kune Kune pigs from New Zealand, as well as Pygmy Goats, Norfolk Horn and Greyface Dartmoor Sheep and many more rare creatures. Attractions include a shop, café and picnic area.
Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley: Suffolk Punch horses are the county's most famous animals. These magnificent creatures played a vital role in agriculture through the centuries, pulling ploughs and other vehicles. The trust, which is 20 miles from our site, not only has a collection of Punches to visit, including foals, but also holds demonstrations where you can see the horses in harness. Other animals here include rare pigs, chickens, cows and sheep.
Oasis Camels Park, Halesworth: About half an hour's drive from our site, this unique attraction is the only animal park in the whole country to focus on camels. As well as the camels themselves, visitors can also see llamas, alpacas and many other animals, including donkeys, goats, and smaller pets to handle. It is even possible to ride a camel, given the right weather conditions, although you do need to pay extra for this.
Jimmy's Farm: Around 20 miles from Windmill Lodges, Jimmy's Farm is run by TV farmer Jimmy Doherty. The farm has a nature trail and petting zoo, where young visitors can feed and pet guinea pigs and other creatures, plus a tropical butterfly house. Animals to see include ponies and donkeys.
Banham Zoo: More than 2,000 different creatures can be seen at this zoo, which is around 26 miles from Saxtead, and makes a great day out for families enjoying weekend breaks in Suffolk. The zoo animals range from marmosets and tamarins to snow leopards, giraffes, seals and zebras, plus many more. There is a whole timetable of daily activities, such as birds of prey displays and close-up encounters with lemurs. Another highlight is the amazing animals display, which features meerkats among its stars. All sorts of special events are organised over the year, and there are play facilities for children, as well as the chance to ride a road train.
Africa Alive: About 25 miles from our site, this safari-themed zoo park at Kessingland, which is run together with Banham, puts the emphasis on African animals. Lions, cheetahs, white rhinos and smaller animals such as African crested porcupines are among the host of animals to be seen. The collection of birds includes Egyptian vultures, cranes and flamingoes. There are many different displays and activities, including an indoor adventure play area for under-12s.
About Windmill Lodges
When you are looking for somewhere to spend weekend breaks, Suffolk-based Windmill Lodges is a great choice. We have seven luxury log cabins, each offering four or five-star accommodation, and catering for families as well as couples seeking romantic short breaks. Get in touch now for more information.
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