Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Firework Nights Out in Suffolk

Windmill Lodges puts the spotlight on five spectacular firework shows to visit this year with your family and friends. These are all within 45 minutes of our beautiful self-catering log cabins, and are suitable for young children, so the whole family can get involved. If you are interested in staying with us next year over this period, these are a few ideas of what you can expect to see in the surrounding area, as all the events tend to be run annually.

Heveningham Hall

This year Heveningham Hall is hosting a huge show for all ages to enjoy, featuring fireworks, a funfair, live music and even spark fire dancers. This is a 1920s themed fire show with acrobatics, fire stunts and gangsters. Based on the famous Cirque Du Soleil, it is guaranteed to be breath-taking. Heveningham is only a 30 minute drive away from our wooden cabins, so it is easily accessed. This event, on Saturday 7th November, starts at 5.30pm, and there will be a variety of food and drink to choose from, including a hog roast, fish and chips, candy floss, and, for the adults, there will be mulled wine to get you into the winter spirit.


Pageant field, Framlingham, will be lit up on Saturday 7th November during their incredible fireworks display, featuring special effects, sparklers and an enormous bonfire. Entry costs £6 for adults and £4 for children on the night, and is just a nine minute drive from our self-catering log cabins. This is ideal for families with young children, as you will easily be able to get them to bed afterwards without the need for a long journey home. You might even be able to see these fireworks from our wooden lodges, making for a magical evening whilst you enjoy a soak in our family hot tubs.

Christchurch Park

Slightly earlier than some of the other events, Christchurch Park hosts a huge Halloween themed night on Saturday 31st October. Here, your children can transform themselves into terrifying creatures to take part in the biggest fancy dress party the park has ever thrown. There will also be a funfair here, with lots of food and a licenced bar for the adults. This night will be made extra spooky by the zombie procession, which will travel through the park. The park opens at 6pm, and closes at 10pm, and is just a 30 minute drive from our lodges. Leave yourself plenty of time to get here. Parking gets very busy due to it being a hugely popular occasion.

Stonham Barns

On Friday 30th October, Stonham Barns will let off fireworks to music, during which your children can take part in many Halloween themed games, such as a fancy dress and pumpkin carving competition. The best pumpkin and costume will win a prize, so make sure you’re creative. This is just a 15 minute drive from our log cabins, and starts at 4pm.


Enjoy a stunning view of the sea while the sky is lit up above you during the annual Felixstowe Firework Show on Sunday 1st November. This year the football club has teamed up with the carnival team to bring you a dazzling 20 minute show, all fired to music. Here you can enjoy an array of delights including a funfair, food and sideshows. The gates open at 4.30pm, and the fireworks begin at 6.30pm, and due to Felixstowe being just a 30 minute drive away from our gorgeous self-catering log cabins, you’ll be home in time to put any young children to bed.

To visit us during this fun filled season, go to Windmill Lodges  to check our availability.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Enjoy a Spooky Break at Windmill Lodges

If you are staying in our self-catering log cabins over the October half term period, you can look forward to visiting many ghostly Halloween themed places. We’ve listed a variety of events across Suffolk, from terrifying mazes for teens and adults, to tea parties for your little ones. If you missed a Halloween stay in our cabins this year, however, there’s plenty of time to book one of our lodges and enjoy the fun next year!

Pleasurewood Hills

For thrill seekers of all ages, this amusement park offers a brilliant day out, with rides of all sizes to suit all members of the family. Pleasurewood Hills is about an hour’s drive from your countryside lodge, but it is well worth the journey for families with younger children. If you’re staying in our lodges around this time, they have a haunted house and host many scary events throughout the last week of October.

Suffolk Food Hall 

Suffolk Food Hall has beautiful, unobstructed views of the River Orwell and is the perfect place to go for a peaceful lunch or dinner. But from the 28th October until the 31st October, it will be transformed into a spooky dining room where your children can expect to be fed foods such as blood jelly and worm burgers, while indulging in a spectacular tea party. Throughout the evening your children can carve pumpkins, play spooky games and take part in a fancy dress evening for only £11.50 each. This is suitable for children from the ages of 3 to 10, and all must be accompanied by an adult.

Jimmy’s Farm

Jimmy’s Farm has activities for the whole family to enjoy, including a witches and wizards treasure hunt which takes place every day throughout the last week of October. One of Jimmy’s Farm’s most memorable Halloween events is their “Fast and the Furriest” race, which is well worth seeing. This famous farm is just 40 minutes away from our stunning self-catering log cabins, and is guaranteed to be a fun-filled day out for the family.

Kentwell Hall

Scaresville at Kentwell Hall is one of the most chilling events around. Although it’s a fairly long journey from our log cabins, for those of you who enjoy being startled it is a perfect way to spend your Halloween while staying with us. At Scaresville you will spend a full hour inside the haunted village which you walk through, with no breaks in between. This is not suitable for under 14s, however Kentwell Hall also host an event called Halloweenies which runs throughout the day and is suitable for all young children. Here they can take part in activities and competitions, both indoors and outdoors.

Languard Fort 

A lovely day trip for you and your family could be to Languard Fort in Felixstowe. This is scenic and peaceful and is about a 45 minute drive from our self-catering log cabins. On 31st October the fort is transformed into a Little Fort of Horrors, where you and your children can explore the tunnels, watch the fire show and take part in a zombie shooting game, among many other exhilarating events on the day as well. This is suitable for children of all ages, and it costs £30 for a family ticket.

Alder Carr Farm 

This farm is just a 30 minute drive from our log cabins and is ideal for families with young children. Here you will be able to carve pumpkins, have your face painted (and transformed into something spooky), ride a pony and much more. For those of you who go in costume, there will prizes given out; so make sure you look as creepy as possible. Entry is £4 each, and this covers the price of all activities except for face painting and refreshments.

To book your spooky holiday away with us, visit Windmill Lodges