By Kingfisher Visitor Guides
Here is our guide to some of the must-see attractions in Suffolk to help you plan a fun-filled family day out. From magnificent farms to inspiring safaris, fascinating nature reserves to exciting theme parks, there's something for everyone.
Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, make your way to Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park. Psych yourself up to ride Wipeout, the region’s largest roller coaster which reaches speeds of 50mph, or get wet and wild on Timber Falls, a thrilling white-water ride. There are options for kids, too, like an old-fashioned carousel and fun go karts. Elsewhere, watch a sea lion show or witness parrots showcasing their talents.
Adults and kids alike will love Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park
For a fun day out in the fresh air, Jimmy’s Farm in Wherstead, near Ipswich, will certainly fit the bill. Owned by television personality and friend of Jamie Oliver, Jimmy Doherty, young and old alike will enjoy a day out here due to the varied mix of things to see and do. There are many animals to meet, from ponies and goats to ducks and pigs, with a charming butterfly house to explore.
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More exotic animals are the star attraction at Africa Alive! Situated in Kessingland, close to Lowestoft, this walking safari is set across 100 acres and is home to more than 80 different species including mammals, birds and reptiles. Its piece de resistance is Plains of Africa, home to five types of African savannah animals like giraffes and rhinos. Get a bird’s eye view of the park’s lions at Lookout Lodge or hop on board the Safari Roadtrain to see as much as possible. There are indoor and outdoor play areas, plus restaurants and a gift shop.
Enjoy a day out with the family at Africa Alive!
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Suffolk Punch Trust
If you are something of a hippophile, or lover of horses, you’ll love the Suffolk Punch Trust in Woodbridge. This is a working stud farm which breeds horses and breaks them in for work. Head to the stables to watch horse braiding demonstrations or make your way to the indoor school to find out how to put on a harness and how to handle a horse. There is a heritage barn on site, providing you with information about the history of the majestic Suffolk Punch breed.
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Alton Water in Stutton
If you want to get back to nature during your time in Suffolk, check out Alton Water in Stutton, near Ipswich. This striking 400-acre space boasts an eight-mile rambling route and a further eight miles of cross-country cycling track; there’s a cycle hire facility in case you don’t have your own. Meanwhile, you’re free to sail or go windsurfing on its eponymous, man-made reservoir which is the largest in Suffolk.
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Rendlesham Forest near Woodbridge is another fantastic place in which to explore the great outdoors. Amongst its attractions is the UFO trail, taking you past some of the forest areas connected with an apparent alien sighting in 1980. Take scenic cycle rides and let the kids get active on the imaginative wooden play areas.
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