Fun-Filled Family Days Out

If you're looking for a day out that the whole family will enjoy, check out these fun-filled family things to do!

Steeped in history, home to award-winning attractions and surrounded by miles of countryside to explore, Bury St Edmunds & Beyond is the perfect place to head for a day out that the whole family can enjoy...

1. CurveMotion

There's so much to do at CurveMotion, with something to suit all ages and interests. The roller skating rink is popular amongst families, with weekend sessions including the Saturday night roller disco, and after school 'time-out' on weekdays. 

Curve Motion is also home to East Anglia's largest play-frame in their soft play area; with tunnels, obstacles, slides and a 6ft vertical drop slide for thrill seeking youngsters! Whilst there, you can also treat kids to lunch or dinner in the Curve Bistro. Serving a range of homemade meals and snacks smoothies, milkshakes and Paddy & Scotts coffee for the grown ups!

2. Planet Laser 

Planet Laser boasts one of the UK’s biggest multi level laser tag arenas featuring a 30 player Helios Pro Laser Gun System! You can spend a whole day here as there is so much to see and do for the whole family; with 4 mini bowling alleys, Teddy Mountain bear building workshop plus an amusement arcade featuring 2p pushers, prize machines, a selection of the latest games and a few old favourites, arcade racing, shooting games, air hockey and a pool table. 

You can enjoy lunch or dinner at Cafe Lunar, which serves a fantastic range of hot and cold food and drinks.

3. High Lodge Leisure at Thetford Forest

Outdoor adventurers will love spending a day exploring Thetford Forest. There are a range of walking and cycling trails, including Julia Donaldson's The Highway Rat trail; The trail is ideal for families with young children and 1 mile in length, with activity packs available to help you look for clues! 

Older children and adults can enjoy adrenaline-inducing activities including the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles and the Go Ape Forest Segway exploring the many terrains of the forest.

Alternatively, hop on your bike (or hire them) and set out on one of the family cycling trails, or for ore experiences riders, try one of the cross country and mountain biking routes through the forest. 

4. West Stow Country Park and Anglo Saxon Village

Spanning 125 acre, West Stow Country Park is home to heathlands, a river, a lake, nature trails and an adventure playground. The park is also one of one of England's great archaological sites; the Anglo-Saxon Village is a fascinating recreation where you can explore history and nature; dress up as an Anglo-Saxon, meet the rare breed pigs and chickens and watch films to discover Suffolk's intriguing story which spans the past 1000 years. 

For an extra-special and unique experience, visit during the annual RingQuest weekend and be transported to J.R.Tolkien's mythical lands, where you can meet a Hobbit or Gandalf himself! 

Why not turn your day out into a weekend away and book at stay at West Stow Pods; the glamping pods are ideal for families, and the new Pod Hollow; a halfling-inspired subterranean dwelling!

5. The Field of Dreams Farm

Children will love meeting a range of animals, large and small, including sheep, goats, geese, ducks, pigs and chickens at the Field of Dreams Farm. Learn what they like to eat and join in with regular feedings before finding a sunny spot for a picnic and stocking up on the farm's fresh fruit and vegetables in the Farm Shop.

6. Theatre Royal 

The oldest regency theatre in the country, the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds boasts a jam-packed programme of theatrical productions throughout the year. This summer and autumn, families are in for a treat with shows including Tiddler and other Terrific Tales, the Owl and the Pussycat, The Gruffalo's Child, Stickman, Tabby McCat and the annual pantomime Sleeping Beauty. 

7. Abbey Gardens

A great place for kids to let off some steam, the Abbey Gardens are the ideal spot for a picnic and ice cream on a sunny day. Take a step back in time and discover the town's fascinating past with a wander through the Abbey Ruins before heading to the children's play area. 

After lunch, have a game or two of crazy golf before heading to the wildlife feeding area to up close to some of Suffolk's native birds and animals. 

8. Lavenham

For Harry Potter fans, a visit to the medieval village of Lavenham is a must! For it is here that was J.K Rowling's inspiration for Harry Potter's birthplace Godric's Hollow. In fact, you can see some of the crooked houses and winding streets in Harry Potter ad the Deathly Hallows Part 1, when Harry and Hermione pay a visit to his parents home and resting places. After you've spent a couple of hours exploring, pay a visit to one of the cafes and tea rooms for lunch and an ice cream.

9. Nowton Park

With over 200 acres of landscaped gardens to explore, Nowton Park is the ideal place to take the family on a dry day. Children will love getting lost in the maze, shaped like a giant oak tree made up of 2,500 hornbeam trees that make up over two miles of hedging, maintained at a height of around two metres. The centre of the maze is marked by a fastigiate oak (with upright branches), so if you can't find your way out, it's a good place to meet!

There is also a large play area, plus two football pitches and a picnic area, alternatively, pay a visit to the Cafe which serves a range of delicious meals, snacks and ice creams. 

10. Moyse's Hall Museum

One for older children and teenagers, Moyse's Hall Museum www.offers a 'horrible histories' experience with collections relating to the Red Barn Murderer and insights into local superstitions and witchcraft. 

In October, the annual Science Fiction and Action Festival takes place at the Museum, with film and TV memorabilia on show including screen-used props, screen accurate replicas, original artwork and much more from the world of Sci-Fi & Action including Dr Who, Marvel, DC comics and others! Look out for a range of special guests too, including Judge Dredd, Storm Troopers and Darth Vader!

11. Bury St Edmunds Guildhall 

Bury St Edmunds Guildhall is the oldest surviving Civic building in the UK and features interactive displays and collections taking you on a journey through time and history. 

Visit The Court Room, the Banqueting Hall, the RAF’s WWII Royal Observer Corps Operations Centre Headquarters (the only surviving one in the country), the Tudor Kitchen, courtyards and fabulous open gardens. Through each room the Guildhall explores 700 years of local history and tells the story of the people who lived it. Live re-enactors will also appear on special occasions.

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