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Fun Places to Stay for Families

Treat your family to an unforgettable holiday in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond!

With its wide open spaces, beautiful landscapes and fantastic choice of things to do, Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area is a great destination for a family holiday. If you’re thinking about packing the kids into the car and heading east here are a few ideas for fun and interesting places to stay in this beautiful and historic area. 

West Stow Pods

Listed by The Guardian as one of the best glamping sites in the UK and set within a woodland copse just outside Bury St Edmunds, West Stow Glamping Pods are a popular choice with families. The Mega Pods sleep 4 and come with a double bed, double sofa bed wet-room with shower, kitchenette and  TV with DVD player. You will need to take your own bedding and towels (as if you were camping) but the pods are heated and so you can enjoy a night under the stars whatever the season!

Alternatively, book the Woodland Lodge which features a double bed and bunk beds, en-suite shower room, kitchenette and dining table and chairs or why not try one of the new Pod Hollows, a glamping pod set within the ground, think a Hobbit hole in The Shire! 

To book visit https://www.weststow.org/

Box Bush Cottage

Sleeping 4, Box Bush Cottage is the perfect place to call your own during a holiday in Bury St Edmunds. The whole family can enjoy the facilities which include a covered heated pool, gym with sauna and steam room and garden, which is home to pygmy goats and chickens!

The garden also features picnic benches and a hammock, patio and in warmer months, a teepee - a great outdoor space for family BBQs and breakfast on the terrace.

To book visit https://www.boxbushcottage.co.uk/en-GB

The Angel Hotel

The Angel is the perfect location to being to explore not only the town but also the wider area in Suffolk.  With a variety of bedrooms, the hotel is able to offer larger rooms with sofa beds or extra beds without feeling you’re all squeezed into a small space.  The children’s menu also caters for all tastes from offering sausages or pasta, even an afternoon tea tailored to your little ones!

To book visit https://www.theangel.co.uk/

Kentwell Hall

Families of 4 can enjoy a stay at Kentwell Hall's Lodge Cottage this summer. Once the gatehouse of Kentwell Hall, the cottage is packed with character features. There's a farmhouse kitchen; perfect for cooking a hearty breakfast and two cosy bedrooms. If you want to bring the extended family too, then Hall Barn sleeps 14. With oak beams, an inglenook fire with woodburner and comfy sofas the whole family can snuggle up to play board games after a day exploring the surrounding Suffolk countryside. 

To book visit https://www.kentwell.co.uk/

The Ickworth Hotel

Excellent facilities inspire quality family time both indoors and out at The Ickworth Hotel. Make a splash with the children in the pool, explore the estate on foot and by bike, and enjoy leisurely family meals. Then turn the children over to their expert crèche staff and babysitters, switch on the baby-listening system, or leave older children to make friends in the games room, while you sip champagne in the gardens or chill out with a treatment.

Despite the grandeur of Ickworth, they welcome the sound of little feet – and paws too – and expect you to treat their hotel like your own country home.

To book visit https://www.ickworthhotel.co.uk/

Rede Hall Farm Park

Enjoy a stay on a a working farm at Rede Hall Farm Park and see the magnificent Suffolk Punch horses at work. There are two red brick and flint traditional holiday cottages to choose from; Jenny Wren Cottage and Nuthatch Cottage - both cottages have access to a shared hot tub and a children's play house and swing.

The cottages are surrounded by farm walks so there's ample space for children to explore and discover the Suffolk countryside. 

To book visit http://redehallfarmpark.co.uk/

Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Boasting a beautiful selection of holiday cottages in the countryside and villages surrounding Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Cottage Holidays have over 200 properties in Suffolk to choose from; character cottages in the heart of Lavenham, farmhouses ideal for holidays with extended family and stylish apartments in the heart of Bury St Edmunds ideal for exploring all the town has to offer. 

To book visit https://www.suffolkcottageholidays.com/

Wigwam Holidays at Maglia Rosso

Perfect for families who love the great outdoors, Wigwam Holidays at Maglia Rosso boasts a glamping site with 6 cabins, a Cycle Centre and Country Café, in the village of Hawstead, just four miles South of Bury St Edmunds.

The 6 glamping cabins are situated in the 5 acre meadow, each have their own en suite shower room, kitchenette and a double bed and double sofa bed. Maglia Rosso has a purpose built cyclo cross country circuit for testing and training, plus a highly rated café with patio area and children's playground.

Visit https://www.wigwamholidays.com/maglia-rosso to book.

Best of Suffolk

Best of Suffolk offers guests well-appointed holiday homes in some of Suffolk’s most picturesque locations, and what’s more, pets go free! 

They have a great selection of holiday properties located within Bury St Edmunds, perfect for a weekend retreat or a longer holiday. Self catering cottages offer the perfect base from which to explore the town and surrounding areas. 

To book visit https://www.bestofsuffolk.co.uk/

Kettles Farm Glamping

Kettles Farm Glamping pods sit in a tranquil location surrounded by grass and farmland overlooking a fishing lake on the outskirts of the Suffolk village of Rattlesden - perfect for families looking to get away from it all this summer. The site is a great base for walking, cycling, fishing and visiting Bury St Edmunds and the wool towns of Lavenham, Long Melford and Clare. 

Each pod is fully equipped and insulated and the 3 larger pods also have their own toilet and wash basin (there's a spacious toilet and shower block on site too).

To book visit https://www.kettlesfarmglampin... 

Things to Do

If you decide to stay in Bury St Edmunds itself, you’ll have a wealth of family-friendly activities on your doorstep. Younger children will enjoy spotting wildlife and playing in the park in the Abbey Gardens and if your children are interested in arts, culture and horrible histories, you could pay a visit to Moyse’s Hall Museum or follow the MonsterHero Safari Trail though the town. And if the weather isn't too good, you can watch a family classic at Abbeygate Cinema or book a laser session at Planet Laser - there's plenty of fun on offer for all ages including mini bowling, arcade games, Teddy Mountain bear building workshop and a  6,000-square-foot arena for laser tag.

If there’s one thing that pretty much all kids love, it’s Harry Potter. And in fact, some of the scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I were filmed in Lavenham. The village’s Tudor houses, half-timbered cottages and 15th-century church were the inspiration for Harry's birthplace, Godric's Hollow and so made the perfect backdrop for the boy wizard’s adventures and still make a great location for a bit of exploration and discovery today. 

Whatever the weather, Suffolk is a great place to explore as a family. Get out and have some fun as a family with a trip to Clare Castle Country Park and explore the remains of its 13th-century castle, which is set at the top of a 70ft-moat overlooking the town. Or take part in a range of activities including archery, pottery, spinning and flint axe polishing at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village and follow the Beowulf and Grendell Adventure Trail at West Stow Country Park; a wonderful interpretive trail at West Stow Country Park has been inspired by the ancient saga of Beowulf and Grendel and takes you on a journey through parts of the unique Breckland landscape including, heathland - where you will meet the sleeping dragon - woodlands and lake settings. 

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