Days out that cost less than £10

Check out these fantastic days out in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond that won't break the bank!

We've all been making the most of being able to get out and about this summer, but it can come at a cost! As the summer holidays come to a close and funds are running low, we've rounded up the best days out that you can enjoy for less than £10 per person!

West Stow Anglo Saxon Village & Country Park

One of England's great archaeological sites, West Stow Anglo Saxon Village is a great day out for all members of the family with a recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village surrounded by 125 acres of woods, heathlands, a river and a lake, plus nature trails, walks and an adventure playground.

West Stow also boasts a wonderful interpretive trail which has been inspired by the ancient saga of Beowulf and Grendel. The trail 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. There are six large themed carved sculptures that capture not only capture the story but fire your imagination about life in the region 1,500 years ago. 

Cost: Adults - £6, Concessions - £4, Children (5-16 years) - £3, Family (up to 5 family members, 2 adults) - £16.

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Abbey Gardens

Listed at number 5 in Visit England's most visited free attractions, the historic Abbey Gardens are the perfect place to enjoy a cost-free day out.

Home to the remains of the Abbey of St Edmund, which will be celebrating its 1000th anniversary throughout 2022, there's also outstanding floral displays, an aviary, family play area, garden café and riverside walk to enjoy. It's a great place to enjoy a picnic and an ice cream, discover the town's 1000 year history, let off steam and watch the world go by.

Cost: Free!

Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre

With an olympic size pool, family-friendly pirate pool and flumes, Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre is the ideal place to head when the weather is wet and windy (i.e. the Great British Summer!). The centre also boasts a gym, athletics track and sauna (for adults), plus a Paddy & Scott's Cafe serving hot drinks, snacks, sandwiches and cakes.

Cost: Swimming costs are Adults - £6.50, Junior (5-15 years) - £5.50, Under 5s - £2.20, Family Swim (1 adult & 3 children or 2 adults & 2 children) - £16.50

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Melford Hall 

A favourite holiday location of Beatrix Potter, Melford Hall has been the much loved family home of the Hyde Parkers, who were cousins of the famous author. The Hall shares the history of the Hyde Parkers life, with the original Jemima Puddle-duck toy that she gave to them on display, plus a number of naval items, reflecting the family's naval connections including a ship's bell which can be rung. There's also fine collections of porcelain and furniture, including a very special year-going clock. 

Outside, the garden is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic on a summer's afternoon and the mile long Park Walk, which boasts stunning views of the house, is the ideal way to discover some of Suffolk's idyllic countryside.

Cost: Adult - £10, Child - £5, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £25, 1 Adult Family - £15.

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Clare Castle Country Park

Nestled in the town of Clare, Clare Castle Country Park contains the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep set upon its 60ft high motte overlooking the town, as well as its inner and outer baileys. The Park has a variety of walks and trails to enjoy; follow the paths along the gently flowing river and seek the ivy-covered outer bailey walls as you make your way past the ponds. There's also a play park where kids can let off steam and you can enjoy a coffee, slice of cake and an ice cream at Platform One Cafe.

Cost: Free!

Nowton Park

Spend a day at Nowton Park and you're in for cost-free, wonderful wildlife-filled experience! Children will love looking out for the wooden dragon which has been carved from a cedar tree that was growing in the park but was struck by lightning. In the centre of the arboretum, you will find a 35ft totem pole; carved from a western red cedar which is the species traditionally favoured by Native Americans for their totem poles. 

During the summer months, Nowton Park's maze, which takes on the shape of a stylised oak tree, is made up if 2500 hornbeam trees and is a fun and free activity for all to enjoy.

Cost: Free!

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