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!

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2. 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 archaeological 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!

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3. 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. Keep an eye on the Theatre's website for the latest news and announcements on fantastic family theatre to enjoy this year.

4. 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. 

5. 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.

6. 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!

Children will love searching for the wooden panda sculpture which sits in the China section of the arboretum surrounded by his favourite food, bamboo. The Panda pictured is a brand new version of the panda and has replaced the older version now in retirement, it was carved out of Douglas fir by Luke Chapman

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. 

7. Moyse's Hall Museum

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

Start off at the Gibbet Cage which held John Nichols, who was executed in 1794 alongside his son Nathan for the murder of his daughter Sarah, if you're brave enough, you can even step inside yourself! Then make your way to the display containing a lock of hair from Mary Tudor, Queen of France! Mary was originally buried in the Abbey of St Edmund and her funeral was one of the last events held at the Abbey. When the Abbey was dissolved, her remains were reburied at St Mary's Church.

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8. 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.

This June and July, there's an exciting programme of events; from award-winning theatre performances to tours and tea, family workshops and musical evenings. Visit the website for more information https://burystedmundsguildhall...

9. National Trust Ickworth House, Park & Gardens

The walled garden and seasonal meadow at the National Trust’s Ickworth House, Park and Gardens are especially magical picnic spots during the Spring and Summer. Afterwards wander at leisure across 1800 acres of parkland or head off on two wheels on one of the many trails in search of the sleeping dragon on her nest; She is well hidden so the first one who spots her definitely deserves a sticker! Or head to the Albana Woods to build a den and practice your bushcraft skills. 

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to picnic spots, or you can head to the cafe for delicious lunches, snacks, cakes, drinks and ice creams. 

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10. Kentwell Hall

With a host of exciting, family-friendly events planned this summer, a day at Kentwell Hall will be enjoyed by all ages! 

On 19 & 20 June, step back to the year 1599, the time of Queen Elizabeth I and see 150 of Kentwell's skilled living-history experts offering a fully interactive experience, spread throughout the buildings, gardens, farm and woodlands and on 24 & 25 July, head to the Hall for a day of interactive magical family fun in the Enchanted Gardens at Kentwell; the magic will be spread out among the 30 acres of gardens and grounds, with a surprise around every corner. 

Throughout the season, the stunning gardens are open and the perfect spot for a summer's picnic.

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11. Melford Hall

For over two centuries Melford Hall has been the much loved family home of the Hyde Parkers. This National Trust property and estate has a fascinating past, with lots of stories to tell, including visits from the Hyde Parker's cousin Beatrix Potter - you can even see the original Jemima Puddle-duck toy that she gave to them. 

This summer, families can enjoy the Bad Bugs Trail; head into the House in search of the Bad Bugs that make their way into books, carpets, and furniture to cause damage. There are four pesky pests hiding around the house for you to find! 

Outside, the garden at Melford is the perfect place to relax on a summer's afternoon - there are lots of hidden corners where you can sit and watch the world go by. 

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