Family Friendly Tourist Trails in Suffolk
Guest blog post by The Tourist Trail
Whilst taking a short break or a holiday is something the whole family looks forward to, those of us who are responsible for planning the break know that an awful lot of behind the scenes work goes into researching, booking, and getting everything organised. And that’s before you have even thought about packing…
To make things a bit easier, we at The Tourist Trail have explored the UK, done the research, and come up with a series of trails for you to use as inspiration for your break.
The trails can be used as a guide to the area, providing ideas about where to eat and drink, stay, and explore during your trip.
Here are some of our favourite family friendly tourist trails in Suffolk to help you plan your next break.
Heart of Ipswich Trail
The Heart of Ipswich Trail guides you along a route right through the centre of Ipswich, from Christchurch Park to Ipswich Marina, stopping at significant places along the way.
A good choice for families, this trail takes you past plenty of great places to take the kids.
A favourite with locals, Ipswich Museum is home to Wool.i.am, a life-sized model of a woolly mammoth. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, and with free entry, this is a great place to start. But be warned that the gift shop has a lot of exciting toys and adorable stuffed animals, so you may want to give the kids a set amount of pocket money to spend before you go in. You don’t want them spending all your money before the holiday has really started…
An ideal time to visit with kids is the first Tuesday of each month, when the Mini Mammoths club hosts organised activities for children. The theme varies each month, and usually includes things like crafts, science, and stories. At just £2 per session plus a booking fee, book a place in advance to avoid disappointment.
Popular with both children and adults, Pennikkity Pots ceramics painting café is the perfect place to stop for lunch or a coffee break. Whilst the kids pick out something to paint, you can relax and refuel with a hot drink and a slice of homemade cake.
Press Start Gaming Lounge
Next stop is Press Start Gaming Lounge. A great way to get older kids and teenagers involved in some family time, Press Start allows you to show an interest in their hobbies and get them into the holiday spirit by taking you on in a group video gaming session.
Will you play boys against girls? Kids versus adults? If you don’t want to hear the kids gloat every time they win (and they will win every time), you could always choose a collaborative game where you can all work together.
The Sport of Kings Trail
A great choice for active families looking for something more energetic, The Sport of Kings Trail starts from the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, taking the scenic route through Bury St Edmunds and West Stow, before finishing up at Newmarket.
WildTracks Outdoor Activity Park
For families with older children, your first stop along the Sport of Kings trail should be WildTracks Outdoor Activity Park. Ideal for adventurers and action fans, WildTracks has a range of rough and tumble activities. Junior sessions, aimed at age 8 and up include cadet karts, junior quads, a ride in a 4x4 off-road vehicle, and Battlefield Live.
Whilst thrill-seeking kids will find it exciting, WildTracks do take safety seriously. At the start of each session, the professional instructors give detailed safety training, and protective equipment is provided where necessary.
As well as an arcade for the whole family to enjoy, Planet Laser in Bury St Edmunds has activities geared towards both younger and older children.
Take your little ones for a game of bowling at Mini Bowlers. Running on weekdays from midday onwards, Mini Bowlers has a more relaxed environment perfect for pre-schoolers. And if you fancy a coffee break, Café Lunar also serves kids meals.
Older children age 6 and up will love Laser tag. Planet Laser has one of the UK’s biggest laser tag arenas in the UK, with multiple levels for the kids to run around in and use up some energy before the holiday comes to an end.
Now that you’ve got some ideas for your break, it’s time to get booking and packing. Sorry we can’t help with the packing, all we can suggest is starting with a big cup of tea or coffee and a list. You’ll be glad you put all that work in when the holiday comes around.