If an adventure on the high seas is your thing then take a Sea Blast trip around Solebay off the coast of Southwold. This 30 minute high adrenaline tour will whisk you through the bay on a 400hp vessel. Join a scheduled tour or charter the whole boat yourself for larger parties. For the full high octane experience book the Drive Of Your Life tour and skipper the 9 metre boat yourself under expert tuition. For a more relaxed experience, cruises around the River Blyth or to see the seals, seabirds and maybe even a dolphin. Open all year round subject to weather. No Seal trips or evening river trips in the winter.
Stage S35, Blackshore
Southwold Harbour, IP18 6TA
12 miles away
To take advantage of the tides during day-light hours in the winter months Lowestoft Marina is home to deep-sea fishing expeditions. Take a trip out on the North Sea on the luxury 12 metre catamaran Katie Louise with its 10 fishing stations.
There are a variety of packages available to catch mackerel, bass or cod either on your own or as part of a group. There’s a fully-stocked galley on board and some of the day packages include a great lunch or even a roast dinner. Runs October to March (all trips depend on tide & weather).
Open during the summer months Pleasurewood Hills is perfect for thrill seekers and families with a variety of rides and attractions to suit everyone. Have fun with the children on the Go Karts, The Pirate Ship or get wet on the Wave Breaker. Then try something a little more grown up with their Thrill Rides, such as Wipeout, Fireball or the new Wave Swinger. There’s lots of rides suitable for smaller children as well, take the big train around the park and when all that excitement is just too much for you, visit the Sea Lion or Parrot Shows. Open from Easter to late October.
Nothing could be nicer for the keen sailor than being so close to the beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast. If you do own your own boat then you can arrange to moor it at the Southwold Sailing Club, or, if you are a novice and want to try your hand at sailing, then the club run courses with RYA qualified dinghy instructors to guide you.
To access the course you need to become a member of the club but once you have then it’s free.
Southwold Sailing Club
3 Southwold Harbour, Blackshore, IP18 6TA
12 miles away
Jumping out of an aeroplane has to be the ultimate adrenaline rush, whether it’s for charity or just for the sheer thrill of the experience. Climb to 13,000 feet and then free fall at 120mph in tandem with a qualified instructor steering your parachute to landing. Or dare to go solo if you want to take a course over a week to learn to skydive alone. UK Parachuting is affiliated to the British Parachute Association and all tandem instructors hold BPA Tandem skydiving Instructor ratings. Parties are welcome if you are in a like-minded group of people and don’t want to go it alone. What an amazing way to get a birds eye view of the stunning Suffolk countryside. Closed between 18th December 2016 to 6th January 2017, however, open on New Year’s Day.
With courses for adults and children aged 10 and above, this is Suffolk’s biggest tree top adventure. In the beautiful fir trees of Thetford Forest discover your inner jungle explorer by climbing rope ladders, swinging through the trees and hurtling down zip wires. If you want to keep your feet on the ground try the Forest Segway over rough terrain to test your strength and balance. The website is full of useful tips so you can enjoy your day to the full. This is a perfect day out for an adventure-loving group of friends or family. Closed 4th December 2016 to 28th January 2017.
There’s plenty to do here for both the novice and the experienced bird watcher. Use the bird watching hides to shelter you in all weathers or take the nature trail walk to explore the beautiful woods and wetlands scenery. Every season brings something new at Minsmere with different birds including avocets, kingfishers and sand martins to spot as they migrate and return as well as other wildlife such as otters in the reedbeds. A real treat is to hear the call of the booming Bitten in the spring, a threatened species of bird that has become important to local conservation. Binoculars are available to hire and guided walks and tours are available for groups.
Bringing the plains of Africa to Suffolk, Africa Alive is an exciting day out for nature lovers. See the giraffes, rhinos and zebras roaming freely together in a recreation of the African savannah. View the lions from the Lookout Lodge and hear how they are fed. Meet the meerkats or aardvarks and encounter the lemurs in their enclosure. To add to your day out purchase a guided safari tour with one of the animal keepers at the park. For the brave you can prebook to meet and feed the lions under the supervision of a trained animal keeper.
Come an experience a working farm with lots to do for the children, great food and shopping. Take the farm trail to see their famous rare breed pigs along with sheep, cows, geese, goats and donkeys. At the weekends and in the school holidays you can pet the animals too. Build dens on the Woodland Walk and in the summer visit the exotic butterfly house. Jimmy’s Farm has a great restaurant for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea and don’t forget to visit the farm shop to stock up on those famous sausages.
This is a treat for fans of military history and a good option for a day out if the weather isn’t being kind. Suffolk has a long association with aviation, air bases and visiting American servicemen and all are celebrated in this museum. It covers the period of history from the Second World War to when the US Air Force withdrew from RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge in 1993, with particular emphasis on the part both air bases played in the Cold War. Open 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month and Bank Holiday Mondays.
Voted ‘Family Friendly Suffolk Museum of the Year’ in 2016, take a trip back to the Industrial Revolution and discover how the small Suffolk town of Leiston played its part in this extraordinary period of British history. The Grade II listed Long Shop is an early example of an assembly line factory and was owned by the Garrett family. Discover what was manufactured there, the water tower with the deepest well in Suffolk, the traction engines and many other tales of industrial life in the heart of the rural countryside.