Here are some ideas local to us for good days out. For a more in-depth guide on what to see in East Anglia and the UK, we recommend visiting www.tripadvisor.co.uk, www.roughguides.com or www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk for more family oriented trips!
Type: Sports and Beauty Spot Where: Near Ipswich, Suffolk
Description: Set in beautiful Suffolk countryside, Alton Water Park is the largest area of inland water in Suffolk. For those interested in wildlife, Alton Water Park hosts a variety of interesting waterfowl, especially in winter. Activities include an eight-mile cycle route and watersports hire at the Sailing Centre and fishing, with bream and pike the most popular quarry. Day and season permits are available from the café and the Watersports Centre provides excellent sailing, windsurfing or diving facilities.
Type: Sports Where: Thetford Forest
Description: East Anglia’s No1 Paintball and Activity Centre. If you are looking for an exciting, well organised and professional day out in the forest look no further. With ‘film set’ themed game zones, helicopters, tanks, dinosaurs, towers, trenches, zombies and much more! We have just what it takes to make your special day out one you will never forget. In Addition to our paintballing we offer ‘low impact’ paintball, mini-tank driving, laser clay shooting, zombie night games, airsoft and walk-on events.
Type: Sports Where: Thetford Forest
Description: With breathtaking scenery, epic zip wires and hours of fun. We think everyone has the Go Ape spirit just waiting to be unleashed! There’s no greater rush than the great outdoors, so whether your tribe is a birthday party, or simply a day out with the kids, we make our courses as fun and as accessible as possible. We do strongly suggest you ring Go Ape Thetford before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
Type: Sports and Beauty Spot Where: Norfolk Broads
Description: The Broads is a beautiful place heaving with exceptional wildlife and spectacular views. The expansive waterways and broads are best explored close up and intimately. The easiest way to do this is by canoe- you can access those nooks and crannies of an otherwise inaccessible area and see those hidden corners that are out of view from the view of passing pedestrians and motor boaters. The calm waters are suitable for all ages and levels of canoeing; from enthusiasts to first timers everyone can have a go!
Type: Family Theme Park Where: Lowestoft
Description: Set within 50 acres of enclosed coastal parkland and just 10mins from the popular seaside town of Great Yarmouth, Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park has been refurbished making it an even more vibrant place for a day out for all the family. With great discounts of over 25% when you book online and ample free parking, there really hasn’t been a better time to visit the biggest theme park in the East of England. There’s so much to explore and do, visitors can also jump on-board Wipeout, the tallest, fastest and most extreme roller coaster in the East of England!
Type: Family Theme Park/Pier Where: Southend Sea Front
Description: Adventure Island Fun Park is the U.K’s No.1 FREE ADMISSION Fun Park. Situated on Southend-on-Sea’s famous seafront we have over 40 fabulous rides and attractions including the outrageous RAGE roller coaster. You don’t pay to enter, you ride the rides with our great value all day ride bands.
Type: Family Theme Park/Pier Where: Yarmouth Sea Front
Description: The Pleasure Beach with its mixture of high-octane rides and traditional attractions sits at the top of Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile dominating the seafront skyline with its famous Skydrop. Spread over nine acres, the Pleasure Beach offers huge family fun, full-throttle white knuckle rides to exhilarate and thrill, water attractions to catch your breath and fun rides to keep the children happy for hours. Our roller coaster has been the star attraction since 1932 and is still a crowd puller today.
A little further afield..
Type: Theme Park Where: Surrey, 20 miles from Central London
Description: As the nation’s Thrill Capital, Thorpe Park is the ‘must do’ destination for adrenaline seekers. Those who are brave enough can ride the ‘Unholy Trinity’: feel the power of Stealth as you accelerate from 0-80mph in less than 2 seconds to the height of 205ft; take on Colossus, the world’s first ten-looping rollercoaster; and plunge into the fires of a volcano as you complete the trinity on Nemesis Inferno. Although Thorpe Park caters fully for all families, older children would be more suitable for the parks many thrilling attractions! Make sure to check online for family ticket deals.
Zoos and Wildlife Parks
Type: Zoo Where: Colchester, Essex
Description: Colchester Zoo is one of the finest Zoos in Europe with over 260 rare species in 60 acres. See “Playa Patagonia” with its 24-metre tunnel under the water to view sea lions swimming above your head and “Dragons of Komodo” for the infamous Komodo Dragons. At the “Spirit of Africa” you can see the breeding group of African elephants and at “Kingdom of the Wild” there’s Zebras, Ostriches, White Rhinos, and Giraffes in a huge savannah style enclosure. Don’t miss the chance to feed the elephants and giraffes yourself plus lots of other daily displays.
Type: Zoo Where: Norfolk
Description: Banham Zoo is an award winning family attraction and one of the most exciting wildlife attractions in the country with over 2000 animals from around the world in almost 50 acres of parks and gardens. Throughout the day there are plenty of activities to thrill and entertain families, including daily Animal Feeding Talks and Displays, one of the most exciting Birds of Prey Displays in the UK, Giraffe House and Zarafa Heights, Province of the Snow Cat, free Safari Roadtrain, indoor Soft Play, Tarzan Towers adventure play area, Zarafa Heights Sky Trek and fun and interactive activities in our Education Centre.
Type: Zoo and Falconry Centre Where: South Woodham Ferrers, Essex
Description: Tropical Wings Zoo is proud to be one of the best interactive zoo attractions in Essex and boasts one of the finest tropical houses in the UK, a miniature oasis where you can experience a tropical feel on any day of the year. There’s fun for all the family during our interactive daily encounter programme of keeper talks and animal feeds. Come see our most recent exhibit the beautiful Capybara in their new enclosure. With indoor soft play and outdoor activity play areas plus Tractorland and Diggerland rides there is something for everyone.