The skies have opened up and it’s about to pour down – what to do?! Don’t panic, we’ve listed below a good selection of family-friendly rainy day activities to choose from.

You can stay nice and dry inside the magnificent Melford Hall in Long Melford. Within this fascinating building there is a Beatrix Potter display, featuring memorabilia in the room where she was once a guest.

For an educational day out, why not take the kids along to one of the many Suffolk Museums. You might even learn something new yourself!

A trip to the cinema is a firm favourite amongst most children, and is the perfect option to avoid those black clouds. Many cinemas will offer child/family discounts, especially during school holidays – please enquire at the cinema of your choice by browsing through our list of Suffolk Cinemas.

Similarly, many children take much delight in visiting the theatre. Spa Pavillion Theatre in Felixstowe is a great choice for families. Situated right on the seafront and with its own restaurant complex including a family friendly Mediterranean style eaterie serving pizza and pasta, its bound to keep the children happy! The art deco auditorium hosts a great selection of shows and events throughout the year with special shows for children during school holidays. To see what’s on, click on their link above.

For budding jockeys and horselovers, take them to the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket where they’ll find fascinating insights into the history of racing and Newmarket’s connection to it.

Anglia Indoor Karting, Ipswich presents the perfect day out when it’s raining. Indoor karting is an experience like no other! Stretch your skill and focus to the limit when driving around the purpose-built circuit that features all the challenges of a full-size racing circuit within the comfort of an indoor venue. Young children are catered for with the Kubz Karting circuit, suitable for 5-7 year olds.

Mannings Amusement Park, Felixstowe provides families with traditional seaside amusements – and everyone knows a traditional day at the seaside in the UK has to include the odd downpour or two! Here you’ll find children’s rides, crazy golf, and a selection of indoor amusement arcades featuring penny pushers and video games alongside a number of places to eat.