For children, summer is a time you look forward to all year round. And with six weeks of no school, who can blame them? But whilst the thought of the summer break fills the kids with excitement, parents can often find it daunting.

Coming up with interesting things to do to keep the kids occupied during the summer holidays can be difficult to say the least.  Especially if you’ve used up all your ideas in the first week.

But don’t worry, we have put together a list of ideas to keep you going, filled with events and activities happening around Suffolk to keep you and the kids entertained for the whole school holiday.

 


 

July

 

Felixstowe Carnival

Friday 27th July – Sunday 29th July 2018

Felixstowe Town Centre & Seafront

Felixstowe Carnival has been going strong for over sixty years. A tried and tested family favourite in the south of Suffolk, it’s a great way to kick off the first weekend of the school holiday.

Friday evening will begin the festival with the Proms Concert at Felixstowe Beachside Events Area. On Saturday, the Carnival procession will set off at 1:00pm from Colneis Road.

You can expect majorettes, elaborate floats, and music. During the weekend there will be plenty of stalls to browse, and a craft fair at Felixstowe Leisure Centre. All set to the sound of live music and children’s entertainment. The festival will culminate in a dramatic Firework Display on the seafront.

Tickets

Free to attend.

 


 

Suffolk Fun Festival

Saturday 28th July & Sunday 29th July 2018

Easton Farm Park, Woodbridge

Ideal for families with younger kids; activities include puppet workshops, a climbing wall, canoe rides, kite displays, and of course the chance to see the animals that live on the farm. The Barn Café will have tasty food and drinks to keep you going, and if you want to stay longer, you can always book to stay at the farm’s camp site.

Tickets

Daily: Prices from £9.50

Full weekend: Prices from £15

Full weekend with Camping: Prices from £20

 


 

Bubble Rush 2018

Sunday 29th July 2018

11am – 4pm

Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds

Bubble rush will be a hit with kids of all ages. It consists of a 5km run, walk, or dance around Nowton Park, whilst five bubble stations blast out colourful bubbly foam. Everyone who takes part will receive a Bubble Rush t-shirt to wear during the event, as well as a medal to take home. The event is being held to raise funds for Zest- which helps care for young adults with progressive or terminal illnesses.

Tickets

Adults: £20

Under 16s: £12

Children under 2 years: Free

 


 

August

 

Den Building in Nowton Park Woods

Wednesday 1st August 2018: 11am–12:30pm or 2pm–3:30pm

Friday 3rd August 2018: 11am–12:30pm or 2pm–3:30pm

Nowton Nursery, Walled Garden, Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds

For ages 6-11 years. Children will learn how to build a waterproof, camouflaged secret den using materials from nature. Afterwards they will be shown some fire lighting techniques and finish off the event by toasting some marshmallows over the fire.

Tickets

Children: £4

Booking is essential, adults are welcome to attend with children, and children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.

 


 

Fairies On The Farm

Wednesday 15th August 2018

10:30am – 5:30pm

Easton Farm Park, Woodbridge

Dust off your fairy wings, sprinkle on some glitter, and head to Easton Park Farm for Fairies On The Farm.

Throughout the day there will be opportunities to try all sorts of activities around the farm, including pony rides, holding a chick, hugging a bunny, and taking a family train ride.

Tickets

Per Person (children over 2 years and adults): £9.25

Children under 2 years: Free

 


 

Milkshake Live- The Magic Story Book

Saturday 18th August 2018

12:30pm – 3:30pm

Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe

Adults and children are invited to Milkshake Live, where you can see all your favourite faces including Bob the Builder, The Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, and Shimmer & Shine.

Tickets

Adults: £17.50

Children (under 16): £16

Children (under 2 years): £6

Babies (under 12 months): Free

 


 

Aldeburgh Carnival

Saturday 18th August – Monday 29th August 2018

Aldeburgh

In the East of Suffolk, Aldeburgh Carnival will cover three days. The Carnival will feature a procession, as well as activities such as face painting, rides, and children’s races. Moot Green will be lined with stalls selling food, drink, crafts, and gifts.

On Monday at 8:45pm there will be a beautiful Chinese lantern procession, followed by a Fireworks display.

Tickets

Free to attend.

Optional donations can be made on the day via collecting buckets if you wish, or you can buy a programme for £3.

 


 

Baby Loves To Boogie

Sunday 19th August 2018

10am

DanceEast, Ipswich

For littles ones under 5 years, Baby Loves To Boogie provides a chance to do something active, interact with other children, and have fun showing off their best baby dance moves.

There will be a children’s disco in the morning (with music at a baby friendly volume), as well as pirate themed arts & crafts and face painting.

Tickets

Adults: £4

Children: £3

Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children, or 1 adult & 3 children): £12

 


 

Tractors, Diggers, & Toys

Saturday 25th August – Monday 27th August 2018

10:30am – 5:30pm

Easton Farm Park, Woodbridge

A similar event to Fairies On The Farm, but instead of fairies there will be a tractor and digger theme. Activities include a family train ride, meet the animals, and pony and cart rides. And if the weather permits you will also have an opportunity to go on a Tractor and Trailer Ride.

Tickets

Per Person (children over 2 years and adults): £9.25

Children under 2 years: Free

 


 

The Midnight Gang

Tuesday 28th August 2018

Showings at 2pm and 6pm

Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds

Bring the whole family to watch an outdoor adaptation of David Walliams’ bestselling book ‘The Midnight Gang’ in Abbey Gardens. Proceeds from the event will go towards funding an MRI scanner for the Lord Funt Hospital. The organisers suggest that you bring with you a chair, a blanket, and a picnic.

Tickets

Adults: £12

Concessions: £10

 


 

September

 

Hedgehog Lantern Parade & Party

Hedgehog

Saturday 1st September 2018

6pm – 10pm

Holywell Park, Ipswich

To mark the end of Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s project to make Ipswich a hedgehog friendly town, Holywell Park will be hosting a Hedgehog Lantern Parade. Build your own lantern prior to the event with the help of this guide from Suffolk Wildlife Trust on how to make a lantern.

Tickets

Places can be booked online. Entry is free, with a requested donation of 50p for an LED tea light to light up your lantern.