22 things to do in Suffolk in 2023
We’ve all been there; trying to plot and plan days out during the year, only to find that we’re struggling to find the best activity or new adventure to embark on. As keen problem solvers at Woodfarm Barns and Barges, we took it upon ourselves to solve this particular challenge by compiling a list of 22 fun and exciting things for you to do in Suffolk during 2022.
1. Go Ape, Thetford
A thrilling way to start off a Suffolk to-do list this year is to strap in and climb the treetops at Go Ape in Thetford Forest. However, should you be a little more of a land dweller, Thetford Forest also offers segways that provide a slightly calmer and more grounded way of experiencing this fantastic Suffolk treasure.
2. Pleasurewood Hills
Whether you fancy getting your adrenaline going, or simply fancy being a big kid for the day, the rides at Pleasurewood Hills will take you up, down, and all around.
3. Lowestoft South Beach
A slightly more relaxed activity than the previous two on this list, the South Beach at Lowestoft offers a dog-friendly environment from May through to September and has a short pier to walk along to soak up the ocean mist.
4. Ipswich Transport Museum
A museum boasting over 100 major forms of transport will transport you back to how people once lived and got around. Complete with a tearoom, this destination is also a fantastic place to enjoy some light refreshments.
5. Regent Theatre
A stunning theatre that has a vast array of shows on throughout the whole year, the Regent Theatre in Ipswich is nearby our Barns and Barges for rent in Suffolk and is perfect for musical and comedy lovers alike.
6. Framlingham Castle
Perhaps even more renowned for featuring in an Ed Sheeran song than its place in history, Framlingham Castle affords you the opportunity to walk along the same wall that would have been used by locals almost 900 years ago. With an excellent view of the picturesque grounds and views of Suffolk, you won’t get tired of the breathtaking views on offer from the castle.
7. Curve Motion
Not only does this roller-skating arena in Bury St Edmunds have a serious case of disco fever, it’s also not too far from the town centre, making it the perfect start to a day spent in one of Suffolk’s crowning towns.
8. Oasis Camel Centre
Yes, you read that correctly, there is indeed a camel centre in Suffolk. Making for a great day out, visitors are welcome to get up close to the camels, horses, and donkeys that call the Oasis Camel Centre in Halesworth home.
9. Suffolk Ski Centre
Learning how to do snow sports in England can often be a little tricky – whilst it’s often cold and wet, it’s never quite wet and cold enough for us to have naturally occurring ski slopes. Thankfully, the Suffolk Ski Centre has sorted this out by offering a wide range of snowsports for visitors to try out on their artificial slopes. Whether you’re a skier, a snowboarder, or both, there’s serious fun to be had here.
10. Congo Rapids Lost World Adventure Golf
With a fun and engaging course, Congo Rapids Lost World Adventure Golf offers a slightly easier day out than “proper golf courses”. Should you be more inclined to proper golf, however, we have assembled a guide to six of the best golf courses in Suffolk [link].
11. Anglia Indoor Karting
If you’re on the lookout for a few thrills, this karting experience is for you. With the high speed of the karts and the multi-level course, it’s hard not to have a fantastic day out here.
12. Christchurch Park
Offering a more relaxed pace than go karts and treetop adventures, Christchurch Park provides visitors with the opportunity to enjoy calm surroundings crowned by a flowing river. The ideal spot for a summer’s picnic.
13. Africa Alive
Africa Alive provides an incredible experience for all animal lovers. Something of a Suffolk must-try, there’s over 100 acres to explore, all populated with a range of different animals, from lions to rhinos. Included in their centrepiece are five different species that all live together harmoniously – something of a Disney film come to life.
14. National Trust Ickworth
Take in the beautiful architecture of Ickworth House and explore the stunning gardens belonging to the estate. The paths around the house are great for a stroll as well as bike rides. On the west wing you’ll find a café should you feel at all peckish when exploring the grounds.
15. Dunwich Heath
Another calming experience, Dunwich Heath affords the chance for visitors to look at some old stone architecture and paths when walking along the beach. A great place for just being able to appreciate the landscape, this destination is a fantastic place to escape to in Suffolk.
16. Latitude Festival
Held each summer, Latitude Festival is arguably one of the best places to soak up a weekend jam packed full of music. From local to major acts, and from genres as far apart as dance and heavy metal, Latitude has earned a reputation for being one of the most enjoyable festivals going.
17. Kentwell Hall
An elegant manor house complete with a moat and sprawling lawns, Kentwell Hall is truly remarkable in its stature. The Tudor house has been lovingly preserved and has some features modified by the owners to make it truly unique.
18. Mid Suffolk Light Railway
This prized railway museum allows you to have the chance to experience a steam train ride in Suffolk. In addition to getting to enjoy a classic rural pursuit, visitors are also welcome to explore exhibits around the museum and sit in the ale bar or the tearoom during the day.
19. Tenpin Ipswich
Perfect for everyone, no matter how competitive or non-competitive they might be, Tenpin Ipswich offers the chance for visitors to enjoy one of the most classic pastimes.
20. Suffolk Escape AcademyEnjoy the themed escape rooms on offer at this up and coming venue. With unique clues and challenging puzzles, this is certainly a great place to give your brain a workout!
21. Glass and Craft
At Glass and Craft, visitors are able to unlock their creative side when enjoying a pottery, painting, or glass painting workshop. Situated next to a local craft store, this Ipswich gem makes for a perfect day out.
22. Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
What kind of list of things to do in the country would be complete without an owl sanctuary recommendation? At Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, there are around 80 species of birds that have been rescued or adopted and the daily flying displays make for great entertainment.