Low cost and free things to do in Suffolk that you might not have thought of

With the cost of living rising and the school holidays looming it can be difficult to find things to do over the holidays that won’t break the bank.

We have found some things that you might not have thought of.

Acleisure runs a variety of day-long activities at various locations across Suffolk and in some places there are concessions for those whose children are on free school meals. Paid for day long activities include Forest Games, Fire-Lighting, Combat Archery, Archery, Catapult Building and Geocaching, but these activities are available free for children who receive free school meals and you can email to book haf@acleisure.com

They also hold a Free Family Park cooking day, again for those with children on free school meals.  The days run from 10:00-14:00 and include: –

  • Outdoor family activities 
  • Outdoor cooking class and lunch provided
  • Recipe book and videos
  • Food box for a family of 4

This year’s St Elizabeth Hospice wild art trail in Ipswich has colourful owls for you to spot throughout Ipswich. To find out more email thebighoot@stelizabethhospice.org.uk

Thorington outdoor theatre near Southwold has a variety of shows running throughout the summer including James and the Giant Peach on July 17.  You can bring a picnic to help keep costs down.

Piers are always good entertainment and Suffolk is blessed with several including Shotley, Felixstowe, Southwold and two in Lowestoft.

If you enjoy exploring castles, a less well-known one is Bungay Castle. It was the home of the Bigod family for many years from 1066 until they moved to Framlingham castle from 1934 the castle was extensively excavated to reveal features which had been hidden over time and today you can explore the whole historic area for free.

Did you know there is a UFO trail through Rendlesham Forest with a hidden UFO for you to find?

And finally, don’t forget Ipswich Museum which is free to enter and packed with amazing things to explore.