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Suffolk: Summer holidays days out Guide - Friday, August 1

PUBLISHED: 14:36 31 July 2014 | UPDATED: 14:39 31 July 2014

Do you fancy trampolining with your children this summer?

Do you fancy trampolining with your children this summer?

The weekend is nearly upon us, so why not start early and enjoy a family day out tomorrow?

The weather tomorrow is likely to be similar to today, with highs of around 23C.

But if you have exhausted the paddling pool and are bored of your local park, why not check our days out guide?

Suffolk Coastal

Why not take a trip to the circus?

Circus Hassani in Southwold brings together hand balancing acts, foot juggling, aerialist acrobatics and family-friendly comedy.

Performances take place all this week - with shows at 2pm and 5pm on Thursday and Friday. At the weekend, there are shows at 5pm only.

Tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 for children and £32 for a family or £6 with Suffolk Secrets or Southwold Lettings special offer.

Tickets can be booked now at the Southwold Tourist Information Centre, online at www.southhollandcentre.co.uk, via telephone on 01775 764777 or at the Box Office on The Common, York Road, Southwold.

Slugs, snails and all things slimy are the topic of the Woodland Wonders session at RSPB Minsmere, near Dunwich.

Rummage under the logs and in the woodland leave litter and see what you can find.

Session runs from 10am to 4pm, no booking required.

Normal reserve entry fees (£7.50 for non-members, £15 per family).

More information here

Make popcorn over a campfire, play the birds and beaks game, test the colour preferences of birds and use water misters to spin seeds into the soil as you discover the extraordinary world of nature.

The Eureka! Activity day, being held at Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1NA, is designed for children aged six to 10 and runs from 10am to 2pm.

Email info@suffolkwildlifetrust.org for more details.

Waveney

Become a marine explorer and look for clues along the beach as to what might be living in the sea.

This suitable for the whole family and the session takes place from 2pm to 4pm.

Meet opposite the car park at the bottom of Links Road (off Corton Road), north Lowestoft, Gunton Warren, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 4PQ No booking required.
Email info@suffolkwildlifetrust.org for more details.

St Edmundsbury

Discover the secret world of the bugs and beasties that live in Clare Castle Country Park. Join the park rangers on a mini beast hunt then have a go at making your own insect house to take home.

This session takes place at the Ranger’s Office, Clare Castle Country Park from 10am to midday and costs £6 per child.

It is suitable for children aged five to 12, under eight’s must be accompanied.

Old clothes and sensible footwear advised.

Book online here

Find out all about butterflies and moths at the education centre, just inside the woods off Felsham Road, Bradfield St George, near Bury St Edmunds, IP30 0AQ.

You can see the moths in the moth traps overnight as well as take part in activities, crafts and fun games.

The cost is £2.50 per person.

To book email Bradfield.education@suffolkwildlifetrust.org

Ipswich

Go head hunting around Ipswich.

Walk around the town and hear tales of fearsome gargoyles, blood curdling legends and the magical unicorn.

The cost is £3 each and the walk starts at 10.30am, lasting around two hours.

Book your place at the Tourist Information Centre, St. Stephens Church, St. Stephens Lane , call 01473 258070 or email tourist@ipswich.gov.uk

At Gainsborough Sports Centre you can try rollerskating from 3.15pm to 4.45pm

There will be a disco atmosphere and skates are available to hire but take your own along if you have them.
Suitable for ages five upwards. Cost £2.60.

From 10.30am to midday there is a team games session and bouncy castle for children aged five to nine, costing £2.60 each.

No booking required, more information available here

There is also family rollerskating at Maidenhall Sports Centre tomorrow.

Suitable for age five and over, running from 3.30pm to 5pm and costing £2.60 per person.

For more on Maidenhall’s summer programme, visit their website

At Whitton Sports Centre there is a Commonwealth games Extravaganza from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, for five to 16 year olds. This costs £4.20 each.

From 9.30am to 11.30am there is a racket sports session for seven to 14 year olds, costing £3.10.

Or let your pre-schoolers enjoy the soft play area between 12.30pm and 3.30pm, cost is £2.10 each.

And from 3pm to 4.30pm there is a free basketball roadshow for under 14s delivered by Ipswich Basketball Club.

Book your place at any of these by calling 01473 433633 or visit their website

There is family rollerskating at Northgate Sports Centre from 2.30pm to 4pm.

Costing £2.60 each, this is suitable for kids and parents.

Or there is family trampolining for children aged three right through to mum and dad.

Sessions run from 10am to 11am, 11am to midday, 2pm to 3pm and 3pm to 4pm.

This costs £4.30 each.

Babergh

A weekend of commemorative events is planned at the Church of the Holy Innocents, Lamarsh, near Bures

At 7.30pm on Friday there will be a concert of songs and poems in English and German.

On Saturday, there will be an exhibition of family treasures and at 10.30am on Sunday there will be a Centenary Eucharist for Remembrance

Concert. Suggested donation £7.50 (on the door)

Email for more information jmorgan@svw.org.uk

For more days out ideas, see our Summer fun for under a fiver guide here

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