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At the Beach

Family Holidays - with children

Your Family Holiday in Suffolk

Saxmundham is perfectly located to explore the area and our Cottages will provide a cosy base for your family holiday, with many family attractions and family-friendly places to visit within easy reach.

We welcome families at our Holiday Cottages, and can also accommodate family groups. As we have 3 Cottages on the same site, we can accommodate up to 10 people (including any children). View our Cottages to find out more...


The Cottages are in the centre of town, so very close to all shops and amenities including transport links. Find out more about Saxmundham...


Our Holiday Cottages are best suited to older children (say 10 years plus) as there is no garden for little ones to run around and play in, and the Cottages themselves have hard floors and fireplaces. We do, however, have small amount of outside space at the back of the Cottages, with patio tables & chairs for you to enjoy warm weather. 

Family-friendly Facilities at the Cottages

We provide a few extra things at the Cottages - such as Card and board games, plus a selection of books and DVD films - to entertain your children.

All the Cottages have a bath, and a shower over the bath, and both the 2 bedroom Cottages (Flint Cottage and Corner Cottage) have an extra TV in one of their bedrooms - for DVD watching, or connecting a PlayStation or X-Box Gaming. Teenagers can rest assured that all of the Cottages have free, unlimited, (Fibre) Broadband WiFi!  View our Cottages to find out more... Corner Cottage, Flint Cottage and Chapel Cottage.

The adventure playground in Carlton Country Park (just 10 mins walk from the cottages), with slide, rope-swings, and zip-wire, is always a favourite! It's suitable for a wide age-range, from small children to teenagers – and hugely popular!

Want to bring your dog too? We know that beloved pets are also part of the family, so we welcome small and well-behaved family pets. Find out more on the Pets page...

Family Holiday Activities

What to do with the kids – to keep them occupied…and having fun!


Of course, you’ll want to make most of what the region has to offer – the sea, beaches, countryside, woodlands, and inland waterways… Try woodland walks, Nature Trails, and wildlife spotting; take them rowing, canoeing or sailing. Cycling is an activity for the whole family too, and boating trips are great fun. Plus, go on picnics - packing all their favourites! 


Or, just enjoy the seaside, and being on the beach - 

. eat fish ‘n’ chips (from the paper!)

. build sandcastles

. fly a kite

. play ball games - such as football, rounders, or beach cricket.

. have a swim in the sea, or just take your shoes off and paddle along the shoreline.

Bucket & Spade

And, don’t forget crabbing! Good fun for children, all year round! You just need a crabbing line, small bucket, and some streaky bacon. Lines and buckets can be bought from various shops and kiosks in the seaside towns. Popular crabbing locations are off the quay at Orford, the Pier at Southwold, and the bridges at Walberswick - but there are lots of other places too.

Days out with Children:

Orford, the Pier at Southwold, and the bridges at Walberswick - but there are lots of other places too.


Locations close by with family-friendly places to visit include:

Family Attractions:

Southwold PierSouthwold (approx 30 mins drive from Saxmundham)
An award-winning Visitor Attraction, Southwold Pier is ever-popular.

Easton Farm Parkoff the A12, near Framlingham
A day out on the farm – Suffolk Punch horses, piglets, lambs, goats, ponies, rabbits… Children can feed the animals, ride a pony, hug a bunny, and ride on a train. There is also an indoor play-barn, outdoor adventure play area, and beautiful woodland and riverside walks.

Go Ape! (high-wire forest adventure) – off the B1107, near Brandon
3 hours of tree-top adventure – climb 40ft up a rope-ladder…swing into a giant rope-net… zip-wire through trees… crawl through tunnels… cross high-wire rope-bridges…if you dare!

Pleasurewood Hills Theme Parkoff A12, north of Lowestoft
The region’s biggest and best theme park, with coasters and other family favourites, plus adrenalin-fuelled, white-knuckle thrill-rides – including: ‘Wipeout’ – the tallest, fastest and most extreme rollercoaster in the region (900ft of twisted steel with speeds touching 50mph and pulling over 5Gs!) Plus, a Sea Lion show and Circus.

Africa Alive!just off the A12, south of Lowestoft
One of the UK’s largest and most exciting wildlife attractions. Hundreds of African animals and birds – giraffes, zebras, rhinos and ostriches roaming the landscape as they would in the wild.

Oasis Camel Centre6 miles west of Halesworth
This is a more unusual farm attraction – with camels, llamas, alpacas, goats and donkeys, plus a mini-maze, crazy golf… and llama treks!

A fun trip around the park on the bug ri

Easton Farm Park


Go Ape!

Carousel Kids

Pleasurewood Hills


Africa Alive!


Oasis Camel Centre

Indoor Attractions:

Long Shop MuseumLeiston, 5 miles (10 mins drive) from Saxmundham
Set in the original building of the Richard Garrett Engineering Works are WW2 US Air Force and Zeppelin crash displays, in addition to the Victorian well and fire engines.

King Pin Bowling CentreA12, Martlesham
20 lanes, all with bumpers for children, and fully automated with computerised scoring.

Mannings AmusementsFelixstowe (Sea Road)
A traditional seaside attraction - amusement arcade with modern and vintage video games, traditional pushers and fruit machines, plus children’s fairground rides, 10-pin bowling, indoor crazy golf, pool and snooker.

East Anglian Transport MuseumCarlton Colville, near Lowestoft
Displays of buses, cars, steamrollers, and commercial vehicles and other forms of transport from a bygone age. Plus, ride on the trams, trolleybuses and narrow-gauge railway.

Indoor Swimming Pools (some with a flume):
.  Leiston Leisure Centre (approx 10 mins drive from Saxmundham)
.  Ipswich (approx 45 mins drive from Saxmundham)
.  Bungay Leisure Centre (approx 40 mins drive from Saxmundham)



Bumper Cars




Learning to Swim

Swimming Pools

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