13 brilliant family attractions to visit in 2019
PUBLISHED: 13:32 08 January 2019 | UPDATED: 15:30 08 January 2019
From zip-wiring through Thetford Forest to going on a safari at Africa Alive, there are plenty of attractions to entertain the whole family across the region.
Go Ape Thetford
High Lodge Forest Centre, Brandon, IP27 0AF
Check Go Ape website for available dates and times
Adult £33, child (10-15) £25
You’ll be feeling up in the clouds after zip-wiring through the trees at Go Ape which includes Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings to test the whole family.
ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure Park
Morton Lane, Lenwade, Norwich NR9 5JW
Open daily from 9.30am
Adult £13.95, child (3-15) £14.95, under 3s free
Get set for a roarsome day out and enjoy the Dinosaur trail, Dinomite Indoor Play area, with three levels of fun complete with slides, climbing nets, bridges and ball pools, and Jurassic Putt crazy golf.
Horning Road, Hoveton, Norwich, NR12 8JW
Opens February 16 for half term, check website for timings
Over 105cm £16.95, 92-105cm £14.95, under 92cm free
Get ready for an adventure in a huge forest of fun with treehouses, wobbly wires, slippery slopes and storytelling.
Kenninghall Road, Banham, NR16 2HE
9.30am to 4pm (last entry 3pm)
Until March 31: Adult £14.50, child (3-15) £11.95, under 3s free
An award-winning family attraction with over 2,000 animals from around the world set in 50 acres of parkland.
SEA Life Great Yarmouth/Hunstanton
Marine Parade, NR30 3AH/Southern Promenade, PE36 5BH
Open daily 11am to 4pm (last entry 3pm)/11am to 4pm, from 10am weekends and February half term
Online price: adult from £10.17, child (3-13) £8.97
Dive into an amazing underwater world with fascinating sea life including crabs, sting rays, crocodiles and penguins which you can meet and interact with.
24 Castle Meadow, NR1 3JU
Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm, Sundays 1pm to 4.30pm
Adult £9.50, child (4-18) £8.10
Learn about the rich history of Norwich and take a look at interesting artefacts.
There are also regular children’s activities and from January 19 to 20 there will also be a Winter Wildlife weekend with plenty of crafts and games.
Whites Lane, Kessingland, Lowestoft, NR33 7TF
Daily from 9.30am
Until March 31: Adult £13.55, child (3-15) £9.95
A walking safari which is set in 100 acres and is home to more than 80 species of animals from around Africa including giraffes, zebra and rhinos.
Halstead, CO9 3DJ
Check website for opening dates and prices
Adults £8.50, children (5-18) £6
One of the best preserved Norman keeps in England which was built by Aubrey de Vere in the 12th century.
The castle and ground are open on selected dates throughout the year including Snowdrops Sundays on February 10, 17 and 24 and an Easter joust on April 21 and 22.
Play2Day Indoor Play Centre
11 Gloster Road, Martlesham, IP5 3RJ
Open daily from 10am to 6pm, until 5pm Sundays
Adults free, 12-23 months £6.50, 2-11 years £7.50
Suffolk’s biggest inflatable park with lots of play features for your children to enjoy, with hourly slots for all age groups, and it includes a climbing wall, assault course and bouncing balls.
There is also Lazer Tag in a two-floor arena and an indoor play area with slides and tunnels for children under 11.
Business Park, Lark Valey, Lamdin Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 6LJ
Open daily from 9.30am
Play area: 0-6 months £1, 6-18 months £2.25, 4 years and under £6.75, 5-12 years £8.25
CurveMotion is an indoor interactive venue which offers activities for all the family including soft play, roller skating, with skating lessons also available, and mega slides.
New Wolsey Theatre
Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS
Check website for shows and prices
The New Wolsey is popular with families for its offering of children’s shows, including its free storymaker sessions and Comedy Club 4 Kids.
Suffolk Food Hall
Ipswich IP9 2AB
Open daily 9am to 6.pm, Sunday 10am to 4.30pm
Bouncy pillow free to diners, puzzle room from £70 (2-4 people)
Get your brains into gear and tackle the two puzzle rooms at the Suffolk Food Hall which are called Vanished, which is a lab-room challenge, or catch an artful gang in the Orwell Dockyard.
There is also a huge bouncy pillow outside in the play area which is free for diners at the cafe or Cookhouse Restaurant.
Superbowl UK Ipswich
Buttermarket Centre, St Stephens Lane, Ipswich IP1 1DT
Open daily 9am to 12am, check website for prices
Superbowl UK, which is also set to open in Norwich’s Castle Mall in 2019, offers 12 Tenpin bowling lanes and also a soft play area and Ninja Tag Active assault course games arena.