With everything from castles to farm parks, and wildlife reserves to seaside towns, Suffolk has plenty to offer when it comes to family fun. So if you’re mulling over a half-term family mini break at The Bell Hotel Saxmundham, here are some of our favourite nearby attractions and days out to whet your whistle.

Framlingham Castle

Be warned, dastardly attackers and heroic knights will do battle as history comes to life in Framlingham Castle’s special ‘Heroes and Villains’ themed days throughout the half term week. Young knights of all ages will be invited to choose their side, and then train up to become junior jousters. With plenty of history to be uncovered through immersive tales and exhibitions, there’s something here for everyone.

Easton Farm Park

It’s no surprise that visitors regularly fall in love with this local attraction. And this February, love is very much the theme as Easton Farm Park opens its doors to the half term crowd. With a ride on the love bug, Valentine’s Day cookie decorating, and plenty of animal couples to see in Cupid’s corner, you and your children will love the time you spend here.

Southwold Pier

You can’t guarantee the weather for a February half term break, but you can guarantee all-weather fun at Southwold Pier. This comes in the form of great food, shopping, and sea views, alongside arcades, ice-creams and the utterly eccentric Under the Pier show, which has to be seen to be believed.

RSPB Minsmere

This beautiful nature reserve has coastal lagoons brimming with rare and endangered birds, and is a must-see for tiny twitchers. It’s also a picturesque location for an afternoon’s hike. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled near the reedbeds, and you might even catch sight of an otter too.

Sutton Hoo

Buried treasure is the theme here, with eighteen Anglo-Saxon burial mounds to explore. Of course, the real treasure is the family memories you’ll make as you hear the stories of ancient East Anglian royalty, and discover the replica ships and treasure in the exhibition area.


On a nice day, this picturesque seaside town is well worth exploring, just to see the colourful buildings and incredible shops. But should things get a little damp, catching a film in the vintage cinema (built 1919), followed by the area’s nationally renowned fish and chips, is the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening.

That’s just for starters. You’ll find plenty more ideas for great days out in the local area when you visit the reception at The Bell Hotel Saxmundham.

Have you booked your half-term break yet? If not, secure your stay at The Bell here.