Summer is a time to get out and about. If you need a little inspiration read our guide to the best summer days out in the East of England…
Wyboston, MK44 3AL | Tel: 01480 213100
If you fancy an adrenalin filled afternoon, look no further than Ride Leisure at Wyboston Lakes. With so many activities to choose from, you can tackle the huge inflatable aqua park, have a go at hover-boarding or go off-roading in a 4×4 – there is something for everyone. If you prefer to be pampered, Y Spa is close by, for an afternoon of relaxation.
The Chapterhouse Theatre Company
Essex CO5 9US | Tel: 01522 569222
Step back in time to experience theatre as it once was. The Chapterhouse Theatre Company produces open-air theatre productions across the region, from Shakespeare’s masterpieces, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to productions based on much loved classics, like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Bring along a picnic for an evening of tremendous theatre in a picturesque setting.
Adnam’s Brewery Tour and Gin Tasting Experience
Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6JW | Tel: 01502 727225
Do something different in the stunning Southwold this summer and visit the famous Adnam’s Brewery which offer tours and tasting experiences. Learn how the award-winning beers are created, and if gin is more your thing, you can come along and make your own! Choose the botanicals, go through the distilling process, and then label your creation to take home.
Walking Tours of Cambridge
The Guildhall, CB2 3QJ | Tel: 01223 791501
Become a tourist for the day in the city of Cambridge, be shown the hidden gems, as well as the famous sights, by your very own tour guide. Walk in the footsteps of legends, from the likes of Newton and Darwin and explore the renowned colleges where they made their revolutionary discoveries. Whether you want a tour that lasts an hour, or one that lasts all day, they can be tailor made to suit you. Visit https://www.visitcambridge.org
Norfolk, NR26 8TL | Tel: 01263820550
Enjoy a short stroll or long walk through the colourful Sheringham Park. With almost a 1,000 acres to explore, hours can be spent admiring the coastal views and wildlife. There are four marked routes, ranging from one to five miles, allowing you to explore the varying habitats of the park. During the summer, the park hosts live music nights, so if dancing amongst the flower beds sounds like something you’d enjoy, be sure to check out what’s coming up.
The Bure Valley Walk and Railway
Norfolk, NR11 6BW | Tel: 01263 733858
Walk or cycle The Bure Valley path, a nine-mile route exploring the beautiful Bure Valley in the heart of the Broads. The path runs alongside the entire length of the Bure Valley Railway, taking walkers and cyclists through the stunning countryside. There are train stops for you to hop on or off, at Brampton, Buxton and Coltisham if you fancy a shorter route.
Norfolk, PE31 8BW | Tel: 01263740241
Visit the beautiful beach at Brancaster. The miles of unspoilt golden sand means you can walk for hours in either direction or alternatively, plonk yourself down near the entrance and spend the day basking in the sun. Unlike some beaches, the entrance is right beside the car park and toilet, meaning you don’t have a lengthy walk to get there.
Glide Surf School
Cromer NR27 9HE | Tel: 07966 392227
Ditch the drive to Cornwall, Glide Surf School in Cromer offers surf lessons seven days a week between April and October. Whether you want a private or group lesson, or whether you’re a beginner wanting to learn the basics, or a pro wanting to sharpen up your technique, surf lessons are available to anyone, of any age. All equipment is provided.
Bury Saint Edmunds, IP29 5QE | Tel: 01284 735270
Visit the incredible Ickworth Estate. Explore inside the elaborate Georgian house, and stroll through the beautiful gardens. The huge adventure playground is perfect for the older kids or borrow a free adventure backpack, equipped with everything you will need for the little ones to go adventuring.
Pick Your Own
Hillfield Nursey, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, NR14 6PA | Tel: 01508 548 306
For a fun afternoon with the family, go to a pick your own fruit farm. Hillfield Nursey is set in 30 acres of the Norfolk countryside with over 200 varieties of apples and 19 fruits to choose from – you won’t be able to resist having a taste whilst you pick.
Peckover House and Garden
N Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JR | Tel: 01945 583463
Visit a Georgian townhouse and its wonderful walled gardens at Peckover House. Built in 1722, the Peckover family owned and lived in it for over 150 years. The cabinets are full of curiosities and the house is jam-packed with surprises waiting to be discovered. Take a wander around the two acres of colourful gardens, populated by exotic plants, secret corners and hidden paths, try not to get lost!
Woburn Safari Park
Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, MK17 9QN | Tel: 01525 290407
Get a taste of Africa as you take yourself on a self-drive safari. Venture through the large paddocks, inhabited by a diverse mix of animals. See the rhinos, buffalos and antelopes in the Savannah Grasslands enclosure, followed by the impressive 32 acre ‘Kingdom of Carnivores’ exhibit, which is home to tigers, wolves, bears and lions. You will also pass through the giraffe enclosure and the African forest, where the mischievous monkeys roam freely and are fond of getting up close and personal! At the end of the safari, you will enter the park, explore on foot and see the elephants, and sealions, as well as a range of smaller species.
Cambridge Bike Tours
6 Elm Street, CB1 1EJ, Cambridge | Tel: 07598 925243
See Cambridge by bike! Explore the city, colleges and river, and be shown the best spot in town to get a picture of the renowned Kings College. Escape the tourist crowds on a mountain or antique British bike if you prefer. Your guide will take you around the city and into the countryside at a leisurely pace, so you can soak up the atmosphere and take in all the sights.
Bull Brig Lane, Whitwell, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8BL | Tel: 01780 693201
Have a go on the award-winning Aqua Park at Rutland Water. Measuring over 100m by 80m the floating inflatable obstacle course has climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers, blast bags, and the UK’s biggest slides. Perfect for kids, adults and adrenalin junkies!
The Meare, Thorpeness, Leiston IP16 4NW | Tel: 01728 83252
Visit Thorpeness Meare lake, which was created by the wealthy Scottish barrister, Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie. Olgilvie’s close friend, the creator of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie, sparked his idea to create a lake for children to learn to sail, punt and row in comparative safety. The Neverland inspired lake is no deeper than three feet at any point, perfect for children to explore the tiny islands and waterway. There are over 100 boats to hire, so choose your vessel and get exploring!
Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL | Tel: 01206 331292
Set in 60 acres of parkland, Colchester Zoo is home to over 260 species, and is listed as the 11th best zoo in the world. Navigate your way around and experience the different habits, from the humid home of the Komodo dragon to the underwater world of the playa Patagonia, which is the largest underwater tunnel in Europe, and home to the Patagonian sea lions! Throughout the day there is different activities and daily encounters that you can join in with. Have a go at hand feeding the elephants and giraffes or watch a training session.
The Milton Maize Maze
Rectory Farm, A10 Milton By-pass, Milton CB24 6DA | Tel: 01223 860374
Get lost in the seven acres of towering maize, shaped as a unicorn following this year’s magical and mythical theme. Learn about the history of mythical creatures throughout the ages, perhaps you will come across a Phoenix or Unicorn on the way around! Visit the Field of Fun and have a go on the Go Karts, zip wire and trampolines, or pan for treasure at The Milton Mine. Take a stroll around the Wild Flower Meadow and try Farmer Rob’s Frisbee Golf or Feed the Fish & Goats on the Farm Trail. If you need a rest, explore the farm sat in the back of a tractor! Full details at themiltonmaizemaze.co.uk/
Stansted Mountfitchet Castle
Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex CM24 8SP | Tel: 01279, 813237
Be taken back in time and visit Stansted Mountfitchet Castle and Norman village of 1066. The castle is a national historic monument and is believed to have been an early Iron Age fort and Roman, Saxon and Viking settlement. Explore the reconstructed village hidden behind the castle walls, and wander in and out of the many houses and buildings, replicating what they would have looked like long ago. Visit the Toy Museum, which is the largest in the world, showcasing at least 80,000 toys, books and games from the late Victorian era, up to 1990s. The museum also houses a WWI & WWII Blitz and Battle of Britain display, Showbiz Collection and a Rock ‘n’ Roll exhibition.
Thaikun Cooking School
3-5 Quayside, Cambridge CB5 8AB | Tel: 01223 941510
Discover the art of Thai cooking, culture and ingredients at the Thaikun Cooking School. It starts with an introduction to ingredients, followed by a demonstration from an expert chef. Then it’s your turn to put your newfound knowledge into practise, in a hands on practical cooking session. Create a two course culinary Thai feast, with guidance from the professionals. Once completed, you can sit down and enjoy your dish.
Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ | Tel: 01780 782254
Spend the day at Sacrewell Farm and explore the 50 acre site full of fun things to see and do. Visit the farm animals in their paddocks, from horses and pigs to alpacas, or visit the animal village and hatchery to see the eggs in the incubators waiting to hatch! Learn about the farms heritage and discover the 18th century watermill and old farming equipment or let the kids let off some steam in the indoor play barn or outdoor play park.