Summer holiday activities for the kids

So, you’ve booked the holiday, you’ve packed the buckets and spades but have you got plenty of kids’ activities planned for when you get here? Southwold and Walberswick on the Suffolk coastline have loads to offer families looking for ways to keep the children entertained. Here’s a few ideas to have up your sleeve...

Southwold Pier
Southwold’s iconic pier is a prominent attraction in this vibrant seaside town. With arcades, shops, cafés, restaurants, an innovative water clock and an Under the Pier Show, it’s easy to keep the children amused. There are a host of activities during the summer including Punch and Judy and face painting.

The Pitstop – Southwold
The Pitstop is a fab café with lovely grounds and tennis courts tucked away between the water tower and Southwold Golf Club. There are a fantastic range of toys including bikes, scooters, a Wendy House, toy cars and board games. For the grown-ups, it’s a relaxing place to read the papers and enjoy home-made cakes, all day breakfasts and freshly made sandwiches. Look out for regular events such as barbecues, “Spaghetti nights”, and tennis tournaments.

Southwold Boating Lake and Tea rooms
This quirky 1940s style tea room is well worth a visit during your holiday. Close to Southwold Pier, the tea rooms serve home-made cakes, snacks and light lunches. Children can enjoy the paddleboats on the lake (life jackets provided) while you relax and watch the world go by. The Boating Lake features one of the largest free wind-sailing model yacht ponds in the UK. Have a go at sailing at one of the model Yacht Regattas.

Ice cream and sweet treats
Southwold and Walberswick are spoilt for choice when it comes to sweet treats. Beaches & Cream in Southwold is ice cream and candy heaven with sweets from imported brands such as Rees and Hershey’s and loads of ice cream flavours. Squiers is a more traditional confectioner with plenty to tempt a sweet tooth or try 1 St James’ Green which sells many old fashioned favourites. New to Southwold this summer is Harris & James, serving delicious gelato, cakes and pastries, freshly roasted coffee and bean-to-bar chocolate.  Suzi’s Café or Gun Hill Cafe are also great for an ice cream stop. In Walberswick, the Parish Lantern is a lovely tea room by the village green or head to the beach to the trusty ice cream van!

Surf’s up
Catch a wave or two with a lesson with Surfwold Surf School offering children (over 8) and adult lessons on Southwold beach. Lessons include a thorough safety brief, advice on how to enter the water, paddling, catching a wave, popping-up and riding waves. Surfboards and wetsuits provided.

Bike hire
Southwold Cycle Hire has a great range of bikes to hire for all the family. Call 01502 724466 or visit 3 Blyth Road, Southwold. Mountain Bike and Cruiser Bike Hire offers adult and child bikes from the Dawes and Raleigh ranges.

Crabbing, Walberswick
A trip to Walberswick would not be complete without a spot of crabbing! Bring a bucket, a crab line and some bait (raw bacon is good) and see how many you can catch by the river bank. Just don’t forget to put the crabs back in the water so that they can carry on with their day!