Fornham St Genevieve, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6TT
Tel 01279 905 881
Situated on the east coast of England, Suffolk is bordered by 50 miles of glorious coastline and topped with breathtaking skies. There’s also a huge amount to see and do, from historical landmarks, river trips, theatres, wildlife centre and much more, while the numerous woodland and nature reserves offer the perfect setting for kids to appreciate nature or to just run around.
At the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds, just a few minutes’ drive from Fornham Park, are the Abbey Gardens, built on the site of a great Benedictine abbey and renowned for their stunning floral displays. There are several other different areas worth a visit – the Appleby Rose Garden, the Pilgrim’s Herb Garden, the Sensory Garden which is designed for the visually impaired with fragrant and tactile plants, and the tranquil and calming Water Garden. There’s also a wildlife feeding area, a small aviary and a children’s play area, plus a bowling green during the summer months. (Distance from park: 3.9 miles)
Bury St Edmunds’ ties with the Magna Carta go back over 800 years to 1214, the year before the Magna Carta was sealed at Runnymede in 1215. This project celebrates the specific role of Bury St Edmunds in the Magna Carta story.
Friendly guides will take you on a tour around this beautiful and historic working brew house, where you can learn how real beer is brewed using natural ingredients and traditional brewing methods. Your tour will end with a tutored beer tasting in the atmospheric Brewery Tap. (Distance from park: 4.4 miles)
Situated in Bury St Edmunds, The Malthouse is a former 17th-century maltings building that offers both guided and self-led tours where you can view a variety of original and fascinating artefacts. There’s a model of the maltings process and a photographic exhibition of the restoration project that took place here. (Distance from park 3.7 miles)
One of England’s great archaeological sites, West Stow is home to a stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village, where you can enjoy walks, workshops, talks and special event days. Surrounded by beautiful unspoilt countryside, with woodland, a river, a lake and nature trails, it’s the ideal attraction for a day out with the family. (Distance from park: 3.5 miles)
Housed within a beautiful medieval building, this fascinating museum features a broad range of eclectic collections and exhibitions on local and social history. Regular events are regularly hosted from themed craft workshops to talks and lectures. (Distance from park: 4.1 miles)
The Arc Shopping Centre is a great place for a shopping day out with your family, it has a great variety of clothing shops, cafes and restaurants to either have a meal, light bite or stop for a cup of coffee. There is often entertainment on and is located in the heart of East England.
(Distance from park 3.9 miles)
This beautiful Cathedral is steeped in history. Come and marvel at the amazing Victorian stained glass windows and if you plan your trip well, you can even attend a service, recital, or listen to visiting choirs. (Distance from park: 3.6 miles)
A contemporary art gallery that plays host to a busy and exciting programme of exhibitions, public art projects, tours, talks and workshops. The gallery occupies part of an elegant Grade I listed building and has striking high ceilings, a Georgian façade, arched windows and magnificent Venetian crystal chandeliers. (Distance from park: 3.6 miles)
England’s only surviving example of a Regency playhouse; this grand theatre hosts a year-round programme of shows, ranging from dramas to musicals, plus a host of special events. Guided tours are also available. (Distance from park: 4.4 miles)
On a rainy day with kids in tow, a fun game of ten pin bowling is an excellent choice. Bury Bowl has a total of 12 bowling lanes, plus an arcade, pool tables, an on-site café. There’s also ample car parking available. (Distance from park: 4.4 miles)
Skateboarding is a hugely popular activity among kids and this exciting skate park, comprising a concrete bowl and street course, provides a safe and secure place for them to practise their finely-honed skills. (Distance from park: 2.4 miles)
Clare is Suffolk’s smallest town, and this picturesque Country Park is only a two-minute walk from the town centre. It’s a perfect place to unwind or discover more of Clare’s fascinating history. There are remains of a Norman Castle in the centre of the park. (Distance from park: 19.7 miles)
Curvemotion is an interactive indoor entertainments venue featuring a range of fun-packed children’s facilities including roller skating, soft play and slides. Birthday parties can be held here, and there’s an on-site bistro serving lunches and snacks. (Distance from park: 2.8 miles)