We have pulled together some of our favourite FREE activities across East Anglia and places to eat with the kids.
Free things to do in Suffolk
- Abbey Gardens – Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1XL
The Abbey Gardens, in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, is the perfect spot for enjoying peace whilst watching the world go by. The award-winning 14-acre Abbey Gardens is on the site of the former Benedictine Abbey, the Abbey of St Edmund, once one of England’s most prosperous, largest, and powerful Benedictine monasteries.
- St Edmundsbury Cathedral – Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LS
St James’s Church became a Cathedral in 1914. The Cathedral building has continued to develop over recent years with the addition of the Millennium Tower, completed in 2005, and its magnificent painted and gilded vault, added in 2010. Visitors are welcome to look around the Cathedral on their own. Entry is free, but donations are gratefully received.
- Norfolk and Suffolk aviation museum – Bungay, NR35 1NZ
The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum is a collection of aircraft and aviation-related artefacts near the former RAF Bungay airfield in Flixton. 25,000 artefacts of every description can also be seen within three hangars and seven themed buildings, including RAF Bomber Command, Air-Sea Rescue, Royal Observer Corps, 446 Bomb Group USAAF.
- Holywells Park – Ipswich, IP3 0PG
Holywells is a beautiful open space with stunning trees and ponds and a green hub for the community. There is something for people of all ages to enjoy.
The new play area,’ Imagination Island, has been designed to connect with the water in the park. The splash pad is now open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, with opening times being reviewed as the weather improves.
Free things to do in Norfolk
- Dad’s army museum – Thetford, IP24 2DS
The Museum is independently run by an enthusiastic and dedicated platoon of volunteers, and it currently opens on Saturdays. They are a dog-friendly museum; although entry is free, donations are appreciated.
- Riverside Walks – Norwich
Yare Valley walk – This follows the River Yare from Bowthorpe Southern Park to Marston Marsh through various habitats. It features four local nature reserves – Danby Wood, Marston Marsh, Earlham Park Woods and Bowthorpe Marsh.
Wensum riverside walk – This walk follows the River Wensum from the city centre to Hellesdon. A spot worth looking out for is the Cow Tower, part of Norwich’s medieval defences. Near Cow Tower is a place called ‘the beach’ by locals, a favourite spot for children wanting to feed ducks and swans.
- Redwings Horse Sanctuary – Caldecott, NR31 9EY
Redwings Caldecott is their largest visitor centre, currently home to over 100 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.
Here you can meet mini but mighty Shetland pony Sampson, plus a whole herd of donkeys and mules including adorable donkey Esther and Fox the handsome Shire!
Free things to do in Cambridgeshire
- University Museum of Zoology – Cambridge, CB2 3EJ
The Museum is one of Cambridge’s major attractions, displaying thousands of specimens spanning the entire animal kingdom, from elephants, giant ground sloths and giraffes to birds, reptiles, insects and molluscs. Entry to the Museum is free.
- Paxton Pits Nature Reserve – Saint Neots, PE19 6ET
Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is a rich mosaic of wildlife habitats, with beautiful lakes, riverside, meadow, reedbed, scrub and woodland. It is open for visitors all year round.
- Fitzwilliam Museum – Cambridge, CB2 1RB
Owned by Cambridge University, the Museum features a treasure trove of artefacts, antiques and art from all over the world. This includes old English pottery and ancient wonders from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Places to Eat in the summer holidays from Money Saving Central
- Asda – Kids eat for £1 all day, every day, with no adult spending required.
- Tesco – Kids eat free with a purchase of 60p+ from Monday 24 July until Friday 1 September.
- Sainsburys – Kids eat for £1 with the purchase of an adult hot main. From 11.30 am every day.
- Beefeater and Brewers Fayre – Two children under 16 can get free breakfast daily with one paying adult.
- Hungry horse – Kids eat for £1 on Mondays.
- Morrisons – Spend £4.49 and get one free kid’s meal, all day, everyday.
- Bills – Two kids eat free all day every day from 24 August until 1 September.
- Whitbread Inns – Two kids under 16 eat for free with every adult breakfast purchased.
- Pausa café @ Dunelm – Kids get one mini main, two snacks and a drink free with every £4 spent after 3 pm.