Things To Do On The Shotley Peninsula This Summer

Keeping everyone happy and active during the summer holidays can be a real challenge for parents, grandparents and children alike. Whether it is Explorer fun days, walking trails, sailing, free swimming, or days out at local events, we have found plenty to keep the whole family from getting bored.

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 Especially for kids: 

FREE - Explorer Day for children on the peninsula

Thanks to Babergh's communities health and wellbeing team, parents can book their children onto an incredible day of outdoor fun for free, as it is funded by the district council working in partnership with Abbeycroft Leisure.

Youngsters can explore the great outdoors, enjoy archery, catapult building, campfire building and much more on and around the fields and woods at Holbrook Sports Centre.

Open to all children eight years and over, on Wednesday, August 28 from 10am -  4pm but they will need to bring suitable clothing (warm & waterproof) & a packed lunch to keep your energy levels high.

To book visit or call 01473 328015. Pre-booking essential. We operate a strict behavioral code. For more information please visit 

SOS Adventure trails - Discover precious Peninsula treasures with two circular walks around Shotley's woodlands, clifftops, beaches and river paths, just follow the Shotley Open Spaces way-markers. Become a walk leader, play pebble Jenga, find curious characters (such as the Green Oak Man) learn about our history, culture and abundant wildlife. Go to the Shotley Open Spaces website for more information, your certificate or Walk Leader's badge.

There is fun for all the family with trips to Holbrook Sports Centre, Alton Water, Suffolk Ski Centre, Jimmy's Farm, the Arthur Ransome trail from Chelmondiston to Shotley, or learn about Queen Anne's heart at Erwarton and see the alpacas.

We have plenty of free play equipment areas, with a zip wire in Chelmondiston and Brantham; table tennis, outdoor gym and football goals in Chelmondiston, outdoor tennis curt, basket/netball and five-a-side and full size football pitches in Shotley.

Brantham, Stutton, and Shotley have toddle play groups and every Monday (except Bank Holidays) a pop up library service offers more than just books with its sing-a-longs, Lego and computer facilities designed for all, at Shotley Village Hall.

Take trip on the foot ferry to explore Landguard Fort in Felixstowe, or Redoubt Fort at Harwich or book on a Seal Watching voyage.

Free swims for all children who live on the Shotley peninsula, aged 16 and under, at Hadleigh Leisure Centre and Kingfisher pool, Sudbury, in conjunction with Babergh District Council. Simply register at: Abbeycroft Leisure. 

Fun For All: Vintage, classic or just plain cool cars at the Shotley Rose this summer. East Coast Retros at the Rose on Wednesday, August 21. After sail boarding, kayaking, sailing, swimming or just paddling on the beach pop into the Bristol Arms for family dining and refreshments. Or enjoy coffee, tea and cake at Tea n the Quay. 

Explore the Shotley Marina, crabbing, paddling, watch the yachts come in and out of the lock, visit HMS Ganges Museum at the weekend, or just watch the world go by with a drink or meal at the Shipwreck.

Joggers, shufflers and speedster of all ages and abilities are all welcome to the Great Run Local at Alton Water with beautiful 2km or 5km courses to enjoy every Sunday morning with a 9.30am start. 

Learn about the secret life of Shotley, discover the peninsula's history, culture, celebrities, wildlife and heritage. Hire your bespoke guide to explore the Shotley Peninsula, ideal for groups or coach parties.

Grown Up Stuff: Live music from  at the Shotley Rose - see website for details. 

Friends of Woolverstone are hosting an Art Show and sale on Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1 at Berners Hall from 10am.

Horse racing enthusiasts can enjoy a day at the races on Thursday, August 29  pick up from the Bristol Arms, coach, entry tickets and supper all for £35.

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