Things to do in Suffolk with a dog and a baby

We visited Suffolk this week for a quick mini break as my dad lives in the area. He hasn’t lived there long and my siblings and I didn’t grow up there so we’re discovering the area for the first time.

We’ve really only seen a snippet of what the county has to offer and in many ways we’ve gone to the headline places first but you gotta start somewhere. So below are the main highlights of what we did, which nailed it in terms of being dog and child friendly. If you’re ever in the area do check them out, and I’ll make sure I update this after my next visit.


It really is as lovely as it looks. We parked in the Thorpe Road carpark at the far end of the town which was a bit quieter, so more spaces and easier to get out prams etc. It also then means you have a nice walk into the centre. It’s a pebble beach which confused my 3 year old niece “where’s the sand?” but she was quickly won over. Obviously the pebbles aren’t great for prams but there is a smooth path all the way along the seafront too so that wasn’t a problem.

As we were visiting in March it wasn’t too busy, but dad says come summer it is heaving. Time of year makes a difference in terms of dogs as well because between 1st  May – 30th September they aren’t allowed on the more central part of the beach but there are still areas of the beach that are fine, so just check here before you go.


After a walk on the beach into the town we stopped and had ice cream here which was great as they do tiny cute baby ice creams which Arthur loved. Apparently there is an ice cream shop that does doggy ice cream too, but not found that one yet!


This fish and chip shop is the place to go, but the queues reflected that so we had coffee and ice creams then went and had packed lunch on the beach followed by a quick photo shoot, a run (well more like a trot for Rupert), pebble collecting and then off home.



When my dad said that his golf club was family and dog friendly AND served good food I was slightly sceptical but he was right! This place is brilliant and makes a change from heading to dog friendly pubs to eat. Kingfishers has recently had a refurb and really welcomes children, they have a playground outside, a big toy chest in the restaurant and they do mum and baby groups on some weekday mornings (drop them a line to find out which days exactly as it changes throughout the year). The food was yummy, the dogs welcomed and there are some good walks around the course too, so all in all a great place to go.



Again, a great family and dog friendly place to go. Animals, train rides, outdoor adventure play area, café, and much more, a really cute little farm that welcome dogs on leads, Rupert even went on the train ride 🙂


It was out of season when we went so the castle wasn’t open in the week, but we still had a walk around the grounds.


The little market town, is again really dog friendly, we had a mooch around the shops and then coffee and lunch at The Lemon Tree, where everyone was made to feel very welcome and I’d highly recommend.

With a dog and a toddler in tow, you can sometimes go to places that just aren’t welcoming, but I can honestly say that all the places above we friendly and fun for all


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