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RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve
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The Visitor Centre, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ, Tel: 01708 899840, Email

RSPB Rainham Marshes is a unique nature reserve which has been restored to a grazing marshland following 100 years of use as a MoD shooting range. Today the reserve is a fabulous place for wildlife - and for you to get close views!

Hedingham Castle

Baley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DJ, Tel: 01787 460261, Email

Visit Hedingham Castle for a great family day out. Bring a picnic and explore the beautiful gardens and lakes then take time to explore the 110ft tall Norman Keep.

IWM Duxford
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Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR, Tel: 01223 835 000, Email

IWM Duxford tells the story of the impact of aviation on the nature of war, on people’s lives and the history of our region.

Jimmy's Farm

Pannington Hall Lane, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AR, Tel: 01473 604206, Email

Share the good life with Jimmy’s Farm… home to the Essex Pig and to TV Presenter Jimmy Doherty, it really is a great family day out.

Skylark Maize Maze

Skylark Country Store and Garden Centre, Manea Road, Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, PE15 0PA, Tel: 01354 741212, Email

An a-mazing family day out. Enter our jungle safari maze and complete the Monkey Maze challenge - 'Jungle Bungle''. As well as the maze we have many great attractions in the funyard to keep you busy all day!

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm

Mill Lane, Baylham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 8LG, Tel: 01473 830264, Email

Working livestock farm. Friendly animals. Wheelchair access. Waterside walks. Picnic areas. Disabled toilet. Baby changing. Shop and café. Homemade food.

Scudamore's Punting Cambridge

Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1RS, Tel: 01223 359750, Email

Established in the early 1900s, we are recognised as the introducers of pleasure punting in Cambridge. We're the country's oldest and friendliest punting company.

RSPB Lakenheath Fen
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Station Road, Lakenheath, Brandon, Suffolk, IP27 9AD, Tel: 01842 863400, Email

What was once arable farmland is now a thriving wetland, home to elusive bitterns, charming bearded tits, and elegant cranes as well as a host of other wetland wildlife.

Broads Tours
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The Bridge, Wroxham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8RX, Tel: 01603 782207, Email

Discover the Norfolk Broads by joining Broad Tours for a river trip on board a double decker passenger boat; all trips include an entertaining live commentary.

Colmans Mustard Shop

15 The Royal Arcade, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1NQ, Tel: 01603 627889, Email

Colman’s Mustard Shop & Museum is housed in the historic Royal Arcade and is a careful replica of a Victorian trade premises, where you can browse through original Colman’s memorabilia.

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
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Farmers Avenue, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU, Tel: 01603 493625, Email

One of the city’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Now a museum and art gallery, it is home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine art.

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve
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Westleton, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3BY, Tel: 01728 648281, Email

Discover the incredible variety of wildlife present on the beautiful Suffolk coast as you explore a network of paths through woods, wetlands and heaths. There’s something for everyone, whenever you visit.

Herbert Woods
Broads Tourism

Broads Haven, Bridge Road, Potter Heigham, Norfolk, NR29 5JF, Tel: 01692 670711, Email

Explore the newest member of the National Park family on board a Herbert Woods Day Boat or Canoe. Perfect for a spot of fishing or a secluded picnic, there is no better way to explore the Broads. Cruiser and Cottage holidays also available.

Strangers' Hall Museum
Norfolk Tourist Attractions Association member

Charing Cross, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4AL, Tel: 01603 667229

Medieval townhouse with period rooms. Displays from Tudor to Victorian times. Toy collection on display.

RSPB Havergate Island

Unit 3, Richmond Old Dairy, Gedgrave, Suffolk, IP12 2BU, Tel: 01394 450732, Email

Havergate Island is a nature reserve situated in the River Ore. A short boat trip away and something very different.

Bressingham Steam and Gardens
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Thetford Road, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2AA, Tel: 01379 686900, Email

You have to go a long way to beat Bressingham Steam and Gardens for a family day out.

RSPB Freiston Shore Nature Reserve

Shore Road, Freiston Shore, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE20 1AY, Tel: 01205 724678, Email

Explore the wilderness of The Wash, the UK’s most important estuary for wildlife.


Buckenham, Norfolk, NR13 4HW, Tel: 01603 715191, Email

Buckenham Marshes reserve offers scenic walks through traditional grazing marshes. In winter it is home to huge flocks of wildfowl.