Holidays for Sharing


Thinking about taking family or friends on holiday? Want to plan some activities for the whole party? Have a look at just a few of the activities visitors to our Big House Holidays enjoy.

Constable Country in South Suffolk

This stunning area, known both as Constable Country and the Dedham Vale has barely changed since artists such as John Constable captured in their famous paintings. Bordering Suffolk and Essex the elegant landscapes are picture postcard perfect! A holiday here is simply idyllic, and there are so many opportunities to explore! Whether you enjoy walking, cycling, boating or sketching there is something for everyone in the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Stay at Bridge Farm Barns, Semer, Hadleigh.

There is lots to do in the area for larger parties including:

Cycling and Canoeing  from the Outdoor Hire Centre, Sudbury

Situated at the Sudbury Boathouse, on the banks of the river Stour you and your party can enjoy a day's self guided paddling along the Stour river by canoe, kayak or row boat, hire bikes which can be delivered to your Big House Holiday property for the duration of your stay or arrange a Group Paddle 'n' Pub day or Stour Valley Scavenger Hunt. 

For more information call 01206700707

River Stour Boat Trips, CO10 2AN

For a leisurely afternoon on the water enjoying views of the iconic Stour River and Constable Country landscapes. Accommodating up to 12 passangers; the newly restored John Constable can be chartered for private groups, adults and children welcome.

For more information phone 01787 313199

Gunsmoke Paintball, Hadleigh, IP7 5JR

If you would like a high octane activity Paintballing might be your thing. Caters for children as young as 12 For more information contact Julie on 07790 143118 or

Paintball Extreme, Tendring, CO160DJ

Caters for children of 12 upwards

For more information phone 01255 860055 or email

Alton Water Sports Centre, Stutton, IP9 2RY‎

The largest inland water sports activity centre in East Anglia set amidst 400 acres of delightful Suffolk countryside visitors can hire kayaks, rowing boats, paddle boards and canoes. If the water is not your thing there are also some lovely cycle tracks.

For more information contact or phone 01473 328408

Cool Pedals, CO4 5NR

For one day bike hire, or even the whole week! Cool Pedals offers you the best in cycling holidays. With a wide range of routes available, both on and off road, you'll find this a great way to see the stunning countryside of constable country.

For more information tel. 01206 625325

Big House Holidays to stay at include 

Lavenham and the Wool Towns

Some of the finest medieval towns and villages in England are situated on the western side of Suffolk. Bury St Edmunds, Lavenham, Long Melford, Kersey, Monks Eleigh and Hadley were all shaped by the wealthy wool merchants of Tudor times. The majority of these wonderful buildings have survived and a visit to any of these towns or villages will be a real treat.

Big Houses in the area include Bridge Farm Barns in Semer (sleeps 14) a great property with heated outdoor pool, child friendly farm animals, wooden climbing fort and fishing. There's lot's more to do in the area though, including:

Paintball Underworld, Long Melford, CO10 7HU

Minimum age 11 years

07906 524992 /

Strikes, Sudbury CO10 2YG

Fantastic for a rainy day! The whole family can get involved in this activity!

For more information contact 01787 312288

or you might like to visit

Bury Bowl, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1YQ

For more information telephone 01284 331 38

Lavenham Falconry, Monks Eleigh IP7 7AY

A truly uplifting experience! Falconary Experience Days can be enjoyed at Lavenham Farconry Headquarters or, for larger parties, the team including owls, hawks, falcons and eagles will arrange a private display at your Big House Holiday - ideal for birthdays, anniversaries and weddings etc..You can watch a display or try your hand at bird handling

For more information: Email: Telephone: 01787 249691 Mobile: 07960 879 600 (Steve)

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD

With a year round programme of music, comedy and drama, this is the perfect cultral pit-stop if you're staying in the Wool Towns!

Groups of 8 or more can receive a discount of £2 off each full price ticket*

*Not concession tickets

For more information tel. 01284 758000

Aldeburgh and Thorpeness

On the Suffolk coast both Aldeburgh and Thorpeness have pebble beaches with sandy areas where the children can enjoy a good old fashioned 'bucket and spade' summer holiday as well as sailing, tennis, golf, horse riding, cycling, walking and bird watching.  Aldeburgh has a year round arts and literary programme, including The Aldeburgh Festival in June and the Summer Proms in August, both at Snape Maltings, a Documentory Festival, Literary Festival, and summer theatre.

Big Houses in Aldeburgh and Thorpeness include Alexander House (sleeps 13), Stoney Beach (10), Fairhaven (11), Shore Cote (10) and Spinneys (8 + 6) which has its own indoor pool. The beach is on your doorstep, there are tennis courts, a wonderful heathland golf course and fantastic boating lake within a few minutes walk of each of the properties.

Aldeburgh River Trips, IP15

A 12 seater open boat taking you along the glorious River Alde, past Orfordness and in good weather into the open sea

For more information contact 01728 453528.

River Tours, Snape Maltings, IP17 1SR

Enjoy a 45 minute estuary cruise from the world famous Snape Maltings past Iken Cliff and along the river towards Aldeburgh. Advance group bookings are welcome onboard most scheduled sailings.

For more information contact 01502 574903

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, IP17 1SR

Throughout the year Snape Maltings Concert Hall becomes the home to musicians and artists from around the world. First class performances all year round, this makes for a fantastic trip during your stay at a Big House Holiday.

For more information contact the box office on 01728 687110


This historic, riverside market town boasts an excellent selection of shops, restaurants and cafes. The costal village has many walks and acticites both within it and in the close surrounding area, idea for a family holiday.

Big Houses in and around Woodbridge include Theatre Street (sleeps 10), found in the heart of the historic town and Vale Farm Barns, Sutton (sleeps 18). These each make a fantastic base for your Big House Holiday and why not try some of the local activities, perfect for big groups:

Deben Cruises, Walderingfield IP12 4QZ

The 54 passenger boat will cruise along the river deben offering you the best views of this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the on board commentary explaining the rich history and wildlife. The 'all weather boat' means you and your party can enjoy this any time of year!

Refreshments available on board and nearby Maybush is perfect for food.

For more information tel. 01473 736260

East Suffolk Water Ski Club, Felixstowe Ferry

Great fun for those who love a bit of adventure! Have a go at water skiing.

Whether you've skiied before or not at all, have a go on the river deben during your Big House Holiday!

For more information 01473 811783

Beacon Rally Karts, Martlesham IP12 4RP

Get the whole family together and find your competitive side at Beacon Rally Karts!

Large groups can pay for a set amount of cars and bring as many drivers as you like, with the time divided equally between drivers.

For more information 01394 610066 Email

Ufford Park Golf, Ufford IP12 1QW

With their 18 hole, par 71 championship course and Doctorgolf Teaching Academy, anyone will feel comfortable at Ufford Park Golf Club!

In addition, a unique two-storey, floodlit driving range with sculptured outfield means you can practice until perfect! Open seven days a week its heated bays ensure year-round use!

Short term memberships available if you want to come and go throughout your holiday, or on the day services for those who want one day here.

For more information tel. 01394 383555

Southwold Area

Home to the Adnams brewery, famous lighthouse and beach huts this is a picture perfect holiday destination! The golden beach is one of Suffolk's finest and the grasslands surrounding are the perfect setting to some brilliant walks! Ferry across the River Blyth to Walberswick to continue you exploration of this coastal gem!

Big Houses in the area include Amory House (sleeps 10), The Manor House, Bramfield (sleeps 10), Cravens Manor (sleeps 12) and Old Hall Barn, Darsham (sleeps 14). These large properties make for a fantastic holiday home for all the family! Activities suited to big groups include:

Coastal Voyager, Southwold IP18 6TA

For a calming family cruise along the river Blyth, look no further! Just make sure you don't get on their other boat - the high speed Sea Blast! A 400hp boat will take you on adrenaline filled journey!

For more information on the cruise and the Sea Blast experience 07887 525083

Adnams Brewery Tours, Southwold IP18 6EW

Take a step into the wonderful world of Adnams! This Suffolk Brewery produces some world famous products and you can head straight inside, enjoy samples and take a look at how they produce such fine products!

Book in advance and over 18s only. Capacity - 12 people per tour.

For more information tel. 01502 727225

Summer Theatre, Southwold IP18 6LE

Every year in Southwold and Aldeburgh, The Summer Theatre Company run a series of plays throughout July to September. With talented actors, stage directors, set designers and writers this is something not to be missed!

Programmes announced in preceding spring.

North Suffolk and the Norfolk Borders

At the Northern end of Suffolk and into Norfolk you will find peaceful broads and ancient marshlands full of wildlife and natural beauty. Theatres and arts centres are plentiful and there are many delightful market towns well worth exploring!

Big Houses in the area include Becks Green Barn, (sleeps 10 or 14), The Shooting Lodge, Gillingham (sleeps 16), Hales Hall, Loddon (sleeps 14 - 25), Worlingham Hall (sleeps 28). Though suited to a slow and relaxing holiday, there are plently of activities for bigger groups to keep you all well entertained!

Waveney River Tours, Oulton Broads NR33 9JS

Take a trip along the broads! Day tours and sunset cruises all available. A friendly crew there to keep you safe and entertained! Advanced, group bookings are welcome on most scheduled tours and some wheelchair capacity available. Explore the ancient marshland landscapes and fall in love with this part of the world!

For more information tel. 01502 574903

Combat Paintball ltd., Thetford and Northwold

Step into the forest for battle! With 'film set themed' battle grounds, everyone will feel like an action hero from the biggest blockbuster! Low impact games are availble for those 8+, so even more of the family can get involved! A fantastic, active day out for all the family!

For more information tel. 01842 769112

If you want to try Shooting there are several options for you! Ideal for Stag parties or a great way to entertain your large party.

The Big Shoot, Darsham

Min. age 9. tel. 0844 745 5008

High Lodge, Nr Darsham

Junior 'have-a-go' sessions for under 10-15. tel. 01986 784347

Suffolk Shooting School, Barnham, IP24 2PP or call 07863170547 or 01842 890307

Go Ape!, Thetford Forest IP27 0AF

A brilliant one for team building! This tree-top high rope adventure course is fantastic fun! If you'd rather your feet stay firmly on the ground, their all-terrain Forest Segway experience is perfect for you!

For more information tel. 0843 770 3662 email:

Ellough Park Raceway NR34 7XD

Get competitive with some outdoor karting! With minimum age as 8 years, even more of the family can get involved!

For more information tel. 01502 717718

Mr G's Bowling, IP27 0AA

It can rain all it likes, you and the family will have a great time bowling! Ideal for large groups. For more information tel. 01842 813111


The unspoilt countryside of Forest of Bowland is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The undulating landscape is inspiring, creative souls will love this area of stone villages and sweeping moorland. An ideal destination for walkers or even for those who want to sit back and absorb the stunning views that surround you.

Big Houses in the area include Calderbank Lodge in Wyre Valley (sleeps 20). Situated in the heart of the Forest of Bowland and surrounded by grouse moors you will feel as though you've landed in a fanastic painting here! And there is plently to do in the area, suited to large groups:

Go Ape!, Rivington BL6 7SB

Enjoy a tree-top family adventure! Swing on high ropes work as a team at Go Ape! Minimum age 10yrs.

For more information call 0845 643 9215

Paintball, Preston PR26 6TN

A great day out for a group! Enter the battlefield and enjoy a paint-filled day!

For more information tel. 0845 430 4455 or email:

Dinner Cruise, Riley Green

Enjoy a 3 hour trip from Riley Green Marina, through Withnell Fold nature reserve, past the old Withnell Ford paper mill, through the countryside via Houghton Tower, the hamlet of Wheelton and Johnson Hillocks! Lunch, Dinner and Regular cruises available.

For more information tel. 01254 667412


An intimate coastal town with an impressive Castle Keep, Orford is a beautiful location for your holiday. The bustling quay is perfect for crabbing or boat trips and fresh fish is plentiful! With a world-famous smokery, Orford may be small but it certainly is worth visiting!

Big houses in the area include Castle House, Orford (sleeps 10 - 14), Butley Barn, Butley (sleeps 12 + 2) and Marshlands, (sleeps 16). A great river cruise and restaurant can be found in Orford, also worth visiting is Aldeburgh and Snape, just a short drive from Orford and there are some great activities for large groups!

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant, Orford IP12 2NU

Brunches, Lunches, Dinners and Sunset Suppers! All on board the Lady Florence, looking over the oustandingly beautiful setting of Orford.

Maximum 12 passengers. Advisable to book well in advance.

For more information call 07831 698298 or email

Mountain Biking, Butley

Enjoy the Suffolk country side by bike! Jump on one of the high performance Trek Mountain Bikes and explore the trails that suit all abilities

Guides available to help you make the most of your time - they are British Cycling trained Level 2 mountain bike leaders, qualified in first aid and can deal with trailside mechanics.

For more information contact Big House Holidays on 01394 389188


A wonderful and historic market town home to an impressive Castle, Framlingham was once the refuge of Mary Tudor. Now the quiet winding streets make for an idyllic holiday destination with great eateries and shops.

Big Houses in the area include Watermill Cottages in Kettleburgh (sleeps 10) made from two quaint, thatched cottages this is an ideal location for a party of 10 who also want an element of separation. They make for a great base to explore Framlingham and the surrounding area. Activities for groups in and around Framlingham include:

Desert Storm Paintballing, Pettaugh IP14 6DU

For groups of 8 - 20 people this is great fun for the whole family to get involved with! Min Age 13yrs.

For more information, 07933 170389 or

General Suffolk

Private Murder Mystery Dinners

Great for an evening of entertainment with a group of friends or family!

Visit for all you need to get started!

The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

A fantastic theatre, with great performances year-round! Offers available for groups.

Call 01473 295900 or email

The Red Rose Chain theatre group

This quirky group produce some of the best performances Suffolk has known! These known favourites of Emma Freud, and acclaimed group perform around the county but are most regularly found doing theatre in the forest at Jimmy's Farm! Head to their site to see what they have coming up and make a whole day out of it by visiting Television's Jimmy Doherty's Farm and sample some of the great, fresh food they have on offer there!

For more information tel. 01473 603388 or email