Things to do with the kids
Aside from the shops, history and walking trails there are plenty of activities to explore with the kids in Beccles.
Beccles Lido is a traditional open-air swimming pool with a 30 x 15m main pool and separate toddler and paddling pools, all heated to 27 °C. There are plenty of sunbathing areas, both grassy and paved, sun loungers, picnic tables, tables and chairs, a kiddie’s adventure play area and onsite cafe. Beccles Lido is open from the end of May until early September. For prices and opening times please check the Beccles Lido website.
If you’d rather be on the water than in it, the Big Dog Ferry operates from the Beccles Lido and will take you the 3 miles along the River Waveney from Beccles to the Locks Inn, Geldeston. You may remain on board for a round trip, or disembark in Geldeston and either catch another trip back later or walk back along some delightful footpaths. Open from April to October visit the Big Dog Ferry’s website for prices and times.
Canoe hire is also possible from Beccles Lido, in association with The Canoe Man and follows the same route to the Locks Inn, Geldeston. Advanced booking is essential and can be done on The Canoe Man’s website.
If you’d prefer to hire a boat there are a couple different options. Hippersons Boatyard offers boat, kayak, canoe and bike hire. For rates and availability see their website here.
Waveney River Tours also offer self-drive boats available for hire either by the hour or day. Or if you’d like a tour of the Broads they can do that too. The purpose-built Waveney Princess offers a selection of different tours departing from Oulton Broad. To find out more visit Waveney River Tours’ website.
Ellough Park Raceway provides both adult and junior karting, for children 8 years and older. The circuit has been designed by racing drivers and is floodlit enabling them to operate seven days a week year round – even in the darker winter months. Adults and children can do timed sessions together (in separate karts) on track ‘arrive and drive’ sessions, and there are spectator viewing areas for those who would rather watch. For more information checkout the Ellough Park Raceway’s website.
Beccles Golf Club hosts a 9 hole course available to the public on payment of a green fee. The Club is run by volunteers and dates back to 1899. To book, or for further information check their website.
A few miles outside of Beccles towards Lowestoft, is the East Anglia Transport Museum which is open from April until October. With the opportunity to ride on a number of different vehicles from the light railway, a vintage tram, and a trolleybus the museum provides a real living experience of the development of mechanical transport. Dog friendly, and with their own Terminus Tearooms providing light refreshments, you could easily spend all day at the museum. To find out more visit the East Anglia Transport Museum’s website.
Also towards Lowestoft is Africa Alive. Set in 100 acres, Africa Alive offers sights and sounds of Africa to be discovered along with some native wildlife too – in all there are over 80 species to see. With indoor and outdoor adventure play areas as well as restaurants, free car parking, and a gift shop there is plenty to see and do.