Top Suffolk Museums to Visit with the Kids
Suffolk, just 15 miles from Hemsby Beach Holiday Park, is full of history and interesting titbits of information in its own right. As with many coastal areas, Suffolk too has a variety of maritime history alongside aviation, transport and more! Read on for the top Suffolk museums to visit with the kids.
Beccles and District Museum
Just over 20 miles from Hemsby Beach Holiday Park is the Beccles and District Museum. Open Tuesday through till Sunday, from the end of March until the end of October, the museum has exhibitions on topics including local industries, trade, commerce, farming, warfare, the Town Mayoral robes, clothing and much, much more. In the River Post room, there is also an archaeological and geological display including information about the River Waveney. Throughout the year, the museum also has special, temporary exhibitions.
East Anglia Transport Museum
The East Anglia Transport Museum is just under 20 miles from Hemsby Beach Holiday Park, and is a unique museum that’s definitely worth a look. However, you don’t just get to look at the various historical methods of street transport over the better part of a century – you can also take a ride on some of the museum’s vehicles! From the Tramway to the Trolleybus to the East Suffolk Light Railway, this is a great day out for kids for some education and some fun! The museum also has a café & bookshop, exhibition halls featuring stationary vehicles and ‘Museum Street’ which features relevant street furniture and is where the tram and trolleybus start their journeys.
Lowestoft Maritime Museum
Just up the road from Richardson’s Family Entertainment Centre in Lowestoft is the Lowestoft Maritime Museum at Sparrow’s Nest. The museum celebrated its 50th year in 2018, and opens from April until October, offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the coastal town of Lowestoft’s heritage. Explore the town’s history from a fishing village to a thriving port, as well as getting the kids involved in the museum’s maritime identification trail. You will also be able to find out about shipbuilding on Lake Lothing, the invention of the Hovercraft and much, much more! This is a great day out for kids and adults alike, and is just 17 miles from Hemsby!
Lowestoft War Memorial Museum
Just a stone’s throw from the Lowestoft Maritime Museum is the Lowestoft War Memorial Museum in Sparrow’s Nest. Located within the World War II headquarters of the Royal Naval Patrol Service, the museum serves as a dedication to the people of Lowestoft who served during both World Wars and opened in 1995, lining up with the 50th anniversary of VE day. The museum itself is operated by volunteers and open some weekends as well as school holidays during the summer. Inside, visitors can expect to see a small chapel with the roll of honour for civilians who lost their lives in the wars as well as numerous exhibits and photographs.
Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum
The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum was founded by a group of local enthusiasts who initially formed a society to record the history of aviation in the Eastern counties. In 1976, the Norfolk and Suffolk aviation museum was opened, and the museum has grown since. Open from April to October, Sundays through till Thursdays 10:00 – 17:00 and from November till March on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 10:00 – 16:00*, the museum is home to around 65 aircraft both indoors and out, alongside artefacts, photography and some aviation archaeology exhibits. There is also a Flight Training area and memorials for visitors to the museum to explore.