Keeping the kids amused during a cold week in February can be a bit of a challenge, so we have compiled a list of suggestions for enjoying a fabulous half term in the Heart of Suffolk.

Baylham  House Farm has opened its doors for the season and will be open until September. A rare breeds, working farm, they also have lots of events throughout the year.  If you are lucky, they might even have some  lambs this week! Please note the farm is closed Mondays (except BH Mons).

There are also some cuddle-able lambs at Jimmy’s Farm, near Ipswich, this week, plus fluffy chicks, guinea pigs and other wee beasties. Their nature trail is open and they even have a den-building competition.  The farm trail at Hollow Trees Farm, near Hadleigh is a popular choice all year round; feed the goats, say ‘hello’ to the cows and try your hand at the welly-throwing game. There are things to climb too, such as a tractor, rope swing and a hill fort. Warm up afterwards in the tea room and have a mosey around the farm shop for some fresh, Suffolk produce to take home with you.

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary in Stonham Aspal near Stowmarket has a wonderful collections of owls, red squirrels, chipmunks and some ever-cute meerkats. There’s a woodland walk and a mini-maze. Lots of events take place throughout the year at the sanctuary, so keep an eye on our events list for updates.

The Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket will be putting on some special activities for children this week: On Tuesday 18th of February and Thursday 20th February, the museum will be hosting family-friendly printing days with resident printer Mr Pink. Visitors will be invited to have a go at printing with found objects, making bird and animal themed printed pictures. These print workshops coincide with the last few weeks of the exhibition ‘An Anecdotal Eye’ by  Thomas Bewick  (1753-1828), one of Britain’s great engravers and illustrators. The have-a-go-workshops are only £2 per participant and entry to Abbot’s Hall and the exhibition is free.

(Please note the main museum site will be on winter opening, which means visitors can walk around the site, along the nature trail (weather permitting), and view the animals in the fields, for a reduced admission charge, but the farm buildings are closed. Abbot’s Hall is open all year round, Tuesday – Saturday and entry is free).

Alder Carr Farm near Needham Market, makes for a lovely day out with the family, with their farm trails and selection of small shops, farm shop and café serving a delicious range of light lunches and homemade cakes.

Please note: As with any outdoor attraction or event during this wet weather we have been having, it is advisable to check before you visit to make sure you can access the site.