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Seven days out in Suffolk and north Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:54 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:54 16 November 2017

Switching on the Lowestoft Christmas lights. PICTURE: BILL DARNELL

Switching on the Lowestoft Christmas lights. PICTURE: BILL DARNELL

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Your weekend inspiration is here – these events are all taking place on November 18 and 19.

Learn more about Ipswich's architecture at the Suffolk Record Office. Picture: PHIL MORLEY Learn more about Ipswich's architecture at the Suffolk Record Office. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Ipswich’s Prolific Architects at Ipswich Record Office

November 18

Ipswich

The Ipswich Record Office holds an extensive collection of the architect’s firm of Cautley and Barefoot, and its successors, which practised in Ipswich for most of the 20th Century.

Archivist Hilary Ritchie who has catalogued the collection will give an illustrated talk about their work.

Their work included churches, public buildings, private homes and lots more.

You can read more on the website.

Lavenham Literary Festival

Audience from the Lavenham Literary Festival in previous year. Picture: GREGG BROWN Audience from the Lavenham Literary Festival in previous year. Picture: GREGG BROWN

November 18

Lavenham

Get involved with the Lavenham Literary Festival this weekend.

Clare Mulley returns to Lavenham to talk about her latest book The Woman Who Flew for Hitler.

The book tells the story of two female German flying aces in the Second World War; one of them a devout Nazi, the other of Jewish blood.

The event will be held at the Lavenham village Hall.

To order tickets or find out more visit the website.

Christmas Craft and Gift Fair

Enjoy Christmas shopping at the Christmas Craft and gift market. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCKphoto Enjoy Christmas shopping at the Christmas Craft and gift market. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCKphoto

November 19

Bury St Edmunds

The Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds is holding its annual Christmas craft and gift fair this Sunday.

The event runs from 10am-4.30pm and there are lots of stalls for you to look at.

It is your chance to grab some unique Christmas presents for your loved ones.

This popular fair also has free admission.

For more information visit the website.

Woodbridge Mind Body Spirit Festival

Keith Goodwin, from Healing Alchemy, performed healing at the Woodbridge Mind Body Spirit Festival in previous year. Picture: SU ANDERSON Keith Goodwin, from Healing Alchemy, performed healing at the Woodbridge Mind Body Spirit Festival in previous year. Picture: SU ANDERSON

November 18-19

Woodbridge

Are you overdue a relaxing weekend? Well now is your chance.

Life Arts is providing a weekend packed with therapies, meditation space, spiritual guidance, and more.

Pop down to the Woodbridge Community Hall to enjoy one of the treatments.

The weekend is also raising money for the Oxfam Shop in Woodbridge.

To read more about the event visit the website.

Stargazing at Abberton

Enjoy an evening of stargazing. Picture: NA Enjoy an evening of stargazing. Picture: NA

November 18

Colchester

Watch the stars with a loved one this Saturday at the Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre.

The event is being hosted by Essex Wildlife Trust and North Essex Astronomical Society who will supply large telescopes for you to gaze into.

The event will run whatever the weather however if it is cloudy views will be limited through the scopes.

You must book yourself a place on the course to do so call 01206 738172.

For more information visit the website.

Lowestoft Christmas Lights Switch On

The Christmas lights switch-on at Lowestoft.  Picture: BILL DARNELL The Christmas lights switch-on at Lowestoft. Picture: BILL DARNELL

November 18

Lowestoft

The event takes place in the town centre from 3pm to 6pm.

Families will be able to enjoy the Santa Bus, a funfair and food and drink stalls.

Lowestoft Vision is giving one lucky family the chance to turn on the Christmas lights at 5pm.

To be in with a chance enter the Find the Christmas Elves competition.

You can read more about the event on the website.

Festival of Cultures

Drummers performing at  a workshop at a Culture Festival. Picture: SU ANDERSON Drummers performing at a workshop at a Culture Festival. Picture: SU ANDERSON

November 18

Chelmsford

Travel the world in just one day with the free Festival of Cultures.

Hear the best of Africa with the African drumming workshop, experience the art of India through silk painting and lots more.

From food tasting, performances and dancing you will be spoilt for choice.

The festival will be held at the Anglia Ruskin University Campus.

You can find out more information from the website.

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