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Eight things to keep you busy in Suffolk and north Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:16 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:53 09 August 2017

From left to right: Sophie Brooks, Jo Brooks, Holly Mattin and Sarah Mattin get bubbly! Picture: CONTRIBUTED

From left to right: Sophie Brooks, Jo Brooks, Holly Mattin and Sarah Mattin get bubbly! Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Are you looking for things to keep the family entertained this weekend? Then look no further as here are eight things being held in Suffolk and north Essex from Friday, August 11, to Sunday, August 13.

Snape Maltings. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Snape Maltings. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Nature Trail, Snape

August 11 to 13

Enjoy a free day out with nature in the picturesque Snape Maltings and take your family around their trail to see how much of the local wildlife you can spot.

Keep an eye out for the range of birds including egrets, bitterns and marsh harriers, and mammals such as water voles and even seals.

Maps of the trail can be found in the visiting centre or Little Rascals shop, where the trail will end and a small prize will be waiting for your children.

For more information please visit Snape Malting’s page.

Alice in Wonderland, Bungay Castle

Bungay Castle. Picture: KEIRON TOVELL Bungay Castle. Picture: KEIRON TOVELL

August 11 and 12

This much-loved classic has been transformed into an open air production by Strange Fascination Theatre and is a great day out for all the family, especially the little-ones.

Prepare yourself to be singing along and enjoying the antics of the puppetry and bizarre characters such as Mad Hatter, Will the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and many more.

General admission is £12, children under 12 cost £8 and family tickets are available for £36.

For more information please click here.

Beginners Bow Shoot, Bury St Edmunds

August 12

Archery at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. Picture: KAREN HINDLE Archery at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. Picture: KAREN HINDLE

This is a perfect activity for the entire family, Take a visit to the West Stow Anglo Saxon Village and release your inner Robin Hood as you are taught the basics of barebow archery by an Archery GB instructor.

The session runs for one hour so that will leave you with plenty of time to explore the recreated Anglo-Saxon Village and enjoy all the other activities on offer.

Adults cost £15, over 60s and children over the age of 10 cost £10.

For more information and to book tickets please visit their page.

Colchester Zoo summer late night opening, Colchester

August 12

Visiting Colchester Zoo is always a fascinating day out, but it unfortunately comes to an end far too soon.

Tiger relaxing at Colchester Zoo. Picture: PAUL BURNS Tiger relaxing at Colchester Zoo. Picture: PAUL BURNS

Why not go along to their late night opening and see what the magnificent animals get up to while we are usually home.

There will be a whole range of additional events to keep the family entertained during the late opening that will finish at 8pm.

As well as getting closer to the wild, you can enjoy the usual refreshments that Colchester Zoo has to offer as well as their Cider and Slider meal at Penguini’s Pizza and Pasta Restaurant from 4pm.

For more information please visit their page.

WrabFest, Wrabness

August 12

For the third year running, WrabFest returns with their family-friendly music festival that will keep everyone entertained with 12 hours of music from local artists.

WrabFest returns this Saturday. Picture: ANNA BLEWETT WrabFest returns this Saturday. Picture: ANNA BLEWETT

There you will be able to indulge in food and drink, while enjoying great music, and there is even a children’s zone for them to watch fascinating and varied shows by performers demonstrating their skills.

Prices for adults are £12.50, children cost £5 and family tickets are available for £30.

For more information please visit their page.

Clash of Knights, Framlingham Castle

August 12 and 13

Take a trip back in time and witness the battle of knights as four teams fight for victory with clubs and shields as part of the English Heritage’s Medieval Knights Season.

Families and friends will be able to enjoy the medieval atmosphere along with eight hours of non-stop entertainment ranging from archery tournaments, medieval music and tense battles.

Framlingham Castle will host a Clash of Knights event on Saturday and Sunday August 12 and 13. Picture: PHIL RIPLEY Framlingham Castle will host a Clash of Knights event on Saturday and Sunday August 12 and 13. Picture: PHIL RIPLEY

Adult tickets cost £10.90, children aged between five and 15 cost £6.90 and family tickets are available for £28.90.

For more information about the event please visit their page.

RSPB Havergate Adventure, Woodbridge

August 12 to 14

Calling all nature lovers, sail on the RSPB’s boat ‘October Storm’ and get familiar with the birds and see what other wildlife you can spot during the trip that will last just under three hours.

You will be able to borrow binoculars for free so no one misses a thing, as well has homemade refreshments available to buy on the island.

Booking is strongly suggested due to the high demand of this event and the boat being restricted to 12 passengers.

RSPB boat October Storm. Picture: CONTRIBUTED RSPB boat October Storm. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Adults cost £12 and under 16s cost £3.

For more information please visit their page.

Ipswich Bubble Rush

August 13

This is perfect for the whole family, whether you choose to run, jog or walk the five kilometre course you are all bound to have a blast.

Rush your way through four bubble stations where you will be covered in heaps of colourful bubbles fired from the cannons, all in support for the St Elizabeth Hospice.

Don’t forget to bring a towel to Christchurch Park and arrive 30 minutes before your wave starts.

Bubble Rush returns this Sunday. Picture: St Elizabeth Hospice Bubble Rush returns this Sunday. Picture: St Elizabeth Hospice

Children cost £12, over 16s cost £25 and children under two are free.

For more information about times please visit their page.

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