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Six things happening in Suffolk and north Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 09:53 07 December 2017

Here are six things to keep you busy this weekend. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Here are six things to keep you busy this weekend. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Do you run out of things to do at the weekend? Check out our guide for inspiration, here is what’s happening on December 9 and 10.

Pop down to Catastrophe Cat Cafe this Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT Pop down to Catastrophe Cat Cafe this Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Christmas Market with Cats

Catastrophe Cat Cafe, Needham Market

December 10

Head down to the Cat Cafe and re-homing centre to enjoy festivities and raise money for the rescue cats.

There will be Christmas themed treats, home made cakes, mulled wine, cider and mince pies.

There is also children’s face painting, name that cat, a tombola, raffle and home made jewellery.

All money goes towards re-homing, cat food or vet treatment of the cafe cats.

For more information call 07388 522942.

Stallholders at Bury St Edmunds Farmers' Market. Picture: RACHEL WILLETT/ MICHAEL JAMES C Stallholders at Bury St Edmunds Farmers' Market. Picture: RACHEL WILLETT/ MICHAEL JAMES C

Bury St Edmunds Farmers’ Market

The Traverse, Bury St Edmunds

December 10

Over 30 of the region’s finest local producers will be gathering in Bury town centre for the market.

Browse organic meat, Suffolk coffee, homemade pies, freshly bake bread, spices, honey, cakes and desserts, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

You will also be able to see some work from the best crafters in the area.

To make it even better entry is free.

To find out more visit the website.

Head down to Easton Farm Park to meet Father Christmas. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Head down to Easton Farm Park to meet Father Christmas. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Father Christmas comes to Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park, Woodbridge

December 1 - 23

Take the little ones to see Father Christmas at Easton Farm Park.

The magical experience includes a sleigh ride to meet the animals, a gift from Father Christmas and children’s Christmas party food.

There are also two heated soft play areas and an outdoor adventure play area for your children to play in.

There are limited spaced so make sure you book tickets online.

For more information and details visit the website.

Create a master piece at the clay workshop. Picture: BRIAN A JACKSON Create a master piece at the clay workshop. Picture: BRIAN A JACKSON

Clay Workshop

The Room at Melton

December 2

Get creative this weekend with this clay workshop.

Explore a variety of techniques and create your own masterpieces.

It could be a great opportunity to make someone’s Christmas present.

You will be working in a small and friendly group alongside a qualified tutor.

For more information visit the website.

Get your ice skates ready. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO Get your ice skates ready. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Winter Wonderland

Riverside Ice and Leisure, Chelmsford

Every weekend from December 2 - December 24

Get into the Christmas spirit at the Riverside Winter Wonderland.

There will be an ice rink, a Santa’s grotto, festive food and drink and appearances from Pops the penguin.

Skate amongst the beautiful decorations, sing along to Christmas carols and enjoy a great time out with friends and family.

Please note spaces for Santa’s Grotto are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.

To find out more visit the website.

Take a ride down the Demonxtreme Ice Slider. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Take a ride down the Demonxtreme Ice Slider. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Demon Xtreme Ice Slider

Castle Park, Colchester

December 1 - January 3

Who needs snow when you can go sledging this weekend without it.

The DX Ice Slider is a 35 metre long ride with five lanes, four lanes are to be used with a plastic sled and the other is for more adventurous riders.

Each person gets 25 minutes to slide down as many times as you can fit in, so the quicker you get up the slope the more rides you have.

Please note the sleds are designed for all ages but height restrictions do apply.

For the full details visit the website.

If you haven’t sent Santa your Christmas list yet, pop tickets for this festive-fuelled fairytale on it first.

It’s not Christmas without a visit to Red Rose Chain’s The Avenue Theatre. We spoke to writer and director Joanna Carrick and actors Emma Swan, Darren Latham and Ryan Penny about The Elves and The Shoemaker.

A great panto starts from the moment the audience enters the auditorium and starts looking at the set laid out before it. Arts editor Andrew Clarke talks to designer David Shields about the art of creating a larger-than-life panto world

DanceEast is staging the premiere of a new dance-theatre production of the children’s classic The Borrowers. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to director Jane Hackett about putting dancers in the middle of an animated world

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis says Greg Davies, live in Ipswich as part of the You Magnificent Beast tour, is one of the funniest stand-ups she’s seen.

Robert Wright throughly enjoys Dick Whittington, this year’s panto offering at Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal

Cockney fun Fairy Pearl promised us she would take us to “a world of pure imagination”.

The Colchester Mercury clearly know that they have got a pair of panto superstars in the infectiously funny Dale Superville and Dame Antony Stuart-Hicks and have harnessed their talent for comic mayhem for another Yuletide adventure.

A pantomime being put on in a north Essex village is bringing members of the community together – and raising money for charity.

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