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Africa Alive is a fun day out whatever the weather

The Suffolk Coast is at its very best on a sunny summer afternoon but rain doesn’t always have to stop play.

Sandcastle building at Southwold

What are we doing today? The summer holidays are here and to help parents in Suffolk we are offering a guide to 12 days out on the Suffolk coast that won’t cost a penny.

Joust at Framlingham Castle. Photo: Ann Unwin

From the thrills of jousting and food festival fun to museum activities and music, there’s plenty to enjoy this weekend.

Opening day at Flux Freestyle trampoline centre, Cardinal park, Ipswich. Pictured is Lucy Spall.

With temperatures hitting 27C in Ipswich today trampolining may not be the first thing that springs to mind but jumpers have ignored the weather to try out a brand new facility in Ipswich today.

The Adnams July Course in Newmarket. Kaiser Chiefs performing.Pic: Matt Stott

Newmarket’s Adnams July Course will always be a special place for me. It is where I spent two summers during my university years earning, very importantly, some pocket money for late-night social events at the student union and pizzas which can only be described as Spartan in design and taste from corner shops.

An archer launches his arrow at Framlingham Castle's Bloody Mary living history weekend.

The school holidays are just a week away and while children look forward to a six-week break from school, parents will be scratching their heads over how to entertain them.

Suffolk Academy of Dance and Performing Arts rehearse for their latest production, Big Show Small World. Photos: Wes Carter

You can travel the globe without leaving Ipswich this Saturday thanks to students from the Suffolk Academy of Dance and Performing Arts.

Hofesh Shechter. Photo: Gabriele Zucca

So much to see, so little time. If you haven’t decided what to do yet, entertainment writer Wayne Savage talks to arts curator Tania Harrison, music curator Natasha Haddad and festival founder Melvin Benn

Fun for youngsters at this year's Latitude Festival. Photo: Dan Medhurst

Latitude Festival isn’t just for grown-ups. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage talks to kids and family programmer Sharon Reuben.

Festival goers arive to a sunny Henham Park for Latitude 2016

The gates have opened at Henham Park near Southwold for the 11th edition of Latitude Festival and campers have set up their tents ready for a weekend of music and arts.

Steam Punk event at The Long Shop Leiston

Leiston Long Shop Museum celebrated all things Steampunk this weekend with the third annual Steampunk Spectacular.

Joanne Palfrey Ipswich Building Society with  Paul Seymour and Norman Lloyd from Pigs Gone Wild Pretty Penny who has been unveiled after visiting piggy hospital for repairs

Pretty Penny secured a triumphant return to the Pigs Gone Wild trail in Ipswich on Saturday, after being wounded in the first weekend of the project.

Fun at The Tendring Show

From country shows, historic battles and historic vehicles to giant robots, flavours of India and family theatre there’s plenty to enjoy this weekend.

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Curve Motion in Bury St Edmunds is a good day out for the kids.

Sadly, rainy days are not a rare thing when it comes to the Great British Summer, so when the heavens open we are well-stocked with things to do.

Making the most of the summer holidays on the seafront at Felixstowe

What are we doing today? A question every mum dreads during the school summer holidays.

30 great days out in Essex

Essex has it all this summer - the UK’s second-highest rated zoo according to TripAdvisor, a stunning castle and a trampoline park in the form of Jump Street.

Aldeburgh is the perfect spot for a day out on the Suffolk coast

The longest coastline in England and iconic seaside towns make Suffolk and Essex the perfect beach destinations.

Walking around the top of the Castle at Framlingham, looking above and across the rooftops.

Steeped in a wealth of history, and home to England’s Oldest Town, there is more to Suffolk than meets the eye. And neighbouring Essex is equally as rich in heritage.

The round pond in Christchurch park in Ipswich in May 2015.

Whether you want to relax, enjoy some music, try your hand at sport or take the children out for the day, there’s an East Anglian park to suit your every need. Take a look at our guide to find the perfect park for you.

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