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Suffolk Age UK Companion Dog Show. Photo: Candydash Images

From four-legged fun, music by the sea and open-air cinema to sci-fi fantasies, storytime for kids and free family art days there’s plenty to enjoy this weekend.

Maverick Festival's Britt Gully

If Maverick Festival-goers have one complaint, it’s there’s too much great stuff going on. It’s a nice problem to have, says festival founder Paul Spencer, and means you’re sure to find something you like, be it American roots music or bluegrass to something rockier. He shares some suggestions of who to see with entertainment writer Wayne Savage

Coldplace, appearing at Thorpefest

Music lovers heading to the new Thorpefest Music Festival by the Sea could find themselves swapping the sights of the Suffolk coast for some of the finest Spanish ones thanks to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

Nitro Circus Live at Foxhall Stadium.

Fans have been left upset and out of pocket after they claim they were turned away from a stunt show because of bad weather - only to find the event went ahead slightly later than scheduled.

Crowds enjoyed the sunshine at Ipswich Music Day 2015 in Christchurch Park.
Stetsons are Cool got the crowd dancing.

From live music and open air cinemas to art, sport and stunt displays, Ipswich has a packed programme of family fun lined up this summer.

Paying tribute to Bob Marley

Some of the best tribute acts across the land descend on Ipswich’s Holywells Park this weekend. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage spoke to organiser Danny Banthorpe.

Nitro Circus Live. Photo: Mark Watson

Nitro Circus’ riders may be fearless, a little crazy even. While every precaution is taken to protect his “kids”, CEO Mike Porra knows the worst can happen in a heartbeat. He talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Karl Lankester as Greaseball, Amber Bourne-Williams as Pearl, Holly Metcalfe as Electra and Laurie Bertram as Rusty with the cast of Starlight Express, staged by the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

Staging Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express would be a stretch for any youth group, never mind the added challenge of building a theatre in a gigantic aircraft hangar once used for testing jet engines and the fact many of the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company’s cast haven’t skated before.

Haverhill Festival preview

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Haverhill Festival's Once Upon a Time There Were Four Little Rabbits

From opera and hypnotism to film and children’s shows, this year’s Haverhill Festival kicks off this week. Event looks at some of the highlights.

Once Upon a Festival show Graffiti Classics

Family storytelling, rural pastimes and art trails, there’s plenty to see and do in Suffolk and beyond this weekend - and here we bring you a round up of family days out.

Southwold Arts Festival welcomes Lucy Worlsey. Photo: Silver Ring

Billed as stronger and more diverse than ever before, this year’s Southwold Arts Festival is almost upon us.

Nitro Circus' Aaron Wheelz Fotheringham performs a frontflip for a roaring crowd

Confined to a wheelchair with spina bifida since he was seven, Nitro Circus’ extreme sports star Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham tells entertainment writer Wayne Savage being in disabled isn’t the end of the road - it’s just a different way of getting down it.

Susannah O'Riordan (Suffolk Wildlife Trust) helps young wardens at Holywells Park in Ipswich to build a bug hotel.

Families have braved the wet weather in Ipswich this week to enjoy a packed programme of half-term activities.

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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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