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Film fans flocked to Ipswich town centre on Sunday to enjoy a special outdoor screening of two animated favourites.

The Old Custom House that will be open as part of Ipswich Heritage Open Day

More than 30 buildings across Ipswich are preparing to take a step back in time and open up to members of the public for the annual Heritage Open Days.

Grease, one of the films screened during Pop Up Pictures' Great Outdoor Cinema Club in Holywells Park, Ipswich

The Great Outdoor Cinema Club’s first visit to Ipswich has been hailed a success.

FolkEast starts today

Showcasing some of the finest musicians of the genre, FolkEast isn’t all music. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage looks at the fun families can have at this weekend’s festival.

ActivGardens ‘Beetlejuice’ event gave children the opportunity to explore the gardens, pick their own produce and get involved in some fun nature and craft activities.  The children got to pick some tomatoes to make their very own community garden ketchup to serve with some home-made wedges with potatoes dug from the gardens. 
This workshop gave children a chance to get closer to nature in an urban green space, as well as learning about cooking and healthy eating.
Beau Newman in the garden.

The People’s Community Garden in Ipswich hosted a summer day camp where green-fingered youngsters could get their hand stuck into some wildlife work on Wednesday.

Great Outdoor Cinema Club, Grease. Photo by Music Art Study

The open air cinema comes to Holywells Park this week and guests are being invited to bring along their camping chairs and picnic rugs - but leave their sandwiches at home.

Member of The Garrison Artillery Volunteers fire an 18 pdr artillery piece  at Maritime Ipswich

Ipswich council sinks successful Maritime Festival

Time to join the club, the Great Outdoor Cinema Club that is. The Lost Boys is one of three movies showing in Holywells Park this week

Ipswich’s Holywells Park is being transformed into an open-air cinema later this month. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage spoke to Danny Banthorpe of organisers Pop Up Pictures.

Waterfront Festival Waterfront.

Our iWitness photographers were out in force this weekend to capture the best of Ipswich’s Maritime Festival.

Ella and Ethan jarvis at Flatford

The school holidays start out with the best of intentions but, as mums Kate Dodd and Charlotte Smith-Jarvis reveal, the road to hell is also so paved.

Maritime Ipswich Festival

Take a look at our guide to what’s on offer in Suffolk and Essex this weekend, including music, sport, arts, and fun for all the family.

Maritime Ipswich Festival

This year’s maritime festival, a highlight in the Ipswich summer calendar, remembers the wartime years with a number of re-enactments and exhibitions.

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.

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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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