Maritime Festival, Chas and Dave and a Teddy Bears Picnic make our list of things to do this weekend

Maritime Ipswich Festival

Maritime Ipswich Festival - Credit: Archant

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.

Crowds flock to the Ipswich Waterfront for the Maritime Festival.

Crowds flock to the Ipswich Waterfront for the Maritime Festival.

Ipswich Maritime Festival

There’s no doubting the star attraction in Ipswich this weekend, as the popular Maritime Festival returns for another year. There’s something on offer for all the family during this event, which runs from Friday night through to Sunday and includes re-enactments, exhibitions, stalls and shows.

See here for our full guide to the festival, with all the events and timings here.

When: Friday-Sunday Where: The Waterfront, Ipswich How much? No entry fees but some events do cost.


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Chas and Dave at Princes Theatre, Clacton

The ever-popular duo are on the road again and are performing a mix of their latest music, from their first studio album in 27 years, as well as all the classics. There are still a few tickets left.

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When: Friday Where: Princes Theatre, Clacton How much? £31.60/£28.60 for over 60s and under 16s.

Chas and Dave are playing in Clacton

Chas and Dave are playing in Clacton - Credit: Archant

Teddy Bears Picnic, Newmarket Racecourse

Paddington swaps darkest Peru and central London for the hustle and bustle of the races, for what is the last Summer Saturday event of the summer. There are bouncy castles, slides, garden games and soft play for the kids, while mum and dad can enjoy the racing action.

When: Saturday, first race 1.40pm, gates open 12pm Where: Newmarket How much? £9 per person in the family area

Wild Beach Taster session, Aldeburgh

A drop in session led by Suffolk Wildlife Trust offering arts and crafts and a guide to investigating the shoreline.

When: Saturday, 10am-noon Where: Market Cross Place, Aldeburgh How much? Free

You can get to know the Aldeburgh coastline this weekend

You can get to know the Aldeburgh coastline this weekend - Credit: citizenside.com

Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday

Mick McCarthy’s boys play their first Championship home game of the season when they welcome the Owls to Portman Road, following their opening day draw against Brentford on Saturday.

Will you be there to cheer them on?

When: Saturday, 3pm Where: Portman Road, Ipswich How much? Tickets start at £27.50 adults, £11.50 under 16s

It's Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday this weekend. Will Luke Chambers be fist pumping?

It's Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday this weekend. Will Luke Chambers be fist pumping? - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Dog Show, Blaxhall

Three breed and more than 10 novice classes, with rosettes for those finishing in the top five.

When: Saturday, 2.30pm Where: Blaxhall Village Hall How much? £1 a class

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ipswich

The Red Rose Chain continue with their excellent adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, set in the beautiful surroundings of Jimmy’s Farm on Pannington Hall Lane.

When: Saturday, 7.30pm Where: Jimmy’s Farm How much? £23, £17.50 concessions.

Red Rose Chain Theatre in the Forest 2015, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo: Bill Jackson

Red Rose Chain Theatre in the Forest 2015, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo: Bill Jackson - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Model Engineering Society Open Day, Ipswich

The society open their doors for an open day, including unlimited rides, model railway, models, bouncy castle and refreshments.

When: Sunday, 10am-5pm Where: 547 Foxhall Road How much? £2

Big Country, Ipswich

Celebrating their 30th anniversary Steeldown tour. The back catalogue and new material is all on show at the Music Room. Bruce and Jamie Watson and Mark Brzezicki will be joined on stage by Eric Bell of Thin Lizzy to perform classic hits and live favourites.

When: Saturday, 8pm Where: The Music Room, Ipswich

Ipswich Model Engineering Society are having an open day

Ipswich Model Engineering Society are having an open day - Credit: Su Anderson

Wrabness Art Club

More than 100 pieces of work by 19 members go on show at this annual exhibition, including paintings, hand-made cards, paper weights and more.

When: Sunday Where: Wrabness Village Hall How much? Free

Theatre Royal Open Day, Norwich

Backstage secrets will be revealed as the theatre invites you behind the curtain for this access all areas event. There will be tours and talks on the history of the theatre, past pantomimes, giveaway freebies, face-painting and a host of games. The event also includes a special exhibition on Norman Wisdom.

When; Saturday, 10am-4pm Where: Theatre Royal, Norwich How much? Free

Sir Norman Wisdom is being celebrated at the Theatre Royal in Norwich

Sir Norman Wisdom is being celebrated at the Theatre Royal in Norwich - Credit: PA

With dark clouds and wet weather forecast this weekend, see here for our guide to having fun in the rain

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