Keep the family busy with our eight things to do this weekend in Suffolk and north Essex

The annual Aldeburgh Carnival. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The annual Aldeburgh Carnival. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Are you stuck for ideas on what to do this weekend? Get some inspiration from our list of activities around Suffolk and north Essex from Friday, August 18, to Sunday, August 20.

The crowd watching Stereophonics performing on the V Stage, during the V Festival 2010 at Hylands Pa

The crowd watching Stereophonics performing on the V Stage, during the V Festival 2010 at Hylands Park in Chelmsford. Picture: YUI MOK - Credit: PA

V Festival, Hylands Park Chelmsford

August 18-20

The highly anticipated music festival returns with hundreds of great performances, including headliners Jay Z and P!nk.

Across the weekend there will be six stages of music, as well as a dance area and comedy tent.

Tickets for the full weekend and day passes are still available, book them here.

For more information please visit their page.

FolkEast music and art festival showcasing the best of Suffolk at Glemham Hall. Picture: GREGG BROWN

FolkEast music and art festival showcasing the best of Suffolk at Glemham Hall. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

FolkEast, Glemham Hall

August 18-20

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The annual festival celebrating all that is folk returns to Glemham Hall this weekend and they have a great few days planned for you.

Across the three days you can take part in singing, dancing and arts and crafts, as well enjoying a whole host of great local acts and much more.

There will even be free yoga sessions on each morning and tours around Glemham Hall by owner Phillip Hope-Cobbold.

For more information on what to expect please visit their page.

Courtney Wall, 10, Samuel Whiffen, 8, and Taylor Green, 9, marches with members of The Historical Ma

Courtney Wall, 10, Samuel Whiffen, 8, and Taylor Green, 9, marches with members of The Historical Maritime Society at the Ipswich Maritime Festival which returns this weekend. Picture: SU ANDERSON - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Maritime Festival, Ipswich Waterfront

August 19-20

Take a visit to the picturesque Ipswich Waterfront and relax with two days dedicated to music, historical re-enactments, food and much more.

There will be the much-loved maritime market to browse, fairground rides for the children and a fantastic firework cruise to end the weekend with a bang.

Admission to the festival is free.

For more information please visit their page.

Rebecca Murphy and Lynn Crombie get ready for the Beccles Carnival Photo Booth at last year's event.

Rebecca Murphy and Lynn Crombie get ready for the Beccles Carnival Photo Booth at last year's event. Picture: NICK BUTCHER - Credit: Nick Butcher

Beccles Carnival, Beccles Quay

August 19-20

The over-a-century old carnival returns to bring the community and families together for a fun and affordable weekend.

Entertainment during the carnival ranges from the Beccles Baby Competition, music on the quayside stage, fair rides, and of course the carnival parade. Adults cost £1 and children attend free.

For more information please visit their page.

Smoke and Fire Festival at Promenade Park, Maldon

Smoke and Fire Festival, Maldon. Picture: STOCK

Smoke and Fire Festival, Maldon. Picture: STOCK - Credit: Coco - stock.adobe.com

August 19-20

A perfect way to spend the weekend if you are keen on your BBQs and craft beers or ciders.

Here you will experience the art of cooking with fire and get to taste flavours from around the world on the wide range of food stalls, as well as enjoying the chilli-eating competitions of the weekend.

To find out more information then please visit their page.

Aldeburgh Carnival, Aldeburgh

August 19-21

The annual Aldeburgh Carnival returns this weekend. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The annual Aldeburgh Carnival returns this weekend. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Take the family to the seaside this weekend to enjoy the 75th Aldeburgh Carnival, packed full of fun that all-ages will enjoy.

The entertainment ranges from military and samba bands, a lollipop hunt on the beach, carnival draw, plenty of rides for your children, as well as much more.

To find out more information then please visit their page.

Fun Family Horse and Dog Show, Woodbridge

August 20

Either bring your horse or dog to compete as part of the fourth annual Fun Family Horse and Dog Show, or spectate for free.

Horse show competitors at the Suffolk Punch Trust's Horse and Dog Show. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Horse show competitors at the Suffolk Punch Trust's Horse and Dog Show. Picture: SIMON PARKER

As well as seeing the Suffolk Punch Trust’s horses, rare large black pigs, Red Poll cattle and Suffolk sheep, you will be able to enjoy homemade food and refreshing drinks while you enjoy the show.

To find out more information about times and competing, please visit their page.

Wivenhoe Crabbing Competition, Wivenhoe Quay

August 20

Get into the competitive spirit with the family and see who will be crowned the crabbing winner.

Entrants are asked to bring their own bait, bucket and line to compete for the top prize of £25.

Wivenhoe Crabbing competition on the Quay.
Picture: CLIFFORD HICKS

Wivenhoe Crabbing competition on the Quay. Picture: CLIFFORD HICKS

Registrations costs just £2 per person and it all goes to the local school, or you can watch for free.

To find out more information then please visit their page.

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