Keep the family busy with our eight things to do this weekend in Suffolk and north Essex
- 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.
V Festival, Hylands Park Chelmsford
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.
FolkEast, Glemham Hall
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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.
Ipswich Maritime Festival, Ipswich Waterfront
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.
Beccles Carnival, Beccles Quay
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.
Smoke and Fire Festival at Promenade Park, Maldon
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.
Aldeburgh Carnival, Aldeburgh
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.
Fun Family Horse and Dog Show, Woodbridge
Either bring your horse or dog to compete as part of the fourth annual Fun Family Horse and Dog Show, or spectate for free.
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.
Wivenhoe Crabbing Competition, Wivenhoe Quay
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.
Registrations costs just £2 per person and it all goes to the local school, or you can watch for free.