Eight things to do in Suffolk and north Essex this weekend
- Credit: Ruth Leach
The weather may be turning cooler but that doesn’t mean you should hibernate – get involved with one of these events happening near you on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.
Starlight Safari Night, Colchester Zoo September 30
Experience the magic of Colchester Zoo under a starry sky as it stays open until 9.30pm.
Visitors will be able to witness a timetable of training sessions, displays and special feeds to show the skills of Colchester’s lions, tigers and wolves in the dark.
Find your Family History Fair, University of Suffolk
The Suffolk Family History Society is holding its annual fair at the University of Suffolk this Saturday.
- 1 A14 near Ipswich remains partially closed after fire breaks out
- 2 Drought declared in Suffolk as temperatures set to soar this weekend
- 3 Firefighters tackling large fire near country park
- 4 20 fire engines and 90 firefighters contain large forest blaze
- 5 Suffolk letting agent admits swindling customers out of £80,000
- 6 Complaints of 'terrible smell' coming from Melton animal crematorium
- 7 Road closed as emergency services called to single-vehicle crash
- 8 Fire crews extinguish large playing field fire in Suffolk village
- 9 Crews battle huge 15-acre fire in mid Suffolk village
- 10 Police seize lorry on A14 after driver had no licence or insurance
There will be expert help desks, talks by renowned speakers, stalls and lots more.
The event is free to attend, and the talks are free to members. For more information please visit their page.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Marina Theatre Lowestoft
This is a perfect musical for the family, retelling the biblical story of Joseph who is played by X-Factor winner, Joe McElderry.
The show will have you singing and clapping with songs such as Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.
Tickets range between £17.50 and £35.
Festival and Fossils Beachcomb at Sizewell Beach
Keep on the look out for beach treasures with Beach Bonkers as part of the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Fringe.
You will be able to learn all about what you find, while learning about how plants have adapted to living on Sizewell Beach. Guests will walk a fair way along the beach so it might not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
Admission costs £3 per person
Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze, Brandon
Take the children down to the Undley Pumpkin Patch site that is double the size of last year.
The 50 acre site includes a maze, a covered pumpkin bouncy castle, and two brand new inflatable attractions of a farm-inspired obstacle course and a witch themed last man standing sweeper game.
Entry to the maze is £5 for adults, £3.50 for children and £15 for families of four.
Bucklesham Plough Day, Bucklesham
Make your way to Red House Farm this Sunday and enjoy a day perfect for the whole family.
The annual Plough Day will have you admiring a range of vintage tractors, as well as working Suffolk Punch Horses, craft stalls, classic cars and food and drink. Admission costs £5 for adults, under-15s are free and all proceeds go to The Suffolk Horse Society and St Mary’s Church, Bucklesham.
Copdock Motorcycle Show, Ipswich
The 26th annual motorcycle show is returning to Trinity Park this Sunday for a day packed full of entertainment.
Visitors will experience the excitement of the Two Brothers Racing stunt team, Tigers Children’s Motorcyle Display Team, Ken Fox’s Wall of Death, as well the Owner’s Club exhibitions and much more.
Adults cost £10 and under-14s go free, adult advance tickets for £8.50 are available here.
The History of Castle Park, Colchester
Take the family on a guided tour and learn about the 2,000 years of history the grounds of Castle Park has to offer.
The park itself opened 125 years ago and has ever since brought fun and relaxation to the people of Colchester and visitors from all over.
This is a free event but visitors will need to book beforehand at the rangers’ station at the bottom of Lower Castle Park.