7 events to keep you entertained this weekend
- Credit: St Elizabeth Hospice
Take a look at some of the great events happening in our region this weekend in Suffolk and north Essex.
Edinburgh Preview Nights with Tom Lucy and Suzi Ruffell, Colchester arts centre, July 28
Spend your evening laughing with friends and family at the Colchester Arts Centre. The Edinburgh Preview Nights is as the name suggests a selection of comics who are preparing for their performance at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival which takes places in August. So all performances will be works in progress, but don’t let that put you off. On Friday comedians Lou Sanders and Bilal Zafar will be taking to the stage to make you chuckle and on Saturday guests will be able to watch comics Tom Lucy and Suzi Ruffell. Each comedian will perform a 60-minute set each. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets are priced at £10, £8 concessions with discounts available when booking multiple shows. For more information contact Colchester Arts Centre box office 01206 500900 or visit www.colchesterartscentre.com.
Felixstowe Carnival, July 27-29
Get ready for music, entertainment, a funfair, fireworks and much more! The annual carnival arrives this weekend, starting off with the Friday Night Proms at the Beachside Events Area from 7pm, when the Essential Sounds Big Band will be joined by the Three Chordettes. On Saturday, the carnival procession will start from the top of Colneis Road into Beatrice Avenue. There will be a wide range of music on the main stage from noon on both Saturday and Sunday, and the funfair will be on the Pier Bight car park in front of the Leisure Centre on both days. Food vendors, stalls and a craft fair will add to the attractions.
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Nearly Festival, Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park, July 28-29
A host of star names are on the bill for this festival - or nearly. A long list of top live tribute acts will take the stage, with Saturday’s bill including tributes to Bruno Bars, UB40, Black Eyed Peas, Prince, Elton John and James Brown. Then on Sunday you can see actrs re-creating the sounds of Oasis, Bob Marley, Ed Sheeran, The Jam, Little Mix and Rihanna. Attractions include a free kids’ zone with a range of activities on offer, a street food market and a “pub in the park” licensed bar. The event runs from 12-9.30pm on Saturday and 12-8.30pm on Sunday.
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Snape Maltings Market, July 29
The Snape Maltings Vintage & Makers Market will have over 50 of the region’s best vintage traders, artisans and makers for this summer event. The various traders will offer a wide range of items from vintage furniture and classic fashions, to hand-crafted artworks, ceramics, interiors and jewellery. Organiser of the event, Tim Clover, said, “This is the perfect Suffolk summer Sunday, a host of creative traders, a relaxed shopping experience and a beautiful setting for meeting up with family and friends. We think it’ll be a summer event not to miss.” The market takes place from 10am to 4pm. For more information visit www.debenevents.com
Blue Cross Open Day, Blue Cross Suffolk Rehoming Centre, July 28
If you’re an animal-lover this annual fundraising event is for you. The day will run from 11am-4pm and offers the chance to support the Blue Cross centre, as well as enjoying live music stalls, stands and activities. The animal units will be open for viewing, while other attractions include facepainting, a raffle and tombola, hot food and catering stalls. The day is due to include a fun dog show, dog agility and dog scurry events, but organisers say they are reconsidering whether to hold these because of the hot weather, and will make a final decision on Friday. Check their Facebook page for the latest details.
Suffolk Fun Festival, Easton Farm Park, Woodbridge, July 28 and 29
This is the perfect weekend event for young families you will be able to enjoy the music, watch entertainment, and of course see the animals. There will be creative play, great music, puppet shows, theatre, hovercraft rides, canoe rides a climbing wall and lots more. Family tickets are avialable as well as camping tickets for more information visit the website.
Bubble Rush, Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, July 29
Bubble Rush is coming to Nowton Park for the first time ever. Bubble Rush has been to many venues around Suffolk but now it is finally Bury St Edmunds turn to have some bubbly fun. It is a fun-filled family event where anyone of any age can take part. The 5k fabulously frothy event features five ‘bubble stations’ with cannons, blasting participants with crazy-coloured bubbles and covering you them in safe, frothy foam. Each station jets out different coloured bubbles and unique music to listen to as you run, walk or dance along the route. There are two races on the day one at 11am and one at 1pm, you must arrive at least 30 minutes before your start time so you can register and collect your wristband. Adult tickets cost £25 and child tickets cost £12. Visit the website to register and book tickets.