Gallery: KidsFest makes the list of the 10 top things to do in Suffolk and Essex this weekend

Northanger Abbey, DOT Productions, August 2015

Northanger Abbey, DOT Productions, August 2015 - Credit: Archant

From arts and music to sport and days out with the family, there is plenty to keep the family entertained in East Anglia this weekend - take a look at our guide here if you need some inspiration.

1) Jazz by the Waterfront - Friday 7.45pm - St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich

The Kol Paterson Trio, featuring regular vocalist Heidi O’Connor, perform an eclectic selection of original numbers tempered by the odd standard. The band strives to keep abreast of contemporary developments, whilst acknowledging its roots in the classic jazz traditions.

Cost: £10 More information: 01473 225269

2) Land, Sea and Air - Friday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, Sunday 2pm-4pm - Halesworth Gallery


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Cost: Free More information: www.halesworthgallery.co.uk

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3) Gnome Magic - Friday-Sunday, 10am-5.30pm - Dedham

Take a look at the gnomes in the woodland, enjoy some time in the gardens and tea room and even paint your own gnomes.

More information: www.gnomemagic.co.uk

4) Age UK Suffolk Secret Gardens - Saturday and Sunday, 2pm-5pm - Riverside House, Clare

These gardens recently appeared on Sky One’s ‘Come into my Garden’ series and currently hold the prize of the best one-acre garden in Suffolk. Features include herbaceous and shrub borders, fine borders and one of the biggest trees in England, a black poplar. The event is raising funds for Age UK in Suffolk.

Cost: £3.50

5) Antiques valuation day - Saturday, 11am-2pm - St Bartholomew’s Church, Groton

Experts Jonathan Benson and Mark Stacey, of Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antiques Roadshow fame, are on hand to value your potential treasure, antiques and collectables.

Cost: A charge of £2 for your first item and £1 for each further item.

6) Bury Town v Aveley - Saturday, 3pm - Ram Meadow, Bury St Edmunds

Bury start their Ryman League Division One North campaign against Aveley this Saturday, looking to bounce back after suffering relegation at the end of last season. With Ipswich Town away from home this week, why not travel west to take in some non-league action?

Cost: Adults £9, concessions £5, 10-16s £2, under 10s free.

7) Crown Pools - Saturday - Crown Street, Ipswich

Ipswich’s main swimming pool is packed with family fun this Saturday, with three different activites throughout the day. First is a family fun session from 10.30am to 12pm, with the wave machine, floats and rafts, before the inflatable slide comes out between 2-3pm. Then, from 5pm to 6.30pm, the family water polo session sees Team Ipswich Water Polo Club lead a family fun session.

Cost: £4.10 adults (£5 for water polo), £2.90 children (£3 water polo).

8) DOT Productions, Northanger Abbey - Sunday, 4pm - The Oaksmere, Eye

With a cast of six actors and a cleverly comedic adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, DOT Productions lead you on a humorous Gothic journey.

This outdoor theatre event in the perfect setting of The Oaksmere’s beautiful garden. Why not make it a relaxing Sunday out and have lunch beforehand, or supper afterward?

Cost: £12 adults, £10 concessions More information: www.theoaksmere.com

9) Bark in the Park - Sunday 10am-4.30pm - Castle Park, Colchester

Bark in the Park will transform the open space in Colchester’s park into a dog and dog owner’s extravaganza.

There will be plenty to keep the whole family (and their dogs) amused throughout the day and visitors are assured of a great day out. Owners will also have the chance to enter their pet pooches into the various dog show events that will take place during the day.

Cost: Adults £5, children and dogs free More information: www.colchester.gov.uk/barkinthepark

10) Kids Fest - Sunday, 10am-6pm - Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers

A family festival of fun in Essex, with main stage shows, interactive play zones, workshops and much, much, more. Billed as being like ‘Glastonbury for kids’ Kids Fest brings together a host of characters including Shaun the Sheep, Mr Bloom from CBeebies and the ever popular Punch and Judy for a day of fun for all the family.

Cost: £19.99 in advance, £25 on the door. Children under two get in free.

More information: http://www.marshfarm.co.uk/kids-fest/

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