Make the most of this weekend with our family fun guide for Suffolk and north Essex

Why not take a trip to Africa Alive this weekend? Picture: Lucy Taylor

Why not take a trip to Africa Alive this weekend? Picture: Lucy Taylor - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Are you searching for ideas to how to keep your children or grandchildren entertained this weekend? Well, look no further.

Our weekly days out guide brings you suggestions of what to do entertain your children or grandchildren throughout the weekend.

See our guide for Saturday, April 8, to Sunday, April 9, here:

Spring Go Bingo, Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds - Saturday, 10am-3pm

Spring is in the air. Play bingo with a difference by exploring Nowton Park and searching for natural objects to tick off your list.


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Find five in a row and collect a prize from the cafe.

There is no need to book. Quiz sheets cost £1 from the Visitor Centre.

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Top Trumps - Biodiversity Rules at Africa Alive, all weekend

As part of EAZA’s Let It Grow campaign, Africa Alive is exploring the rich web of biodiversity - from the local to the global, from the miniscule to the massive.

Don’t miss the park’s special Top Trumps trail.

Visit the Africa Alive website for opening times and prices.

Wild at Art!, Brandon Country Park - Saturday, 10.30am-1.10pm

Join us this Easter to create your own arty masterpieces our of natural materials.

Take a scavenger hunt to find items for a natural wind catcher and visit he Walled Garden for a spring tree dressing.

It costs £2 per child and accompanying adults go free.

Call Becky Reavill on 01842 810185 for details.

Beach Bonkers Beachcombing, Sizewell beach - Saturday, 10.30am-12.30pm

Join the Beach Bonkers team to explore Sizewell beach while you discover your own beach treasures and learn the stories being told.

Suitable for adults and children and well-behaved dogs are welcome on a lead.

Meet at the large brick toilet block in Sizewell Beach car park. It costs £3 per person.

Easter Fun Day, Stella Maris Hall, Lowestoft - Saturday, 11am-3pm

The family fun day will raise money for Samaritans and will include a variety of stalls and refreshments.

Framlingham Country Show, Framlingham College - Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm

The show will be bringing many new and exciting attractions and zones this year from amazing horse and motorbike stunts to the wonderful world of birds demonstrations.

Entry costs £7.50 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2.50 for children.

Farmers’ Market, Bury St Edmunds town centre - Sunday, 10am-4pm

The brand new farmers’ market is returning to town following on from its hugely successful pre-Christmas launch. Entry is free.

Farleigh Bubbles, Promenade Park in Maldon - Sunday

Take part in Farleigh Hospice’s brand new fun run. The family-friendly 5km has four bubble stations around the course and cannons will blow out heaps of bubbles to cover you in colourful foam.

Entry costs £20 for adults and £10 for children.

Visit the hospice’s website.

Colchester Town and Country Fair, Lower Castle Park, Colchester - all weekend, 10am-5pm

Now in its eighth year, the popular family event will feature Savage Bike Skills Team, birds of prey flying displays, terrier racing, children’s entertainer Banana Brain, the Tallest Magic Show in the World, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactments and much more.

Tickets are available on the gate and cost £6 for adults, £5 for concessions, £3 for children aged five to 16 and £15 for a family of two adults and two children.

Movies for Juniors, Cineworld, Ipswich - Saturday and Sunday, from 10am

If your children have yet to try out the big screen then this could be the perfect introduction and for older children, it is a chance to see movies you may have missed last year.

Beauty and the Beast, The Boss Baby, Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience, Smurfs: The Lost Village and Monster Trucks are all playing this weekend and tickets are just £2.50 when you buy in advance online.

Easter Egg Hunt, Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market near Colchester - all weekend, 10am-4pm

Come and join the great annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Beth Chatto Gardens.

Explore the garden and see signs of spring as you find the hidden eggs. Complete the hunt and collect an Easter treat.

Entry costs £1.50 for children and £6.95 for adults.

Make Your Own Shield, Sutton Hoo - every day until April 18

Youngsters can get creative by designing their own shield all day, every day during the Easter holidays.

The activity is free with admission.

And on Saturday and Sunday, children can have their faces painted ‘Saxon style.

Visit the National trust website for details.

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