Rory McGrath comes to Ipswich this weekend and Henham hosts game and country fair
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Here we bring you five things to do in Suffolk this weekend.
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Henham Park Game and Country Fair runs Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 - 10am to 6pm
There are three arenas packed with attractions and activities to suit all ages tomorrow and Sunday.
The Andy Singleton Arena is the largest of these, providing fast-paced action with scurry driving, a horse and carriage event against the clock. There’s also horse boarding. Not for the faint-hearted, it sees a rider and horse towing a skate-boarder around the arena at high speed.
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Fancy a breather? Stop by the special events arena for countryside demonstrations of falconry, working ferrets, gundog displays and fishing. Harvey Shires will also give demonstrations of working shire horses.
The world of dogs arena continues to grow in popularity. Introduced last year, it’s a focal point for the dog section of the show.
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Hosting displays throughout the day from Stuart Barnes sheep dogs, Shadowquest Dog Display Team, dog agility, gundog training, terrier racing and chase the bunny, it’s perfect for dog lovers.
These are accompanied by a minor breeds’ marquee, the gundog clinic for training and advice, the gundog multi-scurry and the fun dog show competition open for every pet.
Another popular stop is the chainsaw speed carving arena where two 30-minute speed carves take place both days. It’s an entertaining race against the clock to produce a sculpture, with pieces auctioned off afterwards.
There’s plenty to see and do outside the arenas.
Visitors can try their hand at various target field sports. There is expert, one-on-one airgun and archery tuition from The ATEO Airgun and pistol shooting, field archery with Adrian Caddy and clay shooting with High Lodge Shooting School.
Youngsters will love the owl shows, hamster displays, puppet shows, make and take areas, and children’s amusements.
You’ll be hungry after all that so be sure to pop by the fine food hall where local and national producers of selected cheese, bakery, cakes, sausages and fine wine will be selling their wares. There’s a piazza too.
Big Music Night 30 at Henley Community Centre, Ipswich, 7pm, Friday
Folk, acoustic music, instrumentals and more from nine acts. Proceeds after expenses will help folk music education and local charities.
Rory McGrath Remembers (... Or is it Forgets?) at the Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 8pm, Saturday
The comedian, writer and presenter’s first ever national comedy tour. Read entertainment writer Wayne Savage’s interview with him here.
Living History at Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds, Sunday
Head back to the 1930s and the time of the fourth Marquess and Lady Theodora who have returned from London ready to welcome their guests.
Rock Paper Scissors at DanceEast, Ipswich, 7pm, Saturday and The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7pm, March 22
More than 100 people from Babergh, Mid Suffolk and Forest Heath are getting their dancing shoes on in DanceEast’s biggest annual community event.
Produced by DanceEast and under the artistic direction of Mary Davies, Lynnette King and Caroline Mummery, the District Project involved working with 11 groups to each produce a performance piece.