Seven things to do in Suffolk and north Essex this weekend

We have your weekend plans sorted. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

We have your weekend plans sorted. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

From Harry Potter, to castle tours, we have some ideas of what to do to keep children entertained this weekend.

Abbey Gardens is showing Little Blue Monster Productions Dogs Dont Do Ballet. Picture: PETER BASH

Abbey Gardens is showing Little Blue Monster Productions Dogs Dont Do Ballet. Picture: PETER BASH - Credit: Archant

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, Abbey Gardens

August 5

One to enjoy with the kids, Little Blue Monster Productions bring the funny tale of a small dog with big dreams based on the best-selling children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie to the Abbey Gardens.

This fabulous feel-good show features music, songs, and hand crafted puppets – everything your little ones will love!

Bring your picnic blanket, get comfy and enjoy the show.

For more information and to book tickets visit here.

Up and Over with Gloria, Bury St Edmunds

Head down to the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village for the Up and Over with Gloria event. Picture: PHIL

Head down to the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village for the Up and Over with Gloria event. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

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August 5 and 6

Head down to the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and watch a Medieval siege engine being fired, hear about warfare tactics from Finvar Gallowglasss and meet Gloria a quarter-size replica of a famous 14th Century siege engine.

An educational family day of fun where you can learn about Medieval siege tactics and enjoy some firing demonstrations.

Adults cost £6 and children are £3.

For more information about the event visit their page.

Filipino Barrio Fiesta, Colchester

August 5

Some of the floral displays in Colchester Castle Park

Some of the floral displays in Colchester Castle Park - Credit: Archant

Get carried away with culture at Lower Castle Park, a Filipino British community gathering to celebrate everything that makes Philippine culture.

The day will be packed with music, food, entertainment and more.

Fun for all the family and what makes it even better is the free admission.

The fiesta starts at 9am and will finish at 6pm.

For more information about the event visit their page.

Larger Than Life Fest, Ipswich

August 6

The Larger Than Life fest takes place this Sunday at Greshams to celebrate Jay Jerome's life. Jay J

The Larger Than Life fest takes place this Sunday at Greshams to celebrate Jay Jerome's life. Jay Jerome with daughter Amaya and wife Rosie. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

This day is dedicated to Musical Vibez founder Jay Jerome who was a well-known and much-loved Ipswich resident.

Music was Mr Jerome’s passion and his aim was to support, promote and believe in unsigned musical talent.

The Larger Than Life Fest will be held at Greshams in Ipswich and will be a day of fun, celebration and of course music.

From a petting zoo to bouncy castles and a BBQ, there is something for everyone.

For more information about the event their page.

Bacton Fayre and Flower Show, Stowmarket

August 5

A flower display from a previous Bacton Fayre, experience the beauty for yourself. Picture: ROB HALE

A flower display from a previous Bacton Fayre, experience the beauty for yourself. Picture: ROB HALE - Credit: Archant

Attend the yearly event which has been going for more than 100 years.

The large traditional flower show marquee takes centre stage to the whole event.

You can expect to see appearances from The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment Free Fall Parachute Team the “Tigers” as well as The Stowmarket Boy’s Brigade Marching Band and lots more.

The day is packed with things to do for more information check out their page.

Guided tour of Clare Castle & Clare Castle Country Park

August 5

A free day out for all the family. Head down to Clare Castle and experience the guided tour.

Come and explore Clare Castle Country Park with your family. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Come and explore Clare Castle Country Park with your family. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

The castle was built in the late 11th Century by the founder of the de Clare family.

The park is a massive 32.6 acres in size so there is plenty of space to set down your picnic blanket at lunch time.

You will not find a facility as unique as this one with its Roman, Saxon, and Norman connections.

To find out more about the guided tour or the history of the venue check out their page.

Harry Potter outdoor cinema at Museum of Power, Maldon

August 5

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Have you seen all the films?

Watch Harry Potter at an outdoor cinema this weekend! Picture: PA/WARNER BROS

Watch Harry Potter at an outdoor cinema this weekend! Picture: PA/WARNER BROS - Credit: PA

But have you watched them on the big screen at an outdoor cinema?

If the answer is no, then this weekend is your chance! Bring yourself and your wand to the Museum of Power.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be shown at 9:30pm.

For more information and to book tickets visit their page.

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