7 things to do around Sudbury this weekend

Sudbury Carnival will be here again this weekend. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Sudbury Carnival will be here again this weekend. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Looking for things to do around the Sudbury area this weekend? Here’s our choice of seven fun things to do, including oudoor cinema, river trips and of course Sudbury Carnival.

Paddington 2 will be screened at Melford Hall. Picture: STUDIOCANAL

Paddington 2 will be screened at Melford Hall. Picture: STUDIOCANAL - Credit: STUDIOCANAL

Outdoor Cinema at Melford Hall, August 18

Take a picnic, rug or low-backed chairs, and enjoy watching a film against the spectacular backdrop of Melford Hall. Two films are being shown by Sundown Cinema on Saturday, starting with Paddington 2 at 5.30pm. Then from 7.30pm there will be a screening of romantic comedy classic Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Booking is essential. For more details and to book, visit the Melford Hall website.

The Sudbury Story, August 18

This monthly guided walk offers the chance to see one of the town’s most famous sights, the head of Simon of Sudbury, which has been kept in St Gregory’s Church for 600 years. Walkers will meet inside Sudbury Library at 11am. If you want to join the walk, you are advised to pre-book by calling the Tourist Information Centre on 01787 881320.

Tudor High Summer - Hands on History Days, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, August 18-27

Have you ever taken a trip back in time at Kentwell Hall? If not, this weekend marks the start of the stately home’s latest re-creation, with more than 200 costumed “Tudors” set to take part. The house, farm and 10-acre gardens will be open. Both children and adults can also try a whole range of Tudor crafts, but are asked not to attend in costume. You can book in advance online but there will also be tickets on the door on the day. For more details and booking, see the website.

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Diesel and Steam Day, August 18-19, Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham

For rail fans, the Colne Valley Railway is open on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Saturday is a diesel day, while on Sunday there will be one or more locomotives in steam, although there may also be heritage diesels in operation. Opening hours are from 10.30am to 5pm, with last admission at 3pm. for more details, see the website.

Sudbury Carnival, August 19

Carnival weekend is here again! This year, the theme is “countries of the world”. Following a change of route, the procession of floats through the town will set off from the Delphi Centre between 12noon and 12.30pm, and finish at Belle Vue Park, Entertainment set to appear in the Arena includes Lavenham Falconry, rock and soul music from Route 66, acoustic duo Less Than Perfect and a performance by belly dancers. There will also be inflatables, Laser tag, amusement rides and a Punch and Judy show, plus a choice of food stalls. The event runs until 9pm. For more details, see the carnival website.

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River Trips to Great Cornard Lock, The Granary Tea Room, Quay Lane,August 19

If you fancy a relaxing trip on the River Stour, there will be regular departures all day on Sunday, between 11am and last departure time of 4.30pm. The non-landing return trip takes half an hour. There is no pre-booking before the day, but you can visit the River Stour Trust website for more information and prices.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Melford Hall, August 19

Pack up your own picnic, and don’t forget your teddy. Children will be able to follow clues along a garden trail, and also create some Teddy-themed crafts to take home. If you have a teddy in need of treatment, you can also take them along to the teddy bear clinic to be made better. The event runs from 12 noon to 4.30pm and you don’t need to book, but there is a £2.50 charge for each child taking part. For more details, see the website.

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