What’s on in Suffolk, Essex and beyond this weekend? Family days out to make the most of the sunny weather

Redwings Horse Sanctuary�'s annual show

Redwings Horse Sanctuary�'s annual show - Credit: Archant

From rescue horses to working mills and supernatural themed art, there’s plenty to see and do this weekend.

Weird and Wonderful Wood

Weird and Wonderful Wood - Credit: Archant

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Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s annual show, Topthorn Equestrian Centre, Stowmarket - Saturday May 14

There’s something for everybody to enjoy, with classes for all ages and abilities to try their hoof at including retired racehorses, veterans and foreign breeds and its affiliated Donkey Breed Society classes.

Stacey Harvey, show organiser, said: “Last year’s show was our most successful one to date and a super day was had by all. We are hoping to replicate that once again this year by providing the opportunity for riders and horses of all ages and abilities to come along and give showing a go in a relaxed and friendly environment. We are also really excited to be holding our heavy horse classes once again and hope to see some magnificent heavies this year.”

Antony Gormley's statue on the Landmark Trust's Martello Tower at Aldeburgh

Antony Gormley's statue on the Landmark Trust's Martello Tower at Aldeburgh - Credit: Archant


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National Mills Weekend, various locations - Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15

Organised by The Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, hundreds of windmills and watermills that wouldn’t normally be open to the public will throw their doors open - allowing you a rare look inside.

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Not just for molinologists - mill enthusiasts to you and me - many sites will also have demonstrations, music and activities.

The mill at Thelnetham, one of many open this weekend

The mill at Thelnetham, one of many open this weekend - Credit: Archant

Sites open include: Suffolk’s Bardwell tower mill, Sunday, 10.30am-4.30pm; Stanton post mill, Saturday and Sunday, 2pm-6pm; Thelnetham tower mill, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm; Cambridgeshire’s Bourne post mill, Sunday, 2pm-4pm; Steven’s Mill Burwell, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm; Fulbourn smock mill, Saturday, 10am-5pm; Haddenham Great Mill, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm; Hinxton watermill, Sunday, 2.30pm-5.30pm; Impington smock mill, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm; Soham Northfield mill, Saturday, 11am-4pm; Swaffham Prior Fosters Mill, Sunday, 1pm-5.30pm; Wicken Corn Mill, Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am-5.30pm and Willingham Cattell’s Mill, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm-5pm.

LAND farewell, Martello Tower, Aldeburgh - Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15

The Landmark Trust holds its free public open days, offering the chance to say goodbye to renowned artist Antony Gormley’s sculpture which has stood on the tower roof since last May.

The quatrefoil shaped structure was built between 1808-1812, using more than a million bricks. It is the largest, and most northerly, of a chain of defensive towers constructed by the Board of Ordnance in response to the perceived threat of invasion by the French led by the Emperor Napoleon.

The tower will be open from 10am to 4pm.

Weird and Wonderful Wood, Haughley Park, Wetherden - Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15

James Kilpatrick, recently crowned men’s world champion climber at the International Tree Climbing Championship, will be making an appearance at this year’s event.

Visitors can also enjoy sculptured firepits from sculptural artist Andy Gage, finalist of RHS Chelsea garden product of the year 2014.

New this year are The Black Eagles, who learnt their acrobatic skills on the streets of Dar-es-Salaam in their homeland of Tanzania.

Weird and Wonderful Wood is a celebration of wood with demonstations including furniture making, musical instrument making, fletchers and bowyers, chainsaw carving, wheel wright, hurdle making, wood turning, pole lathe turning, sign writing, labyrinth making, flute making as well as coracle making and traditional gypsy caravan displays.

The fun starts at 10.30am, each day, and the event closes at 6pm Saturday and 5pm Sunday.

Museums at Night, Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, Friday, May 13

The museum has teamed up with West Suffolk College for an exhibition the likes of “witch” you will never have seen before.

Around 50 works of art telling the story of the world famous Bury St Edmunds Witch Trials of 1645 are on show between 6.30pm and 8.30pm tonight. Year 2 general art and design group students have compiled 2D and 3D art inspired by a talk and tour of borough collection artefacts relating to its darker and more supernatural heritage.

The artwork will be interspersed with ritual deposits from the museum’s collection offering the chance for visitors to see a fascinating and thought provoking mix of of both old and new.

The exhibition runs to May 16.

Yum!, The Freudian Sheep Contemporary Art Gallery, Ipswich - Saturday, May 14 to Friday, June 3

An exhibition inspired by food and drink as well as a fair sprinkling of other art for added interest.

Eighteen professional artists are featured, ranging from emerging talents to experienced artisans who actively exhibit widely in the UK and abroad.

Building on the popularity of the first three exhibitions from the Who’s Coming For Tea? series - themed around mental health, education and travel and tourism - this final instalment is choc-full of still-life paintings and colourful abstracts to photography, sculpture, mixed media and more with everything for sale.

The exhibition opens tomorrow, with a special event from 3pm-6pm.

Bug safari, Chantry Park, Ipswich - Sunday, May 15

Fun for all the family at this free Suffolk Wildlife Trust event. Join the team for an afternoon of bug-related activities and crafts - running from 1pm to 3pm.

Textile Fair, Braintree Town Hall, Warner Textile Archive and Braintree District Museum - Sunday, May 15

Stalls, talks, exhibitions, demonstrations, activities, pop-up tea room and exclusive collection store visits between 10am and 4pm.

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