What to do across the region this weekend - your family days out guide

Suffolk All About Dogs Show

Suffolk All About Dogs Show - Credit: Archant

From dogs show and Anglo Saxon bake offs to pirates and gingerbread trails, there is plenty to keep yourself busy this long weekend. For more ideas, check out our packed Event guide in today’s paper and our entertainment writer @WhatsonWayne on Twitter.

Suffolk All About Dogs Show

Suffolk All About Dogs Show - Credit: Archant

All About Dogs Show

Trinity Park, Suffolk, 9.30am-5pm, this Sunday and Monday.

Owners are encouraged to create an Easter bonnet for their four-legged friend and then show off their creations during a parade from 1pm on the Sunday.

It’s one of many interactive competitions taking part at this year’s show. Also returning is the independent canine aquatic and dock diving team K9 Aqua. There will be a series of dog-friendly water-sports involving pets and their handlers.

Stowacynn re-enactment group ready for Brecks Fest

Stowacynn re-enactment group ready for Brecks Fest - Credit: Archant

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There will be around 20 fun dog shows and visitors will be able to get involved in agility, flyball, hurdles and recall courses.

Suffolk All About Dogs is also hosting a best doggy photo trophy contest which owners can enter on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #bestdoggyphototrophy.

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Canine experts will be on hand offering advice and there will be a range of exhibitors.

Pirates Live, Hippodrome Circus

Pirates Live, Hippodrome Circus - Credit: Archant

Brecks Fest Saxon Bake Off

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, 10am-5pm, this Sunday and Monday,

Watch demonstrations of ancient cooking skills as Stowacynn re-enactment group test out their new experimental archaeology clay oven.

The 75cm tall by 150cm wide oven has taken six months to build and is made from three different layers of clay. It follows extensive research into Anglo-Saxon cooking techniques by the Friends of West Stow, who make up the Stowacynn group.

Frogs and Snails and Teddy Bear Tales

Frogs and Snails and Teddy Bear Tales - Credit: Archant

The demonstrations will offer insights into how people might have prepared and cooked their food at the original village settlement which existed at West Stow around 420-650AD.

Other events include a Breckland theatre performance and storytelling, craft activities, traditional buildings classes with Orchard Barn, face painting, archery lessons and an Easter egg trail.

Pirates Live

Woodbridge Vintage and Modern Market

Woodbridge Vintage and Modern Market - Credit: Archant

The Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth, to April 17

Captain Blackheart and his villainous cut-throats have come looking for the Fountain of Youth. It’s up to Captain Jack Hawkeye and Pirate Johnny to put their differences aside and save the day.

Kids will love this swashbuckling adventure packed with fire breathers, mermaid aerialists, hand balancers and pirate acrobats.

Frogs and Snails and Teddy Bear Tales

Haverhill Arts Centre, 11.30pm, 2.30pm, March 30

Freehand Theatre tell the story of a bear who’s so excited about his birthday he just can’t get to sleep.

Puppetry, original music and humour for ages three-seven. Children are invited to bring a teddy bear to share the performance.

Gingerbread trail

Tide Mill Living Museum and The Cake Shop Bakery, to April 15

Buy a trail sheet at either the museum or bakery and follow the trail to find the seven biscuits which have been hidden around Woodbridge town centre to win.

Tangled Tales

St John’s Centre, Bury St Edmunds, 11am, 3pm, April 1-2

Spinning Wheel Youth’s new show for ages five to 12, a topsy-turvy take on the story of Hansel and Gretel.

Escaping from the Wicked Witch and her minion Minnie, they bump into a series of fairy tale characters from the Big Bad Wolf to little old Granny, forming a ragtag team determined to defeat the baddies chasing them.

Woodbridge Vintage and Modern Market

The Shire Hall and Market Hill, Woodbridge, 9.30am-4pm, tomorrow.

There will be more than 50 stalls packed with vintage homewares, one-off furniture, handmade jewellery and crafts, artworks, prints, fabrics and fashion. There will also be food and drink from local producers.

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