What to do in Suffolk and Essex this weekend

The Suffolk Punch Trust is opening Sundays over the winter

The Suffolk Punch Trust is opening Sundays over the winter - Credit: Archant

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some ideas. For more days out suggestions, see our packed Event guide in the paper every Friday or check out @WhatsonWayne on Twitter.

Aldeburgh Documentary Festival 2015 includes Speed Sisters. Photo: Tanya Habjouqa

Aldeburgh Documentary Festival 2015 includes Speed Sisters. Photo: Tanya Habjouqa - Credit: Archant

Suffolk Punch Trust

Hollesley, Woodbridge

The charity is opening its doors to visitors on Sundays this month and next. It’s the first time the trust has opened in the winter months and it hopes it will give people a new perspective of the site and the work involved in keeping the Suffolk Punch Horses throughout the year. It’s also running a series of heavy horse experience days over the winter to give visitors the chance to handle and work with the animals. These are being held today, December 15, January 23 and February 20.

Bury St Edmunds Library, one of many across the region staging events

Bury St Edmunds Library, one of many across the region staging events - Credit: Archant

The 21st Aldeburgh Documentary Festival


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Aldeburgh Cinema, November 13-15

This year’s festival themes include everything from the plight of women and the Nazi legacy to the power of music and female car racers in the Middle East; with films from award-winner Vanessa Engle and Oscar nominated Hubert Sauper who recently received the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Documentary Special Award for Cinematic Bravery.

Author Rachel Joyce is at the Lavenham Literary Festival

Author Rachel Joyce is at the Lavenham Literary Festival - Credit: Archant

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Lavenham Literary Festival.

Various venues, November 13-15

Highlights include a session with John Higgs, presenting his novel Stranger Than We Can Imagine; a tribute to John Buchan whose adventure novel The Thirty Nine Steps marks its centennial anniversary this autumn and author Rachel Joyce will be in conversation with Peter Guttridge about her new book The Snow Garden. Andrew Lownie will also be presenting Stalin’s Englishman, his 30 years in the making biography of Guy Burgess.

Hardeep Singh Kohli has a new show

Hardeep Singh Kohli has a new show - Credit: Archant

Dinosaur storytime and crafts

Bury St Edmunds Library, 2pm-3.30pm, November 14

There’s loads going at across the region’s libraries. Tomorrow, join dinosaur storyteller Justine de Mierre and decorate your own dino magnet to take home. Perfect for ages three plus. If you’re staging a children’s or family activity email the details, at least 10 days in advance, to event@archant.co.uk

Hardeep Singh Kohli

The Quay, Sudbury, 7.30pm, November 13

The comedian, broadcaster and celebrity chef returns with new stand-up show Big Mouth Strikes Again. It’s billed as an hour of unashamed and uncensored anecdotes inspired by occasions when his big mouth really did get the better of him.

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