What to do in Suffolk and Essex this weekend

A Flavour of India in Ipswich

A Flavour of India in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

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

Mattie Smith, one of the highlights of the 24th Copdock Classic Motorcycle Show. Photo Christine Hart

Mattie Smith, one of the highlights of the 24th Copdock Classic Motorcycle Show. Photo Christine Hart - Credit: Archant

A Flavour of India in Ipswich

Spice up your life with fun, food and fitness the Indian way at Garrett Memorial Hall, Ipswich, 11am-4pm, October 3.

When Yuvraj Padmanabhan’s sister died of cancer aged just 33, he was determined to hold an event in her memory that would raise money for Cancer Research UK and encourage others to live life to the full.

“In Indian culture we emphasise well-being for a long and healthy life. This is an opportunity to taste real Indian home cooking and a chance to take part in yoga workshops, enjoy dance demonstrations, have a go at henna decoration and sample many other aspects of Indian life,” he says.

Festival of the Senses

Festival of the Senses - Credit: Archant


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The inaugural lamp lighting ceremony will be performed by Ipswich mayor Glen Chisholm. Entry is via a minumum donation of £5 which includes food.

Copdock Motorcycle Show

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Bikers from across England and Europe roll into Trinity Park, Ipswich, 9am-5pm, October 4, for the 24th show, boasting world class attractions and times world champion Phil Read MBE as this year’s guest of honour.

Diamond's Stand Up to Cancer concert

Diamond's Stand Up to Cancer concert - Credit: Archant

Organised by non-profit making organisation The Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club, chairman David Baldry says: “Last year we had more than 150 show bikes pre-registered, 500 bikes entered on club stands, more than 50 individual bike clubs stands and 200 trade stands pre-booked, this year we are already above those numbers and with the weather set fair, we could well break our attendance record as well.”

Attractions include The Imps Motorcycle Display Team, stunt rider Mattie Griffin, the custom marquee, Ken Fox’s wall of death, David Silver Spares Museum of Classic Honda Motorcycles, Motoball and Pre 65 scrambler displays, hundreds of trade stands, club stands, large auto jumble, show bikes, live Music from Lick and a Promise and much more. The bike park itself always proves to be an attraction with thousands of vehicles on display.

This year’s grand draw prize is a 1975 Honda CB400F worth more than £3,500. The club has donated more than £340,000 to charities and good causes to date. This year all the proceeds from the draw will go to the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service.

Sura Susso

Sura Susso - Credit: Archant

Festival for the Senses

This free family event at Anglia Ruskin, Chelmsford, 10am-2pm, October 3, features a variety of activities.

Visitors can listen to recordings relating to Chelmsford, including a speech from Guglielmo Marconi from 1935. There will be a taste safari, a treasure hunt, live music and African dancing, a pottery workshop and activities including a climbing wall.

Essex Cricket will be running a fastest bowler competition, there will be a street market, the chance to meet Pilot Pete, the Essex Air Ambulance mascot; and take part in a competition to see who can get their kit on quickest.

The Big Draw

The Big Draw - Credit: Archant

Sian Burnett, community engagement officer at Anglia Ruskin, said: “Our inaugural Festival for the Senses will see entertaining and educational activities for all the family, designed to tantalise your senses in different ways.

“We hope to welcome as many people as possible onto our campus, whether you want to try some sumptuous local produce, learn something new or get involved in something a little more active.”

An open day takes place at the same time for people interested in studying at Anglia Ruskin, which will feature a free creative writing workshop hosted by professor Farah Mendlesohn.

Diamond’s Stand Up to Cancer Concert

The vocal group will be joined by special guests Benjamin Bloom, Just Jay Dance Group, Simone Dorset and James Burrage at the Ipswich Corn Exchange, 7.30pm, October 3.

Rural Kora on Tour

Sura Susso and the West African Kora perform a series of world music concerts for youngs, starting at Creeting St Mary Jubilee Hall, 3pm-4pm, October 3

The Big Draw

The world’s biggest drawing festival with thousands of drawing activities connecting people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators - and each other. Anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can’t, should head to Ipswich Museum, 10am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-3.30pm, October 3.

Comedy workshop

Think you’re funny? Then pop along to The Minories Galleries, Colchester, 11am, October 3.

Children aged 11-15 are invited to try their hand at writing and performing a short comedy set with Hazel Humphreys, a comedy tutor with more than 10 years experience of teaching comedy in schools and colleges. Spaces on the workshop are limited to 15 students.

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