What to do in Suffolk this weekend - your family days out guide


From Big Garden Bird Watch days out to birthday parties, there is plenty to keep the children busy in Ipswich and elsewhere in Suffolk this weekend.

Sally Marie's I Love You and I Loved You. Photo: Danilo Moroni

Sally Marie's I Love You and I Loved You. Photo: Danilo Moroni - Credit: Archant

Friday, January 29

I Loved You and I Loved You, DanceEast’s Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich from 7.30pm

Multi-award winning choreographer Sally Marie, artistic director of Sweet-shop Revolution, tells the extraordinary true story of young Welsh composer Morfydd Owen.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party, by Patricia Jacobs. Part of the Royal Photographic Society's latest exhibiti

Mad Hatter's Tea Party, by Patricia Jacobs. Part of the Royal Photographic Society's latest exhibition. Photo: Patrica Jacobs - Credit: Archant

Fusing classical music, theatre and dance it centres on her humble begin-nings growing up in the Welsh valleys in 1891 to her meteoric rise; touching on the turbulent relationships that marked much of her early 20s and early death at the age of just 26.

I Loved You and I Loved You is the first of four performances in DanceEast’s One Night Stand programme showing new work by the best new dance companies for one night only.

Tickets £9 for concessions, £12 for adults

Read arts editor Andrew Clarke’s interview with Marie here

Not Now Bernard, at Bury St Edmunds' Theatre Royal

Not Now Bernard, at Bury St Edmunds' Theatre Royal - Credit: Archant

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Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30

Colchester Winter Beer Festival, at Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester, from noon until 11pm

The traditional Colchester CAMRA winter beerfest has been running since Wednesday and offers a wide range of ales, ciders and perry, with free soft drinks available for drivers. There’s live music tomorrow too.

Children are welcome until 6.30pm.

Free entry for card-carrying CAMRA Members, free for anyone until 3pm and £3 thereafter.

Saturday, January 30

Kesgrave Library 10th birthday celebrations, Kinsey House, Kays Close, Kesgrave, open 10am to 5pm

Help Kesgrave library celebrate this milestone with cake, balloon decorating and children’s craft. Entry is free.

Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30

Big Garden Bird Watch, Flatford Wildlife Garden, Flatford Road, East Bergholt

Take the family along to see which birds are visiting the feeders and to find out how you can take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch at home.

There will be small telescopes and binoculars available for you to look through and plenty of advice to help you attract birds to your garden.

There will also be family orientated activities and a selection of plants for sale.

You could also fo for a walk, enjoy tea and cake at the nearby National Trust tea shop, and then pick up some inspiration from the lovely garden.

From Tuesday, February 2

The Royal Photographic Society and Royal Photographic Society’s Creative Group exhibition, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds.

Patricia Jacobs’ Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is one of many images in the latest show from the creative group, which comprises prints and projected images based on a wide variety of themes and inspirations.

The exhibition runs until Ferbuary 28.

Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6

Not Now Bernard, The Two Monsters and The Monster and The Teddy Bea, The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds,

Do you have a monster inside you, just waiting to go grrr? Bernard, who’s being ignored by the busy adults around him, does. When he finds a big purple creature in the garden things rapidly go from bad to worse.

See this and two more of David McKee’s funny stories at the Theatre Royal. All three are suitable for ages three to eight.

Tickets from £8.50 to £13.50.

For more days out suggestions, see our packed Event guide in the paper every Friday.

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