What will you be doing across the region this weekend?

Joust at Framlingham Castle. Photo: Ann Unwin

Joust at Framlingham Castle. Photo: Ann Unwin - Credit: Nick Unwin Photography

From the thrills of jousting and food festival fun to museum activities and music, there’s plenty to enjoy this weekend.

Ipswich Museum fun

Ipswich Museum fun - Credit: Archant

Joust, Framlingham Castle, 10.30am-5pm, Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24

An action-packed day when the castle walls will echo with the noise of thundering hooves and lances shattering as the knights go head-to-head. Spectators will also be able to soak up the pomp and pageantry of the medieval way of life in the living history encampment, enjoy medieval musical comedy and get stuck in with children’s activities and storytelling throughout the day.

Summer in Suffolk Museums, various locations, times and dates

Jimmy Doherty. Photo: Lucy Taylor

Jimmy Doherty. Photo: Lucy Taylor - Credit: Archant

If you’re looking for some last-minute ideas to keep kids entertained from now until August 31, Suffolk museums have got you covered. Sites across the county have laid on a jam-packed programme of exciting events, activities, workshops and trails for the whole family. There are 31 museums taking part with more than 60 free or low-cost family-friendly events. Download your free programme at www.suffolkmuseums.org

Jimmy’s Harvest Festival, Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead, 10am-11pm, July 23; 11am-10.30pm, July 24

A marriage of two popular events staged over the years – Harvest Festival, featuring music and the Sausage and Beer Festival - music acts include Reef, Newton Faulkner and Chas and Dave. There’s also a a cookery demonstration area with chefs including Gennaro Contaldo, Jack Monroe, DJ BBQ, Marcus Bean and Matty Cockin. Younger visitors can enjoy the kids’ zone. Activities range from animal petting and circus skills to puppetry and, new for this year, a science and nature trail. The star of CBBC’s Mr Bloom’s Nursery, Mr Bloom, who inspires children to get involved and inspired by nature, will also be entertaining youngsters.

Stepdance day

Stepdance day - Credit: Archant

Sax Music Fest 16, Memorial Field, Saxmundham, 5pm-10.15pm, July 22; 10am-11pm, July 24

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Organised by Brook Farm Residents’ Association, a dozen acts from near and far perform a range of music.

Stepdance Day, Beaconsfield Arms and village hall, Occold, near Eye, 1.45pm, July 24

The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust’s annual celebration of this local tradition. Stepdancing is an informal, improvised dance in which the feet make percussive sounds on the floor or on a small board. It’s not a stage dance, but is part of a social event where groups of people meet to entertain themselves with traditional music, singing and dancing, often in a pub. Events start with an informal workshop at 1.45pm, followed by two competitions, music and merry-making.

Ipswich Mencap Summer Fayre, Burgess House, 2pm-5pm, July 24

A free afternoon of fun for all the family with stalls, entertainment, bouncy castle, fun dog show and more with all proceeds from the latter going to the charity.

Follow @WhatsonWayne on Twitter and check out our Event guide in the paper every Friday for more ideas.

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