What will you be doing across the region this weekend?

There's a range of Ipswich Borough Council organised activities happening across the town this summe

There's a range of Ipswich Borough Council organised activities happening across the town this summer - Credit: Archant

From fun for families and their four-legged friends to tales of giants and giant loo rolls, vintage markets to birds of prey displays, there’s plenty to enjoy this weekend.

It's Suffolk Dog Day at Helmingham Hall this Sunday.

It's Suffolk Dog Day at Helmingham Hall this Sunday. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Suffolk Dog Day, July 31, Helmingham Hall

For the ninth year running, thousands of people and their dogs will take a walkies to Helmingham Hall. Not only is there lots of fun to be had, families and their four-legged friends will also be raising vital funds for Suffolk Community Foundation and the many thousands of Suffolk charities it supports.

The huge event is packed with doggie attractions, showring competitions, specialist displays, food and drink from here in Suffolk and around the world, children’s entertainment and more. It makes no bones about putting dogs of every shape, size, colour, age and breed at the very heart of the day.

This year’s event includes a new look with added demonstrations, fun dog agility activities and show classes.

The Pantaloons stage Gulliver's Travels

The Pantaloons stage Gulliver's Travels - Credit: Archant


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How Was Your Day, various dates, Ipswich

A recent survey found the average child pestered their parents about having “nothing to do” more than 200 times during the six-week holiday – a massive five times a day. But help is at hand says Daniella Lord, who runs the school summer activity programme in Ipswich.

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Arranged every year by Ipswich Borough Council, it includes more than 100 activities in dozens of venues – some lasting an hour, some running all day long.

Vintage and Makers Market at Snape

Vintage and Makers Market at Snape - Credit: Archant

Called How Was Your Day? it’s a mixture of free and paid-for bookable events scheduled throughout the six-week break.

Visit www.Ipswich.gov.uk and search How Was Your Day? for the full programme.

Gulliver’s Travels, Landguard Fort, Felixstowe, 5pm, July 31

Summer Theatre at the fort welcomes the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company for this open-air show. A voyage into the unknown, meet the tiny people of Lilliput, the giants of Brobdingnag; visit the floating island of Laputa and a country peopled by talking horses in this adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s classic.

Marty MacDonald’s Toy Machine, Haverhill Arts Centre, 2pm, July 29

Featuring the voice of CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher as Pongo the Pig, everyone is delighted with the delivery of the machine. That is until they realise Crafty the Crow has been up to mischief and it shouldn’t be there. Worse yet, it’s broken. Interactive show for ages two-seven.

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, 10am-5pm daily

Flying displays from owls and birds of prey, red squirrels, meerkats and much more await visitors of all ages. There are also encounter sessions, the discovery centre to enjoy and Jenny’s Ark Pet Zoo will be at the owl sanctuary every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer holidays.

Sci-fi summer, Braintree District Museum, various times and dates

Enjoy five weeks of themed craft activities ranging from a Star Wars costume and lightsaber workshop, Quidditch starter kits and making monster wreaths to creating super-hero spoon puppets, space rockets and alien ceramics. Activities take place 11am-1pm, every weekday bar Mondays.

Wind in the Willows, Mercury Theatre, Colchester, times vary, to August 21

Poop-poop! Toad, Badger, Rat and Mole hit the road in a chaotic musical adventure. Based on characters from Kenneth Grahame’s novel with a story by Willis Hall, Toad is handed a 20-year prison sentence after a motoring mishap. Maid Enid helps him escape, only to find his beloved Toad Hall has been taken over by the Wild Wooder. It’s up to wise old Badger, Rat and Mole to save the day. Mankinds’ rubbish, objects found along the way and the best of the English countryside come together for this family show. You can even come on stage at the end of the show to meet the animals.

The Tempest, Red Rose Chain Theatre in the Forest, Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead, to August 28

The King of Naples Alonso, his son Ferdinand, his brother Sebastian, Duke of Milan Antonio and Milanese courtier Gonzalo wash up on an island after their ship is caught in a storm. Watching from the shore is the ex-Duke of Milan Prospero and his 15-year-old daughter Miranda. Turns out he was usurped by his brother Antonio and, with Gonzalo’s help, escaped with Miranda and his magic books. Cue romance, revenge and ultimately forgiveness told in a way only Red Rose Chain can.

Vintage and Makers Market, Snape Maltings, 10am-4pm, July 31

More than 50 local vintage traders, artisans and craftspeople will be setting up their stalls. You’ll find vintage furniture, fashion and homewares alongside locally made artworks, craft, jewellery, fabrics and food and drink.

The Giant’s loo Roll, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 11.30am, August 1,

Fe Fi Fo Fum, now what can I use to wipe my... Well, I think you get the gist. TaleGate Theatre Productions’ adaptation of Nicholas Allan’s book combines humour, music and the biggest loo roll ever on stage. The villagers living in the town below the Giant’s house had better watch out, his loo roll has gone bouncing down the hill and straight towards them. Luckily, they find lots of uses for it but what about the Giant himself?

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

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