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Seven things for you to do this weekend

PUBLISHED: 15:55 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 16 May 2018

The St Nicholas Hospice 'Paws in the Park' event is taking place this weekend. Ivy (left) and Violet Picture: PHIL MORELY

The St Nicholas Hospice 'Paws in the Park' event is taking place this weekend. Ivy (left) and Violet Picture: PHIL MORELY

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Your weekend plans are sorted - here is what is going on in Suffolk and north Essex on May 19 and 20.

This weekend you have a chance to run past the giraffe's at Colchester Zoo Picture: SUE ANDERSONThis weekend you have a chance to run past the giraffe's at Colchester Zoo Picture: SUE ANDERSON

Colchester Zoo Stampede

Colchester Zoo

May 20

This weekend you have the unique chance to run the Colchester Stampede 10K at Colchester Zoo. The route will be through the zoo and onto closed roads.

The run begins at 9am but runners are asked to arrive between 6.45am and 7.30pm to find their bearings and warm up.

Standard entries have sold out but you can still take part if you run for a charity.

For more information visit the website.

Ipswich Museum will provide a unique setting for a silent disco Picture: IBCIpswich Museum will provide a unique setting for a silent disco Picture: IBC

Museums at Night Silent Disco

Ipswich Museum

May 19

Fancy a disco where you can choose the music? The go to the silent disco at Ipswich museum this Saturday.

You will receive a set of wireless headphones armed with two channels playing different songs.

The event will take place in the Victorian Natural History Gallery, where local celebrities Wool-I-Am and Rosie the Rhino can be found.

The family disco at 5.30pm has already sold out, but there are still tickets available for the other disco slots. For more information click here.

Hadleigh Show at Holbecks Park Showground Picture: SEANA HUGHESHadleigh Show at Holbecks Park Showground Picture: SEANA HUGHES

The Hadleigh Show

Holbecks Park

May 19

Why not take your family to the very popular Hadleigh Show this weekend?

This year marks the 179th show and it is packed with fun things to do which will appeal to the whole family.

Broke FMX will be in the main ring with their spectacular freestyle motocross display and trick show.

Other ringside entertainment includes The Sheep Show, Little Nippers Terrier Racing, Vintage Tractors, Young Farmers Tug-o-War, The Dog & Duck Show and lots more. For the full details visit the website.

The Paws in the Park event in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care in Nowton Park picture: ANDY ABBOTTThe Paws in the Park event in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care in Nowton Park picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Paws in the Park

Nowton Park, Bury Saint Edmunds

May 20

An event for the whole family to enjoy even the furry members! Nowton Park in Bury Saint Edmunds is hosting their Paws in the Park event on Sunday.

The event runs from 10am until 4pm and is in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

The day will have lots to do from dog competitions, dog agility, a gundog scurry and lots more. You can enter your dog into as many competitions as you like including best puppy, handsomest dog, scruffiest mutt and many more.

There will be plenty of food and drink stands including Yum Yum Tree Fudge, Greene King, and A La Cart. There is so much going on you can read about it here.

Pick up a baragin this weekend Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ (C) MARTIN POOLEPick up a baragin this weekend Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ (C) MARTIN POOLE

Colchester Vintage Kilo Sale

Colchester Town Hall

May 20

The Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale lets you pick from thousands of vintage, retro and branded items from the 70s – early 00’s!

Roll up your sleeves and rummage through tonnes of vintage items and save money.

There will be male and female clothes with everything from retro tops, denim, jackets, jumpers, shorts and skirts.

There will be an entry price of between £1.50 to £3 depending on what time you arrive. The event will be running from 10am to 4pm. To find out more click here.

The Giant Plant Sale is at Trinity Park this weekend Picture: PHIL MORLEYThe Giant Plant Sale is at Trinity Park this weekend Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Giant Plant Sale

Trinity Park, Ipswich

May 19 and 20

Thousands of plants and trees are available at this sale, which is all under cover.

There will be a wide selection of shrubs, perennials, roses, fruit trees and bushes available.

The sale runs from 9am to 4.30pm.

For more information, see the website.

See Aled Jones this weekend picture: IAN WEST/PA WIRESee Aled Jones this weekend picture: IAN WEST/PA WIRE

Bury St Edmunds Film Festival

Abbeygate Cinema, Bury St Edmunds

May 18 - May 27

The Abbeygate Cinema are hosting a season of films to mark 100 years of votes for women by celebrating strong and inspiring female characters on screen. There are various films and shows happening to mark the occasion starting on May 18 and finishing on May 27.

On Saturday there is nine different events to attend from a show by Aled Jones, a street theatre with exciting performers, and a walk named ‘Bury at War’ which will take you to some of the most iconic sites and symbols of warfare around the town.

On Sunday there are eleven events including a showing of Mary Poppins, a comedy club for kids, a cathedral choir and a showing of Superhero The Musical. Make sure you take a look at the line up and book your favourite events on their website.

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