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Join the real middle-Earth tour or sing-a-long to Mamma Mia hits this weekend

PUBLISHED: 09:04 09 August 2018

East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival at Oulton Broad.
Photo: Andy Darnell

East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival at Oulton Broad. Photo: Andy Darnell

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From a dragon boat festival to a castle under siege at Framlingham - what will you do in Suffolk over the weekend of August 11 and 12?

Framlingham Castle Seige  Picture: ENGLISH HERITAGEFramlingham Castle Seige Picture: ENGLISH HERITAGE

Castle under siege, Framlingham Castle, August 11 and 12

Framlingham Castle will be catapulted back in time to 1216 this weekend as English Heritage recreates the famous Siege of Framlingham from within the castle walls. The weekend will allow visitors to experience what it is like to be under Norman attack. There is so much to do like preparing for battle, listening to tales from the medieval minstrels, watching a variety of demonstrations and dramatic arena shows and lots more. There will be a children’s arena where young warriors can learn how to successfully besiege a town before putting their new found skills to test in the kid’s battle. It will be an exciting event with something for everyone to enjoy and get involved in. The day is open from 10.30am until 5pm on both days, you can save money by buying tickets in advance online here.

Joanna Sawyer, Claire Lloyd, Jack Heydon and Fizz Waller in Red Rose Chain's Much Ado About Nothing Picture: BILL JACKSONJoanna Sawyer, Claire Lloyd, Jack Heydon and Fizz Waller in Red Rose Chain's Much Ado About Nothing Picture: BILL JACKSON

Theatre in the Forest, Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead, Until August 26

Open-air Shakespeare has returned. This year Red Rose Chain is performing romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, with sparring couple Benedick and Beatrice taking part in battles of wit. Set in the 1940s with fighter pilots and jitterbugging, this production features many familiar faces, and there is a strong musical element too. Performances are at 7.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday, with matinees at 2pm on Saturday and an extra show at 7.30pm on Sunday, August 26.

East Anglian Dragon boat festival, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft.; Photo: Nick ButcherEast Anglian Dragon boat festival, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft.; Photo: Nick Butcher

Dragon boat Festival, Oulton Broad, August 11

Enjoy a cool ancient Chinese tradition this weekend at Oulton Broad with your family and friends. The event, taking place on Saturday, will have up to 40 crews to battle it out on the 200m race, a funfair, inflatable games, children’s activities, food stalls and more. If you are feeling energetic you and nine friends can apply to be in the dragon boat race to battle it out against the other teams, details on how to do this are available on the dragon boat festival website.

Enjoy the West Stow Anglo Saxon Village Lord of the Rings themed tour. Picture: PHIL MORELYEnjoy the West Stow Anglo Saxon Village Lord of the Rings themed tour. Picture: PHIL MORELY

The real middle-earth tour, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, August 11

Go on a guided tour at the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village this Saturday where the origins of The Lord of the Rings are explored. Find out about the links between Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon world on a guided tour from a member of the Tolkien Society and a Middle-earth enthusiast. The Anglo-Saxon Village was also a set used in ‘Born of Hope’ a fan film which prequels The Lord of the Rings. The tour, which lasts a little over an hour, concludes with a ‘riddle battle’ like that in The Hobbit. The event is suitable for anyone over the age of 10 and the tour will start at 11am. Visitors must arrive 10 minutes before the session and it is advised that they wear sensible clothing. You can find out more and book tickets on the website.

Felixstowe Community Choir will perform at Felixstowe Prom on the Prom. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDFelixstowe Community Choir will perform at Felixstowe Prom on the Prom. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Prom on the Prom, Seafront Gardens, Felixstowe, August 11

Get set for a day of live music in the Seafront Gardens to mark Music in Felixstowe’s 10th year. The event will start with the Clarinet and String Trio at 2pm, performing light and popular classics. You can try different instruments yourself at a workshop afterwards. The string quartet Quartetto Familia, Seckford Brass, Felixstowe Community Choir and jazz singer Verity Poulson will all take part, and there will also be European folk music from Stringfillies and Wade Ablitt and Co presenting songs from a new musical. Then at 7.30pm, the Festival Orchestra will present an evening prom featuring film music, conducted by Jeremy Hughes. Admission is free.

Get ready to sing at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds Picture: PHIL MORLEYGet ready to sing at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds Picture: PHIL MORLEY

The Greatest Show, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, August 12

Have a sing-a-long to famous songs from best-loved films this weekend at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. The Greatest Show is a live show which will feature the biggest hits including This is Me, Never Enough and Come Alive, from the hit musical The Greatest Showman, as well as songs from Hollywood movies such as Frozen, Dreamgirls, Dirty Dancing, Shrek, Moulin Rouge, Mamma Mia and more. The production will feature an all-star cast from London’s West End, which includes Cici Howells (Saturday Night Fever, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Michelle Pentecost (Wonderland, Evita, Wicked), Gemma Atkins (Wicked, Kinky Boots and Grease, alongside Welsh Tenor Michael Jenkins. There will also be a talented live band, impressive spectacular visual effects and compère. There will be two shows one at 3pm and one at 7.30pm, tickets can be booked online and are £16 each.

Rugbytots will take place this weekend Picture: GREGG BROWNRugbytots will take place this weekend Picture: GREGG BROWN

Rugbytots, St John’s Community Church, August 11

Take your little one to a fun energetic event this weekend where they can have a laugh and learn a new hobby. The sessions will coach children in an engaging and energetic way while teaching them how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team. You can get tickets and find out more on the Rugbytots website www.rugbytots.co.uk

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