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Seven events happening in Suffolk and north Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 08:26 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:57 04 December 2017

Trinity Park Ipswich is holding a charity inflatable santa 5k run this weekend.  Picture: ARCHANT

Trinity Park Ipswich is holding a charity inflatable santa 5k run this weekend. Picture: ARCHANT

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Do you run out of things to do at the weekend? Check out our guide for inspiration, here is what’s happening on December 2 and 3.

Members of the Royal British Legion Leiston band performing at a previous Framlingham Christmas Market. Picture: SU ANDERSON Members of the Royal British Legion Leiston band performing at a previous Framlingham Christmas Market. Picture: SU ANDERSON

Framlingham Christmas Market

United Free Church Hall

December 2

Pop down to the Christmas market for a morning of fun.

There will be lots to look at and plenty of inspiration for Christmas gifts.

There will be craft, presents, toys, decorations, a raffle and lots of other stalls.

Entry to the market is free.

For more details visit call 01473 735131.

The Christmas fayre at Jimmy's Farm will put you in a festive mood. Picture: CONTRIBUTED The Christmas fayre at Jimmy's Farm will put you in a festive mood. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Jimmy’s Farm Christmas Fayre

Ipswich

December 2-3

Head down to Jimmy’s Farm for some Christmas cheer.

From mulled wine, a Father Christmas grotto, craft and food stalls, hot food and so much more.

You can even bring your dog as long as they are on a lead.

Entry and parking to the fayre is free.

To find out more information visit the website.

The Guildhall decorated for Lavenham Christmas Fair. Picture: BEN BROWN The Guildhall decorated for Lavenham Christmas Fair. Picture: BEN BROWN

Lavenham Christmas lantern walk

Lavenham Tourist Information Centre

December 2

This Lantern Walk takes you on a tour of Lavenham telling you about the history of Christmases.

Guides will be in costume carrying lanterns – the walk finishes at the iconic Swan Hotel for mulled wine and mince pies.

The Christmas Fair is also taking part that evening, why not do both?

You must book in advance for the walk as limited numbers.

To book call 01787 248207

Trinity Park Ipswich is holding a charity inflatable santa 5k run on this weekend. Picture: SEANA HUGHES Trinity Park Ipswich is holding a charity inflatable santa 5k run on this weekend. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

Inflatable 5K Santa Run

Trinity Park, Ipswich

December 2

Get ready for the UK’s only inflatable 5k Santa Run.

Grab your hats and hold on to your sacks for quite possibly the craziest Santa run you will ever see.

You will laugh so much your sides hurt.

For more details visit the website.

Clay Workshop

Create a master piece at the clay workshop. Picture: BRIAN A JACKSON Create a master piece at the clay workshop. Picture: BRIAN A JACKSON

The Room at Melton

December 2

Get creative this weekend with this clay workshop.

Explore a variety of techniques and create your own masterpieces.

It could be a great opportunity to make someone’s Christmas present.

You will be working in a small and friendly group alongside a qualified tutor.

For more information visit the website.

Winter Wonderland

Get your ice skates ready. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO Get your ice skates ready. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Riverside Ice and Leisure, Chelmsford

Every weekend from December 2 - December 24

Get into the Christmas spirit at the Riverside Winter Wonderland.

There will be an ice rink, a santa’s grotto, festive food and drink and appearances from Pops the penguin.

Skate amongst the beautiful decorations, sing along to Christmas carols and enjoy a great time out with friends and family.

Please note spaces for Santa’s Grotto are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.

To find out more visit the website.

Demon Xtreme Ice Slider

Get your sledge ready for the Demon Xtreme Ice Slider.   Picture: NICK BUTCHER Get your sledge ready for the Demon Xtreme Ice Slider. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Castle Park, Colchester

December 1 - January 3

Who needs snow when you can go sledging this weekend without it.

The DX Ice Slider is a 35 metre long ride with five lanes, four lanes are to be used with a plastic sled and the other is for more adventurous riders.

Each person gets 25 minutes to slide down as many times as you can fit in, so the quicker you get up the slope the more rides you have.

Please note the sleds are designed for all ages but height restrictions do apply.

For the full details visit the website.

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