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Seven events happening in Suffolk and north Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 11:20 15 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:20 15 December 2017

The Dickensian Christmas events at Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, are being held over two weekends in December. Picture: KENTWELL HALL

The Dickensian Christmas events at Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, are being held over two weekends in December. Picture: KENTWELL HALL

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Your weekend inspiration is here – these events are all taking place on December 16 and 17.

Lucy and Emily McVeigh and Peter Harrison of Kenton Hall Estate. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Lucy and Emily McVeigh and Peter Harrison of Kenton Hall Estate. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Christmas Entertaining

Kenton Hall Estate, Stowmarket

December 16

Get inspired ready for Christmas at Kenton Hall Estate this Saturday.

Be taught how to make delicious festive food ready for the big day.

The recipes on the course may include seasonal canapés, Christmas biscotti, sherry-glazed pork belly, cavolo nero, parsnip, crackling.

To find out more and to book a place on the course visit the website.

Father Christmas with his elves and reindeer in the snow at Colchester Zoo. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Father Christmas with his elves and reindeer in the snow at Colchester Zoo. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Christmas Starlight Night at Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo

December 16

Enjoy after dark festivities at Colchester Zoo this Saturday.

Meet Santa’s reindeer in their stables throughout the day, get crafty with elves in their workshop and enjoy their tasty treats from the kitchen.

Enjoy the Santa experience where all children will leave with their own ‘winter’ soft toy.

To book your time slot or to find out more visit the website.

Kentwell Hall Dickensian Christmas Experience. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Kentwell Hall Dickensian Christmas Experience. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Kentwell Hall’s Dickensian Christmas

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford

December 16 - December 17

Kentwell’s Magical Christmas is a day of activities for the whole family.

There is a range of activities from a magic show, family crafts and a visit to see Father Christmas.

See how the house is set up for Christmas in Victorian style, with traditional Victorian decorations.

You find out more about the event and to book tickets visit the website.

Meet Father Christmas this weekend. Picture: KMONROE Meet Father Christmas this weekend. Picture: KMONROE"/GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Meet Father Christmas at Moyse’s Hall

Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds

December 16 - December 17

Take your children to see Father Christmas this weekend.

Your child will have the chance to tell Father Christmas their Christmas wishes and have their photo taken by one of the elves.

Each child will also get a free gift from Santa.

Book your space now on the website.

An all-star cast will tell the tale of Jack and The Beanstalk at Ipswich's Regent. Picture: CONTRIBUTED An all-star cast will tell the tale of Jack and The Beanstalk at Ipswich's Regent. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Jack & The Beanstalk

The Regent, Ipswich

December 16 - January 2

A great family day out filled with singing, dancing and a much-loved tale.

The all-star cast contains George Sampson, Roxanne Pallet, Connor Byrne, Andrew Fleming and others.

You can watch the show at 2pm or 6pm.

Buy your tickets on the website now.

Thomas and Friends at the East Anglian Railway Museum in Chappel. Thomas steams into Chappel station. Picture: NICK STRUGNELL Thomas and Friends at the East Anglian Railway Museum in Chappel. Thomas steams into Chappel station. Picture: NICK STRUGNELL

Festive Day out with Thomas The Tank Engine

Chappel Station, Colchester

December 16 - December 17

Do you have a Thomas the Tank Engine fan in your family?

You can visit Santa’s Grotto, enjoy story time with The Fat Controller and have unlimited rides on Thomas.

If you would like to see Santa pre-booking is essential.

For more details and to pre-book your space with Santa visit the website.

Get your running shoes ready for the fun run. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO Get your running shoes ready for the fun run. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Spirit of Christmas Fun Run

Grange Farm, Stowupland

December 17

Take part in the annual Spirit of Christmas Fun Run this Sunday.

The route is approximately 5k with a shorter option available.

The Spirit of Christmas Fun run replaces the annual Stowmarket Christmas Tree Run.

Entry is free but you are asked to bring an unwrapped gift per family as a present for an underprivileged child this Christmas. For more information call

07766395779.

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