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Seven things to do in Suffolk and north Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 08:19 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:24 16 October 2017

Check out the Harwich Sea Shanty Festival this weekend. Picture: ANDREW MUTIMER

Check out the Harwich Sea Shanty Festival this weekend. Picture: ANDREW MUTIMER

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Is your diary empty for this weekend? Check out our guide for inspiration on what to do on October 14-15.

East Anglian Air Ambulance supporters with their dogs at a fundraising event. Picture: DEBORAH NORWOOD East Anglian Air Ambulance supporters with their dogs at a fundraising event. Picture: DEBORAH NORWOOD

Paws with a Cause Charity Dog Walk

October 15

Glemham Hall will be holding a sponsored dog walk for the third year running this weekend.

Sponsoring and hosting the event is the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Head down with your canine and enjoy an autumnal walk in the Suffolk countryside while raising money for the charity.

There will also be dog agility and pet photography. For more details check out the website.

Are you ready for a fright? Picture: CONTRIBUTED Are you ready for a fright? Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Scaresville, Kentwell Hall and Gardens

October 4-November 4

Find yourself full of adrenaline, walking through creepy dark rooms, forests and gardens. Get ready to scream and laugh like never before.

Your scary tour around the grounds will last about an hour - to maximise your scare experience it is best to come in groups of eight or more.

Scaresville is not for those who are squeamish, pregnant, claustrophobic, frail or faint-hearted.

For more information visit the website.

XXL Excelsior performing aboard the thames barge Victor beside Ha'penny pier during the Harwich sea shanty festival.  Jed Stone strums and sings with left to right, Margaret Chenery, Des Tighe, Pam Stone and Gerald Chenery. Picture: ANDREW PARTRIDGE XXL Excelsior performing aboard the thames barge Victor beside Ha'penny pier during the Harwich sea shanty festival. Jed Stone strums and sings with left to right, Margaret Chenery, Des Tighe, Pam Stone and Gerald Chenery. Picture: ANDREW PARTRIDGE

Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival

October 13-October 15

This year marks the 12th anniversary of the Harwich Shanty Festival.

Head down to Harwich to take advantage of all the activities the festival has to offer, from concerts, barge trips, street theatre and lots more.

Enjoy a ride on the Shanty train with your family - the train travels from Harwich Town to Manningtree station.

The festival takes place at venues all over Harwich. To learn more visit the website.

Comedian Jeremy Hardy will be performing at the Colchester Comedy Festival. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Comedian Jeremy Hardy will be performing at the Colchester Comedy Festival. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Colchester Comedy Festival

October 13-October 22

Are you ready to laugh? Colchester is holding its annual comedy festival for 10 days.

From stand up comedy, theatre, fun workshops for adults and children, and so much more.

Your entertainment for the next two weekends is sorted!

To book tickets and take a look at the line up, visit the website.

Enjoy the apple and plant day at Redgrave and Lopham Fen. Picture: TGM/CITIZENSIDE Enjoy the apple and plant day at Redgrave and Lopham Fen. Picture: TGM/CITIZENSIDE

Apple Day and Autumn Plant Sale

October 15

Redgrave and Lopham Fen in Diss is holding an Apple day and Autumn plant sale this weekend.

There will be a range of plant and craft stalls for you take a look at. As well as family games, trails and crafts to make.

Dogs are welcome but they will need to be on leads.

For more information visit the website.

Enjoy a great family day out at Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze this October. Picture: ARCHANT Enjoy a great family day out at Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze this October. Picture: ARCHANT

Pick a Pumpkin at Undley Pumpkin patch

Every weekend for the rest of October

Why not have a weekend of pumpkin picking and carving with the family?

Pick your pumpkin at the Undley 50-acre Pumpkin Patch and then head home to get creative.

There is also giant inflatables and a pumpkin shaped bouncy castle to enjoy.

For more information visit the website.

Take your children to a dancing class this weekend. Picture: JUPITERIMAGES/GETTY IMAGES/GOODSHOOT RF Take your children to a dancing class this weekend. Picture: JUPITERIMAGES/GETTY IMAGES/GOODSHOOT RF

Limitless dance class for 7-10 year olds

October 14

Do your children spend too much time staring at screens? Here is a chance for them to have an active weekend instead.

A dance class for children aged 7-10 is being held this Saturday at the Henry Samuel Hall in Chelmsford.

The classes hope to build confidence, enhance co-ordination skills and improve concentration.

For more information and alternative dates visit the website.

A suspected illegal immigrant found under a school bus at a Suffolk primary school following a trip to France was a Sudanese minor, the Home Office has confirmed.

An appeal to build 300 homes off Bell Lane in Kesgrave could end up going to the High Court after Persimmon Homes has called for a judicial review of the Planning Inspectorate’s appeal findings.

Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner has pledged to ask the government to pay for the £1.5million search for missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague.

A dog owner has been fined after pleading guilty to being in charge of a ‘dangerously out of control dog’.

Demolition work on the silos at the former British Sugar plant at Sproughton outside Ipswich has started – and the four massive structures should be a thing of the past by the end of February.

A woman who claims she was raped more than a decade ago by a Felixstowe man reported the alleged attack to the police after she saw a newspaper article about him appearing in court for sex offences relating to two teenage girls, a court has heard.

In three decades of policing, Gareth Wilson has witnessed huge change perhaps never more so than in his last three years as Suffolk’s chief constable.

Proposals to close the junction between Rands Way and Nacton Road have been abandoned after the idea provoked a storm of objections in a public consultation exercise.

If you’ve ever been frustrated by struggling to see the directions on a dirty Suffolk road sign, don’t be too surprised – the county council spends just over £1 per sign per year on keeping them up to scratch!

A memorial stone in memory of all those locally who served in Korea from 1950-53 has been unveiled at the Millennium Cemetery in Ipswich.

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