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Seven things to keep you and the family busy this weekend in Suffolk and north Essex

PUBLISHED: 08:53 19 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:18 19 October 2017

Vintage & Makers Market at Snape Maltings. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Vintage & Makers Market at Snape Maltings. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

As the leaves have started falling and the autumn half term edges closer, be one step ahead with your plans and check out our list of things to do on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22.

Wickham Market will be hosting a Big Draw event on October 21. Picture: WICKHAM MARKET ARTS PROJECT GROUP Wickham Market will be hosting a Big Draw event on October 21. Picture: WICKHAM MARKET ARTS PROJECT GROUP

The Big Draw & Arts Festival, Wickham Market High Street

October 21

Join almost half a million people across the country taking part in The Big Draw this weekend with this year’s theme ‘Living Lines’.

This free event held in the centre of Wickham Market is perfect for those experienced and inexperienced artists.

There will be a range of drawing workshops and exhibitions celebrating Suffolk’s fantastic history of art across the day.

For more information visit their page.

Are you going to go to Colchester Zoo's Fright Nights over halloween? Picture: CONTRIBUTED Are you going to go to Colchester Zoo's Fright Nights over halloween? Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Fright Night, Colchester Zoo

October 21

The brilliant Colchester Zoo will be keeping its doors open until 9.30pm for a Fright Night for those who dare to stay after dark.

There will be special late night attractions to get your hairs standing on end, along with great lighting effects around the zoo.

Fright Nights will take place on October 21, 24, 26, 28 and 31, and access to the park is included in the standard admission price.

However, the special attractions will require a wrist band for £5 per person. For more information visit their page.

Inspire Suffolk's main entrance in Lindbergh Road, Ipswich. Picture: INSPIRE SUFFOLK Inspire Suffolk's main entrance in Lindbergh Road, Ipswich. Picture: INSPIRE SUFFOLK

Inspire Suffolk Family Shopping Day, Ipswich

October 21

Have a day of shopping with the family at Inspire Suffolk while supporting local businesses and the great work Inspire does for young people.

While you are there you will be able to enjoy a range of refreshments and look through the number of local business and stores.

There will also be entertainment for the little ones, such as sports activities and balloon modelling.

Entry costs £1 on the door and the day runs from noon to 4pm. For more information visit their page.

The Wheat Barn at Cressing Temple, near Braintree. Picture: PETER SMITH The Wheat Barn at Cressing Temple, near Braintree. Picture: PETER SMITH

Family Medieval Harvest Weekend, Cressing Temple

October 21-October 22

Get a taste of life between the fifth and 15th Century this weekend as you witness Medieval re-enactors and much more.

The whole family will be able to learn all about the food during the historic era, as well as lifestyle and the type of entertainment at the time.

Visitors can get stuck in with the re-enactors and help them work on small craft projects for a small donation.

This event has free parking and admission and runs from 10am to 4pm on both days. For more information visit their page.

Put your witch and wizardry skills to the test a Kentwell Hall. Picture: ALIX MASSEY Put your witch and wizardry skills to the test a Kentwell Hall. Picture: ALIX MASSEY

Halloweenies: Kentwell’s School of Sorcery, Kentwell Hall

October 21-October 29

Calling all witches and wizards this October half term, get on your broomsticks and fly to the Tudor mansion for a magical experience.

Take your children for a morning or afternoon to make their own wands, meet magnificent birds of prey, and watch The Great Edmundo’s magic show.

They can also attend potion class and test their broomstick skills around their own obstacle course.

For more information and to book tickets visit their page.

The Long Shop, Leiston Sunday the Final Fling, steam engines and stalls last year. Picture: CONTRIBUTED The Long Shop, Leiston Sunday the Final Fling, steam engines and stalls last year. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

October Vintage & Makers Market, Snape Maltings

October 22

Deben Events will be holding their final Vintage & Makers market of the year on Sunday, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings Snape Maltings while browsing through a large range of stalls with one-off vintage treasures, artisan crafts, antique furniture, delicious local food and drink and much more.

The market will begin at 10am and finish at 4pm. For more information visit their page.

The Long Shop Museum Final Fling, Leiston

Snape Maltings vintage fair. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Snape Maltings vintage fair. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

October 22

It is the end of the season and The Long Shop Museum will once again be ending it with a celebration of everything steam.

The annual activity day is perfect for the entire family, who will be able to enjoy the fascinating full size and miniature engines being demonstrated in their working glory.

The museum’s own 1923 Garrett steamroller will be on show, as well as the famous Suffolk Punch horses, rides on the Sirapite shunting engine, activities for children and much more.

For more information visit the Suffolk Tourist Guide.

The struggle against gangs and knife crime on the streets of Ipswich has got the unanimous backing of the borough at its full meeting at the town’s Corn Exchange.

Drivers are being warned the Orwell Bridge is likely to shut tonight until tomorrow morning due to forecast high winds.

Campaigners shocked by the news that there are no publicly accessible defibrillators in Ipswich town centre once shops shut are taking matters into their own hands.

Plans for a new discounted railcard for 26 to 30-year-olds will be trialled in East Anglia from next month.

Celebrations are underway as a fundraising campaign to build a new breast care centre at Ipswich Hospital hits its first major milestone.

A national furniture chain which has stores and its head office in the region is looking for a buyer after calling in administrators.

MPs were divided along party lines over the likely impact of the Budget on the lives of their constituents.

The Chancellor announced some very large figures for the NHS in the budget – but health professionals and politicians in East Anglia were still trying to work out what it would mean for services on the ground.

A popular hotel in Kesgrave is set to get a health spa added to its site in 2018, as fresh proposals have been submitted to planners.

The count down to Christmas has begun, with residents across Suffolk preparing for various Christmas lights switch on events.

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