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Eight things to do in Suffolk and north Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 08:46 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 02 October 2017

The Copdock Motorcycle Show returns to Trinity Park, Ipswich, this Sunday. Picture: RUTH LEACH

The Copdock Motorcycle Show returns to Trinity Park, Ipswich, this Sunday. Picture: RUTH LEACH

The weather may be turning cooler but that doesn’t mean you should hibernate – get involved with one of these events happening near you on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.

Colchester Zoo will be holding Fright Nights across this autumn half term. Picture: VISITESSEXColchester Zoo will be holding Fright Nights across this autumn half term. Picture: VISITESSEX

Starlight Safari Night, Colchester Zoo
September 30

Experience the magic of Colchester Zoo under a starry sky as it stays open until 9.30pm.

Visitors will be able to witness a timetable of training sessions, displays and special feeds to show the skills of Colchester’s lions, tigers and wolves in the dark.

For more information and to see their timetable, please visit their page.

Find your Family History Fair, University of Suffolk

September 30

The University of Suffolk Waterfront Building in Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWNThe University of Suffolk Waterfront Building in Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The Suffolk Family History Society is holding its annual fair at the University of Suffolk this Saturday.

There will be expert help desks, talks by renowned speakers, stalls and lots more.

The event is free to attend, and the talks are free to members. 
For more information please visit their page.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Marina Theatre Lowestoft

September 30

This is a perfect musical for the family, retelling the biblical story of Joseph who is played by X-Factor winner, Joe McElderry.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Marina Theatre, Lowestoft. Picture: MARINA THEATREJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Marina Theatre, Lowestoft. Picture: MARINA THEATRE

The show will have you singing and clapping with songs such as Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.

Tickets range between £17.50 and £35.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit their page.

Festival and Fossils Beachcomb at Sizewell Beach

September 30

Keep on the look out for beach treasures with Beach Bonkers as part of the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Fringe.

What treasures will you find on Sizewell Beach? Picture: LAUREN STEELWhat treasures will you find on Sizewell Beach? Picture: LAUREN STEEL

You will be able to learn all about what you find, while learning about how plants have adapted to living on Sizewell Beach.
Guests will walk a fair way along the beach so it might not be suitable for those with limited mobility.

Admission costs £3 per person

For more information please visit their page.

Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze, Brandon

September 30

Take the children down to the Undley Pumpkin Patch site that is double the size of last year.

Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze site is double the size of last year. Picture: UNDLEY PUMPKIN PATCH & MAIZE MAZEUndley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze site is double the size of last year. Picture: UNDLEY PUMPKIN PATCH & MAIZE MAZE

The 50 acre site includes a maze, a covered pumpkin bouncy castle, and two brand new inflatable attractions of a farm-inspired obstacle course and a witch themed last man standing sweeper game.

Entry to the maze is £5 for adults, £3.50 for children and £15 for families of four.

For more information please visit their page.

Bucklesham Plough Day, Bucklesham

October 1

Make your way to Red House Farm this Sunday and enjoy a day perfect for the whole family.

The Suffolk Punch Horses are judged on how well they work together. Picture: RUTH LEACHThe Suffolk Punch Horses are judged on how well they work together. Picture: RUTH LEACH

The annual Plough Day will have you admiring a range of vintage tractors, as well as working Suffolk Punch Horses, craft stalls, classic cars and food and drink. 
Admission costs £5 for adults, under-15s are free and all proceeds go to The Suffolk Horse Society and St Mary’s Church, Bucklesham.

For more information please visit their Facebook page.

Copdock Motorcycle Show, Ipswich

October 1

The 26th annual motorcycle show is returning to Trinity Park this Sunday for a day packed full of entertainment.

Visitors will experience the excitement of the Two Brothers Racing stunt team, Tigers Children’s Motorcyle Display Team, Ken Fox’s Wall of Death, as well the Owner’s Club exhibitions and much more.

Ken Fox's Wall of Death will be returning this sunday at the Copdock Motorcycle Show. Picture: MATTHEW CLARKEKen Fox's Wall of Death will be returning this sunday at the Copdock Motorcycle Show. Picture: MATTHEW CLARKE

Adults cost £10 and under-14s go free, adult advance tickets for £8.50 are available here.

The History of Castle Park, Colchester

October 1

Take the family on a guided tour and learn about the 2,000 years of history the grounds of Castle Park has to offer.

The park itself opened 125 years ago and has ever since brought fun and relaxation to the people of Colchester and visitors from all over.

This is a free event but visitors will need to book beforehand at the rangers’ station at the bottom of Lower Castle Park.

Some of the floral displays in Colchester Castle Park. Picture: JAMES FLETCHERSome of the floral displays in Colchester Castle Park. Picture: JAMES FLETCHER

A spot check of anglers found that four people were fishing illegally on a water park.

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