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Six things happening in Suffolk and north Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 09:53 07 December 2017

Here are six things to keep you busy this weekend. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Here are six things to keep you busy this weekend. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Do you run out of things to do at the weekend? Check out our guide for inspiration, here is what’s happening on December 9 and 10.

Pop down to Catastrophe Cat Cafe this Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT Pop down to Catastrophe Cat Cafe this Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Christmas Market with Cats

Catastrophe Cat Cafe, Needham Market

December 10

Head down to the Cat Cafe and re-homing centre to enjoy festivities and raise money for the rescue cats.

There will be Christmas themed treats, home made cakes, mulled wine, cider and mince pies.

There is also children’s face painting, name that cat, a tombola, raffle and home made jewellery.

All money goes towards re-homing, cat food or vet treatment of the cafe cats.

For more information call 07388 522942.

Stallholders at Bury St Edmunds Farmers' Market. Picture: RACHEL WILLETT/ MICHAEL JAMES C Stallholders at Bury St Edmunds Farmers' Market. Picture: RACHEL WILLETT/ MICHAEL JAMES C

Bury St Edmunds Farmers’ Market

The Traverse, Bury St Edmunds

December 10

Over 30 of the region’s finest local producers will be gathering in Bury town centre for the market.

Browse organic meat, Suffolk coffee, homemade pies, freshly bake bread, spices, honey, cakes and desserts, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

You will also be able to see some work from the best crafters in the area.

To make it even better entry is free.

To find out more visit the website.

Head down to Easton Farm Park to meet Father Christmas. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Head down to Easton Farm Park to meet Father Christmas. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Father Christmas comes to Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park, Woodbridge

December 1 - 23

Take the little ones to see Father Christmas at Easton Farm Park.

The magical experience includes a sleigh ride to meet the animals, a gift from Father Christmas and children’s Christmas party food.

There are also two heated soft play areas and an outdoor adventure play area for your children to play in.

There are limited spaced so make sure you book tickets online.

For more information and details visit the website.

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

Clay Workshop

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.

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

Winter Wonderland

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.

Take a ride down the Demonxtreme Ice Slider. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Take a ride down the Demonxtreme Ice Slider. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Demon Xtreme Ice Slider

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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