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Eight events happening in Suffolk and north Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 15:26 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:30 22 January 2018

Spend this weekend bird watching. Picture: SIMON COLLINS

Spend this weekend bird watching. Picture: SIMON COLLINS

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Get your weekend plans sorted - here is what is happening near you on January 27 and 28.

Try something new, go stargazing this weekend. Picture: ARCHANT Try something new, go stargazing this weekend. Picture: ARCHANT

Stargazing at Abberton

Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir, Colchester

January 27

Watch the stars with a loved one this Saturday at the Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre.

The event is being hosted by Essex Wildlife Trust and North Essex Astronomical Society who will supply large telescopes for you to gaze into.

The event will run whatever the weather however if it is cloudy views will be limited through the scopes.

You must book yourself a place on the course to do so call 01206 738172. For more information visit the website.

See Goldilocks and the three bears pantomime style. Picture: ANTON BRAND/ GETTY IMAGES/ ISTOCKPHOTO See Goldilocks and the three bears pantomime style. Picture: ANTON BRAND/ GETTY IMAGES/ ISTOCKPHOTO

Goldilocks and The Three Bears Pantomime

William Loveless Hall, Colchester

January 27

Take your family to see the tale of Goldilocks and the three bears come to life.

There will be lots of songs, adventure and panto fun.

Tickets cost £6 for an adult and £3 for a child.

For more information visit the Facebook page.

Shingle Street Folk Group members Stephen Harding, Chris Pearce, Mike Tyndale-Biscoe and Jane Burn will be perforning a Scottish-themed concert in Culpho. Picture: SHINGLE STREET FOLK GROUP Shingle Street Folk Group members Stephen Harding, Chris Pearce, Mike Tyndale-Biscoe and Jane Burn will be perforning a Scottish-themed concert in Culpho. Picture: SHINGLE STREET FOLK GROUP

Shingle Street Folk performance

St Botolph’s Church, Culpho near Grundisburgh

January 27

If you enjoy folk music you will love this event.

Head to St Botolph’s Church to listen to Shingle Street Folk, they are a four piece acoustic band with harmony singers and instrumentalists.

Tickets cost £10 and include refreshments.

For more information call 01473 738324 or visit their Facebook page.

Your Burns night plans are sorted. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO Your Burns night plans are sorted. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Burns Night Celebrations

Ringsfield Village Hall, Beccles

January 27

Celebrate Burns Night with a three course meal with your loved ones.

There will also be a bar and a raffle.

Tickets cost £20 and all proceeds go to the village hall.

For more information call 01502 712701.

Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur, adult perched on branch. See if you can spot one this weekend. Picture: LES BUNYAN, RSPB IMAGES Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur, adult perched on branch. See if you can spot one this weekend. Picture: LES BUNYAN, RSPB IMAGES

Big Garden Birdwatch

RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden, East Bergholt

January 27 and 28

Make sure you tell the bird watching lovers in your life about this event.

The RSPB are holding their Big Garden Birdwatch where there will be plenty of telescopes and binoculars to look at the birds and advice on how to attract the birds to your garden.

There will be lots of bird friendly activities to take part in, including making bird feeders.

For more information the website.

Test your knowledge at the Greshams quiz. Picture: GRESHAMS Test your knowledge at the Greshams quiz. Picture: GRESHAMS

Greshams evening quiz

Greshams Sports & Social Club, Ipswich

January 28

Spend your Sunday night testing your knowledge with the Greshams quiz.

The quiz starts at 7.30pm but why not book a table beforehand and enjoy a three meat carvery or something else on the menu.

Tables for both the quiz and dining most be booked in advance.

For more information visit the website.

Have your mood lifted with the Suffolk Soul Singers. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Have your mood lifted with the Suffolk Soul Singers. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Suffolk Soul Singers concert

Wh St. Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich

January 28

Suffolk Soul Singers, the dynamic community choir led by Andi Hopgood, will be returning for a concert in Ipswich.

Special guests Cambridge Jazz Festival Choir will also be performing jazz and groove based arrangements.

Get ready for a foot tapping feel good afternoon.

For more information visit the website or call 01473 225269.

Learn more about Ipswich - the Cornhill in Ipswich from 1979 to 2015. Picture: JANICE POULSON Learn more about Ipswich - the Cornhill in Ipswich from 1979 to 2015. Picture: JANICE POULSON

The Making of Ipswich Exhibition

Ipswich Art Gallery

January 28

Learn something new this weekend.

Take a look at the fascinating story of how Ipswich has become the diverse town it is today.

Find out about the people who have lived in, passed through and shaped Ipswich since prehistoric times, whilst recalling memories, sharing stories and joining a conversation about our town’s rich and vibrant past.

For more information visit the website.

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School choirs from across Suffolk are fine-tuning their performances for competition with the Great EACH Choir Off now just a few days away.

An independent Suffolk music venue has warned that a “long, sober look” is needed at supporting live music venues across the country, as a new national survey reveals threats to the future of some spaces.

Sculptor Paul Richardson is best known for his quirky, figurative steel sculptures – over-sized East End geezers, a Roy Rogers-style cowboy, a native American chief on the warpath, Pegasus, a flying horse, a Day of the Dead Mariachi and a earnest looking butler, among many others.

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