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7 things to do this weekend in Suffolk and north Essex

PUBLISHED: 14:13 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:35 13 February 2018

Lambs being fed at Easton Farm Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Lambs being fed at Easton Farm Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Do you run out of things to do at the weekend? Why not make plans using our guide.

The Lord of the Rings themed family event back for half term at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park at the weekend featuring the Ring Quest trail. Archie Abbott, 8, face to face with one of the huge spiders from Mirkwood. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT The Lord of the Rings themed family event back for half term at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park at the weekend featuring the Ring Quest trail. Archie Abbott, 8, face to face with one of the huge spiders from Mirkwood. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Ring Quest

February 10 - 18

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds

Take part in a popular Lord of the Rings themed family challenge.

The day is packed of things to do from enjoying the Ring Quest trail, witnessing the huge spiders of Mirkwood and the dragon guarding its treasure. Will you complete the quest to save Middle Earth?

To find out more click here.

Potato Day

Stonham Barns Potato day is back. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR Stonham Barns Potato day is back. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

February 10

Stonham Barns, situated between Ipswich and Stowmarket

The East Anglia Potato Day returns for its 22nd year this weekend.

It will feature more than 80 starchy varieties and opportunities for chip tasting and seed swaps.

There will also be stalls from Ipswich Wildlife Trust, the National Allotment Association, Hedgehog Rescue, and the Stowmarket Beekeepers Association. For more information visit the website.

Lamb Cuddling

February 10 - 18

Cuddle a lamb this half term. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT Cuddle a lamb this half term. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Baylham House Farm, Ipswich

This weekend and during half term Baylham House Farm is packed with things to do to keep you and your family entertained.

You will have the opportunity to cuddle a lamb, groom a pig, meet the Baylham bunnies, groom a goat and build a den.

With so much to do it will be a great day out. For more details visit the website.

Scarecrow making weekend

February 10-11

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford

Build your own scarecrow this weekend. Picture: NICK BUTCHER Build your own scarecrow this weekend. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Bring your family and some old clothes to RHS Garden Hyde Hall this weekend.

Make sure you pre-book and state whether you want a large or small scarecrow.

Large scarecrows are £10 and small are £7. Find out more here.

Half-term Fun at Easton Farm Park

February 10-18

Easton Farm Park, Woodbridge

Why not meet all the new arrivals of Easton Farm Park this weekend?

Easton Farm Park has got some new arrivals - head down to see them this half term. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Easton Farm Park has got some new arrivals - head down to see them this half term. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

There are baby goats, lambs, baby guinea pigs, and baby rabbits.

Your child can also enjoy a ride on The Barrel Bug, ride a pony and hug a bunny.

For more information visit the website.

Cheeki Monkeys Big baby and Children’s Market

February 11

Moreton Hall Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds

This is your chance to sell and by children’s toys, clothes and equipment.

See what baby clothes you can pick up this weekend. Picture: JOHN KERR See what baby clothes you can pick up this weekend. Picture: JOHN KERR

You can save up to 90% on quality pre-loved goods.

It costs £10 to book a stall. To find out more visit the Facebook page.

Colchester Winter Ale Festival

February 10

Colchester Art Centre

If you love ale and cider make sure you head to Colchester this Saturday.

The festival will have over 150 real ales from all over East Anglia plus real cider and perry.

Head to the Colchester Arts Centre to enjoy the Ale festival. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR Head to the Colchester Arts Centre to enjoy the Ale festival. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

There will also be a Belgian bar offering draught and bottled beers.

You can read more about the festival here.

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