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What’s on in Ipswich this weekend? Round off half-term with a family day out

Archie Abbott, 8, face to face with one of the huge spiders from Mirkwood at West Stow's Ring Quest. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Archie Abbott, 8, face to face with one of the huge spiders from Mirkwood at West Stow's Ring Quest. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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School children in Suffolk return to class on Monday but before they do there is still time to enjoy a theatre show, cinema treat or museum trip in this weekend.

The Lord of the Rings themed family event at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park. Kiara Musgrove, 8, meets up with a visiting Orc. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT The Lord of the Rings themed family event at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park. Kiara Musgrove, 8, meets up with a visiting Orc. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Our weekly round up gives you family days out ideas that won’t break the bank.

Where will you go this weekend? Share photos of your adventures with us on our Facebook page.

RingQuest at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village - Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19

The Lord of the Rings themed family event at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park runs until Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT The Lord of the Rings themed family event at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park runs until Sunday. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The biannual visit from the Orcs of JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth takes place this half term and this time it is bigger than ever.

Enjoy the RingQuest family trail, see the huge spiders of Mirkwood and the dragon guarding its treasure.

Find the rings and runes to save Middle Earth, visit the village and the Hobbit Hole, meet Halbarad the Ranger and try your hand at archery.

If you are particularly unlucky, you may bump into an Orc or two. You can also see the original on screen Hollywood made High Elven Helmet from The Fellowship of the Ring and an Orc Helmet used throughout the trilogy.

The village is open 10am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm) on all days. Normal admission prices apply, plus £2 extra for RingQuest trail family pack. No booking required.

Family art days at Ipswich Art Gallery, High Street, Ipswich - Saturday, February 18, 10.30am to 1.30pm

Brought to you by Ipswich Art School and funded by the Arts Council England, this is a series of fun, hands-on workshops led by a diverse and exciting range of experienced artists who will show you the techniques, tricks and tips to allow your imagination to spill out into your own bespoke piece of art.

The workshops will be inspired by Paolozzi’s pop art.

Places cost between £3.30 and £3.50 per person.

Half-term trail at Landguard Fort, Felixstowe - Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19, 10am to 4pm

Take a tour around this historic landmark on the Suffolk coast with a special half term quiz trail.

Entry to the fort costs £5 for adults, £4 for concessions and £2 for children aged five to 15. An additional £1.50 is charged for a trail sheet.

Sky in the Pie at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich - Saturday, February 18, 11am and 1.30pm

Weaving audience participation with exciting storytelling and adventure, Hinged Theatre has created a fantastic new show that keeps a young audience spellbound.

Forced out of her home, where will the mysterious pie maker Dorothy Butterworth and Whiskey her crafty cat go? In desperation they choose an extraordinary mode of transport and collect mismatched companions on the way. How will this unusual group overcome their disagreements, face the hazards of their journey and defeat their adversaries?

Tickets are priced at £8 for adults, £5 for concessions. See here for more details

The Jungle Book, Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe, Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book sees Mowgli the man cub battles to survive and become the leader of the pack.

Brought to you by the Oddsocks Theatre Company.

The Saturday performance is at 7.30pm and the Sunday at 2.30pm

Tickets cost £17 for adults and £14 for children and concessions. See here for tickets

Monstersaurus at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich - Sunday, February 19, 11am and 1.30pm

This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monster-ously good. Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has a problem - now he has made them all, what is he going to do with them?

This energetic show full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem will delight the whole family with original music and plenty of audience participation.

The show is suitable for children aged three and over.

Tickets are priced at £12 or £10 for adults, £9 or £7 for concessions. See here for more details

Junior Parkrun, Ten Acre Field, Symonds Road, Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds - Sunday, 9am

Runners aged four to 14 can take part in this free weekly timed run, and parents can stand and cheer them on.

The run is supposed to be fun, rather than an athletic race and is an ideal way to help children build up their fitness.

Runners must register beforehand and print off a barcode before taking part, but they can then join whenever they like.

See more details here

Movies for Juniors, Cineworld, Ipswich - Saturday and Sunday, from 10am

If your children have yet to try out the big screen then this could be the perfect introduction and for older children, it is a chance to see movies you may have missed last year.

Trolls, Storks and Ballerina are all playing this weekend. Tickets are priced at just £2.50 when you buy in advance online.

A bargain morning out no matter what the weather.

Family float session at Crown Pools, Ipswich - Saturday and Sunday 10.30am to 11.30am and 2pm to 3pm

Take a dip this weekend and burn off some of that excess energy at Crown Pools,

The floats will be out in the leisure pool to add some extra fun to the session.

Entry to the pool costs £4.10 for adults, £2.90 for children and are free for under threes.

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