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What to do this weekend? Family days out guide to keep the kids entertained in Suffolk

17:27 05 February 2016




This weekend is set to be cold and overcast, with just a hint of sun on Sunday - making it difficult to entertain young children.

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Here we list some ideas for days out, both out in the fresh air and inside if you prefer a cosy weekend away from the gloomy February weather.

A Toad in a Hole

Where: Church Farm Barn, Walsham Le Willows

The Lego model of Moyses Hall Museum in Bury arrives at the museum.The Lego model of Moyses Hall Museum in Bury arrives at the museum.

When: Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6

Times: 7.30pm both days, plus a matinee at 1.30pm Saturday

Cost: Children £3, adults £7

Enjoy a rip-roaring afternoon at the pantomime, traditional family fun for everyone.

The first Aldeburgh and Coastal Young People’s Film Festival

Where: Leiston Film Theatre, The Riverside Woodbridge, The Cut Halesworth, Ipswich Film Theatre, Orford Town Hall, Lowestoft Library and in Aldeburgh Cinema’s Main Auditorium plus special pop-up venues

When: Friday, February 5 to Sunday, February 14

Times: Various

Cost: Various

The festival caters for those aged three and over, and promises to entertain and inspire young people.

This weekend you can see Landfill Harmonic at The Cut Halesworth at 7.30pm Saturday, suitable for those aged 10 and over.

Throughout the next week there are various events including screenings of The Big Knights in Woodbridge, Aldeburgh, Lowestoft and Ipswich and Shorts for Wee Ones in Leiston.

More information, including details of all events, here Tickets available from the venues.

The Magic of Minsmere Walk

Where: RSPB Minsmere

When: Sunday, February 7

Times: 9.15am - last approximately three hours

Cost: Adults £8, students £5.50 and children £4, plus usual reserve entry fees.

An ideal walk for newcomers to Minsmere, the walk lets you see some of the 5,300 recorded species at the reserve as well as giving you a flavour of its wealth of history and archaeological highlights.

The friendly and knowledgeable RSPB guides will take you through the sights and sounds to be enjoyed at this time of year.

Walks generally last 2-3 hours and are tailored according to the season and visitor knowledge

Not Now, Bernard and other Monster Stories

Where: Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

When: Saturday, February 6

Times: 11am and 2pm

Cost: Children £8.50 to £10.50, adults £8.50 to £13.50

Expect masks, puppets, music, possibly the biggest teddy in the world, and lots and lots of mess as David McKee’s much-loved Not Now, Bernard comes to life on stage.

There will also be two other wonderfully funny, and not too scary, monster stories to accompany the show.

Ideal for children aged three to eight.

Contact the theatre for tickets.

Winter Ducks

Where: Lackford Lakes

When: Saturday, February 6

Times: Between 11am to 3pm

Cost: Donation

Take a closer look at winter ducks with the team at Lackford Lakes, you can look out for and listen to sounds of ducks as you wander around the reserve trails.

Wildlife guides will be positioned at certain locations with telescopes allowing you and your children an even closer look at the ducks that are around.

There will b duck facts on the information boards by the trails and children can pick up a winter duck-themed spotter sheet from the visitor centre.

Drop in throughout the day


Where: New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

When: Saturday, February 6

Times: 11am and 12pm

Cost: Free

If you’re three or four years old and love silly stories and tremendous tales then you’ve got to go and meet the Storymaker at the New Wolsey Theatre at 11am.

Mums, dads, grans, grandads, big brothers and big sisters can join you too.

Storymaker takes place in the upstairs foyer of the theatre where the children sit on cushions around the Storymaker chair.

At midday, children aged five and six can visit the Storymaker, taking an amazing adventure, or an exciting escapade.

Parents can join in the fun, or wait in the cafe downstairs for the second session.

Book online.

Chinese New Year

Where: New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

When: Saturday, February 6

Times: 7pm

Cost: £6 to £12

It is the Year of The Monkey and you can enjoy a traditional Chinese New Year celebration at the New Wolsey.

There is an exciting line-up of traditional and Western style performances of dance, singing, and musical instruments performed by local members of the community alongside professional acts.

Book here

Brick City

Where: Moyses Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds

When: Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7

Times: 10am to 5pm Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sunday

Cost: Children £2, adults £4 and family tickets for upto five £10

Take a trip to the museum in the centre of Bury St Edmunds and see the amazing Brick City exhibition, with model versions of the museum itself, the Olympic Stadium, the Rio carnival and a plethera of European and American cities.

Try your hand at Lego, and see some of the other historical exhibitions on display.

More than 2,000 have already been to see the Lego exhibition since it opened two weeks ago, don’t miss out on your chance to see these incredible builds.


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