The Big Draw, Sutton Hoo, National Curry Week and Halesworth Arts Festival makes our list of things to do

Fancy a night out at the Bangers?

Fancy a night out at the Bangers? - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Take a look at our bite-sized list of things to do in Suffolk and Essex this weekend.

There are two free events at Ipswich Museum this weekend

There are two free events at Ipswich Museum this weekend - Credit: Archant

The Big Draw - Ipswich Museum, Saturday, 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm

These creative sessions, which are free to drop in to, are being held as part of the world’s biggest drawing festival. Thousands of drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators - and each other will be taking place across the world. The Big Draw is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can’t! In 2014 almost half a million took part in twenty-six countries.

Out of the case - Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge - Sunday, 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Get up close and personal with some of the marvellous treasures at Sutton Hoo in an informal talk and handling session. The replicas have been crafted to look like the authentic bounty of 1,400 years ago. No need to book. General admission prices apply.

Halesworth Arts Festival - The Cut, Halesworth, until October 25

Julia Blackburn is at the Halesworth Arts Festival

Julia Blackburn is at the Halesworth Arts Festival - Credit: Archant

Fourteen years ago Halesworth Arts Festival launched – and the not-for-profit, volunteer-run celebration of music, song, art, dance and the spoken word has grown incredibly since then. This year there’s an incredibly varied programme encompassing many types of media and themes.

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On Saturday, Fascinating Aida’s Dillie Keane performs her first solo show for many years, in a show full of heart, song and, most of all, fun. She’ll perform new songs, old favourites and more. Standard tickets are £16.50.

The, on Sunday from 11.30am, novelist Julia Blackburn discusses her new book, Threads, with festival patron Diana Quick who’ll read some stories from the book, talking about how the story took shape. Standard tickets are £9.50.

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Banger Racing - Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich - Saturday, 6.45pm

A packed evening of action at the Foxhall Bowl, with Stock Cars, Bangers and Lightning Roads creating a night out full of thrills and spills. The Banger racing on offer is a World Qualifying Round, meaning some top class racing is on offer. Adult tickets £14, concessions £10.

Ipswich has a wealth of different options when it comes to curry

Ipswich has a wealth of different options when it comes to curry - Credit: Archant/Hunter

Family history fair - University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich, Saturday, 10am-4pm

The Suffolk History Society’s fair is centred around the theme of ‘what do I do next’ and features helpful forums, discussion and workshops for those keen to know about their family history. Other East Anglian family history societies, historical research organisations and commercial genealogical suppliers will also be present for the free event, For more information contact 01787 370598.

National Curry Week - Various

This week has been National Curry Week, so why not celebrate in style by enjoying a takeaway, visiting a local restaurant or by cooking your own at home. Every corner of Suffolk has its own restaurant or takeaway, so there’s plenty to choose from. You can see our guide to enjoying a curry in Ipswich, here.

Needham Market v Hampton & Richmond - Needham Market - Saturday, 3pm

Needham are in home action this weekend

Needham are in home action this weekend - Credit: James Ager

Mark Morsley’s side are in Ryman Premier League action, looking to get back to winning ways after two straight defeats. It will be a tough ask, though as the strugglers take on a side currently sixth in the table. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £6 concessions, £3 12-16s and under 12s free.

Prehistory day - Ipswich Museum - Saturday, 11am to 3pm

If your children are currently studying the Stone Age or Bronze Age this is the perfect place for you this weekend.

Join in workshops to discover how Stone Age men hunted. There will be mammoth bones, flint axes and arrow heads to investigate and you can make your own mammoth or cave painting. Book on 01473 433691. £3 per session.

Ceri Dupree, Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Saturday, 7.30pm

Ceri Dupree, female impersonator, brings his new 2015 show EYEcons to the stage in a sensational evening of visual comedy, impressions, music and thousands of pounds worth of astounding jaw-dropping costumes, recommended for 15+ years. £16 admission.

What will you be doing this weekend? See here for a host of other ideas for how to make the most of your weekend.