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What's on in Suffolk and north Essex on Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24

PUBLISHED: 12:48 23 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:23 24 June 2018

Fundraisers get grubby for the Pretty Muddy event in Trinity Park last year Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Fundraisers get grubby for the Pretty Muddy event in Trinity Park last year Picture: NIGEL BROWN


From a tribute music festival to a muddy obstacle course - there are plenty of events for people to enjoy across Suffolk and north Essex this weekend.

Hundreds of people enjoyed the Suffolk Pita Festival 2017. Picture: ROB HOWARTH PHOTOGRAPHYHundreds of people enjoyed the Suffolk Pita Festival 2017. Picture: ROB HOWARTH PHOTOGRAPHY

Nearly Festival, Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 12.30pm-8.30pm

The popular two-day festival returns to Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens for a third year with a host of tribute acts, including Ed Sheeran, UB40, Madness, Bruno Mars, Stereophonics, Queen, U2 and Little Mix.

The family festival also features a dedicated ‘Kids Zone’, a delicious street food market with a variety of treats to enjoy, as well as a pub in the park for those after some refreshment.

For more details on the festival and ticket information, visit

Dragon Fest 2018, West Stow Anglo Saxon Village and Country Park, near Bury St Edmunds, Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 10am-5pm

The popular Dragon Fest is back. Picture: EPICOThe popular Dragon Fest is back. Picture: EPICO

The festival which celebrates all things dragon returns to West Stow for a fourth year with fun for all the family.

Epico the dragon is back by popular demand and the fantastically friendly dragon will be appearing on both days of the festival.

There is also fire breathing displays, the Beowulf and Grendel Puppet Theatre, with gruesome tales for all ages, and the Wulfingas re-enactment group will tell exciting tales from the Arthurian legend.

Other activities include giant bubbles, dragon nest building, face painting, archery, and children’s craft workshops.

Ian Shaw is performing at Ipswich Jazz Festival. Picture: JOHN WATSONIan Shaw is performing at Ipswich Jazz Festival. Picture: JOHN WATSON

For more details and ticket information, visit

Mount Bures Flower Festival, Mount Bures, near Sudbury, Saturday June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 10am-5pm.

The festival is celebrating its golden anniversary and flowers reflecting the 50 years will be displayed in the church along with the usual traditional stalls throughout the village.

A nostalgia corner including old archived newspaper articles will be in the village hall, and there will also be a 40-strong rock choir performing on Sunday at 1pm.

For more information, visit

Colchester Food and Drink Festival, Castle Park, Colchester, Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 10am-5pm

The much-loved food and drink festival returns to Colchester’s Castle Park with more than 150 stalls offering all kinds of international delicacies to try.

The festival has been running for more than ten years and also features a ‘celebrity kitchen’, music all-day by local bands, choirs, and even salsa dancing.

For more information, visit

St Helena Hospice Midnight Walk, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester, Saturday, June 23, 10.30pm-2am

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Midnight Walk event, men are being invited to join women to take part.

This year’s theme is hats and hair-dos and participants are encouraged to dig out their most extravagant hat, or one which holds great memories.

Walkers can choose between a 3-mile or 7.5-mile route, both starting at the new location in Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester.

Online registration is now closed for the event but people can still sign up on the day by visiting the fundraising office at Phoenix Square between midday and 2pm.

Great East Swim, Alton Water, near Ipswich, Saturday, June 23, 8am-2.30pm

Hundreds of people will take part in an open water swim with a selection of distances to suit all abilities.

Entry is now closed but the event is a great day out for spectators also.

There is also a farmers’ market and musical entertainment to be enjoyed.

Pita Festival 2018, Suffolk New College, Ipswich, Sunday, June 24, midday-4pm

The seventh traditional Bangladeshi cultural exhibition will take place on Sunday with food stalls, children’s entertainment, jewellery stalls, and a pita competition.

For more information, visit

Lark in the Park, Gippeswyk Park, Ipswich, Sunday, June 24, 11am-4.30pm

The much-loved family fun day which has been going for almost two decades will be returning to Ipswich this weekend.

Families will be able to enjoy tombolas, karate, dance performances, donkey rides and penalty shoot outs.

There will also be plenty of food on offer, including Caribbean and Turkish delicacies.

Pretty Muddy Kids/Pretty Muddy/Ipswich 5k & 10k, Trinity Park, Ipswich, Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24

There is a whole range of activity in Trinity Park this weekend with the Pretty Muddy obstacle course for children and adults on Saturday, followed by the Ipswich 5k and 10k on Sunday – all in aid of Cancer Research UK.

For more information, visit

Ipswich Jazz Festival, St Peter’s by the Waterfront, June 22-24

Head down to Ipswich’s third jazz festival this weekend for a mix of live music, film, art and workshops to enjoy.

The jazz artists will be local, national and international, ranging from young up-and-coming to the more established and well-known.

Saturday brings singer and pianist Ian Shaw, saxophone players Brandon Allen and Vasilis Xenoupoulos supported by the Chris Ingham Trio to the stage to wow the crowds.

On Sunday, the talented Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie Wood and Chris Allard will be performing.

For a list of prices and times visit the Ipswich jazz festival website.

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