Seven family events taking place during half term in Suffolk
PUBLISHED: 16:21 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:28 16 October 2018
From a play starring Olaf the Snowman to Scaresville, there are plenty of events to keep the kids occupied over half term week.
What: Once Upon a Fairytale
Where: Beccles Public Hall, Smallgate, NR34 9AD
When: October 26, 2pm
Cost: £11 adults/£5 children
The Tigerlilys Productions present their brand new 2018 show for all the family during half term. It’s an all singing, all dancing, magical show featuring all your favourite princesses and other fairytale characters. Join the cast at the Beccles Public Hall as they perform some of the most well known classics from all those wonderful films. The performance will be fast paced, colourful and great for all the family.
What: Scaresville Haunted Village.
Where: Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA
When: From October 3 to November 3.
Cost: From £17.95 per person, Escape Room £20 for group ticket up to six people
Entering in groups, expect an hour of thrills and spills as you cross to the other side to the woods, buildings and parkland of the Haunted Village. Scaresville residents and unsettling experiences might be encountered anywhere. The attraction is for older children over 14 and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult over 21. New this year in the Unfairground where you’ll find a Witchcraft-themed escape room. You have five minutes to beat the clock and escape being cursed.
What: Cider and Song Festival
Where: Museum of East Anglian Life
When: October 19 5.30pm to 11pm, October 20 10am to 11pm
Cost: Friday £5 per person, £15 cider tasting, Saturday £8.25 adult, concession £7.15, child £4.70, family £22
Music from the Rogue Shanty Buoys, Quay Street Whalers and The Company of Horham Old School. Expect craft ciders, the chance to juice your own apples, fruit tasting and identification with Orchards East. There will also be family entertainment with Nutmeg Puppet Company and storytelling with Justine De Mierre. Steam engines and farming demonstrations will also take place alongside crafts, archery and plant stalls. There will be a demonstration by cook and food historian Monica Askay.
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What: SPILL Festival
Where: Various venues in Ipswich
When: October 25 to November 4
Cost: Various prices with some free events, visit the website
SPILL Festival of Performance is an international festival of contemporary arts and activism. Created in 2007 by artist Robert Pacitti and produced by Pacitti Company, During SPILL you can experience over 100 different artworks, both indoors and out, many of them taking place multiple times. The festival includes live performances, sound and music, film and video, plus projects exploring heritage and place, all made by some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists. About a third of the festival are also totally free.
What: Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze
Where: Undley Road, Beck Row, Lakenheath, IP28 8BX
When: October 20 to 28
Cost: Free entry to site, Maize Maze £5 adults, £3.50 children
You can pick a pumpkin in the Undley 50 acre Pumpkin Patch, with 20 different varieties to choose from, along with squashes and gourds. There are two huge inflatables, a farm-inspired assault course, the famous Maize Maze, donkey rides, a stamp trail, straw bale climbing, face painting, food and drink and lots more. New for 2018 there is circus and storytelling and the workshops and attractions start from £2.
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What: Sci-Fi and Action Exhibition
Where: Moyses Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1DX
When: October 20 to 25
Cost: Adult £12, children 5 to 16 £6, concessions £8
This exhibition has been running for 10 years now and once again you will be able to see a range of Hollywood props, costumes and memorabilia as well as a number of genuine items that have been used in humanity’s exploits into space. The original Hollywood props and costumes on display at this year’s exhibition include Captain Kirk’s costume from Star Trek III (1984) and a Romulan uniform and rifle from the acclaimed Star Trek reboot (2009). Other screen used costume includes Matt Damien’s Space suit worn in Ridley Scott’s The Martian (2015). There will also be BBC production TARDIS console used in various exhibitions in the 90s.
What: Children’s Book Festival
Where: Various venues in Lavenham - The Guildhall, Market Place, The Swan and Village Hall
When: October 20 to 21
Cost: Various prices, see website for details
Get your little ones involved with all sorts of different types of literature through a series of storytelling sessions, creative writing workshops and author meetings. Activities include ‘Everyone Can Draw’ with Shoo Rayner, a creating art to music family workshop and The Amazing Dotty Detective with Clara Vulliamy.