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What’s on in Suffolk and north Essex this weekend?

PUBLISHED: 11:56 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:56 31 March 2017

Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Are you searching for ideas of how to keep your children or grnadchildren entertained this weekend? Well look no further.

Our weekly days out guide brings you suggestions of what to do entertain your children or grandchildren throughout the weekend.

See our guide for Friday, March 31, to Sunday, April 2, here:

Animal Trackers, Brandon Country Park - Saturday, 2-4pm

Don’t get fooled by what you see in the woods; discover the clues, examine the evidence and follow the trails as we cover the what, where, why and how of tracks and signs.

This is suitable for children aged five and above.

It costs £5 per person. Meet at the Visitor Centre in Brandon Country Park.

Call Becky Reavill on 01842 810185 for details.

Spring Go Bingo, Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds - Saturday, 10am-3pm

Spring is in the air. Play bingo with a difference by exploring Nowton Park and searching for natural objects to tick off your list.

Find five in a row and collect a prize from the cafe.

There is no need to book. Quiz sheets cost £1 from the Visitor Centre.

Top Trumps - Biodiversity Rules at Africa Alive, all weekend

As part of EAZA’s Let It Grow campaign, Africa Alive is exploring the rich web of biodiversity - from the local to the global, from the miniscule to the massive.

Don’t miss the park’s special Top Trumps trail.

Visit the Africa Alive website for opening times and prices.

Easter Holiday Fun at Flux Freestyle, Ipswich - all weekend, 10am-8pm

Plan your Easter holiday fun now with Flux - the only trampoline park in Suffolk.

Book your place to avoid disappointment by calling 01473 231426.

Holi Festival of Colour, Holywells park, Ipswich - Sunday, 12-4.30pm

All are welcome to celebrate Holi. Cover each other with coloured powder, enjoy music, singing and dancing, henna hand painting and Indian food stalls.

Please wear old clothing and bring a change if you are going to join in the spirit of Holi.

Colchester Town and Country Fair, Lower Castle Park, Colchester - all weekend, 10am-5pm

Now in its eighth year, the popular family event will feature Savage Bike Skills Team, birds of prey flying displays, terrier racing, children’s entertainer Banana Brain, the Tallest Magic Show in the World, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactments and much more.

Tickets are available on the gate and cost £6 for adults, £5 for concessions, £3 for children aged five to 16 and £15 for a family of two adults and two children.

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.

Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Boss Baby, and Monster Trucks are all playing this weekend and tickets are just £2.50 when you buy in advance online.

Easter Egg Hunt, Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market near Colchester - all weekend, 10am-4pm

Come and join the great annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Beth Chatto Gardens.

Explore the garden and see signs of spring as you find the hidden eggs. Complete the hunt and collect an Easter treat.

Entry costs £1.50 for children and £6.95 for adults.

Family Nerf and Dodgeball, Fusion Halstead Leisure Centre - Sunday, 2-4pm

Family Nerf Gun Fun and Dodgeball is coming back to Halstead Leisure Centre.

For all those parents who have children that are crazy about Nerf guns, book your places now.

The session starts with a high energy game of dodgeball suitable from children aged six up to granddads. It will be followed by Nerf Wars with guns and ammo provided and finished with a tug of war.

Book your place here and click family events.

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