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Easter Holiday Things to Do in Suffolk

Come to Suffolk for your Easter break this year there's lots on!



Chinese State Circus - DYNASTY, Tuesday 4th April - Sunday 9th
Chantry Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 0LB
Afternoon and evening performances, check website for times.
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The incomparable Chinese State Circus will be playing at Chantry Park, Ipswich from Thursday 4th April to Sunday 9th April in its fully heated big top venue. Breathtaking in its simplicity, DYNASTY projects into a contemporary setting an art form that has thrilled audiences for more than 2,000 years where low-tech everyday objects are transformed into hi-tech acrobatic equipment. Hurtling porcelain jars...dynamically spinning plates...balancing upon gigantic pyramids of tables and chairs framed by the delicate strands of silk supporting cascading aerialists. Stunning world class Chinese acrobats, aerial artistes and jugglers interact with the super-human physical skills and dexterity of the masters of martial arts the legendary Shaolin Warriors. The nonstop action from start to awesome finale as thrill follows thrill is set to a soaring musical score accompanied by the rhythmic beats of Chinese percussion. "No gimmicks...no fakes...no retakes...quite simply...the incomparable Chinese State Circus.
Tickets: £10 - £28. Tel: 0844 4155228. Web: www.chinesestatecircus.com

Thursday 6th & Friday 7th April - ARABIAN NIGHTS, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Youth Theatre
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After last year’s success of The Jungle Book the Youth Theatre is back with another classic tale!
You may think the oft-told tales of Arabian Nights are familiar, but writer Neil Duffield, has taken them, shaken them and delivered them in a fresh and exciting way. With original music, this is going to be a great way to kick off the Easter holidays. See Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds for tickets.



Saturday 8 April - THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
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The timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage.
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. ‘If you don't have a child, find one, and immediately buy tickets to this wonderful production.’ See Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds for tickets.

Get away this Easter with a trip to Kessingland Beach Holiday Park
Situated on the Suffolk Coast overlooking the beach, the family orientated and dog friendly Kessingland Beach Holiday Park boasts a heated indoor swimming pool, cafes and restaurants, play area and games room for the children and a packed programme of entertainment to keep the whole family happy. Click on the link above to book your stay.


Giant Easter Craft & Gift Fayre - Sunday 9th April
10.00am - 4.00pm
Ipswich Cameo Hotel, Copdock, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8 3JP
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The ideal venue to buy something special for Easter.
Contact: Jan, tel: 07950 153149, email: jan@fynn-valley.co.uk

The Great Felixstowe Museum Easter Egg Hunt - 12th April
12.30pm - 2.00pm & 2.30pm - 4.00pm
Felixstowe Museum, View Point Road, Felixstowe, IP11 3TW
Come and join the giant Landguard Bunny for a fun Easter Egg Hunt. Search the Museum for the coloured eggs, then exchange them for a yummy reward! Also fun bunny ears to make too. This event is suitable for children aged 3-10 years. Older and younger children may attend, but please allow the recommended age group to enjoy the hunt. There is a maximum of 30 children per session. You can choose between two sessions. Each session includes the hunt and making bunny ears.
Price: Children £3.00, adults £2.00 includes admission to the Museum. You must pre-book in advance for this event. See Felixstowe Museum for venue details.

Holiday HiJinks (for ages 5 -12) - Thursday 13th - Saturday 15th April
10.00am - 3.00pm
St John’s Centre, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1SN

Over three days, get stuck in with a range of acting, arts and crafts and singing activities. This year's theme is The Enchanted Forest so expect to explore all things magical and mysterious! No experience necessary, just come along and have fun!
£50 per child (or £80 if you book for two children)
See Spinning Wheel Theatre for more information.

Easter Charity 'Bake Off' - 13th April
Deli Marche, Ipswich Hospital, Heath Road, Ipswich, IP4 5PD
The Hospital Charity Easter Bake Off is our latest fundraising event to encourage keen bakers to enter their best Easter cakes and bakes into our competition to be crowned star baker! The aim is to raise money for The Ipswich Hospital Charity by a sale of all the cakes/bakes entered and any others donated. There are 4 categories that you can enter see Whats On Ipswich for full details.

Friday 14 & Saturday 15 April - ROOM ON THE BROOM, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
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Join the Witch and her cat on their mission to defeat the dragon in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The Witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick when they pick up some hitch-hikers – a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a crazy frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – it snaps in two… just as the hungry dragon appears! See Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds for tickets.

Easter Exhibition - 14th - 19th April
10.00am - 5.00pm. (4pm last day)
Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh High Street, Aldeburgh, IP15 5AQ
The 15th year of this professional, fine-art printmaking exhibition. Etchings, wood and lino cuts from the 30 members to view and enjoy or buy. Free Entry. Email: sudbourneprintmakers.com

Easter Family Shows at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. Saturday 15th April & Friday 21st April


The Easter Family Panto - Humpty Dumpty's Eggstravaganza features Humpty and his friends singing and dancing their way through the most eggselent of tales, with the audience being encouraged to come out of their shells and sing along! Meet and greet the eggciting Panto characters plus the Spa’s own mascot Suki the Spa Panda, and there will be some Easter Eggs hidden around the theatre too. Saturday 15th April 10.30am & 2.30pm, the show is particularly suitable for children 4-14. Tickets start from just £14.
For the slightly younger audience there's the Easter Bunny's Egg-sellent Adventure on Friday 21st April 2017 - 1.30pm. Join in the fun as you find out who is behind the mysterious Easter Egg trail? There’s also a hunt for the hidden chocolate factory in Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure and little ones can meet him afterwards to get a special Easter present! This show includes songs such as ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes’, ’Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘The Hokey Cokey’ plus many more. This is a family show particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds and lasts for 40 minutes, followed by a meet, greet and treat with the Easter Bunny himself! All Tickets are £12 - Children's Ticket price also includes an Easter Treat. See Spa Pavillion Theatre for venue information.

Easter Sunday Lunch & Chocoholic's Afternoon Tea - Sunday 16th April
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Spend your Easter Sunday enjoying a mouth-watering three-course carvery and/or special Chocoholic's Afternoon Tea. Find out more at: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

All About Dogs Show, Ipswich, 16th & 17th April
Venue Address: Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP3 8UH

Come along and experience one of the largest dog events in the UK with dog agility, dog shows, entertainment and demos plus doggy related stalls.

Easter Steam Up - 16th - 17th April
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Brockford Station, Station Road, Wetheringsett, IP14 5PW

The railway's first opening days of 2017. Two locos in steam and Easter egg hunts for the children plus all the Middy attractions; Museum, cafe/refreshment room, model railway coach and real ale bar, the Kitchener Arms.
See Mid-Suffolk Light Railway for more information.

Take the bigger little monkeys to Go Ape this Easter!



Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure, perfect for a day out with a difference. You can try out the Tree Top Adventure and release your inner Tarzan - speed down zip wires, climb rope bridges, tackle swings and wobbly crossings; all suspended up to 120 feet above the forest floor. Or for those that prefer keeping their feet on the ground, there's the Forest Segway. Get off-road and explore the great outdoors in style!




Join the Gentle Giants at Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley


Marvel at the wonderful Suffolk Punch Horses and yearlings, rare Large Black Pigs, Red Poll Cattle and Suffolk Sheep at this great attraction just near Woodbridge. You can also see working horse training demonstrations. Also onsite is a modern Visitor Centre, Cafe, Pets Paddock, Activity playground, Museum of Suffolk farming life, Collection of horse drawn wagons & agricultural tools, Heritage Garden stocked exclusively with horticultural varieties of plants and shrubs developed in Suffolk. See Suffolk Punch Trust for more information.

Free nature trail at Flatford RSPB Wildlife Garden


This beautiful wildlife garden near Bergholt offers a free children’s nature trail round the garden daily, during the school holidays, as well as other activities such as planting wildlife-friendly seeds to take home and grow, and hands-on activities for even the smallest children. For the grown-ups, there are plenty of ideas to take home to your own gardens, as well as free plant lists, and seeds and inexpensive wildlife friendly plants to buy. Flatford Garden is open from 1 April between 10:30 and 4:30, and is free to enter. Parking is at the National Trust car park at Flatford (£4 all day). There is also a tearoom on site. Dogs are allowed on leads. For more information, please click on the link above.



Visit Jimmy's Farm this Easter holiday

Open everyday over Easter. Jimmy's Farm has lots of activities for all the family including baby chicks, ducklings and goslings, Sheepdog Trials, Shepherd talks, Lamb racing & petting, competitions, Fishing, Face painting, Meet the Animals & lots more!


Enjoy a day at RSPB Minsmere

Made famous by the BBC's Springwatch, RSPB Minsmere offers a wonderful day out for all the family. Not just a nature reserve, there is a Wild Zone, complete with den building, child-sized sand martin tunnels and a willow-woven nest, Discovery Centre, Visitor Centre where you can borrow an Explorer Backpack containing binoculars, a bugbox and a wildlife checklist for self-guided wildlife discovery plus a cafe selling delicious hot meals. During the Easter holidays, they also have some fantastic activities happening including; Pond dipping, Minsmere’s minibeasts, Living art, Easter crafts & family nature walks and Bird ringing demonstration. Please click here for dates and times: RSPB Minsmere



Meet the animals at Easton Farm Park Easter Egg Hunt
14 - 17th April!


Easton Farm Park boasts an indoor soft playbarn, outdoor adventure play area, lots of farm animals to meet and feed including a Suffolk Punch horse and bunnys to hug, pony & cart rides or Tractor & Trailer rides, train rides and more



Visit the 'Suffolk Museum of the Year' in Southwold

Recently awarded the title of 'Suffolk Museum of the Year', Southwold's unique cottage museum is dedicated to the local and natural history of this corner of Suffolk. Housing a huge selection from fossil remains through the Viking occupation, sea battles, the development of the town's architecture, its industries and artistic life, the rise and fall of its railway, its famous land-locked lighthouse, its ever-changing coastline... to the 20th century transformation of this busy fishing community into a prosperous seaside resort. The Southwold Museum is open from April 1st, 2pm to 4pm. Admission is free but donations are very welcome. Find out how to find it here: Southwold Museum




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