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What’s on this weekend: 5 things to do in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 16:08 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:08 22 January 2018

Flatford Bridge (c) John Fielding, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Flatford Bridge (c) John Fielding, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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With so much going on around Suffolk this weekend, it’s not easy to decide what amazing events you’ll be attending. Allow our handy guide to 5 things to do make that decision a little easier!

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch – January 27 – 29

Help the RSPB to monitor garden bird numbers this weekend by grabbing the binoculars and taking an hour to record how many feathered friends call your garden home. As part of the weekend Flatford Wildlife Garden – usually closed at this time of year – are hosting a free event featuring a number of family-oriented activities.

Comprehensive information packs produced for the weekend are available for free download via the RPSB’s website.

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Discover Newmarket Country Mile Tour – January 27

Explore one of the world’s most important racehorse training centres as this behind-the-scenes tour takes you through the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, the National Stud and a morning on the gallops. For any racing enthusiast this is the ideal opportunity to get a close insight to what makes the industry tick.

The tour is £80 per person and exact times will be advised in the tour’s itinerary.

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Burns Night at the White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh – January 28

The life of the Scottish poet and the country’s traditions will be celebrated on the Suffolk coast with lots of activities appropriate to the occasion. A piper will be leading in the haggis while a Scottish toastmaster will be giving a rendition of Burns’ ‘Address to a Haggis’. After this there will be a three-course meal designed specifically to give a flavour of Scotland.

Tickets are £32 and there is also a vegetarian food option on offer.

Living History – Winter Housekeeping at Ickworth House – January 27

This time of year would have been traditionally quiet for servants working at this iconic Italianate palace and you can observe what they’d be up to through this recreation. They’d be checking stock and preparing for the year ahead while the Housekeeper and the Head Chef would be inviting new girls to apply for the Housemaids positions, all crucial parts of running such a grand home.

The event is free but usual admission prices will apply.

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Long Melford Vintage Book Fair – January 27

The Missing Book Fairs have been running since 1994 and they’re a great chance to pick up rare, out-of-print or collectable books. Between 15 and 20 independent exhibitors are expected to attend and there will be some homemade refreshments on offer while you browse the stalls.

Admission is £1 for adults and accompanied under-15s go free. The fair runs from 10am to 4pm.

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