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Snape: Magical Marshes

Children and families flooded into the first ever Magical Marshes fun day which marked the start of the summer holidays at Snape Maltings held last Sunday (July 24).

The magical one-day festival aimed at children under 10 and their families provided hours of entertainment with activities ranging from space hopper races to giant painting and musical strolls through the marshes.

“Over 2,500 people came along to the event on Sunday and it was great to see so many young families enjoying the activities and being inspired to get creative,” said Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Economic Development.

Activities taking place on the day included instrument making, performances from the City of London Sinfonia, the Pretty Grim Morris dancers and junk funk drumming. Workshops were also on offer creating fairy wings, the cardboard kingdom, junk jewellery and willow weaving.

Sporty youngsters were treated to giant Olympics, story walks through the marshes, circus skills, crazy bikes and space hopper races. Also visiting Magical Marshes were the giant tea lady, an impressive one man band, the roaming magician and the ‘pied piper’ Clare Bloor entertaining the crowds.

“The finale performance by Zenith was particularly impressive with some of the dads even taking part in some audience participation to help with some of the daring tightrope stunts.

“The feedback on the day was very positive with a number of people offering to volunteer and get involved with similar upcoming events which is fantastic news for Magical Marshes,” added Cllr Holdcroft.

Other exciting arts events to look out for over the coming months include the Landguard ARTS open air performance of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales by comedic performers the Pantaloons company taking place on Thursday, August 26 at Landguard Fort in Felixstowe. The performance is free and all ages are welcome, just bring something to sit on.

There is also the next series of Lullaby Concerts taking place on Thursday, October 27 at the Cut, Halesworth giving young children the chance to get their first taste of the arts and learn about different musical instruments, sounds and performance.

Film Flurry, the family friendly film festival, is also returning on Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 30 at various locations across the district for families to fall in love with the art of film and even get the chance to go behind the scenes and see some of their favourite stories and fairytales brought to life.

“The district has a very rich arts heritage and takes pride in putting on exciting arts events in the district appealing to all ages. They appeal not only to residents but to visitors too helping to bring even more people to see what the district has to offer,” added Cllr Holdcroft.

To find out more about upcoming arts events in the district residents and visitors can visit www.ruralartssuffolk.org.uk or www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/yourfreetime/arts contact 01394 444294 or email Rachel.nightingale@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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