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PUBLISHED: 13:28 16 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:20 16 April 2017

Calum Lowe, two, with dad Wayne at an Easter egg hunt in Martlesham Heath. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

Calum Lowe, two, with dad Wayne at an Easter egg hunt in Martlesham Heath. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

Giant bunny rabbits, chocolate eggs and mini yellow chicks - it can only be one time of the year.

The Easter Bunny with Charlotte Sayer, 11, at a festive event in Martlesham Heath. PICTURE: Seana HughesThe Easter Bunny with Charlotte Sayer, 11, at a festive event in Martlesham Heath. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

Families across Suffolk celebrated Easter in the sunshine this weekend with several successful events taking place.

Around 40 children scrambled to The Ufford Crown for its sixth annual treasure hunt, which this year raised money for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Landlady Polly Durrant said: “It’s a nice community atmosphere as everyone gets together over Easter to do something fun for the children.

“Year on year we get such a lovely response.”

Ellis Somers, five, gets a hug from the Easter bunny at the Home-Start treasure hunt. PICTURE: Seana HughesEllis Somers, five, gets a hug from the Easter bunny at the Home-Start treasure hunt. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

Thrill-seekers headed to Felixstowe seafront to enjoy a special Easter fun fair, put on by amusement park boss Stanley Harris.

Mr Harris said: “It’s been popular and the weather has been good.

“There’s been a good feeling around the seaside over the last few weeks.”

Home-Start Suffolk: East Ipswich & Coastal organised an event in Martlesham Heath, with sponsorship from Marks & Mann Estate Agents.

Kara, two, Ella, seven, and Bethany, three, enjoying the Spring sunshine in Martlesham Heath. PICTURE: Seana HughesKara, two, Ella, seven, and Bethany, three, enjoying the Spring sunshine in Martlesham Heath. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

Around 90 children turned out, and were tasked to find three magic beans in exchange for a sweet treat. There was a special Easter hamper for the retriever of a golden bean.

Ella Heeney, fundraising co-ordinator, said: “It’s not really a fundraiser it’s more about doing an event for the community because we are a family support charity so it’s nice to do something for families locally.

“The weather was lovely. The sun came out, which makes a real difference.”

Sweet-toothed youngsters descended on Kesgrave where there were 400 Easter eggs, which were all donated, to be found at the Long Strops bridleway.

The Easter Bunny helps Helena Penn, three, collect beans in order to get a chocolate egg. PICTURE: Seana HughesThe Easter Bunny helps Helena Penn, three, collect beans in order to get a chocolate egg. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

The event was arranged by the Kesgrave Music Festival committee and raised around £450 for St Elizabeth Hospice on behalf of the Kate Moyes Memorial Fund.

Debbie McCallum, one of the organisers, said: “To see smiles on the little faces was brilliant.”

Patients at Ipswich Hospital also enjoyed chocolate eggs thanks to the generosity of local firms.

The Easter Bunny and Disney Princess Belle visited the children’s ward to hand out the goodies, while the annual appeal for eggs, run by the Ipswich Hospital Charity, was so successful this year that deliveries were also made to adult patients.

Alyssa Bowmaker, four, enjoys the good weather at the Martlesham Heath hunt. PICTURE: Seana HughesAlyssa Bowmaker, four, enjoys the good weather at the Martlesham Heath hunt. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

The Pommier family with their dog Buddy at the Home-Start Easter event. PICTURE: Seana HughesThe Pommier family with their dog Buddy at the Home-Start Easter event. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

Izan Standere, five, at an Easter egg hunt in Martlesham Heath. PICTURE: Seana HughesIzan Standere, five, at an Easter egg hunt in Martlesham Heath. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

Annual Easter egg hunt at the Ufford Crown. PICTURE: Polly DurrantAnnual Easter egg hunt at the Ufford Crown. PICTURE: Polly Durrant

Lily Pheobold, Darcy Durrant and Jamie Baldwin at the Ufford Crown treasure hunt. PICTURE: Polly DurrantLily Pheobold, Darcy Durrant and Jamie Baldwin at the Ufford Crown treasure hunt. PICTURE: Polly Durrant

The Easter Bunny helps children during a tresure hunt at the Ufford Crown. PICTURE: Polly DurrantThe Easter Bunny helps children during a tresure hunt at the Ufford Crown. PICTURE: Polly Durrant

Around 40 children took part in the Easter event at the Ufford Crown. PICTURE: Polly DurrantAround 40 children took part in the Easter event at the Ufford Crown. PICTURE: Polly Durrant

Daisy and Florence Denyer on the rides at Felixstowe seafront. PICTURE: Seana HughesDaisy and Florence Denyer on the rides at Felixstowe seafront. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

Stuart Moodey and son Luis, four, enjoying the dodgems at the Easter fun fair in Felixstowe. PICTURE: Seana HughesStuart Moodey and son Luis, four, enjoying the dodgems at the Easter fun fair in Felixstowe. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

Lydia and Kieran Whiting-Jarrett take to the rides in Felixstowe. PICTURE: Seana HughesLydia and Kieran Whiting-Jarrett take to the rides in Felixstowe. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

Andre Devlin, six, monkeys around at the Felixstowe Easter fun fair. PICTURE: Seana HughesAndre Devlin, six, monkeys around at the Felixstowe Easter fun fair. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

Asto, seven, and Blake Nightingale, five, enjoy the teacups in Felixstowe. PICTURE: Seana HughesAsto, seven, and Blake Nightingale, five, enjoy the teacups in Felixstowe. PICTURE: Seana Hughes

An Easter Egg hunt in Kesgrave, organised by the Kesgrave Music Festival Committee. Picture: GERAINT RHYS DERRICKAn Easter Egg hunt in Kesgrave, organised by the Kesgrave Music Festival Committee. Picture: GERAINT RHYS DERRICK

An Easter Egg hunt in Kesgrave, organised by the Kesgrave Music Festival Committee. Picture: GERAINT RHYS DERRICKAn Easter Egg hunt in Kesgrave, organised by the Kesgrave Music Festival Committee. Picture: GERAINT RHYS DERRICK

Ipswich Hospital staff and patients with some of the eggs donated by local businesses. PICTURE: Ipswich HospitalIpswich Hospital staff and patients with some of the eggs donated by local businesses. PICTURE: Ipswich Hospital

Kayden Green receiving an egg from Princess Belle at Ipswich Hospital. PICTURE: Ipswich HospitalKayden Green receiving an egg from Princess Belle at Ipswich Hospital. PICTURE: Ipswich Hospital

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