What's On in Suffolk

Welcome to the Essential Suffolk guide to What's On in Suffolk in the coming month. Scroll down to see events by date order.

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decEMBER Events


December 1


Ipswich Regent Theatre, 7:30pm

Pop Chorus’s brand new show and biggest concert yet, featuring over 250 singers performing pop songs in glorious multi-part harmony.

Entry: £14-20 / £10 concessions

Contact: 01473 433100



LONG SHOP MUSEUM: Deck the halls...

This year the Long Shop will be hosting a Victorian themed event on Saturday, 1st December 2018 in the historic Long Shop with its incredible acoustics and amazing Victorian atmosphere. The evening will commence with an abridged version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, recited by Anthony Roberts – Director of the Colchester Arts Centre with piano by Jamie Cunliffe. Follow Scrooge as he is visited by a series of ghosts one cold, dark, snowy Christmas Eve, starting with his old business partner, Jacob Marley. The three spirits which follow show Scrooge how his mean behaviour has affected those around him. At the end of the story he is relieved to discover that there is still time for him to change. After an interval for some warming festive refreshments, we really get Christmas underway with a rousing sing-­a-­long. We are delighted to welcome the New Song Community Choir from Ipswich. Since forming in 2014 they have performed at various events in and around Ipswich, most notably at their annual summer concert with regular performances at volunteer events for local charities and hospices, as well as Christmas concerts in Ipswich and Woodbridge. On their first visit to the Long Shop they will be performing a mix of customary Christmas songs and traditional carols for you to join in.

Get Christmas off to a fabulous start and into the festive mood. The Long Shop will be adorned and bedecked for a Victorian festive season, why not enter into the spirit and dress in Victorian costume too! Saturday, 1st December 2018 commencing at 6 p.m. Tickets are £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for children under 14, including delicious traditional festive refreshments. Tickets are available from the Museum prior to the event. Some tickets may be available on the night, please call for details.

Framlingham Christmas Tree Festival

St Michael’s Church, Framlingham. 10:30am

Third year running Pop Chorus have been invited back to this annual lovely local festive event.

Entry: Free


Chelsworth Christmas Fair

All Saints Church, Chelsworth. 11am - 4pm

A traditional Christmas Fair in a beautiful medieval church. There will be stalls selling gifts, crafts and foodstuffs as well as second hand books and bric-a-brac. Also a bottle tombola. Seasonal refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle with lovely, luxury Christmas hampers as prizes. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Hadleigh Community Choir. Plenty of free parking a short walk from the church. Chelsworth is a pretty village, alongside the river Brett, on the B1115, between Bildeston and Monks Eleigh. For those wanting a more substantial lunch, our very welcoming village pub, The Peacock Inn, is near to the Church, so why not kick-off your festive season with a visit to Chelsworth - we will be very pleased to see you

Entry: £3 - children free

Contact: 01449 744055



Dec 1 & 2

Jimmy’s Christmas Fayre

Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead. 10am Sat 1 Dec & 10am-1pm Sun 2 Dec.

Pop Chorus singers perform at Jimmy’s Farm, joining Jimmy and Michaela at the opening both days then around the farm until lunchtime on the Sunday.


December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16

British Crafts at Blackthorpe Barn

Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, 10am – 5pm (free after 4pm)

Visitors can meander through the barn and be delighted by the absolute best of our country’s talented artist and skilled crafts makers as they showcase their individually hand-crafted items. The barn is brimming with 100% British items all beautifully created by the exhibitors themselves, this is strict criteria for the crafts makers and that’s why visiting Blackthorpe Barn delivers such a unique experience. It really is the ultimate craft experience, with turned and crafted wooden creations, textile and knitwear garments, artworks and landscapes, ceramics and figurines, metal sculptures, leather goods, contemporary and textured jewellery and so much more. Many exhibitors change each weekend so there are new inspirations for each visit.

Entry: adults £3, OAPs £2, Children/Students free, season tickets £10 (no credit/debit cards at entrance desk)


December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 20, 21, 22 & 23

Santa's Magical Grotto and Elf Workshop

Wood Farm Barn, Locks Lane, Benacre, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 7BL

Little Dream Parties have created an exclusive and magical Christmas event for families in East Anglia, being held at the stunning setting of Wood Farm Barn, Benacre, Beccles, Suffolk. Make this Christmas one to remember and come and join the festive fun at the Elf workshops, where the children can write their letter to Santa and deliver it to the head elf!
Get a glitter tattoo and balloon model, have fun and play games with the cheeky elves. And of course not forgetting an extra special visit to Santa himself, where the children will receive a special gift. There will be Christmas Stalls for you to browse, hot chocolate to drink while your children enjoy the magic at the Elf Workshop. There will be four workshops per day to choose from all running for 1 hour, including visit to Santa. Please contact Maria on 07516030947 to book your child's place. You can also receive a special, personalised invitation, sent by royal mail, for this event from Santa, for a small extra fee.
Tickets are £17 for the first child and £15 for siblings. Limited spaces so booking in advance is essential.

Entry: £17 per child £15 for siblings (adults go free)

Contact: 07516030947


December 1 to January 6, 2019


Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh                                                                                                                                    

We are happy to be showing the South African artist Hennie Niemann Jnr whose cubist observations of the male and female form are very striking and romantic.  Hennie is a very well established artist in South Africa and we are thrilled that we are able to offer his work here in the UK.  To represent the Scottish aspect of the exhibition, which has long been the backbone of Thompson’s Gallery, is a beautiful landscape by John MacLauchlan Milne to satisfy the 20th Century enthusiast and then there are also paintings Joe Hargan, Robert Kelsey, Ronald Smith and Judith Bridgland to bring us to the contemporary Scottish artists.  Also representing the 20th Century is a typical scene by Edward Hornel of girls by the shore and crossing the channel we have a beautiful portrait of Claudine by Marcel Dyf.  If you are looking for the more abstract we have a fantastic Terry Frost and also a wonderful Barbara Hepworth.  Alongside what has been mentioned above we have a large collection of fantastic paintings and sculptures by contemporary and Modern British artists to fill the gallery with, including sculptures by the Cambridge based artist John Clark who builds people sculptures from paper, resin and wax.


Woodbridge Street Fair

Quay Street, Thoroughfare, Church Street and Cumberland Street Woodbridge from 10am till 4pm

This year, the fair will be the biggest yet with stalls and local traders along Quay Street, Thoroughfare, Church Street and Cumberland Street in Woodbridge. That's twice the space of previous years. From photographers, chocolatiers, cake makers, soap makers, honey makers and gifts galore the street fair has something for everyone.

Entry: Free

The Saints Festive Street Market

St Peters Street, Ipswich, 10am to 4pm

Enjoy festive crafts and artisan stalls


December 8

Wyevale Christmas

Wyevale Garden Centre, Woodbridge. 1:45pm & 2:30pm.

Pop Chorus are delighted to be invited back to entertain the customers and staff in the run up to Christmas.

Entry: Free




A Christmas Carol

Seckford Theatre, 4.30pm

The perfect start to Christmas - Join us for this solo dramatisation of Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’, adapted and performed by world renowned John Bromley-Davenport for over 30 years.

This acclaimed production has enraptured audiences on both sides of the Atlantic being performed in the UK and America. John uses the power of the language, the humour, the pathos and the joy to great effect to delight audiences.

All proceeds go to Ormiston Families.

Tickets: £25

Box Office: 01473 705040



Suffolk Soul Singers Festive Season Concert

St. Peter's by the Waterfront, Ipswich @ 3.00pm

Building on the success of previous years, Suffolk Soul Singers, the local community choir led by Andi Hopgood, return to St. Peter's by Waterfront for a fourth festive season concert. You'll be guaranteed a great mix of uplifting soul and gospel classics, sung with energy and passion, plus our unique, soulful arrangements of a couple of Christmas songs, perfect for getting you in the groove for the festive season.
You will also be helping to support our chosen charities for the year – Suffolk-based ‘Musica’ and the national charity, ‘Dogs for Good.’

Tickets: boxoffice@stpetersbythewaterfront.com or phone on 01473 225269

Entry: £10



Christmas Market, Cornhill, Ipswich

The Cornhill will become the proud home of a Christmas craft fair. Run by Eden Crafts, shoppers will be met by a superb selection of seasonal trinkets, all located on the stunning new Cornhill. Traders will be offering a wide variety of local arts, crafts, gifts and jewellery.

DECEMBER 11, 12 AND 13


St Peters by the Waterfront, Ipswich, 7.30pm

An evening of festive musical treats accompanied by a live band. Following their extremely successful Summer production of ‘My Fair Lady’, IODS Theatre Company are very pleased to present 'Sounds Like Christmas'. Full of festive musical treats and supported by a live band, this choral evening is sure to fill you with Christmas spirit.

Tickets: £12.50 advance, £15 on the door

Box Office: www.wolseytheatre.co.uk or call 01473 295900

£12.50 advance
£15 on the door

December 12

A Christmas Carol by John Bromley-Davenport

Seckford Theatre Burkitt Road Woodbridge IP12 4JH Doors open: 4.30pm

The perfect start to Christmas – Join us for this solo dramatisation of Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’, adapted and performed by world renowned John Bromley-Davenport for over 30 years.

This acclaimed production has enraptured audiences on both sides of the Atlantic being performed in the uK and America. John uses the power of the language, the humour, the pathos and the joy to great effect to delight audiences.

All proceeds go to Ormiston Families.

Entry: £25

Contact: josie.barwick@ormistonfamilies.org.uk


December 16

Handel's Messiah

St Mary-le-Tower Church Ipswich, IP13BE 4.30pm

Candlelit Performance


Choristers of St Mary-le-Tower soprano arias
Alexander Chance Countertenor
Richard Edgar-Wilson Tenor
James Robinson-May Bass

The choirs of St Mary-le-Tower
Tower Sinfonia Kathryn Parry (Leader)
Christoper Borrett Conductor

Sponsored by Hunnaball Family Funeral Group

Tickets: £15 (nave); £12 (aisles) available on the door or in advance from
www.choralfoundationipswich.org.uk or
St Mary-le-Tower Box Office,
17 Tower Street, Ipswich Tel: 07903 691 720

Entry: £12 or £15

Contact: 07903 691720




Art & Design Fair

The Stable, Hall Farm,Saxmundham rd, Aldeburgh IP15 5JD

A selection of contemporary work from local makers & artists ranging from jewellery, ceramic, print, bag & homewares. Perfect hand made gifts for that last minute xmas present.

Entry: free

Contact: 07484 850963