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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Red Riding Hood

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

The new Wolsey’s Rock ’n’ Roll Panto. Red Riding Hood owns the best bakery in Soggy-Bottom-In-The-Marsh but when the village party is scattered by the return of the legendary lone Wolf, the wicked Sir Jasper de Ville demands more rent to pay for the added security. Meanwhile, a handsome woodcutter has arrived in town, who isn’t all he seems to be… Can Red Riding Hood outwit Sir Jasper, avoid the clutches of the sly old wolf and find romance with the mysterious forester?

Box office: 01473 295900




Farmers Markets

Market Place, Stowmarket 9am-1.30pm



Trianon Music Group; Twelfth Night

Grand Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich

Banish any post seasonal blues with an evening of foot-tapping music and maybe some dance as well. Trianon invites you to celebrate Twelfth Night with them as the musicians explore the way this occasion is enjoyed in many countries, so be prepared to meet Kings and the Lord of Misrule during a musically packed tour.

Tickets: £10.50

Box Office: 01473 433100


Farmers Markets

Beccles Heliport, 9am-1pm

Metfield Village Hall, 9am-12 noon

Snape Maltings, 9.30am-1pm



Sherlock Holmes and the Hooded Lance

New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Holmes and Watson face their stiffest challenge yet, in the shape of the Hooded Lance. Their newest and deadliest adversary is hell bent on spoiling everyone's Christmas and being really annoying!

Tickets: £13

Box Office: 01473 295900



JANUARY 9 - 20

The Lady Killers of Humber Doucy Lane

Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge

If you like a good spoof then this is show for you…Eastern Angles are back with another alternative festive caper! Previously, this nationally-acclaimed theatre company have lampooned Agatha Christie, St. Trinians, Charles Dickens and the Tudors of Wolf Hall, but this year the cast of talented actors turn their attention to the famous 1950s Ealing comedy The Ladykillers with a fast-paced musical show bursting with mad-cap banter and a downright bonkers storyline!

Box Office: 01473 211498





Culture & Cake: Thomas Wolsey; Ipswich’s Greatest Son

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, 1.30pm

Collections and Learning Team discuss the challenges and opportunities of bringing Wolsey’s Angels to Ipswich and staging an exhibition in Christchurch Mansion.

Tickets: £6.60

Box Office: 01473 433100


JANUARY 10 - 13

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

New Cut, Halesworth

Circle 67 presents a traditional pantomime for all ages to enjoy with this familiar old Middle Eastern folk tales from The Arabian Nights. A cast full of local talent, including children from the Edgar Sewter Primary School Drama Club and performers from the Zahara Belly Dancing Group who will add a touch of glamour to the proceedings.




Ronnie Scott’s All Stars

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, RSAS orchestra take to the stage to celebrate ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook’: classic music from the jazz greats who have performed at Ronnie Scott’s, alongside narration and projected archive images and rare footage from the club.

Tickets: £21

Box Office: 01284 758000




Farmers Markets

Halesworth Town Centre, 9am – 1pm

Nayland Village Hall, 10am - 1.30pm

Stonham Barns Market Square, 10am-2pm

Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am-1pm


The Only Way is Elvis

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 7.30pm

Box Office: 01394 284962




Farmers Markets

The Barn, Assington 10am - 2pm



The Transports

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Join some of Britain’s leading folk musicians for a timely re-telling of Peter Bellamy’s legendary folk ballads The Transports.

Tickets: £20

Box Office: 01284 758000




The Chicago Blues Brothers

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Back in Black Tour: a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping musical mash-up that presents the best material from the original Blues Brothers movies, plus many other blues, soul, Motown and funk classics.

Tickets: £24.50

Box Office: 01284 758000




Farmers markets

Beccles Heliport 9am-1pm

Harkstead Village Hall, 9am-12 noon

Alder Carr Farm, Needham Market 9am-1pm


Nearly Dan

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Nearly Dan's approach is faithful, though not reverential, and relaxed but as tight as their namesakes. They bring their own unique spirit and spontaneous humour to every concert. Now in its 20th year on the road, Nearly Dan promise all the Steely Dan favourites in a two hour-plus show, featuring tracks from the groove of Countdown to Ecstasy to the super cool of celebrated albums The Royal Scam.

Tickets: £18

Box Office: 01284 758000



Carpenters Gold

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 7.30pm

Box Office: 01394 284962



Make a Difference - Encore!

Woodbridge Community Hall, 7.30PM

Suffolk Singers fifth fundraising concert for Teenage Cancer Trust. A varied programme of easy-listening music to suit all tastes, directed by Claire Weston and featuring Harrison Cole, John Hutchings and Claire's young songsters. Advance Booking advised. Informal table seating to include a ploughman's supper. Please bring your own drinks.

Entry: £15

Information: 01394 279907 or WeGotTickets.com





Johnny Cash Roadshow

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

The only tribute show to be endorsed by the Cash family! Clive John re-creates a real Cash show with astounding accuracy, with Amanda Stone as ‘June Carter’ and, new for 2017, ‘Roadshow Horns’ playing all the classics.

Tickets: £23

Box Office: 01284 758000



Bartosz Glowacki, classical accordion

Constable Hall, Gandish Road, East Bergholt, 4pm

Bartosz is hailed as one of the leading exponents of the classical accordion. He was born in Poland and he studied classical accordion with Professor Andrzej Smolik in the National Music School in Sanok.He won the Polish Young Musician of the Year in 2009, then represented Poland in the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna where he performed Mikolaj Majkusiak's "Concerto Classicco" for accordion and symphony orchestra in the grand finale with the ORF Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He will perform a programme of original works for accordion as well as his own arrangements of classical pieces. His programme of about 10 pieces will include Scarlatti, Sonata in E minor K 98; Marcello/Bach, Oboe Concerto in D minor BWV974 and Piazzolla, Libertango.

Entry: £14

Information: 01206 298426



Film and Digital Studio Portrait Workshop with Nick Ilott

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, IP12 2TW, 10am - 2pm

This course is designed for anyone interested in taking lovely portraits, whether of friends and family members or when working with professional models. It is aimed at anyone with a basic knowledge of their camera and is specifically for those who own either a digital or analogue SLR or medium format camera. Bridge or compact camera users may not get the most from this course.

Entry: £80

Information:  07880 800014 or email info@oldjet.co.uk




Mud Morganfield

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Charismatic Chicago blues from the award-winning son of Blues legend Muddy Waters. Mud’s big, powerful voice conveys deep emotional resonance on the slow numbers and good old fashioned testosterone-laden strut on those classic shuffles. Mud’s award-winning album, Son of the Seventh Son, earned great reviews and was nominated for two Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards in 2013. In 2015 Mud’s album For Pops (A Tribute To Muddy Waters) won the prestigious BMA and the Blues Blast Award for ‘Traditional Blues Album’.

Tickets: £20

Box Office: 01284 758000




John Bishop: Winging It

Ipswich Regent, 8pm

Comedy superstar John Bishop is extending his sell out UK tour and bringing his brand-new show to more venues across the UK.  Having just bounced through all the arenas in the land John is now loading up the trucks for more fun on the road. This latest show is his biggest, best and funniest one yet!

Tickets: £38

Box Office: 01473 433100



Jack Jones

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

80th Birthday Celebration Tour. Jack Jones has 60 albums to his credit, two Grammies and another five nominations, an Emmy, and awards too numerous to mention. Mel Torme said he was, “the greatest ‘pure’ singer in the world” while Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet called him Numero Uno!

Tickets: £35.50

Box Office: 01284 758000



Friday Lunchtime Concerts: Mettis Quartet

Jubilee Hall, Snape Maltings, 12pm

J.Haydn String Quartet Op.64 No.5 “The Lark” in D Major. R.Schumann String Quartet Op.41 No.3 in A Major

Tickets: £4.90

Box Office: 01728 687110


Greg Wallace - Greg on Food

Grand Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 7.30pm

The star of BBC's Masterchef, Inside The Factory and Eat Well For Less takes to the stage for this brand new live show.  Join Gregg for an entertaining evening of anecdotes, culinary expertise and behind the scenes tales. Complete with an audience Q&A, this really is a must see event for any foodie!

Tickets: £23

Box Office: 01473 433100


Constructions of thin Air

Dance East, Ipswich, 7.30pm

One moment intimately moving, another poignantly absurd, Constructions of Thin Air exposes the nature of our desire and refusal to belong.

Tickets: £12

Box Office: 01473 295230




East Anglian Chamber Orchestra

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Mendelssohn: Die Schone Melusine Overture & Violin Concerto; Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5.

Conductor Jacques Cohen, soloist Susanne Stanzeleit.

Tickets: £20

Box Office: 01284 758000



Swing with Laughter

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 2.30pm

Box Office: 01394 284962




Farmers Market

Lavenham Village Hall, 10am-1.30pm


Simon & Garfunkel Story

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

This 50th Anniversary Celebration uses projected images and original film footage, with a full live band performing all the hits.

Tickets: £22.50

Box Office: 01284 758000




Ashley Hutchings revisits Fairport Convention

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Prompted by the 50th anniversary of folk-rock legends Fairport Convention, Ashley Hutchings MBE, the ‘Godfather of folk-rock’, has put together a new and entertaining words-and-music show which covers the beginning and early years of the group. With songs and anecdotes, Ashley and friends present an entertainment which is a must-see for anyone who has an interest in this important legacy of English music and culture.

Tickets: £15

Box Office: 01284 758000