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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Poetry in Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh (various venues)

Over 100 of today’s most exciting poets from across the UK come to the Suffolk coast to celebrate all things poetry with a weekend of 45 workshops, events and performances. Highlights include RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018 winner Pascale Petit; Forward Prize 2014 winner Liz Berry; T.S. Eliot Prize winners Philip Gross and George Szirtes; Young People's Laureate for London 2016-18 Caleb Femi; the award-winning Hugo Williams reflecting on his 50-year career as poet; plus readings from Zaffar Kunial and Victoria Adukwei Bulley. There will be workshops with the likes of Dom Bury, Glyn Maxwell, Helena Nelson and Jean Sprackland plus pop-up flash performances, exhibitions and poetry-themed walks and swims. Festival themes include climate change and queer identity, moving to radically reclaim labels applied to women, celebrate major anniversaries and fuse film with poetry and dance. All are part of Poetry in Aldeburgh’s third festival of poetry, film and art by the sea, co-curated by Poetry School and poet Paul Stephenson.

Entry: various

Contact: 01728 687110 / contact@poetryinaldeburgh.org






Handel's Messiah

St Peter and St Mary's Church, Stowmarket, IP14 1ES

Stowmarket Chorale perform Handel's Messiah

Entry: £15 (under 16s free)

Contact: ticket@stowmarketchorale.org.uk






Craft & Food Fair 2018

Town Hall & Guildhall complex, Hadleigh, Suffolk 10am to 4pm

Craft & Food Fair, organised by Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity.There will be several stalls selling various foods, drinks, crafts and Christmas items. Refreshments available in the Dining Room.

Entry: £1 adults, under 13's free, disabled 50p due to limited access

Contact: 01473823884/admin@hadleightowncouncil.co.uk


Westleton Organ Open Day

St. Peter's Church, Westleton, IP17 3AG. 3pm

Listen live to the newly created organ played by Peter Bumstead & Peter Clayton; the event includes a demonstration by Peter Bumstead about how the organ is being built; refreshments, and for those who would like to see or play, there will be a chance to visit the organ gallery.

Entry: Free

Contact: lgacampbell@yahoo.co.uk


Burton on Bernstein

Abbey Hall Hoxne Road Eye IP23 7NJ 17:00pm - 19:30pm

In celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary year, we present a special afternoon of conversation with Humphrey Burton - with film excerpts from his personal archive.
Biographer Humphrey Burton talks about America’s musical giant Leonard Bernstein, distinguished conductor, composer of West Side Story and personal friend. Humphrey was head of the BBC’s Music and Arts Department 1965-1967 and 1975-81. He has written major biographies of Leonard Bernstein, Yehudi Menuhin and William Walton. He has directed documentaries, symphony concerts and operas in Europe and the USA including nearly two hundred music films with Leonard Bernstein.

Entry: £15

Contact: 01473 705034


November 8

Mara Simpson (with Poppy Ackroyd on strings)

Butley Priory, Woodbridge , 7-10pm

Pop Chorus have been invited to join fabulous singer songwriter Mara Simpson as she tours her new album, collaborating with local community choirs.

Entry: £15




Bury Bach Choir: War and Peace, A Concert for Remembrance Weekend

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Bury Bach Choir, Prometheus Orchestra, Philip Reed conductor
Britten: Fanfare for St Edmundsbury
Vaughan Williams: dona Nobis Pacem
Durufle: Requiem

Entry: £15-£25

Contact: 01284 758000




Autumn Fayre in support of St.Elizabeth Hospice

Ipswich & Suffolk Club, 12noon - 4pm

A  variety of stalls selling local food, jewellery, clothes and homewares. Serving teas,  coffee & delicious homemade cakes.

Entry: free

NOVEMBER 16, 17, 18


Beer Festival

The Cherry Tree Inn, 73, Cumberland Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4AG 10.30am – 11pm

The Cherry Tree Inn Woodbridge (opposite Notcutts) will be holding a mini beer festival on the 16th, 17th and 18th November 2018. There will be 15 real ales from all across Great Britain, including Campervan of Edinburgh, Turpins of Cambridge, Exe Valley of Devon, First Chop of Manchester, Hooded Ram of The Isle of Man and of course, our local Adnams from Southwold. The festival will run 10:30-23:00. Hot and cold food will be available 12:00-21:00 Friday and Saturday and 12:00-20:00 on Sunday. For more information please see the website www.thecherrytreepub.co.uk, telephone 01394 384627 or e-mail info@thecherrytreepub.co.uk.

Entry: Free

Contact: 01394 384627






We Are Handmade Christmas Craft Fair

The Old School, Long Melford 10am - 4pm

Taking place over four rooms in The Old School, this event will offer shoppers a wonderful choice of beautifully designed and handcrafted gifts for Christmas. Makers will be showcasing the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired handmade items. Stallholders include Capricorn Crafts, makers of wooden toys and gifts; Honeybee Natural Beauty; Driftwood Designs; Woodturner Glyn Hall; Dolly Mixtures Glass and Nanuk Jewellery. A full list of makers will be on www.wearehandmade.co.uk nearer the event. Norah from Fantasia Textiles will be demonstrating various textile techniques throughout the day, and we also have Sandra Hall Ceramics who’ll be demonstrating her work.
Visitors can sit down and enjoy some delicious homemade cakes with a cup of tea, all served in lovely vintage style crockery, courtesy of Plum Fairy who will be running the tearoom.
Further information at www.wearehandmade.co.uk

Entry: Free

Contact: 07824 888 346



November 22 to 25

Crib Festival in Grundisburgh in November

Open to the public 10am – 5pm

Follow the star to Grundisburgh Suffolk. A celebration of nativity cribs from across the world, and of contemporary art based on the story of the magi. Our final year of the festival, this is an opportunity not to be missed.The festival began in a small way 16 years ago and has been held every 2 years since then; the last 10 years in Grundisburgh. It has attracted interest from across the country, and indeed Europe, with Presepe made especially for us in Naples.
Many churches have been inspired by Cribfest to hold their own crib exhibitions, a wonderful and meaningful way to celebrate Advent.

November 24

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Aldeburgh Music Club choir

”The Armed Man”

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins was commissioned by the Royal Armouries for its millennium celebrations and dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. An emotive and essentially anti-war work scored for choir, soloists and large orchestra, the Mass has added relevance and poignancy in 2018. The Armed Man film is included as part of the performance. The programme also includes works by Butterworth, Vaughan Williams, Faure and Elgar. AMC performs with the Prometheus Orchestra, with Edmond Fivet conducting, and there will be a retiring collection for the Suffolk Branch of SSAFA (The Armed Forces Charity).
Entry Price: Tickets £18, £22 and £25 (students half price)




Ipswich Cornhill reopening

Cornhill, Ipswich. 1pm & 3pm

Pop Chorus will be bringing some cheer to your Saturday shopping, celebrating the newly redeveloped Cornhill development.

Entry: Free

Ipswich Symphony Orchestra concert

Ipswich Corn Exchange 7.30 pm

Music to inspire! Two top classical favourites take centre-stage at Ipswich Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Saturday 24 November conducted by Adam Gatehouse. Martin James Bartlett, the brilliant young British concert pianist who was BBC Young Musician winner in 2014, will be the soloist in Beethoven’s 1st piano concerto. As part of the Chinese State visit last year, Martin performed a private concert for the First Lady of China and other dignitaries. He also performed at Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday thanksgiving service, which was broadcast live from St. Paul's Cathedral. Martin has performed at the BBC Proms and was one of 27 international artists, including Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Nicola Benedetti and Alison Balsom, to be chosen by the BBC to record a cover of the Beach Boys classic ‘God only Knows‘ as a BBC Children in Need single with the first ever collaboration between Warner, Sony and Universal music. “Martin James Bartlett is not only a prodigy of the piano but an accomplished artist who counts among the greats of his generation.”
Sibelius’s 5th Symphony is one of his most inspiring works, featuring the famous “flying swans” theme in the final movement.
Ipswich Corn Exchange at 7.30pm
Tickets: £13 - £15.5 / Under 18s and FT students £5 from www.ipswichcornexchange.com

Entry: £13 - £15.50, free to Under 18s and full time students £5

Contact: hkf.ips@btopenworld.com


November 24 and 25

Art Exhibition & Sale

13th Ipswich Sea Scout Group HQ, 10am to 6pm Saturday and 10am to 1pm Sunday

Exhibits from local artists for sale throughout the weekend

Entry: £1

Contact: 01473 890789 contact@13thipswich.co.uk


November 24 TO 26

Walsham-le-willows Art and Crafts Group Exhibition

The Priory Room (beside the church), The Causeway, Walsham-le-Willows. IP31 3AB 10am - 6pm daily (Saturday to Monday inclusive)

Get away from the rush and come and enjoy an exhibition with a difference. 12 local artists and craftspeople show their work in a selling exhibition. Work includes: Gouache, acrylic and oil paintings, oil pastels, etchings, sculpture in metal and glass, jewellery, batik, and woven and knitted textiles. There will also be lots of artist's cards and Christmas gifts for sale. Come away from the rush, and come and enjoy some artistic contemplation and some beautiful Christmas gift purchases.

Entry: Free admission

Contact: 01359 259433

November 24 - April 28

Kiss and Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture

Christchurch Mansion

This winter, join us in Ipswich for what will be East Anglia's once in a lifetime exhibition. Discover the tale behind the lovers in Auguste Rodin's life-size marble sculpture The Kiss and the work of literature that inspired it. This monumental artwork, on loan from the Tate, is a significant piece in the history of sculpture. Several of Rodin's sculptures on loan from the Tate and East Anglian museums and galleries will be displayed in this major exhibition. Discover depictions of the body in its natural state and in movement, through sculptures and life drawings from the Ipswich collection, including works by Pre-Raphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner, Ellen Mary Rope, Maggi Hambling and Elisabeth Frink. On display together for the first time will be life drawings by John Constable, while artefacts from our World Cultures collection will show how bodies have been depicted across the world. Explore the halls and galleries of Christchurch Mansion to uncover one of the most enduring themes in art - the human figure.

Entry: Free

Contact: 01473433551




Mendlesham Christmas Gift & Craft Fayre in aid of Cancer Research UK

Mendlesham Community Centre 10.30-4.30pm

Avoid all the hassle of town and come and do your shopping in peace. Choose from a huge variety of original gift ideas to delight family and friends with. Tea coffee cake and sausage rolls are available all day/ A perfect way to do your Christmas shopping. If you would like eo book a space please email me.

Entry: Free entry

Contact: 01449 766006



Bildeston Primary School Christmas Fayre

Bildeston Primary School, Newberry Road, IP7 7ES

Bildeston Primary School Christmas Fayre is an evening shopping event that will provide a fun and festive evening for all the family. With a variety of stalls selling crafts, cards, gifts and cakes, you can start your Christmas shopping nice and early while the kids are entertained with craft activities and a visit to Santa. All in a good cause, all proceeds go to the PTFA which raises money for the school.

Entry: Free

Contact: samanthahowieson@me.com