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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September 30 & October 1; October 7 & 8; October 14 & 15; October 21 & 22; October 28 29, 30 & 31


Undley Pumpkin Patch & Maize Maze

Undley Road, Beck Row, IP288BX 10am - 5pm

Come out and see us at the Pumpkin Patch and Pick Your Pumpkins! Fantastic range of gourds, squashes and pumpkins of all sizes to decorate or to use for culinary purposes. Try our largest ever 2017 Maize Maze. We have Face Painting, Pumpkin Carving/Decorating and some fantastic Craft Stalls as well as donkey rides.

Entry: Free 

Contact: 07831146432





Jeremy Hardy

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm

Jeremy Hardy is in his fourth decade as a stand-up comedian. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 33 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 33 years to go before he can retire. You might know his voice as BBC Radio 4’s favourite comedian, but he's also been seen on TV in QI, Mock The Week and Grumpy Old Men.

Tickets: £14

Box Office: 01284 758000



Woodbridge Shuck Festival

Whisstocks Quayside

View the new waterfront with music and children’s entertainment





The Cornucopia  2017: A Feast of the Fine Arts, Heritage Crafts, Rural Writing & Autumnal Foods.

White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS

Solo Shows : Main Exhibition ~ Roger Hardy [Time & Tide] a new collection of constructions, sculpture & paintings made with materials gathered from the Alde Estuary and local boatyards; Craig Hudson [Fantasy Land]; Freddy Morris [Oak Variations]; Alice-Andrea Ewing [The Great Glemham Series]; Tessa Newcomb [Cornucopia]; Becky Munting [Songbirds from Cranford] ~ OPEN Weekends & Tues-Fri 10am - 6pm. Catalogues & Price Lists available. 

Workshop Residencies & OPEN STUDIOS :  a selection of Pop Up workshops celebrating traditional crafts and heritage skills in The Alde Valley & East Suffolk ~ Jennifer Hall (Woodland Residency), Boris Aldridge (Tilemaking Residency), Sharon McMullin (Stained Glass), Buzz Mitchell (Jewellery), Ian Sedge (Signwriter), Stewart Goldie-Morrison [Chairmaker), Raymond Hopkins (Woodturner & Hedge Chairs), Tobias Ford (Knifemaker), Saul Hunt (Tree Surgeon & Oak Trunk Tables), Lettering Arts Trust, Michael Pritchard-Barrett (Mobile Saw Milling), Sarah Butters (Wool Residency), Jon Warnes (Woodcarving & Willow Worker), Alex Johnson (Sculptor & Woodcarver), Nienke Jongsma (Leatherwork & Bags - Studio Vandertas), Jason Gathorne-Hardy (Drawings). OPEN Weekends Only - 10am - 6pm. Work on Show & for Sale + Commissions Taken. 

Farm Suppers & Hedge Quarters Writing Residencies : three autumnal Farm Suppers prepared by renowned Suffolk Chef Peter Harrison. £35.50 pp for three courses served at table in the farmhouse Dining Rooms with candles and fires lit. Max 30 guests. BYO beer & wine. Thursday 21st Sept : The Feast of St Gobnait II ~ a celebration of honey with Guest of Honour Helen Jukes. Friday 29th Sept ~ Wildwood Supper II with Truly Traceable Venison and Guest of Honour Tim Richardson. Wednesday 4th October ~ Flipside Brazilian Supper with Guest of Honour Leonardo Froes

Hedge Quarters - Pop Up Tea Rooms. Hedge Quarters was created at the farm HQ in Spring 2017 as a small Hub for Rural Writing, Wild Foods and Heritage Skills. The Tea Rooms are open 10am - 5pm at Weekends serving teas, coffee, cordials & pastries with a wild food twist. Come and relax by a wood stove with papers, poetry and good food from the farmed landscape. Places can be booked ahead : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

Textile & Basketry Weekend : Sat 30th Sept / Sun 1st Oct 10am - 6pm. A two day celebration of wool work, rag rug making, textiles, garments and basketry from East Anglia + Basketry from the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak - home of a sister project Pesta Nukenen dan Kebudayaan Sarawak.Demonstrations of spinning, felt-making, weaving & rag rug making. Free entry to Textile & Basketry Events. Poetry Workshop with Suffolk Poetry Society on Sat 30th Sept. Entry by Tickets only. For more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

Pop Up Cornucopia ! Shop. Tucked into one of the farm’s barns the Pop Up Shop stocks a range of items : sheepskins, handmade spoons, bowls and plates; handmade bags and garments; local honey, apple juice & jams; books, greeting cards & poetry anthologies. OPEN 10am - 6pm Weekends & Tues - Fri.

Big Autumn BBQ & Finale Weekend : Sat 7th Oct. Alde Valley Lamb Farm Walk @ 10am. £5pp inc refreshments. Big Autumn BBQ in association with Salter & King Craft Butcher in Aldeburgh : £7.50pp BBQ with sour dough bread & seasonal salad. Apple juice and cordials available. 12noon - 4pm. Entry by Tickets only.

For more information : enquiries@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk





Village Hall, Lavenham, 10am to 2pm

Lots of lovely things for ladies of all ages. Hotfooted ladies boots and shoes, collections of ladies clothing, jewellery, fashion accessories, gifts, plants and more. Refreshments and light lunches available.

Entry: £3 to Cancer Research (£2 entry after 1pm)





Life Drawing at Old Jet

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, 7pm - 9pm

Life drawing workshop at Old Jet. Assistance and guidance will be available to those who would like it. For those who don’t, just come and draw to your heart’s content. Please book your place at www.oldjet.co.uk/courses-and-classes/

Entry: £12.50

Contact: 01394 420500



Medieval Banquet

Bruisyard Hall, Bruisyard Road, Saxmundham, 7pm

Feast on a delicious Medieval Banquet and dine in comfort at the historic Bruisyard Hall.

The sumptuous menu prepared by Mauli, the fabulous chef from the Turks Head in Hasketon includes a range of showstopping dishes made from the best local ingredients.

Guests can enjoy Blythburgh Suckling Pig, Aspic glazed pike, Tide Mill flour trencher bread, Gressingham Duck ragu and Muntons malt sticky pudding, amongst other delights!

All this for just £65 per person!

There will be a bar and wine list to choose from including wines carefully selected to compliment the meal.

Bed and breakfast is available from £150

The bad news? There's only 24 places - so book early to avoid disappointment.

Entry: £65.00 pp

Contact: 01728 639000 or info@bruisyardhall.com



10cc’s Graham Gouldman

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Gouldman has written many songs for other artists, including 'For Your Love' (The Yardbirds), 'Bus Stop' (The Hollies), 'No Milk Today' (Herman's Hermits), and co-wrote 'I’m Not In Love', ' The Things We Do For Love', 'Dreadlock Holiday' and 'Rubber Bullets' with 10cc. Graham's trio will perform a selection of his hits.

Tickets: £24.50

Box Office: 01284 758000





Amarea, Latin-American songs and rhythms

The Cut, Halesworth, New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8BY 19.30

Drawing together influences from Catalonia, Chile, Peru, the Caribbean and London, Amarea has woven together a unique style which they apply to ballads and songs from the Romance tradition. The result is sensuous, seductive and rhythmic. The repertoire includes songs from the Mediterranean, Brazil, Cuba, Peru and Argentina as well as original material in Spanish and English.

Entry: £10

Contact: 0300 3033 211 info@newcut.org

http://newcut.org https://www.reverbnation.com/amarea




Wannabe - The Spice Girls Show

Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe, 8pm

The Spice Girls remain the biggest girl band of all time with 9 no. 1 singles, 80 million record sales, world tours, movies & a musical to their name. A stunning tribute, featuring your favourite Spice Girls hits, the Wannabe show recreates the era of Girl Power and gives you a night out to remember! From the chart stomping ‘Spice Up Your Life’ through to the hip shaking ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, they will take you on a Spice World journey that will make you Zig-A-Zig-Ahhhh.

Wannabe are celebrating their 10th anniversary touring the World and performing to hundreds of thousands of Spice Girls fans.

Swing it, shake it, move it, make it down however you can. Costumes, groups & families all welcome for the biggest 90s party in town.
Come and join Ginger, Scary, Posh, Sporty & Baby Spice on the smash hit touring sensation not to be missed!

Tickets: £22 Adult £20 concessions

Box Office: 01394 284962


Farmers Markets

Stowmarket Market Place, 9am –1.30pm


October 6 AND 7


Oktoberfest at the Town Hall

Ipswich Corn Exchange - 7:30pm

Brush the dust off your Lederhosen, Oktoberfest is back! Join us for Ipswich’s very own Oktoberfest in the Town Hall for an evening of Bavarian celebration. Enjoy authentic Bavarian food and beer accompanied by foot stomping, thigh slapping music with The Oompah Band (as featured on Channel 4’s ‘So Graham Norton’). For a truly immersive Oktoberfest evening, why not don a traditional Bavarian outfit – lederhosen is encouraged! Tickets include German speciality food and a pint of beer. VIP tickets include priority seating and table service. A regular bar will be in service throughout the evening and will also feature speciality German beers. The Oompah Band is much more than just a band. With their stylish Bavarian sound, this 4 piece band will be bringing a ‘Bierkeller’ atmosphere to Ipswich for one night only! You’ll be kept entertained throughout the evening singing the Bavarian Drinking Song, learning to ‘seat sway’, dancing the polka, playing team games, singing along to old favourites and much, much more.

Entry: Standard £18; VIP £29

Contact: 01473 433 100





Back to Bacharach

Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe, 7:30pm

Back to Bacharach is a sensational show with three West End singers and a 10 piece live band to recreate the full rich sound of the originals. The show is complete with projection of images relevant to each song and pays homage to one of the 20th Century top songwriters.

A perfect evening of nostalgia, great songs and stunning performance. All of Burt Bacharach's greatest hits are featured in this amazing 2 hour show including...Alfie - What The World Needs Now - The Look Of Love - Close To You - I Say A Little Prayer - What's New Pussycat - Do You Know The Way To San Jose - Walk On By - Magic Moments - Trains & Boats & Planes - 24 Hrs From Tulsa - Anyone Who Had A Heart - I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Wishin' & Hopin' - Always Something There To Remind Me - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head & Many More.

Burt Bacharach is a legend of popular music who has won 6 Grammy Awards and 3 Academy awards with over 70 top 40 hits in the USA and over 50 top 40 hits in the UK, which have been recorded by many successful artists throughout the years such as: Cilla Black - Tom Jones - Dionne Warwick - Aretha Franklin - Gene Pitney - Frank Sinatra - Elvis Presley - The Beatles - Dusty Springfield - Elvis Costello - The Carpenters to name just a few.

There's Always Something There To Remind You !


Tickets: £25 Adults, £23.50 concessions

Box Office: 01394 284962



Old Jet Market

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, 10am - 1pm

The Old Jet Market started as a Jumble Sale but has grown into something much bigger and more exciting. Private sellers will be selling their homewares, jumble and bric-a-brac while commercial sellers will be selling jewellery, antiques, clothes, pantings and prints. The Distressed Artist will be running painting workshops for children. There will be tea, coffee and delicious snacks available. All pitch fees and donations will go to charitable causes in the local community.
Private pitches are £10, commercial pitches are £20. It is free to come and browse. From 10am - 1pm. For more information or to book a pitch please email ellie@oldjet.co.uk

Entry: Free to browse

Contact: 01394 420500



In Harmony Charity Concert

Museum Street Methodist Church at 7pm

A wonderful showcase of local choirs and performers including the Endeavour Singers and Stellar Acapella plus special guests Portobello Road (multi award-winning barbershop choir) and the London Belles (vintage vocal trio). Raffle and interval refreshments. All money raised goes to charity Fresh Start – new beginnings

Entry: £10

Contact: izzy.ixer@gmail.com



Concert of Traditional Folk Tunes

St Mary's Church Burstall IP8 3DP at 3pm

Jessie Ridley, Friends and Pupils will be giving a concert of Traditional Folk Tunes of the World for violin.
Includes the Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Entry: £7.50 (children free) including tea and cake

Contact: 07985558014/gilliangasper@btinternet.com


Triple Bill

DanceEast, Ipswich, 7.30pm

Joss Arnott Dance’s new contemporary programme takes you on a gripping journey through athletic and technically brilliant choreography that has established the company as one of the most exciting new voices in British dance.

Tickets: £12

Box Office: 01473 295230



Suffolk Philharmonic

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Sunshine and Shade: From brilliant Italian sunshine to the shade of an English glade, and from the call of the cuckoo to the frenzy of the tarantella, Suffolk Philharmonic’s autumn concert captures every mood. A charity concert in aid of the Diocesan Centenary Fund.

Tickets: £34 – £16

Box Office: 01284 758000



Farmers Markets

Beccles Heliport, 9am –1pm

Metfield Village Hall, 9am –12 noon

Snape Maltings, 9.30am –1pm




The Falconry and Countryside Fair

Stonham Barns, Mid Suffolk Showground. 10am - 4:30pm

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary invites the whole family down to the East Anglian Falconry and Countryside Fair at the Mid Suffolk Showground on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October from 10am to 4:30pm.Visitors will witness main ring displays of horseback falconry, ferret and net work, carriage driving, dog agility, horse logging, traditional falconry and the ever popular chance to meet some hounds!

There will be a huge variety of countryside exhibitors including equine supplies, craft stalls, organic beauty products, gardening, sculpture and pottery. A diverse range of food stands will also be on hand to tempt your appetite or why not take advantage of free donkey and carriage ride?This weekend of activities is in aid of the refurbishment of the now cramped and inadequate hospital for injured wild owls and birds of prey at The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. Plans for the new hospital include larger consulting rooms, better rehabilitation facilities and a new viewing room that will enable visitors to unobtrusively view the work of the hospital.
Please join us for a good cause on this weekend of fun!

Entry: Adult - £7.50 Seniors & Children aged 4 - 14 - £6.00 Family of 5 - £30.00 Children under 4 go free. Admission to the fair also includes entry to the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, situated just a couple of steps away.

Contact: 03456 807 897





Celebrity Organ Recital

St Michael`s Church Church Road Framlingham IP13 9BH 3pm - 4.30pm

Matthias Havinga (Oude Kerk Amsterdam)
Supported by The Adnams Community Trust

Entry: £12 school-age students free

Contact: Tickets - Simon Burridge 01394 382706

web address: www.eastanglianacademy.org.uk


Tea & Talk

Woolpit Complementary, Unit 11 Brickfields Business Park, IP30 9QS 11am - 2pm

Tea and Talk - Mental Health Awareness Event - fundraising and social event Join us for a cup of tea (we have a wide selection of teas and herbal infusions) and enjoy home baked treats and a chat with others, to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day. You can also take a look at our free health and wellbeing library and if there's a book you'd like to take away with you, we can sign it out to you for up to 30 days. If you like to bake, why not bring a cake or cookies with you? We'll also be doing a raffle and raising money for the Mental Health Foundation.

Entry: Free

Contact: 01359 408011 woolpit.complementary@gmail.com





The Young’uns

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

The Young’uns have cemented their reputation at the forefront of the English folk scene in the last few years. Having taken their uplifting voices, powerful songs, spine tingling harmonies and raucous humour to audiences across the UK and around the world, they won the title of ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Tickets: £16.50

Box Office: 01284 758000



OCTOBER 11 – 14



Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

Tickets: £16.50

Box Office: 01473 295900




Simon Day, In Character

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm

The Fast Show pub bore Billy Bleach, an unemployed know it all who lives with his mum in Bermondsey, will be speaking to the public for the first time since being in rehab for gambling and constant overt sexist remarks in the pub, along with many of Simon’s other characters.

Tickets: £25 – £20

Box Office: 01284 758000



I Had a Black Dog

High Street Exhibition Gallery, Ipswich

A darkly comedic and sensitive look at one man’s life with depression. Small Nose Productions bring you a moving and playful adaptation of Matthew Johnstone’s international bestseller “I had a black dog, his name was depression”.

Tickets: £10

Box Office: 01473 295900




Navi - The King of Pop

Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe, 7:30pm

This incredible production stars the world’s leading Michael Jackson tribute artist NAVI who is joined by Jackson’s original lead guitarist - Jennifer Batten.  Jennifer was Michael’s "right-hand woman" on three sell-out world tours. She was initially hand-picked to play on the Bad Tour but Michael was so impressed that she joined him on the road for the next 10 years, playing on his Dangerous and HIStory tours to more than 4.5 million fans worldwide. Now, Jennifer has teamed up with Navi for an unforgettable experience - taking fans closer than ever dreamed to an original MJ concert.
Navi is regarded as the world’s No.1 MJ tribute artist and was hand-picked by Michael himself as his official body double. Michael also hired Navi to perform at two of his birthday parties where he gave him a standing ovation and described his performance as “Incredible”.
Don’t miss this special concert featuring all the greatest hits performed by Navi and a live band led by the legendary Jennifer Batten. An absolute must-see for MJ fans worldwide.

Tickets: £25.50 Adults / £20.50 65+ and Concessions/U16s.

Box Office: 01394 284962




Wolsey Orchestra - Symphonie Fantastique

Grand Hall, Ipswich Corn Exchange, 7:30pm

With Halloween approaching, join the Wolsey Orchestra, conducted by Ben Palmer, for an evening of classical music inspired by magic, witches and other strange goings-on - programme includes Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique and the Sorcerer's Apprentice by Dukas.

Box Office: 01473 433100 or www.ipswichcornexchange.com

Entry: £15 Adults, £3 children / full-time students

Contact: 07917 024052



Farmers Markets

Halesworth Town Centre, 9am – 1pm

Nayland Village Hall, 10am – 1.30pm

Stonham Barns Market Square, 10am – 2pm

Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am –1pm




Art Week

Gainsborough's House (daily)

Leading artists from across the UK are getting behind an £8.5 million project to create a National Centre for Thomas Gainsborough (1727 - 1788) in the East Anglian market town of Sudbury.

Gainsborough’s House is the birthplace and childhood home of Thomas Gainsborough a founding Royal Academician who became one of Britain’s foremost landscape artists.

The charity has been awarded £4.7 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the renovation and redisplay of the historic house and the construction of a new, landmark three-storey structure with four new galleries – a showcase Gainsborough gallery, a landscape studio with panoramic views over Sudbury, a community gallery and a major exhibition gallery/performance space.

With around £1.3 million in match-funding still needed to safeguard the project, the Charity is organising its ‘Reviving An Artist’s Birthplace - Art Week’ to take place 14 – 20 October 2017.

The week will feature an Autumn Art Fair (14-20 October) and a Contemporary & Post War British Art Auction (Friday 20 October). The events are designed to give art lovers, locally and globally, the opportunity to bid for or buy original works of art however diverse their taste and budget. It will coincide with a week of free entry to Gainsborough’s House and heritage Garden.

Spear-headed by Suffolk-artist Maggi Hambling and art critic Andrew Lambirth, the Auction will feature around 140 lots donated from the Estates and Studios of some of Britain’s greatest and most inspiring artists such as Edward Bawden, Antony Gormley, Maggi Hambling, John Hoyland, Margaret Mellis, Sarah Lucas, John Nash, William Pye and Keith Vaughan.

Maggi Hambling CBE, a Patron of Gainsborough’s House said: “Since galleries couldn't exist without artists, it's fitting that artists have responded so wholeheartedly to supporting a new National Centre for Thomas Gainsborough, one of England's greatest."

Mark Bills, Director of Gainsborough’s House, said: “Here is a unique opportunity to bid for contemporary and post-war paintings, prints and sculpture rarely seen in the market place, safe in the knowledge that every bid made will take us another step closer to delivering our transformation of Gainsborough’s House.”

Meanwhile the Autumn Art Fair will see over 100 original paintings and prints on sale to the general public - an event generously supported by members of Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop.

Noreen Grant, Joint-Chair of Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop, said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the continuing pursuit and importance of printmaking in East Anglia and as practised in all its disciplines within the House. It is also appropriate that sales of prints should help to fund the new National Centre as Gainsborough was himself a printmaker!”

Mark Bills added: “Our aim for Art Week is to close the gap on our fundraising target of a further £1.3 million by March 2018, needed to bring this project to fruition. It’s a great challenge but we hope that the Auction and Art Fair will give all those with a love of art a unique opportunity to bid for or buy a wonderful, original work – whatever their budget - and in doing so be part of this exciting and ambitious project.”

The Autumn Art Fair takes place at the Old Labour Exchange in Weavers Lane, Sudbury 14-20 October: Open daily from 10am – 5pm (Sunday 11am – 5pm). Free entry.

The Contemporary & Post War British Art Auction takes place at The Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, Sudbury on Friday 20 October from 6.30pm– tickets £25 (including refreshments and catalogue) available now from Tel: 01787 372958 or email jackieb@gainsborough.org Viewing of key works takes place at Gainsborough’s House from 14 – 19 October.

Entry: Autumn Art Fair – free. Art auction tickets £25 - with free entry to auction preview 14-19 October

Contact: 01787 372958 / jackieb@gainsborough.org



October 14 - March 11

Thomas Wolsey: Ipswich's Greatest Son

Christchurch Mansion, Tues-Sat 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

Thomas Wolsey was born into humble beginnings in Ipswich in the 1470s. Using his prodigious intellect, he excelled at university and rose to become Henry VIII’s chief advisor and one of the most influential men in Europe.

Wolsey made plans for a college in Ipswich, and in other towns around England, which would lead the way in religious thinking. He surrounded himself with finery and planned a grand tomb, decorated with gleaming angels. From this mighty position, Wolsey suddenly fell from Henry’s favour. Accused of being a traitor, he died with few friends and all of his worldly goods lost.

Discover the man behind the story through the angels that he designed for his tomb, the Charter that founded his school in Ipswich and his portrait. Explore some of the Ipswich Museums’ rarely displayed Tudor objects and delve deeper into Tudor Ipswich.

This exhibition brings together objects not seen before together outside of London.

Entry: Free

Contact: 01473 433554





Farmers Markets

The Barn, Assington 10am – 2pm


Echoes of Ellington

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 3pm

Highly-specialised virtuoso players will play the Duke's greatest hits; ‘Take The A Train’, 'Satin Doll’, ‘Mood Indigo’, ‘Caravan’, ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’, ‘Sophisticated Lady’, and all your other Ellington favourites.

Tickets: £18.50

Box Office: 01284 758000





Electric Strawbs

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Following their first album with Sandy Denny in 1967, Britain’s most successful international progressive folk-rock band, The Strawbs expanded their soundscape with ambitious new compositions and luminaries such as keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman. The Electric Strawbs sees original frontman David Cousins, along with Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk, move gracefully into their fifth decade

of music making.

Tickets: £20

Box Office: 01284 758000





Albion Quartet

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

The newly formed Albion Quartet comprises four outstanding performers with a wealth of experience in some of the UK’s foremost ensembles (including the Badke and Navarra Quartets, and the London Bridge Trio).

Tickets: £20 – £15

Box Office: 01284 758000



Hot Mikado

Beccles Public Hall & Theatre 19:30

Tickets are now on sale for Waveney Light Opera Group’s latest show ‘Hot Mikado’ – a colourful, lively version of the classic Gilbert and Sullivan tale which takes the original musical and jazzes it up to 1940s swing-style. The singing and dancing numbers are fantastic, performed with incredible energy by a young and enthusiastic cast.

Set in Japan, young Nanki-Poo, the Mikado’s son masquerading as a Trumpet player, arrives in the town of Titipu looking for the girl he loves, the beautiful Yum-Yum. After bribing various officials, he learns that she is still going to be marrying a former tailor turned Lord High executioner, Koko. Meanwhile, the Mikado demands that Koko execute one person within the next month. Nanki-Poo agrees to be executed as long as he can spend a month as Yum-Yum’s husband. However, the plan goes awry when the Mikado makes a surprise visit to Titipu and brings with him Katisha, an older woman who is pursuing Nanki Pooh. Will Nanki-Poo escape the clutches of Katisha and avoid the executioner? Will there be a happy ending? Well, it is a musical so you can probably guess– but you’ll have to come along to find out.

Entry: £9.00 - £13.50

Contact: 01502 770060



OCTOBER 17 – 24


The Wind in the Willows

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Tired of spring-cleaning, Mole leaves Mole End and ventures out to the riverbank, where he befriends the resourceful Ratty, the bad-tempered Badger and the troublesome Toad of Toad Hall!

Tickets: £8

Box Office: 01473 295900




The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Ipswich Regent, 7pm

Selling four million tickets worldwide and described by The Times as “The Gold Standard”, and The Daily Mirror as “The Kings of the Genre”, The Australian Pink Floyd Show gave its first ever concert in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. Since then, they have performed in over 35 countries worldwide.

Tickets: £33

Box Office: 01473 433100



Life Drawing at Old Jet

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, 7pm - 9pm

Life drawing workshop at Old Jet. Assistance and guidance will be available to those who would like it. For those who don’t, just come and draw to your heart’s content. Please book your place at www.oldjet.co.uk/courses-and-classes/

Entry: £12.50

Contact: 01394 420500






Ipswich Regent, 7pm

South-London legends Squeeze have announced an extensive run of UK dates. This follows the success of their North American tour in 2016 and the incredible reception to their latest album Cradle To The Grave.

Tickets: £51

Box Office: 01473 433100



The Selecter & The Beat

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm

Two-Tone ska legends, The Selecter and The Beat, unite for an exciting doubleheader show. Led by the iconic Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson, The Selecter, will play hits including ‘Three Minute Hero’, ‘Missing Words’ and ‘On My Radio’. The Beat, fronted by Ranking Roger, has a massive back catalogue of skanking greats. Both bands are renowned for their energetic live shows, which get everyone dancing.

Tickets: £27.50

Box Office: 01284 758000



October 20


The 2017 Heart of Gold Concert

Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe, 7pm.

Have you got a Heart of Gold?

Please come along for a fabulous night of entertainment at our new annual community-led concert and help us raise money for the British Heart Foundation and Felixstowe’s Salvation Army!

This will be a fundraising night to remember, packed full of music hits from jazz, the 50s, 60s, 70s, Pop Rock and West End Musicals. Hosted by the one and only Mr Dean Wales and produced by University of Suffolk Business student and staunch Spa supporter Miss Taryn Mason, who has set out this challenge for her degree, the first Heart of Gold concert will be a night of live music and song to remember.
Box Office:01394 284962

Tickets: £15 adult, £12.50 concessions and £10 under 16's.

Contact: 01394 284962



October 21


Food photography for social media with Jemma Watts

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

This workshop is for those of you who like to take pictures of their food! This is most of us judging by Instagram! Whether it is for pleasure to share with your friends on social media, or you take pictures for your food blog or business, this workshop will teach you the best way to compose your image and most importantly, understand how to make the best use of the light available. The workshop is led by an established food photographer who will also happily share a few tricks of the trade with you!

Entry: £100

Contact: 07517098479


Harry Panto & The Chamber Pot of Secrets

Spa Pavilion Theatre,  Felixstowe. 2.15pm

Abra Cadabra! With a wave of our wand we bring you this wizard production. Join our young magicians as they fight the dark lord in this spellbinding tale of good versus evil. Magical illusions, pop songs and things that go bump in the night all form the essential ingredients of this bewitching plot sure to delight youngsters and adults alike. A ghoulishly spooktacular parody production for this October half term that will stop you just Pottering about and leave you wanting Volde-More!

Entry: Adult £12.50 Child (16 and under) £8.50 Family (2 Adults and 2 Children): £40.00

Contact: 01394 284962



The Big Draw and Art Festival


Wickham Market Centre

On Saturday 21st October between 10am and 4pm the centre of Wickham Market will be taken over with a feast of art activity from drawing workshops to inspirational art exhibitions. The event is FREE and promises fun and interest for all ages and abilities.

Come to the Village Hall and enjoy the pleasure of drawing and be part of over 400,000 people participating each year in The Big Draw. Admission is FREE and includes all materials for the budding Picasso’s, everybody at any age can join in the fun. This year’s theme is called ‘Living Lines’ which also gives participants the chance to have a go at animation.

Some of the best art talent in the area will be exhibiting their work in All Saints Church. Inspirational paintings, photographs and sculpture will be shown and most are for sale. Why not brighten up your home with an original from a local artist or commission one especially.

Drawing on history, the East Anglian Traditional Art Centre based on the Hill, are hosting an exhibition of original drawings by East Anglian masters including John Constable, Harry Becker, Leonard Squirrel and other famous artists.

The event will be a wonderful opportunity for local people and visitors alike to participate and discover the wealth of artistic talent the area has to offer.

All activities run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 21st October. Don’t forget to put the date in your diary, it’s free and promises fun and interest for all ages and no previous drawing experience is required!

Entry: FREE

Contact (telephone/email): 07799 432255



Farmers markets

Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm

Harkstead Village Hall, 9am – 12 noon

Alder Carr Farm, Needham Market, 9am – 1pm




Castalian Quartet

St Mary the Virgin Church, East Bergholt, 4pm

Formed in 2011, this outstanding young quartet with its “richly romantic energy and passion” (Strad Magazine) is fast becoming a favourite of audiences in the United Kingdom and abroad. Almost immediately they formed, they were offered an award by the Elias Fawsett Trust and also the Countess of Munster Trust amongst others. In 2011 they achieved a Masters Degree in Chamber Music at the Hannover University of Music, Dance and Theatre, they then won First Prize at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition in 2015 and in 2016 they won Third Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition.
The quartet is fast emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene.
Haydn, String Quartet Op.20 no.2 in C
Schumann, String Quartet no.1 in A minor Op.41 no.1
Beethoven, String Quartet in A minor Op.132

Entry: £14, students £7, children (under 16) free with adult

Contact:  01206 298426 svamtickets@btinternet.com





Framlingham College. 9.30 to 5pm, public performance at 4.30pm

Directed by Suffolk Singers Music Director Claire Weston and assisted by John Hutchings and Chris Milton, this year's workshop features John Rutter's "Gloria". The price includes all music, expert tuition and tea and coffee all day with delicious afternoon cakes. Please bring a packed lunch.
There is an online booking form on the Suffolk Singers website.

Entry: £20 (under 19's free)

Contact: 01379 788143 or 01379 643206 email bvankoningsveld1@btinternet.com





Harry Panto and the Chamber Pot of Secrets

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 2pm

Abra Cadabra! With a wave of our wand we bring you this wizard production. Join our young magicians as they fight the dark lord in this spellbinding tale of good versus evil. A ghoulishly spooktacular parody production for October half term.

Tickets: £12 (child £10 / family £40)

Box Office: 01284 758000



October 24 - 28


The Sorcerer & Trial by Jury

Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge. 7.30 (Saturday matinee 2.30)

These pieces are the first two G&S collaborations that have survived. The plot of Trial by Jury is, of course, ludicrous but as is the way with Gilbert and Sullivan the characters behave as if the ideas were perfectly sensible. The characters spoof the law, lawyers and the legal system using Gilbert's experience as an unsuccessful barrister. The Sorcerer tells the tale of Alexis and Aline who, since they are so much in love, wish that everyone else will be too. The obvious answer is to hire a Sorcerer to administer a "love at first sight" potion to the whole village. Unsurprisingly it all goes completely wrong, the most unsuitable pairings cross the barriers of social class and age. Fortunately, there is a way to allow all to pair off according to their correct position in the social scale.  The works of Gilbert and Sullivan are a great way of introducing people of all ages to musical theatre. Although they were created at the end of the Victorian Age, the music is timeless and the satire is still relevant, poking fun at British institutions and society. Human frailty and the humour surrounding it has changed very little since the shows were written which is why they continue to be popular throughout the English-speaking world. 

Box Office: 01473 858108

Online: www.ipswichgands.org.uk 


OCTOBER 25, 26 & 27


Bedroom Farce, by Alan Ayckboun

Copdock Village Hall, 7.45pm

The Brook Players bring you four couples, three bedrooms, one unforgettable night!

Tickets: £8 (Concessions £6)

Information: 01473 730524 or 07802 704466





Griff Rhys Jones: Where was I?

Grand Hall, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 7.30pm

The star of Not the Nine o'clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men In A Boat is airing stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies from forty years of travelling down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen. It's a career, if you mean bouncing chaotically downhill without a map. 90 minutes of comedy exploration.

Tickets: £17

Box Office: 01473 433100



October 27


Bury St Edmunds Film Club Nicole Kidman

The Centre St John's Street Suffolk IP33 1SN 10.30am

Simon Frampton film maker and film lecturer is bringing something new to Bury St Edmunds. Starting on October 27th the new Bury St Edmund Film Club will have its first meeting at the “The Centre”, St. John's Street at 10.30am. It will be the first of a series of talks about all aspects of cinema from the stars to the directors to genres. The first talk will concern Nicole Kidman and will be fully illustrated with film clips from her earliest films to the present. A discussion group over coffee or tea will be held for those who want it afterwards.
All our welcome from cineastes to those who simply enjoy cinema. Over the following months Simon will be looking at Peter Sellers November 17th and Jack Nicholson December 22nd.
The Bury Film Club will offer a unique insight into films from someone who is knowledgeable about the practical art of film making. Simon has been running a similar very successful club in Sudbury for the last seven years and looks forward to replicating the club for Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding villages.
You can join on the day so do come along for our first session on October 27th the Centre, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1SN.

Entry: £10.00 on the door

Contact: 07947947168



Brother Strut

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm

Individual members of this critically acclaimed funk and soul band have performed on records that have accumulated over half-abillion sales. “You will wait a very long time indeed to see anything better, I can’t think who can top this” 10/10 Blues and Soul Magazine.

Tickets: £20

Box Office: 01284 758000



Andy Parsons

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

It’s one of the things we do best. Or is it? Was it something we did best but like everything else has now gone West. Or South. Or East. Ah – go on. Take a risk. Put on your lucky pants and your party shoes – and get yourself on a night out.

Tickets: £16

Box Office: 01206 573948



Dance East, Ipswich, 7.30pm

Two blokes in an office. One older, one younger, each body pushed to its limits. A cross between The Office and an Australian style cage-fight, this game of comical oneupmanship builds to a moment of impact where everything is suspended.

Tickets: £12

Box Office: 01473 295230



October 27 and28


Bugsy Malone - The Musical

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

We're delighted to welcome CBM Theatre Company back to The Spa with their youth production of Busgy Malone. Everyone's favourite fun gangster musical comes complete with custard pies and splurge guns! Set in Prohibition era New York, the show charts the story of rival gangsters Fat Sam and Dandy Dan as they wreak havoc with their petty disputes. After penniless ex-boxer Bugsy Malone falls for aspiring singer Blousey Brown, will he be able to resist seductive songstress Tallulah and stay out of trouble while helping Fat Sam defend his business?

Tickets: £19.50 / £17.50 adult, see website for concessions and family tickets

Box office:  01394 284962





BBC Concert Orchestra

Snape Maltings, 7.30pm

Britten’s music for radio drama seeped into his concert works, nowhere more so than in the final version of the sparkling piano concerto, which draws on his music for the D.G. Bridson adaptation King Arthur. The full suite beautifully captures the pomp and pageantry of Arthurian legend and offers tantalising glimpses of his music yet to come. Two other high-profile composers from the early decades of radio complete the programme.

Tickets: £32

Box Office: 01728 687110



Great Odds

New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich, 1.30pm

Exploring ambition, communication and friendship, the story follows the Great Odds; Marco, Grouch and Jewels, on an exciting and sometimes wobbly journey... Dreams change shape, unexpected things are uncovered and success comes through surprising discoveries.

Tickets: £8

Box Office: 01473 295900



Farmers Market

Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am –1pm




Farmers Market

Village Hall, Lavenham 10am – 1.30pm


beccles pumpkin festival

Morrisons Beccles (green to the left of the store) George Westwood Way, Beccles NR34 9EJ. 4pm & 8pm
The green will be lit by candle light by xxl pumpkins carved by local companies.
- Fancy dress for children
- fancy dress for adults
- bring your own carved pumpkin along to win a prize
- stalls
- halloween music

Entry price: £1 per adult children free

Contact (telephone/email): becclespumpkinfestival@outlook.com




Courtney Pine featuring Omar

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm

Courtney Pine returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade for this alliance with soul star Omar, who’s 1992 hit single ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ led to collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and Angie Stone.

Tickets: £23

Box Office: 01284 758000






The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

One of the most successful soul groups will ‘Make You Feel Good’, with a ‘Night to Remember’.

Tickets: £34.50

Box Office: 01284 758000



Murder at Fawlty Towers

Red Rose Chain, Avenue Theatre, Ipswich

Basil’s plans to host a murder mystery at Fawlty Towers are scuppered when the Hotel Inspector is actually found dead in his room! Typical... All the staff have a motive, but who is responsible? Collect the clues, question the characters and solve the mystery!