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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JUNE Events

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MAY 31 – JUNE 9


Pulse Festival

New Wolsey Theatre & New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Returning for its 18th year, this 10-day festival offers a bright and inspiring snapshot of contemporary theatre with established and emerging artists, both local and those from further afield.

Box office: 01473 295900





King King

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

There’s no denying the momentum of the Glasgow rockers saluted as “the best blues-rock band in the world” (Blues Rock Review) and anyone who has caught King King live in recent times will vouch for their ability to conquer any venue.

Tickets: £20 standing / £22 seated

Box Office: 01284 758000





Farmers Markets

Beccles Heliport, 9am - Ipm

Snape Maltings, 9.30am - 1pm

Wyken Vineyard, 9am - 1pm


The Fresh Start new beginnings Dragon Boat Festival

Ipswich Waterfront, 10am – 4pm

Businesses, clubs and groups can take part in The Charity Dragon Boat challenge. It’s open to 21 teams on a first come first served basis. Each team, or crew, will be made up of 10 paddlers plus a drummer. Squads may be larger up to 15 people the crew will race a minimum of three races. Registration: £30 per person

Information: email patsy@fsnb.org.uk or 01473 705111


Upbeat Contemporary Choir - EAAA

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7pm

Showcasing their exciting style with a selection of songs ranging from folk to pop to show songs, sung by the whole choir, soloists and small groups. This concert is supporting East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Tickets: £12.50

Box Office: 01284 758000



The Old Jet Charity Market

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

Held on the first Saturday of every month, The Old Jet Market is an excellent array of stalls, makers, secondhand shifters and sometimes even live music. With pizza, cake, coffee and music! It's a smash. Bring the family. The market raises money for good causes in our community so please come and support it.

Entry: Free

Contact: 01394 420500





Zulu Tradition

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

From KwaZulu Natal to the world's stage; Zulu Tradition is a company of young Zulu singers and dancers who are rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage through traditional song and dance. They deliver a heady mix of African harmonies and energetic, athletic dance - all traditionally costumed and supported by drum-rhythms. "Powerful traditional splendour of dance sequences accompanied by pulsating Zulu drums and glorious vocal harmonies. Guaranteed to hold any audience spellbound."

Tickets: £15

Box Office: 01284 758000



JUNE 4 - 5


Bill Bailey: Larks in Transit

Ipswich Regent, 8pm

Larks in Transit is a compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald, and a re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. Two decades of touring larks from a comic described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the brainiest comic of his generation’.

Tickets: £30.50

Box Office: 01474 433100




Aviation Museum Photo Walk

Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, 10am – 3.30pm

Dedicate a day to your camera. Join us for a photo walk and spend a day without distractions, exploring unique venues across Norfolk and Suffolk. Photographers of all abilities are welcome. Come and discover stunning architecture and beautiful light.

Tickets: £35



Misha Glenny – McMafia

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Journalist and author Misha Glenny has spent years courageously investigating the most dangerous and sophisticated organised crime networks around the world. His international bestseller McMafia, now a hit BBC TV series, is known to millions and in this illuminating talk, Glenny will shed further light on the Russian mafia, giant drug cartels, corrupt intelligence agencies and cyber hackers that pose an increasing threat to global security in the 21st century.

Tickets: £18

Box Office: 01284 758000





Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Film Music Gala

Ipswich Regent, 7.30pm

From swashbuckling pirate ships to gladiator battles, audiences will be transported to the exciting world of the silver screen. Conducted and presented by Gareth Hudson, this concert is perfect for newcomers to classical music, families and film fans and brings the action straight from Hollywood to Ipswich.

Tickets: £33

Box Office: 01473 433100


Walter Trout

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

From early stints in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers & Canned Heat to a solo career still blazing a quarter-century later; the veteran bluesman still plays earth shattering blues rock music.

Tickets: £25 in advance / £27.50 door

Box Office: 01284 758000






DanceEast, Ipswich, 8pm

Each year the New Wolsey Theatre invites DanceEast to programme an evening of new dance as part of its annual PULSE festival. This year welcoming Igor & Moreno.

Tickets: £10

Box Office: 01473 295230



Spanish Splendour

St Michael's Church, Framlingham

East Anglian Academy, directed by Andrew Cantrell- Fenwick. Luminous music from the Spanish Renaissance, sung by the Academy's Chamber Choir. Victoria, Requiem a 6, Guerrero, Surge propera amica mea, Guerrero, Jesu Christe Lobo, Ave Maria. Generously supported by Mr & Mrs P Moorhouse.

Entry: £12; school-age students free

Tickets: eastanglianacademy@gmail.com




Katie's Garden Plant Centre, Ipswich Road, Newbourne, Woodbridge, IP12 4NS 6pm - 8.30pm

Katie's Garden is the official sponsor for Age UK Suffolk Gardenfest and a traditional working nursery where you can buy a superb range of garden plants from the very site where they are grown. Enjoy a behind the scenes tours of the greenhouse and growing areas. Tombola and refreshments available.

Entry: £2

Contact: 01473 298688 / Jenny Day





Smack That (A Conversation)

DanceEast, Ipswich, 7.30pm

Tickets: £12

Box Office: 01473 295230



Bessie Turner

The Pumphouse, Aldeburgh, 9pm

Suffolk-based singer songwriter and rising star, Bessie has been heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 & Radio 6 Music. She has a smart but sultry alternative folk sound, perfectly framing delicate, enchanting vocals.

Tickets: £9

Box Office: 01728 687110



Bowie Starman

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Put on your red shoes and dance the blues at Blackstar’s brilliant Bowie tribute.

Tickets: £23

Box Office: 01284 758000



JUNE 8 - 13

A Collector’s Exhibition

Aldeburgh Gallery, 143 High Street, Aldeburgh. Daily 10am to 5 pm

An exhibition with work by 20th Century and contemporary artists with an emphasis on Suffolk,including Maggi Hambling, Geoffrey Clarke, Richard Bawden, Fiona Lewis, Tessa Newcomb, Clare Curtis,Edward Bawden, Mary Fedden, Amy Dennis,Mark Hearld ,Julian Trevelyan and others. Also painted boxes, ceramics and illustrated books.

Entry: Free

Contact: 01799 522013


JUNE 8- 24


Aldeburgh Festival

Box Office: 01728 687110





Farmers Markets

Halesworth Produce Market - The Old Print Works, 9am - 1pm

Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am -1pm

Wyken Vineyard, 9am -1pm


Kersey Open Gardens

Kersey village, 11am – 4pm

Rare chance to see the private gardens of this iconic Suffolk village. There will be over 16 gardens of all types open. Covering many types of woodland, formal, traditional cottage to modern courtyards. Make it a full day out with events, village architecture quiz, stalls, teas in the Village Hall or lunch at The Bell. Parking and transport will be available starting at Kersey Mill.

Entry price: £5 (accompanied under 16s free)

Information: 01473 823540


Lipstick on Your Collar 

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. 7.30pm

Box Office: 01394 284962




JUNE 9 & 10


Grundisburgh Hidden Gardens

Grundisburgh, Suffolk, IP13 6UD, 2-6pm

Grundisburgh Hidden Gardens this year includes an art exhibition at Grundisburgh House in the price of the ticket. Artists include Sophie Cook, Paul Bruce, Julia Hesseltine, Martin and Nicola Coe, Cathy Outen and Reg Snook. Walk through a delightful variety of gardens, ranging from sculpture gardens, woodland, formal and cottage gardens, take tea in the Parish Rooms or enjoy the special menu available all weekend at The Dog. On the Green there will be flowers and plants from Katie's Garden and a cake sale.

Entry: £5

Contact: lindenhibbert@gmail.com





36th Annual Exhibition

Thompson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh is holding its 36th Annual Exhibition and are filling the gallery with wonderful examples of art from our most established artists but introducing some new ones too.  We will be showing works by Elisabeth Frink, Peggy Sommerville, Mary Potter, Harry Becker, Edward Seago and Michael Scott  amongst others to represent the Modern British element of the show and also showing Peter Wileman, Helen Tabor, James Harrigan, Terence Clark, Rachel Shaw-Ashton and James Harrigan and many other talented contemporary artists such as Ania Hobson, who is shortlisted for the prestigious BP Portrait Award this year.  Our Annual Summer Exhibition in many ways mirrors the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of previous years as we show an eclectic mixture of pieces in different styles and media and we promote the very best of British art from the 20th and 21st Century.  We are showing pieces by the Cornwall sculptor Richard Holliday, who is new to the gallery and creates wonderful sculptures in Ancaster limestone and also some charming Aldeburgh observations by Tessa Newcomb and tender acrylic paintings by the Swedish artist Brita Granström.

For further information or to request higher resolution images please contact:                  

Camilla McCausland, Thompson’s Gallery, 175 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AN

Tel. 01728 453743  email. camilla@thompsonsongallery.co.uk




Hetty and the Jazzato Band

The Pumphouse, Aldeburgh, 7pm

Let this Anglo-Italian ensemble take you on a Vespa ride back to retro bella Italia. Theirs is a mix of Italian swing favourites intertwined with rustic Roman Stornelli, romantic Neapolitan ballads, enticing bossa nova and samba rhythms along with foot-tapping rock ‘n’ roll and boogie-woogie.

Tickets: £10

Box Office: 01728 687110



King's Voices Choir sing Choral Evensong

St. Peter's Church, Palgrave at 6.30pm

A very special opportunity to experience this centuries-old traditional form of church service, led by the Revd Dr Stephen Cherry, Dean of King's College, Cambridge, and sung by the mixed voice choir of King's College, directed by Ben Parry.

Entry: Free, but by ticket due to limited space. A collection will be taken for church expenses.

Contact: 01379 687902 / 01379 650382 / 07977 013083 / fopcinfo@gmail.com



Suffolk Soul Singers' Gig in the Garden

The Fat Cat Pub, 288 Spring Rd, Ipswich IP4 5NL. 3.30pm.

Enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon with Suffolk Soul Singers in the garden of The Fat Cat, Ipswich’s pub of the year (CAMRA). Come and listen to some uplifting soul and gospel classics in a delightful garden setting.

Entry: Free

Contact: viv.rolph@yahoo.com



June 12-16


Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Ipswich Regent Theatre

Everyone’s favourite 1970s classic TV comedy, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is back with Joe Pasquale starring as the loveable accident-prone Frank Spencer, Sarah Earnshaw as his wife Betty and Susie Blake as his disapproving Mother-in-Law, Mrs Fisher. The most successful sitcom of the decade gave us the hapless Frank and his long-suffering wife Betty with catch phrases galore and a never-ending list of disasters with roller-skating escapades and runaway chickens. Joe Pasquale is a national comedy treasure who exploded onto our tellies in New Faces and went on to win I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and host The Price is Right.

Entry: £18-£32.50

Box office: 01473 433100





Human Cargo: Matthew Crampton and Jeff Warner

The Cut, Halesworth, 7.30pm

Human Cargo is an epic night of story and song, featuring two masters of the craft. Storyteller and singer Matthew Crampton’s recent show The Transports won Five Stars from The Guardian. Now he returns with a new adaptation of his acclaimed book Human Cargo: Stories & Songs of Emigration, Slavery and Transportation. An inspired collaboration unites Matthew with American traditional music legend Jeff Warner.

Tickets: £14

Box Office: 0300 3033 211




The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’, and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Their latest album ‘Releasing the Leaves’ was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. It was listed in The Telegraph’s Top Folk Albums of 2016. 

Tickets: £12

Box Office: 01284 758000




A History of Swing

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. 2.15pm

Box Office: 01394 284962




Kesgrave Conference Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave IP5 1JF 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Join Age UK Suffolk for a "Pop Up Big Chinwag" (cuppa and chat) with a "Suffolk" theme ahead of Suffolk Day. Aimed at people aged 65+, its an opportunity to make new friends, chat and reminisce - entertainment and refreshments provided.

Entry: FREE

Contact: 01473 298683 / tracey.evans@ageuksuffolk.org



JUNE 15 - 17


Outdoor Cinema Extravaganza at Ickworth House

Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds

An outdoor cinema extravaganza weekend at Ickworth House with films to suit all tastes including Moana, Thelma & Louise, Tangled, La La Land, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Wonder Woman.

Tickets: £12 (children from £2 plus booking fee)

Box Office: 0333 666 3366


The Gruffalo’s Child

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour and his monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude! Tall Stories returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to life in this magical, musical adaptation.

Tickets: £12

Box Office: 01206 573948



JUNE 15 – 24


Woolpit Festival

Box Office: 01359 240866





Farmers Markets

Aldeburgh Church Hall, 9am -12 noon

Beccles Heliport, 9am - Ipm

Long Melford - Village Memorial Hall, 10am -1pm

Wyken Vineyard, 9am -1pm


We Are Handmade Summer Craft Fair

The Old School, Long Melford. 10am - 4pm

With 40 stalls, this event will offer shoppers a wonderful choice of beautifully designed and handcrafted items. Whether you’re looking for a wedding gift; a new ornament or well-designed practical item for the home or a piece of quality handmade jewellery.
Makers will be showcasing the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired handmade items, including jewellery, clothes, bags, pottery, soaps, cards, soft furnishings, glass and wood turned gifts and homewares and much more. 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.
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.

Entry: Free                               

Contact: 07824 888 346




Marc Anthony as Prince

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. 7.30pm

Box Office: 01394 284962






Tubular Bells Live!

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the album that launched Virgin Records, join Phil Toms and his Tubular Band as they faithfully recreate Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells in its entirety along with hit singles including Moonlight Shadow, Five Miles Out and To France and a selection of instrumental works from Hergest Ridge to Return to Ommadawn.

Tickets: £25 (£22.50 concessions)

Box Office: 01284 758000



Summer Artisan Market

The Saints & St Peter’s Street, Ipswich, 10pm to 4pm

An extended shopping day with lots of fun; enjoy crafts and artisan stalls in the Saints Quarter.




Aldeburgh & District Flower Club's June Meeting - "Summer in the Cutting Garden"

Aldeburgh Church Hall, Victoria Road, Aldeburgh IP15 5EA. 2.30 - 4.30 pm

Join us for Aldeburgh & District Flower Club's June meeting, when our guest demonstrator, Denise Johnson, will present "Summer in the Cutting Garden". Tea and coffee will be available, as well as our monthly raffle - a chance to win one of Denise's beautiful floral arrangements.

Entry: £5

Contact: 07748 854635 / markbhirst@gmail.com





Les Musicals

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Jonathan Ansell (G4 frontman) and Rhydian Roberts (X Factor) join for a dramatic and spine tingling concert. Musical Theatre’s leading men and a guest soprano will also join the cast for songs from Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera, Blood Brothers, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, Carousel, West Side Story, The Lion King, Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You and many more…

Tickets: £22.50 (VIP £55)

Box Office: 01284 758000





Giovanni Pernice - Born To Win

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. 7.30pm

Box Office: 01394 284962





Travis - The Man Who in Concert

Ipswich Regent, 7pm

Following their triumphant headline show at On Blackheath Festival last September and due to popular demand, Travis, one of Britain’s best loved bands play their classic album ‘The Man Who’ live.

Tickets: £30.50

Box Office: 01473 433100




Masquerade Charity Ball

The Venue at Kersey Mill, 7pm

The Ipswich Hospital Charity is excited to announce the ‘Masquerade Charity Ball’ in aid of the Blossom Appeal. The evening will include live entertainment with a drinks reception, a three course meal with wine in a beautiful location. J.S and The Lockerbillies will be the band for the night, they have previously played at Glastonbury! So get your dancing shoes ready to ‘Rock n Roll’!

Tickets: £50

Information: 01473 702929 or email charity@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk



ELO Experience

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra, with a sensational string section, a stunning light show, large screen projections and musicians who accurately reproduce the songs and sounds of ELO.

Tickets: £24

Box Office: 01284 758000



Ipswich Symphony Orchestra Concert

Ipswich Corn Exchange 7.30 pm

A Celebration of British Music with a programme featuring some of our best-loved British music, conducted by Adam Gatehouse. The suite written by William Walton for the film of Shakespeare’s Henry V is one of the finest film scores in existence, and provides a fine patriotic prelude to the programme. The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams is one of the most popular of all British classical works, and ISO welcomes the return to Ipswich of brilliant young violinist Savitri Grier to perform it.

Entry: £13 - £15.50 (under 18s and full time students free)

Information: hkf.ips@btopenworld.com



Barry Steele & Friends The Roy Orbison Story

Ipswich Regent - 7.30 pm

Event description: He’s the man with the sunglasses and the black suit who delivered some of the world’s darkest and most emotional ballads, yet Texas-born Roy Orbison remains one of the most distinctive looking, and sounding performers in modern music. The one and only Barry Steele take’s on the role in The Roy Orbison Story. He comes with great credentials and a genuine admiration for the Big “O”. Now he is set to put the rock back into ‘Roy Orbison’ as he takes to the stage to commemorate this legend in The Roy Orbison Story.

Expect what is being billed as an upbeat and contemporary slant on Orbison's legacy, as Barry Steele and Friends take audiences on a musical journey from the early Sun years right through to the late 1980s, when Orbison was experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity and worked with Bono, Bruce Springsteen and others including super group the Traveling Wilburys alongside former Beatle George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

So get ready for a night of solid gold 60s hits and 80s contemporary genius as the Roy Orbison Story celebrates the musical legacy of The Big O. The production also features not only original material written by but never sung by Roy Orbison, it also showcases chart busting hits originally made famous by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jeff Lynne , ELO, George Harrison, Del Shannon, Chris Isaak, The Spencer Davis Group and The Traveling Wilburys;
Barry Steele has been stunning audiences with his uncanny ability to recreate the vocal talents of the legendary Roy Orbison, winning rave reviews across the globe. His vocal talents are quite simply True Identikit Brilliance - The Stage

Entry: £25

Contact : 01473 433100



JUNE 22 - 24


Ipswich Jazz Festival

See festival preview page 29

Box Office: 01473 295900



JUNE 22 – 30


Southwold Arts Festival

Box Office: 01502 722572






Farmers Markets

Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am -1pm

Wyken Vineyard, 9am -1pm


Ipswich Symphony Orchestra concert

Ipswich Corn Exchange 7.30 pm

A Celebration of British Music!
Ipswich Symphony Orchestra presents a musical treat on Saturday 23rd June at Ipswich Corn Exchange, with a programme featuring some of our best-loved British music, conducted by Adam Gatehouse.
The suite written by William Walton for the film of Shakespeare’s Henry V is one of the finest film scores in existence, and provides a fine patriotic prelude to the programme.
The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams is one of the most popular of all British classical works, and ISO welcomes the return to Ipswich of brilliant young violinist Savitri Grier to perform it.
This year marks the centenary of The Planets, a mighty work composed by Gustav Holst during the final months of the Great War. ISO will present a full symphonic line-up with over a hundred performers and a huge variety of instruments, including two harps and the fine sound of the Corn Exchange organ.
Be sure not to miss this special musical event! Tickets are on sale at www.ipswichcornexchange.com

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

Contact: hkf.ips@btopenworld.com



Tony Hall Folk Band

The Cut, Halesworth, 7.30pm

Probably the longest running home grown folk band in East Anglia. Always based in Norwich but have travelled extensively gigging elsewhere, Scotland, Ireland and the Continent.

Tickets: £10

Box Office: 0300 3033 211



Suffolk Sinfonia

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Wagner: Die Meistersinger Overture

Bond: The Fall of the Leaf

Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer

Nielsen: Symphony 3

Tickets: £12, £10, £4

Box Office: 01284 758000



Charity Barn Dance

The Delphi Centre, Sudbury, CO10 2RR 7pm

Event description: A Charity Barn Dance featuring "Pluck & Squeeze" live band from Stowmarket; to raise funds for "UPBEAT" heart support charity of West Suffolk. This will be a great fun night, with a DJ during the intervals playing Country & Western music for Line dancing. A Ploughman's supper will be served. A licenced bar and good car parking on site.

Entry: £11.50

Contact: 07909993799 or email;- dancewithussuffolk@outlook.com;



Seckford Golf Club, Seckford Hall Road, Great Bealings, Woodbridge IP13 6NT 6.30pm - late

Mid Summer Party Night supporting Age UK Suffolk. Welcome drinks, followed by two course dinner and cheeses, entertainment by Troubadour and gift auction. Sponsored by Billie Box .

Entry: £35

Contact: 01473 298683 / tracey.evans@ageuksuffolk.org



Minibeast Roadshow at Holywells Park in Ipswich

Holywells Park, Ipswich, 10am - 3pm

Join us on a tropical adventure where you'll meet and handle some minibeasts! You can also take part in a minibeast trail and make a swirly snake or a minibeast mask! No need to book. Drop in anytime between 10am and 3pm. All activities cost £3.50 per child (cash only on the day).
Suitable for ages 4+.

Entry: £3.50 per child

Contact: 01284 277122 /science@kineticscience.co.uk



JUNE 23 - 24


The Return of Dragon Fest at West Stow!

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds

Celebrating all things dragon – from folklore to dinosaurs .This June, Dragon Fest returns, and Epico the Dragon is back by popular demand. The fantastically friendly dragon will be appearing on both days, plus there’s plenty more fun family entertainment.

Tickets: £8 (child £6)

Information: 01284 758122 or email jennie.johnson@theapex.co.uk


June 23 - September 23


Exhibition: Open Call 2018

Ipswich Art Gallery

Event description: The Ipswich Art Society calls all artists to submit artwork to the annual Open Call exhibition. Oils, watercolours, prints, drawings and sculptures can all be submitted. The exhibition will celebrate more than 50 years of the Anna Airy Award by displaying works by past winners. Anna Airy was one of the most distinguished painters of her generation and promoted chances for younger artists to exhibition work in galleries.

Entry: Free

Contact: 01473 433551





Farmers Markets

Lavenham Village Hall, 10am -1.30pm


Tropical Rainforest Experience at Holywells Park in Ipswich

Holywells Park, Ipswich, 10.30am - 3.45pm

Join us on a tropical adventure where you'll meet and handle some minibeasts! Enter our tropical rainforest marquee and discover the sights, sounds and smells of the rainforest, create a mobile and a bookmark!
Bookable sessions:
10.30am - 12pm
12.30pm - 2pm
2.15pm - 3.45pm
All activities cost £4 per person (cash only on the day).
Suitable for ages 6+.
Visitors are advised to use public transport or use the car park at Athena Hall off Duke Street which is only a few minutes' walk from the Myrtle Road. This car park charges £2.50 all day Saturdays and Sundays.

Entry price: £4

Contact: 01284 277122 /science@kineticscience.co.uk



Chelswoth Open Gardens

Chelsworth, Suffolk. 11am to 5pm

We are a small village, but a huge community effort goes into organising this annual event. In addition to the lovely gardens there are refreshments, entertainments, displays and stalls as well as ample parking for coaches and cars. Add all this to the beauty of the village itself with its picturesque river, ancient bridge and welcoming pub and you have the makings of a great family day out.

Entry: Adults £6, children free

Information: 07801 495311 or email sheila.harvey26@btinternet.com





Dan Snow

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

The well-known historian, broadcaster and BBC TV presenter recounts anecdotes of memorable experiences from his very successful career. Otherwise known as ‘The History Guy’, Dan will also research and include historical facts relating to Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area and region. The show will conclude with a Q&A.

Tickets: £25 (£20 concessions, £17.50 under 16s), family ticket £75

Box Office: 01284 758000




June 27


King for a Day: The Nat King Cole Story

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Acclaimed jazz vocalist Atila takes a fresh look at the life and work of the timeless Nat King Cole - whose vocal styling in songs such as ‘Unforgettable’ and ‘When I Fall in Love’ defined a golden era of music and made him one of American music’s most iconic vocalists.  This thoughtful and entertaining new show features world-class live music from Atila and his stellar group of musicians, narration and projected archive images.

Tickets: £19

Box Office: 01284 758000



The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge

St Michael's Church, Framlingham at 7pm

A variety of sacred, secular and light music from the Jesus College Choir.

Entry: £10 unreserved / £15 reserved in centre nave/ £7.50 behind choir

Contact: jcconcert10@gmail.com


JUNE 27 – JULY 1


Felixstowe Book FestivaL

Box Office: 01473 295900






Farmers Markets

St Peter’s, Market Hill, Sudbury, 9.30am -2pm



Cake & Catwalk,15 St Peters Street, Ipswich. IP1 1XB

Spanish Night supporting Age UK Suffolk. Join us fro Paella, Sangria, Entertainment, Games, Fun & Dancing. Fancy dress optional & prize for best fancy dress. Bring your own rug/seating.

Entry: £10

Contact: 01473 298683/ tracey.evans@ageuksuffolk.org



JUNE 29 & 30

Footloose- The Musical

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. 7.30pm (Sat matinee 2.30pm)

Box Office: 01394 284962





4th Bury Folk Festival

Nowton Park Walled Garden, Bury St Edmunds, 10am

Music-lovers can look forward to a great day out this summer, as the 4th Bury St Edmunds Folk Festival once again brings its own brand of magic to the town. With craft stalls, children’s activities, music workshops, hot food and a bar with local real ales, this promises to be a wonderful day for the whole family.

Tickets: £15

Email: contact@buryfolkfestival.co.uk


Open Air Cinema

Christchurch Park, Ipswich, 10am-7.30pm

Ipswich will once again be hosting the Open Air Cinema in association with Empire Cinemas in the height of the British Summer.

Tickets: £8.50

Box Office: 01473 433100


Summer Celebration

DanceEast, Ipswich, 7.30pm

Created around the themes ‘old and new’, Summer Celebration is a showcase presented by our performance groups.

Tickets: £10

Box Office: 01473 295230



Music by the Sea

Kings Field, Aldeburgh



Lyrical Jukebox - Live

Wilby Village Hall, Brundish Road, Wilby IP21 5LT. 7pm

Bar, refreshments available, playing music from the 50’s to the 80’s. A real mid-summer music fest for you to sing along to, there’s certainly something for everyone! We would love your support.

Entry: £5

Contact: alisonandian5@btinternet.com or 01379 388112


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