What's On in Suffolk

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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



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




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


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



October 7

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



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



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




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




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



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


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





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



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



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




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