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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Farmers Markets

Stowmarket Market Place, 9am-1.30pm


September 1 and 2

Wendy and Peter Pan

John Peel Centre, Stowmarket, 7.30pm on 1st, 2.00pm and 7.30pm on 2nd

By J. M. Barrie, adapted for the stage by Ella Hickson

“I am Wendy Darling. I am brave and I am strong and I am going on an adventure!”

Wendy is off to Neverland with Peter Pan for an awfully big adventure. She’ll have to tackle the feisty fairy Tink, win over the impossibly cool Tiger Lily, give the Lost Boys a run for their money, and face up to the dastardly Captain Hook and his pirate crew. And along the way, perhaps learn what it means to grow up.

Ella Hickson’s radical retelling of J.M. Barrie’s ripping yarn is brought to life this September by Spinning Wheel Theatre’s Summer School company. This classic tale full of comedy, magic and adventure puts Wendy centre stage in an adaptation that is refreshingly modern whilst never losing the charm of the original much-loved story.

Suitable for ages 7+.

Entry: £7 (£5 concessions)

Contact: 01449 774678



Tin Hut Textiles Exhibition

The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings

All the pieces have been created by a group of like-minded textile artists who live and/or work in Suffolk and who meet monthly in a village hall made of tin. Their work is created individually based on a theme – this year’s theme being ‘Fragments’.

Entry: Free


September 1 to 30

Ink Scribblings & Things: An exhibition of ink drawings by wildlife artist, Sian Hughes

Sudbury Arts & Framing Centre, 8 Friars St, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2AA

A selection of characterful wildlife artwork drawn in black and grey inks by artist Sian Hughes is going on exhibition in the market town of Sudbury. Sian creates a large range of original artwork, limited edition prints, cards and commissions under the name of SiansScribbles. They will be on display and available to purchase throughout September at Sudbury Arts & Framing Centre. For more information please visit her website www.siansscribbles.com.

Entry: Free

Contact : siansscribbles@gmail.com



september 1 TO OCTOBER 2


The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk IP17 1SP Friday to Monday from 11.00am to 5.00pm

The Letterimg Arts Trust presents “Orchestra of Letters” bringing together a remarkable ensemble of all the disciplines associated with the art of lettering. 36 of the UK’s foremost lettering artists - letter carvers, graphic designers, calligraphers, letterpress exponents and engravers - curated by master letterer Mark Frith, present original works for sale.
The exhibition provides a rich narrative, which celebrates the relationship between lettering, music and the beautiful location at Snape Maltings, marking the 50th anniversary of the Concert Hall. There are quotes from Benjamin Britten, references to composers and musicians and interactive sculptures to entertain.

Entry price: free

Contact (telephone/email): 01728 688393



September 2

Farmers Markets

Beccles Heliport, 9am-1pm

Metfield Village Hall, 9am - 12 noon

Snape Maltings, 9.30am-1pm


Saxmundham Craft Fair

Market Hall, Saxmundham

A local craft fair where local people sell their handmade items. A variety of beautiful goods are available with prices starting at £1.50. Handmade cards, cakes, quilts, fabric goods, wood ware, jewellery and many other items are on display and crafters like nothing more than to talk about their skills and how their goods are made. You can even sit down and have a cup of tea or coffee with a slice of homemade cake or new for this year bacon sandwiches!

Entry: Free


The Searchers in Concert

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 7:30pm

Box Office: 01394 284962



Old Jet Market

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, IP12 2TW, 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




BNatural Music Festival

Bildeston Clocktower Square

Now in its 7th Year, music in all its wonderful variety in the square all weekend, as well as local pubs and village gardens. Musical brunch on Sunday, tea-garden, cake and jazz. BNatural beer and Pimms bar open all weekend. Local vendors selling delicious, locally-sourced food.

Entry: Free

Just So Stories

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 3pm & 7pm

The vocally versatile Voice Squad bring a vibrant and joyful musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s tales. The eclectic, upbeat songs were written by the composers of the new Mary Poppins score, Stiles and Drewe. Come with us on a journey down the great grey-green greasy Limpopo River, and enjoy this toe-tapping, heart-warming show for all the family!

Tickets: £15 - 10

Box Office: 01284 758000


Information: Nick English nick@asic-sa.com


September 3

Walk with a Fork

Helmingham Hall, 10:30am-4pm

It’s the perfect combination – beautiful Suffolk views and delicious local food and drink at Ormiston Families’ flagship event ‘Walk with a Fork’. Back for its fifth year, ‘Walk with a Fork’ will be at Helmingham Hall on 3rd September. The beautiful 16th-century hall and estate, on the outskirts of Ipswich, has recently been named as the Historic House Association’s garden of the year. The seven mile walk has been chosen by Lady Tollemache of Helmingham Hall who is also Ormiston Families’ president, and includes beautiful vistas, architecture and hidden valleys not usually seen by members of the public.

After five years of support since the Suffolk ‘Walk with a Fork’ began, Mackenzie-David Events will once again be sponsoring the event, along with Aspall, bringing some of the finest cuisine and cyder the local area has to offer. Mackenzie-David Events has been confirmed as the main lunch stop, providing venison koftas with coleslaw, salad and yoghurt which walkers can wash down with a refreshing Aspall cyder. The lunch stop will also feature home-grown musical entertainment to be confirmed later in the summer. On arrival, breakfast will be served by the tea rooms at Helmingham Hall, and the walk concludes with award winning Alder Tree Cream Ice. Other producers supporting the event include The Fish Hut, with some of Suffolk’s best fish and chips, James White Drinks, Suffolk Salami, Fairfield Farm Crisps and The Cheese & Pie Man. Gavin Lamb, relationship and events manager at Ormiston Families, said: “We’ve been so pleased with the success ‘Walk with a Fork’ has had over the years, and are especially looking forward to bringing the event back to Helmingham Hall this year. The combination of the beautiful Suffolk countryside and delicious local food and drink make for a great day out, and all while raising vital funds which allow us to continue our work with children, young people and families across the East of England. We are so grateful to Helmingham Hall for having us, our sponsors and all of our fantastic suppliers.”

If you are a local food or drink producer and would like to get involved, please contact Gavin on: gavin.lamb@ormistonfamilies.org.uk or 01473 705034. Proceeds from ‘Walk with a Fork’ will go towards Ormiston Families’ vision of a world in which every child will be loved, nurtured and valued. The charity’s work supporting children and young people is wide ranging, from mental health services, help to bridge the gap between home and school, to support for imprisonment, domestic abuse and much more.

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Entry: £23, children under 5 go free. Dogs are welcome.

Contact: 01394 646400



Bury Colour Dash

Nowton Park, Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds, 12 noon to 2pm

Supporting East Anglia's Children's Hospice, this is the most messy fun run you'll ever be part of. Walk, jog or run a short distance as our colour pirates shower you in colourful powdered paint!


Art on the Prom


This year is the 14th year of the event, with over 120 local artists displaying their work on the Felixstowe promenade. Drawing classes by artist Malcolm Cudmore are also available to sign up for.



September 6

Life Drawing at Old Jet

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, IP12 2TW, 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: 01394420500




Sprit of the Blitz

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 2:30pm

Box Office: 01394 284962



September 7th - 24th

Circus Petite - 2017 Suffolk Tour

Woodbridge | Capel St Mary | Felixstowe (various times)

After a successful first tour last Autumn, Circus Petite, the family-focused touring circus from Ipswich, returns for a second tour this September. With shows at Woodbridge, Capel St Mary and Felixstowe between 7th and 24th September, people of all ages will be delighted by acts including the amazing Justo the Clown, jugglers, rope walking, hula-hooping, magic and fire displays.

Dates for the series of intimate performances in the petite 150-seater circus tent are:
• Thursday 7th To Sunday 10th September 2017 - WOODBRIDGE, Melton Playing Field
• Thursday 14th September To Sunday 17th September 2017 - CAPEL ST MARY, Bypass Nurseries
• Thursday 21st September To Sunday 24th September - FELIXSTOWE, Beachside Events Area, next to the Pier

For more information on show times and to book tickets visit www.circuspetite.co.uk or find Circus Petite on Facebook.

Circus Petite is the creation of Ipswich-based children’s entertainment company, Mr Bean Entertainments. Daniel Bean, owner, said: “We are so excited to be back on tour again this year. We had such a fabulous reaction from the people who came last year and we’ve upped our game for this year’s tour. As well as a line-up of exceptionally talented acts, we’ve got a few surprises that will have the audience smiling from ear to ear.”

Feedback from last year’s tour was very positive, here are some examples:

“Thank you all for such an amazing time!! We all loved it, it was awesome!! Hope to see you all again soon!! All of your effort and hard work really is incredible! Fantastic circus for the whole family, really nice people and a wonderful atmosphere! We will be coming to see you all again!” - Nichola Nelson (via Facebook)

“We had lots of fun at Circus Petite tonight. My daughter particularly loved Justo the clown, and I was amazed at the skill of everyone, especially the hula hooping lady, the diablo man and the costume change act! Thoroughly recommend. More suitable for little ones than some other circuses too, not too loud, less jeopardy (which my daughter can't handle!) Thanks to all.” Gita Gb (via Facebook)

Entry price: £25 for family ticket (2 x adults & 3 x children) | £12 adults | £10 Children

Contact: info@mrbeanentertainments.co.uk




The Ladykillers

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Classic Ealing Comedy! When Mrs Wilberforce puts a sign in her newsagent's window advertising a 'room to let' she's delighted when the mysterious Professor Marcus proclaims it perfect for rehearsing his unorthodox string quintet. She soon discovers that she is not making tea for a motley band of musicians, but harbouring a hardened gang of criminals and conmen, planning the great Kings Cross train robbery!

Tickets: £26.50

Box Office: 01473 295900



September 8

'In The Garden' Coffee Morning

41 Westmoreland Road, Felixstowe IP11 9TJ 10am to 12 noon

In Aid of The Eve Appeal. Cake stall, plant sale, tombola

Entry: £4


The 545

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7pm

With Stone Deepe, Siah, Deep City, Cathedrals & Cars and Hollowstar

Tickets: £5

Box Office: 01284 758000



'In The Garden' Coffee Morning

41 Westmoreland Road, Felixstowe IP11 9TJ 10am to 12 noon

In Aid of The Eve Appeal. Cake stall, plant sale, tombola

Entry: £4



The Weir

Colchester Mercury

Winner of the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Conor McPherson’s chilling modern classic opens at the Mercury Theatre this Autumn prior to embarking on its UK tour in this, its 20th Anniversary year. In a small Irish town, the locals gather round the crackling fire of Brendan’s bar to pass the hours together, safe from the clutches of a dark night. Huddled away from the howling wind on the Knock, stories of local folklore start to unfold as quickly as the beer and whiskey flow. As the night thickens, so too the storytellers tunnel ever deeper into their own lives, and perhaps even the life beyond. But as the friends mine their memories of the past, darkly buried secrets being to re-emerge. A shadowy tale delving into the corners of human experience.

Box Office: 01206 573948



September 9

Simply the Best - The Tina Turner Experience

The Spa Pavilion Theatre, Undercliff Road, felixstowe, Suffolk, Ip11 2DX, 7:30pm

Julie Nevada's stunning live Tina Turner Experience is returning to Felixstowe! This fully live energetic show charts the life and career of one of the worlds iconic performers. Full of hits like “Private Dancer”, “Nutbush City Limits”, “Proud Mary”, “River Deep Mountain High” and “Lets Stay Together” to name but a few, this show is the ultimate night out. The concert style show features a 7 piece band making this the only completely live touring tribute to this multi award winning legend. Powerful vocals, backing singers and fabulous professional dancers with electrifying dance routines make The Tina Turner Experience Simply the Best.

Entry: Tickets £24.50 Concessions £22.50

Contact: 01394 284962


Peter & the Wolf

New Wolsey Studio, 11am & 1.30pm

Join Peter on a hilarious adventure through the fields and forest as he discovers new sounds and noises. Featuring animal antics of singing birds, waddling ducks, sneaky cats, and a rocking wolf. With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before.

Tickets: £10

Box Office: 01473 295900


Farmers Markets

Halesworth Town Centre, 9am-1pm

Nayland Village Hall, 10am-1.30pm

Stonham Barns Market Square, 10am-2pm

Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am-1pm



Heritage Open Days

This year there are 135 properties which are open to the public across Suffolk for National Heritage Open Day. These include the Norman Tower in Bury St Edmunds, Gothic House, Halesworth, Admiral’s House, Ipswich and Ipswich Masonic Hall.

Information: heritageopendays.org.uk


September 10

Farmers Markets

Assington, The Barn, 10am - 2pm


Gilbert O’ Sullivan

Ipswich Regent, 7.30pm

One of the industry's true legends, 2017 will mark an astonishing 50 years since Gilbert O'Sullivan made his first foray into the music business with the release of his debut single 'Disappear'. It launched O'Sullivan on a career that is still thriving five decades later - seeing him dominate the charts in the seventies and continue to enjoy success and acclaim to the present day.

Tickets: £32

Box Office: 01473 433100


Lavenham Sinfonia and Choir Gala Concert

Lavenham, Church, 7pm

An all-Beethoven programme conducted by Jeremy Hughes to round off the season, opening with the Egmont Overture. Jessie Ridley is the soloist in the Romance in F, Op. 50, followed by Opferlied, Op. 121b, soloist Daniela Bechly. After the interval we have the ‘Choral’ Symphony no. 9, Op. 125.
Soloists: Daniela Bechly – soprano
Samantha Price – alto
Oliver Brignall – tenor
Mark Saberton – bass

Tickets: £12 in advance/£14 on the door (18 and under free)

Contact: Tickets available from Lavenham Guildhall Shop 01787 247646 Lavenham Tourist Office 01787 248207 Compact Music Sudbury 01787 881160



September 12 - 17

HighTide Festival

Aldeburgh, various times

The Eleventh HighTide Festival will be held across various venues in Aldeburgh between September 12-17. Enabling new theatre to flourish, the festival aims to present plays by new writers, as well as a programme of talks, readings, comedy acts, music and cabaret. The playwrights championed by the HighTide Festival are adventurous and diverse in terms of ethnicity, political philosophy and socio-economic backgrounds. The festival offers them their first commission and these plays are created in Suffolk with the possibility to be toured.

Entry: Tickets from £5

Contact : 01728 687110 / hello@hightide.org.uk



September 13

Learn To Dance Argentine Tango

Martlesham Community Centre, Martlesham IP12 4PB, 7:30 to 10.00pm

Learn to dance the elegant, evocative social dance of Argentine Tango on Wednesdays with Richard and Mandy. This 10-week course (in two 5-week blocks) aims to provide a solid foundation in the key elements of Argentine Tango in an enjoyable sociable environment. It concentrates on how to lead and follow the fundamental steps of Tango. The dance is improvised to the music so there are no long sequences to learn. Prior booking is essential, but no need to book with a partner as we will match followers and leaders if we can. Bookings will be confirmed once we have checked leader and follower numbers (if you can bring a partner all the better). We always rotate partners to speed the learning process and to make the evening more fun.

Entry : £40 for a 5-week block of classes

Contact: Mandy@suffolktango.org.uk or call 07766 694618



Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra at Glemham Hall

From 6pm

A black-tie fundraising supper, with concert by the strings of the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, introduced by it's founder Leslie Olive and led by violinist Kenneth Sillito. Auction of highly attractive lots and raffle. Retiring collection in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice in memory of Raewyn Hope-Cobbold. 

Tickets: Glemham Hall visit, supper and concert £75 per person. Booking for tables welcome.

Booking: email Mrs Wietske Hendriksen wietske.hendriksen@outlook.com




The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

British harmony trio Blake bring the finest songs from stage and screen in a celebration of movies and musicals. Enjoy the songs of Hanz Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Beach Boys and many more, sung in thrilling vocal harmony with projections and lighting that bring the cinematic magic to life.

Tickets: £22.50

Box Office: 01284 758000



September 14


Photography Craft – The Foundations with Craig Girling

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, IP12 2TW, 7pm - 9pm

This four-part workshop is for photographers who want to develop their craft from a solid technical foundation. It covers the essential core skills you need to grow as a technically competent, creative photographer.
Thursday, 14th September
Thursday, 21st September
Thursday, 28th September
Thursday, 5th October
Time: 7pm – 9pm

Entry price: £200

Contact (telephone/email): info@oldjet.co.uk 01394420500

web address: http://www.oldjet.co.uk/courses-and-classes/


September 14 to 16

Rock of Ages-The Musical

The Spa Pavilion Theatre, Undercliff Road West, felixstowe Suffolk, Ip11 2DX - 7:30pm

Our partnership with the excellent, local production house CBM Theatre brings you ROCK OF AGES; book by Chris D'Arienzo.
Arrangements and orchestration by Ethan Pop. THE DEFINITIVE, HILARIOUS 80'S ROCK MUSICAL FEATURING LEGENDARY SONGS INCLUDING: Don’t Stop Believin’; We Built This City; The Final Countdown; Wanted Dead or Alive; Here I Go Again; Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is. This amateur production of “Rock of Ages” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD

Tickets: £19.50/£17.50 Adult and £17.50/£15.50 concessions

Contact : 01394 284962




To Be Felt

St Martin's Church, Colchester

DanceEast and Roman River Music Festival present a beautiful afternoon of dance and live music in the spectacular location of St Martin's Church, Colchester. Cellist Matthew Sharp will be joined on stage by a group of dynamic dancers choreographed by Joseph Toonga.

Box Office: 01473 295230




Ipswich Regent, 7pm

With their glorious new album ‘Jump On Board’ Texas announce 21 UK dates this autumn including a very special show at the Royal Albert Hall. Written and produced by Texas stalwarts Johnny McElhone and Sharleen Spiteri ‘Jump on Board’ is the first new Texas studio album since ‘The Conversation’ in 2013 and is nothing short of a pop classic.

Tickets: £53

Box Office: 01473 433100



Illegal Eagles

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

The World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute return after last year’s sell-out concert.

Tickets: £24

Box Office: 01284 758000



September 16

Super Mega Rockin’ Rock Show

New Wolsey Studio, 11am & 1.30pm

Kid Carpet will guide you through everything you need to know to be able to rock out big time. Even if it’s your first gig! Kid Carpet welcomes you to join in with stories, games and songs whilst simultaneously inviting you to play ping pong, help catch a lost sandwich in space and take part in a grand dance contest.

Tickets: £8

Box Office: 01473 295900


Farmers markets

Beccles Heliport 9am-1pm

Harkstead Village Hall, 9am-12 noon

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


Barn Dance

Semer Barn, Semer Farm IP7 6JB 7.30-11.30pm

A fun evening of barn dancing to the Wide Glide Band. The caller makes everything easy to follow. Ticket price includes Ploughman's supper. Licensed bar available.

Entry: £15 includes supper - please purchase in advance

Contact: lindanewbigging@btinternet.com or 07905731431


Basic Understanding of Your Camera with Jemma Watts

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, IP12 2TW, 10am - 3pm

You will need a camera that can be set to ‘Manual’
This workshop is for those of you who want to know how to take your camera off the Auto setting! You may have a new camera, or you’ve had one for ages but have been too daunted by the instruction manual to teach yourself all the functions.
We will cover the basics of your camera functions followed by practical training on a variety of subjects. This course is studio based. After this workshop you should have a basic understanding of your camera and how to take more creative photos. No prior knowledge necessary.

Entry: £100

Contact (telephone/email): info@oldjet.co.uk 01394420500

web address: http://www.oldjet.co.uk/courses-and-classes/



Water Everywhere

The Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings, Snape. 10am - 5pm 

Water is the driving force of all nature. Leonardo da Vinci
Paintings by The Littlegarth Group, Dedham.
Information : 01728 688303


September 17

Baroque from the Wollaston Consort

Sibton Church IP17 2LX. 3.30pm

Music for flute & harpsichord, and on the historic organ.
A Sunday afternoon concert followed by tea & cake.

Entry: Free; retiring collection in aid of Suffolk Historic Churches Trust

Contact: lgacampbell@yahoo.co.uk


September 20

Life Drawing at Old Jet

Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, IP12 2TW, 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: 01394420500



An Evening with Nik Kershaw

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Nik Kershaw was made famous by his string of pop hits in the eighties, including ‘Wouldn’t it Be Good’, ‘I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ and ‘The Riddle’. Following the success of his 2014 ‘Me, Myself and I’ tour, Nik Kershaw returns, with another intimate evening of songs and stories.

Tickets: £23

Box Office: 01284 758000




RNLI fundraising Beer Festival

The Ferry, Felixstowe. From 6pm Friday, midday Saturday and Sunday

In addition to interesting beer, activities including live music, sailing, trawler race, duck race, craft stalls on Sunday, BBQ, tombola. Starts with Fish and Chips from 6pm on Friday to raise funds for our local RNLI.

Entry: Free


Triple Bill - National Dance Company Wales

Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 7.30pm

DanceEast welcomes Wales' flagship dance company to Ipswich for the first time. Presenting works from some of the most celebrated international choreographers alongside new creations by emerging choreographic talents. With technically brilliant dancers and an impressive repertoire, audiences will be spoilt with the company's dance offering this autumn.

Tickets: £12.50

Box Office: 01473 295230



September 23

Farmers Market

Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am-1pm


Buddy Holly Dance Party

The Spa Pavilion Theatre, Undercliff Road, felixstowe, Suffolk, Ip11 2DX, 7:30pm

In January 1959 Buddy Holly began a string of dates across the American mid-west. 'The Winter Dance Party Tour' included Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Dion and the Belmonts and of course Buddy himself. 58 years on from what was to prove to be Buddy, Ritchie and the Boppers' final concerts we are delighted to present a celebration of their music which brings all of those unforgettable stars back together.

This show will take you back to one of the most hit-packed rock and roll tours ever. From the early songs such as Buddy's 'Blue Days Black Nights' and 'Rock Around with Ollie Vee' to 'True Love Ways' and 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore'. Then the Big Bopper's 'Chantilly Lace', 'Running Bear' and 'White Lightning'. Ritchie's 'La Bamba', 'Come On Lets Go', 'Donna' and Dion's 'The Wanderer', 'Runaround Sue', 'I Wonder Why' and 'Teenager In Love' this will have you off your seat from start to finish.

All the music is performed by real musicians in authentic 50's attire on real instruments, and with all the main characters faithfully portrayed. No backing tracks here! The attention to detail will have you believeing that you are back in 1959. You will actually see how Buddy recorded songs such as 'Everyday' where the drums were replaced by the drummer slapping his knees and 'Not Fade Away' (No the 'Stones' didn't write it!) being performed again not on the drums but this time on a cardboard box! An Acknowledgement is made to the influence of Elvis on Buddy when we are treated to a short medley of Elvis songs that Buddy himself recorded. The expertise of the 'Counterfeit Crickets' double bass player at this point never fails to gain a standing ovation from the awe struck audience

This show, led by Buddy The Musical star Marc Robinson and supported by The Counterfeit Crickets, conclusively proves that the music did not die but lives on and is as vibrant and relevant as ever.

Tickets: Adult £23.50/£21.50 / Concessions £21.50/£19.50 Child (16 and under) and Concession (Over 65, Wheelchair User)

Contact: 01394 284962



Come and Sing The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins

Woolpit Village Hall, Mill Lane, Woolpit, IP30 9QX 11am to 4.30pm

Stowmarket Chorale sponsored singing workshop led by Leslie Olive, with an informal sing-through at 6pm. Open to all

Entry: £15 including music and lunch

Contact: tickets@stowmarketchorale.org.uk or Lucy at 01359 240676




Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Snape Maltings, 9.30am-5pm Saturday, 9.30am- 4pm on Sunday

Adult tickets: £8 for a day ticket £14 for a weekend ticket, both include a Festival programme and cotton shopping bag.

Information: 01728 688303



September 24


St Michael`s Church Framlingham 6pm to 8pm

Lindsay Gowers & Elizabeth Adams (soprano) Jake Barlow (counter tenor) Toby Ward (tenor) Tom Herring (bass) William Saunders (organ) Anna Ter Haar (flute) The Academy Chamber Choir & Players, Oliver Webber (leader) Andrew Cantrill (conductor)
Bach, Magnificant in D
Lotti, Credo in F
Bach, Orchestral Suite no 2
Bach, Sinfonia to Cantata 29
Vivaldi, Nuella in mundo pax sincera

Entry: £16 & £14 limited view school-age students free

Contact: Simon Burridge 01394 382706



Farmers Market

Lavenham Village Hall, 10am-1.30pm


Songbook Sundays @ The Athenaeum: Emily Saunders

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 11.30am

Rated as “absolutely brilliant” by BBC Radio 2’s Jamie Cullum and “the next big thing” by the London Evening Standard, London-based vocalist, songwriter, composer and producer Emily Saunders has carved her own sun-drenched niche that takes in jazz, pop and soul.

Tickets: £12 in advance, £15 on the door (includes breakfast)

Box Office: 01284 758000



Age UK Presents: Charity Companion Dog Show

Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich. 10am

Companion show, crossbreeds, fun classes, agility by Paws of Parham. Plus fly ball, side stalls,  BBQ and camping overnight. Proceeds to Age UK Suffolk and Beardies In Need.

Entry: £2 per class

Information: 07765 630182



Barbara Dickson

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Barbara emerged from the Scottish folk scene of the late 1960’s and enjoyed mainstream chart success with ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’, ‘Caravan’ and the number one single, ‘I Know Him So Well’.  As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier Award winning acting career, Barbara has firmly established herself as an enduring and popular artiste. Barbara is joined by pianist Nick Holland to perform a range of material drawing on her folk roots, classic hits and contemporary songs.

Tickets: £22

Box Office: 01284 758000



September 28

Marc Almond

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Shadows & Reflections Tour: Enjoy the unique vocal talents of Marc Almond in a very special concert featuring songs and hits from his 36 year career, beautiful new orchestral arrangements, iconic torch songs and 60s Orchestral Pop.

Tickets: £40

Box Office: 01284 758000



Joel Dommett

Ipswich Regent, 8pm

One of the UK’s most energetic and exciting comedians returns to the road with his solo show, Joel Dommett: LIVE. Catch the star of 2016’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Sky1’s Bring The Noise as he delivers his high octane comedy to venues up and down the country.

Tickets: £20

Box Office: 01473 433100


Wedding Open Evening

Bruisyard Hall, Bruisyard Road, Saxmundham, IP17 2EJ, 5pm

Whether you are after the perfect intimate setting or a wedding party with the works, this wedding open evening is not to be missed. Come and see how Bruisyard Hall and Barn can offer you your ideal tailor-made wedding experience. The Hall - 12-bedrooms all to yourself with games room, attic bar and 700 acres of grounds to explore. It’s perfect for a celebration with family and / or friends offering an idyllic bridal party preparation suite and guest accommodation. Plus, you can bring your dog! The Hall is licensed for civil ceremonies.

“It’s a home, not a hotel. You can kick your shoes off and put your feet up by the fire or enjoy a G&T on the terrace. Really settle in and feel at home. Families and friends love the privacy and the feeling of being at home in such an authentic and historic corner of Suffolk.” Robert Rous - owner.

The Barn - A stone’s throw from the Hall, the barn that once housed pedigree Friesian cows has been converted into a grand setting licensed for weddings and parties. The exposed oak beams, wooden floors and high ceiling still retain the feel of the medieval history, with great natural light and views of rolling farmland. You can take The Barn on it's own or coupled with The Hall.

Entry : Free

Contact: 01728 639000 or info@bruisyardhall.com



September 28 to October 4

COASTLANDS Fine Art Exhibition

Aldeburgh Gallery, 143 High St, Aldeburgh

‘Coastlands’, an exhibition of new contemporary paintings, drawings and sculpture at The Aldeburgh Gallery, runs for one week only. Aldeburgh Gallery is a venue for contemporary, applied and visual arts, at the heart of East Anglia’s Suffolk Heritage Coast. Contemporary paintings, drawings & sculpture featuring nine artists inspired by coast & land. Visitors to Coastlands will be the first to see the captivating creative results of a six month challenge undertaken by nine artists, working in a range of disciplines, mediums and styles, each interpreting Coast & Land in their own unique Fine Art specialism.

Wendy Bailey Abstract Seascapes & Landscapes, mix media
Sheena Clover Evocative monoprints & paintings
Elena Fleury-Rojo Glass Artist creating sculpture in glass
Maggie Harling Sculptor, Textile and Mixed Media artist
Angella Horner FRSA Painter: landscapes floral subjects in oils & acrylics
Karenza Jackson Artist & Printmaker, Artist in ‘Tidal Margins’ project
Colin McAllister Cartoonist & Illustrator in black & white, pen & ink
Francesca Ucci Colourful and bold paintings in acrylic ink
Michele Webber Watercolour Artist & mosaics: bright, lively, happy

During the week of the art show, all nine artists will each spend a day, at The Aldeburgh Gallery and look forward to welcoming you when you visit the exhibition. The artists look forward to answering any questions you may have about the exhibition.

Entry: Free

Contact: 07770 665512



A Night of Dirty Dancing

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 7:30pm

Box Office: 01394 284962




Evelyn Glennie & The Cohen Ensemble

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Rachmaninov: Prelude, Elgar: Serenade for Strings, Vivaldi: Piccolo Recorder Concerto, Corelli: La Folia, Cohen: Prelude 49, Cohen: Firefly, Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition.

Tickets: £27 to £22

Box Office: 01284 758000



Anglian Mist

The Cut, Halesworth

Inspired by the desolate beauty and strange structures of Orford Ness, dark secrets, counter-intelligence and spies are the order of the day for Anglian Mist, Stuff of Dreams’ 2017 production. When a notable author who specialises in conspiracy theories begins his lecture on the secret research carried out on Orford Ness during the Cold War, he is somewhat taken aback when an elderly lady in the audience stands up and takes exception to his claims. What follows is a psychological thriller, as a long-hidden cold war plot is brought kicking and screaming into the light of day, with chilling consequences for all involved.

Box office: 0300 3033211



September 30

Mike Westbrook The Uncommon Orchestra

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

A 21-piece Big Band comprising musicians and vocalists from the worlds of jazz, classical, pop and rock. Mike’s score involves lustrous brass harmonies, slamming guitar-powered riffs, a double rhythm section, vocal harmonies, humming electronics and anthemically roaring climaxes.

Tickets: £18

Box Office: 01284 758000



Henning Wehn: Westphalia is not an option

Ipswich Regent, 8pm

Join German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn for an evening of Teutonic jolliness at its best. After his last show tackled those well-known staples of light entertainment that are the British obsession with home ownership and the self-serving nature of most fundraising efforts, this time Henning’s having an unbiased look at immigration.

Tickets: £18.50

Box Office: 01473 433100



New Wolsey Studio, 10.30am, 1pm & 3.30pm

Leaf is another heart-warming play created by Tam Tam Theatre, whose previous shows for very young children include Circles in the Sand and Curious.

Tickets: £8

Box Office: 01473 295900


The Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 7:30pm

Box Office: 01394 284962




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