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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Ipswich, Corn Hill 10am - 2pm
Beccles Heliport 9am - 1pm
Snape Maltings 9.30am -1pm
Wyken Vineyard 9am - 1pm
CHRISTMAS ON THE SAINTS
St Peters Street, Ipswich, 10am to 4pm
Christmas Market - an extended shopping day with lots of fun. The street will be closed to traffic to host local artisans to offer crafts and food for sale.
Pop Chorus presents Winter Songbook
Ipswich Corn Exchange, 4pm & 7:30pm
The acclaimed Suffolk choir return to the Corn Exchange following last year's triumphant 'Human' show at the Regent, for a unique performance of their winter repertoire, with special guests Honey & The Bear. Matinee and evening concerts, each featuring over 150 singers, will whisk you through a magical hour of atmospheric songs and lush harmonies. From Kate Bush to U2 and even a couple of traditional songs, Pop Chorus give you their sparkling take on the festive season. ‘Winter Songbook’ marks the end of another brilliant year for the choir, including appearances at Suffolk Show, Latitude and First Light Festival and collaborations with BBC Radio 6 Music featured artist Mara Simpson and Scottish singer Jack Robertson. “Lovely stuff!” Dermot O’Leary, BBC Radio 2
Entry: £12 / £7 concessions
Contact: 01473 433100
December 1, 7&8, 14&15
Blackthorpe Barn Best of British Crafts (Sat-Sun only) 10am-5pm (Free after 4pm)
The barn is brimming with 100% British items all beautifully created by the exhibitors themselves, this is strict criteria for the crafts makers and that’s why visiting Blackthorpe Barn delivers such a unique experience. It really is the ultimate craft experience, with turned and crafted wooden creations, textile and knitwear garments, artworks and landscapes, ceramics and figurines, metal sculptures, leather goods, contemporary and textured jewellery and so much more. Many exhibitors change each weekend so there are new inspirations for each visit.
Entry: Adults £3, OAPs £2, Children/students free. Season tickets £10
December 2 to january 1
Dick Whittington - Family Pantomime
Beccles Public Hall & Theatre
Hearing that the streets are paved with gold, our down-on-his-luck hero Dick Whittington sets off to London in search of fame, fortune, adventure… and true love! But the dastardly King Rat and his band of evil ratlings will let nothing stand in the way of world domination and soon the streets of the capital are overrun with rats causing chaos and mayhem across the City. It’s up to Dick and his friends to save the day, and you’re all invited to join him on his adventures! A traditional family pantomime packed full of comedy, song, dazzling costumes and scenery - Beccles is the place to be this Christmas!
Entry: £10.50 - £12.50
Contact: 01502 770060
Christmas Wreath Making Workshop, 10am to 1pm
Workshops will include all materials: Natural holly, pine sprigs & cones foraged from the estate, ribbon, Christmas embellishments, twig rings & wire. Attendees may bring anything dear to them which they may like to incorporate into their own work – ribbons, beads, silk flowers etc. Please note that weather permitting, foraging for greenery outside the barn will form part of the workshop experience, therefore please bring suitable outdoor clothes, and footwear and a brolly if need be! A pair of gardening secateurs and gloves are also a good idea if you have them. Those who do not wish to participate in the foraging can stay in the workshop.
Age of attendees: 8+
December 6, 13 & 20
Blackthorpe Barn Country Christmas Shop Festive Nights,5.30pm-7pm
Country Christmas Shop is a haven for everything Christmassy from special gifts, baubles and decorations to lighting and gift wrap. It simply oozes with sophistication, wherever you look, you will be amazed by the pure creativity and attention to detail dedicated to each decoration, with themes such as Scandinavian Rustic, Elegant Peacock, Vintage Xmas and Moss Forest.
Chelsworth Christmas Fair
All Saints Church, Chelsworth, IP7 7HU, 11am - 4pm
A lovely rural Christmas Fair with about 20 craft and gift stalls. Light refreshments available and cosy pub lose by. Christmas shopping far from the busy high street.
Entry: £3 - children free (also free for Chelsworth residents)
Contact: 01449 744055
Walk Like A Man: A Celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Spa Pavilion Felixstowe, 7.30pm
The Four Seasons rose to stardom in the 1960s with some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs of a generation, pumping out classics such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” & “Walk Like a Man.” These tunes featured the sound of Frankie Valli, that sound of course is Valli’s falsetto, which dominated the airwaves of that time. The Band Consists of an all-male line up and truly were one of the most talented acts of the ’60s and ’70s. They sold over a 100 million records worldwide which landed them a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. “Walk Like A Man” is the ultimate Tribute Show to one of the most successful bands The Four Seasons. Produced by West Ends very own “Jersey Boy,” Mark Halliday.
Ticket: £23 Adults and £21 Children/Concessions
Box Office: 01394 284962