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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july 1


The Old Print Works Halesworth , IP19 8AJ

A Monthly Antique and Vintage Market , held on the 1st Saturday of the Month

Entry: free

Contact: 01986 948546


Ipswich Death Cafe

Coffee Cat, Ipswich Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich 10am - 12 noon

Talking about death will not make you die, but it might just make you focus on how you live. This is simply a conversation. No Agenda, No Counselling, No Themes, just conversation, but with added coffee and cake! Death Café is a safe space for you to come and discuss death and dying. All are welcome, why not come along and join the conversation?

Entry: Free

Contact: deathcafe@theipswichcelebrant.co.uk 07702629631


July 4 - 10


Artspace Woodbridge 10am - 5pm

Evergreen: An exhibition of paintings and prints by local artist, Wendy Raynsford. A series of work exploring nature’s exquisite winding patterns, rich colours and delicate textures.

Entry: Free

Contact: wendy.raynsford@talk21.com

Instagram: wendy_raynsford.art

July 6

Rendham Village Fete

Grove Farm Meadow, Rendham IP17 2AE, 12.30 to 4pm

The Rendham Fete is one of the largest fetes in the region and is always an afternoon of fun and entertainment with a range of traditional fete stalls, games and arena activities, plenty of food and drink and bargains. Events include the Leiston Royal British Legion Band, a model aircraft display, a model railway setup, and classic cars and farm machinery. Other activities include a children’s entertainer and a dog agility display, with audience participation. Funds raised will be to support Rendham Church, Rendham Village Hall and Rendham Village Amenity Fund.

Entry price: Free

Contact: 07771 937675 matthew.greenburgh@gmail.com

Metfield Village Market

Metfield Village Hall, Skinners Lane, Metfield, IP20 0LH

Village Market. Local Beef, Shears Pork, Cakes, Jam, Vegetables. Craft stalls include Handbags, Jewellery, Cards, Knitted items, Homewares.

Entry: Free entry

Contact: Yvonne 07884062738

July 10 to August 31

Theatre on the Coast

Southwold Arts Centre

Summer theatre returns to the Southwold Arts Centre this year under new ownership. Matthew Townshend has taken over under the new brand of ‘Theatre on the Coast’. Shows include Patrick Marlowe’s The End of the Line, A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, Debbie Issitt’s The Woman who Cooked her Husband, finishing with Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse. Find out more at www.mtproductions.co.uk Tickets available online from start of April via Ticketsource.

Entry: £11 - £18

Contact: angharad@prominentpr.co.uk


july 11

Classics on the Green

Friston, IP171NP 3pm until 9pm

The 10th Classics on the Green for all classic vehicles made before 1970. Vehicles include cars, motor cycles, tractors and steam engines. There will be refreshments in the village hall, a BBQ, bar and the Old Chequers pub will be open all day. Arrive and depart when you like. Donations are collected for our Church.

July 13

Musical Theatre Workshops for 8-16yr olds

Long Melford Scout Hut, Hall Street. Long Melford

This is one of two workshops being led by professional Musical Theatre Director, Nikki Mundell-Poole for children aged between 8-16yrs old. Joining Nikki on the day leading the singing section of the day will be Rock Choir leader Daniel Ribbits and working with the children on dance and movement activities will be experienced and highly qualified dancer and student of the Guildford Conservatoire of Musical Theatre, Alice Tunningley. During the afternoon all aspects of performance will be covered. A Discount is available if both workshops are booked together.

Entry: £20 per child

Contact: 07789 405550


July 13 to 28

The Waveney Nine

Gallery 1, Wingfield Barns, Church Road, Wingfield, Suffolk, IP21 5RA

Nine professional women artists who live and work on the Suffolk/Norfolk border will be exhibiting a selection of figurative and abstract paintings
reflecting their highly individual perceptions of life. The group was formed in 2018 following several exhibitions where they had previously shown work together in Suffolk and Norfolk galleries and as part of the Harleston and Waveney Art Trail Collective. the Private View is open to the public 6-8pm Thursday 13th July.

Entry: Free Admission

Contact: 01379 384505



International Mini Print Exhibition

Gallery 2, Wingfield Barns, Church Road, Wingfield, Suffolk, IP21 5RA. 11am to 4pm Wednesdays to Sundays

Over six hundred and fifty prints from fifty countries worldwide. The limited edition prints cover all the traditional printmaking disciplines from etching, lithography, screen printing, monotypes and mixed media prints to the more experimental digital techniques, all working to a maximum of scale of 10 cm square.The private view is open to the public 6-8pm Thursday 11th July.

Entry: Free Admission

Contact: 01379 384505



Vive La France

St Michael`s Church Framlingham 2.00pm, 4.00pm and 4.30pm See description for details. Concert ends approximately at 6.00pm refreshnments available.

The musical soundtrack to the French Revolution was characterised by song, and most famously by the singing of the Marseillaise. Composers also wrote a range of music for the new, state-sponsored religion, and we will reconstruct a revolutionary `Fete de la Raison`, similar to that celebrated in 1793 - complete with processions, drums and rousing choruses!
2.00pm - Come & sing,£5 ( music provided; please register online www.eastanglianacademy.co.uk)
4.00pm- Pre-Concert talk by Andrew Cantrill-Fenwick
4.30pm - Concert Reconstruction

Entry: 2.00pm £5 (please register online) 4.30pm £12; school-age students free. Tickets can be bought online www.eastanglianacademy.co.uk, by email or on the door

Contact: eastanglianacademy@gmail.com


July 17

Felixstowe Death Cafe

Cuppa, 81 High Road, Felixstowe 10am - 12 noon

Talking about death will not make you die, but it might just make you focus on how you live. This is simply a conversation. No Agenda, No Counselling, No Themes, just conversation, but with added coffee and cake! Death Café is a safe space for you to come and discuss death and dying. All are welcome, why not come along and join the conversation?

Entry: Free

Contact: deathcafe@theipswichcelebrant.org.uk



Summer special: Indoor Market and Outdoor Table-top sale

Chamberlin Hall, Chamberlin Close, Bildeston IP7 7EW, 10:30-14:30

Bildeston summer market

Bildeston will be hosting an even bigger market in July, to make the most of the (hopefully) good weather. Come rain or shine, on Saturday 20 July the indoor market will be complemented by an outdoor table-top/car-boot sale selling a large variety of goods. Come along to browse stalls selling cakes, crafts, gifts, food, beauty products, jewellery, homewares and second-hand goods to name just a few! Our outdoor area overlooking the bowls green provides the perfect place for some al fresco dining, while we also have a lovely indoor cafe area if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Refreshments will be available on sale all day, selling teas, coffees, bacon butties and hot dogs at very reasonable prices. With free entry, plenty of free on-site parking and an adventure playground on site, this event will have something for all the family. If you have some goods to sell and are interested in having a stall, please contact Jayne at Chamberlin.indoormarket@gmail.com.

Entry: Free

Contact: Chamberlin.indoormarket@gmail.com




Earsham Street, Bungay (NR35 1AF ), 9am to 4pm

Antique and Vintage open air Antiques market in Earsham Street Bungay with over 80 Antiques traders , Food and Drink will be available on the Street including the infamous Hair of the Dog Prosecco bar

Entry: free

Contact: 01986 948546


Suffolk Soul Singers' 10th Anniversary Gig

James Hehir Theatre, DanceEast, 6pm

Suffolk Soul Singers are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a special concert of timeless soul and gospel classics, as well as contemporary hits with a soulful twist. Featuring unique arrangements by Musical Director, Andi Hopgood and backed by a live band, this dynamic community choir will perform an exciting mix of old and new songs guaranteed to get your feet tapping.

Entry: Tickets £12.50 Under 14s £8

Contact: INFO@DANCEEAST.CO.UK 01473 295230


Brass on the Grass

Upper Arboretum, Christchurch Park, Ipswich (Henley Road entrance).  2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Brass on the Grass concerts have become a regular feature of summer Sundays in the Christchurch Park and are organised by Friends of Christchurch Park. The Season is sponsored by The Greyhound public house.

July 21: The Essex Police Band, sponsor Woodcock and Son

July 28: Martlesham Brass, sponsored by a generous friend of the park

August 4: The Ipswich Hospital Band, sponsor Gotelee Solicitors LLP

August 11: Woodbridge Excelsior Band, sponsor Woodbridge Antiques Centre

Entry: Free

Information: contact Paul Buckley mambocombo@btinternet.com

July 25 to July 31

Stories without Words - a solo exhibition of recent work by artist Nicola Slattery RBA

ArtSpace 64 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk. Daily 10am to 6pm

Nicola Slattery is one of the leading visual artists in our region. A prolific member of the Royal Society of British Artists she has been described as possessing a “... mysterious, atmospheric style." (The Artist, January 2017) Her exhibition in Woodbridge at the end of July runs for just seven days at: ArtSpace - 64 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk. Nicola will be in attendance most days and available to discuss her work. “I normally sell most of my work through galleries in London and across the UK and rarely meet the buyers. Also working alone in a studio is a fairly solitary activity most of the time so it’s great to be able to spend a week meeting and listening to people responding directly to my work.”
Her paintings of imagined people and places act as catalysts for imagination to create stories in our mind. There is a still calmness and more than a little ambiguity about the characters that populate her paintings. The late Sister Wendy Beckett, nun, art critic, and television presenter, described Slattery’s work as: "... magical art, pure, humorous and strong". The art critic Nicholas Usherwood wrote in Galleries Magazine "..can hardly be bettered as expressions of a fertile imaginative fantasy". Take advantage of this rare and brief opportunity to see the latest work from an artist with a unique style and growing reputation.

Information: 01986 788853 or email artpeople @btopenworld.com

Entry: free


July 27 & 28

Strings Weekend

Northgate Arts Centre, 10 until 5pm

Take part in workshops and performances with Suffolk Young Strings and coaching by members of Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. For String players aged up to 16 years, playing at Grade 3 standard or above.
This is a Free Event to apply http://bit.ly/OAEStrings

Entry: Free

Contact: 01473 263400



september events