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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May 5


Beccles Town Centre, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9HA

The first of two Antiques Street Markets held in the centre of Beccles will take place on Sunday 5th May, (Bank Holiday weekend), with the second market taking place on Sunday August 11th. The market plays host to a hundred general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of good quality antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, books, clocks, retro and vintage design and decorative items. Many of the local shops and restaurants and bars are open that day and first class local ‘street food’ catering is incorporated into the market, including a hog roast. If you haven’t been before you really should give it a visit and experience the pleasure of a busy outdoor specialist market.

Entry: Free

Contact: 0502 711174 kates.lee2729@yahoo.com



may 6

Mendlesham Craft Show & Street Fayre

Mendlesham Community Centre and Old Market Street 10.30 - 5pm

Mendlesham Art and Craft Show held in conjunction with the Annual Street Fayre. Held in a large airy hall with 25 Art and Craft stalls displaying their original handcrafted items.

Entry: £3(under 16s free)

Contact: 01449 766006


May 11

Verdi Requiem

Snape Maltings Concert Hall 7:30pm

Beccles Choral Society, Gippeswyk Singers and Phoenix Singers are joining together to present Verdi's glorious choral masterpiece - a work of great lyrical beauty and passion - featuring international soloists: Elin Pritchard (soprano), Kate Woolveridge (mezzo soprano), John Upperton (tenor) and Andrew Slater (bass baritone). The thundering drums and heralding trumpets of the Lambeth Orchestra will have you tingling from head to toe! This performance also includes "Fanfare for Verdi Brass" by Simon Milton. Conducted by Geoff Lavery.

Entry: £15, £20, £25

Box Office 01728 687110

Contact: Cheryl Coutts 01502 714655; cherylcoutts468@btinternet.com;


Downland`s Denmark

St Michael`s Church, Framlingham 7.00pm finishes approximately at 9.00pm. Refreshments available.

Music from the court of Christian IV (1588-1648). Downland`s Denmark introduces the music of this grand court encountered through the British and Irish musicians, the experience of being a travelling musician and the longing for the sounds of home.

Entry: £14 or become a Friend for free admission. School-age students free.

Contact: Tickets for the concert can be bought online www.eastanglianacademy.org.uk or by email eastanglianacademy@gmail.com and on the door.


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May 17

St Mary's Church Farnham IP17 1LA, 7pm

Spring Serenade

Professional and amateur musicians resident in the Farnham and Stratford St Andrew area are joining together for a second time to put on a musical event which will raise money for St Mary's Church Farnham and Lighthouse Women's Aid while also providing an enjoyable and uplifting experience for the whole community. The programme will include Spring from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, soloist Roger Garland, and Morley's 'Now is the month of Maying' from the Aviary Choir. Ticket price includes fizz and canapés before the concert. Entry £15

01728 602679



St Mary of Grace Church, Aspall, Debenham, IP14 6NY. 7 pm

Lecture in aid of this church by well known Suffolk church historian Roy Tricker who has also produced a booklet. Pesvener describes the beautifully carved Victorian bench ends with carved figures, beasts & poppy heads etc. as 'an excellent set if not by Ringham by someone equally skilled'.

Entry: £10 [including a drink & nibbles]

Contact: Jean Ward 01728 860121 jean_ward10@yahoo.co.uk

May 18

St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford, 7.30 pm

Aldeburgh Music Club choir

A Night with the Choir

Aldeburgh Music Club Choir concludes its 2018-19 season with a diverse programme of sacred and secular music, conducted by Edmond Fivet. The evening includes the world premiere of ‘Sonata for cello and piano’ composed by locally based composer Jonathan Rutherford (with cellist Michal Kaznowski), Edward Elgar’s ‘Sea Pictures’ arranged for choir and piano, and a choral medley from Leonard Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’. Works by John Tavener, Gabriel Fauré and the 16th century Cistercian monk Jacob Handl, complete the programme.

Tickets priced at £18 are available from Snape Maltings Box Office on 01728 687110 or via the club’s website www.aldeburghmusic.club


Wolsey Orchestra - May Concert

Ipswich Corn Exchange, King Street, Ipswich IP1 1DH

For the final concert of the season, why not come and join the Wolsey Orchestra (conducted by Andrew Morley) and local pianist and concerto Finalist in the 2008 BBC Young Musicians Competition, Erdem Misirlioğlu, for an evening of nineteenth century romantic music:

Weber: Overture - Oberon
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54
Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia
Borodin: Symphony No.2 in B minor

Entry: Adults £15, Children / Full-time Students £3

Box Office: 01473 433100)


May 19

Suffolk Sunrise Cycle Sportive

Framlingham College - from 630am

Setting off with over 900 riders on this popular charity sportive you will soon be exploring the quiet country lanes of Suffolk which were just made for cycling with little traffic, superb countryside and coastal scenery.

Entry: £26 - £38

Contact: 07594 970028



May 21

Aldeburgh & District Flower Club's May meeting - Second-hand Rose

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

Join us for Aldeburgh & District Flower Club's May meeting in Aldeburgh Church Hall, Victoria Road, IP15 5EA, when our guest demonstrator Moira Neville will present "Second-hand Rose". Tea and coffee will be available, as well as our monthly raffle - a chance to win one of Moira's beautiful floral arrangements.

Entry: Admission at the door £5.00

Contact: 07748 854635 / markbhirst@gmail.com





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