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octoBER Events

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Aled Jones and Russell Watson - In Harmony Tour

Ipswich Regent

As two of the classical world’s vocal powerhouses, Aled and Russell have received countless prestigious awards, record-breaking sales and chart successes. Over his extraordinary 30 year career, Aled's outstanding performances have made smash-hit box office history. Despite humble beginnings, Russell’s exceptional voice has led him to become one of Britain’s most popular and biggest-selling classical stars.

Tickets: From £18




Miloš: The Voice of the Guitar

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Showcasing the unique voice of the classical guitar through the works and musicians that defined it.

Whilst the names of some of the composers in this programme may be unfamiliar, the music will often be much better known. Miloš’s classical training at the Royal Academy of Music will be reflected with familiar pieces. Andrés Segovia was a particular influence on Miloš and the latter part of the programme demonstrates his subsequent devotion to the music of Latin America and the expansion of the technical and expressive qualities of the instrument. Concluding the programme, Miloš showcases his latest project with the music of the Beatles.

Tickets: £36

Box Office: 01284 758000





Born to Manifest

Jerwood Dance House, 7.30pm

Born to Manifest is a powerful new hip hop dance double bill that illuminates the experience of young black British men. Set to an original score from Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, this dynamic new dance work explores the themes of mental health and the power and privilege that still oppress and dictate.

Tickets: £12

Box Office: 01473 295230





Farmers’ Markets

Ipswich, Corn Hill 10am - 2pm

Beccles Heliport 9am - 1pm

Snape Maltings 9.30am -1pm

Wyken Vineyard 9am - 1pm


Hadleigh On Show

Hadleigh Guildhall 10am-4pm

70 Groups attending with displays, Hadleigh on Show is for Showing Off: Acting Barking Bowling Bricking Breathing Building Caring Celebrating Crafting Cycling Dancing Drinking Eating Enjoying Entertaining Farming Fundraising Gardening Gifting Giving Guiding Healing Helping Joining Kicking Laughing Learning Making Meditating Meeting Modelling Performing Playing Praying Relaxing Researching Riding Running Scoring Singing Socialising Stretching Supporting Tasting Turning Twinning Voguing Volunteering Winning Wombling.

Refreshments from Angel Delights, Light lunches and afternoon tea, Licensed Bar in the Grand Hall, Performance stage, Fashion Show, Dancing & Music, Sport, Games, Schools, Try something new, Everyone welcome

Entry: Free

Contact: hadleighonshow@gmail.com



Come Dance With Me

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Choreographed by Richard Marcel—the man who puts the Strictly couples through their steps - Come Dance With Me takes a warm-hearted, poignant family saga and adds the glory of ballroom and golden Hollywood era dance styles: the darker side of Victoria Wood with added Strictly Come Dancing!

Tickets: £21

Box Office: 01284 758000





Sindhu Vee: Sandhog

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Loving your children, spouse and ageing parents (in that order, please don’t tell my mother) is very hard work, very intense and a lot of the time it sucks. But who wants to live without love? Highly anticipated debut from the host of BBCR4’s Comedy of the Week podcast, Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2018, and TV panelist on QI, Have I Got News for You and Alan Davies As Yet Untitled.

Tickets: £18.50

Box Office: 01284 758000



Two Trains Running

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

The iconic American playwright August Wilson paints a vivid portrait of everyday lives in this defining moment of American history. When Two Trains Running opened on Broadway in 1992, its legendary premiere won TONY and Drama Desk Awards. Directed by the 2018 winner of the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award, Nancy Medina, this major revival will introduce this Pulitzer Prize shortlisted modern classic to UK-wide audiences for the first time.

Tickets: £28

Box Office: 01473 295900



Shopping Day in aid of Cancer Research UK

Lavenham Village Hall, 10am to 3pm

Free parking behind The Cock Horse Inn off Church St. Lots of lovely things for ladies of all ages - everyone welcome!Hotfooted ladies shoes & boots (a whole hall full!), collections of ladies clothes, jewellery, fashion accessories, gifts, plants & more... Refreshments and light lunches available.

Entry: £3 to Cancer Research UK (£2 after 1pm)

OCTOBER 8 - 12


The Laramie Project

New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Hailed as one of the most captivating and encompassing pieces of contemporary theatre, the play shocks, challenges, and moves all who watch it as it reveals the lowest depths of hatred and greatest heights of compassion that lies within all human beings in any seemingly average community.

Tickets: £10

Box Office: 01473 295900






Jonathan Pie - The Fake News Tour

Ipswich Regent

If no news is good news then good news is fake news. Jonathan Pie returns to the road once more to berate the people in power - and the journalists apparently holding them to account. Jonathan Pie is the exasperated News Reporter whose videos have been seen across the world. His previous two tours have taken in venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo and the London Palladium and performances across the US and Australia.

Tickets: From £26.50





While You Are Here

Jerwood Dance House, 7.30pm

A performance where dance and theatre meet, written by Eve Leigh and an exciting collaboration between Choreographer Jonathan Goddard and Director Lily McLeish.

Tickets: £12

Box Office: 01473 295230





Walking to Jerusalem

Halesworth Cut

2017 marked three major anniversaries for Palestinian people: the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the fifteenth year of Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian Territories, and the tenth year of the blockade of Gaza. To change the record after a century of injustice, a pilgrimage set out to walk from London to Jerusalem- in penance, solidarity and hope. This was the inspiration of award winning playwright, actor and musician Justin Butcher who worked with human rights charity Amos Trust to mount the Just Walk to Jerusalem from June to November 2017, calling for equal rights for all in the holy land. More than 100 walkers took part and nine walked the whole way.

Along Roman road and refugee routes, with occasional outbreaks of blisters, tear gas and desert spirituality, in a feat of virtuoso storytelling accompanied by a video montage created by ward winning artist Damian Hale and David Shepherd from live footage along the route. Justin Butcher traces the perils, pratfalls and marvels of the path to Jerusalem. A chronicle of serendipity: happenstances, hilarious, infuriating and occasionally numinous – or as pilgrims might say, encounters with the divine.




Saturday 12th October 2019 7.30pm

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall


Super-famous Mozart, his pupil Hummel’s tremendous Trumpet Concerto sparkle on two consecutive days & the sobering Tragic Interlude of Alwyn provides moments for reflection. Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K525 Hummel Trumpet Concerto Soloist John Jermy Alwyn Tragic Interlude Mozart Symphony No. 40 Tickets £20 / £8 Under 18

www.snapemaltings.co.uk 01728 687110 www.aldeburghjubileehall.co.uk Aldeburgh Cinema Box Office 01728 454884



Farmers Markets

Halesworth Produce Market 9am - 1pm

Woodbridge Community Centre 9am -1pm

Wyken Vineyard 9am - 1pm


Wireless Wise

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Celebrate BBC Radio with Garry Richardson, Charlotte Greene, Alistair McGowan, the Reverend Richard Coles and special guests as they reminisce in a show packed with hilarious anecdotes, sketches and music.

Tickets: £30

Box Office: 01284 758000



Autumn Interlude, a Concert by Suffolk Singers, directed by Claire Westom

St Mary’s Church, Woodbridge

Come and listen to this splendid mixed choir for an enjoyable evening as they perform a varied programme selected from their wide repertoire which ranges from early music by Byrd and Palestrina through to modern composers like Macmillan, Gjello and Whitacre, much of which is performed a cappella. The singing of this award-winning choir has resounded in many prestigious venues including local churches and the cathedrals of Bury St. Edmunds, Ely and Norwich as well as in cathedrals abroad, notably Ypres and Ghent during a tour to Belgium last year when they were also privileged to sing at the Menin Gate’s Last Post ceremony. In 2017, Suffolk Singers were proud to feature in the summer concert series at Norfolk’s Binham Priory. As ‘something completely different’ they have also performed at a concert alongside the singing group G4 and recorded for the SkyArts program on Constable with Richard. E. Grant as part of the series for Tate Britain. Learn more about Suffolk Singers on their website <www.suffolksingers.co.uk> where you can access recordings from previous concerts. Further dates for your diary are 3rd November for an all day Workshop at Woodbridge School, more information will follow nearer the date, and a charity concert on 18th January, 2020 in Woodbridge Community Centre.

Entry price: £12

Contact: Roger Robinson 01394 279907


John Lennon Tribute UK - Lennon Retrospective

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury Suffolk. CO10 2AN, 7.30pm

A must for fans of John Lennon & The Beatles! Full 5 piece band bringing you all the best Lennon penned songs in a 2hr fully costumed show. Be taken on a magical journey through John Lennon’s best loved songs starting with his solo work and culminating in the early lively Beatles classics in this 2 hour show which will have you dancing by the end & leave you with lasting memories. The highly acclaimed John Lennon Tribute band are causing a sensation on their tour delighting audiences young & old alike wherever they go. With past shows including a stage invasion, audience seranding & even a rooftop solo gig by frontman Gaz Keenan in Stratford before their main show, audiences are left spellbound. Lennon look-and-sound-alike Gaz Keenan, with over 25 years in the music industry, won ITV’s Big Audition show back in 2018. His passion for The Beatles and John Lennon in particular, led to the conception of John Lennon Tribute UK a highly professional band of musicians with many years experience. The 2 hour fully costumed show faithfully recreates all that you know & love about John Lennon

Entry: £15

Contact: phone 01787374745 manager@quaysudbury.com


October 12 and 13

Kersey Harvest Flower Festival

St Mary's Church, Kersey

Over the weekend St Mary's Church will host Kersey's flower festival arranged to coincide with harvest time. St Mary's is a Grade 1 listed Parish Church entrenched in history and set in medieval surroundings. Come and be amazed by this historic village and church adorned in floral tributes worthy of it's beauty

Entry: Free

Contact: kerseyprojects@gmail.com



Blue Harlem 

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 7pm

Blue Harlem launched the career of rising star Imelda May and are now proud to feature as their vocalists the sensational Sophie Shaw. The band are led by saxophonist and arranger Al Nicholls and feature Paul Eldridge on piano, Sandy Burnett on double bass, Paul Robinson on drums, Gethin Liddington on trumpet and Horace Cardew on saxophone.

Tickets: £32

Box Office: 01473 295900




Sibton Church, Yoxford Road, Sibton, IP17 2NB

A light-hearted music programme by Cantilena Cellos 'from Bach to the Beatles' ; suitable for all ages. Tea & cakes after the concert. All Welcome.

Entry: £10 (£2 for under 16s). Pay at the door

Contact: 01728 453349

Craft, Gift and Makers Market

Woodbridge, Farlingaye HIgh School 10am to 4pm

Over fifty stalls selling crafts, handmade items goods and gifts; from glasswork to felted jewellery, decorations to handmade children's clothing, candles to eco products for the home. While away a few hours browsing the stalls, having coffee, and picking up some unique Christmas presents.
This year's event is bigger than ever, with live demonstrations, music and a cafe zone. Lots of fun with raffle and always popular, tombola.

Lots of free parking, and all an easy walk from the centre of beautiful Woodbridge.

Entry: £ 1 for adults. Kids go free.

Contact: 01394 385720

Race for Wildlife 2019

Lakenheath Fen RSPB reserve, 11am

We will be holding our very popular annual Race for Wildlife, where you can run a 5km or 10km circuit of the nature reserve covering areas not normally open to the public. There'll be a goody bag and medal for every participant, with a handcrafted and unique wooden medal for the top three finishers in each of our four categories (women's and men's 5km and 10km). At the end you can head back to our Visitor Centre for a slice of homemade cake and a hot drink made by our friendly volunteers. All proceeds will go towards the conservation and upkeep of the nature reserve.
There'll also be regular marshals, trained first aiders throughout the route and a water station at the 5km point. The race is suitable for all abilities and is an ideal way to help wildlife while enjoying a healthy adventure on a beautiful nature reserve!

Entry: £18 for adult RSPB members, £15 for adult non-RSPB members, £9 for child non-RSPB members, £7.50 for child RSPB members

Contact: 01842 863404 or heidi.jones@rspb.org.uk



Gilbert O’Sullivan

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Enjoying one of the most creative and commercially successful periods of an outstanding career, Gilbert O’Sullivan has continued to look to the future while his famous back catalogue has, as ever, won the respect and adoration all over the world. 2018’s self-titled album reached the top 20 and he now returns for a solo show that will see him present new songs alongside classics in an intimate and unforgettable setting.

Tickets: £29.50

Box Office: 01284 758000



Code Breakers

New Wolsey Theatre, 7pm

Dr Mark Baldwin presents one of the Second World War's most fascinating stories. The Allied Codebreakers, who deciphered a vast number of German secret messages, used the intelligent gained to hasten Allied victory.

Tickets: £25

Box Office: 01473 295900



THE SUFFOLK GIFT FAIR - in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance

Seckford Hall, Woodbridge, 9am to 3pm

More than 40 fabulous stallholders from all over the country selling leather goods, jewellery, clothes, toys and games, accessories for house and garden, kitchenware, stationery, delicious things to eat and drink, and much more.

Entry: £5

Contact: 01728 687703

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Budapest Café Orchestra

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick The Budapest Café Orchestra plays traditional folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia - Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and beautiful ballads, including the theme to Schindler's List. Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires, this is hugely entertaining with immense skill and profound musicianship. A show by the BCO is good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube! “The fiery vivacity and awe-inspiring musicianship of the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet…” The Times.

Tickets: £18.50

Box Office: 01284 758000





Farmers Markets

Aldeburgh Church Hall 9am - 12 noon

Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm

Long Melford Village Hall 10am - 1pm

Wyken Vineyard 9am - 1pm




Staging Schiele

Jerwood Dance House

Inspired by the extraordinary work and life of Austrian artist Egon Schiele, famous for his unflinching nudes and searing self-portraits, the piece scrutinises the eternal conundrum of the male artist and the female model.

Tickets: £12

Box Office: 01473 295230



Britten Weekend: Britten & Russia

Snape Maltings

Britten’s first encounter with Shostakovich and Rostropovich in September 1960 was the beginning of two enduring friendships. These led to Britten embracing instrumental chamber music, had a profound influence on the Aldeburgh Festival, and created significant links across the Iron Curtain at one of the most tense periods of the Cold War. Our Britten Weekend recreates that 1960 concert and celebrates Britten, the cello, Russia and his Russian friends in the company of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and others.

Box Office: 01728 687110



october 19

Wickham Market Arts Festival

High Street, Wickham Market IP13 0HE, 10am - 4pm

Returning by popular demand the Wickham Market Arts Festival and Big Draw is a wonderful celebration of the energy and talent shown by the many artists in the village and surrounding area. There will be exhibitions of both contemporary and traditional art together with the chance to get involved. The Big Draw workshops are for anyone who loves to draw as well as those who think they can’t! It promotes drawing as a universal language that has the power to change lives and unite people around the globe. Open to all visitors of any age we invite you to participate in the many workshops across the village. This is a free event and all art materials are provided. Saturday 19 October is the first day of the autumn half-term, why not make a day of it by visiting the Wickham Market Arts Festival, shops and cafes.

Entry: Free

Contact: 07799 432255 email: info@wmartsproject.co.uk

OCTOBER 22 – 26


Calendar Girls

Ipswich Regent

Tickets: From £15




Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge

With a village full of professional bridesmaids, all they want is to marry everyone off. Rose Maybud, in following her book of etiquette is unable to return Robin's advances. Robin holds a dark secret, as he holds the cursed title of Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, which Sir Despard in believing Robin is dead, currently holds. When Richard returns from sea he falls in love with Rose and reveals Robin's secret. What will happen to Robin when he takes over the cursed title and will the bridesmaids ever get their wedding?

Tickets: £16

Box Office: 01473 295900



OCTOBER 24 - 27

Halloween Spooktacular - The Carnival of Screams

The Stonham Barns Theatre - Daily at 2pm

All is not as it seems and our hap-hazard duo get caught up in all kinds on spooky goings on. Meet acrobatic skeletons, dancing zombies and much more as we take you on a creepy adventure featuring hilarious comedy, mind blowing illusions and sensational speciality acts all with a spooktacular theme! Will Alex and Robbie be able to scare away the ghosts? You will have to come and find out for yourselves ..... This is the perfect show for all the family! With a great pantomime atmosphere there is nothing too scary for the little ones but plenty to keep the older ones amused!

Entry: Tickets from £10 per person

Contact: 01449 711111 events@stonhambarns.co.uk




Farmers Markets

Snape 9.30am

Woodbridge Community Centre 9am - 1pm

Wyken Vineyard 9am - 1pm


ETO: Mozart: The Seraglio

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 7.30pm

Mozart up-ends all possible stereotyping in his singspiel. If you meet a more independent and assured maid than Blonde, maybe take cover; if you expect tyranny from everyone who frightens you, look closer at the Pasha. ETO’s period production is a charming confection with a beating heart.

Entry: free (booking required)

Box Office: 01728 687110





Farmers Markets

Lavenham Village Hall 10am - 1.30pm

Landguard Spooky Day

Felixstowe Museum, View Point Road, Felixstowe IP11 3TW , noon to 4pm

A fun-packed afternoon of gentle chills and thrills! Spooky magic show with Steff and Nonsense. Crafts to make and colouring-in. Quiz trails. Come in fancy dress... with prizes to be won! Museum decorated spooky-style. This event is suitable for children aged 2-12 years. Younger or older children may attend at parent's discretion. Children aged one and under free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities included in the one price. You must pre-book in advance for this event - NO tickets available on the door.

Entry: Children £7, adults £2

Contact: 01394 674355 felmuseum@btopenworld.com



Little Fort of Horrors - The Curse of the Dead

Landguard Fort, View Point Road, Felixstowe IP11 3TW, 7pm to 11pm

Dare you enter Landguard Fort after dark? - You are invited to a special viewing at Landguard Fort - A strange artefact known as the Mask of the Dead that was unearthed at the G’harne excavation site in Africa - and then mysteriously stolen - has been found in a container at the Port during a customs check. As a security measure the artefact has temporarily been moved to Landguard Fort for safe keeping before been taken to the British Museum in London. The mask was reputed to have legendary powers. The wearer could raise an army of the dead, and his enemies would grow weak and die just looking at it. The mask disappeared centuries ago until its recent discovery.

Due to the interest it has generated, for one night only, you are invited to attend a special Open Evening at Landguard Fort on Saturday 26 October - where the mask will be revealed and an expert archaeologist will be present to answer questions.

Entrance to the evening is by ‘timed ticket’. You can book a 10 minute arrival time slot between 1900 and 2300. No admittance to anyone under 14 years of age. Limited tickets, pre-booking in advance is recommended.

Entry: £12

Contact: 01394 675900 operations@landguard.com




Mari Wilson

New Wolsey Theatre, 7pm

It’s just what you always wanted - the Queen of the Beehive, Mari Wilson, graces our stage with her sensational New Wilsations. Mari was one of the most successful singers of the 1980s and celebrates that unforgettable era with the group who backed her on many of her most memorable recordings from that era and beyond.

Tickets: £28

Box Office: 01473 295900



October 27

Daws Hall Autumn Colours Open Afternoon

Daws Hall Nature Reserve, 12-4pm

Daws Hall Trust will be holding Autumn Colours Open Events, Sunday 27th October and 3rd November 2019, 12-4pm. £6 adult, £2 children (under 5’s free). No pre-booking necessary, free parking available. Sorry no dogs. Visitors can enjoy a stroll through our spectacular Nature Reserve and Garden. The Sanctuary Garden is ’a blaze of colour’, when the collection of over fifty different acers and several different nyssas and liquidambers can be seen at their best. The entire garden is wheelchair accessible. On the reserve, find our Education Team for family fireside-fun in our wonderful ‘Back to Nature’ project in the wood, with rope swings, hollow logs to crawl through, dens to build and marshmallows to toast on the fire! Complete the afternoon with a hot drink and slice of cake in our classroom. We are also delighted to announce the publication of Iain Grahame’s new book, – Birds, Bees and Butterflies – The story of a very special nature reserve and gardens, with a foreword by Alan Titchmarsh. The book will be available to purchase on two open days.

Entry: £6 adult, £2 children (under 5’s free).

Contact: info@dawshallnature.co.uk




My Last Supper with Jay Rayner

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

It’s the question award-winning restaurant critic, MasterChef judge and writer Jay Rayner has been asked most often by audiences across the UK. It happened so often that he decided the time had come to investigate the concept of the last supper and why it intrigues us so.

Tickets: £21

Box Office: 01284 758000





Fantastic Mr Fox

New Wolsey Studio

Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the failed attempts of three horrible farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, as they try to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. Join the New Wolsey Youth Theatre as they adventure deep underground and into one of the world’s most popular children’s stories.

Tickets: £8

Box Office: 01473 295900





Neil Oliver

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

The Story of The British Isles in 100 Places. After twenty years travelling to every corner of the UK and filming BBC2’s ‘Coast’, Neil has fallen in love with these astonishingly beautiful isles. The human story here is a million years old, and counting. The tolerant, easy-going peace we enjoy has been hard won and the places Neil’s seen have given him a unique view and understanding of British history. Hear in his amusing and entertaining way what it all means to him, and why we need to cherish and celebrate our wonderful countries.

Tickets: £25

Box Office: 01284 758000


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