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January 21 - March 17

Mini Mammoths

Ipswich Museum

Join our interactive sessions for young children and their parents, grandparents and carers. Explore the collections and galleries together through a mixture of play, stories, craft and science activities, all designed to encourage development, communication and curiosity about the world around us. We have added three repeat sessions, so that more families can book places.

Tickets: £2.75

Box Office: 01473 433100

February 18 - 20

Animal Invasion

Ipswich Museum

The live animals are back! Find out more about a range of animals, how they adapt and survive in their environments, and how humans have an impact on their worlds.

Tickets: £3.85

Box Office: 01473 433100

February 19

Kiefer Sutherland Plus Special Guests

Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 7pm

Actor and singer-songwriter Kiefer Sutherland is best known for playing the role of Jack Bauer on the hit TV show 24. He released his first album ‘Down in a Hole’ in 2016, with its follow up ‘Reckless and Me’ released in April 2019.

Tickets: £34

Box Office: 01473 433100

February 20

The Jive Aces Big Beat Revue

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm

The Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists explode onto the stage in their trademark yellow suits for an exciting mix of hot jive, swinging’ rhythm and blues and classic rock ’n’ roll. “The crazy energy of the Jive Aces can certainly whisk you away to a different era and tempt you to Jump, Jive and Wail out of happiness and joy!” The Student Newspaper, Edinburgh.

Tickets: £21

Box Office: 01284 758000
www.theapex.co.uk

February 20 to 22

The Ballad Of Maria Marten

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

By Beth Flintoff Director – Hal Chambers

A thrilling retelling of a real-life Suffolk murder mystery…
Summer, 1827. In a red barn Maria Marten awaits her lover. A year later her gruesomely murdered body is found in a grain sack, barely identifiable.
Maria’s story sent shock waves throughout the country. The Red Barn Murder (as it became known) was national news, inspiring writers and film makers down the ages. The sort of gruesome tale that had all the hall marks of a classic crime drama – a missing body, a country location, a disreputable squire and a village stuck in its age-old traditions.
But in all this hysteria Maria’s own story gets lost. Until now. Hal Chambers and Beth Flintoff’s spine-tingling retelling rediscovers her story, bringing it back to vivid, urgent life.

Age guidance 12+

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

February 21

Ebonit Saxophone Quartet I

Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, 12pm

Programmes to include Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Tickets: £4.50 - £9

Box Office: 01728 687110
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February 22

Farmers Markets

Wyken Vineyard 9am -1pm

Woodbridge Community Centre 9am -1pm

Snape Maltings 9.30 am

February 22

Tchaikovsky Piano Trio

Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, 7.30pm

The theme of friendship links Mozart’s elegant duo for violin and viola, composed to help out a friend in need, and Tchaikovsky’s epic Piano Trio written in memory of the great pianist Nikolai Rubinstein.

Tickets: £7.50 - £15

Box Office: 01728 687110
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February 22

Ardal O’Hanlon: The Showing Off Must Go On

Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 8pm

Ardal O’Hanlon, star of TV shows such as Death in Paradise (BBC One), Father Ted (Channel 4) and My Hero (BBC One), continues to tour his acclaimed stand-up show worldwide. Because he loves it. And it’s a compulsion. And the world is a funny place.

Tickets: £24

Box Office: 01473 433100

February 23

Mozart Divertimento

Britten Studio, Aldeburgh, 4pm

What’s in a name? Debussy’s Préludes are not exercises but pivotal piano works of the 20th century, launching brilliant new textures on the instrument while exploring new worlds of atmosphere and colour.

Tickets: £5 - £10

Box Office: 01728 687110
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February 23

Brendan Cole - Show Man

Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 7.30pm

Expect every style of ballroom and Latin dance from Brendan Cole and his hand-picked championship dancers, performed to the music and songs of some of the greatest legends and contemporary artistes. Whether you love a cheeky Charleston or a sexy Salsa, with music from Beggin’ to Bublé, plus numbers from The Greatest Showman and La La Land – this show has it all.

Tickets: £41.50

Box Office: 01473 433100

February 23

The Seasons

Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, 2pm

Mozart’s piano sonatas are intimate encounters with the composer at his own instrument and the perfectly made K311 sparkles with brilliance and clear textures. Tchaikovsky’s piano cycle The Seasons was commissioned for a publisher’s stunt of issuing one piece a month over the course of a year, but the composer could not stop himself from turning them into lyrical jewels.

Tickets: £5 - £10

Box Office: 01728 687110
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February 24 to 29

Once

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

Once may not be enough for you to see this multi award-winning Broadway and West End hit musical. Based on the critically acclaimed and much-loved film, you will meet (and never forget) two lost souls – a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician — who find each other unexpectedly and fall in love. You will fall in love, too, with this brilliant and beautiful musical, filled with live music, from lush ballads to barnstorming reels. Once is a spell-binding and uplifting story of hopes and dreams.

This is Once’s first major UK tour having won awards across the world, including the Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, eight Tony awards and an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

February 27

Milton Jones in Milton: Impossible

Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 7.30pm

Milton reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo. But this is also a love story with the twist, or even a really bad sprain.

Tickets: £30.50

Box Office: 01473 433100

February 28

Ebonit Saxophone Quartet II

Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, 12pm

Programmes to include Prokofiev & Rimsky-Korsakov.

Tickets: £4.50 - £9

Box Office: 01728 687110
www.snapemaltings.co.uk

March 1

Some Kind of Wonderful

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

Stephen Foster Presents an all-star celebration of Stevie wonder featuring two of the UK’s finest musicians – saxophonist Derek Nash and singer Noel McCalla who come together to celebrate the music of one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time.
An award-winning saxophonist, Derek Nash is perhaps best known as one of the featured saxophonists with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orcxhestra, leader of the enormously successful Sax Appeal and co-leader of the funk/groove outfit Protect The Beat. Noel McCalla first came to prominence in the seminal jazz/funk band Morrisey Mullen while also providing vocals on Genesis bassist Mike Rutherford’s highly acclaimed album Smallcreep’s Day. These two remarkable musicians, along with a stellar band that includes Neil Angilley (Vanessa Mae, Down To The Bone) on piano, Jonathan Noyce (Jethro Tull, Gary Moore) on bass and Nic France (David Gilmour, Bill Withers) on drums, will be bringing to life some of Stevie’s many classics.
This amalgamation of two truly wonderful musicians over the melting pot of one of the greatest songwriters of all time promises to be a unique and powerful experience and is not to be missed.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

March 1

Strictly Orchestral – Ipswich Symphony Orchestra

Corn Exchange, Ipswich

Come along for a fun, family afternoon of orchestral dance music! From Bernstein to ballet, there is something for everyone, and a chance to get up close to a live symphony orchestra. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Box Office: 01473 433100
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March 3 to 7

Absurd Person Singluar

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

Directed by Michael Cabot, Set Design by Simon Scullion, Lighting Design by Andy Grange, Costume Design by Kate Lyons

Three married couples. Three kitchens. Three Christmas parties.

Sidney Hopcroft, a small-time tradesman, persuades wife Jane to throw a party hoping to find favour with a bank manager and local architect. As celebrations begin, class differences and naked ambition combine to hilarious effect as, one by one, the characters seek refuge in Jane’s kitchen.

Over the next two years, the Jacksons and Brewster-Wrights take turns to host festivities. But Sidney’s star has begun to rise and roles are increasingly reversed as the cracks in the other couples’ marriages begin to show.

Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece of social climbing in 1970s suburbia fuses a potent mix of farce and black comedy.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

March 5

The Nutcracker

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Performed by The Russian State Ballet of Siberia and accompanied live by The Russian State Ballet Orchestra, this most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family begins as night falls on Christmas Eve. As snowflakes fall outside, the warm glow of the open fire sends flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath. When midnight strikes we are swept away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems, toy dolls spring to life off the set, the Mouse-king and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins.

Tickets: £15 to £42

Box Office: 01473 433100
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March 6

Murder Mystery Evening in aid of Somersham Primary School

Somersham Village Hall, Lower Somersham, Ipswich, IP8 4PJ. 7pm

“A fistful of a few unforgiven dollars more” – A ‘whodunnit’ radio style play, written by Tom Hitchcock. Tables of 6-8 available. Bar, Raffle. Event organised by FOSS – Friends of Somersham School PTA

Ticket price: £12.50 incudes chili supper Contact information: Jennie Hutchinson 07931 857471

Jennie Hutchinson 07931 857471 jenniehutchinson@hotmail.co.uk

March 7

Farmers Markets

Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Snape Maltings 9.30am – 1pm

Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm

March 8

Farmers Market

Cornhill, Ipswich 10am - 2pm

March 8

Nine Below Zero

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

40 years since Nine Below Zero first offered a rhythm & blues alternative to the punk-pop of the mainstream, the south Londoners promise a supercharged show from start to finish. Founding members Dennis Greaves (guitar & vocals) and Mark Feltham (harmonica & vocals) will be joined by Dennis’ son Sonny Greaves on drums, Ben Willis on bass, Tom Monks on keyboards and the impressive female vocals of Charlie Austen. Formed in 1979 the band took their musical cues from the R&B greats of the 1960s, with a harder-edged sound more akin to contemporaries Dr Feelgood with a strong dose of The Yardbirds. The critically acclaimed expanded line-up is celebrating the release a new album entitled Avalanche. It’s one of the best CDs in the group’s long history and songs from it will take pride of place in what will surely be one of Ipswich’s best gigs of 2020

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

March 10 and 11

A Little Space

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

What does it mean to you to have a little space?
A little space where we can escape the world and be ourselves. Where we can say whatever we want, do whatever we feel and where no-one will ever bother us.
But it can be an unpredictable space too, where voices are funnelled away, fears leak through the floorboards, songs light up the room and you never know who’s listening behind the door. ¬
A place where whispers come to life and one kind gesture could change everything.
a little space has been commissioned by HOME, Manchester and The Place, London.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

March 12

Adam Kay - This is Going to Hurt

Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 7.30pm

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music. Absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019, Soho Theatre 2017, UK tours and multiple West End runs in 2018 and 2019. The accompanying book, ‘This is Going to Hurt’ is a Sunday Times bestseller, and is being turned into a major BBC series.

Box Office: 01473 433100
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March 13

Sing Sing Swing with Matt Ford

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

Matt Ford (BBC Proms, John Wilson Orchestra, BBC Big Band, Syd Lawrence Orchestra) and his Band perform the hits of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Dean Martin, Matt Monro and many more.
Matt Ford is known as the finest Big Band singer in the UK, helped by his numerous TV broadcasts and his appearances in the major concert halls as lead singer with The John Wilson Orchestra. This show presents Matt at his best, an engaging personality, singing some of the best songs around.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

March 13

Clannad

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

They’ve sold 15 million records worldwide and had eight Top 10 U.K. albums to their name to date. Their ‘In a Lifetime’ The Farewell World Tour will celebrate their exceptional 50-year career. Without doubt they have done more than any other group to take Irish music and the Irish language to a worldwide audience.

Tickets: £33 to £63

Box Office: 01473 433100
Ipswichtheatres.co.uk

March 14

Farmers Markets

Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm

Old Print Works, Halesworth 9am – 1pm

Long Melford Village Hall 10am – 1pm

March 14

Dad’s Army Radio Hour

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

Two actors, two microphones, over twenty-five characters – and lots of sound effects! The nation’s favourite sitcom returns new-minted in this highly-acclaimed production. Perry and Croft’s classic BBC sitcom brought gloriously to life. Three episodes of the hugely popular radio series hilariously and lovingly enacted by two master performers. David Benson (Goodnight Sweetheart and One Man, Two Guvnors) and Jack Lane (Wisdom of a Fool and 7 Days) transport the audience right back to Walmington, working from original radio scripts – complete with sound effects, vintage music and all of Perry and Croft’s beloved characters and catchphrases. Highly acclaimed by critics and by audiences of all ages.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

March 14

Madama Butterfly

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Welcoming back the fabulous Korean soprano Elena Dee and the celebrated international soprano Alyona Kistenyova. This award-winning opera returns in a new production with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.

Tickets: £15 to £38

Box Office: 01473 433100
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March 17

Meet our consultants on … Arthritis

Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, 7pm

With presentations from our Consultant Rheumatologists and a senior physiotherapist, you can explore your options for private treatment.

Places are FREE and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

Call us on 01473 851 960 or visit www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/ipswich#events.

March 17 to 21

Macbeth

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

Shakespeare’s darkest and spookiest thriller. Battles. Murder. Ghosts. And desire…
Three witches on a heath have a disturbing prophecy for a victorious warrior. Macbeth will be king of Scotland. As this wicked seed is planted, daring Macbeth and his determined wife Lady Macbeth draw bloody draggers and set out on a fateful path.
But seizing the crown comes at a terrible price, as guilt grows, enemies draw close and the fight for survival hurtles towards a tragic conclusion…
Post Show Talk Thu 19 Mar, 7pm
Backstage Tour Sat 21 Mar, 12.30pm
7.45pm ,Fri 20 Mar will be a Captioned Performance

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

March 18

Sir Ranulph Fiennes - Living Dangerously

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Both light-hearted and strikingly poignant, Living Dangerously offers a personal journey through the life of ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, spanning early childhood and school misdemeanours, right through the Transglobe Expedition and his many record-breaking achievements.

Box Office: 01473 433100
Ipswichtheatres.co.uk

March 19

Meet our consultants on … Hip and Knee Pain

Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, 7pm

If hip or knee pain are affecting your mobility, you can find out more about private treatment at this event.

Places are FREE and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

Call us on 01473 851 960 or visit www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/ipswich#events

March 20

Casino Night

Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall, 7.30 to 11.30pm

In Support of the Elena Baltacha Foundation your evening includes:
*Welcome Drink
*$30 of starter chips for playing on the six tables
*Fabulous prizes for the winning players
*Amazing gondola-style street food
*Entertainment by The Hi-Hat Jacks
*Great prizes to bid on with Good to Auction

£65 per person

contact: vicky@elenabaltachafoundation.org

March 21

Farmers Markets

Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm

Aldeburgh Church Hall 9am - 12 noon

Aldeburgh Church Hall 9am – 12 noon
Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm
Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

March 21

Bach and Vivaldi - A Celebration

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 7.30 pm

Aldeburgh Music Club Choir return to Snape Maltings Concert Hall to perform sacred choral works by two of the great Baroque composers – Vivaldi’s Credo RV591 and Gloria RV589, and Bach’s Easter Oratorio BWV249, first performed on Easter Sunday 1725 at Leipzig. The beautiful opening sonata from Bach’s Cantata Himmelskönig, sei willkommen BWV281 completes the programme.

The choir are joined by the Suffolk Baroque Players and soloists Zoë Brookshaw (soprano), Ciara Hendrick (mezzo-soprano), Alastair Brookshaw (tenor) and Kieran Rayner (baritone). Edmond Fivet conducts in his final concert at Snape Maltings before his retirement as the Choir’s Music Director in May.

£18/£22/£25 (students half price)

Box Office: 01728 687110
www.aldeburghmusic.club

March 22

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra’s Mothers' Day Family Concert

Corn Exchange, Ipswich

Bill Turnbull narrates the story of Peter And The Wolf in this Mother’s Day Family Concert, packed with popular classics. Antiques Roadshow trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins plays large trumpets, small trumpets – and garden hose, and Suffolk soprano Lisa Cassidy sings the gorgeous ‘vocalise’ by Rachmaninov.

Tickets: from £15 (under 18 all seats £6)

Box Office: 01473 433100
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March 24

Meet our consultants on …. Blocked Noses and Ear Infections

Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, 7pm

This event is for anyone suffering with ear, nose or throat issues.

Places are FREE and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

Call us on 01473 851 960 or visit www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/ipswich#events

March 26

Meet our consultants on … Hernia and Gallstone Surgery

Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, 7pm

This event is for anyone suffering from a hernia or gallstones where you can find out more about rapid access to surgery and private treatment options.

Places are FREE and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

Call us on 01473 851 960 or visit www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/ipswich#events

March 27 to April 1

Oliver Twist

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

A new play by Bryony Lavery adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens and directed by Amy LeachBorn into poverty and misfortune, Oliver Twist escapes the workhouse for a life of adventure where he joins Artful Dodger, Fagin and their mischievous gang of pick pockets. But the enjoyment is short lived as he falls under the influence of the vicious Bill Sykes.
This bold, brutal and beautiful new version of Oliver Twist sends you on a dark adventure through the twisted streets of London. Adapted by award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery, every performance of Oliver Twist will feature the use of integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning.
Oliver Twist is in association with Ramps On The Moon. Now in its fourth year, this pioneering initiative from seven major UK theatre companies is committed to putting D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work.
All performances feature the use of integrated Creative Sign Language, Audio Description and Captioning
Thu 2 April, 10.30am will be a Relaxed Performances

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

March 28

Farmers Markets

Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm
Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

March 28

"Sounds of Spring" Gippeswyk Singers & Silbury Hill

St Andrew's Church, Rushmere, Ipswich IP5 1DJ

A Spring evening of lovely sacred and secular choral music conducted by Geoff Lavery. Special guests – acoustic folk duo Silbury Hill. Tickets at the door. Supporting local charities.

Ticket price: £10

Information: Michael Dawe tel: 01728 746441
Website: www.gippeswyksingers.co.uk

March 28

Choral Society Spring Concert

St Mary’s Church in Hadleigh (IP7 5DT), 7.30pm

Dramatic and majestic in its sound, the organ will feature prominently in three choral works at Hadleigh Choral Society’s upcoming Spring concert. All are invited to attend as we perform a series of musical depictions of biblical psalms, requiem mass, and heartfelt poems. Latin, Hebrew and English plus a bit of Gregorian chant harmonisations will all be on the menu as the Choral Society sings Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, Requiem by Maurice Durufle and Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Directed by Christopher Phelps, the choir will be accompanied by professional soloists (Mezzo soprano Nina Bennet, Counter tenor Tim Travers Brown, and Baritone Owain Browne), along with Organist Tom Bell. Harp and percussion instruments will round out the musical ensemble.

Ticket price: £15 (under 25s free)

Information: 01473 823 791
www.hadleighchoralsociety.org.uk

March 28 & 29

Three Women

Grundisburgh House Gallery, Woodbridge Road, Grundisburgh

An exhibition of three female artists capturing the physicality, beauty and intrigue of women. Henrietta Dubrey, Sarah Muir Poland and Sarah Baddon Price.

www.artforcure.org.uk

March 29

Paul Carrack

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Nicknamed ‘The Man with the Golden Voice’ in a BBC documentary about his phenomenal 50 year career Paul, whose vocals have graced million-selling songs such as ‘How Long’ by Ace, ‘Tempted’ by Squeeze and the Grammy Award nominated ‘Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics is now firmly established as one of the hardest working, independent musicians on the scene.

Tickets: £32.50, £39.50

Box Office: 01473 433100
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March 30

The Joe & Dianne Show

Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 7.30pm

Expect music, comedy and of course a little bit of dance in this never-before-seen variety show from Strictly Come Dancing finalists; Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell. Together for their first ever joint tour, The Joe & Dianne Show will give audiences a fantastic evening of performance, full of glitz, magic and plenty of laughs, guaranteed to leave fans of all ages spellbound.

Tickets: £32.50, £38, £42.50

Box Office: 01473 433100
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April 1

Meet our consultants on … Spinal Pain

Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, 7pm

Along with a senior physiotherapist, Consultant Spinal Surgeons will be presenting on back pain and private treatment options available.

Places are FREE and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

Call us on 01473 851 960 or visit www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/ipswich#events

April 2

The Carpenters Story

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

A musical journey through the glittering career of pop’s famous brother and sister duo.

Box Office: 01473 433100
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April 3

The Wizard of Oz - Easter Panto

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Starring comedy legend BOBBY DAVRO as Scarecrow, follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Regent Theatre for a fantastic all-new Easter pantomime version of The Wizard of Oz.

Box Office: 01473 433100
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April 4

Farmers Markets

Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Snape Maltings 9.30am – 1pm

Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm

April 4

Magic of Motown

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Now in its 13th year and seen by over a million people, it’s no surprise that this show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history. Come ‘Celebrate’ with us, as were ‘Coming Out’ to start off a ‘Chain Reaction’ and take you on a musical journey with the biggest Motown party of the year.

Box Office: 01473 433100
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April 5

Farmers Markets

Cornhill, Ipswich 10am - 2pm

April 5

The Bootleg Beatles

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

This year celebrating 40 years since their debut on the West End stage in ‘Beatlemania’, the world’s Premier Beatles band continues to draw critical acclaim with their flawless recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the swinging 60s, every tiny detail is forensically observed from their authentic period costumes and instruments, to their witty stage banter and “inflection perfect” vocals.

Tickets: £35.50, £38.50

Box Office: 01473 433100
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April 7 to 11

Derren Brown: Showman

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

The multi award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion, Derren Brown, is at his very best on stage. His one-man shows have received wide critical acclaim and more Olivier wins and nominations than any other in history.

Tickets: £35 to £60.50 (not suitable for under 12s)

Box Office: 01473 433100
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April 10

Mahan Esfahani

Aldeburgh Church 7.30pm

Programmes by Bach, Pachelbel and Tallis

Tickets: £22, £17, £10 (21 and under half price)

Box Office: 01728 687110
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April 10

Trio Sōra

Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, noon

Two piano trios by Beethoven

Tickets £9

Box Office: 01728 687110
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April 11

Farmers Markets

Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm

Old Print Works, Halesworth 9am – 1pm

Long Melford Village Hall 10am – 1pm

April 11

Be My Superstar

Britten Studio, Snape, 5pm

An interactive opera for anyone over 14 years.

Tickets: £8

Box Office: 01728 687110
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April 11

Aldeburgh Voices

Orford Church 2pm

Music by Britten and James MacMillan

Tickets: £18, £15, £10 (21 and under half price)

Box Office: 01728 687110
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April 12

Matthew Passion

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 3pm

Bach’s masterpiece performed by a stellar cast of soloists, Britten Sinfonia and its acclaimed professional vocal consort.

Tickets: £40, £33, £25, £10 (21 and under half price)

Box Office: 01728 687110
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April 13 to 18

A Murder is Announced

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

Adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon
Directed & designed by Michael Lunney

Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd is delighted to present their acclaimed production of a classic Miss Marple mystery.

The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock.

“A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October the thirteenth, at little Paddocks – at six-thirty p.m.”

Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer…

Now in it’s fifth year of touring, this lavish production has delighted packed audiences across the UK and Ireland. From the company and director who produced the courtroom thriller The Verdict.

Post Show Talk Thu 16 Apr

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

April 15

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

From the writers of the hit comedy Hormonal Housewives, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is the brand-new musical comedy show that does exactly what it says on the tin. Join the star cast of four refreshingly honest and unreserved girls on a riotous evening of laugh-out-loud sketches and classic pop anthems that define being a 21st Century woman.

Box Office: 01473 433100
Ipswichtheatres.co.uk

April 16

Friends - The Musical Parody

Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 7.30pm

Friends! The Musical Parody celebrates and pokes fun at the wacky misadventures of the group of 20-something pals we love from the hit TV show as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990’s Manhattan.

Tickets: £33

Box Office: 01473 433100
Ipswichtheatres.co.uk

April 16 and 17

Rooftops at Dawn Art Workshop

National Trust Orford Ness - 5pm Sat - 10am Sun

Join us on a rare opportunity for artists to spend the night on Orford Ness ready for an early alarm call to capture sunrise over the Ness. Led by artists Susan Barnet and Jane Watt. We will focus on using colour to engage with the fleeting light of sunrise on the Ness. Drawing and painting quickly with watercolour, ink, and pastels from The Bomb Ballistics building rooftop as an observation point, we will respond to the changes of hue, texture and opacity over land, sky and sea as the sun rises.

This workshop will include overnight accommodation. In the evening, we will present evening screenings of experimental artists’ films such as Tacita Dean and Stan Brackage.

£141 Members, £149 Non Members

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

April 17

The King is Back

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Ben Portsmouth – The World’s Number One Elvis Tribute Artist. Ben, a multi talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis’s DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. He looks like Elvis, sings like Elvis and has an on-stage charisma that has audiences believing at times they are watching the King himself.

Box Office: 01473 433100
Ipswichtheatres.co.uk

April 18

Farmers Markets

Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Beccles Heliport 9am – 1pm

Aldeburgh Church Hall 9am - 12 noon

April 19

Remembering The Oscars

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Fresh from their sell-out tour with their highly entertaining and innovative Remembering The Movies, Aljaz and Janette, will be returning with their brand new show Remembering The Oscars. Get ready to celebrate the Oscar winning songs in this exhilarating new dance spectacular with Strictly’s favourite couple, Aljaz and Janette.

Tickets: £28, £31.50, £40.50, £45.50

Box Office: 01473 433100
Ipswichtheatres.co.uk

April 21 to 25

Private Peaceful

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

The Peaceful brothers, Tommo and Charlie, have a tough rural childhood facing the death of their father, financial hardship and a cruel landlord. Their fierce loyalty to each other pulls them through, until one day they both fall for the same girl. And then the Great War comes.

We join 18 year old Private “Tommo” Peaceful in the trenches as he tells us a story of courage, devotion and sibling rivalry on what may be his last night on earth.

Acknowledged by Michael Morpurgo as his favourite work, this professional premiere is a new ensemble-version by Simon Reade. It tells the story of a country lad fighting a war he doesn’t understand for people he cannot respect.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

April 23

The Passionate Quartet: Love, loss and longing ‘Three contrasting composers explore the extremes of human emotion’

St Peters Church, Sudbury 8pm

Following their sold-out final concert last year in the Train Shed in Chappel, our artistic director Orlando Jopling teams up with the same exceptional musicians Simon Blendis, Matthew Ward and Meghan Cassidy to bring you three passionate, beguiling and varied quartets by Beethoven, Janáček and Glass. The performers will introduce the music and the fascinating narrative behind each one, bound up with the composers’ own remarkable life stories.

Jopling’s exceptionally skilled and enthralling quartet explore the rich tapestry of human emotion, with a riveting programme;

Ludwig van Beethoven – Romeo & Juliet Quartet (Op 18/1) Philip Glass – Quartet no. 3 – from the film Mishima Leoš Janáček – Quartet no 1 – The Kreutzer Sonata

Ticket price: £15

Information: www.romanrivermusic.org.uk
www.romanrivermusic.org.uk

April 23

Sounds of the 60s LIVE with Tony Blackburn

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Hosted by DJ royalty Tony Blackburn, the show features songs, stories and memories from the golden decade of pop with music performed live by the Sounds Of The 60s All Star Band & Singers.

Box Office: 01473 433100
Ipswichtheatres.co.uk

April 24

Digital Detox Art Workshop

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

In an age dominated by our digital life, take some time to switch off in this inspiring art workshop led by artists Susan Barnet and Jane Watt. All digital devices will be switched off or left at home. We will use compass, OS map and the sun’s position to navigate our way across the Ness. In this workshop, we will create alternative watercolour maps of the Ness. We will look at some reproductions of historical maps of the area, including John Darby, a sixteenth century local Suffolk surveyor and map-maker.

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

Information: 0344 2491895
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

April 24

The Passionate Quartet: Love, loss and longing ‘Three contrasting composers explore the extremes of human emotion’

St Mary's Church, Bures 8pm

Following their sold-out final concert last year in the Train Shed in Chappel, our artistic director Orlando Jopling teams up with the same exceptional musicians Simon Blendis, Matthew Ward and Meghan Cassidy to bring you three passionate, beguiling and varied quartets by Beethoven, Janáček and Glass. The performers will introduce the music and the fascinating narrative behind each one, bound up with the composers’ own remarkable life stories.

Jopling’s exceptionally skilled and enthralling quartet explore the rich tapestry of human emotion, with a riveting programme;

Philip Glass – Quartet no. 3 – from the film Mishima Ludwig van Beethoven – Romeo & Juliet Quartet (Op 18/1) Leoš Janáček – Quartet no 1 – The Kreutzer Sonata

Ticket price: £15

Information: www.romanrivermusic.org.uk
www.romanrivermusic.org.uk

April 25

Farmers Markets

Wyken Vineyard 9am – 1pm

Woodbridge Community Centre 9am – 1pm

April 25

What's Love Got To Do With It?

Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Tina Turner fans should get ready to party as the smash hit touring show What’s Love Got To Do With It? arrives in Ipswich in the second year of its massive UK tour. Brought to you by the award-winning producers behind the hugely successful Whitney – Queen Of The Night, What’s Love Got To Do With It? is the ultimate tribute concert paying homage to one of the most iconic and much loved musical artists of the 20th Century.

Box Office: 01473 433100
Ipswichtheatres.co.uk

April 25

Trianon Spring Concert

Corn Exchange, Ipswich

Conductor; Adrian Brown. Soloists; Julie Roberts (soprano) and Tim Gillott (baritone). A glorious selection of music to put a spring in your step: Beethoven ‘Overture Fidelio’, Elgar ‘Great is the Lord’, March from ‘Caractacus’’, Brahms ‘A German Requiem’ (sung in English).

Box Office: 01473 433100
Ipswichtheatres.co.uk

April 25

The Passionate Quartet: Love, loss and longing ‘Three contrasting composers explore the extremes of human emotion’

United Reform Church, Hadleigh 6pm

Following their sold-out final concert last year in the Train Shed in Chappel, our artistic director Orlando Jopling teams up with the same exceptional musicians Simon Blendis, Matthew Ward and Meghan Cassidy to bring you three passionate, beguiling and varied quartets by Beethoven, Janáček and Glass. The performers will introduce the music and the fascinating narrative behind each one, bound up with the composers’ own remarkable life stories.

Jopling’s exceptionally skilled and enthralling quartet explore the rich tapestry of human emotion, with a riveting programme;

Ludwig van Beethoven – Romeo & Juliet Quartet (Op 18/1) Philip Glass – Quartet no. 3 – from the film Mishima Leoš Janáček – Quartet no 1 – The Kreutzer Sonata

Ticket price: £15

Information: www.romanrivermusic.org.uk
www.romanrivermusic.org.uk

April 27

Charity Shopping Day

The Village Hall, Lavenham, 10am to 3pm

Lots of lovely things for ladies of all ages –
Everyone welcome! Hotfooted ladies shoes & sandals (a whole hall full!), collections of ladies clothes, jewellery, fashion accessories, gifts, plants & more…
Refreshments & light lunches available

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

www.facebook.com/charityshopppingday

April 27 and 28

War of the Worlds

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

Originally Commissioned By New Diorama Theatre. Co-produced by Brighton Festival, HOME Manchester, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth and Nuffield Southampton Theatres.
No-one would have believed in the early years of the twentieth century that this world was being watched…”
But we did believe.
We believed that Martians landed in New Jersey. We believed a water tower was an alien war machine. We believed a man walked on the moon. We believe everything the internet trolls tell us and now the end of the world is being broadcast live…
Inspired by H.G. Wells’ sci-fi novel and Orson Welles’ classic radio play, this legendary totem of science fiction is reimagined for our era of Fake News and ‘alternative facts’, where widespread panic and mistrust make the truth an ever-harder concept to identify.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

April 29

Meet our consultants on … Cataract Surgery

Nuffield Health Ipswich Hospital, 7pm

If you are in need of cataract surgery and would like to find out more about private treatment, come along to our FREE event.

Entry free, BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

Call us on 01473 851 960 or visit www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/ipswich#events

April 29

Terry Dash Music presents Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens as Eric and Ern

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

This is a show for all the family from 8 to 108! A brilliant homage crammed full Morecambe & Wise’s most loved routines, songs and sketches and, of course, a musical guest. This wonderful show, evokes memories of times when whole families would huddle together around the telly to watch those fantastic Christmas specials.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

April 29

Writing Workshop: Changing Perspective – Migration and Flight on Orford Ness

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

Let your inner writer take flight, as landscape writer Liz Ferretti and nature writer Edward Parnell lead a workshop focused on birds and migration.Our first writing workshop of 2020 opens new perspectives on the natural world, providing rich inspiration for writers, experienced through the lens of the birds for whom this rare habitat is a place of rest and creative retreat. The wide skies hold the invisible threads that link Orford Ness to the rest of the planet, acting as a catalyst to step out of the human and into the wild. These workshops are designed for writers of any genre at whatever stage in their writing career.

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

April 30

You’re the Top!

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

Join the ten musicians and glamorous female vocalist of Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra for an unashamed wallow in the toe-tapping and tuneful music of the 1920s and 30s.
With his cool, urbane manner and mellifluous baritone voice, Michael croons while the audience swoons to the sounds that bring to life the elegant, jazz and swing – flavoured “Art Deco” era.
A de-lovely cocktail of great songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwin brothers and friends.

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

May 1

Slow Drawing Art Workshop

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

Turn off your phone and leave your laptop at home and become immersed in the fascinating landscape of Orford Ness in this exciting art workshop led by artist Caroline Wright. This day long workshop is about taking the time to look, putting screens to one side, and immersing ourselves in the extraordinary landscape of Orford Ness. Using a range of drawing materials, we will create a portfolio of drawings working from the significant views and viewpoints that abound on Orford Ness.

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

May 2

Frankie’s Guys: A Celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

After five years of touring the UK and countless global performances, Frankie’s Guys have earned themselves the title of the world’s number 1 celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and they certainly are the real deal!

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

May 14 to 20

Burke and Hare

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

In the backstreets of Edinburgh in the 1830’s there’s an absolute killing to be made. Scientific research Hares on apace, the surgeons are crying out for fresh bodies to dissect, and you’d need to be a right Burke not to spot a gap in the market. And it’s only a small step from robbing graves, to helping people into them…
Music, murder and mayhem combine in Tom Wentworth’s breathless take on the infamous grave robbing double act, playing fast and loose with the facts to create an evening’s entertainment that’s more hysterical than historical.
Post Show Talk Thu 28 May 7.45pm
Backstage Tours Sat 16, Sat 23 & Wed 27 May, 12.30pm
All performances from Wed 20 May, 7.45pm will be Audio Described.
Sat 23, 2.30pm and Fri 29 May, 7.45pm will be Captioned Performances

Box Office: 01473 295900
www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

May 23

Live Music Night

Framlingham Sports Club (IP13 9HS) - 1pm-11pm

An afternoon and evening of live rock, pop and country music from lots of fantastic local singers and bands at Framlingham Sports Club, part of the Framlingham Gala Fest weekend. The music starts at 1pm building up to the main acts who will perform in the evening until 11pm.

Everyone is welcome to come along and just sit and listen, enjoy a sing-a-long, or even have a little dance. Food and drink will available, as well as some trade stands, all adding to the mini festival atmosphere, plus there will be entertainment for the children.

Ticket price: 1pm-5pm - Free for all, 5pm-11pm - £5 (U16s Free) Contact

Information: 07876654902
Website: https://www.framlinghamgalafest.co.uk

May 23

Beccles Food and Drink Festival 2020

New Market, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9HE

The free town centre event will feature over 75 food and drink stalls, many of them local artisan producers, along with some from the wider Eastern Region. A wide range of world street food will be available, while cookery demonstrations and talks, music and children’s entertainment will take place throughout the day. A free Park & Ride shuttle service will run from Beccles Quay, where additional parking will be available.
Updates will be posted at becclesfoodfestival.co.uk, on Facebook and Twitter.

Ticket price: FREE

Contact information: info@becclesfoodfestival.co.uk
Website: becclesfoodfestival.co.uk

May 25

Framlingham Gala Fest

Framlingham Castle Meadow (IP13 9BP) Noon - 5.30pm

Framlingham Gala Fest Monday is the traditional afternoon of family fun on the meadow in front of the stunning Framlingham Castle.

There will be something for everyone, young or old, to enjoy as soon as the gates open at Noon, including acts to watch, live music, games, races, trade stalls plus food and drink.

Refreshments on the day will include a freshly cooked paella, a BBQ and bar with various alcoholic drinks available, ice cream and doughnuts.

Ticket price: FREE FOR ALL

Information: 07876 654902
Website: https://www.framlinghamgalafest.co.uk

May 31

Sounds Of Nature Art Workshop

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

It’s not just our eyes that can inspire our art, the sounds of nature can be a great inspiration for artists. Led by artists Jane Watt and Sarah Heywood. This workshop will focus on drawing amplified sounds of nature on the Ness. Starting at the Jetty, participants will make portable listening devices to amplify the natural soundscape of the Ness. We will then chart the sounds of flora and fauna as well as sound of the weather across the landscape using expressive mark-making with charcoal and ink. Participants will have unique and exclusive access to the Ness and the reed beds, normally closed to the public.

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

June 5

Camera Skills Workshop

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

Confused by exposure? Flummoxed by focusing? Pictures in your mind don’t match the photo you end up with? Learn how to get the best out of your camera in the inspiring landscape of Orford Ness.Disappointed by the photos you take? Have a new camera and don’t know how to get the best out of it? Join experienced photographer and Orford Ness’ resident shepherd Andrew as he guides you through the techniques to make the very best out of your photography.

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

June 6

Half Day Trailer Tours

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am & 1.30pm

Take a leisurely guided tour of the Ness in our 24 seat passenger trailer, including access to the Cold War weapons testing area.
A trailer based tour of the Ness, stopping around key points on the main Red Route for approx. 3 hours with access to the AWRE Cold War weapons testing area. Cost includes ferry and admission. Currently internal access to the AWRE testing labs is not available for safety reasons. The tour will pass through the area normally off limits to visitors and as close to the buildings as possible.

Ticket price: £10-£27.50

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

June 13

Off The Beaten Track

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am

A five minute boat ride leads to a five mile walk and talk with a ranger, looking at various aspects of this unique site – once a Top Secret military test site now a National Nature Reserve. The walk will include routes that offer participants a chance to view some of the lesser visited parts of the Ness.

Ticket price: £15-£22.50

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

June 19

Wildlife Safari

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am

Orford Ness is famous for its birds and hares but join our Countryside Manager on a Wildlife safari to learn about some of the more surprising creatures that can be found on the Ness. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!

Ticket price: £7.50-£22.50

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

June 26

Walk With A Ranger

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

Want to get a closer insight into why Orford Ness is designated a National Nature Reserve? Join our ranger on an early morning walk to explore some of the wildlife that makes this site special.Orford Ness is an internationally important coastal nature reserve with a fascinating 20th-century military history. You’ll gain exclusive access to parts of the nature reserve with a unique walk with a ranger to explore the wildlife, history and management of Orford Ness.

Ticket price: £7.50-£22.50

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

July 25

What Do You See - Art Workshop

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

This family friendly workshop drawing workshop is open to young and old, focusing on lookout points on the Ness such as the Bailey Bridge and The Bomb Ballistics building. We will make cardboard telescopes at the start of the workshop to create circular viewing frames to view the landscape and landmarks of the Ness. Through these will create circular drawings of what we see using oil pastel and paint.

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

August 28

Sky Drawing

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

Suffolk is known for its big skies and wonderful light and has been a magnet for artists throughout history who are attracted by its unique landscape. This day long workshop makes good use of the expanses of Orford Ness through making a series of carefully structured drawings and paintings.

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

October 10

Drawing Into Print

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

Despite the days shortening this time of year, there’s no excuse not to go and use the beauty of the Ness to inspire your art.Join artist Caroline Wright on this day long workshop takes drawing into simple printmaking techniques. As the days shorten and the nights draw in, our sketches and source material from the Ness will be transferred into simple monoprints.

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on

October 16

Walking and Painting the Landscape

National Trust Orford Ness - 9.30am-4.30pm

Have you ever thought of drawing on a daily basis? Renowned painter Simon Carter takes workshop participants on a walk through the wild Orford Ness landscape. Drawing and painting as we go, Simon will share the details of his own practice which consists of walking and drawing as a daily activity. This practice affords a way of observing and recording landscape that translates topographical points to marks on a page.

£69 NT Members, £76.50 Non-Members

Information: 0344 2491895
Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve/whats-on