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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December 1


Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. 7:30pm

Box Office: 01394 284962




Money For Nothing

Ipswich Corn Exchange, 7.30pm

“Undoubtedly the BEST Dire Straits Tribute Band in Europe”

‘Money for Nothing’ was formed in 2000 as a tribute to one of the world's premier rock bands - Dire ... More...
“Make no mistake…they are good…..VERY GOOD!” – The Observer

Featuring all the hits from their first ever single ‘Sultans of Swing’ to ‘Brothers in Arms‘, ‘Walk of Life’ and their last single released in 1992 ‘The Bug’ - also the legendary ‘Money For Nothing’ (ft Sting) which was the first ever video played on MTV. The band also include versions from ‘On the Night’ and ‘Live @ The BBC‘. The ‘Money for Nothing’ stage show has been performed all over Britain and the world, at all types of venues & events - from music festivals, theatres and venues. 2010 saw them headline the main night on Europe’s Biggest Tribute Festival. The band has also had the pleasure of performing as show opener for the legendary Roy Wood on part of his Theatre Tour. Sept 2011 saw them take their show to India to perform at a sell-out concert where they headlined an event held at one of Bangalore's largest Amphitheatres. Their special appearance was featured in the world’s largest selling English-language daily newspaper, The Times of India. In January 2015 they also had a very successful tour of the UAE with performances in Bahrain and Dubai – which has lead to them being tipped as the worlds no.1. Dire Straits are one of the best bands to ever come out of the UK, they have sold in excess of 120 million albums worldwide and were the UK's first stadium rock band. Their best selling album Brothers in Arms was an international blockbuster selling over 30 million copies and becoming the fourth best selling album in UK chart history. Brothers In Arms was also the first ever CD single, and the first ever album to sell over one million copies on CD. Dire Straits also won numerous awards including, three Brit Awards, four Grammys and two MTV Music Video Awards, and in 2009 they were awarded the Music Heritage Award. Not to be missed!

Please Note: This production will be held at The Corn Exchange. Under 14s must be accompanied by a full paying adult (18+). Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to the Balcony or Raised Seating areas. Should you have any queries please contact our Box Office on 01473 433100 (Ipswich Entertainments do not accept American Express). The show running times can be subject to change by the promoter on the day, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause

Entry: £24.50

Contact: 01473 433100


Saturday 2 December


The King Is Back

Ipswich Regent Theatre, 7:30PM

The King Is Back
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. Having honed his musical talent Ben started his journey as an Elvis Tribute Artist in 2005 when he formed the "Taking care of Elvis" band. Audiences quickly realized that this was someone with a special talent. He looked like Elvis, sang like Elvis and had an on stage charisma that had audiences believing at times they were watching the King himself. This talent saw Ben rapidly rise through the ranks of Elvis Tribute Artists. In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the “Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist”, the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title. Fans from all over the world declare Ben Portsmouth as the closest they have ever seen to Elvis Presley. Social media forums are overwhelmed with fans demanding his return to their country

Please Note: Under 14s must be accompanied by a paying adult (18+). Unfortunately there is no lift access to the Circle or Boxes. When booking your seats on the internet, you should be aware that best seating views are listed in colour order from left to right on the price list and that the lowest price band may indicate a restricted view. Should you have any queries regarding restricted view seats, booking wheelchair spaces, Boxes or Group Bookings, please contact our Box Office on 01473 433100 (Ipswich Entertainments do not accept American Express). The show running times can be subject to change by the promoter on the day, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause

Entry: £35.50, £30.50 and £27.50

Contact: 01473 433100



December 3



St Mary's Church, Great Bealings IP13 6NY 7:30pm

An evening of uplifting anthems and carolswith a superb organist and special performancse from the Nightingale Wind Quintet to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. Conductor Geoff Lavery. Delicious refreshments available. Supporting local charities.

Tickets from Sarah Galley, 4 William Close, Eyke IP12 2SA (please send a SAE with cheque payable to "Gippeswyk Singers")

Entry: £10

Contact: Sarah Galley





Constable Hall, Gandish Road, East Bergholt CO7 6TP at 4pm

We are delighted that the distinguished architect John Lyall, has agreed to give the annual lecture in the Stour Valley Arts and Music (SVAM) 67th season. He trained at the Architectural Association and worked in the offices of several notable architects before forming John Lyall Architects in 1991 and Lyall, Bills & Young in 2011. His work in urban regeneration and his adaptations of historic buildings have won many prestigious awards. He has a successful track-record for his work in urban regeneration with projects in Leeds, Cardiff Bay and the London Olympics. Rail stations such as North Greenwich on the Jubilee Line, and cultural projects, like the recent Goldsmiths Centre in Clerkenwell and Ipswich’s Jerwood DanceHouse, the first cultural development in Ipswich in over a decade now considered to be among the best for dance facilities in Europe, have also resulted in significant new buildings. Adaptations of historic buildings , like the Corn Exchange in Leeds, have added to the many awards received from bodies like the Civic Trust and the RIBA.

Entry: £10, Students £5

Contact: 01206 298426, Email: svamtickets@btinternet.com

Tickets online: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/svam

web address: www.svam.org.uk



Russell Brand - Re: Birth

ipswich Regent Theatre, 8pm

"Once you've had a baby you're a parent and immediately you go from being a madman(cool) to a mad dad (not cool). How can you be a dangerous, edgy, rebel with a tiny, little daughter? How do we make sense of the madness of our lives once we become parents? What am I going to tell my daughter about conformity and responsibility? What happens if she grows up to be like me? Or, worse, to date a man like me?"

Entry: £30.50

Contact: 01473 433100



December 8th - 10th

Ipswich Christmas Market

Cornhill, Ipswich - Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

Back again to jingle your bells and get you in the spirit of the season, it’s the Ipswich Christmas Market! Scores of stalls selling yule-tide food, drink, decorations and presents will line the streets, as well as a bar, hot food stands and even a funfair for the young and young at heart! Saturday 9 December is our main event – not only are we packing more Christmas cheer than a cracker full of Brussels sprouts but we’ll be revealing our live entertainment for the day as we get closer to the event! In the middle of our performance schedule we’ll be hosting a children’s craft fair 12-4pm, letting your little ones get stuck in to all things Christmassy. Three days of free entry lets you explore our market and soak up all our town has to offer! Tickets to the craft fair will be £5 per child. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for more announcements as we start decking the halls and dusting the baubles!

Entry: Free

Contact: eventsemail@ipswich.gov.uk



December 9

Rocket Man: A Tribute to Elton John

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. 7:30pm

Box Office: 01394 284962



Christmas among the trees

St Peter and St Mary Church, Stowmarket

Stowmarket Chorale with children from South Lee School, Bury St Edmunds present a Christmas concert featuring Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Carols

Entry: £10 adults, £3 children

Contact: 01359 240676 or tickets@stowmarketchorale.org.uk



December 10

Rat Pack Live:Christmas Party

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. 3.00pm

Box Office: 01394 284962




St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich, at 6pm

Messiah by Handel, by candlelight. A wonderful festive concert for all.

Entry: £15

Contact: stmaryletower@hotmail.com or 01473 225610


Step into the Festive Groove with Suffolk Soul Singers

St. Peter's by the Waterfront, College St., Ipswich IP1 1FX

Suffolk Soul Singers, the dynamic community choir led by Andi Hopgood, will be returning to St. Peter’s by the Waterfront with a programme of timeless soul and gospel classics, contemporary hits with a soulful twist and the choir’s unique versions of Christmas songs, old and new. With special guests Cambridge Jazz Festival Choir adding their own cool jazz and groove based arrangements to the mix, the aim is to give the audience an afternoon of uplifting foot-tapping, finger-snapping music, guaranteed to get the festive season started with a swing.

Tickets available from boxoffice@stpetersbythewaterfront.com Tel: 01473 225269

For more information about Suffolk Soul Singers, see our website www.suffolksoulsingers.org.uk

Entry: £10

Contact: 01473 225269



December 13 (1.30pm), 14 (10.30am), 15 (10.30am & 7.30pm), 16 (2.30pm & 7.30pm, 17 (2.30pm)


Jane Hackett Productions at Dance East

Tickets: £10, £7 concessions (£30 family ticket)

Age suitability: 5yrs+


December 16

Soul Legends

Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. 7:30pm

Box Office: 01394 284962



December 23 to January 6


Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. (Check website for all dates and times of performances)

Box Office: 01394 284962