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Seven events happening in Suffolk and north Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 09:31 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:49 03 January 2018

Chris Clarkson as Dame Winona Whittington at Theatre Royal. Picture: TONY KELLY

Chris Clarkson as Dame Winona Whittington at Theatre Royal. Picture: TONY KELLY

Start 2018 right by planning an action packed weekend – here is what is happening near you January 6 and 7.

Thomas Wolsey statue in St Nicholas Street. Picture: GREGG BROWN Thomas Wolsey statue in St Nicholas Street. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Thomas Wolsey: Ipswich’s Greatest Son

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

January 6 and 7

Enjoy a free exhibition at Ipswich’s Christchurch Mansion.

Learn more about what Thomas Wolsey did around Ipswich and England and hear about his relationship with Henry VIII.

This exhibition brings together objects not seen together before outside of London.

For more information call 01473 433554.

Enjoy the panto with family and friends. Picture: TONY KELLY Enjoy the panto with family and friends. Picture: TONY KELLY

Dick Whittington

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

January 6 and 7

Are you ready to go on a journey with Dick Whittington?

Head down to Theatre Royal to watch one of the best loved stories of all time.

Packed with magic, music, fun, and laughter.

To book tickets or for more information visit the website.

Cruise around the river this weekend. Picture: ALEX FAIRFULL Cruise around the river this weekend. Picture: ALEX FAIRFULL

Birds By Barge at Harwich River Cruises

Departs from Old Custom House, Ipswich

January 6 and 7

Enjoy a river cruise this weekend.

Take a journey through the marina lock gates and out onto the River Orwell.

There will also be freshly baked scones and fruit for you to enjoy.

To find out more call 01473 258070.

Get your running shoes on this weekend Picture: NIGE BROWN. Get your running shoes on this weekend Picture: NIGE BROWN.

Mersea Island Parkrun

Cudmore Grove, East Mersea

January 6

Start January right by taking part in a 5km run.

It is free to run but if you haven’t taken part in a parkrun before you will need to register first.

You can be as fast or as slow as you like so bring some friends and have a laugh.

For more information and to register visit the website.

Will the glass slipper fit? Picture: GETTY IMAGES Will the glass slipper fit? Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Cinderella Pantomime

Crowfield Village Hall, Ipswich

January 7

Take your family to a pantomime this weekend at the Crowfield Village Hall.

Puzzle House Pantomimes presents a traditional family pantomime based on the story of Cinderella.

Six actors play a range of characters in a show full of songs, live keyboard music, thrills, spills and fun.

All tickets cost £7 – for more information call 01379 384 656.

Don't miss your last chance to go for an ice skate. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR Don't miss your last chance to go for an ice skate. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Christmas Ice Rink

Bond Street, Chelmsford

January 7

Sunday is your last chance to glide around Chelmsford’s festive ice rink.

Grab your skates and friends and enjoy a 30 minute session on ice.

Tickets are £7 per adult and £5 per child.

For more information visit the website.

Get your Jazz hands ready. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Get your Jazz hands ready. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

New Orleans Jazz Bandits Show

Marks Tey Parish Hall, Colchester

January 7

Treat the jazz lover in your life to an evening of talent.

The New Orleans Jazz Bandits are recognised and appreciated by jazz enthusiasts and connoisseurs everywhere.

Tickets are £10 each for non members and £8 for members.

For more information and details visit the website.

A woman in her 40s died after a serious crash on the A12 near Copdock yesterday afternoon.

Green Light Trust Martlesham project helps people who have ‘stalled’ in life - and helps nature too.

Volunteer lifesavers rescued a stranded yacht off the Essex coast this afternoon.

Police investigating a series of power tool thefts from vans and properties in Suffolk have recovered more than 120 items.

The East of England Ambulance Service answered 3,200 calls per day over the winter period, new data shows.

The sunshine, blue skies and record breaking temperatures of recent days are set to come to a thundery end - with heavy rain and lightning expected across the region this weekend.

In this week’s iWitness challenge we asked our photographers to show us what ‘local’ meant to them by capturing the parts of Suffolk they see every day.

A broken down train has prevented the minister responsible for the country’s transport system from visiting the Great Yarmouth area today.

An Ipswich man who gives his time to widen opportunities for children from deprived backgrounds has been recognised by the Queen.

Commuters are facing a second day of disruption on the region’s main rail line after two separate faults were reported – with problems expected until the end of the day.

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