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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 BROWNThomas 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 KELLYEnjoy 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 FAIRFULLCruise 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 IMAGESWill 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 TAYLORDon'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: CONTRIBUTEDGet 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 business owner and grandmother whose bag was stolen at a local supermarket has spoken of her ordeal

Check below for five stories you should have on your radar as the day gets underway.

Police are appealing for information after two incidents of violence in Colchester which they believe are linked.

Blue has been overlooked by more than 3,000 potential owners and has been left behind by 49 of his kennel mates.

Members of the public are being advised not to approach a Hollesley Bay prisoner, who has absconded.

Motorists are being warned of disruption caused by roadworks on the A1071 (Woodbridge Road), near to St Helen’s Primary School.

Hundreds of workers across Suffolk and Essex are claiming Universal Credit as their low wages are not enough to live on.

Car thefts in Suffolk increased by 14% last year, according to latest police figures.

Last week this newspaper revealed that the total footfall at Suffolk’s Libraries was down by around 60,000 visits in 2017/8 from 2014/5.

People living in Suffolk and north Essex witnessed an unexpected display from the Red Arrows this evening.

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