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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.

Starstruck pupils at a Suffolk primary school gasped and cheered as The Voice contestants Tania Hambleton and Ryan North treated the excited youngsters to a mini concert.

A Suffolk MP has demanded the Government pledge emergency cash to solve an ambulance crisis which whistleblowers claim has killed scores across the region.

These are the first photos of the completed new flagship branch for Ipswich Building Society.

A former Ipswich man who raped and sexually assaulted a schoolgirl has been jailed for 12 years.

Temperatures in Suffolk and Essex are forecast to rival Athens in Greece tomorrow as a spell of mild weather is set to continue.

A world-renowned female harpist has denied sexually abusing a schoolboy and told a trial that he sexually assaulted her while she was in the shower.

The mother of a man with Down’s Syndrome who died at the age of just 33 says she believes her son’s death was ‘wholly preventable’, an inquest has heard.

New chalet sites are to be created in Felixstowe for the first time in more than a decade as part of proposals to give more people the “beach hut experience”.

A driver whose car was found in a watery ditch in Suffolk remains unaccounted for – despite police searches involving a helicopter and dog units.

More than 14,000 motorists were caught speeding through Suffolk’s two sections of average speed cameras in 2017, it has been confirmed.

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