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Eight things to do in the Ipswich area this weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:35 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:01 04 April 2018

Framlingham Country Show will this year be staged at Trinity Park. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Framlingham Country Show will this year be staged at Trinity Park. Picture: NIGE BROWN

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There is lots to do in the Ipswich area this weekend - including the Framlingham Country Show, which has moved to the Suffolk Showground at Trinity Park because of the weather.

Framlingham Country Show features a wide range of entertainment. This year's show will be at Trinity Park. Picture: NIGE BROWNFramlingham Country Show features a wide range of entertainment. This year's show will be at Trinity Park. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Framlingham Country Show, Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park, Ipswich

April 7-8

A last-minute change of venue means the Framlingham Country Show will this year be staged at the Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park.

This is because recent severe weather means the Framlingham College grounds can’t be used.

The show includes demonstrations in the ring, dancing, cookery demos, music and a Festival of Dogs.

For more details on the event, see the show website.

A picture from Fastlove, a George Michael tribute. Picture: ENTERTAINERS/PAWELSPOLNICKIA picture from Fastlove, a George Michael tribute. Picture: ENTERTAINERS/PAWELSPOLNICKI

FastLove - A Tribute to George Michael, Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

April 7

Put some Boom Boom into your heart in this tribute show to George Michael.

The show is packed with crowd-pleasing anthems, from Wham classics to smash hit 80s album Faith, plus the tunes of the 90s and noughties.

Featured songs include Careless Whisper, Freedom, Faith, Father Figure, Outside, Jesus To A Child and many more.

The concert starts at 7.30pm. For more details, visit the Spa website.

Help animals by taking part in the RSPCA quiz event in Martlesham. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTOHelp animals by taking part in the RSPCA quiz event in Martlesham. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

RSPCA Quiz Night, St Michael’s Church Centre, Martlesham Heath

April 7

Quiz fans are invited to test their wits at this fun event, in aid of the RSPCA’s Martlesham rehoming centre and Ipswich clinic.

There will be prizes with the winning and losing teams, and a raffle.

Tickets include a jacket potato supper, with a choice of fillings. You need to prebook if you would like to take part.

For more details, visit the RSPCA’s website.

Son of a Preacher Man at Ipswich Regent, April 3-7. Picture: BEN McQUAIDESon of a Preacher Man at Ipswich Regent, April 3-7. Picture: BEN McQUAIDE

Son of a Preacher Man, Ipswich Regent Theatre

April 7

It’s Musicals Month at The Regent, The greatest hits of Dusty Springfield feature in this Swinging 60s-themed show, which ends its run on Saturday.

Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood of Strictly fame, it’s a sparklingly funny and touching show.

Songs include The Look of Love, I Only Want to Be with You and Spooky, plus of course the title song.

Performances are at 2.30 and 7.30pm. For more information, see the Regent website.

Our Country's Good is part of the New Wolsey's spring season. Picture: NEW WOLSEY THEATREOur Country's Good is part of the New Wolsey's spring season. Picture: NEW WOLSEY THEATRE

Our Country’s Good, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

April 7

Blending comedy and powerful drama, this play by Timberlake Wertenbaker is a tale of convicts heading for Australia in 1787.

It’s the remarkable true story of a group of convicts and a young officer who rehearse and perform a play.

This is a touring co-producton between Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Ramps on the Moon.

The last two performances are on Saturday, at 2.30 and 7.45pm. For details, visit the website.

The Ancient House in Ipswich. Find out more about the town's history at the You Are Here exhibition, at Ipswich Art Gallery. Picture: SIMON PARKERThe Ancient House in Ipswich. Find out more about the town's history at the You Are Here exhibition, at Ipswich Art Gallery. Picture: SIMON PARKER

You Are Here - The Making of Ipswich, Ipswich Art Gallery

April 7-8

Learn more about the story of Ipswich through the ages with your family.

This free exhibition will teach you about the people who have lived in Ipswich, show you stored collections and relive the town’s memories.

It traces the Ipswich story from prehistoric times to the present day.

It is open from 10am to 5pm. To find out more, visit the website.

Holi Festival of Colour will be in Holywells Park in Ipswich  on Sunday, April 8.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNHoli Festival of Colour will be in Holywells Park in Ipswich on Sunday, April 8. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Holi Festival of Colour, Holywells Park, Ipswich

April 8

Take your family along to the Holi Festival of Colour, with Bollywood entertainment, singing, dancing and Indian food stalls, from 1-4pm.

The highlight for many is the opportunity to cover each other in coloured powder – it’s great fun and a fantastic spectacle.

The annual event is organised by Ipswich & Suffolk Indian Association, supported by Ipswich Borough Council.

the entrance is via Myrtle Road, with parking at Athena Hall car park off Duke Street and at Orwell Quay. For details, see the website.

The Artist at the Mansion exhibition starts this weekend at Christchurch Mansion. Picture: PAUL GEATERThe Artist at the Mansion exhibition starts this weekend at Christchurch Mansion. Picture: PAUL GEATER

Artist at the Mansion, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

April 8

Artist-in-residence Lisa Temple-Cox will unveil the outcome of her three-month residency at the Mansion from this weekend.

Now’s your chance to see her work, inspired by the Thomas Wolsey exhibition.

The free event runs from 11am to 5pm, with no need to book. Both the main Thomas Wolsey exhibition and Lisa’s work will be on display until April 22.

For more details, visit the website.


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