Eight things to do around Ipswich this weekend

Flashdance - The Musical. Picture: BRIAN HARTLEY

Flashdance - The Musical. Picture: BRIAN HARTLEY - Credit: Archant

The rearranged Holi Festival is one of the big events in the Ipswich area this weekend, along with a board games day, a garden opening and exciting shows and concerts.

Flashdance - The Musical. Picture: BRIAN HARTLEY

Flashdance - The Musical. Picture: BRIAN HARTLEY - Credit: Archant

Flashdance, Ipswich Regent

April 28

If you haven’t caught this spectacular musical yet, Saturday is your last chance.

Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton stars with A1 heart-throb and singer songwriter Ben Adams.

The musical tells the story of a couple determined to hold on to their dreams. There are performances at 2.30 and 7.30pm. For details, visit the website.

Chess is just one of the games in the board games collection at Ipswich County Library.

Chess is just one of the games in the board games collection at Ipswich County Library. - Credit: Archant

International Tabletop Day, Ipswich County Library

April 28

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Is your family keen on board games? Ipswich County Library is celebrating international tabletop day with a special day of board games.

You can play games from the library collection, or bring one of your own to share. There are games for all ages, including hobby and family games as well as those for children.

The free event runs from 10am to 4pm. For more details, see the website.

St Peter's by the Waterfront in Ipswich is the venue for a swing concert. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

St Peter's by the Waterfront in Ipswich is the venue for a swing concert. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Birkbeck Singers, St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich

April 28

Swing’s the Thing is the title for this charity concert, which starts at 7.30pm.

Conducted by Be Bird, the Birkbeck Singers are joining forces with the Sudbury Swing Jivers and Essentially Swing for this event.

Funds raised will go to the local charity ActivLives. To book tickets, call 01473 253992.

The Drifters are set to perform at Felixstowe Spa Pavilion. Picture: THE DRIFTERS

The Drifters are set to perform at Felixstowe Spa Pavilion. Picture: THE DRIFTERS - Credit: The Drifters

The Drifters Live, Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

April 28

Looking for sheer musical nostalgia? Then this concert by iconic band The Drifters should fit the bill.

Their new tour features classic hits such as Saturday Night at the Movies, You’re More than a Number, Up on the Roof and many more.

For more details and to book, visit the Spa website.

A celebration of quilters and needlecrafts will be on show at Harkstead Church this weekend. Picture

A celebration of quilters and needlecrafts will be on show at Harkstead Church this weekend. Picture: ALISON CONNORS - Credit: citizenside.com

Celebration of Quilts and Needlecraft, St Mary’s Church, Harkstead

April 28-29

All kinds of crafty creations will be on show at this weekend event, ranging from patchwork to quilting, embroidery, knitting, crochet and heritage quilts.

There will also be stalls, lunches, cream teas and cakes, as well as a raffle.

The event runs from 11am to 5pm on both days. For more details, see the website.

Patrick Knowles, Kelly Gough and Amber James in A Streetcar Named Desire at the New Wolsey Theatre.

Patrick Knowles, Kelly Gough and Amber James in A Streetcar Named Desire at the New Wolsey Theatre. Picture: RICHARD DAVENPORT/THE OTHER RICHARD - Credit: Richard Davenport, The Other Richard

A Streetcar Named Desire, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

April 28

This bold new revival of the powerful drama by Tennessee Williams ends its run at the New Wolsey on Saturday.

Stanley Kowalski is the ruler of his home until his sister-in-law Blanche comes to stay, threatening his whole way of life.

Performances start at 2.30 and 7.45pm. For more information, visit the website.

Holi festival in Holywells park, Ipswich. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Holi festival in Holywells park, Ipswich. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR - Credit: Archant

Holi Festival, Holywells Park, Ipswich

April 29

Bollywood entertainment, music, singing and dancing and Indian food stalls are all on the menu at this popular annual event.

The Holi Festival has been rearranged for this weekend, after having to be postponed because of a downpour.

The highlight for many is the chance to cover one another in coloured powder. The event runs from 1 to 4pm. For more details, visit the website.

A special open gardens event is taking place this weekend at Blakenham Woodland Garden. Picture: GRA

A special open gardens event is taking place this weekend at Blakenham Woodland Garden. Picture: GRAEME CRISSELL - Credit: citizenside.com

Special Garden Opening, Blakenham Woodland Garden

April 29

If you love spring flowers, you’ll enjoy this special National Garden Scheme event in celebration of magnolias and bluebells.

More than 30 different magnolias bloom in the Woodland Garden, as well as bluebells.

The garden will be open from 10am to 5pm, with teas, coffees and plant and shrub sales. For more details, visit the website.