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Thu, 15:53

An Ipswich-based performing arts school is to celebrate its 25th birthday with a concert as the Ipswich Regent.

Hans Christian Andersen's story of the Ugly Duckling is re-imagined in the musical Honk! presented by The Co-op Juniors' younger troupe at the Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge.

Southwold is staging its sixth Arts Festival later this month. We take a look at a diverse line-up which will provide eight days of community entertainment

Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka, and the Pinky Ponk are on tour and this week they have stopped off at the Regent Theatre, Ipswich.

The Pulse festival offers local audiences a first-look at brand new fringe theatre which is currently being developed for the Edinburgh Festival or is currently on tour. We take a look at this year's highlights

Little Miss Sunshine, by James Lapine and William Finn, New Wolsey Theatre, until May 25.

Lenny Henry has been making the nation laugh in various guises since the mid-1970s and now he will be offering audiences a chance to peek behind the comic curtain when he brings his new autobiographical show Who Am I, Again?: An Evening with Lenny Henry to the Ipswich Regent in November.

Art & books

Yesterday, 18:01

An 11-year-old girl and her family, who were some of the first to complete the Pigs Gone Wild trail, look set to have repeated their effort by visiting all 55 Elmers on the trail's first day.

We've collected some of our favourite photos of you enjoying the Ipswich sunshine to welcome Elmer to the town.

After years of preparation Elmers of all designs and colours are set to descend on Ipswich today.

In just a few hours time the brightly painted Elmer sculptures will begin arriving on the streets of Ipswich ready for Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk.

As the final countdown to Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk begins, Ipswich is gearing up for a colour explosion.

TV & films

Yesterday, 10:46

It's 50 years next week since Judy Garland's death, aged only 47 - and 2019 also sees the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. Here's a personal look at her unique appeal.

Judy Garland remains one of the legends of Hollywood. Fifty years after her death, her star continues to shine, but, she was also self-destructive and was the architect of her own downfall. But, did she need to surrender to her demons to produce her best work?

The wait to see a glamorous new Channel 4 reality show partly filmed in Ipswich is nearly over - and staff at the Manor Ballroom are eagerly looking forward to the series.

Acclaimed screenwriter Richard Curits and former EastEnders star Himesh Patel will come together to host a screening of Yesterday based on the music of The Beatles.

Music

Tue, 19:32

The Ipswich Jazz Festival is enjoying its fourth great year on the Ipswich Waterfront. There's a warm-up gig this weekend and we take a look at what the 2019 festival has to offer

Ipswich Town have praised Sir Rod Stewart's gig at Portman Road - but it is still unclear whether the concert will lead to more big name performers at the venue.

A singer from Ipswich who has struggled with mental health is to tour the continent to raise money for mental health charity MIND.

Forever Young Rod Stewart proved he's still got the moves as he wowed at Portman Road on Friday night - see if you can spot a familiar face in the crowds in our gallery.

Merchandise stands are being kitted out, sound-check is in full swing, and Rod Stewart fans are getting ready to rock out at Portman Road - here we take a sneak peek behind the scenes.

Days Out

Fri, 11:06

The events are joining forces on June 22 and 23 to create a Big Weekend in the town.

Heveningham Hall's long-standing Country Fair and its newer sibling, Heveningham Concours, both return to the 5,000-acre Capability Brown landscape of Suffolk's finest Georgian mansion near Halesworth.

Looking for a great day out this summer? Here is the ultimate list of activities to try and places to go in 2019.

If you are heading to Ed Sheeran's concerts in Ipswich in August, we've drawn up a Suffolk trail of nine "Perfect" places to visit which have links with the superstar.

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