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Seven things to do around Ipswich this weekend

PUBLISHED: 15:40 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 17 April 2018

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. Kane Oliver Parry as Gerry Goffin and Amy Ellen Richardson as Cynthia Weil. Picture: CRAIG SUGDEN

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. Kane Oliver Parry as Gerry Goffin and Amy Ellen Richardson as Cynthia Weil. Picture: CRAIG SUGDEN

CRAIG SUGDEN

If you’re looking for things to do in the Ipswich area, there’s lots on this weekend, including hit musicals, concerts, a tea dance, and a footballing fundraiser.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. Picture: CRAIG SUGDENBeautiful - The Carole King Musical. Picture: CRAIG SUGDEN

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Ipswich Regent

April 21

It’s still Musicals Month at The Regent, and the latest offering, finishing its run on Saturday, is a musical tribute to Carole King.

The show tells the inspiring true story of her rise to stardom, including her songwriting partnership with husband Gerry Goffin.

Classic songs included range from Take Good Care of My Baby to You’ve Got a Friend and It Might As Well Rain until September.

There are performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. For more details and to book, visit the website.

Bucklesham Grange Care Home.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNBucklesham Grange Care Home. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Care Home Open Day, Bucklesham Grange Care Home, Ipswich

April 21

Families are welcome to go along and join in activities at Bucklesham Grange from 2pm today, as part of the national Care Home Open Day.

There will be an opportunity to take part in an Oomph Wellness exercise session, as well as enjoying a barbecue.

Youngsters will also be able to have fun on bouncy castles.

For more information about the care home, see the website.

Boots2Africa will be collecting donated boots at Ipswich Town for children in Africa. Picture: BOOTS2AFRICA/IAIN FINCHBoots2Africa will be collecting donated boots at Ipswich Town for children in Africa. Picture: BOOTS2AFRICA/IAIN FINCH

Boots2Africa Boot Donation Event, The Venue, Ipswich Town FC

April 21

Do you have any unwanted football boots or kit? If so, you can use them to help charity.

Boots2Africa is holding its fourth donation event at the Blues home match against Aston Villa, and will accept donations from 1pm to 5pm.

The charity collects, transports and distributes boots to children and young adults in Africa.

To find out more about the donation event, visit its Facebook page.

Trainon orchestra and choir will return for a themed concert on April 21. Picture: GEOFF ROGERSTrainon orchestra and choir will return for a themed concert on April 21. Picture: GEOFF ROGERS

Trianon Music Group Concert, St John the Baptist Church, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich

April 21

“Musical Visitors” is the theme for the latest Trianon concert, conducted by Professor Chris Green.

It will include music from composers Charles Villiers Stanford, Anton Dvorak and Charles Gounod.

The soloists are soprano Julie Roberts, tenor Paul Bloomfield and baritone Tim Gillott.

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

The Royal Hospital School in Holbrook is hosting a tea dance with organ music. Picture: GREGG BROWNThe Royal Hospital School in Holbrook is hosting a tea dance with organ music. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Tea Dance, Royal Hospital School, Holbrook

April 21

Take your partners to a tea dance! The school is hosting the fourth East of England Organ Day, including a community tea dance.

From 2.30pm to 4pm, the dance will take place on the floor of the school’s cathedral-proportioned chapel, accompanied by the Grand Organ.

Music will range from classic waltzes and foxtrots to the tango, cha-cha-cha, jive and samba, all played on one of the country’s largest pipe organs.

You can also send music requests by email. For details of the whole day, follow the link.

The Everly Brothers are celebrated in Walk Right Back, at the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe on April 21. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDThe Everly Brothers are celebrated in Walk Right Back, at the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe on April 21. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Walk Right Back, Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

April 21

If you’re looking for a nostalgic musical treat, this special tribute to the Everly Brothers is the answer.

Direct from the West End, this concert-based muusical traces the story of the most successful duo of all time.

It features hits such as Bye Bye Love, All I Have To Do Is Dream and Cathy’s Clown.

Real-life brothers Luke and Aaron Wilson star. For more details, visit the Spa website.

The INK Festival is coming to Ipswich New Wolsey Studio Theatre on Sunday, April 22. Picture: SOPHIE LE ROUXThe INK Festival is coming to Ipswich New Wolsey Studio Theatre on Sunday, April 22. Picture: SOPHIE LE ROUX

The Inkredible 5, New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

April 22

Fancy a theatrical performance with a difference? If so, you are likely to enjoy this selection of short plays.

The INK Festival, originally staged at the New Cut in Halesworth, is currently on the road, with a performance in Ipswich at 3pm on Sunday.

The show includes a special collaboration by East Anglian writers Richard Curtis, Esther Freud, Blake Morrison, Libby Purves and Steve Waters.

Three other pieces of theatre are also included. For more details and to book, visit the New Wolsey website.


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