Days (and nights) out ideas across Suffolk and Essex over the next seven days
Looking for something to do over the next seven days?
There’s so much happening across Suffolk and Essex we couldn’t fit it all into our weekly What’s On guide. Here are some ideas for the weekend and later in the week.
Tommy, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, to April 15
The second touring production as part of the consortium Ramps on the Moon. Based on the iconic 1969 concept album, it’s the multi-award winning epic rock musical written by Pete Townshend. Read art editor Andrew Clarke’s review here.
The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas, Princess theatre, Hunstanton, April 7
The concert is in aid of The Gurkha Welfare Trust, which relieves hardship among Gurkha veterans in Nepal as well as supporting wider communities through schools, medical camps and clean water supplies. It will include military and popular tunes as well as some traditional music of Nepal. There will also be a performance by the famous Kukri Dancers.
Ida Wenøe, The Bank, Eye, 8pm, April 7
The Danish Music Award nominee promotes her debut album, Time Of Ghosts. While she has an obvious appreciation of Americana, her sound is laced with more English undertones. It’s been described as the kind of sound Edward Woodward might have heard downstairs in the local inn had the Wicker Man been filmed in a remote Danish village while Sarah Lund scoured for clues in her jumper.
Fleece Jazz, Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, 8pm, April 7
Solstice, featuring John Turville, is a new collaboration between some of the foremost bandleaders and composers emerging from the thriving east London music scene who draw on influences from Brazil, New York and France. Turville is joined by Tori Freestone, Jez Franks, Brigitte Beraha,
Dave Manington and George Hart.
Sinatra, Sequins and Swing - The Capitol Years Live, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm, April 7
Enjoy 1950’s Hollywood glamour, Frank Sinatra-style with swing vocalists Kevin Fitzsimmons and Kitty La Roar plus the Pete Long Orchestra. Sinatra’s Capitol years spanned from 1953-1960, shortly after his Oscar winning performance in From Here to Eternity. Songs will include World on a String, Come Fly With Me and Chicago.
Naze Tower 2017 season, Walton-on-the-Naze, 10am-5pm, to October 31
Three art exhibitions are programmed, featuring work by 38 established and emerging artists from East Anglia in a wide range of media - from painting and photography to ceramics and glass. Highlights of the spring exhibition, which runs to June 18, are Ted Toms, who finds inspiration for his oil paintings from the Stour Estuary and the North Sea coast; and Sara E Napoletani who paints birds using watercolour and egg tempera. It will be followed by the mixed show.
House and garden tours, Glemham Hall, times and dates vary
From the cellars up to the old servants quarters in the attics, learn about its vast history and stunning architecture, where elements of the Elizabethan era can still be seen. After the tour, roam the stunning gardens.
Who Are You? with Sarah Doig, Redgrave Amenities Centre, 7.30pm, April 7
Rickinghall Area Hospice Fundraisers present an evening of family history fun and information in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, Bury St Edmunds.
Champions of Magic, Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, April 8
Grand illusionists Young and Strange, recently seen on ITV’s The Next Great Magician; master mindreader Alex McAleer, award-winning queen of close-up Fay Presto and international stage magician of the year Edward Hilsum perform feats of mind-reading, close-up, large-scale illusions and a death-defying, heart stopping finale.
Goldilocks and The Three Bears, DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, noon, 2pm relaxed performance, 4pm; April 8
The latest in Northern Ballet’s award-winning series of Short Ballets for Small People. It’s an unique opportunity to experience live dance and music for the first time through performances designed specifically with young children in mind.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 2pm and 4pm, April 8
This critically acclaimed production features a 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories - The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Once Upon a Musical, The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, 2.30pm, 7.30pm, April 8
The Broadway Players perform songs from classic West End shows. Other events at the theatre during the week include Andy Davis’ juggling, magic, songs, rhymes and balloon activities for youngsters (11am and 1pm, April 12) and singing and dancing workshops for ages seven up (10am-noon, April 13).
D’Ukes, Cramphorn Studio, Chelmsford, 8pm, April 8
The electric ukulele covers band return to - as they say - take good songs apart, rebuild them and uke them up. Expect the unexpected.
Haverhill Choral Society spring concert, Haverhill Old Independent Church, 7.30pm, April 8
The choir of 45 together with organist Nigel Brown, four soloists and orchestra perform a programme comprising three contrasting works including Zadok the Priest, Haydn’s Paukenmesse - Mass in Time of War and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore.
Annual exhibition of prints and projected images, Wingfield Barns, Wingfield, 11am-4pm, Wednesday-Sunday, April 8-17
The Royal Photographic Society’s Creative Group’s regular showcase consisting of more than 200 pieces of work. Includes an exhibition of RPS Distinction Panels and a retrospect exhibition by society member Barry Freeman.
Mercury Voices Exhibition, Digby Gallery, Mercury Theatre, Colchester, to May 16; 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday and later on evenings when there is a performance
An opportunity to see objects in the theatre’s collection for the first time, showcasing artefacts, costumes and memorabilia. There will also be drop-in sessions on April 21 and May 4, 10am-3pm, for people to share their memories of the Mercury Theatre.
Snape Malting Vintage and Makers Market, Snape Maltings, April 9, 10am to 4pm
Organiser Deben Events has hand-picked the region’s leading vintage traders, local artisans, makers and craftspeople to kick off their year’s calendar. The market will feature everything from one-off vintage furniture, fashion and homewares to locally made products, artworks, fabrics and jewellery. There will be future markets on May 28, July 30, September 10 and October 22. The Friday Street Vintage and Handmade Market returns on June 25.
Brian Conley - The Greatest Entertainer (In His Price Range), Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm, April 9
New comedy, sketches and songs alongside some of his best-known and loved retrospective material from the screen and stage.
Take Him Earth For Cherishing, St Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich, 6pm, April 9
The Tower Chamber Choir Concert, conducted by Christopher Borrett, with tenor soloist Jonathan Hanley and organist William Baldry perform works by Cornysh, Byrd, Tippett, Howells and including Leighton’s Crucifixus Pro Nobis with tenor soloist Jonathan Hanley and organist William Baldry.
And later in the week:
Billy Ocean, Ipswich Regent, April 10
Britain’s biggest selling black artist of all time continues to celebrate the success of his latest album Here You Are - The Best Of Billy Ocean which hit number four, becoming his highest charting album since 1989. He said: “I’m humbled by the success of this album am grateful that people continue to find joy in my music. I have so many people to thank, but I owe this one to my fans.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket, April 11-12, 7.30pm.
Spinning Wheel’s Youth Takeover Team stage Shakespeare’s classic tale, with a contemporary twist.When Hermia and Lysander run away into the forest to escape their parents, the are followed by Helena and Demetrius who all get entangled in a colourful world of fairies and magic. Spinning Wheel are also staging Holiday Hijinks, three days of Easter holiday activities for five-12 year olds at the St John Centre, Bury St Edmunds, from April 13-15, 10am-3pm.
Noel and Gertie, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, April 11-12
Based on Noël Coward’s 54-year friendship with Gertrude Lawrence, devised by Sheridan Morley from the couple’s letters and diaries. Read arts editor Andrew Clarke’s behind the scenes look here.
Children’s activities, Chelmsford Museum, times at dates vary
Messy Crafters takes place at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm on April 11 and is suitable for ages 18-months to four-years-old. Creative Crafters is aimed at ages five-10. Using the museum’s collections and displays for inspiration, children will make a traditional toy with an Easter theme. It runs April 13 at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. The museum’s Easter Egg Trail runs to April 17. There are also several free exhibitions taking place over Easter at the musuem for mums and dads to enjoy.
Easter fun at Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, times and dates vary
On April 11, 12 and 14, 11am-12.30pm, there are Imagining History workshops for 12-15 year olds where professional writers inspire young writers to use real-life experience and exploration to develop their skills. There are others for 16-19 year olds from 1pm-2.30pm. You can capture the landscape on canvas with Watercolours at Easter, running April 11 and 18, 11.30am-12.30pm and 2.30-3.30pm. You can explore it first-hand on the Myth and Magic Sunset Tours, 6.30pm-7.45pm, April 12; discovering how the Anglo-Saxons experienced their landscape and how they interpreted it through their language and beliefs.
At Last - The Etta James Story, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, April 12, 7.30pm
The turbulent life story of the soul legend, featurings some of her most beloved songs including Tell Mama, I’d Rather Go Blind and the iconic At Last. Vika Bull, as James, is joined on stage by some of Australia’s finest and funkiest musicians.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Framlingham College Theatre, 7.30pm, April 12-15
Framlingham Amateur Dramatic Society tell the story of Brian and Sheila, bringing up a daughter who has cerebral palsy. This award-winning play was first performed in 1967 and remains complex, gripping and harrowingly funny. FADS are supporting SCOPE, the disability charity which helps cerebral palsy sufferers and their families.
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