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25th May 2017

The Suffolk Show: A Great Day Out

On Wednesday 31st May and Thursday 1st June, Trinity Park will again welcome visitors to The Suffolk Show, the county’s biggest day out. The show is a celebration of Suffolk food, farming and countryside, including grand ring displays, sporting activities, unique exhibits and hundreds of animals. This year, the incredible horses from Atkinson Actions Horses, stars of the

Ipswich News

Come and see the Clangers!

The team at Ipswich Museum is busy preparing for next month’s launch of the “Clangers, Bagpuss & Co” exhibition. The children’s favourites are taking over the Ipswich Art Gallery in High Street to bring a ray of summer sunshine over the holidays. They will be joined by Ivor The Engine and Noggin the Nog; clearly

Police warning over summer burglaries

Police are urging residents to keep their properties secure as summer approaches. The advice comes as three burglaries in Ipswich were reported yesterday evening, Tuesday 23 May, and in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 24 May. The details of these incidents are as follows: – Between 9:30pm and 10pm, offenders gained entry to

Return of popular Photography Festival

Ginnel Foto Fest made its debut last May as an alternative arts festival in the heart of the town’s Westgate Ward. An urban space in Clarkson Street was opened to the public to exhibit high quality photos for the benefit of the community. The now established Ginnel Foto Community is delighted to announce this year’s

Extra seats and trains this summer

Rail passengers will benefit from more trains and over 100,000 extra seats per week when Greater Anglia’s summer timetable comes into effect on Sunday 21 May. On the same day, the region’s brand new station, Cambridge North, will also open. The extra seats will be available on services between Cambridge and London, Hertford East and

Police officer Nicola braves the shave

A Suffolk Police officer Pc Nicola Burnham-Slipper ‘braved the shave’ on Wednesday, 3 May, to raise funds for a local Macmillan Centre. The officer had her head shaved to raise money for the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre in Ipswich in memory of her late father, who fought cancer for eight years. He was supported by staff

Ipswich charity launches Garden for Older People

Ipswich-based charity ActivLives is launching its Garden for Older People on Thursday 18th May, during Dementia Awareness Week. The garden, at ActivLives Chantry Walled Garden, is the result of many hours hard work by volunteers of the project. It is especially designed to enable older people who may be wheelchair-bound with conditions such as Dementia


Lottery Funded Loco Shed opened

The Mid Suffolk Light Railway’s brand new Restoration Engine Shed was officially opened this afternoon in a ceremony at the museum. Lord and Lady Deben were present along with various dignitaries and guests to see the new shed. Lord Deben expressed his lifelong fascination with steam trains, using firstly his sons and now his grandson

Latitude line-up announced

Latitude Festival has announced the line up for their twelfth edition, which takes place from Thursday 13th until Sunday 16th July 2017 in the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk. Fresh from their Best British Group win at the BRIT Awards and two sold-out nights at the O2 Arena, The 1975 will headline Friday night

Dog walk for deafness charity raises £500

On Saturday 20th May 2017, 60 guests and their four-legged friends enjoyed a 4.5 mile stroll taking in the beautiful countryside and river views between Newbourne and Waldringfield. Guests then tucked into breakfast at the halfway point (The Maybush Inn), kindly donated by Steve Lomas at Deben Inns. The event was organised by local hearing

Circus brings worldwide acts to Suffolk

The multi award winning Russells International Circus will be returning the Suffolk in the near future stopping off at Ipswich, Felixstowe and Stowmarket. This years sensational all human spectacular features stars of the Romanian state circus alongside the best of British circus skills. One of the many new attractions include the Cirque Berserk Riders all

Poetry in the Café

‘Poetry and Poets are on the increase in Suffolk!’ That’s a bold statement to make, not sure who said it but when one assesses the number of Poetry Cafes in Suffolk and the number of poetry events it seems logical. Suffolk Poetry Society [SPS] lists many Poetry Cafes on their website, not least of which

Theatre celebrates 80 years

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre celebrates 80 years since the formation of the Repertory Company and 45 years since the current building opened it’s doors on 10th May 1972 for the first time. The theatre company – then known as the Colchester Repertory Company – had been established some 35 years earlier by Robert Digby and Beatrice


Ballet Black: Triple Bill including Red Riding Hood

Ballet Black are back following a sell-out show at DanceEast in 2016 that delighted a new generation of dance fans with its ‘dash, daring and joie de vivre’ (Guardian). In her latest mixed bill, Artistic Director Cassa Pancho commissions bold choreography once more, blending the classical and contemporary, narrative and abstract, for her ballet company

Review: Bring on the Bollywood

All the colour, energy and drama that you can expect in a Bollywood movie is brought to the New Wolsey stage in this vibrant Bollywood inspired musical from the Leicester-based Phizzical Productions. Like most Bollywood movies this production is a love-story but it’s not all serious, there’s plenty of humour in there too. The principal

Ipswich youngster’s CD raises money for homeless

11 year old Roma Manteiga Nicholson, from Ipswich, is hoping to raise £2000 for Suffolk-based charity Selig, which runs a number of local projects to support the homeless and victims of domestic abuse. The thoughtful St Albans RC High School pupil has recorded a three-song EP which will go on sale at Sailmakers shopping centre

The Music from the Boats That Rocked

A guest star radio DJ presents an evening of music from the Golden Era of Radio when the BBC was ignoring pop music and the Pirates ruled the airwaves. A multitude of 1960s/70s performers – including THE HONEYCOMBS, the legendary singer TONY BURROWS (Famous for his work with The Ivy League, The Flower Pot Men,

We’re All Right Now!

Paul Rodgers, legendary singer, songwriter and frontman for Free, Bad Company and The Firm, will be playing Ipswich’s Regent Theatre in May as part of his new UK tour. Paul’s FREE Spirit tour is full songs from Free’s back catalogue and will delight fans of all ages. “It was 50 years ago in 1967 when

Anniversary celebrations for Two Rivers Theatre Company

Two Rivers Theatre Company are pleased to announce their return to the stage with their latest comedy production of: Beyond A Joke, by Derek Benfield. This will be their 40th show since they were founded 20 years ago. May 1997 saw their premiere performance of Terra Nova by Ted Tally. The play was set in

Islands In The Stream

Celebrating the Queen & King of country, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers… Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of Country Music Royalty! This thigh-slapping stage show brings together the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly, along with Kenny’s charisma and energy with hit