Easter news

Spring Leisure Guide 2014


Easter Services

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Sunday, April 13 - Palm Sunday
10am - Sung Eucharist and procession of palms.

Monday, April 14 to Wednesday April 16
7pm - Sung Eucharist with address.

Thursday, April 17
11.30am - Christ Eucharist
7pm - Solemn Eucharist of the Lord’s supper with address followed by procession to the altar of repose and vigil until midnight.

Friday, April 18 – Good Friday
10am - Churches Together Passion Play starts from the Cathedral

Saturday, April 19 – Easter Eve
6.30pm - Easter vigil, proclamation, blessing of the Easter fire, confirmation and first Eucharist of Easter

Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day
8am - Holy communion
10am - Festal Eucharist
3.30pm - Festal evensong

St Augustine’s Church

Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

Sunday, April 13 – Palm Sunday
8am - Holy communion
10.30am - Family holy communion

Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday
10am - Holy communion
7.30pm - Holy communion

Friday, April 18 – Good Friday
10.30am - Family service
2pm - An hour at the cross

Saturday, April 19 – Easter Eve
8.30pm - Service of the light

Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day
8am - Holy communion
10.30am - Easter family communion
6.30pm - Easter evening song

Stowmarket Baptist Church

Bury Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Friday, April 18 – Good Friday
10.30am - Morning service
3pm - Open air service at Needham Lake

Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day
10.45am - Morning service
6.30pm - Evening service

St Mary at the Elms

68, Black Horse Lane, Ipswich

Sunday, April 13 - Palm Sunday
10.45am - Morning service
Blessing of palms, procession & solemn mass

Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday
7.30pm - Holy mass of the Lord’s supper, followed by passion watch until midnight

Friday, April 18 – Good Friday
3pm - The liturgy of the Lord’s passion

Saturday, April 19 – Easter Eve
8pm - Easter vigil

Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day
10.45am - Solemn mass & blessing of the eggs

St John's United Reform Church

Cowper Street, Ipswich

Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day
8.30am and 10.45am - Easter communion

Burlington Baptist Church

London Road, Ipswich

Friday, April 18 – Good Friday
10am - All age reflection

Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day
10.45am - Easter celebration and communion including My Hope, message from Billy Graham

St Clement’s Congregational Church

Back Hamlet, Ipswich

Sunday, April 13 – Palm Sunday
10.45am - Palm service

Friday, April 18 – Good Friday
10.45am - Good Friday service

Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day
10.45am - Easter service

St Mary-le-Tower

Tower St, Ipswich

Sunday, April 13 – Palm Sunday
8am - Holy Communion
10.30am - United Palm Sunday service
6.30pm - Stainer’s crucifixion sung by the choir

Monday, April 14
12pm - Holy communion
9pm - Compline at Park Road (Bishop’s Chapel)

Tuesday, April 15
12pm - Holy communion
9pm - Holy communion

Wednesday, April 16
10.30am - Holy communion
9pm - Compline at Park Road

Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday
7.30pm - Celebration of the last supper – watch of prayer until 10pm

Friday, April 18 – Good Friday
10.30am - United Walk of Witness starting from Christ Church, Tacket Street
12pm to 3pm - Good Friday devotions
12pm - Liturgy of the passion, choral service with sung passion gospel
1pm - Reflections on the cross with hymns, addresses and silent prayer
2pm - Liturgy of the last hour with holy communion

Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day
6.30am - Sunrise Easter celebration followed by breakfast
8am - Holy communion
9.30am - Choral Matins
10.30am - Easter Eucharist

The Methodist Church, Ipswich

 

Alan Road
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday

7.30pm Communion service led by Rev Bev Barclay
Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day
10.45am - Worship led by Deacon Georgina Brooks
6.30pm Communion service led by Rev Bev Barclay

Bramford Road
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday

7.30pm - Communion service led by Rev Kathy Flynn
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday
10am - Service led by Mr Bryan Nichols
Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day
11am - All age communion led by Rev Kathy Flynn
6.30pm - Worship led by Rev David Kemble

Chantry
Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day

9.30am - Communion led by Rev Kathy Flynn

Landseer Road
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday

10.30am - Service led by Rev Bev Barclay
Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day
11am - Communion led by Rev Bev Barclay

Museum Street
Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday

7pm - United communion service led by Rev Andrew Kleissner, joined by Christchurch, Tacket Street
Friday, April 18 – Good Friday
9.30am - Service followed by Walk of Witness
Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day
10.45am - Communion service led by Rev Derek Grimshaw

St Pancras Catholic Church

1 Orwell Place, Ipswich

Thursday, April 17 – Holy Thursday
12.15pm - Station of the cross
7pm - Watching til midnight

Friday, April 18 – Good Friday
9.30am - Stations of the cross
10.30am - Procession of witness
3pm -Liturgy of passion

Saturday, April 12
8pm - Vigil mass of Easter and ceremonies

Sunday, April 20 – Easter Day
9.30am - Mass
11am - Mass


Tell us about your plans for Easter

See a Suffolk Punch horse Suffolk Regiment Museum Ipswich Town Football Club Suffolk Show
A visit to Leiston Ipswich Transport Museum RSPB Minsmere Beccles Lido
Watch the Sunrise Framlingham castle Abbey Gardens Felixstowe viewpoint
Orford Ness Thorpeness The Scores trail Thumb wrestling
Southwold pier Aldeburgh fish and chips Suffolk walking festival Power boat racing
Owl at Christchurch Park St Edmundsbury Cathedral music Peasenhall pea festival The Nutshell pub
Crabbing in Walberswick Woodbridge Tide Mill Enjoy a pint of local beer Covehithe beach
Sudbury Water Meadows Newmarket gallops The Sailors’ Reading Room Hoxne
Electric Picture Palace The Aviation Museum, Flixton Mid Suffolk Light Railway Lavenham
The Norfolk Broads East Anglia Transport museum Walk from Snape to Iken New Wolsey Theatre
Folk East Helmingham Hall The Butt and Oyster pub Access all Eras
Shingle Street Flatford Mill UFO Walk Alton Water
  Sutton Hoo Ipswich Music Day  

See a Suffolk Punch horse
See a Suffolk Punch horse
No visit to Suffolk would be complete without seeing the magnificent Suffolk Punch horse - the symbol of our proud county.

The Suffolk Punch, also historically known as the Suffolk Horse or Suffolk Sorrel, is an English breed of draught horse. The breed takes the first part of its name from the county of Suffolk in East Anglia, and the name "Punch" from its solid appearance and strength.


The Suffolk Regiment museum
The Suffolk regiment museum
The Suffolk Regiment was an infantry regiment of the line in the British Army with a history dating back to 1685.

It saw service for three centuries, before being amalgamated with the Royal Norfolk Regiment as the 1st East Anglian Regiment (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk) in 1959. Its lineage is continued today by the Royal Anglian Regiment.


Ipswich Town Football Club
Ipswich Town football ground
Ipswich Town Football Club also known as Ipswich, The Blues, Town, or The Tractor Boys) are an English professional football team based in Ipswich, Suffolk.

As of the 2013–14 season, they play in the Football League Championship, having last appeared in the Premier League in 2001–02, making them the league's longest-serving club.


The Suffolk Show
The Suffolk Show
The Suffolk Show is an annual show that takes place in Trinity Park on the eastern edge of Ipswich in the Purdis Farm area of the English county of Suffolk.

It is organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association (established 1831, registered charity no. 288595).


Visit Leiston
Visit Leiston
Leiston is a town in eastern Suffolk, England. It is situated near Saxmundham and Aldeburgh, about 2 miles from the North Sea coast and is 21 miles northeast of Ipswich and 90 miles northeast from London.

The town had a population of 6,240 at the 2001 Census.


Visit Ipswich Transport Museum
Visit Ipswich transport museum
The Ipswich Transport Museum is a museum in Ipswich, Suffolk, England devoted principally to the history of road vehicles as represented by those used or built in its local area.

The museum collection was commenced by the Ipswich Transport Preservation Group in 1965. In 1988 it obtained use of its present premises, the old Priory Heath trolleybus depot in Cobham Road, and has been opened to the public since 1995.


Visit RSPB Minsmere
Visit RSPB Minsmere
RSPB Minsmere is a nature reserve owned and run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) at Minsmere in the English county of Suffolk.

It lies on the North Sea coast around 6 miles south of Southwold and 7 miles north of Aldeburgh within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Suffolk Heritage Coast area.


Beccles Lido
Beccles Lido
Beccles Lido is an open-air pool at Puddingmoor, Beccles, Suffolk, on the banks of the River Waveney.

The lido is 33 x 16 metres with a diving board, paddling pool and sunbathing area.

It is normally open from late May to early September. It was closed throughout 2009 but reopened August 2010 following a change of ownership and subsequent refurbishment.


See the sunrise at Britain’s most easterly position - Ness Point
See the sunrise at Britain’s most easterly point
The most easterly location in Britain, Ness Point, offers a beautiful coastal view and you can view the sunrise before anyone else in Britain, it’s a sight you’ll never forget.

Ness Point is a favourite destination of Lowestoft. Ness Point is becoming a leading area for renewable energy in the UK, with the UK’s largest wind turbine called “Gulliver” and the newly constructed OrbisEnergy Centre.


Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle is a castle in the market town of Framlingham in Suffolk in England. An early motte and bailey or ringwork Norman castle was built on the Framlingham site by 1148, but this was destroyed by Henry II of England in the aftermath of the revolt of 1173-4.

Its replacement, constructed by Roger Bigod, the Earl of Norfolk, was unusual for the time in having no central keep.


Abbey Gardens
Abbey Gardens
The Abbey Gardens is owned by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

However, because it covers the major part of the precinct of the medieval abbey of St Edmund, it is under the guardianship of English Heritage as a scheduled ancient monument.


Felixstowe viewpoint
Felixstowe viewpoint
Located between Landguard Fort and the Port of Felixstowe is the John Bradfield Viewing Area. 

From here you can enjoy stunning views across the estuary to the Shotley Peninsula and the towns of Harwich and Dovercourt (both in Essex).If the weather is really clear you can even see the off-shore wind turbines beyond The Naze.


Orford Ness
Orford Ness
Orford Ness is a cuspate foreland shingle spit on the Suffolk coast in Great Britain, linked to the mainland at Aldeburgh and stretching along the coast to Orford and down to North Wier Point, opposite Shingle Street.

It is divided from the mainland by the River Alde, and was formed by longshore drift along the coast. The material of the spit comes from places further north, such as Dunwich.


Thorpeness
Thorpeness
The village was originally a small fishing hamlet in the late 19th century, with folklore stories of it being a route for smugglers into East Anglia.

However in 1910, Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie, a Scottish barrister who had made his money designing railways around the world, bought the entire area from north of Aldeburgh to past Sizewell, up the coast and inland to Aldringham and Leiston.


The Scores Trail
The Scores Trail
The Scores are a unique feature of Lowestoft. They are a series of narrow lanes created over the years by people wearing paths in the soft, sloping cliff as they travelled between the historic High Street and the Beach Village.

The origin of the word 'score' is thought to be a corruption of 'scour', or possibly from the Old English 'scora', which means to make or cut a line.


Lowestoft thumb wrestling
Lowestoft thumb wrestling
Held in Lowestoft and following the incredible success of 2013′s World Championship – which saw American newcomer Tiger Monkey storm the mens’ tournament and the legendary Big Digit successfully defend the womens’ title for Britain – the organisers of the World Thumb Wrestling Championship are looking forward to another great event.


Southwold Pier
Southwold Pier
Whilst many English seaside piers are in decline, Southwold Pier is enjoying renewed popularity. It includes a collection of modern coin-operated novelty machines designed and constructed by the inventor Tim Hunkin.

The pier was built in 1900, when it extended for a distance of 270 yards and finishing with a T-shaped end. The pier end was practically destroyed by a gale in 1934, with the T-shaped end being swept away.


Aldeburgh fish and chips
Aldeburgh fish and chips
Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop is widely regarded as one of the best Fish and Chip Shops in the UK thanks to fresh fish, locally grown potatoes and their way of frying which has remained unchanged since 1967.

The delicious fish and chips are served in 4 different locations across Aldeburgh, each with their own unique character.


The Suffolk Walking Festival
The Suffolk Walking Festival
In 2014 the 7th Suffolk Walking Festival will take place which has been developed over the years from its beginning in 2008 as the South and Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival.

It is now supported by all the local authorities in Suffolk: Mid Suffolk, Babergh, Forest Heath, Waveney and Suffolk Coastal District Councils and St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Borough Councils.


Power boat racing at Oulton Broad
Power boat racing at Oulton Broad
A wonderful area of suffolk close to the popular seaside town of Lowestoft. Oulton Broad is one of the finest stretches of inland water in the UK and forms the southern gateway to the Broads National Park.

Oulton Broad is a very popular place to come for watersports such as; sailing, canoeing, rowing & boating.


Mabel the owl at Christchurch Park
Mabel the owl at Christchurch Park
Most people would say Hedwig, faithful post-carrying companion of Harry Potter from JK Rowling’s best selling books.

But if you’re a regular visitor to Christchurch Park you might decide to plump for Mabel. The tawny owl has made local and national headlines for several years because of her surprisingly prominent appearances during daylight hours.


St Edmundsbury Cathedral music
St Edmundsbury Cathedral music
The Cathedral is open to visitors every day from 8.30 a.m.to 6.00 p.m. throughout the year. Entry is free but there is a suggested donation of £3.00 per adult and 50p per child.

Visitors are welcome to look around the Cathedral on their own. A free introductory leaflet is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Polish. Visitors are most welcome to attend any of the daily services.


Peasenhall pea festival
Peasenhall pea festival
Peasenhall’s unique Pea Festival is a great day out for all the family, including dozens of pea themed events.

Celebrate this village’s pea heritage by competing in the World Pea Podding Championships or try your luck at obtaining the National Pea Throwing title.


The Nutshell pub
The Nutshell pub
With a bar that measures just 15ft by 7ft, The Nutshell proudly holds the title of smallest pub in Britain as confirmed in the Guinness Book of Records.

Located in the heart of the historic Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, The Nutshell has been proud to serve customers jostling for a place at the bar since it first started serving beer in 1867.


Crabbing at Walberswick
Crabbing at Walberswick
The Georgian town of Walberswick is completely charming and the perfect setting for your day out in the East of England, surrounded by protected marsh and heath lands.

The beach at Walberswick is long and sandy, backed by grassy dunes.


Woodbridge Tide Mill
Woodbridge Tide Mill
When tides permit the five metre English oak waterwheel will turn the machinery, and grain will be milled to produce flour.

An imaginative timeline records the Tide Mill’s long history and fascinating owners and is complemented by interactive models, audio stations, videos, display panels, life-size cut-outs of the miller’s family and cats. There's also a children's corner and dressing-up box.


Enjoy a pint of local beer
Enjoy a pint of local beer
Adnams brew a distinctive range of authentic beers which reflect our heritage as a brewer but also challenge conventions.

Each one has its own unique and vibrant character that will appeal to the most discerning drinkers – drinkers who cherish individuality and seek out brands with personality and style.


Covehithe beach
Covehithe beach
Covehithe is a hamlet and civil parish in the Waveney district of the English county of Suffolk. It lies on the North Sea coast around 4 miles north of Southwold and 7 miles south of Lowestoft.

The coastline in the Covehithe area suffers from the highest rate of erosion in the UK, and the settlement has suffered significant loss of land and buildings in the past. It is located within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB.


Sudbury Water Meadows
Sudbury Water Meadows
Sudbury's renowned water meadows are perhaps the jewel in the town's crown and have been immortalised by the works of Gainsborough and Constable.

The meadows are carefully maintained by the Sudbury Common Lands Charity.


Newmarket Gallops
Newmarket Gallops
Extending to over 2,500 acres (1,000 ha), Newmarket Heath provides 50 miles (80 km) of turf gallops and canters.

The Heath is split in two by the town, Bury Side (to the east of Newmarket) and Racecourse Side (to the west).  Ground on each side is divided into three main categories - Winter (and Yearling) Ground, Spring Ground and Summer Ground.


The Sailors’ Reading Room
The Sailors’ reading room
The Southwold Sailors' Reading Room was built in 1864 as a refuge for fishermen and mariners when not engaged at sea, as an endeavour to keep them out of the pubs and encourage them in Christian ideals.

Displays of a seafaring nature line the walls and fill glass cabinets. Pictures and portraits of local fishermen and seascapes, model ships and maritime paraphernalia offer a fascinating history of Southwold's connections with the sea.


Hoxne
Hoxne
Hoxne is situated in the beautiful Suffolk countryside not far from the towns of Eye and Diss.

As well as being a picture postcard village with a thriving community, Hoxne is an absolute treasure trove of history.


Electric Picture Palace
Electric Picture Palace
The Electric Picture Palace was opened by Michael Palin in May 2002. It is named after the first Southwold cinema which began to operate in 1912 (in York Road where the Surgery now stands) and follows the style of this period.

It has 68 authentic cinema seats, a box office, kiosk, circle, organ, air-conditioning, etc.


The Aviation Museum, Flixton
The Aviation Museum, Flixton
The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, recognised as East Anglia's Aviation Heritage Centre, is run entirely by volunteers, with one paid staff member. It is a Registered Charity, a Limited Company and an Accredited Museum.

The collection early in 2014 comprised 66 aircraft (including cockpits), and more than 30,000 smaller artefacts.


Mid Suffolk Light Railway
Mid Suffolk Light Railway
The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, known affectionately as 'The Middy', was a classic case of a rural railway that never paid its way. Built in the Edwardian era, it was a late-comer to the railway scene, at a time when mechanized transport was making an appearance on the roads.

It effectively went broke before it opened but still managed to struggle on for almost 50 years!


Lavenham
Lavenham
Lavenham is an ideal place to visit and indulge yourself - It has a fantastic calendar of events and festivals, award winning places to eat, great galleries and shops to browse and plenty to do and explore nearby.

Perhaps the most famous of the wool towns, Lavenham once enjoyed such a high standing that in the reign of Henry VIII it was ranked as the fourteenth wealthiest town in England.


The Norfolk Broads
The Broads
The Norfolk Broads are a series of rivers and broads (lakes), most of which are navigable. 

The square area of the Norfolk Broads totals 303 kilometres, most of this is in the County of Norfolk, and just over 200 square kilometres of these waterways are navigable, covering seven rivers and 63 Broads. The depth of these waterways is usually less than 4 metres deep.


East Anglia Transport Museum
East Anglia Transport Museum
The East Anglia Transport Museum is an open air transport museum, with numerous historic public transport vehicles (including many in full working order).

It is located in Carlton Colville a suburb of Lowestoft, Suffolk. It is the only museum in the country where visitors can ride on buses, trams and trolleybuses, as a well as a narrow gauge railway.


Walk from Snape to Iken
Walk from Snape to Iken
The River Alde at the Maltings is a haven for birdlife with its expansive estuary. Being tidal it’s a place of glistening mud and shallow open water, filled twice a day by the incoming tide and rich in wildlife during migrating months.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy walks along the Alde Estuary following the choice of footpaths on both river banks from the Maltings. We also have regular guided walks of the area.


New Wolsey Theatre
New Wolsey Theatre
A 400-seat theatre in the heart of Ipswich, Suffolk's county town, The New Wolsey Theatre was established in 2000, building on the foundations of the regional repertory company that had opened the theatre in the late 1970s.

The New Wolsey also co-produces and collaborates with leading UK producing theatres and companies and engages extensively with a wide range of people through its creative learning work.


Folk East
Folk East
Folk East is a folk festival for East Anglia with a capacity of 10,000 per day, held over the August bank holiday weekend at Somerleyton Hall on the Suffolk, Norfolk borders.

The festival also offers camping, workshops, quality food, circus style entertainment and traditional dancing.


Helmingham Hall
Helmingham Hall
Helmingham Hall is a moated manor house in Helmingham, Suffolk, England. It was begun by John Tollemache in 1480 and has been owned by the Tollemache family ever since.

The house is built around a courtyard in typical late medieval/Tudor style.


The Butt and Oyster pub
The Butt and Oyster pub
The Butt & Oyster is one of the best known public houses in Suffolk renowned for its good beer, good food and great views, situated in the hamlet of Pin Mill on the River Orwell.

You can watch the changing tides on traditional timeless shores and enjoy the finest Suffolk ales whilst being tempted by the wonderful aromas which welcome you.


Access All Eras
Access All Eras
The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds has had a long, chequered and very interesting past which this tour, Backstage Past – Access All Eras, fully explores with fascinating and fine detail.

This tour is as interesting and entertaining for locals as well as people visiting Suffolk on holiday.


Shingle Street
Shingle Street
Shingle Street is a small coastal hamlet in Suffolk, England, at the mouth of Orford Ness, situated between Orford and Bawdsey.

Shingle Street was originally a home for fishermen and river pilots for the River Ore. Early in the 19th century a Martello tower was built, and was later home for coastguards.


Flatford Mill
Flatford Mill
Flatford lies in the heart of the beautiful Dedham Vale.

This charming hamlet was the inspiration for some of John Constable's most famous pictures, for example, the Hay Wain or Boatbuilding near Flatford Mill among many others. Wandering beside the River Stour or looking at Flatford Mill and Willy Lotts House you can feel as if you are actually walking through one of his paintings.


UFO Walk
UFO Walk
In December 1980 several sightings of a UFO were reported in Rendlesham Forest.

Many people think these mysterious events are the most significant UFO incident to have occured in the UK. There is no tangible evidence on the ground, but following the trail and using your imagination, an intriguing picture can be painted.


Alton Water
Alton Water
Alton Water (or Alton Reservoir) is a manmade reservoir. It is the largest in Suffolk, with a perimeter of over 8 miles

Due to a shortage of water in the Ipswich area in the 1960s, a list of 20 potential sites for reservoirs was made, with Alton being the chosen site. The land was mainly farmland, but was also home to a mill and Alton Hall. The mill was dismantled and reconstructed at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.


Sutton Hoo
Sutton
This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the river Deben, is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.

Walk around the ancient burial mounds and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions.


Ipswich Music Day
Ipswich Music Day
The Music Day is a family event and showcases many of the brightest and best acts on the local music scene, with several stages set in the surroundings of Christchurch Park and Mansion.

This event is part of the Ipswich Arts festival, IpArt, which hosts a wide variety of events incorporating film, theatre, poetry, and arts-orientated workshops as well as music.

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