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Thu, 15:58
Golilocks and the Three Bears by Northern Ballet part of the DanceEast spring season

DanceEast’s seasons tend to have a broad, over-arching theme which loosely ties together a series of unrelated events. In the past we have had seasons of world premieres or a season of shows which looked at migration and international cultures.

Wed, 19:00
Comedian Jim Davidson

Comedian Jim Davidson talks about latest tour 40 Years On, the highs and lows, being deliberately provocative and his charity work ahead of Ipswich Regent show.

Sunday, January 8, 2017
The principal cast of Beauty and the Beast, staged by Capel St Mary's Orchard Players January 12-14. Photos: Contributed

It may be a tale as old as time, but it’s the first time The Orchard Players have staged Beauty and the Beast. It’s been a challenge, director and group chairwoman Lynn Perera told entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Comedian Mike McClean is returning to the Ipswich Regent with his new show. Photo: Contributed

Comedian Mike McClean returns to Ipswich next week. Just be sure you don’t turn up late he tells entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Friday, January 6, 2017
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac play the Ipswich Regent tonight. Photo: Contributed

Event’s Martin Hutchinson talks to Allan Cosgrove of Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, playing the Ipswich Regent tonight.

Friday, January 6, 2017
Georgia Gower as Exotica in The Children's Theatre Company's production of Cats at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

An audience of all ages lapped up a polished performance from The CTC as the youth theatre group brought Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit show, Cats, to the Apex for some post-Christmas feline fun.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
The Quay Theatre in Sudbury.

As the panto season came to a close on Sunday, Sudbury’s Quay Theatre is launching into its new spring programme with a broad range of fresh offerings including more comedy, local history talks and family film showings.

Monday, January 2, 2017
Stowmarket Regal set to smash visitor record numbers. Staff left to right, Sarah Page and Sian Copeman.

A Suffolk cinema is celebrating a bumper year, after recording their highest admission numbers on record.

Monday, January 2, 2017
Suzie Lowe, right, and co stage Jack and the Beanstalk at Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion until January 8. Photos: Contributed

Fee fi fo fum, there’s still time for Felixstowe Spa audiences to catch Jack and the Beanstalk’s festive run.

Art & books

John Nightingale at home in Suffolk. 'I needed a job and it was a choice between a temporary vacancy in the civil service or selling soft toys' Photo: Caroline Slocock

John and his wife fell in love talking about civil service reform. Yes, honestly!

Thu, 16:21
Berlin Bowie by Jo Stafford, part of the David Bowie: Scary Monsters and Super Creeps exhibition at the Abbeygate Cinema, staged by the Off The Press collective

David Bowie had many faces, many guises and many musical personalities – from Ziggy Stardust, to Aladdin Sane, to the pale-faced harlequin of Ashes to Ashes. And to mark the first anniversary of Bowie’s death Suffolk-based printmaking collective Off The Press have created a new exhibition which celebrates the diverse nature of Bowie’s talent.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Artist Lois Cordelia and musican Stefan Freedman.

A collective of creative Ipswich talents have come together to highlight the plight of refugees and inspire compassion for newcomers in this region.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Bella Singleton models one of the scarves in her collection for Tate Modern

It’s just 10 years since fashion designer Bella Singleton finished secondary school studies in Suffolk.

Friday, January 6, 2017
Col. Charles Halt (Retired) revisiting Rendlesham Forest last summer

“The Rendlesham Forest incident can truly be regarded as the ‘perfect storm’ of a UFO case”, explains former Ministry of Defence investigator Nick Pope in his introduction to a new book on the 36-year-old mystery.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Catherine Larner

Does The Grapes of Wrath do it for you? What about Catch 22?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson in The Girl on The Train

Who doesn’t savour the anticipation when you know a book you’d like is about to come out? Try these, suggests Steven Russell

TV & films

Wed, 19:00
Comedian Jim Davidson

Comedian Jim Davidson talks about latest tour 40 Years On, the highs and lows, being deliberately provocative and his charity work ahead of Ipswich Regent show.

Tue, 17:26
Bury St Edmunds is featured on  Come Dine With Me

The hit TV show Come Dine With Me will feature four contestants from Bury St Edmunds when it airs on Channel 4 tonight.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The Sesame Street Show visited The Regent in Ipswich back in March 1993

Generations of children have grown up with Elmo, Big Bird and the Cookie Monster so imagine the delight for these children at seeing Sesame Street live on stage at The Ipswich Regent back in the 1990s.

Monday, January 9, 2017
Tom Hiddleston with the award for best performance by an actor in a limited series or a motion picture made for television for The Night Manager. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The Crown’s Claire Foy and the stars of BBC’s The Night Manager - including Tom Hiddleston, son of Aldeburgh arts consultant Diana - have won Golden Globes in a night of British success at the Hollywood awards show.

Sunday, January 8, 2017
According to a new Cineworld survey, film fans are willing to tell a few fibs to make sure they don't miss Rogue One - A Star Wars Story . Photo: PA Photo/Lucasfilm

Would you risk your wedding so you could see the latest Star Wars movie? Shockingly, one in 10 of us would says a new survey. Entertainment writer 
Wayne Savage explores the dark side of telling white lies.

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Michael Portillo at the Mid Suffolk Light Railway

Former minister turned television personality Michael Portillo steams into Suffolk and north Essex in the latest of his Great British Railway Journeys.

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Leanne Mitchell from Lowestoft won The Voice UK in 2012 (Picture: BBC/YouTube)

There are calls to sack Welsh music legend Sir Tom Jones from his job as a coach – just hours before the first episode of the series airs tonight.


From The Jam, featuring Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings, head to Bury St Edmunds this month. Photo: Derek D'Souza

Bruce Foxton talks about reforming The Jam, his mate Paul Weller and trying to grow old gracefully ahead of From The Jam’s visit to The Apex this week.

Mon, 12:09
Elbow at Latitude. Jen O'Neill favourite pictures of the year

Top alternative rock band Elbow are the latest addition to the Thetford Forest summer concert line-up this year.

Friday, January 13, 2017
Tilly Moses in the GingerDog Records studio.

A teenage singer-songwriter from Suffolk has started a crowdfunding campaign to help her release her first album.

Friday, January 13, 2017
Little Mix. Picture credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Chart-toppers Little Mix have been unveiled as the latest act to perform in Newmarket this summer.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Ed Sheeran says he wants to play Portman Road. Pic: Greg Williams.

Ed Sheeran has said he wants to perform live at Portman Road, the home of Ipswich Town.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Ed Sheeran. Credit: Greg Williams

Ed Sheeran has given fresh hints about his new album in yet another social media post to have sent his fans wild with anticipation.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Ed Sheeran. Credit: Greg Williams

Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran has revealed more details of his year in the “wilderness”.

Days Out

Yesterday, 14:16
Crown Pools, Ipswich.

Looking for a family day out, something to entertain younger children or a chance to get some fresh air?
Our weekly days out guide brings you suggestions for family activities to entertain various age groups throughout the weekend.

Yesterday, 11:55
Flux Freestyle trampoline centre, Cardinal park, Ipswich.

Being a grown up usually means a life of responsibility, stress and mature behaviour, but you know what they say about ‘all work and no play’...

Thursday, January 12, 2017
A Pirate's Life For Me - Sinbad, the New Wolsey's latest rock'n'roll pantomime

The icy temperatures and biting wind may be enough to keep you inside this weekend but if you are looking for a chance to get out in the fresh air or to simply escape the confines of the house these days out ideas should help.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Players at the Cambridge Escape Rooms

A live escape room challenge pitting competitors’ logic, problem solving and teamwork skills to the test is set to be launched in Ipswich this year following the success of a venture in Cambridge.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Junior Parkrun takes place in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday (stock photo)

Get your new year’s resolutions off to a good start this weekend by stretching your legs, getting some exercise in and spending more quality time together as a family.

Thursday, December 29, 2016
The Children's Theatre Company Ipswich stage Cats at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

Our weekly guide offers a run down to what is happening in Suffolk each weekend from family walks to theatre fun for toddlers.

Thursday, December 29, 2016
Beer and Co have launched two beers relating to Portman and Portman road. Left to right, Marc Titford and Greg Cooper.

More than 30 beers will be on offer at the first Saints Winter Festival & New Year Hootenany opening tomorrow - Friday, December 30.

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