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Saturday, December 3, 2016
The Snow Queen, the latest Christmas Spectacular from the Ipswich Co-Op Juniors

The Ipswich Co-op Juniors certainly know how to stage a spectacle and this year’s festive extravaganza is as glitzy and glamorous – and as technically accomplished – as anything you would see on a West End stage.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Steve Ruston as Sinbad in Sinbad, the New Wolsey's latest rock'n'roll pantomime

In an age when most pantomimes are traditional and predictable, the New Wolsey’s new rock’n’roll panto, Sinbad, doesn’t arrive like a breath of fresh air but more like a full-blown tempest. In among the rock’n’roll classics like Living on a Prayer, Smoke on the Water, The Tide Is High and Sending Out an SOS, we even get some lines of Shakespeare’s King Lear: “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!” to underline the power of the story.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Elf on Shelf is back for Christmas 2016

Families in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Woodbridge and Newmarket will be expecting a visit from a naughty little elf tonight as the Christmas tradition continues.

Monday, November 28, 2016
Dorothy (Charlotte Sheenan),  Scarecrow (Sam Brown); Tin Man (Michael Haywood Smith) and The Cowardly Lion (Nathan Cant) in The Wizard of Oz by Ipswich Operatic Society at the Ipswich Regent. Picture by Gavin King Photography

The Wizard of Oz, a Hollywood musical classic, is brought to the Ipswich Regent with style by the Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Saturday, November 26, 2016
Barrell of Fun: The Barton Players rolling out the barrell this weekend with their traditional Olde Tyme Music Hall. Amanda Kingsnorth and the Men's Company

Tickets are selling fast for tomorrow’s performances of an old-time musical by the Barton Players – but there are still a few seats left.

Monday, November 21, 2016
Behind the scenes at The New Wolsey Theatre as they set up for 'Sinbad' - photo by Sarah Lucy Brown

Panto season is almost upon us and photographer Sarah Lucy Brown and Arts editor Andrew Clarke have been behind the scenes at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich to discover that a lot of planning goes into the creation of so much chaos, music and magic

Monday, November 21, 2016
Jasmin Vardimon presents Pinocchio with DanceEast this Christmas - photo by Ben Harries

There are dozens of traditional pantomimes taking place in Suffolk this Christmas season, but there are also a selection of other shows ideal for the whole family.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Round The Horne

It was an evening of innocent, hilarious, barely concealed filth straight from the 1960s.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Panto cast arrive at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

The cast for this year’s Beauty and the Beast pantomime at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds arrived in town yesterday ready for rehearsals.

Art & books

Yesterday, 14:00
Gemma Biran's entry depicting the month of March in the Kesgrave Photography Competition

Inspired snappers in Kesgrave enjoyed the summer sun and braved the wintry weather to share their stills in the latest Kesgrave Photography Competition.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
England's Jonny Bairstow plays a shot on the third day of the second cricket test match against India in Visakhapatnam last month. Photo: AP/Aijaz Rahi

For a man who reckons he drifted into advertising and public relations without knowing much about it, Bob Cattell hasn’t done badly. We’d all be pretty chuffed to have altered course slightly and ended up selling more than 250,000 children’s books, wouldn’t we?

Saturday, November 26, 2016
Timoshenko: the ship's cat who could feel danger coming

Colchester raised £435,223 to buy a Second World War submarine. Why have we forgotten that? asks Steven Russell.

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Joanne Penfold is donating 20% from the sale of her art at Framlingham Technology Centre to Lapwing Suffolk. Her son, Joe Watts, has benefitted greatly from Lapwing's work. 
L-R Sophy Jones of Lapwing, Joanne Penfold, Hugh Fraser.

A Suffolk artist is donating a fifth of proceeds from the sale of her latest work to a charity which helped her son return to education.

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Elizabeth Woodcraft in the 1960s, ready for a wedding

David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Who... They were all on the bill in Chelmsford

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Approaching Storm, Western Ghana by Katherine Hamilton which forms part of her new exhibition Landscape Journeys Inside and Out 2013-2016 which is at the Chappel Galleries.

Katherine Hamilton is a landscape artist with a cinematic vision. She’s a world traveller who loves to soak up the cultural influences of the places she visits and transfer them onto her canvases.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Ipswich School has an incredible archive of original 
Edward Ardizzone prints and books.

Iconic artist and illustrator Edward Ardizzone is undergoing something of a revival and critical re-assessment at the moment. A new book detailing his eventful life and career has just been published and the London gallery House of Illustration is currently staging his first solo exhibition and major retrospective in 40 years.

TV & films

Yesterday, 18:36
Dial Lane which is being launched as a film location under the Screen Suffolk deal

Christchurch Mansion, Fore Street Swimming Pool and the Town Hall are just a handful of Ipswich’s prestigious buildings set to be opened up for filming as part of the Screen Suffolk deal under latest plans by town bosses.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Hengrave Hall

A glamorous Christmas party with the stars of hit ITV series The Only Way Is Essex takes place in Suffolk tomorrow.

Monday, November 28, 2016
BBC handout photo of Oti Mabuse and Danny Mac. Photo: Kieron McCarron/BBC/PA Wire


Strictly Come Dancing favourite Danny Mac could still suffer a “huge” exit shock if he finds himself unsuited to a style of dance, Ipswich star Robin Windsor has warned.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

No-one would argue that 2016 has been anything other than a strange year. A very strange year, writes Sheena Grant.

Friday, November 25, 2016
Danny Dyer was the star of the first episode of the new series of Who Do You Think You Are?  Photographer: Steven Perry

EastEnders actor Danny Dyer begins the journey into his past at the Queen Vic, writes Lynne Mortimer, after watching BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? last night.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Aldeburgh Documentary Festival. Playwright Nick Dear introduces 'Life Animated'. Photo: Nick Tipping Photography.

This year’s Aldeburgh Documentary Festival has received ringing endorsements from stars who appeared before sell-out cinema audiences.

Monday, November 14, 2016
The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge

A Suffolk cinema’s plans to install a second screen have been approved.


Olly Murs has announced he will be performing in Newmarket in summer 2017.

One of the country’s biggest music stars, Olly Murs, has been named as a headline act for the 2017 Newmarket Nights summer concert series.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Steven Osborne who performed with the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra

Two large scale works from the beginning and middle of the 19th century were the basis of this impressive concert by the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra under their long serving conductor Adam Gatehouse.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Ed Sheeran performs at East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) gala dinner, at the Natural History Museum, London. (Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire)

It says a huge amount abut the international singing sensation that he chose a gala dinner for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices for his sole performance of 2016.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Jess Glynne

Singer Jess Glynne is set for Newmarket Nights return in 2017 after her sell out show this year, it has been announced.

Monday, November 28, 2016
Olly Murs will be performing at Thetford Forest in 2017 as part of the Forest Live concert series. Courtesy of Forest Live

Olly Murs is the latest act announced to perform as part of Forest Live in Thetford Forest next year – and he’s also coming to Colchester United.

Saturday, November 26, 2016
Jazz performance at The Rep in Ipswich as part of the 2015 Ipswich Jazz Festival

Details for the return of next year’s Ipswich Jazz Festival have been unveiled – with a host of national names joining local artists for the three-day weekend.

Saturday, November 26, 2016
Woodbridge School Sixth Form's production of Everyman. Photo: Mike Kwasniak.

A cast of 15 sixth-formers took on the classic morality tale, Everyman, in its recent adapted form by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Days Out

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Jump Street in Colchester is ideal for a rainy, or cold, day

When the weather outside is as cold as it has been in Suffolk and Essex over the past few days, the temptation can be to stay at home over the weekend and take up residence in front of the TV.

Friday, November 25, 2016
Living On A Prayer in Sinbad, the New Wolsey's latest rock'n'roll pantomime, which opens this weekend

Looking for a fun family day out in Ipswich, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds or Felixstowe this weekend?

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Plans to open a Bounce trampolining and entertainment centre at Anglia Retail Park have been delayed

An eagerly-awaited trampoline and soft-play area which planned to open its doors in Ipswich before Christmas has been put back until early next year.

Thursday, November 10, 2016
The Fantasia Circus has come to Ipswich - photo by Sarah Lucy Brown

Roll up, roll up the circus is in town - featuring a host of spectacular high-flying acrobatics, clowns, contortionists, magicians and death-defying antics.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

You have been sharing your fireworks pictures from Bury St. Edmunds.

Sunday, November 6, 2016
The fireworks display was held at Kesgrave High School.

Thousands of people enjoyed the third annual fireworks display at Kesgrave High School.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Spectacular fireworks in Colchester shared on social media.

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