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Avenue Q at the Colchester Mercury next year

West End smash Avenue Q among Colchester Mercury Theatre’s spring-summer season

There’s some great stuff coming up at the Colchester Mercury next year; including West End hit Avenue Q.

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Hairspray, coming to the Ipswich Regent next year. Photograph: Pamela Raith

Exclusive, hit musical Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat coming to Ipswich Regent from June 2 to 6, and Hairspray showing November 23 to 28

Stuck for Christmas present ideas? The Ipswich Regent has the answer, with blockbuster musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Hairspray heading to town next year.

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Henry Luxemburg (Giles Ralston), Michael Fenner (Mr Paravicini) and Helen Clapp (Mollie Ralston) in The Mousetrap. Picture: Helen Maybanks

Thousands flock to see world famous Agatha Christie whodunnit The Mousetrap at Ipswich Regent

The Ipswich Regent’s continued success is no mystery, with some 8,000 people from across the county flocking to the theatre to see The Mousetrap.

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Art and books See all

An example of the projected images featuring in Geminate, commissioned by CSV Media and conceived by Jim Horsfield and Adam Seaman, joint artistic directors of As Described

Artists take over shop windows at Ipswich’s former Co-op Department store

CSV Media and Age UK have joined forces to transform windows at the former Carr Street Co-op Department store in Ipswich into a gallery.

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The Bank Arts Centre in Eye

Donations needed for grant to secure future of The Bank Arts Centre in Eye

A community arts centre in a Suffolk town has made an appeal for donations to help obtain a grant worth £275,000 to secure its future.

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Opinion See all

Twin Peaks is returning to TV in 2016

What’s on Wayne: Is Twin Peaks’ return a good thing?

In the last episode of Twin Peaks’ final season, murdered teenager Laura Palmer tells FBI agent Dale Cooper: “I’ll see you again in 25 years.” Turns out she wasn’t lying, but is the series’ recently announced return a good thing?

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Serial podcast

Unmissable: Why I’m one of many addicted to This American podcast – Serial

I’ve never been known for my rebellious tendencies, but this week I’ve decided to well and truly break the rules.

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Marjorie Yates, Clare Burt and Evelyn Hoskins in This is My Family by Tim Firth which attracted large audiences at New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. An example of high quality new work which starts outside London and needs arts council support in development.

Private Viewing: The time has come for the regions to get their share of the arts cake

Arts editor Andrew Clarke applauds the government’s desire to rebalance arts funding allocated to London and the regions

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Music See all

Ex-Westlife singer Shane Filan, who played the Ipswich Regent last night

Review: Shane Filan, Ipswich Regent, November 25

Playing a more intimate gig than he’s been used to in recent years, Shane - formerly of Westlife fame - came to Ipswich as part of his You and Me tour. The audience was almost entirely made up of females and Shane and his five piece band certainly knew how to entertain.

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Chris Helme

Britpop artists to star at new indie music festival in Sudbury

An new music festival, designed to bring the very best indie music to Suffolk, is set to be launched next month.

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Hits from the Blitz

Poll: The old ones are the best - rekindle memories of wartime singalongs with Hits from Blitz at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on December 4

Now the nights are drawing in and the weather has taken a turn, heading out to an evening theatre performance might not be as alluring for those of a certain age.

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Review: The penguins are a firm family favourite on a day out at Colchester Zoo

Train rides, the elephant feed and the penguin house, all highlights of a winter’s day out at Colchester Zoo.

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Pic to go with pre-piece

Ipswich Transport Museum rounds off its 2005 season with its annual ‘Christmas Cracker’ event on Saturday 10th December.

The event will feature seasonal special attractions including bus rides, fire engine rides, a treasure trail, music and mince pies.

In addition the Ipswich Community Playbus will be attending to cater for families, and there will be a large Christmas model railway to enjoy. All of our younger visitors will be given 4d (old pennies) to buy their Bus & Fire Engine rides, a mandarin from the old Greengrocer and a goody bag. 


Don’t wait for the snow to arrive, make your own festive fun in Suffolk this Christmas

Looking for a day out with a difference? Here we have some fresh ideas for days out for you and the family to enjoy as we build up to the festive season.

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Celebrating Christmas witha  street fair in Sudbury

Christmas markets and craft fairs are the place to pick up unique gifts in Suffolk this festive season

Christmas shopping can be a challenge but with a wealth of craft fairs and Christmas markets taking place in Suffolk in coming weeks you could pick up some unique presents for your loved ones.

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