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What is there to do in Suffolk this weekend? See Bury St Edmunds recreated in Lego, watch a family panto or take in some jazz

17:56 15 January 2016

The Brick City Lego brick exhibition

The Brick City Lego brick exhibition

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some ideas for days out in Suffolk.

Artist Michelle Bowden is one of those taking part in the latest Holywells Creatives exhibitionArtist Michelle Bowden is one of those taking part in the latest Holywells Creatives exhibition

For more days out suggestions, see our packed Event guide in the paper every Friday or check out @WhatsonWayne on Twitter.

Brick City exhibition - Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds

The Lego brick exhibition Brick City come to west Suffolk from January 16 to April 24.

Some of the world’s most famous buildings, landmarks and urban icons from across five continents have been immortalised.

Saxophonist Scott Hamilton. Photo: Manfred WernerSaxophonist Scott Hamilton. Photo: Manfred Werner

The Olympic Stadium, Washington’s Lincoln Memorial, Rome’s Trevi Fountain, L’Arc de Triomphe are among the 60 scale replicas made out of Lego bricks. There’s also an 180,000-brick scale replica of St Pancras International Railway Station, street scenes from the Rio Carnival in Brazil, a Thanksgiving Parade in New York, a royal wedding scene at Buckingham Palace, a Lego brick Mona Lisa and more.

Created by internationally renowned Lego artist Warren Elsmore, it’s had glowing reviews nationwide after being viewed by more than 500,000 people so far.

It’s open 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday and noon-4pm on Sundays.

Tilted Productions' BELONGING(s) is screening at Ipswich Film Theatre. Photo: Dave MorrisTilted Productions' BELONGING(s) is screening at Ipswich Film Theatre. Photo: Dave Morris

Art and Photograph, upper floor of Arlingtons, Ipswich

The restaurant is hosting Art and Photography, the latest exhibition by Holywells Creatives which is centred around the theme of movement.

Members of the collective - which takes its name from its first joint exhibition and inspiration, Holywells Park - share responsibility in organising and promoting each other’s work with a desire to develop exciting new creations and show them to the public at a reasonable cost.

Visit www.holywellscreatives.com for more information.

Puzzle House Pantomimes stage AladdinPuzzle House Pantomimes stage Aladdin

Ipswich Jazz Club, California Club, Ipswich

The Ipswich Jazz Club kicks off its New Year with one of their most popular guests - legendary American saxophonist Scott Hamilton.

The California Club hosts his annual masterclass in swing and mainstream jazz. The 61-year-old has been a leading light on the scene since 1976, quickly establishing himself as a must-see musician, both in his own right and as a sideman with the likes of Benny Goodman and Rosemary Clooney.

Sunday’s gig sees him joined by his trusty UK trio of John Pearce on keyboards, Dave Green on double bass and Steve Brown. Doors open at 7.30pm.

BELONGINGS(s), Ipswich Film Theatre

Tilted Productions new show provoked thoughts on migration, the notion of belonging and the fleeting nature of what surrounds us; inviting us to see the familiar in new ways, with local spaces being turned into illusionary worlds.

Around 600 people saw their free show, which combined contemporary dance, physical theatre and an unusual use of objects along Ipswich Waterfront last year.

Maresa von Stockert, Tilted’s artistic director and choreographer, says: “I’m delighted the film version was created in the town and that the director’s cut will be premiered here too.”

It features unseen angles and intimate close-ups that draw attention to details one could easily oversee live.

Aladdin, St Michael’s Rooms, Framlingham and Wingfield Barns, near Stradbroke

Stradbroke based Puzzle House Pantomimes are celebrating 10 years of putting on pantomimes in village halls around Suffolk.

Its run of Aladdin finishes this weekend. First at St Michael’s Rooms, Framlingham, at 3pm, tomorrow and at Wingfield Barns, at 3pm, Sunday.

The company is run by Roy and Sue Preston, who also trade as The Puzzle House, having produced more than 250 mass market quiz, puzzle and crossword books. There is always a puzzle element to their shows mixed in with the usual pantomime fun. Having six actors playing multiple parts in a show with live music thrown in adds to the enjoyment.

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Oddsocks Productions stage the Jungle Book. Photo: Contributed

Rudyard Kipling’s book was given the Oddsocks Treatment and it was fantastic to see what they could do with some instruments, small jungle set and five people; transporting the audience into the heat of the Indian jungle for fun and laughter.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical the Olivier-winning comedy is staging both an evening version and a family matinee version of the show at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.   CREDIT Geraint Lewis

Showstopper!: The Improvised Musical, the Olivier-winning show which wowed both London’s West End and the Edinburgh Fringe, is arriving at the New Wolsey Theatre this weekend and is looking for lots of audience participation.

Ged McKenna as Sigmund Freud; Moray Treadwell as Dr Abraham Yahuda in Terry Johnson's classic farce Hysteria which is playing at Bury Theatre Royal and the Colchester Mercury

The Olivier-winning farce Hysteria about the meeting of Sigmund Freud and surreal artist Salvador Dali in Hampstead in 1938 is being staged at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds and the Colchester Mercury as part of a nationwide tour.

John Cleese and Andrew Sachs in Fawlty Towers

John Cleese is a comedy god. A founder of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, creator of Basil Fawlty and an integral part of such groundbreaking comedy series as I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again and The Frost Report, you would expect him to be basking in the sun on some comedy equivalent of Mount Olympus consuming ambrosia off the belly of a woodland nymph.

The team behind the Who to Follow project. Picture: Suffolk County Council

A new interactive drama production is to be toured around Ipswich schools this autumn in a bid to empower young people to make positive choices around illegal drugs.

Comedian Russell Howard. Photo: David Venni

Honestly, I’m a bit confused. I thought this gig was a work in progress, a warm-up for Round The World, his largest tour yet. It felt more like the tour had already started.

Comedian Russell Brand returns to the Ipswich Regent on June 8 with new tour Re:Birth, as well as adding a date in December. Photo: Matt Crockett Photography

Top comedy star Russell Brand has booked a second show in Ipswich later this year, after tickets for his June appearance sold out in just days.

The MGM Stiory at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

There are show tunes galore in this wonderfully entertaining show, a love letter to the musicals made at MGM, the most glamorous of all the studios during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Lord of the Dance rehearsals before the opening night at Ipswich Regent.

Tap dancing robots, flamboyant costumes, daring aerobatics and a battle of good against evil – what is there not to enjoy?

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