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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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