Family fun, music, art and days out across Suffolk and Essex

Ruthie Henshall and her band. Photo: Contributed

Ruthie Henshall and her band. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Looking for days out, with or without children, this weekend and beyond? Here is our weekly round up of days out ideas.

Chris Rowbury's Singing Safari performs at St Peter's by the Waterfront. Photo: Contributed

Chris Rowbury's Singing Safari performs at St Peter's by the Waterfront. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

There’s so much happening across Suffolk and Essex we couldn’t fit it all into our weekly What’s On guide.

An Evening with Ruthie Henshall and her Band, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, March 5, 7.30pm

The West End and Broadway star has appeared in some the most popular musicals of the past 30 years including Cats, Miss Saigon and Billy Elliott. Some special guests will be joining her and the band at this fundraising event. Read arts editor Andrew Clarke’s chat with Henshall in Saturday’s East Anglian Daily Times heaven supplement.

The Ivy League, part of the Sensational 60s Experience tour visiting Ipswich. Photo: Contributed

The Ivy League, part of the Sensational 60s Experience tour visiting Ipswich. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Josh Kemp Hammond Organ Band, Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, March 3, 7.30pm


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Fleece Jazz welcomes the saxophonist with Ross Stanley on organ, Steve Fishwick on trumpet and Tristan Maillot on drums. Kemp is one of London’s finest tenor saxophonists and is an active member of the E17 jazz collective. Stanley has played with many greats including Stan Sulzman, Bobby Wellins, Jim Mullen and Jacqui Dankworth.

Life through the Eyes of East Anglian Artists, Museum of East Anglian Life, Abbott Hall, Stowmarket, until March 11, Tues-Sat 10am-4pm

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Last chance to see this exhibition that features oil paintings, drawings, and watercolours by well-known 19th and 20th century artists from our region, complimented by related artefacts from the museum’s own collection, including shepherd’s clothing, farm implements and domestic necessities, to emphasise connections between what we see and how we live. Artists represented includes brothers Thomas and Edward Robert Smythe, John Moore, and Arthur James Stark, 20th century artists Anna Airy and Harry Becker are represented by drawings.

The Sensational 60s Experience, Ipswich Regent, March 4, 7.30pm

Head back to when pop music was at its best with Herman’s Hermits, Chris Farlowe, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Fortunes, The Ivy League, The New Amen Corner and Alan Mosca from Freddie and The Dreamers. This will be the last time you’ll see The Ivy League perform live, as they are retiring after this tour.

Mothering Sunday and Easter Make and Take, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, March 4, 1pm

Keep on Crafting host a 45-minute session showing children how to create craft items for Mothering Sunday and Easter. Suitable for ages four-10, all materials are supplied. Space is limited so advance booking is required.

Singing Safari, St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich, March 4, 7.30pm

Suffolk choirmaster Chris Rowbury takes 40 singers on a trip around the world, performing songs from Africa, Europe, the USA and even some English folk. They will be joined by vocal ensemble Scunsulata from Norfolk. The summer Singing Safari will be performing at Global Rhythm day in Christchurch Park on July 9.

Naturally art, Lackford Lakes, Bury St Edmunds, March 4, 10am

Art activities inspired by the natural world for five-10 year olds of all abilities. Online booking required. There’s also a drop-in bird ringing demo from 9.30am-12.30pm where you See Suffolk Wildlife Trust bird ringers in action as they ring birds caught that morning and explain why they ring them.

Philharmonia Orchestra, Cambridge Corn Exchange, March 4, 7.30pm

The award-winning orchestra, conducted by Tugan Sokhiev, will open with Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. For the centrepiece of the evening, soloist Alexandra Soumm performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The concert ends with Tchaikovsky’s great Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique). There’s a pre-concert talk starting at 6pm in Cambridge Guildhall’s council chamber, when Soumm will be interviewed by classical music expert Jonathan James.

Soma, Hotel Hatfield, The Esplanade, Lowestoft, March 5, 8pm

This month’s Milestones Jazz Club gig features a choice selection of lesser known jazz standards and a few originals. Soma is led by East Anglia based trumpeter, composer and teacher Dan Friend. Rounding out the quartet are Matt Hodges on piano, Owen Morgan on double bass and Jesse Barrett on drums. All have toured Europe, the Middle East and the US, performing at venues from The Montreal Jazz Festival to Ronnie Scotts. The band’s individual influences and inspirations range from Igor Stravinsky to Bob Marley, touching on indian classical music, funk and hip hop along the way. Their approach evokes the swinging style of modern jazz represented by Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett.

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Wild Tots, Carlton Marshes Education Centre, Lowestoft, March 7, 10.30am-12pm

Wrap up warm and get outdoors at this family session with lots of outdoor play, exploration and adventure aimed at under-fives and their carers.

The Take That Experience, Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, March 8, 7.45pm

Couldn’t get tickets to see Take That at Norwich’s Carrow Road in June? How about this. The Take That Experience mark a decade together by bringing you classic songs like Pray, Relight My Fire and Patience to Shine and These Days. This anniversary tribute show also sees the return of Robbie Williams, performing tracks including Angels, Rock DJ and Candy.

Afternoon tea walk - celebrate the women in Ipswich, Meet at town’s tourist information centre, March 8, 2pm

On International Women’s Day, discover some of the inspiring women from across the centuries including medieval merchants, poetesses, suffragettes, an archaeologist and a daring pilot. The walk ends with tea in the Victorian building where suffragettes staged a lock-in in 1911.

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