What to do in Suffolk and Essex this weekend

13th Ipswich Sea Scouts Group annual art exhibition 2015. Canopy by Sarah Johnson

13th Ipswich Sea Scouts Group annual art exhibition 2015. Canopy by Sarah Johnson - Credit: Archant

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some ideas.

Garlic Theatre present Old Mother Hubbard

Garlic Theatre present Old Mother Hubbard - Credit: Archant

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

Annual art exhibition and sale

HQ of the 13th Ipswich Sea Scouts, Ipswich, 10am-6pm, November 21; 10am-1pm, November 22

The Bachelors

The Bachelors - Credit: Archant

Nearly 300 paintings, varying from £25-£1,100, will be on show. They include work from Sarah Jonson, Jeremy Rugge-Price and Ipswich-based botanical artist Guy Eves as well as many other familiar and well respected local and internationally recognised artists.

Proceeds from the exhibition, now in its ninth year, will help fund more adventurous activities for the group’s youth members.

Max Raffe, group Scout leader, is especially proud of the event which sees many past members dropping by to catch up with what’s going on.

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“The 13th Ipswich is a long established Scout group with some 120 members aged six-18s. In addition to regular Scout activities it has a responsibility, being one of only 100 Royal Navy recognised Sea Scout groups in the country, to give the members water-based experiences - sailing, canoeing and power boating on the River Deben”.

The Pantaloons perform Macbeth

The Pantaloons perform Macbeth - Credit: Archant

For more details on the art exhibition and the 13th Ipswich Sea Scout Group visit www.13thipswich.co.uk

Old Mother Hubbard and Her Cupboard

Cast of Aladdin, Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 2015

Cast of Aladdin, Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 2015 - Credit: Archant

Colchester Arts Centre, 1.30pm, November 22 Garlic Theatre bring this classic nursery rhyme to life. Clattering about in her kitchen with her dancing dog, expect slapstick and folk humour in this fresh and funny adaptation featuring well-crafted glove puppets, clowning and a feast of musical treats.Ideal for children aged three to seven.

The Bachelors

Soul legend Jaki Graham

Soul legend Jaki Graham - Credit: Archant

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 2.15pm, November 22

Founder members Con and Dec Cluskey bring their pre-Christmas music hall matinee variety show to town - full of musical memories, stories, anecdotes, sing-a-longs and more than a hint of Irish blarney.

Originally from Dublin, The Bachelors had 18 hit records in the UK charts throughout the 1960s; selling millions of records around the world.In 1964, they had more UK top 10 records than The Beatles and enjoyed 77 weeks in the UK charts compared to The Beatles’ 50 - reaching number one with Diane and I Believe.


St Peter’s By The Waterfront, Ipswich, 7.30pm, November 21

Dark autumn nights are made for performances of the Shakespearean tragendy, which gets The Pantaloons treatment. King Duncan is dead and more heads will roll before the night is through.

“Our production is partly about reclaiming Macbeth as a contemporary thriller,” says director, and published Shakespeare scholar, Stephen Purcell.

“Shakespeare’s play is full of secret murders, betrayals of trust and paranoid exchanges in the shadows of power. It’s got a complex anti-hero and a femme fatale. It’s loaded with images of night and darkness. In short, it’s film noir.”

Taking additional cues from gangland Britain and the clowning tradition - yes, really - the critically-acclaimed company puts their own contemporary spin on the “Scottish Play” with femmes fatale, high-speed chases, killer lines, killer crimes and some seriously weird sisters.

Christmas lights switch-on

Chelmsford High Street, 3pm-4.45pm

Cast members from the Civic Theatre’s panto Aladdin will help turn them on. There will be entertainment, fireworks and more too.

Soul Legends

Ipswich Regent, 8pm, November 20

Special guest Jaki Graham topped the charts with songs like Could it be I’m Falling in Love in the 1980s. The show features soul hits from the 1960s to the present day.

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