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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Ipswich’s Regent Theatre and the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket are among arts venues and groups to benefit from £2.2million of government funding to help overcome the Covid-19 crisis.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Showbiz brothers AJ and Curtis Pritchard are bringing their new variety show to the Ipswich Regent as part of a 2021 UK tour.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Acting royalty Vanessa Redgrave CBE will be joining former Church of England envoy and Beirut hostage Terry Waite at St Edmundsbury Cathedral raising funds for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Robert Pacitti, one of the leading figures in Suffolk’s cultural life, founder of the eponymous Pacitti Company and SPILL Festival, has announced that he is stepping down and looking for someone with vision and creative energy to take the company and the festival forward.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Britain’s Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay is coming home. The Ipswich-born comedian and musician Jon Courtenay is the first ever Golden Buzzer act to win Britain’s Got Talent and he will be back in town performing at the Ipswich Corn Exchange in September 2021.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Suffolk’s leading arts organisations have been thrown a £3.8million lifeline by the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund which should, hopefully, help them remain solvent until the early new year.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The nation’s favourite Canadian, comedian Katherine Ryan is coming to the Ipswich Regent as part of a massive European tour running from next year into 2022.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Theatre at Christmas has traditionally been a magical wonderland. However, with Coronavirus restrictions still in force, live entertainment was always going to be a challenge.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Do you fancy an evening in with Matthew McConaughey or a night out with Freddie Flintoff, a chat with Dick and Angel Strawbridge or a cosy night in the kitchen with the Hairy Bikers or Nigella Lawson?

Art & books

Friday, October 16, 2020

Jerwood prize-winning Suffolk artist Maggi Hambling has launched a new exhibition of her work during lockdown to mark her 75th birthday.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Orford-based author’s Susan Ryeland series is also in the process of being turned into a television show.

Friday, October 9, 2020

An artist is holding an exhibition to raise money for Lymphoma Action after her niece tragically died shortly after giving birth.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Ipswich town centre will be hosting an inspirational new photographic exhibition for October celebrating the achievements of black Britons. Here’s a sample of the show which has been put together for Black History Month

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Bestselling author Elly Griffiths will be doing a live free author talk hosted by Suffolk Libraries online book group next week.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Touring theatre company Eastern Angles are set to take over the former Suffolk Record Office building on Bramford Road, Ipswich, to create The Eastern Angles Centre – an arts and heritage hub, home to The Sir John Mills Theatre.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

As a successful Suffolk police officer, Ali Livingstone was once dubbed ‘supercop’ for his enviable arrest record before a debilitating mental breakdown saw him walk away from the job he loved. Now the former sergeant has penned an insightful new book which shines a light on the challenges of modern policing, the trauma he faced, and the journey to regain his mental health.

TV & films

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Fans of Little Mix - dubbed the biggest girl band in the world - can experience their 2019 European tour in the comfort of a refurbished cinema in Bury St Edmunds.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A sea rescue by crews from Walton and Frinton RNLI and Harwich RNLI will feature in tonight’s episode of the popular BBC show Saving Lives at Sea.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

There’s so much talent in our region. After Jon Courtenay’s BGT triumph, we’re looking back at others who have hit the reality TV spotlight.

Friday, October 9, 2020

For more than 50 years Pat Church has been the face of cinema in Bury St Edmunds. As the town’s Abbeygate Cinema does its best to fight the effects of Covid, Pat Church talks about his continued passion for the moving image

Friday, October 9, 2020

A comedy pianist from Suffolk will be performing in the Britain’s Got Talent final tomorrow night in the hopes of winning a quarter of a million pounds.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Like all hospitality-based businesses, Suffolk’s most widely known farm attraction has faced its own challenges during the coronavirus crisis.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Ipswich School of Dancing’s Emma Hawley is pleased the BBC has decided to give Nicola Adams a female partner on Strictly this year.

Music

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Suffolk broadcasting legend Stephen Foster has announced his departure from BBC Radio Suffolk. As he takes voluntary redundancy, he promises more broadcasts in the future but for the time being takes a trip down memory lane revisiting heroes and highlights

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Britain’s Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay is returning to his home county for two gigs at Trinity Park next month just weeks after the eyes of the nation were on him in the final of the talent show.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Despite a lifeline of £950,000 being awarded to Britten Pears Arts at Snape as part of the government’s Cultural Recovery programme, the charity may be forced to lose up to 15 jobs as part of a staff restructure.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Tracks by young Ipswich music artist $kirmish, whose real name is Cole Hedges, are being streamed thousands of times on music platform Spotify.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Soul singer Rag’n’Bone Man has announced plans to perform in Thetford Forest next summer as part of a series of concerts hosted by Forestry England.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

John Lennon would have been 80 on October 9, a milestone he never lived to see.

Friday, October 2, 2020

In early 1969 John Lennon was one of the most famous people on the planet but, he was also developing a reputation, along with his new wife Yoko Ono, for being rather strange. In December 1969 John and Yoko came to Suffolk to make art. This is the story....

Days Out

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Popular Ipswich pub The Kingfisher is helping to beat social isolation in the wake of lockdown, by joining the Meet Up Mondays network.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Spooky events for Halloween are being planned around Mistley and Manningtree - one-time home of the infamous Witchfinder General.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Looking for fun things to do this autumn? A number of museums around the area have reopened, and some have special events and exhibits, ranging from Star Wars to a famous Turner painting.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A drive-in fireworks event has been announced for Suffolk following the cancellation of traditional displays due to coronavirus.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Organisers of the Suffolk Show have decided to cancel next year’s event after deeming it not possible to hold “safely and with confidence”.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

From geocaching, to drive-in movies and being the first person in the UK to see the sunrise – here are 11 Covid-friendly activities to keep families entertained in Suffolk this weekend.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The stately home however will be keeping its gardens open this autumn, and will still run its Halloweenies event.

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