As lockdown eases concert promoter John Hessenthaler is planning a weekend of music and entertainment in Lavenham at a special pop-up theatre weekend in September mixing war-time nostalgia with disco hits and country acts.
Ipswich is once again filled with a creative buzz following news that the Burton’s Building on Ipswich Waterfront has been awarded a £3m grant from central government under a scheme to invest in ‘shovel-ready’ local projects in England to aid economic recovery in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Red Rose Chain’s Theatre in the Forest is not letting lockdown stand in the way of their annual Shakespeare celebration. They are creating a new production of Twelfth Night which will be premiered online.
East Anglia has an amazing artistic heritage. As well as all the sculptors, painters, print-makers and more who have been born here or made their homes here, many more have been inspired by holidays on the Norfolk or Suffolk coast.
Oliver Miller, managing director of Suffolk’s Bishop and Miller Auctions, explains all you need to know about taking your antiques to auction and what steps you can take to ensure you get the best price for your items.
Craft-making has really taken off during lockdown, building on an increasing popularity in recent years. Hobbyists can gain inspiration from visiting Suffolk Craft Society’s 50th anniversary show online or by talking to makers at a series of pop-up events in Aldeburgh during August
The doors may still be closed, the projector switched off, but the Ipswich Film Theatre is busily preparing the two-screen cinema for reopening later this year and the work includes the appointment of new trustees and management team.
While other cinemas are just starting to re-open this weekend, Abbeygate Cinema, in Bury St Edmunds, is seizing the opportunity to open a brand new auditorium, bringing the Hatter Street venue up to three screens.
Museums, heritage attractions and theme parks have reopened to the public following the pandemic - but many require you to book in advance. See our guide to what’s open in Suffolk and Essex, what restrictions are in place and how you book your place.