Theatre news

Yesterday, 17:55

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.

Yesterday, 09:00

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre has joined The New Wolsey Theatre and countless other theatres up and down the country in cancelling its 2020 pantomime.

Mon, 19:00

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre Colchester is joining forces with the University of Essex, Signals and the Lakeside Theatre to stage a brand new festival later this month celebrating local creativity.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Theatre bosses in Suffolk fear panto season may be a wash out this year as they struggle to work out how to stage the traditional Christmas shows while adhering to social distancing rules.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Drive-in movies have been a ‘thing’ for several years but this summer they are suddenly ‘the thing’ as we all seek out safe forms of entertainment to enjoy while socially distancing.

Friday, July 24, 2020

The New Wolsey Theatre, currently closed because of the Coronavirus restrictions, has turned its creative talents from producing work for the stage to coming up with its own lockdown short movie.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Sudbury’s Quay Theatre has announced it will stay closed until 2021 because of the coronavirus.

Art & books

Sunday, August 9, 2020

The story of Saint Edmund, the child king of East Anglia, is very much part of the fabric of this area.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

The number of brilliant painters and sculptors inspired by East Anglia over the years is truly amazing. After looking at 26 artists last week, this week we are spotlighting 10 more.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Andrew Marsh of Dial Lane Books has teamed up with local author Vibeke Flatman to show appreciation for the town’s NHS and essential workers with a book giveaway

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

A Suffolk horticulturalist has had her first book published after two decades of gardening experience and wants to share her tips on how to get the best out of your green spaces.

TV & films

Mon, 18:03

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.

Friday, August 7, 2020

From Billy Elliot to Cast Away, how many of these instant classics have you watched?

Thursday, August 6, 2020

BBC programme-makers dropped in on an antiques centre in Ipswich as part of a road trip.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Blockbuster entertainment is returning to Ipswich Cineworld from this weekend.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

An independent cinema is getting ready to open its new 180-seater premier screen to the public after months of work.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Up to 3.7 million over-75s will be asked to pay the BBC’s TV licence fee as across-the-board free licences are scrapped - do you qualify for a free licence?


Tue, 11:28

Although, FolkEast is officially cancelled this year, organisers have found a way to keep live music in Suffolk. We take a look at a new Virtual FolkEast happening later this month

Mon, 16:02

Suffolk musician and singer Emma Bonner-Morgan will give two concerts in aid the of the East Anglia Air Ambulance.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Lockdown has been extremely frustrating for all of us, to say the least.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Live music performances at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall which were planned between August 7 and 9 and August 14 to 16 have been postponed.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

As One Direction celebrate their tenth anniversary, we take a look at the rise of the boy band and ask the question: ‘Who was the very first boy band?’ the one that everyone else copied?

Friday, July 31, 2020

Live music is returning to the Snape Maltings Concert Hall from the first weekend in August.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran has opened up about his troubled history with food, alcohol and his “very addictive personality”.

Days Out

Saturday, August 8, 2020

A major events venue in Suffolk is gradually reopening – with socially-distanced picnics and outdoor entertainment.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Mobile play company Little City is preparing to bring its fun sessions for toddlers to community halls in Suffolk and Essex this month, after being given permission to reopen.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Talented comedy magician Robbie James is celebrating after beating more than 5,000 contenders to be named as East of England Best Entertainer of the Year.

Monday, July 27, 2020

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.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

What are your memories of London 2012? Amazingly, it’s now eight years since the Games which caught the nation’s heart.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Temperatures are set to rise again in coming days, just as children in Suffolk break up from school - or close the books on home learning - and embark on a six-week break.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Children splashed about in the water play areas at two Ipswich parks this weekend as they reopened for the first time this year,

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