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Family fun for all during October half-term

PUBLISHED: 19:03 22 September 2020 | UPDATED: 18:37 23 September 2020

You can now book half-term fun at Pleasurewood Hills  Photo: Pleasurewood Hills

You can now book half-term fun at Pleasurewood Hills Photo: Pleasurewood Hills

copyright Andrew McMeekin

October half-term is fast approaching and with changeable weather and the uncertainty of lockdown restrictions, it will be a challenging time for parents wanting to keep young ones occupied and happy. This is our list of events and attractions which can provide some family fun

Suzanne and William Coleman near the elephant enclosure at Colchester Zoo. A visit to the zoo is always popular at half-term   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNSuzanne and William Coleman near the elephant enclosure at Colchester Zoo. A visit to the zoo is always popular at half-term Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Pleasurewood Hills

Family Theme Park, Leisure Way, Lowestoft, NR32 4TZ

Online Admission: from £15.50; children under 90cm free; discounts for disabled, carers, NHS staff, lifeboat crews, military personnel and members of emergency services.

You can now book tickets for this October half term. The park will be open for nine full days of fun from Saturday October 24 to Sunday November 1. The gates open at 10am each day and you can stay until the park closes at 5pm so there’s plenty of time to check out all of the rides, shows and attractions.

The Lord of the Rings themed family event back for half term at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park this half-term  Photo: Andy AbbottThe Lord of the Rings themed family event back for half term at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park this half-term Photo: Andy Abbott

The park is open again from the beginning of July but only to people who book in advance. There are limited numbers being given entry in order to maintain social distancing regulations. Most of the 35 rides are currently operating but some including the mini pirate ship, Woody’s Cub House and Woody Copters have been closed because of social distancing measures. Fireball, The Jolly Roger and Timber Falls are out of action because of refurbishment work.

No cash transactions will be allowed on the park – only contactless card payments will be accepted.

Those with season passes will also need to book an entry time online. Booking and further information on the website.

Moyse’s Hall Museum

Market Place, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1DX

Admission: Adult: £5, Concs: £3, Child: £3, Family: £15

Moyse’s Hall strikes back with their 12th Annual Sci-Fi and Action Exhibition and will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back, with a display of props and memorabilia as the museum explores the movie that introduced us to Yoda, AT-AT walkers and a shocking family revelation that set the world talking.

In addition the museum will also be celebrating the fact that it’s 40 years since Galactica landed in homes across the globe. This classic series was a spin-off to 1978’s Battlestar Galactica and thy will be exploring the franchise’s impact upon popular culture.

And if that wasn’t enough, there will be more small screen action from the Tom Baker era of Dr Who. Moyse’s will be borrowing high-end screen used props from eras old and new. There will also be an opportunity to meet a real Dalek.

Then the final highlight will be the rare opportunity to come face to face with a film-used Gremlin prop from the cult classic from the mid-1980s.

It’s an intergalactic exhibition for all ages and runs from Saturday October 24 to Sunday December 20 2020. The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm with last admission at 4pm.

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

Icklingham Road, West Stow, IP28 6HG

Admission: Adult: £6; Child: £3; Family: £16

West Stow is the site of an early Anglo-Saxon village, occupied from AD 420-650, over 400 years before the Norman Conquest.

One of England’s great archaeological sites, West Stow has extensive indoor galleries and a stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village surrounded by 125 acres of unspoilt countryside.

However, there will be some half-term horrors lurking behind corners for unsuspecting visitors. The immersive attraction is inviting people to take part in some fun family activities including quizzes and stories and dare you be brave enough to cast the last rune in their Witchy Workshop?

West Stow will also be hosting The Real Middle-Earth Tour on Sunday October 25, 2020 at 1pm. Find out about the links between Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon world on a guided tour from a member of the Tolkien Society and a Middle-earth enthusiast.

Visitors are required to wear a face mask whilst inside the museum, but not outdoors in the Anglo-Saxon Village.

Spooky Saxons events will be running from Saturday October 24 - Sunday November 1, 2020. More details on the website.

Ipswich Museum

High St, Ipswich IP1 3QH

Admission: Free but timed entry essential

Where’s Wally? This Halloween, Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be popping up in Ipswich Museum. Families will be able to join the search for Wally as part of the Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Walker Books and Kids in Museums, to celebrate the release of the new book, Where’s Wally? Spooky Spotlight Search.

Over 75 museums around the UK have signed up to run the promotion, which is perfectly timed for Halloween. The activity will run in participating museums from 9th October – 1st November 2020 and will be tailored within each museum to comply with their social distancing measures. Additional online activities will be available for those families choosing not to visit museums in person.

Families will be able to visit their local participating museum to hunt for Wally amongst their collections, as well as spell out a spooky phrase with letters hidden alongside mini Wally standees, and receive a special “I found Wally!” bookmark on completion of the search, as well as the chance to enter the Where’s Wally? and Kids in Museums grand prize draw competition to win an ArtFund Family Membership and a bundle of Where’s Wally? goodies.

For more information on the Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search at Ipswich Museum and how to book your tickets to visit the museum safely, visit ipswich.cimuseums.org.uk/events/whereswally

Christchurch Mansion

Soane St, Ipswich IP4 2BE

Admission: Free but timed entry essential

Christchurch Mansion and the Wolsey Gallery, has reopened and the critically acclaimed Ed Sheeran exhibition: Made in Suffolk has been extended until November. Timed entry visits are simple to book, just pick a time between 10am – 4.30pm (Tuesday – Saturday) and 11am – 4.30pm (Sundays). You can ask our team any questions or discuss special requirements when you phone.

You can book your visit up to seven days in advance. Tickets can be booked online or by calling 01473 433100 between the hours of 9.30am – 5.30pm (Monday – Friday). Subject to availability you may be able to visit the same day as booking. Entrance to the mansion is through the backdoor and the main entrance onto the front lawn is being used as the exit.

You can book up to six people from the same household/bubble per timed entry. Your contact information will be held on record for 21 days from the date of your visit to assist with Test and Trace if required.

Please note that your ticket will not allow you re-entry all day. Your visit will be concluded once you exit the museum. There is no time limit for your visit, but visitors are asked to follow the one-way system.

Colchester Zoo

Maldon Rd, Heckfordbridge, Colchester CO3 0SL

Admission: Adult: £21; Concs: £19, Child: £15 (for Zoo and Shriek Week) £15 per person for Trail of Terror. Recommended for 12 years plus

‘Shriek Week’ returns to Colchester Zoo this October half term as the zoo has come up with some fang-tastic themed activities taking place from October 24– November 1st 2020 including the chance to see some dinosaurs.

Colchester Zoo is open until 5pm everyday throughout October half term with the additional ‘Shriek Week’ activities included in the cost of admission.

For older visitors with a strong nerve there’s ‘The Trail of Terror’, a pre-bookable event, with a maximum capacity each evening. Arrivals will be staggered to encourage social distancing along the trail. Colchester Zoo will close at 5.00pm to day visitors as usual, before opening at 6.00pm on selected evenings, leaving the zoo behind as the ‘Trail of Terror’ comes to life.

With your pre-booked ticket, you will enter ‘The Trail of Terror’ on your chosen date and time slot between 6pm – 9pm and spend up to 1 ½ hours following this spooktacular route with scares, screams and laughter as you won’t know what is lurking around the corner.

‘The Trail of Terror’ begins as soon as you step foot in the door, from rustling bushes, to masked monsters and screaming scarers, they could get you anytime and anywhere…

The Trail of Terror at Colchester Zoo - although this event is hosted by Colchester Zoo and the trail is located within the park, the zoo itself will remain closed and the event does not include animal viewing.

Tickets must be booked in advance on the zoo’s website.

Banham Zoo

Kenninghall Rd, Banham NR16 2HE

Admission: Adult: £20, Child: £15, disabled/carer: £10

The zoo on the Suffolk/Norfolk border has re-opened and has introduced extensive measures to ensure staff, visitors and animals remain safe. Visitors and members will need to book online for a timed entrance slot every hour which prevents any queues forming. You can book one family visit every three days to ensure a fair distribution of tickets.

There will be separate entrance and exit points meaning no overlap in guests. More than 200 new signs with reminders to wash hands, keep social distance and follow new one way rules. Hand washing or sanitisers at over 20 points throughout each zoo and prior to entrance and unisex toilets which will be one family at a time with enhanced cleaning schedule.

Extra catering outlets with outdoor hatches have been installed, no indoor eating to be allowed and all outdoor seating to be spaced to ensure good distance from other families.

A limited range of outdoor animal experiences will continue to run but all indoor animal experiences to be closed for this summer period.

Tickets should be booked online at the zoo’s website.

Africa Alive

Whites Lane, Kessingland, Lowestoft NR33 7TF

Admission: Adult: £20, Child: £15, disabled/carer: £10

Like its sister site, Banham Zoo, Africa Alive has re-opened as a cashless site, with a socially distanced, one way route around the site with timed entry, dictated by a pre-booked ticket system –– limited to 250 slots per hour. WiFi in the car park means that visitors on the day can book slots from the safety of their cars but may have to wait sometime for slots to become available.

All playground equipment, hand stamping equipment, woodland trail slides and swings, any enclosures where animals can be touched will be closed because of social distancing requirements.

The Train round site to be closed for this summer period. All indoor animal experiences will be closed for this summer period but a limited range of outdoor animal experiences will continue to run.

You should book tickets and timeslots on the park’s website.

Rendlesham Forest

Tangham, Woodbridge, IP12 3NF

Parking: £2.50 (two hours) £4 (all day)

If the weather is dry, there’s nothing better than escaping into the wilderness of the Suffolk countryside. Rendlesham Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission offers a host of walks, cycle routes and even children’s playgrounds, so everyone can run around in the fresh air, stay fit and burn off some of that excess lockdown energy.

Rendlesham is a delight to discover on bike, and provides a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling.

It’s the ideal place to learn to ride your bike in the forest! Cycling in the forest is one of the safest and most relaxing ways to pick up confidence and develop cycling skills.

If you are already confident on two wheels then Rendlesham bike park is an exciting place for experienced cyclists to develop their skills even further.

For those who wish to explore on two feet rather two wheels, there are three signposted walks which will have you communing with nature. There are two circular walks on the Phoenix trail. The yellow easy access trail is 1.2km/0.75 miles and the longer pink trail of 5km/3miles, both will take you through plantations, heathland and wetlands – or you can stimulate your imagination on the UFO trail which will take you through some of the areas connected to the UFO sighting in December 1980.

Sutton Hoo

Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ

Admission: Adult: £5; Child: £2.50, Family: £12.50

The estate walks, café, High Hall, Tranmer House and shop at Sutton Hoo have reopened. Please be aware that the High Hall, Tranmer House and the shop are closed on Thursdays and Fridays. Advance booking has been introduced to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance. There are three walks you can follow which will allow you to take in the autumnal majesty of the royal burial grounds.

Tickets can be booked on the National Trust website.

Ickworth House

The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5QE

Admission: Adult: £8, Child: £4, Family: £20

Ickworth house with its classical Rotunda, East and West Wings forms the centrepiece of the Ickworth estate. It reflects its former owners, the Hervey Family’s tenacious spirit and has been preserved by the custodianship and influence of unconventional men and women over successive generations.

While the house remains closed, the park and gardens are reopening and visitors will need to book tickets by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Tickets will be released every Friday. People who haven’t booked will be turned away.

Tickets can be booked on the National Trust website.

Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle Park, CO1 1TJ

Admission: Adult: £10, Child: £5.95, Student & Concs: £6.95

After many months with its historic doors closed to the public, Colchester Castle has now re-opened. However, things may look a little different, but this is to ensure everyone is kept and feels safe. Visitors to the castle are asked to call ahead and book a timed slot. This is to make sure that the Castle doesn’t have too many people in the building at any one time, and that everyone has plenty of opportunity to enjoy the exhibits.

The new timed entry slots are easy to book, simply pick a time between 10am and 4pm (Mon-Sat) or 11am and 4pm (Sun) and call the booking desk on 01206 282939. You will still need to call if you have a Resident Pass, just make sure you have your pass details handy.

Arrive no more than five minutes before your booked time. Markers will be in place and you will be asked to abide by social distancing rules to ensure the comfort and safety of everyone.

Once inside the Castle your journey through history will be directed by a new one-way system. Don’t worry, you will still have plenty of time to stop and look at the exhibits as always but do be mindful of other visitors and remember to socially distance.

Some interactive exhibits may not be available, but the team will be trying to keep things as normal as possible. Hand sanitiser stations will be available along the way, too, and new signage will guide visitors safely through their time exploring the museum.

The Castle’s Escape Experience is also back running for private groups of up to six people. These bookings must be a ‘bubble’ or family group from the same household. There are a limited number of dates and times available. Please call 01206 282939 for more details. Cost £60 per session.

Framlingham Castle

Church St, Framlingham, IP13 9BP

Admission: Adult: £12.50; Child: £7.50; Concs: £11.30; Family: £32.50

Framlingham Castle has re-opened and it’s getting spooky for half-term. Gather your little monsters for a ghoulishly good day out at Framlingham Castle this half term. Follow the trail to solve creepy clues and gather round to listen to spooky stories. There’s a frighteningly fun fancy dress competition every day – just come in your scariest outfits to be in with a chance of winning.

For older guests join Framlingham Castle’s ghost tours running at 7pm and 8.30pm from Wed 28 - Sat October 31. Join experienced storytellers as they guide you on a bone-chilling journey through the past. With tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history, this is not a night for the faint-hearted. These tours are suitable for those aged 16+. Don’t forget to bring a torch – things are going to get dark…

More details about booking can be found on the website

Orford Castle

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Castle Hill, Orford, Woodbridge IP12 2ND

Admission: Adult: £8.70, Child: £5.20; Family: £22.60/£13.90 (open Wednesday to Sunday)

Orford Castle is now open for guided tours only. You will need to book your timed tickets online in advance. Visitors will need to arrive on the hour of their ticket for their guided tour. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance.

Orford Castle has one of England’s most complete and unusual keeps, at this fascinating visitor attraction in Suffolk. The unique polygonal tower keep of Orford Castle stands beside the pretty town and former port, which Henry II also developed here.

The castle is remarkably intact allowing visitors to explore from the basement, through the lower and upper halls to the roof where there are magnificent views seaward to Orford Ness. Around the rooms is a maze of passages leading to the chapel, kitchen and other chambers in the turrets.

Face coverings must be worn in Orford Castle’s indoor shop, café, tea room and all other indoor spaces. Bring face masks from home as they can’t be provided on-site.

Landguard Fort

View Point Rd, Felixstowe IP11 3TW

Admission: Adult: £5.50, Child: £2.50; Concs: £4.50 (open weekends)

Landguard Fort is now open at weekends. You will need to book your timed tickets in advance online and have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance.

Landguard Fort defends the approach to Harwich Harbour, a safe haven for shipping. It was the site of the last opposed seaborne invasion of England, by the Dutch in 1667, who were repulsed by the Royal Marines in their first land battle. The current fort was built in the 18th century, and modified in the 19th century, with substantial additional 19th and 20th-century outside batteries. It was manned through both World Wars and played an important anti-aircraft role during the Second World War. In 1951 two of the old gun casemates were converted into a ‘Cold War’ control room. The fort was disarmed and closed in 1956.

Guided tours and audio tours of the fort are supplemented by an audio-visual presentation of the site’s history, and by guided tours of the outside batteries.

Superbowl UK Ipswich

Buttermarket Centre, St Stephens Lane, Ipswich IP1 1DT

Admission: £3/£5 (One game or two games)

Bowling Alleys have now re-opened but like many indoor venues, bowling allies are operating at reduced capacities and with social distancing regulations in effect. Superbowl are asking visitors to book online in advance, to wear your own shoes and use the hand sanitiser dotted around the venue.

Tenpin Ipswich

Gloster Rd, Martlesham Heath, IP5 3R

Tenpin at Martlesham offers bowling as well as pool and tale tennis. There is food available as well as special deals including £10 Thursdays (either two games and a drink or two games and a burger), Tenpin Tuesdays which offers 50% off or Friday Frenzy which offers 25% off. Coming this October - the 2 Games For 1 deal. Add a burger meal for just £3.50. Available Monday to Friday until 6pm.

All bookings must be made online in advance and be for no more than six people in accordance with government regulations.

Noah’s Ark

7 Anchor St, Ipswich IP3 0BW

Admission: Adults: £16.50, Children up to 14 years: £9.50, Children under 4 years: free

Created by Dutch TV and theatre producer Sir Aad Peters, The Ark is a half-sized replica of Noah’s original boat and an educational and cultural celebration of many of the Bible’s legendary stories. From Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Goliath and countless more, this quirky, creative, and extraordinary space is an experience visitors will never forget.

Covering 2,000 square metres and four floors, the biblical stories are brought to life through an array of unique wooden carved sculptures, the centre of which is the tree of life growing 12 metres up through the middle of the ship.

No matter what you believe, the Ark creates a talking point for visitors to reflect on and discuss their own experiences, often finding common ground on stories shared between people with or without faith.

The Ark is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Family or partners from one household are able to enjoy the exhibition together. Maximum people from one household is six persons. Groups will be kept at two metres apart and invited to follow the one-way route. Use hand sanitizers placed around the exhibition. More information online.

Stonham Barns

Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT

Admission: Varies

Stonham Barns Park is open and for the safety of all staff and visitors there are Covid 19 safety measures in place, including hand sanitiser units located around the park. Tumbledown and the bouncy pillow will remain closed until the necessary government guidelines for use are released.

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary is where you can see an amazing range of birds of prey, Red Squirrels, the Raptor Hospital, The Barclays Sensory Garden, an information centre about Owls, a woodland walk, picnic areas and plenty of activities for children including a mini-maze, adventure frame and the Meerkat Kastle.

The Golfzone offers a range of activities from our recently opened indoor golf simulators, Streetgolf driving range, chip’n’putt course, Footgolf, Golf Darts, a nine hole golf course and a fabulous Pirate themed adventure golf course which is perfect to get all the family involved in.

If you are feeling arty then a visit Carters of Suffolk will be a good idea. They have been producing handmade, hand painted novel and collectable teapots since the 1970’s and you can see the teapots being made and painted and learn about each stage of the manufacturing process. You can even paint your own pottery where you can create your own holiday souvenir masterpiece, the fun never stops!

If your energy flags pop into The Bistro for a well-deserved break and grab yourself a drink, a bite to eat and maybe a treat for the kiddies inside Molly Blogs Olde Sweet Shoppe. To finish the day off why not book your tickets for one of the fabulous shows at the Aspal Theatre. If that is not enough to keep you busy Stonham Barns also have a large number of events going on during the summer on the showground including car shows, dog shows, children shows and music shows.

With the site open 7 days a week, offering ample fun for all ages, a day out at Stonham Barns in the beautiful Suffolk Countryside could be just what you and your family need. You can gain more information about the various summer events on the website.

Flatford

Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL

The car park, tea room, toilets and Constable exhibition are open. You don’t need to book but parking space is limited. The shop and Bridge Cottage at Flatford will remain closed until further notice. There are limited toilet facilities including one of which is adapted for disabled use.

The walking trails are fully open, but please respect the government’s social distancing advice. Fen Bridge, which crosses the river Stour between Flatford and Dedham, is currently closed because of structural problems. However, the walk to Dedham beside the river is still open.

Dogs are most welcome at Flatford but should remain on a lead at all times. There are ground nesting birds and the area is extensively used for livestock grazing.

People often find riverside places to eat their picnic. However, the fields beside the river at Flatford are not owned by the National Trust and access should be limited to the public footpath. Please take your litter home with you.

East Anglian Railway Museum

Chappel Station, Colchester, CO6 2DS

Admission: Adults & Seniors: £7, Child (4-15): £4, Under 4’s: FREE

The East Anglian Railway Museum, with its atmospheric Victorian buildings, restored trains and working signal boxes, is open to visitors again on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. New stringent cleaning regimes have been put in place as well as additional hand sanitising units and social distancing measures, signage and one-way systems. The 17 acre museum site enables easy social distancing and there is plenty of space for picnics as well as outdoor seating and take-away service in Platform 2 Cafe.

The heritage centre allows visitors a hands-on close up look at the people who built and ran the railways in East Anglia. There is something to interest all ages, including interactive signal panels and hands-on exhibits for children to engage with. Big button telephones are located throughout the site so you can listen to audio recordings about a range of topics.

You can also visit the Restoration Shed to see work being carried out on vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock and get close to some vintage memorabilia in The Goods Shed.

Steam Experience Days are currently suspended because of the social distancing regulations.

Book tickets online here

Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens

Low Rd, Diss IP22 2AA

Admission: Advance prices are £8.50 for Adults and £7 for children.

It’s going to be a spooky time at Bressingham with evening openings on Friday and Saturday October 30-31, 2020 from 5.30pm. The first Halloween train ride starts from when it gets dark. The ghost train runs on demand. Last rides between 8-8.30pm.

The Fen Railway train will be running from 6pm through the edge of the haunted woods, hoping it doesn’t need to stop at the old abandoned crossing or the wilderness swamp. See if you can avoid riding with one of the Galloper ghosts of years gone by. Coming in costume adds to the occasion, so why not get the whole family to dress up?

There will also be a variety of Halloween themed games and there will also be some entertainers doing magic and balloon modelling along with a barbecue.

Tickets are available on the day or in advance on 01379 686900.

The last chance to ride all the trains until next year will be Sunday November 1, 2020

You can book online for day visits and weekend events at Bressingham’s website

Colne Valley Railway

Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DZ

Admission: Adult: £8, Concs (over 60): £6.50, Child (3-15): £5

The railway has reopened on a limited basis with 1960s heritage diesel trains running. Trains will be cleaned after every journey, surfaces wiped, while also being sanitised with a long-lasting spray proven to kill the virus. Seating on trains will be limited to ensure that social distancing can be maintained.

All seats will be pre-booked in family groups of up to six to prevent overcrowding. Booking slots will be at 10 minute arrival intervals – visitors will then get on the next available train once they are on site. There will be a one way system around the site and in buildings.

To protect the health of passengers and staff, there will be no toilets on the trains but the toilets will be open at the reception building.

Some facilities will not be open to protect the staff working in them (e.g. the Signal Box), but most are expected to be open including the new Brewster Centre and Museum and Model Railway. Subject to weather conditions, the miniature railway should also be open.

Catering facilities will be limited to take away only with open air seating at picnic tables. Unfortunately, to protect staff, the trains will temporarily not be able to accommodate wheelchair users.

Tickets can be booked on the website.

Museum of East Anglian Life

Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14 1SL

Admission: Adult: £12, Concs: £10, Child: £8, Family: £35

With 17 historic buildings set in 75 acres of beautiful countryside, the Museum of East Anglian Life is the largest independent museum in Suffolk. The museum is an educational charity caring for more than 40,000 objects – once the everyday items of East Anglian life. The collection has a particular focus on the production of food and the region’s social history, reflecting our strong agricultural character.

The museum and the Osier Cafe has now re-opened. You do not have to book in advance but it will help if you do. This summer’s temporary exhibition is The Year I went Heywire, a new art collection made from litter discarded by telecom operatives in Woolpit and surrounding Suffolk villages.

What do you do when you see litter? Ignore it or pick it up, collect it and make it into art? That’s exactly what artist Chrissie O’Connor has done.

Chrissie’s frustration began in 2015 when she started to notice litter discarded by telecom engineers at junction boxes in her home of Woolpit. She saw that lots of small pieces of litter add up to a much larger global impact.

The work includes art made from found discarded materials such as crimp connectors, wire clippings, cable ties, crocodile clips, electrical wiring and general debris. A particularly poignant piece is the bunting containing plastic debris collected over the course of 116 days.

Tickets can be booked on the museum’s website.

Cinemas

Most cinemas are now re-open but screening times vary from cinema to cinema, week to week, depending on the films being screened. Cinemas are also operating under strict Covid-19 regulations meaning that face coverings should be worn and seating is reduced by two thirds with no-one sitting beside you or in front or behind. Many establishments are also doing temperature checks on arrival and booking in advance online is preferred.

For programmes and Covid restrictions for each cinema check online before arrival.

Riverside Cinema, Quayside, Woodbridge IP12 1BH

Phone: 01394 382174

Aldeburgh Cinema, High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AU

Phone: 01728 454884

Abbeygate Cinema, Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LZ

Phone: 01284 754477

Leiston Cinema, High Street, Leiston, IP16 4BZ

Phone: 01728 830549

Felixstowe Palace, Crescent Rd, Felixstowe IP11 7NL

Phone: 01394 282787

Cineworld, Cardinal Park, Ipswich, IP1 1AX

Phone: 0330 333 4444

Cineworld, Bury St Edmunds, Parkway, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3BA

Phone: 0330 333 4444

Empire Cinema, Buttermarket, Ipswich, IP1 1DT


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