There is a lot to look forward to in Suffolk this summer. With some restrictions lifted, more events are able to take place. Read our pick of the fun things for all the family to do.
Latitude Festival - 22-25 July 2021
This four-day event is set within the stunning surrounds of Henham Park. The festival will go ahead as part of the government's series of test events. It will be part of the government event research programme (ERP). Musical headliners include Wolf Alice, The Chemical Brothers, Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club. There will also be music, dance, comedy, poetry, theatre, literature, podcasts, family activities and wellness to enjoy. A great place for all the family to go. www.latitudefestival.com
Suffolk Pride 2021 Weekend
TWO days of fantastic outdoor entertainment on 24/25 July. Kicking things off on Saturday is an incredible line-up of LGBTQ+ DJs outside on the waterfront at
Cult Cafe Bar, 3pm - 9:30pm. FREE entry.
‘Swich ON Summer at the New Wolsey Theatre
A programme of family-friendly events is happening over four weekends from Friday 16 July. Almost all the events are free and child-friendly, providing the perfect opportunity to get outdoors with the family to enjoy live performance. Covid safety has been carefully planned to ensure that audiences can be socially distanced outside in the fresh air while enjoying the events. While most events are free, some require registration to know who’s coming. Booking for these events is now open! See the programme here.
Make Suffolk out of LEGO® Bricks!
To coincide with the Brick History exhibition at The Hold, every Tuesday and Saturday during the summer holidays come and help to make Suffolk out of LEGO® bricks. Build a famous landmark, your favourite landscape or even your own home. Or let your imagination run wild with your own creation! Models will be added to the map of Suffolk and recycled throughout the summer so keep coming back to make and see something new. Ages 5-11. Advance booking required. £5 per child. www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/public-events-programme/
Art Walk Ipswich
This starts on Saturday July 24. Local artists will have their work for sale across the town centre business windows in central Ipswich. There will also be a series of five live music concerts from international musicians at only £5 per ticket. Let's get out there and support our local artists and local business! https://www.arteatevents.com/artwalk
Summer Theatre by the Sea
Aldeburgh Classic Theatre presents four wonderful plays across a range of genres, to delight audiences once more. Come celebrate in the Covid-safe environment of the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall. Tickets from £14. Shows Monday to Saturday evenings starting at 7:30pm plus matinee on Saturdays at 3pm. www.ticketsource.co.uk/southwoldandaldeburghtheatre
Seagulls Ahoy! A new and unique 'Yarn Bomb' trail
'Felix the Seagull and Friends' will run throughout the school summer holidays for all the family to enjoy. The talented Debby Cloud from The Wool Baa in Hamilton Road has been busy creating ten wonderful new woolly creations for the trail. Starting from the Felixstowe Railway Station, the trail runs through the Town Centre and down onto the Seafront, ending at the Visit Felixstowe Tourist Information Centre beach hut. Along the way, search for the ten seagulls, collect their names and then work out the big puzzle word. Completed forms can then be posted in the box at The Wool Baa or the VF beach hut. After the school summer holidays there will be a draw to pick out some winners with some fab prizes.
Pick up a free 'Felix the Seagull and Friends' trail sheet at the following locations: The Wool Baa, P and K Home Interiors, King's of Felixstowe, Ruby & Scarlet, Stillwater Books, Hills Jewellers, Suffolk Living, Livia's Boutique and the Visit Felixstowe Tourist Information Centre beach hut. www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk
Exhibition of the History of the Home of Applaud Cafe
Students at the University of Suffolk have been researching a familiar place for coffee-lovers in Ipswich. Applaud Coffee at 19 St Peter’s Street is located in one of the most historic parts of the town, fondly known as ‘The Saints’. Students from the University’s BA (Hons) History degree were approached by the owners who wanted to unpack the history of the building; its owners and tenants since it was built c1700. The results will be on show in an exhibition, which will open from Saturday 24 July- Friday 3 September. A leaflet featuring some of their findings will also be available for customers. Visit www.uos.ac.uk/news/discovering-history-your-doorstep for more information.
Power Of Stories Exhibition
At Christchurch Mansion, see the iconic Black Panther costumes along with an incredible collection of artefacts. Free entry too. https://ipswich.cimuseums.org.uk/exhibitions/powerofstories/
Heartbreak Productions presents David Walliams’ best-seller 'Mr Stink' on 23 July. This is the perfect play for all the family. Doors open 45 minutes before the show. The audience is invited to arrive early, bring a picnic (though no alcohol), enjoy some of the finest local wines, beers, ciders, ice creams and juices from the theatre bar, and soak up Mother Nature in this magical woodland setting. There are lots of other plays too, such as Robin Hood on 24 August.
For more information please see Thorington Theatre's website: www.thoringtontheatre.co.uk/
The University of Suffolk is delighted to announce it will be sponsoring this year’s Primadonna Festival; celebrating brilliant writing, music and ideas. The Festival, which takes place from 30 July- 1 August at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, is the first literary festival in the UK to specifically give prominence to work by women and those whose voices are not usually heard.
Students and academics from the University’s BA (Hons) English degree programme and the MA in Creative and Critical Writing will form part of the Festival’s Creative Writing ‘Masters’ programme giving those involved the chance to work alongside bestselling authors, playwrights and poets.
The line-up for the Festival includes Monique Roffey, Grace Dent, Sandi Toksvig and Helen Lederer. Tickets are available now. To purchase and for more information please visit https://www.primadonnafestival.com/