What to do in the merry month of May

PUBLISHED: 11:24 22 April 2014 | UPDATED: 15:37 22 April 2014


A round-up of events and ideas for getting out and about in the county

Open Space Theatre Company

Woman in Mind by Alan Ayckbourn

Various venues - touring May 2 – 24

Susan becomes so disillusioned by her role in life as a wife and mother that she begins to imagine a fantasy family. Reality and illusion eventually collide with hilarious and devastating results in this brilliantly crafted drama by one of Britain’s greatest playwrights.

Open Space is staging eight performances – at Beccles, Bungay, Diss, Halesworth, Hoxne, Laxfield, Southwold and Wingfield.

Tickets £9.50 and £8.50

May 2 – Hoxne Village Hall box office 01379 855101

May 3 – Laxfield Village Hall box office 01379 855101

May 9 – Beccles Public Hall box office 01502 770060

May 10 – St Edmunds Hall, Southwold box office 01502 722572

May 16 – Wingfield Barns box office 01379 384505

May 17 – Fisher Theatre, Bungay box office 01986 897130

May 22 – Diss Corn Hall box office 01379 652241

May 24 – The Cut, Halesworth box office 01986 0845 673 2123

The Freudian Sheep Gallery


St Helens Street, Ipswich, May 1-30

The Freudian Sheep was formed December 2013 by Ian Moss and five other artists as an Ipswich based, artist-led group, DIG! The thinking behind DIG! is that creative people ‘dig where they stand’ rather than moving away from the area to find the bright lights of elsewhere. The Freudian Sheep Gallery in St Helens Street, Ipswich, provides them with the ability to exhibit more-or-less every month. There are three gallery spaces and an upstairs ‘boutique’ for Ian’s partner Eleanor May’s unique, designer free-form crochet items and associated products, plus her paintings.

The group also arranges for DIG! to show art elsewhere, such as at Kerseys Solicitors in Ipswich, where DIG! has a rolling exhibition programme.

The next DIG! exhibition at The Freudian Sheep goes under the title of ‘ME’ and runs from Thursday May 1-30. Work includes painting, sculpture, print, illustration, installation, film, and photography.

Beccles Antiques Street Market

Beccles Town Centre, May 4, 8am-4.30pm

A collection of general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china, linen, jewellery, books, clocks, retro and vintage design and decorative items. Local shops, restaurants and bars open, plus there will be Big Sky Pies, hog roast and ice cream.

May Day Weekend

Saturday-Monday, May3-5

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA

Celebrate May Day at Kentwell’s liveliest event of the year. Music, dancing, plays and processions with over 100 costumed Tudors and activities for the whole family.

Rattlesden Duck Race & Fun Day

Rattlesden, High street, Rattlesden, nr Bury St Edmunds IP30 0RA 
May 11, 11am

The day starts with the national ladies’ cycle tour going through the village, followed by the duck race. Bring your decorated duck, or buy one on the day for 50p. Barbecue, homemade cakes and chilled wine.

Bury St Edmunds Festival

May 16-25

10 fabulous days of great music, theatre, film and exhibitions in Bury St Edmunds – too much going on to mention it all here. Find out more at www.buryfestival.co.uk then book your tickets on 01284 758000 (open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm)

Weird and Wonderful Wood

Saturday/Sunday May 17 and 18

Haughley Park, Wetherden, Nr Stowmarket, IP14 3JY, 10.30am–6pm, Sunday, 10.30am –5pm, adults £6, concessions £4, children under 12 £3, under 3 free.

Art and craft event with a difference – a celebration of wood work and wood workers.

Art Exhibition and Spring Fair

May 26, 10am- 3.30pm, St Mary’s Church and playing fields, Stoke by Nayland CO6 4QU

Exhibition and sale of paintings, sculpture, prints, woodturning and ceramics by local artists. Craft fair, dog show, children’’s activities, hog roast and lots of stalls. All in aid of St Mary’s Church fabric fund.

Discover Aldeburgh’s secret shops

Hall Farm Garden Centre and Shops

Saxmundham Road, Aldeburgh IP15 5JD

Open every day, free and parking.

Angels, Aldeburgh Emporium, Aldeburgh Café, Planet Pot, Exotic Garden and, coming soon, Aldeburgh Chandlery.

Vintage Soul Market

The Boating Lake, Southwold IP18 6BN

Every weekend and bank holiday, 10am-4pm

Vintage clothing and memorabilia, handmake items, tearoom and more

What’s Tasty in Woodbridge 
Spring Food Market

Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12

Saturday May 24 10am-3pm

Loads of fresh, tasty, local produce from local farmers and producers. Live music and cooking demonstrations from local chefs Ugur Vata (The Galley) and Vernon Blackmore (The Table). Supported by local businesses, The Galley, The Cake Shop and Friday Street Farm.

LeeStock Festival

Melford Hall Park, Long Melford

Saturday/Sunday May 25 and 26

This festival is in memory of local musician Lee Dunford, who died six years after being diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma at the age of 17. Toploader and Space headline the festival with proceeds going to the Willow Foundation, which organises special days for people with serious illnesses. For more information and tickets www.leestock.org

Lavenham Art Festival

May 24, 25, 26 , Market Place, Little Hall, and throughout Lavenham

Watch artists, sculptors, jewellery makers, potters, spinners, weavers, pen portraitists and quilt makers at work. Lavenham Art Society exhibition in the church and pupils’ art work on show in the school. The Great House restaurant will be running a refreshments stall in the Market Place and there will be musical entertainment. www.lovelavenham.co.uk

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