What's on in Suffolk in August
PUBLISHED: 13:43 26 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:45 20 February 2013
High summer in Suffolk and there's so much going on!
Maritime Ipswich 2011
Ipswich Quayside, Docks and Waterfront, August 20 and 21
Ipswich celebrates its seagoing heritage in an exciting two-day festival that brings together its nautical past, present and future.Visitors will be able to enjoy a huge range of attractions and activities stretching right along the Waterfront from Stoke Bridge all the way round to Orwell Quay. Among the maritime atrractions are visiting vessels, period and modern re-enactments, dance performances, displays and stall, live traditional music, a good and drink festival, fireworks and much more.
This year the event will incorporate the CAMRA Ipswich Beer Festival, which will feature a wide range of local beer and ciders, plus some specially brewed beers with a nautical theme! The beer festival runs from Thursday, August 18 to Sunday, August 22. Also new this year is the Ipswich Waterfront Food Festival, comprising 20 stalls selling local produce, which will be open on the Saturday and Sunday.
Its one of the theatre highlights of the year, so make sure you dont miss award-winning Red Rose Chains production of Shakespeares hilarious comedy Twelfth Night set against the stunning backdrop of Rendlesham Forest. Gates open at 6pm, so plenty of time to enjoy a picnic before the action begins at 7.30pm. You can bring your own or order a fantastic on which will be brought to you at your seat or table on the night. For further details check the website at www.redrosechain.com
August 2 to 6
Suffolk Young Peoples Theatre mount their own production of classic musical Cabaret at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds with performances at 7.30pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Follow the antics of amateur dramatic group as they attempt to stage a play by a local author who keeps revising the script even as the first night approaches. Play On can be seen at Bungays Fisher Theatre at 7.30pm
If you thought ventriloquism was a dying art, youll think again when you see Paul Zerdin on stage at The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. Regarded as one of the best ventriloquists and comedians of his generation, he completely sold out his Edinburgh Fringe show and wowed the audience at the Royal Variety Show. See him at Felixstowe in his show which starts at 7.30pm
Spend An Evening with Sindra, Clairvoyant Medium and you will leave amazed at her uncanny predictions and spot on personal readings. A powerful stage personality who is appearing at The Fisher Theatre, Bungay at 8pm
August 12 and 13
Black Coffee by Agatha Christie features her most popular detective Hercule Poirot who sets out to solve the mystery of the death of Sir Claud Amory, murdered in a room full of people! Will his little grey cells be up to the task. Find out at Bungays Fisher Theatre at 7.30pm
August 17 to 20
With its high energy singing and dancing, High School Musical is an irresistible show and the perfect vehicle for the talented youngsters of the Summer Youth Project to show off their skills. See it at Felixstowe Spa Pavilion at 7.30pm each evening with a Saturday matinee at 3.30pm
The Fake Show, at The Cut, Halesworth, promises an evening of paranormal experiments in the company of Madam Ceasefire and her trusty butler, Piles. Full of gasps, shivers and laughs, this is an unforgettable show unsuitable for the under-12s. Starts at 7.30pm
Theres A Triple Bill of Comedy Short Plays at Bungays Fisher Theatre to send you away with a smile on your face Bang, Youre Dead; Last Panto in Little Grimley and Last Tango in Little Grimley. Show starts at 7.30pm
August 26 and 27
The Theatre Royal Summer School Company put a new twist on an old tale with their production of The Apothecary, staged after just two weeks rehearsal. In desperation, Romeo visits an old apothecary to buy a potion to put an end to his woes but finds the shop and its owner in a terrible state of decline. But then a series of rather odd customers arrive, bringing with them a new perspective. Shows at 7.30pm Friday and 4pm Saturday
The Hamsters return to The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, after their sell-out show last year. Sadly, the second visit of this rootsy rock, blues and Americana band will also be its last as the guys are retiring after 25 years on the road. So dont miss this chance to hear them play a blistering set of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top hits in a show which starts at 8pm
Join the Help For Heroes Charity Concert at the apex, Bury St Edmunds and enjoy an evening of music and fun with the combined bands of The Royal Air Force Honington Band & The Royal Signals (Northern) Band. Featuring John Rowland, Julie Pendleton and Alison Cochlan, singing music from the shows. Starts at 7.30pm
Look forward to hearing all of Pink Floyds greatest hits including Wish You Were Here, The Wall and Comfortably Numb when The Pure Floyd Show play The Fisher Theatre, Bungay at 7.30pm
Grab your last your chance (for this year) to enjoy an afternoon of Brass on the Grass at The Bandstand, Christchurch Park, Ipswich. Theres free admission to bring along a picnic and make an afternoon of it.
The Jim Jones Revue is a supercharged UK Garage Rock band which has taken 1950s rock n roll and injected it with punk before dragging it into the 21st century. If you like your music loud and proud, youll love this. See them at the apex, Bury St Edmunds at 8pm
Now in their fifth decade of creating music, punk rockers UK Subs make a special appearance at The Circle Bar, Ipswich Regent. Come along and enjoy the true spirit of punk rock at this gig which starts at 7pm
Watch out, The Indians are coming! Yep, the ultimate Irish show band is back at The Fisher Theatre, Bungay with their exciting country sound. This is always a sell-out show, so book early. Starts 7.30pm
Rave on in a tribute to Buddy Holly at The Fisher Theatre, Bungay featuring the Counterfeit Crickets. Gaving Stanley pays a sensitive tribute to Billy Fury while Marc Robinson sings from Buddy Hollys songbook. Show starts 7.30pm
Legendary guitarist and raconteur Gordon Giltrap has been in the music business for 44 years. Dont miss the chance to catch this fine musician in concert at The Quay Theatre, Sudbury at 8pm
August 26 to 28
Ahead of a new Suffolk folk festival being launched next year, The Cut at Halesworth plays host to a weekend festival with some great names. Friday night sees a performance by two of the worlds greatest folk musicians, Dave Swarbrick and Martin Carthy. The next day, Saturday, August 27 is local folk, roots and acoustic day with workshops, sessions and performances from local artists. The festival culminates on the Sunday with sets by Mike Heron and his Band and The Trembling Bells, currently on tour with the Unthanks. Keep an eye on www.newcut.org for more details about this new event which also includes local beer and cider, as well as lots of lovely grub!
Think Floyd recreate the genius of supergroup Pink Floyd on stage at Felixstowe Spa Pavilion. And the band pays tribute not just to the music of Pink Floyd but also to the legendary atmosphere and visual magnitude for which their concerts were famed. A real treat for all Floyd fans that begins at 7.30pm
In the Mood for Miller at Felixstowe Spa Pavilion brings you an afternoon of music and memories from the official Glenn Miller Orchestra. Featuring the Moonlight Serenaders with their fabulous harmonies and the vocal talents of Jan Messeder and Colin Anthony. A chance for all fans of big band music to wallow in the sounds of the 40s. Starts 3pm
Known as the Prince of Irish Country Music, singer John Hogan appears at The Fisher Theatre, Bungay at 7.30pm
Organist Brian Sharp began his career at Dudley Hippodrome and has gone on to become a musician of international renown. Now you can catch him at Haverhill Arts Centre at 7.30pm
The Spooky Men's Chorale is a fearsome bunch of Aussie blokes, whose vocal machinations make them sound like beefy bearded angels while singing such anthems as "Don't Stand Between a Man and His Tool". Beautiful, surreal, ironic, you can catch them at the apex, Bury St Edmunds at 7.30pm
August 2 to 4
Join madcap comic Lee Evans at a series of special shows at Ipswich Regent, where he will be testing new material for his forthcoming Roadrunner tour of the UK and Ireland this autumn. Shows are each evening starting 8pm
Squeaky-voiced comedian Joe Pasquale is at Felixstowe Spa Pavilion with his Pull My Finger Tour. But what kind of finger is it? Chocolate? Iced? Get along to the theatre at 7.30pm and find out!
Join the Salsa Party at the Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich. Beginners and improvers classes at 6pm with the party starting at 7.30pm and going on until midnight.
Got a passion for dance? Then go along to Footloose, a monthly informal gathering for everyone who loves to dance; from toddlers and teens to OAPs, from ballet to the highland fling, held at the apex, Bury St Edmunds. Whether you are a school, a dance group, an individual, amateur or professional, come and share your passion. From 1 to 4pm.
Sea Legs Puppet Theatre presents a charming version of Little Bo Peep at Haverhill Arts Centre. The sheep have gone and Little Bo Peep doesnt know where to find them. In the meantime Nursery Rhyme Man is baking a surprise cake for her birthday but a naughty mouse keeps stealing the ingredients. A delightful story and lots of opportunity to join in with favourite nursery rhymes and songs in this show which starts at 2pm
Fiddlesticks is a spellbinding tale of the spirit of a violin which breaks free of is strings and sets off on a magical journey in search of the beautiful Violinka. Rhythmical twists and turns and a lively mix of clowning, puppetry and music, it starts at 11am
Join Bob the Builder as he tries to get the Fixham Theatre ready for its grand re-opening. It should be an easy job but things dont exactly go to plan once Spud decides that he wants to be star of the show. Featuring favourite songs plus three new exclusive songs, this is a great summertime treat for all the family. Show starts at 2.30pm
Follow the tale of Thumbelina, a girl so small she could ride on the back of a dragonfly, and her adventures as she searches for the perfect place to live. A delightful, gentle show for small children being staged at Haverhill Arts Centre at 11am