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Events this Month

Suffolk Day, 21st June 2018, 10:00 to 17:00 at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket (23.7 miles)
Hi - we're pleased to offer FREE ADMISSION to all children aged 14 and under to celebrate Suffolk Day! We look forward to seeing you then.


The Seven Deadly Sins , 21st June 2018 to 23rd June 2018, 19:45 to 22:45 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (10.9 miles)
Join Colchester Operatic Society on a musical journey inspired by The Seven Deadly Sins. Their summer concert contains a feast of well-known songs from the musicals, together with a selection of classic pop numbers. Renowned for their fantastic chorus work and beautiful harmonies ...it's enough to make you green with ENVY! So don't be a SLOTH, book your tickets now! Or risk feeling their WRATH...!!

Tickets: �£12.50

Saturday Matinee at 2.30 pm


Breckland Country Music Festival, 22nd June 2018 to 24th June 2018 at Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket (23.7 miles)
Country Music At It's Best Featuring:
DANNY LEE BAND - NICKY JAMES - KAY D - DARREN BUSBY - JONNY & LYNNETTE - JULIE DAWN - WARREN DEWITT - BARLOW & LEE - RED CANYON - RAY PETERS & THE SMOKEY TURTLE BAND


Rumba De Bodas â?? Ipswich Jazz Festival, 22nd June 2018, 20:00 at St Peter's by the Waterfront, St Peters Street, Ipswich (15.7 miles)
Celebrating their tenth anniversary, these Italian troubadours make it their mission to party. Their high-octane, gypsy-swing travels from Latina to swing, Balcanica to reggae, soul to folk; an ever-changing musical mix. Starting life as a loose collective in the music bars of Bologna, theyâ??re now an international phenomenon. Catch them playing extracts from their new album, not surprisingly, called â??Superpowerâ??. This wonderful band had a great residency at last yearâ??s Edinburgh Jazz Festival.
Tickets: £17.50 (£16.50 if bought in advance from New Wolsey Theatre 01473 295900).


Magical Unicorn Weekends, 23rd June 2018 to 24th June 2018 at Marsh Farm Country Park, Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford (22 miles)
Meet a unicorn, make a unicorn teddy + much more!


Jazz Workshops at St Peterâ??s by the Waterfront â?? Ipswich Jazz Festival, 23rd June 2018, 10:00 to 16:30 at St Peter's by the Waterfront, St Peters Street, Ipswich (15.7 miles)
10amâ??12pm: Jazz Ensemble Playing with John Seeley
For all levels. This will cover performing Jazz in an ensemble and improvisation using Latin and Jazz standards. This will be achieved by taking Jazz compositions, de-constructing them and then performing. It will include musicianship skills to enhance the individual and group performer, music theory, methods of practice, sight-reading, aural work and specific concepts to increase your knowledge.
12.15â??2.15pm: Jazz singing with Andi Hopgood
A great opportunity for vocalists â?? to learn from and spend time with Andi Hopgood, jazz educator with a wealth of experience in vocal coaching and performing â?? delve into the wonders of jazz singing. Explore things like phrasing, feel, scat singing and timing. The workshop is suitable for singers of all ages and experience and will involve a mix of individual and some group singing.
2.30â??4.30pm: Drum Kit Masterclass with George Double
Drummers, of any style come and perform in the festival! Players are invited to take part in this masterclass event and receive top tips from Ronnie Scott's regular George Double who will also play and run a Q & A during this two-hour session. Spectators very welcome too.
Tickets for all workshops £16 from New Wolsey Theatre. 01473 295900 Maximum 25 places.


Photo Workshop, 23rd June 2018, 10:00 to 17:00 at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket (23.7 miles)
Photo Workshop Days at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary offer something special for all keen photographers - a day in the close company of owls, with an expert wildlife photographer on hand to offer tips & tricks of how to get the best from the experience


Stars at St Peterâ??s â?? Ipswich Jazz Festival, 23rd June 2018, 19:30 to 22:30 at St Peter's by the Waterfront, St Peters Street, Ipswich (15.7 miles)
Singer and pianist Ian Shaw, saxophone players Brandon Allen and Vasilis Xenoupoulos supported by the Chris Ingham Trio. Plus a short opening set by Suffolkâ??s jazz musicians of tomorrow â?? the South Suffolk Youth Jazz Ensemble. 30 minute interval. It also features the first performance of a new jazz composition commissioned by Ipswich Jazz Festival to reflect Suffolkâ??s musical heritage.
Tickets: £18.50 (£17.50 if bought in advance from New Wolsey Theatre 01473 295900).


Sketchbook Strolls, 24th June 2018, 10:00 at Stable Café, Holywells Park, Cliff Lane, Ipswich (15.2 miles)
We welcome all ages of any skill, no experience necessary.
A chance to:
Make new friends
Develop you drawing skills
Increase your fitness
All attendees will be given a free sketchbook and pencils, though you're more than welcome to bring your own.
Book your free place by emailing sketchbookstrollsipswich@aol.com


Jazz Workshops at St Peterâ??s by the Waterfront, 24th June 2018, 10:30 to 12:45 at St Peter's by the Waterfront, St Peters Street, Ipswich (15.7 miles)
10.30amâ??12.30pm: Jazz guitar with Chris Allard
For guitarists of all levels. Improve your soloing; straightforward ways to improve your playing and how to improve your understanding of chords, scales and modes and to use them in ways that will help you and which can be applied to any style of music.
12.45â??2.45pm: Music photography with John Watson
Music photographer John Watson leads a workshop for the second year running. The emphasis will be on creating dynamic images and developing an imaginative approach to photography. For both beginners and experienced photographers. Professional-level equipment is not essential, but you must have a camera which can be set to at least 1600 ISO, and you should know how to increase or decrease exposure levels. Includes a chance to photograph a band.
Tickets for all workshops £16 from New Wolsey Theatre. 01473 295900 Maximum 25 places.


Horn Factory â?? Ipswich Jazz Festival, 24th June 2018, 15:00 to 17:00 at St Peter's by the Waterfront, St Peters Street, Ipswich (15.7 miles)
Enjoy free jazz gigs with some top local bands.
Horn Factory East Angliaâ??s premier Big Band. Nineteen of the top local musicians who create their own brand of fast moving, hard hitting, toe tapping contemporary jazz.


Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood (with Chris Allard on guitar) â?? Ipswich Jazz Festival, 24th June 2018, 20:00 to 22:00 at St Peter's by the Waterfront, St Peters Street, Ipswich (15.7 miles)
Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her virtuosic and effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres. Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui also draws on folk, soul and blues influences. Her voice has been described as â??multi-facetedâ?? and â??incomparableâ??.
Charlie Wood is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional R&B and popular music. Wood is an accomplished and prolific singer/songwriter and has received stellar reviews for his original music.
Chris Allard has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals and he has performed/recorded with numerous big names. His last album received critical acclaim including four stars in Guitarist Magazine.
In partnership with Fleece Jazz Club.
Tickets: £21 (£20 if bought in advance from New Wolsey Theatre 01473 295900).


Our House, 27th June 2018 to 30th June 2018, 19:45 to 22:45 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (10.9 miles)
Have you ever wondered how one decision will affect the course of the rest of your life? Joe Casey's life is split in two when he has to decide which path to choose; good or bad? Featuring a collection of Madness hits including Baggy Trousers, It Must Be Love and, of course, Our House!

Contains mild strong language and adult themes

Tickets: �£12, �£10 (conc)

Saturday Matinee at 2.30 pm


Magical Unicorn Weekends, 30th June 2018 to 1st July 2018 at Marsh Farm Country Park, Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford (22 miles)
Meet a unicorn, make a unicorn teddy + much more!


History Alive, 30th June 2018 to 1st July 2018, 10:00 to 17:00 at Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket (23.7 miles)
Come along to History Alive East Angliaâ??s newest Re-enactment History Event. See History come alive before your eyes. Come and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of times gone past. Thrilling Combat Displays. Experience Living History Encampments from Viking Warriors to American Settlers and more!
There are 10 different re-enactment groups from various stages of the periodic era that provide a complete living history from dark age medicine, what the tribes ate and drank to other crafts and skills along with armour and weaponry demonstration. There is also periodic music and entertainment to suit all ages.
Travel back in time for a Fantastic Family Day Out!!
Thrilling Combat Displays, Living History from Viking Warriors to American Settlersâ?¦. and more!
Craft Stalls, Funfair, Food, Bar and Plenty of Family Fun!


Ipswich Music Day, 1st July 2018, 12:00 to 19:00 at Christchurch Park, Bolton Lane, Ipswich (16 miles)
Ipswich Music Day is the UK's largest free one-day music festival in the UK - and it's suitable for the whole family!
The event hosts six stages featuring a selection of the brightest local unsigned artists found in East Anglia, spanning every genre of music.
What can the kids get up to? Henna, glitter tattoos, face painting, bungee trampolines and a fairground full of your favourite fun fair rides for starters.
We also have a market place selling gifts, jewellery, food products, clothing and balloons. And don't forget our street food - we have all the delicious dishes you could want.
When there's this much free entertainment right on your doorstep, you'd be mad to stay away!


Literature Luvvies! , 1st July 2018, 13:00 to 16:00 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (10.9 miles)
Annual Summer show featuring, Plays, Sketches written by the cast and Songs all based on famous Literature, from DOT Productions Youth Groups. Performances at 1pm and 3pm.

Tickets:�£ 8


An Evening of Clairvoyance with Ronnie Buckingham, 2nd July 2018 to 3rd July 2018, 19:30 to 21:30 at Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Chapel Street North, Colchester (10.9 miles)
Ronnie's aim is to reconnect members of the audience with friends and loved ones in the spirit world, and to pass on what they want to say. Often the communication includes snippets of information that although seemingly trivial to most of the audience, are highly significant to the recipient. Sceptical? Come along and make up your own mind.

Tickets: �£15


Pantaloons Open Air Theatre, 4th July 2018, 19:30 to 21:30 at Christchurch Park, Bolton Lane, Ipswich (16 miles)
Everybody loves Ernest. In fact, Cecily and Gwendolen are both engaged to Ernest. The only trouble is, Ernest doesnâ??t exist. Or does heâ?¦? This energetic and musical production from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloonsâ?? infuses Wildeâ??s witty words with snappy new songs and frantically funny physical theatre to give this perennially popular play a hilarious contemporary twist!
The fantastic Pantaloons theatre company return to the Mansion Lawn in Christchurch Park, bringing their own unique flair to theatreâ??s greatest classics.
Make yourself comfortable with your own blankets and chairs â?? you can also bring your own picnic.
The performance will take place no matter the weather conditions. As they say, the show must go on!
If we deem the weather to be too dangerous beforehand we will make an announcement on social media asking you not to attend for your own safety


Gin & Vodka Festival, 6th July 2018 to 7th July 2018 at St Peter's by the Waterfront, St Peters Street, Ipswich (15.7 miles)
St Peter's by the Waterfront and iShakeit Cocktail Bars welcomes you to take part in the first Gin & Vodka Festival in Ipswich on the 6th and 7th July.
Enjoy some of the finest Gins & Vodkas from local distilleries that you won't find at any other festival. Some of the distillers will be on hand at the festival for you to talk with and learn more about the wonderful spirits they produce.
First 300 tickets sold get a free branded Gin Goblet for the event and the first Gin or Vodka Cocktail. Take the time to find out about Cocktail and Gin masterclasses.
As well as great Gins, Vodkas and Cocktail there will be some wonderful music from local bands and singers as well as locally produced festival food to make this an event to enjoy and remember for a long time.


Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits , 6th July 2018 to 7th July 2018 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (10.9 miles)
Open Sesame! Discover a treasure-trove of fun and laughter as witty writer Craig Hawes gives the timeless tale a twist in this mystical musical comedy! So, slip on your sandals for some sandy silliness as we take a thrilling carpet ride with Ali Baba and his crazy camel on an amazing Arabian adventure!

Tickets: �£9, �£7 (conc)
Starts at 7pm on 6th and 1.30pm and 4.30pm on 7th July 2018


Global Rhythm, 7th July 2018, 13:00 to 19:00 at Christchurch Park, Bolton Lane, Ipswich (16 miles)
If youâ??re looking for a colourful celebration of worldwide culture, look no further than Global Rhythm in 2018.
Enjoy a free day out including live music and art from across the world, set in the beautiful setting of Christchurch Park.
Travel the globe with a range of delicious cuisine, and hear fusions of musical genres that originated thousands of miles apart.
This festival really is all-inclusive in the best sense of the word! The event will also include a range of free workshops for you to get involved in!


Summer Steam Gala, 8th July 2018, 10:00 to 16:30 at East Anglian Railway Museum, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester (16.5 miles)
Weâ??re having an all out celebration of steam with ALL of our historic steam engines running to an intensive timetable. See how your parents and grandparents traveled by rail in 1950s British Railways coaches and travel back in time in our historic 19th century coaches. The museum will be fully open so, as well as riding the trains, you can explore the atmospheric Victorian station buildings, fully operational Signal Box and Restoration Shed for a â??behind the scenesâ?? look at our ongoing restoration programme.


Meet Bing & Flop, 8th July 2018, 10:30 to 17:00 at Colne Valley Railway, Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, Halstead (24.2 miles)
Bing and Flop will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day.


Indian Summer Mela, 8th July 2018, 12:00 to 18:00 at Christchurch Park, Bolton Lane, Ipswich (16 miles)
The Ipswich & Suffolk Indian Association are hosting the biggest and brightest celebration of Asian culture in Ipswich. The event will include a vibrant marketplace, an Indian food village with colourful dishes and sumptuous smells, performances all day long demonstrating the best of Indian dance and music, and a number of different workshops from everything from Bollywood dancing to cooking demonstration!


Craft & Gift Fair, 14th July 2018, 10:00 to 16:00 at St Peter's by the Waterfront, St Peters Street, Ipswich (15.7 miles)
Discover handmade gifts for family and friends, cards for that special someone and children's books along with many more great items.
Entry is free and refreshments are also available from our bar.


Grundisburgh Craft Fair, 15th July 2018, 11:00 to 16:00 at Grundisburgh Playing Fields (19.2 miles)
Good variety of local crafters selling their craft including plants. Free parking and refreshments available. Donation buckets available at entry.


My Fair Lady , 18th July 2018 to 22nd July 2018 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (10.9 miles)
Don't miss this chance of seeing 'My Fair Lady' at the Headgate Theatre produced by Platform Musicals and Plays a group renowned for producing good quality shows. This was a show hailed by the Daily Mail as "a show against which all others will be measured", and the Daily Telegraph as "probably the greatest musical of all time". With music you love and a show that leaves you smiling for days, book your tickets early to save any disappointment.

Tickets: �£15

Performances at 7.45pm from 18 - 21 July and at 2.30pm on 21 & 22 July


Local Clubs

Clacton Judo Club meet at Green Lodge, Old Road (0.1 miles)
Clacton Judo Club is a community based project with the club officers working at all levels to promote the sport of Judo on a voluntary basis. Green Lodge (Old Road) has been running Judo Classes weekly since 1981.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website


Crab & Winkle CWC meet at Brightlingsea Community Centre, Lower Park Road, Brightlingsea, Colchester (4.9 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Mervyn/Julia Lumley on 01206 734699


Daves Gymnastic Academy meet at Unit 8 Commerce Way, Commerce Way, Colchester (9.4 miles)
The coaching is led by Dave Schadek, High Performance Coach, ably assisted by a large team of coaches.
All our coaches hold British Gymnastics Coaching qualifications, enhanced CRBs, and have attended 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children' courses. Every session has appropriately qualified first aiders amongst the coaches.
We have weekday and Saturday morning Recreational classes for those children doing 1 hour a week, learning there basic gymnastics and working towards lots of different badge schemes. Our Parent and Toddler classes are open class they are run on a Monday and Friday morning.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01206 797288, email the club or visit thier website


Level Crossing meet at Ardleigh Village Hall, Station Road, Ardleigh, Colchester (9.9 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01206 231579


Manningtree ACF meet at The Drill Hall, Mill Lane, Manningtree (9.6 miles)
We are a youth group for 12 - 18 for girls and boys. We are at The Drill Hall, Mill Lane, Manningtree. Open on Tuesday night at 19:30 to 21:30
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01206 573066


Meditation Classes meet at The Venture Centre, Wignall Street, Lawford, Manningtree (9.6 miles)
New Meditation Classes being run, Start to connect mind, body and soul together and learn to relax and switch off the constant chatter and images that are ever present in everyday life by learning meditation and visualisation techniques. Meditation has been known to help on every level of your being.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club


Scanilon's Saloon meet at Greenstead Social Club, Blackthorn Avenue, Colchester (9.8 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Mike on 01206 791929


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