Issue 11 October | November | December 2021 | January | February 2022 YOUR FREE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO INTERVIEWS / MUSIC / THEATRE / EXHIBITIONS / DAYS OUT / ENTERTAINMENT www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk Issue 16 June | July | August | September 2023 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WWW.WHATSONWESTSUFFOLK.CO.UK INTERVIEW WITH HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR TRACY BORMAN PRIOR TO HER VISIT TO THE APEX THEATRE IN THE PARKS RETURNS PICNIC HAMPERS AND FOLD-UP CHAIRS AT THE READY FOR THIS YEAR’S OUTDOOR THEATRE DRAGON FEST 2023 ENJOY ALL THINGS DRAGON AT WEST STOW’S ANNUAL DRAGON FEST YOUR FREE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ALSO INSIDE: INTERVIEWS / MUSIC / THEATRE / EXHIBITIONS / DAYS OUT / ENTERTAINMENT ENJOY CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITIONS AT THREE WEST SUFFOLK VENUES THIS SUMMER MUTINY IN COLOUR EXHIBITION
WELCOME to the Summer 2023 edition of the What’s On West Suffolk magazine!
Thank goodness, after a long and cold winter, the warmth of the sun is with us again, as are the longer days. Hoorah!
Looking at this issue of the magazine, you will see there are so many things to do in and around West Suffolk this summer. We really are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country, with such a huge variety of arts and cultural activities on offer whatever the time of year.
The fabulous Dragon Fest returns to take over West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park on the 24th and 25th June for what promises to be another flaming good day out for all the family! For more information, please see page 34.
Following the tremendous success last year, Theatre in the Parks returns to Abbey Gardens and West Stow Country Park in July and August, with an interactive and immersive theatre experience for all ages. This year, one of the many highlights includes David Walliams’, Bad Dad. For more information about the full programme across the summer, please see pages 20 and 21.
Last but not least, we must encourage you to visit what will be one of the biggest contemporary art exhibitions in the UK this year… and it’s taking place right here in West Suffolk! Urban Frame: Mutiny in Colour is one exhibition with over 250 pieces of art spread across three West Suffolk towns. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this brand new exhibition, which includes original pieces from Banksy, Grayson Perry, Damien Hirst, Blek le Rat, My Dog Sighs and Pure Evil, to name but a few. Visit the exhibition in all three towns and you could win a framed Banksy print worth £800, courtesy of Brandler Galleries. For more info see pages 23 to 26.
Here’s wishing you all a fabulous summer. The What’s On West Suffolk team
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A MEDIEVAL MUSEUM
at the heart of Bury St Edmunds
Medieval Moyse’s Hall Museum not only features Terrible Tales by Terry Deary, best-selling author and creator of the hugely popular Horrible Histories books, but also some grisly and gruesome interactive displays for children and adults.
STEP INSIDE A GIBBET CAGE (made for the museum by blacksmiths Kingdom Forge), try on a ball and chain for size, experience the smells of history including the wretched tanner’s pits, handle thumbscrews and try on manacles, and pick up a Norman sword.
Following the huge success of the Moments exhibition in 2021, this completely new contemporary art exhibition at Moyse’s Hall Museum includes artwork from some of the world’s most renowned artists, including Banksy, Blek le Rat, Pure Evil, Grayson Perry, My Dog Sighs, Kaws, the Connor Brothers and Damien Hirst. The exhibition also includes a number of pieces being exhibited for the very first time in public, including Sandcastle Girl, which was painted on a wall in Lowestoft by Banksy during his Spraycation to East Anglia in 2021.
For more info, please see pages 23-26.
Coming later in the year … MOYSE’S HALL SCI-FI EXHIBITION
Celebrating 60 years of Dr Who and Return of the Jedi turning 50!
Haverhill Arts Centre continues its amazing, entertaining, fabulous run of entertainment with a programme of cabaret, jazz, rock and more. Come and sample what’s on offer in the little theatre that punches well above its weight.
Saturday 13 May – 7:30pm
Award winning jazz vocalist and longtime Radio 2 & Jazz FM broadcaster and her band visit HAC for the first time. £25.00
Friday 19 May – 7:30pm
WORBEY AND FARRELL
Internationally acclaimed concert pianists with a barnstorming blend of sparky comedy and utterly sensational playing. £20.00 / £18.00
Sunday 21 May – 7:30pm
A COUPLE OF SWELLS WITH LIZA PULMAN & JOE STILGOE
Expect the Great American Song Book meets 1950s French Riviera Chic. A showcase of Joe’s virtuoso piano playing and Liza’s exquisite vocals. £26.00
Sunday 28 May – 4:00pm
POP DIVAS LIVE!
Pop concert tribute to Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and many more. £16.00
Tuesday 30 May – 3:00pm
THE SPECTACULAR SCIENCE SHOW
Explore the strange properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and howling jelly babies! £18.00 / £16.00
Thursday 1 June – 2:00pm
THE GIANT’S LOO ROLL
The giant’s runaway loo roll has many uses for the villagers living below his house. £12.50
Friday 2 June – 7:30pm
WEST END MAGIC
Family show with a mixture of magic, comedy and variety acts, featuring British Champion of Magic Oliver Tabor. £16.00 / £11.00
Saturday 3 June – 7:30pm
A DIVA AND A PIANO WITH LESLEY GARRETT
Join Britain’s most popular soprano, accompanied by and in conversation with Anna Tilbrook. £25.00
Sunday 4 June – 1:00pm & 4:30pm
Join Wally and Dame Dolly to help Rapunzel break free from the tower. Starring Kerry Katona, Dean Gaffney and Jamie and Chuck. £16.50 / £14.50
Thursday 15 June – 7:30pm
Keeping the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band alive and kicking. £21.00
Friday 16 June – 7:30pm
D-DAY DARLINGS: THE KING’S CORONATION TOUR
The nation’s sweethearts celebrate the coronation in a song and dance extravaganza for all generations. £20.00
Saturday 10 June – 7:30pm
RABBIT RABBIT – CHAS AND DAVE
It’s time to “put your beer in the sideboard here” and get yerself along to this show. £18.00
Sunday 11 June – 3:00pm
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ARTHUR LAGER
A story of a ‘Dummy’ who has lived a life before the ventriloquist came along. With Steve Hewlett. £16.00 / £13.00
VENTRILOQUEST: A DAY IN THE
A COUPLE OF SWELLS For more information or to book tickets: haverhillartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/ BOX OFFICE: 01440 714140
LIFE OF ARTHUR LAGER
THINGS TO DO
at West Stow
AS ALWAYS, THERE’S A VARIED PROGRAMME on offer at West Stow in the coming months including the ever-popular Watercolour Workshops, Photography Workshops and Spoon Carving Workshops.
There’s a packed feel-good schedule of events in support of this year’s Wellbeing Weeks and a Summer Solstice Celebration to enjoy and so something for everyone.
With great walks and kids play area, West Stow is a great place for some outdoor fun and a picnic this summer or, why not visit Café Stowa while you’re there with its Barista Coffee, Great Lunch & Brunch Menu, Twitchers Corner, Kids Corner and Canine Corner.
There’s plenty going on at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village this summer!
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INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOUR - £6 SOLD OUT 10am, Sat 13 May
INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP - £6 1pm, Sat 13 May 1pm, Sat 12 Aug
HIDDEN HISTORY OF WEST STOW (PART OF SUFFOLK WALKING FESTIVAL) – FREE SOLD OUT 10am, Thurs 18 May, Sat 20 May
SPRING YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - £6 SOLD OUT 10am, Sat 20 May
SPRING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS - £15 SOLD OUT 10am, Sat 21 May
SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION - £7 6.30pm, Wed 21 June
HIDDEN HISTORY OF WEST STOW WALK – FREE Various dates throughout the Summer
SPOON CARVING WORKSHOP 10am, Sat 16 Sept
Tue of each week: 6pm Intro to Yoga 7.15pm Intro to Meditation
Wed of each week: 6pm Forest Bathing
Thu of each week: 7pm Sound Bath
Fri of each week: 6pm Intermediate Yoga & Meditation
There’s a packed feelgood schedule of events in support of this year’s Wellbeing Weeks and a Summer Solstice Celebration to enjoy...
Tue 11th – Fri 14th July Tue 25th – Fri 28th July Tue 8th – Fri 11th August
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More events are being added including: Saxon drumming sessions • Drum birthing workshops • Dragonfly walks so keep an eye on the website for the latest info
BIN IT? NO WAY!
REPAIR CAFÉ COMES TO BURY ST EDMUNDS
REPAIR CAFÉ ORIGINATED IN HOLLAND in 2009.
Since then, the community-based charity whose slogan is “Bin it? No way!” has spread far and wide. The popularity of shows such as the BBC’s “Repair Shop” and the book and radio series “Dare to Repair” indicate the general public’s desire to give broken things a second chance - if only they had the skills and equipment.
Those skills are now readily available, here in Bury St Edmunds, thanks to an eager bunch of volunteers who will bring expertise, tools and a passion for fixing things to free events held at the Unitarian Meeting House in Churchgate Street launching this summer.
At these new community hubs, you will be able to assist the experts in repairing and fixing your items – learn new skills, fix your much-loved items and avoid the landfill! ●
• Electronics / Electrical Equipment
• Garden tools
• Anything, really
Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate Street, IP33 1RH. Sat 8th July & Sat 9th September, 11am- 2pm*
*Email the Repair Café at email@example.com in the first instance with details about your repair item. MARK WHARTON & MELANIE LESSER Click the QR code above to find out more including how to become a volunteer.
A VENUE WITH history
Situated on Guildhall Street, a 3-minute walk from the Buttermarket, this beautifully preserved building dates back to 1279, and is the oldest continuously-used civic building in Britain. It offers a choice of unique and beautiful spaces for hire and is perfect for weddings, private functions, corporate and community events of all sizes.
Spend a while in our beautiful walled garden or sensory garden area – perfect for garden parties, or welcome drinks after your wedding ceremony. The octagonal gazebo gives shelter from the sun (or rain!), the garden is colourful all year round and is an excellent backdrop for photographs that will remind you of your visit for many years.
BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR
From imprisoning kidnapped monks to housing Cromwell’s soldiers, hosting abolitionist meetings to WWII secret military operations, the Guildhall has played host to some incredible events. Book a private tour to explore the history of this unique building and the people of Bury St Edmunds over 800 years.
FREE ROC OPERATIONS ROOM
OPEN DAYS - Spring / Summer 2023
Come and explore the country’s only remaining WW2 Royal Observer Corps Operations Room - an unsung group of local heroes who were the ‘eyes and ears of the RAF’ during the Battle of Britain. Their story has been hidden behind a veil of secrecy for over 80 years, but now it’s all been declassified for you to explore! Free entry, open 10am-4pm
Sun 28 May
Sun 25 June
Sun 30 July
Sun 27 Aug
Throughout the year we also offer a range of cultural events including exhibitions, talks, concerts, and workshops.
To find out more about our programme of events, tours, or venue hire please visit www.burystedmundsguildhall.org.uk
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HOW TO BE A GOOD MONARCH
WITH THE CORONATION OF KING CHARLES III DIRECTING ALL EYES TO THE BRITISH MONARCHY, NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO LOOK BACK AT SOME RULERS OF THE PAST.
ROYAL HISTORIAN, TRACY BORMAN WILL BE HEADING TO THE APEX ON 22 MAY, TO SHED SOME LIGHT ONTO ‘HOW TO BE A GOOD MONARCH’, BY EXPLORING THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF THE MONARCHY FROM 1066 TO THE PRESENT DAY.
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OW TO BE A GOOD MONARCH’ will see Tracy sharing some tumultuous tales of the good, the bad, the great and the mad, along with birth, romance, beheading, coronation, abdication, marriage, divorce, disaster and triumph.
Did You Know:
- Elizabeth I’s astrologer, Dr John Dee, also doubled up as her spy and went on a number of missions abroad. In his correspondence, he used the code name ‘007’.
- In private, Henry VIII was very different to his larger-than-life public image. One visitor to his private apartments described him as ‘the most timid man you could hope to meet’.
- The weather was so cold for the Coronation of Elizabeth II that staff put a hot water bottle under her seat in the Gold Coach. During a brief recess in the long ceremony, the Archbishop of Canterbury handed round sausage rolls and a flask of brandy.
- Queen Victoria left secret instructions that on her death, a picture of John Brown and a lock of his hair were placed in her left hand, hidden from view by a bunch of flowers.
When asked about the show, Tracy explains; “What a moment we’re at! There are so many fascinating lessons to be learned from the past that inform a new monarch and their reign. The show is a manual for monarchy really. I’m going to be covering the key do’s and don’ts drawn from the past 1,000 years. It is light-hearted, but there’s some darker history in there, too.”
If you were to have an audience with King Charles III, what “do’s” would you pass on to him?
“One piece of advice - that he has absolutely nailed already - is start your training early. And obviously, as the longest ever serving Prince of Wales, Charles has had more training than anybody else.”
And what “don’t’s”?
“Don’t disrespect the previous regime. Many times, new monarchs have been eager to sweep away the vestiges of the last reign. This is all very well if your predecessor was a disaster (like Henry VII), but not if they were a shining example, like Elizabeth II.”
Why do you think we are still so fascinated by the monarchy?
“You can’t make it up when it comes to the monarchy. Over the years, there have been all sorts of stories in the press about how the monarchy is in crisis. But it’s been through worse before. It is the sheer drama that’s so riveting. There’s also the fact that, in a culture obsessed with celebrities, the royal family has star quality in abundance.”
“Throughout history, the monarchy has had to strike a balance between not being too remote and not being too accessible. Even in this world of mass media, there’s so much about royal life that we just don’t know – and probably never will.”
Tracy is Joint Chief Curator for Historic Royal Palaces and has presented ‘The Private Lives of the Monarchs’ on Yesterday, and Channel 5’s ‘Inside The Tower of London’, she also appeared on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ where she revealed that Danny Dyer was a direct descendant of Henry VIII’s close adviser, Thomas Cromwell.
“That was one of the most wonderful and surreal days I’ve ever had. I think he was prouder of being a descendant of him than of the royals. He really seemed to connect to Cromwell, especially when I told him that he was made Earl of Essex – he loved that!”
What is the question you are asked most frequently in Q & As?
“The question that I’m asked more than any other is, “Was Elizabeth I really the Virgin Queen?” People are fascinated by this. I was even once asked it when I had just given a talk about the Norman Conquest!”
Finally, how would you sum up what makes a good monarch?
“There is one key ingredient, and it stands true for each one of the fortytwo kings and queens since 1066. But if you want to know what it is, you’ll have to come to the show!”
Tracy Borman will be at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Monday 22 May. Visit www.theapex.co.uk or ring 01284 758000 for tickets or more information.
I’m going to be covering the key do’s and don’ts drawn from the past 1,000 years. It is light-hearted, but there’s some darker history in there, too.
FRI 5 MAY, 7.30PM
THE APEX, 1 CHARTER SQUARE,
BIG COUNTRY & SPEAR OF DESTINY
SAT 6 MAY, 7.45PM
MON 8 MAY, 7.30PM
Rousing acoustic blues.
THE TIGER LILLIES
THU 11 MAY, 8PM
FAT CAT COMEDY CLUB
SUN 14 MAY, 8PM
MON 15 MAY, 7.30PM
DR AMIR KHAN
TUE 23 MAY, 7.30PM
HELLO AGAINTHE NEIL DIAMOND SONGBOOK
THU 1 JUN, 7.30PM
Pre-war Berlin cabaret & inimitable music.
SHOW OF HANDS
FRI 12 MAY, 7.30PM
Go West vocalist.
WED 17 MAY 7.30PM
Last few tickets!
ANTON DU BEKE & FRIENDS
THU 18 MAY, 7.30PM
FRI 19 MAY, 7PM Early and Renaissance choral music ensemble.
PWL DANCE: GOOD VS EVIL
FRI 19 MAY, 12 NOON & 5PM Annual dance showcase.
MON 22 MAY, 7.30PM
TV’s family doctor.
FROM UKRAINE WITH LOVE
THU 25 MAY, 7.30PM
Popular opera arias & Ukrainian songs, raising funds for the Odesa Military Hospital.
FRI 26 MAY, 7.30PM
CLOUDBUSTING – THE MUSIC OF KATE BUSH
SAT 3 JUN, 7.30PM
STAGECOACH –SHREK JUNIOR
SUN 4 JUN, 11AM, 5PM & 7.30PM
KEITH BRYMER JONES
WED 7 JUN, 7.30PM
WALK RIGHT BACK
THU 8 JUN, 7.30PM Tribute to the Everley Brothers.
BASSEKOU KOUYATE & NGONI BA
FRI 9 JUN, 7.30PM
Solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing.
SAT 27 MAY, 7.30PM
SUFFOLK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
SUN 28 MAY, 4PM
Three works by Beethoven
West African traditional lute players and percussionists.
Songs from the English Radical tradition, with Michael Wood & Kirsty Merryn.
Entertaining & informative exploration of The British monarchy.
WED 31 MAY, 8PM
TUNDE - VOICE OF LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY
SAT 10 JUN, 7.30PM
Performing Lighthouse Family favourites.
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LADYBOYS OF BANGKOK
TUE 13 JUN, 7.30PM
BARBARA DIXON WITH NICK HOLLAND
TUE 27 JUN, 7.30PM
SAT 8 JUL, 7.30PM
Last few tickets!
CATRIN FINCH AND CIMARRON
FRI 14 JUL, 7.30PM
JUST PUSH PLAY
SAT 5 AUG, 12 NOON
Rock all-dayer in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.
NORTHERN SOUL LIVE
FRI 1 SEPT, 7.30PM
THE KRIS DREVER BAND
WED 14 JUN, 7.30PM
Lau singer-songwriter & his own band.
WHITNEY-QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
THU 15 JUNE, 7.30PM
FRI 16 JUN, 7.30PM
Folk roots, contemporary greats & classic hits.
THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN
THUR 29 JUN, 7.30PM
THE QUO EXPERIENCE
SAT 1 JUL, 7.30PM Status Quo tribute.
THE BFO PLAYS CLASSIC HITS!
SUN 2 JUL, 6PM Bury Friendly Orchestra & Thetford Singers.
World renowned harpist meets Venezuelan joropo dance musicians.
A COUNTRY NIGHT IN NASHVILLE
SAT 15 JUL, 7.30PM
Last few tickets!
SUFFOLK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
SUN 16 JUL, 4PM
Works by J.C.Bach, Mozart & Beethoven.
FRI 21 & SAT 22 JUL, 7.30PM
Last few tickets!
Electrifying ten-piece band
The Signatures, with special guests.
AN AUDIENCE WITH MANCHESTER
TUE 5 SEPT, 7.30PM
Banter & entertainment from Brian McClair and Andrew Cole.
WED 6 SEPT, 7.30PM
THU 7 SEPT, 7.30PM
Best known for pub anthem ‘Tequila’.
PASADENA ROOF ORCHESTRA
SUN18 JUN, 7.30PM
SAT 17 JUN, 7.30PM
Summer Concert with guest conductor, Lawrence Killian.
FRI 23 JUN, 7.30PM
George Michael Tribute
GORDIE MACKEEMAN AND HIS RHYTHM BOYS
MON 3 JUL, 7.30PM
THU 27 JUL, 7.30PM
Roots-style bluegrass, old-time country, folk & rockabilly.
TUE 4 JULY, 7PM Westley Middle School
An electrifying blend of Afro-fusion and traditional Tonga beats.
SOUND OF SPRINGSTEEN
SAT 29 JUL, 7.30PM
Tribute to The Boss.
CATS IN SPACE
FRI 15 SEPT, 7.30PM
1970s-style prog rock.
SAT 16 SEPT, 7.30PM
The Dark Side of the Moon at 50.
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A MUSICAL SUMMER SEASON
at St Cathedral!Edmundsbury
ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL WILL PLAY HOST TO SOME VERY SPECIAL MUSIC THIS SUMMER, STARTING WITH WELCOMING THE ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL.
THE 74TH ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL OF MUSIC and the Arts will wow audiences on 20th June with ‘A New Venetian Coronation (1595)’; a recreation of a 400-year-old Coronation Mass for the grand Basilica di San Marco in Venice where they explore the extraordinary musical riches of composers Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli.
On the 8th July, the combined choirs of St Edmundsbury Cathedral will bring you Gloria: A Summer Concert. A magnificent programme of music for a summer’s evening. Featuring Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Vivaldi’s Gloria, the Cathedral’s singers will be accompanied by the Churchgate Sinfonia. Hearing this kind of music in a venue as acoustically beautiful as the Cathedral is an
experience you won’t want to miss!
All are welcome at the Cathedral earlier in the day on the 8th July for a Summer Fair, featuring a market of local makers, special edition Tower Tours, a barbeque, family activities and lots more fun for all ages: the perfect way to spend the afternoon before the concert.
It’s not all music this summer though! Come along and join the fun at our popular, free family activities during the school holidays on: Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st May, then Wednesdays 2nd, 9th and 16th August.
For more information on what’s on this summer at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, visit stedscathedral.org/ whats-on
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WELCOME BACK TO FULLERS MILL THIS OPEN SEASON!
AMAIN PROJECT over the winter was the enlargement of the garden’s Beth Chatto inspired bed.
Bernard Tickner created this garden, with the assistance of Head Gardener Annie Dellbridge, as a nod to his friendship with well-known plantswoman, Beth.
In 2012 Bernard and Annie made the trip to Essex to visit Beth to discuss the creation of her own Dry Garden and the plants she included. Once the plans for the bed-enlargement at Fullers Mill were agreed, the work began.
The planting includes many different types of grasses as well as knifophias, sedums and eryngiums. Seeds of annual poppies and Galactites tomentosa ‘Alba’ will be sown in the spring and
allowed to self-seed.
Visitors can enjoy this beautiful vista during the opening times of Wednesdays 2-5pm and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm from April to October.
There’s always a selection of fabulous plants to buy, with a restocked shop boasting a new range of gifts, and of course there’s lovely tea and cake on offer to enjoy in the garden.
In 2013 the garden was generously gifted to Perennial, the charity for people in horticulture, for its long-term preservation. Head Gardener Annie Dellbridge and her team of gardeners and volunteers now maintain the garden for the enjoyment of visitors from April to October.
IT’S BEEN A LONG WINTER, BUT FULLERS MILL HAS WELL AND TRULY WOKEN UP AND IS LOOKING GOOD, READY FOR THE 2023 OPEN SEASON
A ROYAL ROUND-UP
THEATRE ROYAL PRODUCTION: THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ
TFri 18 Aug – Sat 2 Sept
After a rare and inexplicable cyclone hits Stowmarket, Dorothy and her dog Toto find themselves transported to the mysterious land of Oz. On their mission to return home, they meet a host of weird and wonderful creatures along the way…
Expect singing and dancing with original songs in Mike Akers’ new adaptation of the much-loved story by L. Frank Baum. Featuring a vibrant cast of professional and community actors playing all your favourite characters.
Family Ticket Offer: Get one Adult and one Under 21 ticket for £30.
In support of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, charity number 242977.
Wed 10 May
In aid of Barnardo’s, with brands including ANNA, Javelin, Trotter and Deane and more.
MUSIC FROM STAGE AND SCREEN
Sun 14 May
THE MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS
Fri 16 Jun
HIDDEN GARDENS OF BURY ST EDMUNDS
Sun 2 Jul
A contemporary thriller, based on the myth of Apollo and Daphne...
NOËL COWARD’S BRIEF ENCOUNTER
Tue 23 – Sat 27 May
A chance encounter, a passionate love affair. Is it worth risking everything for the sake of love?
Tue 9 May
A contemporary thriller, based on the myth of Apollo and Daphne, from an award-winning theatre company.
WATSON: THE FINAL PROBLEM
Tue 16 May
Drama: Watson tells his story of long buried secrets, betrayal and death but can he right all of the wrongs?
Thurs 18 May
A Thelma and Louise styled comedy; while taking on climate change Priya and Lou’s bond grows even stronger.
TEECHERS LEAVERS ‘22
Tue 2 – Sat 6 May
By John Godber; hilarious and highenergy, see a 2022 high school through the eyes of three year 11 students.
Thurs 22 Jun
A murder mystery spoof with Gilbert & Sullivan favourites including songs from Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and H.M.S. Pinafore.
THEATRE ROYAL COMEDY CLUB
Wed 17 May & Wed 13 Sept
LUCY PORTER: WAKE UP CALL
Fri 12 May
TURNING THE AIR GREEN
Sun 18 Jun
THE SINGING MERMAID
Fri 2 – Sat 3 Jun
Based on the book by Julia Donaldson with songs, rhymes and beautiful puppetry. 3+
THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE
Fri 9 – Sun 11 Jun
Inspired by Julia Donaldson’s story, a heart-warming adventure with singing and music. 4+
THE CHAMPAGNE QUARTET
Wed 24 May
Lunchtime concert: classics, jazz, popular arrangements, string quartet. Refreshments included.
THE CARPENTERS: VOICE OF THE HEART
Thurs 8 June
The Carpenters classics and great stage show from Carole Gordon and the Blue Jeans Band.
THE TAKE THAT EXPERIENCE
Sat 24 Jun
Relight your fire with acclaimed vocal performances, stunning replica costumes, and iconic dance routines.
Tue 27 Jun – Sat 1 Jul
Mike Leigh’s ruthless, achingly funny examination of 1970s British life sees Beverly preparing for the impending arrival of her guests with nibbles and cocktails in full-force.
I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE
Sat 13 May
Packed with sing-along-songs, Molly and Bingo the dog celebrate Molly’s sixth birthday. 2+
Thurs 11 May
A mixed programme of classic ballet created by internationally acclaimed choreographers.
THE HAZELWOOD DANCE SHOW
Sun 4 Jun
A showcase from the Hazelwood Dance studios filled with colour and variety. In aid of the Hazelwood Scholarship Fund.
LOCAL AMATEUR COMPANIES
GHOST THE MUSICAL
Wed 2 – Sat 5 Aug
The hit musical performed by Suffolk Young People’s Theatre, based on the film of the same name.
MAGIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
Sat 20 May
Awe-inspiring and high-energy magic from Britain’s Got Talent finalist.
Summer season sponsored by Ellisons Solicitors. Theatre Royal sponsored by Jaynic.
THEATRE IN THE PARKS
PICNIC HAMPERS AND FOLD-UP CHAIRS AT THE READY AS THIS YEAR’S OUTDOOR THEATRE RETURNS!
This interactive and immersive theatre experience will excite and delight its young audience.
THE PROGRAMME is varied and packed full with performances in the beautiful Abbey Gardens and West Stow AngloSaxon Village this summer.
LOKI: LORD OF MISCHIEF
that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad… Join Mole, Ratty and Badger on their madcap adventures in Quantum Theatre’s brand-new adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame classic – a treat for all the family!
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
Wed 9 Aug, 6pm
Tue 22 Aug, 6pm
MacHamLear is a farcical piece of new writing from awardwinning playwright Michael Davies that shamelessly exploits the genius of England’s most celebrated writer.
SENSE & SENSIBILITY
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
Thu 10 Aug, 6pm
If you’re eager to partake in the ups and downs of Regency romance, don your finery and join us for our open-air adaptation of Sense and Sensibility; settle in for this literary classic with a twist.
You are cordially invited to the Matchmaker's Ball
LOKI: LORD OF MISCHIEF
Fri 25 Aug, 11am
This interactive and immersive theatre experience will excite and delight its young audience. Wild Geese Theatre Co. is an award-winning children’s theatre company whose mission is to bring inspirational work to young people.
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Abbey Gardens Fri 25 Aug, 2pm
Wild Geese Theatre Co. bring another interactive theatre experience to young people giving children the chance to become part of the story and feel a part of the arts.
Jane Austen s novel, adapted & directed by Lowell Walker
For ages 9+ A unique outdoor theatre experience www heartbreakproductions co uk
For further information, go to Theatre in the Parks (whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk).
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250 PIECES OF art ACROSS THREE GALLERIES!
WITH OVER 250 PIECES of contemporary art displayed across three exhibitions in three galleries across West Suffolk, Urban Frame: Mutiny in Colour will be one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions taking place anywhere in the UK this year.
The exhibition is spread across three locations (Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds, the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket and Haverhill Arts Centre) during the summer of 2023.
All three exhibitions will host works from some of the world’s most renowned artists including Banksy, Blek le Rat, Grayson Perry, Pure Evil, My Dog Sighs, Kaws, the Connor Brothers, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sherlock, Swoon, Ben Eine, Bambi, Hush and Lamont White to name a few.
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PURE EVIL BANKSY –SANDCASTLE GIRL
A number of the works in the exhibition have never been exhibited before, including Sandcastle Girl, which was painted on a wall in Lowestoft during Banksy’s Spraycation to East Anglia in 2021. Sandcastle Girl will be exhibited at Moyse’s Hall Museum.
The exhibition tickets for all three locations are now on sale, with entry prices set with the cost-of-living crisis in mind. Tickets have therefore been priced at just £7 per location for adults and £4 for children. School parties can attend for as little as £3 per child.
The exhibitions at Moyse’s Hall and the National Horse Racing Museum will run from 15th July to 16th September 2023. The Haverhill Arts Centre exhibition will run from 15th July to 12th September.
Booking: Tickets can be purchased online at www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk/mutiny
WIN A FRAMED BANKSY PRINT
Visit all three exhibition locations and you will be entered into a competition to win a stunning, limited edition framed Banksy print, worth £800. When you visit the first of the three exhibitions you will be given a free stamp card. Collect your stamp from all three exhibitions, drop your card into the entry box at your third location and this amazing piece of art could be yours!
BANKSY –HULA HOOP GIRL
The exhibition tickets for all three locations are now on sale, with entry prices set with the cost-of-living crisis in mind.
NO BOMB HUGGER
TINY ART AROUND TOWN
ENJOY GETTING CREATIVE ON THE STREETS OF WEST SUFFOLK THIS SUMMER.
TINY ART AROUND TOWN is a community project in support of The Urban Frame: Mutiny in Colour exhibition.
TINY ART GALLERY TOUR
Explore possibly the smallest art galleries ever!
DRAWING & DJ DAYS
Enjoy summer holiday Drawing & DJ Days around our West Suffolk towns.
TINY ART ON THE BIG BOARD
Produce your own tiny art and pin it to the big boards available at various local venues.
See over page for further information
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All three exhibitions will host works from some of the world’s most renowned artists including Banksy, Blek le Rat, Grayson Perry, Pure Evil...
Tiny Art Galleries in public buildings around the towns. Perhaps the smallest art galleries ever, each mini exhibition curated by a local creative group.
Drawing, DJs and some surprise around town, 10am - 4pm.
8 July - Charter Square, BSE
15 July - NHRM, Newmarket
22 July - St Mary’s Church, Haverhill
Pin your own business card sized artwork on the big boards from 2 June. The boards will be bright pink and easy to spot in The Apex, BSE and the NHRM, Newmarket
An exhibition of modern art from 3 June1 October at Moyse’s Hall Museum, the National Horse Racing Museum and Haverhill Arts Centre.
LOOK OUT for Summer holiday ‘Drawing & DJ’ days around your towns. Dates and locations coming soon...
DID YOU KNOW … RICKSHAW RIDES ARE FREE
AS WE GO TO PRINT, the final plans are coming together for the King’s Coronation to be streamed live in the Abbey Gardens and our volunteers are preparing to provide a rickshaw service to those in the local community with limited mobility who would like to attend.
This is just one of the ways which demonstrates how our unique Rickshaw Rides, which are free of charge, can bring the people of Bury St Edmunds together.
So, if you want to celebrate a special occasion, these free rides can help you share the joy of being outside with someone you know who doesn’t always have the same access to our historical town.
There are 4 fabulous Rickshaws available which include a Wheelchair Friendly Rickshaw. The rickshaws are
SEEING IS BELIEVING
WHAT HAVE DANIEL DEFOE, Charles Dickens and Celia Fiennes (a roving reporter who, in the late 1600s, toured the Country on horseback) in common? They all visited Bury St Edmunds and testified to its beauty. Bury Tours Guides differ because they actually show you the delights of the town and reveal the hidden secrets that may have passed you by. Don’t just take my word for this
– last year we took over 1700 people on our tours, these came from 22 different countries, and their feedback showed how much they valued the tours for entertainment and education. In 2022, because of Abbey 1000, we placed greater emphasis on the Abbey and although this still is very much part of our daily tours, we will be spending more time exploring the town.
So, come and see for yourself what we have on offer as we look above
for anyone over the age of 16 who just want to experience the sun on their skin, the breeze in their hair or someone to chat to - something that many of us take for granted.
Our volunteers are not just keen cyclists but great organisers who keep the rickshaw services running 6 days a week.
“I truly believe our volunteers get as much joy from providing this service as the passengers do themselves” – Sam Reid, Rickshaw Volunteer.
So … if you’re not getting out give the rickshaw a shout.
Call on 01284 339449 to book
head-height, down at ground-level and peripherally to make you say, “Well, I never noticed or knew that!”
Information about daily and group tours is at www. burystedmundstourguides.org.
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I truly believe our volunteers get as much joy from providing this service as the passengers do themselves.
JOHN SAUNDERS, MARKETING OFFICER FOR BURY TOWN GUIDES WRITES:
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NEWMARKET’S RACING SEASON has gone under starter’s orders, with 39 race days, including the QIPCO Guineas Festival in May, followed by the July Festival Weekend where the fashion stakes are high. Plus, there are seven music nights during the season with exciting performances from McFly, Craig David, and Olly Murs live on stage following thrilling evenings of racing.
Tracey Harding, Manager at Discover Newmarket, the official tourism and tours service, talks us through some of the guided experiences that are guaranteed to make your visit to the
races a truly memorable one.
For avid racing fans, why not book our behind the scenes, VIP tour which offers the opportunity to access areas not usually open to the public. If you are new to the sport, and perhaps feeling a little daunted, our expert guides can talk you through the basics, such as how to read a card, how to place a bet and how to pick a winner (well in theory anyway!).
For an extra special experience, try our Race Day Tour. This includes a visit to the famous Gallops, where you will see some of Newmarket’s 3,000 equine residents go about their daily exercise, followed by a guided
CHAMPIONS LAWN RACECOURSE
YOU JUST CAN’T BEAT A DAY AT THE RACES!
tour of the National Stud to see the newborn foals. Then it is time for brunch and a glass of bubbly at the Stud’s Wavertree Coffee House before moving to the racecourse for a behind the scenes tour.
Alternatively, a quieter yet thrilling experience at the races is on offer in the exclusive Champions Lawn at the July Racecourse. Here you can take a backstage tour of the racecourse before enjoying the comforts and privileges of private trackside facilities, which includes a race card, cash bar and toilets with stylish surroundings, and superb views of the racing. Plus, you’ll have full access to the Premier Enclosure.
NEW FOR 2023
If you have ever wondered what it takes to become a jockey, take our new and exclusive peek inside the British Racing School, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Discover what it takes to join the ranks of the professional jockeys with a guided tour of the racecourse and afternoon of racing.
All Discover Newmarket’s tours are bookable online at www. discovernewmarket.co.uk or by calling 01638 501122.
CHAMPIONS LAWN ENTRY
QIPCO GUINEAS FESTIVAL
STUDENTS IN THE STALLS
For avid racing fans, why not book our behind the scenes, VIP tour which offers the opportunity to access areas not usually open to the public.
AT THE APEX GALLERY Art
THE APEX GALLERY holds a range of exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery features works by emerging and established artists, as well as engaging with West Suffolk’s various community art groups, offering them an opportunity to display their work in a professional environment.
Read on for information on our upcoming exhibitions.
Gallery opening times: Mon-Sat 10.00am-4.30pm Sun 10.30am-4pm
AN EXHIBITION OF PASTEL/ACRYLIC/ OIL mixed media paintings of Greece, Norfolk & Suffolk Landscapes, by Andrew Harrington
Summer Shadows explores the beautiful colours and textures of the Ionian Islands, sitting alongside the beautiful Norfolk and Suffolk countryside and coastlines.
Andrew paints to capture the unique light and textures of these beautiful places. From miniatures to large
paintings, affordable art displayed in the wonderful setting of The Apex.
Andrew also teaches art & drawing from total beginner to experienced artists! This takes place at Denny Bros BSE, check their website for details. Individual lessons can also be arranged.
From Tue 15 Aug-Sun 17 Sep 2023
Contact Andrew on 07522 346462
EAST ANGLIA… POST IMPRESSIONS
BRYAN TRUEMAN is a graduate painter/printmaker who has practiced and exhibited in the following countries: USA, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Malaysia, Japan, Tasmania and Bangladesh. He was born in the UK and five years ago moved from the Lake District to Suffolk.
The coastal regions and interior landscape of both Suffolk and Norfolk have been the main source of his inspiration and are a dominant
element in his work as a printmaker. The works exhibited reflect his fascination with big skies and undulating features of the landscape particularly in regards to the potential for developing aspects of markmaking which is present in his “mind’s eye” interpretation of East Anglia.
A fundamental element of his printmaking involves creating layers which coalesce into a personal portrayal of his subject matter.
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The coastal regions and interior landscape of both Suffolk and Norfolk have been the main source of his inspiration
SO MUCH MORE THAN A MUSEUM!
THE NATIONAL HORSE RACING MUSEUM occupies a 5-acre site in the heart of Newmarket. Using the latest interactive and audio-visual displays you’ll find out about the history of the Sport of Kings and meet friendly retired racehorses, discover what it feels like to ride a racehorse with our equine simulator, watch the sparks fly as a farrier works in the forge and enjoy some of the country’s best examples of sporting art.
‘Little Horseshoes’ Pre-School Creative Play Sessions
Last Friday of the month in term time
Join us for creative play sessions designed for pre-school children aged between 18 months – 4 years old. Have fun exploring the galleries together, discovering objects, and listening to stories.
– Royally good fun!
Saturday, 6th – Monday, 8th May
Calling all families! Take our family friendly trail around the Museum and explore the history of the former Royal Palace of King Charles II.
The Big Help Out –celebrating the coronation and volunteering at NHRM
Monday, 8th May
This is your chance to find out about the important roles that volunteers play in supporting our Museum. Join us for refreshments and a chat, including a tour of the site!
FAMILY FRIENDLY HALF TERM ACTIVITIES
Families are invited to join us for creative workshops celebrating 40 years of our Museum! Suitable for all ages and free with museum admission on Tuesday, 30th May and Thursday, 1st June.
Creative Summer Holiday
Families are invited to join us for free in a summer of creativity every Wednesday and Friday throughout the holidays from 26 July to 30 August inspired by the exhibition ‘The Urban Frame: Mutiny in Colour’. Plus nutritious picnic lunches will be available from The Bakery in King’s Yard booked in advance through the Holiday Activity Fund Programme.
RoR Racing to Horseball Cup
Saturday, 2nd September
The British Horseball Association have teamed up with the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) charity, to create the RoR Racing to Horseball Cup! Horseball is a brilliant sport for retired racehorses because of their natural speed, agility and experience of ‘running with the crowd’. We’re excited to host the first ever event of this new competition at NHRM!
Redisplay for Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art at Palace House
The British Sporting Art Trust has recently opened four new galleries in Palace House, including two new galleries focusing on Sir Alfred Munnings and his links to Newmarket.
QIPCO British Champion Series Hall of Fame
6th May 2023 - April 2024
Launched in 2021, the QIPCO British Champion Series Hall of Fame immortalises the equine and human champions of British Flat Racing. 2023’s intake will be revealed in the Thompson Gallery.
The Urban Frame: Mutiny in Colour
3rd June – 1st October
One of the UK’s largest contemporary art exhibitions of 2023, ‘The Urban Frame: Mutiny in Colour’ will run simultaneously across three locations – NHRM in Newmarket, Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill Arts Centre. Check out pages 23 to 26 for all the exciting details! www.nhrm.co.uk
VISITORS MEET KINGSGATE NATIVE
Using the latest interactive and audio-visual displays you’ll find out about the history of the Sport of Kings and meet friendly retired racehorses...
DRAGON FEST ‘23
DRAGON FEST returns to take over West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park on the 24th and 25th June for what will be another flaming good day out!
This year, the annual Dragon Festival will see the Anglo-Saxon Village invaded by some new and some more-familiar dragons! The celebration of all things dragon will include an array of performances and activities and you can even meet and pet the Dragons as they roam the village.
Come rain or shine, the Dragon Fest team have you covered with indoor attractions and special performance zones. There will be a variety of food available to purchase, or you can bring a picnic.
Adult £12, Child £10, U5s free Family Ticket £40/£45
For more info or to book, visit www.weststow.org
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www.ourburystedmunds.com Free Entry 2023 Town Centre Events Festival Sunday 27th & Monday 28th August 10.00am - 5.00pm Sunday 28th & Monday 29th May 10.00am - 4.00pm Sunday 16th July 10.00am - 4.00pm EAST
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GET OUT AND ABOUT THIS SPRING AND SUMMER AND EXPLORE SOME OF THE MANY ATTRACTIONS ON YOUR OWN DOORSTEP! SEE BURY ST EDMUNDS THROUGH A VISITOR’S EYES!
With 1,000 years of history and heritage to explore in Bury St Edmunds town centre it is a history-lovers paradise and a fantastic backdrop for photographs
Did you Know?
St Mary’s Church is the final resting place of French Queen Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII.
Indulge your appetite with awardwinning fine dining to quality Suffolk home-cooked pub grub, there are a huge number of places to eat and drink each with their own unique atmosphere in Suffolk’s foodie town.
Did You Know?
Bury St Edmunds is home to the county’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, Pea Porridge.
The town has an unrivalled brewing history dating back 1,000 years. Greene King has been brewing beer in Bury
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St Edmunds for more than 200 years - don’t miss their brewery tours and tasting and the Bury Ale Trail!
Did You Know?
The Nutshell pub, which proudly holds the title of smallest pub in Britain as confirmed in the Guinness Book of Records, first started serving beer in 1867.
While away a day exploring the 200 stores that line the picturesque medieval streets, and elegant Georgian squares. All this plus the modern open street-scape arc shopping centre.
Did You Know?
Gosnold Street in the arc shopping centre pays tribute to the intrepid
Bury St Edmunds lawyer and explorer Bartholomew Gosnold who founded the first permanent English settlement in America - Jamestown.
5. OUTDOOR SPACES
With its wide, open spaces, parks and gardens, walks, and cycles routes, there’s no better place to visit for the great outdoors than Bury St Edmunds and Beyond.
Did You Know?
The rose garden in the Abbey Gardens is named after John Appleby, an American Serviceman stationed at Rougham during WWII. He donated his royalties from his book Suffolk Summer to fund the gardens as a lasting memorial to the brave young men who lost their lives so far from their homeland.
6. ART AND CULTURE
The historic Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds - the UK’s only remaining Regency playhouse, the award-winning The Apex - known for its amazing acoustics, and the independently owned 1920s Abbeygate Cinema, are just a few of the amazing venues.
Did You Know?
Bury St Edmunds is also home to an important collection of fine art by Mary Beale, Sybil Andrews and Rose Mead at Moyse’s Hall Museum.
7. WALKABLE TOWN CENTRE
We have Abbot Baldwin to thank for the very walkable town centre in Bury St Edmunds – it’s a few minutes’ walk from attraction to attraction. Why not enjoy a 90-minute walking tour with the Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides?
Did You Know?
The ancient medieval grid still evident today – it is possibly the earliest purposely laid-out Norman town in the country.
8. DOG FRIENDLY
Your 4-legged friend needn’t miss out in Bury St Edmunds!
With high number of dog-friendly cafes and restaurants, attractions and days out that your pooch will love, the historic town is the ideal place to spend with your dog!
Did You Know?
Wherever the #dogfriendlybse paw print logo sticker is displayed in windows, businesses will welcome dogs.
9. THE FLOWERS
Bury in Bloom’s volunteers work hard to keep Bury St Edmunds looking blooming lovely all year round along with the unique roundabout sculptures in the town.
Did You Know?
450 hanging baskets and 50 planters are on display in Bury St Edmunds town centre every year.
10. THE TRAILS
Bury St Edmunds has become known for its trails over the years. There are many self-guided trails on the Bury St Edmunds LoyalFree App which is free to download.
Did You Know?
Bury St Edmunds has a free Blue Plaques Trail, linking the people of the past with the buildings of the presenta wonderful way to see the town.
More information can be found at www.burystedmundsandbeyond.co.uk
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SEA PICTURES GALLERY in the West Suffolk town of Clare, 18 miles from Bury St Edmunds, is hosting two significant exhibitions this summer which will bring many visitors to the area. The first exhibition opens to the public on Saturday 13th May and is the first ever Royal Society of Marine Artists East Coast Exhibition. It will be
FANTASTIC EXHIBITIONS COMING TO WEST SUFFOLK
opened by the President of the RSMA, John Scott Martin, at 2pm on Saturday 13th May and will run until Saturday 17th June. Entry is free and full details will be available on the gallery’s website www.seapicturesgallery.com
As the President says, “What better gallery to host this exhibition of work by some of Britain’s finest marine artists. It is a great opportunity to view and buy exciting marine art without a trek into London.” Associate Member, Roger Dellar, will be in the gallery on Friday 16th June demonstrating oils. The demonstrations are free to attend and others are being arranged as we go to print! Some 30 UK-based members of the Society are taking part in this exhibition which will include paintings and prints in addition to some amazing sculptures.
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ROYAL SOCIETY OF MARINE ARTISTS EAST COAST EXHIBITION: 1. FOLLOWING PAST FELIXSTOWE, JOHN SCOTT MARTIN; 2. BECALMED ON THE ORWELL, RICHARD DACK; 7. WOODBRIDGE, DAVID HOWELL; 8. THE BOAT TRIP PARTY, PETER BARKER
THE SECOND SIGNIFICANT exhibition is the 85th Annual Touring Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers which will be opened by the current Chair of the Society, Louise Haywood, on Saturday 1st July and runs until 5th August. This is a national touring exhibition and it will be the fifth year the Society has come to Sea Pictures Gallery in Clare. Entry is free and full details will be available on the gallery’s website www.seapicturesgallery.com
There are 121 pieces in this year’s exhibition which features all forms of relief printmaking. In addition to wood engravings there are wood cuts, linocuts, vinyl, resingrave and plastic prints.
The collection is drawn each year from open submission from artists around the world which makes this particular exhibition so important. There are works from Japan, Russia, America and Canada as well as mainland Europe and the UK. The
range of techniques and subject matter is hugely varied and some works are truly astounding. The detail in each piece and the time it took to create really do stop you in your tracks particularly when you look at the tools they use, some of which will also be on display.
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TOURING EXHIBITION OF THE SOCIETY OF WOOD ENGRAVERS: 5. A DEN FOR MARK, JANE RANDFIELD; 6. OUT TO SEA, NICHOLAS WILSON; 7. PARSONS PLEASURE TICKET, DUNCAN MONTGOMERY; 8. YELLOW WALLPAPER, CHRIS DAUNT