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ILLUMINABBEY MOMENTS EXHIBITION AT MOYSE’S HALL A spectacle of light, music and live entertainment as the Abbey Gardens are illuminated this winter.
A unique Exhibition of Modern Art
ALSO INSIDE: OPEN AIR FILM FESTIVAL ALSO SUMMER EVENTS AREINSIDE: BACK
Good films and good food inside the Abbey Gardens
Return of Outdoor Theatre and the Food & Drink Festival
RINGQUEST DISCOVER NEWMARKET WET WET WET Lord of the Rings returns to West Stow
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s the seasons change once again, we reflect on a summer where the world began to open up, and the weather let us down – but the Moments Exhibition of Modern Art at Moyse’s Hall Museum did not! At time of writing, the Moments exhibition had seen 20,000 visitors. How lucky we are that the Moyse’s team curated an exhibition of this calibre, providing not only a rich cultural experience for Bury St Edmunds residents and West Suffolk locals alike, but also a draw for visitors from further afield, helping to set us on a path of economic recovery after the lockdowns. As we enjoy autumn and look forward to Christmas here in West Suffolk, here’s yet another packed issue of WOWS magazine to help you make the most of the coming months… Celebrate Christmas in Bury St Edmunds and experience the Abbey Gardens as they’ve never been seen before with IlluminAbbey (page 6), an extravaganza of lighting illuminating the magnificent Abbey Gardens and ruins, plus music and live entertainment. We’re also celebrating 10 years of The Apex with a photographic exhibition at the Apex Gallery. A Year in the Life of The Apex (page 27), beautifully captures every aspect of this much-loved venue – from behind the scenes to on stage – and its place in our community. So Happy Halloween, Merry Christmas, have a wonderful Winterval, and a Happy New Year! Councillor Jo Rayner Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Community Hubs.
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AUTUMN HALF TERM FUN ILLUMINABBEY RINGQUEST - WEST STOW HALLOWEEN WITH BURY TOUR GUIDES BALLET AT THE APEX WET WET WET DISCOVERING NEWMARKET MOYSE’S HALL MUSEUM WEST SUFFOLK PARKS AUTUMN AT ICKWORTH APEX GALLERY HAVERHILL ARTS CENTRE THE ATHENAEUM THEATRE ROYAL OUR BURY ST EDMUNDS GUILDHALL CHRISTMAS IN WEST SUFFOLK ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL NATIONAL HORSE RACING MUSEUM ORIGINAL COTTAGES - VISIT SUFFOLK
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AUTUMN HALF TERM FUN
The autumn Half Term is nearly upon us… check out some of our Half Term highlights…
West Stow Sat 23 Oct – Sun 31 Oct The popular Lord of the Rings themed family challenge is back and bigger than ever! Wander the country park, and find the rings and runes to save Middle Earth!
GHOSTLY & MACABRE WALKS Around Bury St Edmunds Fri 29 & Sat 30 Oct
Explore bizarre and macabre corners of the town and the Great Churchyard, hear tales of ghostly apparitions, spectres and monks, and be chilled to the core!
LONDON BALLET COMPANY The Apex Sun 31 Oct
A double bill: the premiere performance of their new show, A Little Princess, based on the children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and their much-loved production, Poppy; set in 1914.
‘PARK IN THE DARK’ PRIZE TRAIL Brandon Country Park Sat 23 Oct – Sun 31 Oct
Pick up a £1 puzzle sheet from the Café, and follow the family friendly themed trail… find the special word to collect your prize.
HALLOWEEN MAZE TRAIL Nowton Park Sat 23 – Sun 31 Oct
Are you brave enough to follow the FREE spooktastic trail around the Nowton Park Maze and answer our spine-chilling questions?
PUMPKIN CARVING Nowton Park Mon 25 Oct
Pumpkin carving fun for kids aged 5+: pick your pumpkin, hollow out the middle, and choose a template or create your own design to make the perfect jack-o’-lantern.
DEN BUILDING Nowton Park Weds 27 Oct
Kids aged 5+ will love these wild activities in Nowton Park woods… They’ll build secret dens, learn fire lighting techniques and cook marshmallows over an open fire!
KALEIDOSCOPE Theatre Royal Bury St Eds Sun 24 & Mon 25 Oct
New theatre for babies aged 6-18 months, inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour.
PUMPKIN FEST Brandon Country Park Weds 27 Oct
A halloween themed family day out with spooky storytelling, circus and hooping workshops, a puppet show, pumpkin carving, a ghostly trail, stalls, competitions with spooktacular prizes and more.
PUMPKIN CARVING East Town Park Fri 29 Oct
Come & design your very own Halloween pumpkin; a scary face or a creeping black cat! All tools and materials supplied.
FAMILY FRIENDLY FRIGHT NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM! National Horse Racing Museum Thurs 28 & Fri 29 Oct
A spooktacular program of Halloween events… Take a tour by torchlight, watch history come alive, and meet the ghosts of Charles II and his housekeeper!
THE GINGERBREAD MAN Theatre Royal Bury St Eds Fri 29 – Sun 31 Oct
Imagine being born in an oven, and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea! Enjoy of the Gingerbread Man’s journey of a lifetime! For more information on what’s on in West Suffolk this autumn half term, or to book tickets, visit www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk/ whats-on/” Page 5
A SPECTACLE OF LIGHT, MUSIC AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL AGES. E
xperience the Abbey Gardens as they’ve never been seen before!
Starting at the Eastgate Nursery entrance, the 1km route within Abbey Gardens will be illuminated to celebrate the architectural magnificence, history and beauty of the gardens and ruins. Along the way, there will be plenty to spot, see and do, including breathtaking street theatre performances from Corvus Angelicus, Juggling Inferno and Spark!, the amazing high impact drumming troupe with kaleidoscopic lighting. Allow 45 – 60 mins to experience the full spectacular.
THURSDAY 2 – SATURDAY 4 DECEMBER 2021
Adults: £6 Children (age 4 – 16 years): £4 Children 3 years and under go FREE. Please allow 45 – 60 minutes to enjoy the full spectacular.
Start times every 15 minutes from 4.30 – 8.30pm
Telephone: 01284 758000 Online: www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk/illuminabbey In person: Book in person at The Apex box office, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD
RING QUEST RETURNS TO WEST STOW! T
his Half Term, Ring Quest – the popular Lord of the Rings themed family challenge – is back at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village & Country Park!
Running from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 October, it’s bigger than ever, celebrating 20 years since ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ hit the big screen! Wander the West Stow Country Park, and find the rings and runes to save Middle Earth in this year’s Ring Quest! You can also visit the Hobbit Hole, meet Halbarad the Ranger of the North, and explore a small but fascinating exhibition on Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings and its links to West Stow! Are you brave enough to face the huge spiders of Mirkwood, and the dragon guarding its treasure? Can you find the courage you’ll need to complete the Ring Quest and save Middle Earth? This family challenge is the perfect family adventure for October Half Term! Your little ones are sure to love exploring the Ring Quest trail, searching out the rings, the runes, and the dragon… or even trying their hand at archery like Legolas and Faramir! Standard admission charges apply, plus £2 for a Ring Quest pack!
HAVE YOU VISITED YET? One of England’s great archaeological sites, West Stow is the site of an early Anglo-Saxon village, occupied from AD 420-650, over 400 years before the Norman Conquest! On a visit to West Stow, you can explore our stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village with 9 reconstructed houses, discover more about Anglo-Saxons in our museum, or even dress up as an Anglo-Saxon or say hello to the rare breed pigs and chickens! The village is surrounded by the West Stow Country Park: 125 acres of unspoilt countryside with heath and woodland walking trails, a lake, the River Lark, and even a sculpture trail with our famous Heath Dragon and 5 more carved sculptures! There is also a café, a picnic area, toilets, a fantastic adventure playground for kids of all ages, and plenty of parking (parking just £3 for the whole day!)
MORE EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS AT WEST STOW…
BEOWULF & GRENDEL ADVENTURE TRAIL Every day!
Enjoy a family adventure with this interpretive trail inspired by the ancient saga. Find the 6 large themed carved sculptures, and enjoy the interactive trail packs with a rune quiz, map, and activities for all the family.
A VERY GREEN CHRISTMAS Sat 27 & Sun 28 November
Enjoy family activities, Christmas shopping in the gift shop, and the fabulous Rattlebox Theatre’s storytelling and puppets!
Sat 19 – Sun 27 February 2022 Ring Quest returns to celebrate its 20th year!
A CELEBRATION OF WEST STOW Sat 26 & Sun 27 March 2022
For more information about West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village & Country Park, including all events, visit www.weststow.org/whats-on
A free weekend to celebrate 1,600 years since the Anglo-Saxons settled here… discover the museum finds and explore the reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Village.
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HALLOWEEN FUN & FEAR WITH BURY TOUR GUIDES
udging by the feedback of those who have undertaken guided tours of Bury in 2021, our tours have given welcome entertainment and outdoor activity during challenging times.
Friends huddle together, not so much to repel the cold but to minimise the chill as they hear of the town’s foul and bloodcurdling deeds, witchcraft and the haunting legends that survive. Be not afraid of the surprises and shocks that accompany the stories, although the minimum age of 14 indicates that these are not for the faint-hearted! The fun is high-octane, and the nights provide real entertainment and value. They are frequently booked by groups of friends who decide afterwards to adjourn to a local hostelry to complete their night out.
Numbers on tours exceeded those of 2018 and 2019, and the ‘staycation’ effect meant that people came from far and wide. Local folk were also attracted, many of them returning to experience the Abbey-specific tours or enjoying ‘armchair’ tours.
Our fascinating and entertaining tours are a perfect solution as to what gift to buy for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas or other special occasions! They are also ideal for groups as a social outing or for employers for team-building purposes.
Safety was paramount with the guides attaining the We’re Good To Go kitemark and Safe Travels stamp. Adherence to Government guidance necessitated online booking, smaller group sizes and other adjustments, which proved both successful and reassuring.
For more information, or to book a tour, visit www. burystedmundstourguides.org
A variety of tours are available over the Autumn and Winter months, including our popular Ghostly & Macabre evenings. These attract people from far beyond Bury as the guides who may appear as a monk, grey lady, grave robber or in funeral garb wander the darkened streets… Page 10
BALLET IN BURY ST EDMUNDS... L
ondon Ballet Company make their first visit to The Apex on 31 October, with a double bill which includes the premiere performance of their new show, A Little Princess. Based on the children’s novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the dancers of the London Ballet Company hope to inspire with this tale of resilience and courage in adversity when circumstances can unexpectedly change. Given the proximity of Armistice Day, the company will also perform their much-loved production, Poppy. Seen through the innocent eyes of the child Poppy, we follow a family struggling to come to terms with the cataclysmic turn of events of 1914, as they seek to do their duty and rally to their nation’s cause. The turmoil of family life forever changed, innocence lost, Poppy remains, like the flower for whom she was named, a symbol of hope and of remembrance.
DANCE WORKSHOP AT THE APEX ON SUNDAY 10 OCTOBER: Aimed at young and aspiring dancers (aged 6-18) that perhaps dance as a hobby at least once per week in ballet, contemporary or jazz, this is an exciting opportunity to join in a workshop led by Sophie Wright, the director of London Ballet Company. Students will join in a warm-up and then learn choreography from A Little Princess. For more information, or to book, visit www.theapex.co.uk or telephone 01284 758000. Page 11
A WORD WITH WET WET WET. L
ove really will be all around, when Wet Wet Wet head back out on the road for their autumn tour. They’ll be spending one night of ‘The Journey’ in Bury St Edmunds, with a gig at The Apex on 4 November.
Having spent quite a fair amount of time in their homes this year, the band entertained fans via their ‘Wet Wet Wet from Home’ sessions, rearranging original classics in videos viewed by tens of thousands. Now itching to see their fans in person, the tour will be their second full run with singer Kevin Simm who was seamlessly welcomed into the fold in 2018. Previously a member of BRIT Award winning band Liberty X, Kevin won the 2016 series of The Voice UK. When asked about the excitement of a new tour, bassist and singer, Graeme Clark said, “Nothing comes near to playing a live gig, from travelling to the venue for the soundcheck, to getting psyched before you go on, the roar when the lights go down, doing your gig with your musical brothers, to the bow at the end of the show. When you get it right, it completely re-energises you. Going out on a tour is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in life.” Drummer Tommy Cunningham added “For live musicians, COVID-19 has all but kidnapped and darkened our stages for the past year. You never realise how much you miss something until it’s not there.” 2021 also sees the band release their first album with Kevin at the helm, entitled ‘The Journey’. Keyboard player Neil Mitchell explained “Releasing a new Wets studio album in 2021 is all the more unusual because of these weird times that we’re living in. Having Kevin as our singer now gives the band and the new album a different dynamic and an excitement that has reinvigorated us.” Kevin Simm agreed, “I have loved being part of the band, performing with the lads and singing an incredible catalogue of Page 12
songs. We have really gelled on stage and as friends off it, so it was the next natural step to write and release some new music.” Of the first single from ‘The Journey’, the soulful up-tempo ‘Back To Memphis’, Graeme says, “After a gig one night, Kevin was coming off stage, and he was singing “Georgia On My Mind” at the top of his lungs because he was excited, and it really touched me. So when we started writing songs over Zoom, I said to him maybe we should try and do something like that. We had the chords for the song, but I thought perhaps because we’re stuck here in the UK, wouldn’t it be great to go somewhere else in a song? The band went to Memphis when we were starting off, so the song sort of makes Wet Wet Wet come full circle; it’s like a declaration of intent to open the album.” Neil Mitchell says the song has taken him back to the very start of the band’s career “I’ve kind of been taken back to Memphis when we recorded there with Willie Mitchell, all the memories of that time and how what we learned has held us in good stead throughout our career.” Wet Wet Wet are undeniably a musical phenomenon, having made an incredible impact with their music over the last four decades, becoming one of the most successful bands in British pop history. Selling in excess of 15 million singles and albums to date, Wet Wet Wet have featured in the UK official singles and album charts for over an immense 500 weeks. With number 1 hits including ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ and ‘Goodnight Girl’, 1994’s ‘Love Is All Around’ was the biggest selling single of the year, when it spent 15 weeks at No1, making it the longest spell at the top for any UK artist – a record that still stands. Tommy concluded “2021 is going to be one of the most challenging but most successful years in our entire 30-year plus career. We will not go down. We will fight on and the journey continues. Wet Wet Wet have a very bright future and we all can’t wait.” You can see Wet Wet Wet at The Apex on Thursday 4 November at 7.30pm. Ring the box office on 01284 758000 or visit www.theapex.co.uk for more details.
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2021
BARBARA DICKSON WITH NICK HOLLAND TUE 12 OCT 7.30pm / £24.50*
THU 21 OCT 8pm / £26* One of the most formidable acts to emerge from the ‘60s progressive rock scene. ______________________________________
FRI 22 OCT 8pm / £26* standing (£28.50* seated)
GARY STEWART’S GRACELAND
THU 28 OCT 7.30pm / £18.50* Recreating Paul Simon’s landmark album. ______________________________________
FRI 29 & SAT 30 OCT 7.30pm / £26* Tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra. ______________________________________
LONDON BALLET COMPANY
Acoustic performance drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, contemporary greats & her classic hits. ______________________________________
SUN 31 OCT 3pm / £19.50*
WED 13 OCT 7.30pm / £25* ‘Dervish are simply brilliant… they carry Irish history with them’ – The Guardian. ______________________________________
THE VOICE SQUAD PRESENTS
SAT 16 OCT 2.30pm & 7.30pm / £tbc A Celebration of World Singing Day! Leonard Cohen, The Bangles, Beach Boys and music from Africa, Ireland, Lalaland and France, with the odd Sea Shanty thrown in! ______________________________________
SUN 17 OCT 7.30pm / £23.50*
A glorious set of guitar pop hits & anthems - ‘Get Over You’, ‘Jimmy Jimmy’, ‘My Perfect Cousin’, ‘Teenage Kicks’ & many more. ______________________________________
THE SOUND OF SPRINGSTEEN
SAT 23 OCT 7.30pm / £25.50* Tribute to The Boss. ______________________________________
ST EDMUNDSBURY MALE VOICE CHOIR
SUN 24 OCT / £21.50* Fundraising concert with Lift, Military Wives choirs, St Edmundsbury Male Voice choir and Gemma Alexander. ______________________________________
COURTNEY PINE AND ZOE RAHMAN TUE 26 OCT 7.30pm / £23.50* (£6.50* U25s)
‘A Little Princess’, based on the children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and ‘Poppy’, the story of a family in 1914. ______________________________________
WED 3 NOV 8pm / £26* standing (£28.50* seated) With over 50 years of continual touring and recording, Wishbone Ash’s iconic twin-guitar sound has inspired bands from Thin Lizzy to Iron Maiden. ______________________________________
WET WET WET
THU 4 NOV 7.30pm / £36* They have sold over 15 million records to date - including ‘Help From My Friends’; ‘Goodnight Girl’; and ‘Love Is All Around’. ______________________________________ FRI 5 NOV 7.30pm / £18.50*
Hilarious hillbilly deliverances of rock classics, alongside ‘rockgrass’ country favourites. ______________________________________
SCOUTING FOR GIRLS
TUE 9 NOV Doors 7pm SOLD OUT! ______________________________________
THE LADYBOYS OF BANGKOK
WED 10 NOV 7.30pm / £26* Fasten your seatbelts for this glitzy and glamorous ‘Flight of Fantasy’. ______________________________________
SHOW OF HANDS
MON 18 OCT 7.30pm / £24.50* (£6 U25s) All your Big Band favourites and a hearty helping of nostalgia. ______________________________________
Song (The Ballad Book): Courtney plays bass clarinet accompanied by MOBO Award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman. ______________________________________
WED 20 OCT 7.30pm / £28* Last few tickets!
MON 8 NOV 8pm / £19.50*
Seven-times winner at The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Karine’s songs of contemporary relevance draw inspiration from folk music’s long tradition. ______________________________________
THE SYD LAWRENCE ORCHESTRA
WED 27 OCT 7.30pm / £27* Last few tickets!
THU 11 NOV 7.30pm / £28.50* Last few tickets! ______________________________________
Playing a fresh and exhilarating mix of traditional tunes, lively instrumentals and contemporary songs in a fiery Celtic style.
FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE
FRI 12 NOV 7pm / £13.50* The Royal British Legion C Group bring a Festival of Remembrance and Drumhead Service.
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MON 22 NOV 7.30pm / £26* (£5* U25s) A beautiful collection of songs including American Standards, Bossa Nova classics, Chansons and original music. ______________________________________
OMAR SOSA AND SECKOU KEITA
TUE 23 NOV 7.30pm / £23.50*
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MON 29 NOV 7.30pm / £23* Fiddle, accordions, pipes and whistles, alongside guitar and vocals, driving bass, drums and keys, in a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana. ______________________________________
YOU WIN AGAIN
TUE 30 NOV 7.30pm / £28* Tribute to The Bee Gees. ______________________________________
SIR RANULPH FIENNES
LIVING DANGEROUSLY WED 1 DEC 7.30pm / £31* Last few tickets! ______________________________________
LEE MEMPHIS KING ONE NIGHT OF ELVIS THU 2 DEC 7.30pm / £27*
SAT 13 NOV 7.30pm / £26.50*
Cuban pianist Omar Sosa & Kora virtuoso, Seckou Keita from Senegal. ‘Beautiful, rhapsodic… spiritual’ (Songlines) and ‘mesmerising, evocative and sophisticated’ (World Music Central). ______________________________________
JASON MANFORD WED 24 & THU 25 NOV 6pm & 9pm / £31*
The ‘Vegas Years’ from 1969 – 1977. ______________________________________
THE STEVIE WONDER STORY
SAT 4 DEC 7.30pm / £26.50* Tribute to Stevie Wonder. ______________________________________ Joachim Cooder, known for his collaborations with his father Ry Cooder, and Sam Amidon, bring a ‘Warm, uplifting and spectacular’ (Uncut) evening of Folk / Blues / Americana. ______________________________________
DANNY & LUKE FROM THUNDER
MON 15 NOV 7.30pm / £28.50* Talking through the highs and lows of life in a rock band with rock writer Mick Wall, with acoustic renditions of Thunder songs. ______________________________________
ROBERT VINCENT STRINGS ATTACHED
THU 18 NOV 7.30pm / £24*, £20* Winner of Americana Music Association UK’s 2021 ‘Artist Of The Year’ and ‘Album Of The Year’, Robert Vincent brings a string quartet, to play alongside his band.
FROM THE JAM
WED 8 DEC 8pm / £28.50* Bruce Foxton & co bring their 40th Anniversary ‘Sound Affects’ tour. Plus The Vapors. ______________________________________
A TRIBUTE TO BUDDY HOLLY THU 9 DEC 7.30pm / £22.50* Marc Robinson and The Counterfeit Crickets. ______________________________________
NEW PURPLE CELEBRATION 2021
FRI 10 DEC 7.30pm / £25 standing* (£27 seated*) Tribute to Prince. ______________________________________
SAT 11 DEC 7.30pm / £24.50* standing (£26.50* seated)
Amy Winehouse’s original band, fronted by Bronté K. ______________________________________
MON 13 DEC 7.30pm / £26.50*
MADDY PRIOR & CARNIVAL BAND
‘Expert observational comedy’ (The Guardian) mixed with ‘comic gold’ (Mail on Sunday). ______________________________________
THE SOUND OF WALES IN SUFFOLK
MON 6 DEC 7.30pm / £28*, £26* Carols & Capers mixes renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments with a programme of festive fare. ______________________________________
THE BACKSTREET BROTHERS TOUR TUE 7 DEC 8pm / £26*
SAT 27 NOV 7.30pm / £22* Suffolk West Federation of WIs present The London Welsh Rugby Club Choir. ______________________________________
UPON A WINTER’S NIGHT TUE 14 DEC 7.30pm / £25.50* A collection of Celtic and folksy rhythms woven alongside reverent and atmospheric carols.
IAN WAITE & VINCENT SIMONE... ACT 2
SUN 28 NOV 2.30pm & 7.30pm / £61* VIP, £37*, £33* The fabulous Strictly Come Dancing stars promise another evening of dance, comedy and song.
One of the UK’s finest and most respected singers, Mica’s first album, So Good, went platinum and sparked a long career of hit singles and albums. ______________________________________
Glasgow’s hard rock band have had three UK Top 20 albums and eleven UK Top 40 singles, including a cover of Cameo’s ‘Word Up’.
* Price includes a booking fee if applicable, concessions may be available. Ticket prices will be refunded if the event is cancelled or postponed.
DISCOVERING NEWMARKET N
ewmarket is a very special place to visit. This charming West Suffolk market town has a long and storied history that has close ties to the Royal family, and it is these links that have also led to the unique spectacle that takes place every morning without fail. Come rain or shine, the town’s equine residents make their way up Warren Hill, a scene captured by some prolific artists of bygone eras. Their paintings can be viewed during visits to the National Horseracing Museum as well as on tours of the historic Jockey Club Rooms. But it is not just about horseracing. Newmarket is also home to an amazing array of attractions, activities, restaurants, independent retailers, as well as a vibrant nightlife, making it a perfect place to visit for a day, a weekend break or even longer. Here’s a snapshot of what is on offer:
DISCOVER NEWMARKET GUIDED TOURS Tours of the National Stud wind down over the winter months but are back to full strength come mid-February when the first of the newborn foals arrive. Tours of the famed Gallops along with visits to trainers’ yards continue throughout the year and Page 16
the breath taking views from Warren Hill are well worth getting up early for! There are a number of themed walking tours available throughout the year where you can learn more about the town’s rich heritage. These include Newmarket’s Racing Royalty, where you can explore the close links to the Royal family through the ages. The Food and Drink Taster Tour, is a must for all foodies and a literary tour, On the Trail of Dick Francis which visits many of the locations that feature in Francis’ crime solving novels. There are also the Winter Wander Guided Tours which take place between Christmas and the New Year and are perfect for entertaining visiting family and friends. Book yourself onto a public tour or arrange a personal one on a date and time that suits.
NATIONAL HORSERACING MUSEUM The town’s museum, which covers a 5 acre site, is an all year round attraction with an expansive What’s On programme offering a variety of events and exhibitions encouraging repeat visits. Take advantage of the resident’s reduced pass or visit once and enjoy repeat visits free of charge included in your ticket price for the following 12 months.
STAYCATIONING If you couldn’t holiday this summer how about an autumn or winter break? You don’t have to travel far as there are some fantastic accommodation offers nearby where you can escape the everyday, even if it is only for a short while. Choose the luxurious Bedford Lodge Hotel or opt for a more rural retreat at The Three Blackbirds in Wooditton, with their individually, interior designed rooms. For rooms full of history and period features try the Jockey Club Room, or to bring friends and family together stay in the expansive Egerton House or Albert House in Newmarket, which both have period features that will make a stay truly memorable.
PLACES TO EAT Newmarket offers a wealth of choice for dining out whether in formal surroundings or more relaxed pub environments. With roaring fires and cosy corners, The Red Lion in Soham or The Packhorse Inn at Moulton provide a relaxed and welcoming ambience in which to enjoy superb food and good wines. Or if you want to spice it
up a bit then try a couple of Newmarket favourites such as the Montaz offering Asian inspired dishes or the newly opened Turkish restaurant, Turkomen, with its stylish cocktail bar.
GIFTS Looking for gift ideas? Why not purchase a loved one an experience voucher, so that memories can be made. Newmarket has a wealth of experiences to try out ranging
from a Discover Newmarket Guided Tour, Go Karting at Wild Tracks or extreme mountain biking at Phoenix Cycleworks which has recently opened a new track, the North Summit. Or if that sounds too energetic try a Spa treatment at the Bedford Lodge Hotel or an aromatherapy massage at Elemi and Rose in the beautiful setting of The Old Stables in Cowlinge. For more information on what Newmarket and the surrounding area has to offer, visit www.discovernewmarket.co.uk Page 17
ENGLAND’S FIRST PROFESSIONAL FEMALE PAINTER… A new one-off exhibition celebrating the work of Mary Beale - one of the most successful portrait painters of the late 17th century and widely believed to be England’s first professional female painter, opens at Moyse’s Hall Museum on Saturday 23 October.
OBSERVATIONS: THE MARY BEALE COLLECTION
Running until 30 January 2022, this exhibition will be the first time that West Suffolk Heritage Service has displayed its full collection of over 25 of Mary’s original Page 18
portraits of the great and good (or questionable!) of 17th century England; believed to be the largest collection held by any public institution. It will include the Heritage Service’s first public showing of a recent acquisition from a private estate. This exhibition tells the story of how a family in the 17th century would reverse the societal norms of the patriarchal home to professionally succeed in the practice of commercial arts. Several specialist speakers/authors will also be giving talks at the museum – keep an eye on www.moyseshall.org for more information as we announce these events.
ABOUT MARY BEALE Born in 1633 in the West Suffolk village of Barrow, just over five miles outside of Bury St Edmunds, Mary was the daughter of rector, John Craddock. His tuition and lay interest in the arts led her to pursue her own career as a professional portrait artist. Mary lived during, and in the immediate aftermath of England’s Civil War, as well as the tumult of the 17th century Bubonic plague in a century dogged by religious conflict. While perhaps surprising to imagine a professional female during this period, she was not unique. With the assistance of her husband Charles and his connections with some of English society’s biggest names from both the art and political worlds, Mary became one of the most eminent artists of 17th century England, with a studio on The Mall. Since Richard Jeffree and Elizabeth Walsh’s exhibition ‘The Excellent Mrs Mary Beale’ in 1976 and Tabitha Barber’s exhibition at the Geffrye Museum in 1999, Mary Beale’s star has been rising and today is very definitely prominent in the firmament. In 1991 Jeffree sadly passed away, but generously bequeathed 16 of his paintings to the West Suffolk Heritage Service. These have been augmented with further examples, creating one of the largest repositories of Mary Beale portraits of any public institution.
SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS… This winter, alongside the Mary Beale exhibition, Moyse’s Hall Museum will also be celebrating the grottier aspects of our costume collections as we get ready to launch a new Bury St Edmunds ‘Terrible Tales’ book, written by Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary in partnership with Moyse’s Hall, at the end of 2021! From fatal fashion to sickening styles, young explorers will revel in these poisonous displays. Expect a trail for families, but be prepared: we’ve been busy digging out some of the most disgusting and horrible things we can find in our collections, most things unseen for generations… For more information, visit www.moyseshall.org
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icnic season might be behind us, but we’re suckers for the crunch of Autumn leaves beneath our feet, the exuberant splashing of toddlers in puddles, and the sparkling beauty of those first frosts…
AUTUMN TRAILS AND WINTER WALKS Here’s a round up of our favourite winter walks in West Suffolk Parks…
BRANDON COUNTRY PARK Enter a world of majestic trees as you learn about trees from around the world on this 1 mile route around the arboretum. See Monterey Pines and get close to Giant Redwoods, the world’s biggest tree – feel its soft spongy orange bark like the hair of an Orangutan! Look up at the Monkey Puzzle’s tangle of spiky branches, and marvel at the magnificient Blue Atlas Cedars.
BEOWULF & GRENDEL TRAIL: WEST STOW COUNTRY PARK
Year-round, West Stow Country Park boasts a wonderful interpretive trail inspired by the ancient saga. Journey through parts of the unique Breckland landscape including heathland, woodlands and the lake, and find the six large themed carved sculptures including the sleeping dragon! Interactive trail packs can be purchased from the visitor centre, with rune quiz, map, and activities for all the family!
OAKES FOLLY TRAIL / YELLOW ROUTE: NOWTON PARK
Nowton Park’s longest waymarked walk, the yellow route, navigates the periphery of the park, with the Oakes Folly Trail largely following the yellow route and highlighting some fascinating facts about special trees in the arboretum. Can you spot the sculpture of the running wolf, the Victorian folly and water lilies at School Pond, the Totem Pole and panda sculpture in the Arboretum, and Woodhenge?
RAILWAY WALK: EAST TOWN PARK
This 5km walk runs on the disused Haverhill to Sudbury line, which operated from 1865 until 1967. The railway walk has become a corridor brimming with wildlife, and in autumn/winter the blackthorn provides plenty of sloes, perfect for making sloe gin! For more information on the walking trails, check out our newly-designed parks leaflets, complete with trail maps and descriptions… pick them up in the visitor centre of each park.
THINGS TO SEE THIS AUTUMN AND WINTER… CAN YOU SPOT… THESE 5 FUNGI: • Inkcap • Earthstar • Scarlet Elf Cap • Death Cap • Fly agaric
THESE 5 BIRDS: • Kingfishers • Bullfinches • Robins • Redwings • Nuthatches
THESE 5 FLOWERS AND PLANTS: • Snowdrops • Blackthorn (Sloes) • Conkers • Hazel Catkins • Holly Berries
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Nowton Park Weds 27 Oct Kids aged 5+ will love these wild activities in Nowton Park woods… They’ll build secret dens, learn fire lighting techniques and cook marshmallows over an open fire!
Brandon Country Park Weds 27 Oct A halloween themed family friendly day out with spooky storytelling, circus and hooping workshops, a puppet show, pumpkin carving, a ghostly trail, lots of stalls, competitions with Spooktacular prizes and much more.
WEST SUFFOLK PARKS EVENT HIGHLIGHTS... ‘Park in the Dark’ Prize Trail
Brandon Country Park Sat 23 Oct – Sun 31 Oct Pick up a £1 puzzle sheet from the Copper Beech Café, and follow the family friendly themed trail… find the special word to collect your prize.
Halloween Maze Trail
Nowton Park Sat 23 – Sun 31 Oct Are you brave enough to follow the FREE spooktastic trail around the Nowton Park Maze and answer our spine-chilling questions?
Bushcraft Skills Day
Nowton Park Sun 24 Oct Shelter building, fire lighting, cordage making, camp cooking, and fire set up, plus help and advice on your kit bag and how to reduce its weight.
Nowton Park Mon 25 Oct Pumpkin carving fun for kids aged 5+: pick your pumpkin, hollow out the middle, and choose a template or create your own design to make the perfect jack-o’-lantern.
East Town Park Fri 29 Oct Come & design your very own Halloween pumpkin; a scary face or a creeping black cat! All Tools and materials supplied.
Christmas Wreath Workshops
Nowton Park Sat 4 & Sun 5 Dec Make and decorate your own Christmas wreath using natural materials collected from Nowton Park.
Meet Father Christmas
Nowton Park Sat 11 & Sun 12 Dec Father Christmas and his elves return to Nowton Park this year!
Wintering Wildlife Prize Trail
Brandon Country Park Sat 18 Dec 2021 – Sun 2 Jan 2022 Pick up a £1 puzzle sheet from the Copper Beech Café, and follow the family friendly winter wildlife themed trail… find the special word to collect your prize.
Woodland Chairs Workshop
East Town Park Sun 23 Jan & Sun 20 Feb 2022 Ever fancied trying your hand at green woodworking? This is the perfect introduction… Make your own unique green-wood chair using wood sourced from East Town Park. No experience necessary, no complicated joints involved, and all tools supplied!
National Nest Box Week
East Town Park Sun 27 Feb 2022 5-12 year olds will love helping the Rangers make new nest boxes for the park, as well as making and taking home a box for the birds in their own garden – or a perfect present for parents or grandparents! For more information or to book, visit www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk/whats-on/
Ickworth’s Light Nights Friday 19 November - Sunday 5 December
Monday to Thursdays - 4.30pm - 8.30pm Friday to Sundays - 4.30pm - 9.30pm Explore Ickworth’s Italianate Garden, as we capture the magic of our gothic Stumpery with a sound and light based trail. The walk culminates with a beautiful light display on the iconic Rotunda. Head to our website for more details and to book tickets - nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth #nationaltrust Page 24
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s the trees change colour and the parkland becomes ablaze with russet tones, it’s a wonderful time to get out into the estate and enjoy this stunning season. Why not bring your bikes with you and enjoy one of two multi-use trails which take you around the estate? The circular trails have been designed in such a way that they can be used all year round, whatever the weather, by a wide variety of users. From walkers and adapted wheelchair users to runners and cyclists, you’ll find it easier to explore Ickworth’s wider estate.
It’s your last chance to get up close to some of the collection as Ickworth Uncovered runs until 31 October. This innovative exhibition in the house highlights some of the finest items, giving you an opportunity to appreciate these awe-inspiring and timeless pieces. Starting in our darkened entrance hall, you’ll then move between the spaces, following the daylight up through the house, where the roof will reveal itself in its sunlit glory.
LIGHT NIGHTS… This winter, visit Ickworth’s Light Nights’ event in the Italianate glowing garden. Awaken your senses with a sound and light-based trail capturing the magic of Ickworth’s gothic Victorian Stumpery and Italian inspired evergreen garden. Running from 19 November to 5 December, bring your friends and family and enjoy an unforgettable evening exploring Ickworth’s nature at night.
FESTIVE ICKWORTH… 12 days of Christmas 11 – 22 December
In December, join the team at Ickworth as they decorate the estate and rotunda for the festive season. Catch up over a hot chocolate in one of our cafés or head off on a long crisp walk through the woods. For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth Page 25
he Apex Gallery is an innovative and exciting contemporary art gallery situated within the striking architecture of The Apex. The Apex Gallery holds a range of exhibitions throughout the year, from both emerging and established artists, as well as community art groups…
KINGS ELY ART & DESIGN EXHIBITION Running until Sun 17 Oct
The exhibition will show a broad range of GCSE and A Level Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art and Photography, celebrating the high quality work produced by Kings Ely students throughout the year groups.
ANGLIAN LANDSCAPES+ EXHIBITION Tues 18 Jan – Sun 13 Feb
The exhibition consists of 40 landscapes in oils of Suffolk and Norfolk, by local artist and illustrator Eric Gee. Eric has returned to the freedom of painting in oils after retiring from his career in illustration. Most of the paintings have been painted over the last two years, as Eric endeavours to capture the vast skies and unique character of this beautiful region. All profits will go to The Doxa Charity (www.thedoxaproject.org). For more information on the Apex Gallery and forthcoming exhibitions, visit www. theapex.co.uk/gallery
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A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THE APEX PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION Tues 19 Oct – Sun 21 Nov
o commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Apex back in 2020, Suffolk based photographer Geoff Price spent twelve months documenting everyday life at The Apex. The result is a stunning exhibition of 90 colour photographs capturing every aspect of a much-loved venue and its role in the community of Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk. Along with the prints, a full colour coffee table style publication will be available to purchase from the box office. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors Denny Brothers who provided framing for the exhibition and Barkers Print, who printed the photos.
THE LEGENDS OF AMERICAN COUNTRY
averhill Arts Centre is thrilled to be opening its doors once again after the pandemic and would love, love, love to welcome back old customers and say hello to some new ones too!
Weds 3 Nov
Highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Don William, Patsy Cline and Kenny Rogers and new tributes to icons Hank Williams, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette and Jim Reeves with countless other wellknown hit songs in this must see musical extravaganza.
If you haven’t visited Haverhill recently, check out our website and give our lovely Victorian arts centre a visit…
LDN WRESTLING Mon 25 Oct
The superstar wrestlers are back for more high octane wrangling and high jinks for the half-term.
CLIFF RICHARD – THE GREAT 80 TOUR
HAVERHILL BEER WEEKEND
Cliff’s big-screen party of the year! The Great 80 Tour will be broadcast from the Royal Albert Hall. Featuring a selection of his greatest hits, his incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet!
Your chance to sample craft ales, ciders and gin.
Weds 27 & Sun 31 Oct
Fri 5 - Sun 7 Nov
The Legends of American Country
Thurs 11 Nov
The psychic medium demonstrates his belief that those who have passed can communicate with their loved ones.
MONKEY NUTS COMEDY Fri 19 Nov
FUNK ODYSSEY Sat 27 Nov
A party night helping raise funds for the MS Trust.
Haverhill Silver Band Family
Monkey Nuts Comedy
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR Fri 3 & Sat 4 Dec
CHRISTMAS MEMORIES WITH NEIL SANDS
Buy out of the ordinary gifts and items from a wide selection of crafters.
Neil and his singers invoke the spirit of Christmas past in this show packed with festive nostalgia.
Sun 5 Dec
Mon 29 Nov
COMING TO HAC IN 2022… Lost Voice Guy, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Peggy Seegar and Callum MacColl.
HAVERHILL SILVER BAND FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT A light-hearted concert full with old favourites plus games and quizzes.
THE ROYAL BALLET ENCORE BROADCAST: THE NUTCRACKER Thurs 9 Dec
A classic Christmas treat
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Sat 18-Fri 24 Dec, Mon 27 & Tues 28 Dec Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum... BBC TV’s ‘Allo ‘Allo comedy legend Sue Hodge returns by popular demand this time as the hilarious Fairy Cucumber in a fun-filled pantomime for all the family. Together with a professional cast to be announced featuring the bumbling Dame Trott, the villainous Fleshcreep and our heroes Jack and Jill as they battle a giant and provide excitement, laughter and amazement. For more info or to book, visit www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk Box office hours: 10am-2.30pm, call 01440 714140
‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ PARTY NIGHTS AT THE ATHENAEUM
elebrate the festive season with The Athenaeum’s own take on ‘A Christmas Carol’, the beauty of Victorian elegance with a modern twist!
Did you know? Charles Dickens, the celebrated author of this much-loved novel, gave readings at our stunning, Grade I listed venue in 1859 and again in 1861. Historically, The Athenaeum has always been popular for social events and party gatherings - from Victorian times to the present day – thus providing the perfect visual backdrop to complement this year’s theme of The Christmas Carol. This Christmas, let us take you on a wonderful journey back to mid-Victorian times to experience festive customs and traditions – including carols, seasonal food and plenty to drink! Not to mention creating a present-day party atmosphere for you and your guests to celebrate the wonderful occasion in style. Our spectacular Christmas tree will be traditionally decorated with an amazing display of dried fruit from oranges, holly berries, strings of dried cranberries as well as cinnamon sticks and candies wrapped in beautiful colours - let the festive scents of cinnamon, berries and oranges engulf you!
DATES FOR ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ PARTY NIGHTS: Thursdays 2, 9 & 16 December (packages available from £44.50) Fridays 3, 10 & 17 December (packages available from £48.50) Saturdays 4, 11 & 18 December (packages available from £48.50)
CHRISTMAS LUNCHES For families and friends, we are also organising Christmas Sunday lunches on Sundays throughout December. Served at 1pm, the lunch package includes event manager, Christmas decorations, three course Christmas lunch and tea/coffee. For little ones that choose from the children’s menu there will be a small present provided!
DATES FOR CHRISTMAS LUNCHES: Sundays 5, 12 & 19 December (packages available from £30)
Upon arrival, you and your guests will be warmly welcomed and invited to start your evening with a chilled glass of sparkling fizz. Our outstanding team of chefs have created a sumptuous three course festive dinner using the finest seasonal ingredients to provide you with a true taste sensation. After your Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, our resident DJ will have you on the dance floor for the rest of the night, enjoying an array of tunes including requests and festive favourites. Page 30
For more information or to book your Christmas celebration, visit https://athenaeumbse.co.uk/events/christmas-parties-bury-stedmunds/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01284 758380.
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In the run-up to half term, on Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 October, Bury St Edmunds Operatic & Dramatic Society return with The Addams Family - the ultimate warm-up act to Halloween! Sunday 24 and Monday 25 October, Kaleidoscope is a new piece of theatre for babies aged 6 - 18 months inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour.
Friday 29 to Sunday 31 October, Stuff and Nonsense presents The Gingerbread Man. Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea! See the adventure of the Gingerbread Man who finds his feet fast and sets off on the journey of a lifetime!
Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 November, Jodie Prenger stars as Emma in the UK tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic musical, Tell Me On A Sunday, charting the romantic misadventures of a young English girl in New York in the heady days of the 1980’s. On Sunday 14 November, join Royal Ballet Principal Character Artist and Senior Ballet Master Gary Avis MBE, in conversation with Christine Webber, for an in-depth look at his spectacular career in ballet and more. Sunday 14 November, We Are Not Shellfish is a rebellious and provocative puppetry and mask show, about the power of friendship and how it can change our lives.
National treasure Sue Pollard joins us on Tuesday 26 October for Harpy. Pollard is Birdie who is a hoarder. The neighbours see her hoard as a hazard for house prices. But it isn’t rubbish. It’s her life’s work and it exists because years ago something deeply cherished was stolen from her.
uesday 12 to Saturday 16 October, Blackeyed Theatre present The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A thrilling stage adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s psychological fantasy set in 19th century London where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every chilling twist and turn.
Monday 15 to Tuesday 16 November, join Ballet Theatre UK in their beautiful retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale ballet, The Snow Queen. Tuesday 7 December, The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge return for their popular annual carol concert set in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Church. Thursday 9 December, Call My Festive Wine Bluff. Test your knowledge of wine against the wit and expertise of a panel of bluffers. Enjoy an evening of laughs, fun and fine wine, hosted by Nethergate Wines raising funds for Theatre Royal. The Autumn Festive Season would not be complete without the Theatre Royal Christmas Pantomime, Cinderella. Join us for a tale laced with laughter and love; plus the ugliest sisters you’ll ever be likely to meet, Thursday 25 November to Sunday 16 January. For more info or to book, visit www. theatreroyal.org or call 01284 769505.
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ury St Edmunds town centre has such a great choice of shopping, food and drink, leisure, attractions and much more so you could be forgiven for wondering where to go and what to do…
The LoyalFree App is here to help – a free to download, innovative and award-winning app that helps visitors and residents navigate and discover shopping areas and points of interest and get the most out of special offers and events. Our Bury St Edmunds has partnered with LoyalFree, which offers local digital loyalty schemes, tourism information, tours, trails, and events. Users benefit by using one app across the UK – so they can tap into the local area wherever they are. LoyalFree’s digital trails are one way app users can explore the history of the area, hidden gems, and best independents. Bury St Edmunds has many trails to choose from including the Blue Plaque Trail, Ale Trail, Vegan Trail, an Audio Trail – Walking
Stories and many more showcasing local interest points and local businesses. There is even a Dog Friendly Trail with over 90 local businesses that will welcome your pooch! If you’re looking for the perfect gift, especially as we approach Christmas, you could consider a Bury St. Edmunds Gift Card. This card gives flexibility to the recipient and the gift of choice. There is even a dedicated trail on the app which showcases every business in the town centre where the gift card is accepted. Currently there are 60 town centre businesses accepting the card including shopping, food & drink, leisure & attractions, health & beauty, and more! For more information about the app and gift card, visit www. ourburystedmunds.com
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xplore our special region through art, theatre, and craft at Bury St Edmunds Guildhall this season…
The stunning scenery, rich folklore, and unique atmosphere of East Anglia provide inspiration for a range of creative groups showcasing their work at the Guildhall. Iceni Botanical Artists capture the beauty of nature with exquisite botanical artworks which will be on display in their ‘Floral Art Reawakening’ exhibition 16-22 October. Suffolk’s dramatic coastline and sweeping landscapes are reflected in the pieces made by the Suffolk Craft Society, who promote and support the work of local makers and contemporary designers. Their exhibition will run from 13-21 November and feature a range of handmade crafts including ceramics, silversmithing, glass, textile art, prints, and sculpture. The exhibitions of work by Iceni Botanical Artists and the Suffolk Craft Society have free entry and pieces on show will be available to purchase. You can also explore hidden local history with Tours of Bury St Edmunds Guildhall. The Guildhall has been situated on its namesake street for at least 800 years and has some surprising stories to tell. Kidnapped monks, extravagant feasts, contentious criminal trials, and WW2 heroes - there’s lots to discover on a Guildhall tour! Book your tour through the Guildhall website at www.burystedmundsguildhall.org.uk. For more details on all the Guildhall’s events visit www.burystedmundsguildhall.org.uk, email email@example.com, or phone 01284 247037. Page 36
CHRISTMAS IN WEST SUFFOLK THE SNOW QUEEN
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Mon 15 – Tues 16 Nov Ballet Theatre UK’s beautiful re-telling of the classic fairy tale ballet.
HAVERHILL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON Thurs 18 Nov, from 5pm
NEWMARKET CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON
CHRISTMAS WREATH WORKSHOPS
Nowton Park Sat 4 & Sun 5 Dec Make and decorate a wreath using natural materials collected from the park.
THE NUTCRACKER (BROADCAST) Haverhill Arts Centre Thurs 9 Dec A classic Christmas treat from the Royal Ballet Encore.
CALL MY FESTIVE WINE BLUFF
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Thurs 9 Dec An evening of laughs, fun and fine wine: test your knowledge of wine against the wit and expertise of a panel of bluffers.
MEET FATHER CHRISTMAS
Fri 19 Nov Lots for all the family: music, entertainment, stalls and a funfair!
Nowton Park Sat 11 & Sun 12 Dec Visit Santa in his grotto and receive a special present…
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Thurs 25 Nov – Sun 16 Jan A pantomime tale laced with laughter and love!
Fri 26 & Sat 27 Nov Over 65 exhibitors selling food, drink and gifts.
Sat 27 Nov, from midday Stalls, entertainment, a funfair and a special visit from Santa!
Abbey Gardens Thurs 2 – Sat 4 Dec Experience the Abbey Gardens and Abbey Ruins beautifully illuminated, plus street theatre, music and live entertainment!
Thurs 2 Dec This traditional event returns with lots of stalls and family fun.
HAVERHILL’S BIG WINTER WEEKEND
Fri 3 Dec & Sat 4 Dec Enjoy Family Christmas Night on the Friday with stalls, rides, entertainers, and late night shopping. Then Super Winter Saturday with the Maker’s Market, entertainers, and a winter kingdom.
Haverhill Arts Centre Sat 18 – Fri 24, Mon 27 & Tues 28 Dec Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum... A fun-filled pantomime for all the family.
Sat 18 Dec, 8.30am-1pm Over 15 stalls selling everything you need for Christmas including festive food, decorations and last minute present ideas, plus a free raffle!
Brandon Country Park Sat 18 Dec 2021 – Sun 2 Jan 2022 Pick up a £1 puzzle sheet from the café, follow the family friendly trail, and find the special word to collect your prize.
WINTER MAKERS MARKETS: Bury St Edmunds Sundays 3 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec & 19 Dec Haverhill Saturdays 2 Oct, 6 Nov & 4 Dec Newmarket Saturdays 9 Oct, 13 Nov & 11 Dec
For more information on what’s on in West Suffolk this Christmas, or to book your tickets, visit www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk/whats-on/ For more information on West Suffolk Markets, visit www.westsuffolkmarkets.co.uk
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warm welcome awaits you at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, located alongside the award winning Abbey Gardens. The Cathedral is open for visits, services, events and exhibitions…
Once part of the great Abbey of St Edmund, St James’ parish church became St Edmundsbury Cathedral in 1914. Discover the story of St Edmund through stained glass, statues, tapestry and paintings. The Millennium tower, which now dominates the skyline of the town, was only completed in 2005, and a breath-taking vaulted ceiling added as recently as 2010. Why not discover more about this iconic building by booking a tour with one of the knowledgeable volunteer guides? Or organise a birthday treat with a tour and afternoon tea? There’s even a chance to add a brick to the LEGO model of the Cathedral, and younger visitors will enjoy following our Discovery Detective trail, or our October and February half term activity days. An exciting programme of special events is lined up - Harvest Festival (10 October), a new Christmas Market (25-27 November) and Christmas services throughout December. The Cathedral shop, on Angel Hill, is great place to find unique gifts, a wide range of Advent candles and calendars, Christmas cards and a stunning array of decorations. No visit would be complete without welcome refreshments in Pilgrims’ Kitchen, open daily. Locally sourced food, quality tea and coffee, hot and cold lunch options and tempting cakes are served in beautiful surroundings, with heritage colours, chapel tables and rustic furniture and a spacious garden. For further information, visit https://stedscathedral.org/visit
SO MUCH MORE THAN A MUSEUM! NHRM occupies a 5-acre site in the heart of Newmarket and provides a wonderful day out for all ages.
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Using the latest interactive and audio-visual displays you can find out about the history of horseracing, enjoy some of the country’s best examples of sporting art, meet former racehorses, have a go on the racehorse simulator and watch the sparks fly as a farrier works in the forge.
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FAMILY FUN AT NATIONAL HORSE RACING MUSEUM… ational Horse Racing Museum occupies a 5-acre site in the heart of Newmarket. Use the latest interactive and audio-visual displays to find out about the history of horseracing, enjoy some of the country’s best examples of sporting art, meet former racehorses, have a go on the racehorse simulator, watch the sparks fly as a farrier works in the forge, and so much more. Why not make a day of your visit and book a table at The Tack Room Restaurant?
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS: If you’ve ever wondered why we say such things like ‘under the thumb’ or ‘the gloves are off’, NHRM has the answer! Sporting Talk: The Forgotten History of Everyday Speech explores the origins of well-loved sayings and catch phrases. Exhibition running until 17 October.
Mud, Sweat & Tears: A History of Jump Racing explores the excitement and unpredictability of jump racing from its 18th century origins in Ireland to the modern day. Highlights include iconic items relating to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Grand National and much-loved horses such as Red Rum. Exhibition running until 5 December.
FAMILY TRAILS: Explore our 5-acre site with our new A-Z trail based on GD Armour’s famous illustrated alphabet on display in the museum. Plus take part in your own steeplechase race in our Mud, Sweat & Tears exhibition – ‘ready, steady, GO!’ When you finish our trails, pick up your special sticker from our shop! Plus, check our website for family activities over the autumn half-term holiday.
EVENTS: Join us for a concert in the beautiful Palace House Garden on Thursday, 16 September with Classic Femme, a ladies quartet singing close harmony a capella arrangements of popular songs you’re bound to recognise. Back by popular demand – Fright Night at the Museum! Join us for a spooktacular program of Halloween events… if you dare! Palace House by Candlelight will also be making a welcome return as we deck the halls with boughs of holly to get you in the mood for Christmas.
Don’t miss A Life Illustrated: The works of GD Armour. The museum is so grateful to have been loaned a collection of original drawings by the famous artist’s estate, dating from the 1870s-1930s. This lifetime of work covers a period of enormous social, economic, and technological change in both Britain and the wider world. Exhibition running until 28 November.
This autumn/winter we have an exciting schedule of events and exhibitions for all the family to enjoy!
From film sets to the racetracks, make sure to check out our online exhibition Fred Astaire: Horses and Hollywood which focuses on Fred Astaire and his friendship with Newmarket trainer, Jack Leach. NHRM has kindly been loaned a collection of letters written by the legendary performer, dating from as early as 1927 all the way to 1969. Various subjects are discussed between the two, from major races, training horses and filming big Hollywood productions. Launches autumn 2021.
After the success of last year’s sell out Christmas concert, we’ll be hosting Carols in the King’s Yard on Thursday, 9 December. Join us for mulled wine and a festive sing-along! For more information, visit www.nhrm.co.uk Page 41
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A Good Old Southwold Reunion 5 bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Southwold
1 incredible view From various rooms including the loo, Of Southwold’s famous Framed by the
lighthouse, 100 feet high
beach and the clear Suffolk sky
3 fish & chip suppers on the world-famous pier Washed down with lashings of Champagne and A 10-mile
walk along the Suffolk Coast Path
Before tea on the beach and a
soak in the bath
Our Original Cottage filled with dearest old
Till next year when our repeat booking awaits.
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