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5 to try – Suffolk cultural attractions

Whether you prefer to see a theatre or live music, we’ve captured Suffolk’s best arts and culture destinations. In the county town of Ipswich, you’ll find the Regent Theatre, a 1,800-seat venue which dates all the way back to 1929; in those days, it was a popular cine-variety hall. The venue attracts big name entertainers; those who have performed on its stage in recent years include James Morrison, Lenny Henry, Derren Brown and Diversity. Also in town is the New Wolsey Theatre which brings in large crowds thanks to its varied schedule of live entertainment. If your thirst for live entertainment still hasn’t been quenched, pay a visit to The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. This award-winning venue is known for its acoustic excellence; the band Fairport Convention said it had the “best acoustics we’ve had in 40 years of touring”.


Snape Maltings
Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape Bridge, Snape IP17 1SP

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – one of the world’s leading centres of music and a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty. The creative campus is home to a year-round programme with a unique artistic model. Having grown out of the Aldeburgh Festival, it has realised founder Benjamin Britten’s vision for an international centre of music whose performance programme makes its mark on the world’s stage and which has artist development, learning and community inclusion as its creative engine. Visit website


Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre
Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre

3, Cornard Mills, Mill Tye, Great Cornard, Sudbury CO10 0GW

Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre is a unique destination for contemporary art, sculpture, ceramics, gifts and cards. It is set by the idyllic River Stour in Great Cornard, just outside the centre of the historic market town of Sudbury. Visit website


Euston Hall
Euston Hall

Estate Office, Euston , Suffolk IP24 2QP

Visit Euston Hall to view one of the finest Stuart art collections in the country, as well as the extensive park and gardens, historic watermill, bygones room and Church of St. Genevieve. The Hall hosts open days throughout the summer months where the public can go and visit, it also hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year. Visit website


The Amber Shop & Museum
The Amber Shop & Museum

15 Market Place, Southwold IP18 6EA

The Amber Shop & Museum is the only museum in the UK dedicated entirely to the history of amber, with carvings and artefacts from around the world. Story boards explain how amber was formed around 50 million years ago and it’s uses through the ages. Visit website


Pennikity Pots
Pennikity Pots

1, Crown Anchor Mews, Tower Ramparts, Ipswich IP1 3DJ

Looking for something a little different to do? With over 10 years’ expertise in the art of ceramic painting, Pennikity Pots is a quirky little business that is based in central Ipswich, it has established itself as a ‘must do’ experience. From tiny tots to tricky teens there is something for everyone and the studio is packed with ceramics to suit all tastes and budgets. But it’s not just for the kids… give it a try and you will be hooked! Visit website


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Image credits: ©Matt Jolly/Snape Maltings

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