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”.
For an afternoon steeped in culture, visit the Gainsborough House in Sudbury, a museum dedicated to the celebrated landscape painter Thomas Gainsborough. The artist was baptised at the then-Independent Meeting House in 1727, and the building was opened as a museum in his honour in 1961.
Elsewhere, at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket you are invited to learn about the history and culture of this vibrant region. Set within 75 acres of countryside, the museum has been fascinating visitors for 50 years. Find out about East Anglian crafts and traditional gypsy culture, and discover 15 beautifully-restored buildings. Take a look at powerful steam engines, explore almost 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails, and meet rare breeds of cattle and sheep.
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. Located on the stunning Suffolk coast, Snape Maltings brings together outstanding concerts and events, distinctive independent shops, cafes, galleries and walks, all set against a breathtaking expanse of reeds, water and sky. Snape Maltings’ creative campus has grown out of the Aldeburgh Festival, founded by Benjamin Britten in 1948 and now one of Europe’s leading classical music events taking place each June. In addition to world-class events ranging from classical to folk and jazz, Snape Maltings is renowned as a centre for artist development, ranging from promising under-18s from East Anglia to the world’s best emerging professional musicians. Visit website
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
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
Ipswich Town Hall & Corn Exchange
3 St. Helen’s St, Ipswich IP4 1HE
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. The Regent’s first and second floors play host to the Corn Exchange, putting on some of the nation’s best comedy and music acts. The Ipswich Film Theatre is based at the Corn Exchange, too, and is the place to be for independent and world cinema plus live streams from the National Theatre. Visit website
1 Charter Square St, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 3FD
Quench your thirst for live entertainment by paying 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”. Visit website
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