Bressingham Gardens Art Exhibition & Competition

The Bressingham Gardens have long been inspirational to gardeners, from novice to expert, opening up the world of plants and design, illustrating the excitement and passion of gardening. Now the Bloom family are pleased to invite artists to share in that beauty by creating a piece of work based on their interpretation of the internationally renowned gardens, as Shirley Hayes has done in this painting of Bressingham Hall. Open to all artists’ styles and mediums, the exhibition and competition is a wonderful opportunity to exhibit their piece of original artwork…

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Buxhall & Shelland Church Fete

The ever popular Buxhall and Shelland Church Fete takes place in the beautiful garden of Copinger Hall, next to St Mary’s Church, Buxhall IP14 3DJ on Saturday, August 4 from 2-5.30pm. This year the main attraction is Colchester Historical Dance who will be performing a number of Tudor and medieval dances in their stunning period costumes, accompanied by professional musicians playing on authentic period instruments. A colourful scene for sure and bound to include some audience participation. There will of course be the popular classic car and motorcycle display, steam…

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Local Artist at the Royal Academy Exhibition

Stella Davis from Onehouse, was very pleased when she heard that her screenprint image Journey had been accepted for the Royal Academy of Art’s annual exhibition. Because it’s the 250th anniversary, the RA removed the cap on entries so there were over 20,000 applications from members of the public this year. A total of 1351 pieces of art were chosen to make up the exhibition which runs until August 19. This photo was taken at Varnishing Day ceremony and celebration on June 4, when Stella found that her work is…

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WeCan Family Fun Day

WeCan@TheJunction will be holding their Family Fun Day at the Recreation Ground, Stowmarket on Saturday, August 25 from noon-4pm. There will be live music, dance and parkour displays, face painting, a prize draw and lots more fun and games, plus free balloon modelling by Mr Beans Entertainment and a magic show by UnbeLEEvable Parties to keep the little ones happy. Entry is free and there will be light snacks and drinks available to buy from The Rec Community Café. Or why not bring a picnic and enjoy the entertainment? Last…

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The Mix

CAN YOU HELP THE MIX? The Mix are issuing an urgent call out for anyone who may be interested in volunteering at our drop-ins for young people. Unfortunately, due to a shortage of volunteer partners we are currently having to cancel our popular drop-ins much more often than we would like. What drop-ins consist of  Anywhere from five to 50 young people for two-and-a-half hours. They can be noisy and vibrant or calm and relaxed.  At drop-in young people are free to engage with whatever they like. We encourage volunteers to…

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Stowmarket Food & Drink Festival

Have you heard the news? An exciting new food and drink festival is being held in Stowmarket on Sunday, July 1. Stowmarket Food & Drink Festival will feature more than 40 food and drink stalls from across the region including a Prosecco bar, vegan food, world foods, wild game meat, gluten free, a hog roast and a chocolate fountain. In the John Peel Centre, a kitchen theatre will be showcasing live cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs including Mark David from the Cooking Experience, Chris Hall from the Bildeston Crown…

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Ales on the rails to wet a few whistles

North Weald Station will see the return of the Real Ale Festival on 20-22nd July, with a planned menu of 75+ ales and 20+ ciders. Friday and Saturday evenings will see drinkers entertained with folk music and Sunday, London City Voices choir will bring the festival to a close. This year, the theme draws inspiration from the commemoration of the 50 years since the final regular steam service on British Rail. Since the last services ran around Carlisle, Liverpool and Manchester, a selection of 18 beers from the North West…

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Ipswich Women’s Festival Continues

Ipswich Women’s Festival Group, together with many other organisations across Ipswich, are planning a Festival to celebrate 100 years since the first women got the vote. Now, with a generous £10,000 award from lottery-based Awards for All, they are able to go ahead with their ambitious plans. The project, Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes – 100 years on, aims to reach out to all parts of the community to celebrate together the achievements of women in the last 100 years, to explore how far women still have to go to be…

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Ipswich High School Summer Fete

If you are looking for something to do on a sunny summer afternoon then Ipswich High School’s summer fete may be for you. This annual event is being held in the beautiful grounds of Woolverstone Hall on Saturday, June 23. The fete is open to all and admission is free. This year the school is celebrating being at Woolverstone Hall for 25 years. The organisers are promising that the fete will feature lots of fun, food and entertainment. A variety of local craft stalls attend and their wares will appeal…

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Suffolk’s Mr Bean

Suffolk’s own Mr Bean to headline county’s inaugural mini show Bumbling Mr Bean will be putting in an appearance alongside hundreds of the iconic British cars at Stonham Barns’ Mini Barn Bash, the county’s first ever show dedicated to minis. In return for a donation to the Fresh Start, New Beginnings charity which the event is supporting, fans of the Rowan Atkinson character will be able to have their picture taken with Dominic Oliver, from Lowestoft, in full Mr Bean costume alongside a faithful reproduction of the famous green Mini…

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