What’s on in Suffolk & Cambs this March
Spring is finally here! Let's celebrate by going out out to new restaurants, cool art galleries, movie screenings, celebrity book launches and more!
EAT & DRINK
If you love Italian nosh as much as Muddy does, then hotfoot it to just-opened Rustico in Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds. The brainchild of Michele Pagliuca and chef Silene Ziglioli, it lies in a handsome Grade II-listed, timber-framed property that dates back to the 1700s in the heart of town. There are two floors, a snazzy cocktail list and authentic, regional cuisine – we’ll be ordering the antipasti platter, fritti di mare, pappardelle with oxtail ragu and handmade pizza.
Can I also draw your attention to Pinch, which has opened in Cambridge’s Rose Crescent next door to much-loved Spanish tapas restaurant La Raza. Pull up a chair at one of the rustic wood tables and pick away at delicious hot and cold pinchos (I know them as pinxtos after a belt-busting trip to San Sebastian in northern Spain years ago), like Manchego and Serrano skewered to bread, or a spinach, pepper and feta tortilla, accompanied by a glass of sherry. When you’re full, browse the delicatessen shelves for goodies to go.
STAGE & SCREEN
Bungay-based rock star poet (he’s opened for The Libertines) Luke Wright is on a UK tour which includes a night at Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre (31 March). Book now for an evening of humour, passion and rage – and that’s just me trying to get my interval drinks sorted. And if you fancy a star and sequinned-filled night out, there are still some tickets left for Come What May: The Ultimate Tribute to Moulin Rouge which stars Strictly’s Robin Windsor and lots of top West End performers, also at the Marina Theatre Lowestoft (5 March).
Fan of Breaking Bad? Well good news, one of the show’s stars, Bob Odenkirk, is coming to Ely Cathedral this month (21 March) to launch his new book Comedy, Comedy, Comedy, Drama. It’s organised by mega local bookshop Topping & Co and if you book early you might snaffle a signed copy. More of a foodie? then spend an evening with chef Delia Smith, who’s talking about her new book You Matter at Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Ely (23 March).
It’s International Women’s Day on March 8 (we only get one day a year, seriously?) and there are plenty of events going on across the counties to mark it including a screening of two brilliant films at the light cinema in Cambridge, which are directed, written and star some kick-ass women: Little Women (5pm) and Lady Bird (8pm).
ART & CULTURE
Go see a solo exhibition by internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge (12 March – 19 June). It’s free plus you’ll love the beautifully crafted jade, marble and porcelain works of art.
Visit Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds to see the Power of Stories (runs throughout March until 28 April), featuring three original costumes from Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Black Panther. The exhibition’s designed to echo Black Panther’s call to millions of people around the world to think about where they came from and what they want to do. Powerful stuff. Don’t miss a talk by writer and consultant curator Imani Sorhaindo on African Queens Throughout History (25 March, 7-8.30pm) at the museum as part of the Power of Stories events programme.
Abstract meets Landscape is a new exhibition with more than 40 works of art by five artists opening this month at Gallery East in Woodbridge (5 March). I love Ruth Bunnewell’s vivid woods and forests in oils.
Don’t miss the Beccles’ Wild About Art market which will be taking over the New Market area of town, including a marsh pony sculpture trail created by local artists, plus a makers’ market, entertainment and locally sourced food and drink (5 March; 10am-2pm).
To commemorate Women’s History Month, Cambridge-based gallery Extraordinary Objects in Green Street is launching SALUTE, a new, all-female exhibition celebrating women in the arts. Opening 26 March, you’ll be able to browse a range of work by ten artists, from internationally recognised names like Tracey Emin (above) and Bridget Riley through to local, emerging talent.
FAMILY DAYS OUT
Sotterley Hall is opening its grounds on 6 March so visitors can see the snowdrops in all their glory during a stroll around the lake and gardens. More snowdrop trails here – catch them before they disappear for another year!
Take your busy bees to the University of Cambridge’s Zoological Museum to check out its In With The Insects trail on 31 March. They’ll get to learn all about how bugs interact with plants, from flower pollination to edible leaves.
Your crew can get outside and be creative (parenting gold) by joining The Art Station for a family-friendly Saturday Nature Walk followed by a creative workshop led by artists Hanna Varga and Jevan Watkins Jones. Art materials and refreshments are provided and the fun kicks off at the Art Station in Saxmundham every Saturday in March (10.30am-1pm).
LEARN A NEW SKILL
If your photos need a bit of va va voom, book yourself a place on the National Trust’s Introduction to Photography course taking place at Sutton Hoo (6 March) with expert photographer Phil Morley. Learn more about landscape photography and come dressed for the great outdoors as you’ll be out and about in the grounds from 10.30am-1pm.
Learn how to make a pendant on a Beginners Silver Jewellery workshop (19 March; 10am-4pm), organised by Cambridge Art Makers and taking place at The Champion Workshop in Linton. You’ll learn basic silversmithing techniques and get to wear your bespoke jewellery (or gift it of course).
Covid, wars and the climate crisis having an affect on your teen? Hardly surprising, but whether it’s worldwide events or something closer to home that’s causing anxiety, they might be interested in Milton Country Park’s Wild Minds Teenage Mental Health Referral Programme this month. It’s free, on offer to 12-14 and 15-17 age groups and supported by trained instructors and a qualified youth worker who believe in the healing power of nature – so expect activities with a focus on bush craft, mindfulness and wellbeing, like campfire cooking, survival skills, paddle boarding and yoga.
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