What’s on in Suffolk & Cambs this April
Spring is sprung, Easter's around the corner and the clock's have gone forward - time to go out out and enjoy all the best local music, theatre, art, comedy and family fun this month!
Do good when you dine this month by leaving a healthy tip at one of The Hotel Folk’s restaurants. The group, which owns six hotels and restaurants across Suffolk’s coast and countryside, is promising to match all customer tips and donate the entire amount to charity Ukraine Emergency Appeal. Muddy faves Brudenell Seafood & Grill, Sea Spice at the White Lion and The Gallery at the Swan at Lavenham are included, so we can’t think of a better excuse to eat and help a good cause!
MUSIC & COMEDY
Want to immerse yourself in new sounds and comedy for a few fun-filled days? Then snap up tickets to see some of the acts taking part in the inaugural Sound + Vision Festival in Cambridge (21-23 April). We’re talking more than 70 performances, from Tim Burgess (front man for The Charlatans) to the Riot Jazz Brass Band, spread across eight venues including Cambridge Junction. You can buy individual tickets, or a wristband for the whole festival which will give you access to everything.
Get ready for giggles at The Best in Comedy night at The Maltings in Ely (30 April), featuring Paul Sinha (you might recognise him from BBC’s QI and Would I Lie to You?, plus Olga Koch, Bilal Zafar and Rich Wilson.
Funny man Joe Lycett hits the Regent Theatre in Ipswich (8-10 April) on his first tour for years. Later in the month at the Regent you can catch comedien, presenter and all round fab person Sandi Toksvig in her show Sandi Toksvig Live! Next Slide Please (27 April) – expect silly jokes, fun facts and a quick-fire Q&A.
Griff Rhys Jones is starring in An Hour And A Half Late at Cambridge Arts Theatre (4-9 April), a funny portrait of a couple whose five minutes of candid conversation turns into an epic outpouring of emotions. This might be one to watch with a friend as I have a feeling it might hit a few home truths!
I’ve also got my eye on Fatal Attraction at Cambridge Arts Theatre (25-30 April), a stage version of the famous movie starring Footballer’s Wives‘ Susie Amy, soap star Oliver Farnworth and Louise Redknapp (I’ll try to quieten my inner Eternal fangirl).
Winner of America’s Got Talent Paul Zerdin is heading to the New Theatre Peterborough on 7 April with his show Hands Free. Must-read before you go – my interview with the star who reveals his love of ventriloquism and how he liked dressing up as a milk man when he was young, ahem.
Transport kids to the world of Pontypandy by join Sam, Penny, Elvis, naughty Norman Price and all the other stars of Fireman Sam at the Marina Theatre Lowestoft (13 April; 10.30am). Plot spoiler: Norman decides to become the star of a visiting circus and there’s a tiger on the loose. What could go wrong?
Go see Wide Horizons, a new exhibition by contemporary landscape painter Jo Rizzato at The Maltings Gallery at Snape Maltings (8 April – 11 May). Based in a town on the River Stour, it’s clear to see where her inspo comes from and we can’t get enough of the bold brushstrokes and colours.
Toward the Light is a beautiful exhibition running this month (1-22 April) at Ely Cathedral, showing silkscreen prints on handmade leaf paper created by artist Janet French, who uses materials she collects from East Anglian fields and woodlands.
Two of our favourite things: spas and delicious meals cooked by someone else! The Spa at Bedford Lodge has cleverly combined the two with a new Dusk & Dine package (£70), where you get to hang out in the spa from 4pm for up to three hours, then sit down to a three-course meal. Sold.
Treat a teen in your life to a Teens Half Day Spa Package with treatments at Potton Hall Spa near Saxmundham! Four hours of bliss, including out door hot tub, pool, sauna, steam room, flotation pool. Or, if raising a smile from a teen is too much hassle, join forces with a friend instead and book a Party For Two Spa this April, which includes afternoon tea, Prosecco and flotation therapy!
There’s heaps of fun to be had this Easter in Suffolk & Cambs, particularly during the Easter holidays.
Chippenham Park near Newmarket is holding an Easter egg hunt day (15 April, from £4 per child; 10am-4pm). A selection of red, blue and yellow bunnies will be hidden around the gardens and all the kids (ok you too) have to do is find them to claim your chocolate prize. In addition, anyone who spies one of three golden bunnies receives something egg-stra special. Time to get competitive.
Meanwhile in neighbouring Suffolk, the The Great Felixstowe Museum Easter Egg Hunt (13-14 April, booking essential) also offer the chance to procure some chocolate – kids get to search the museum for coloured eggs, which they can exchange for an edible reward – there’s also the chance to make some bunny ears and meet a giant rabbit too!
Combine chocolate and the great outdoors with an Easter Adventures in Nature at Orford Ness (15-18 and 23-24 April; 10am-5pm). Simply pick up your activity pack, complete the 10 nature-inspired activities hidden along the way and when you’re finished, pick up a Rainforest Alliance chocolate egg. Tickets (£4.50), on sale 7 April.
If you want to shift the emphasis away from chocolate (!), check out Bunny Tales taking place at Cambridge Central Library (13 April; 10.30-11.30am). It’s a free event and little ones get to make bunny-themed craft inspired by bunny books. Hop to it.
Keeping with the bunny theme, Clay Farm Centre near Trumpington is showing a free screening of movie Peter Rabbit (6 April; 10.30am) for kids aged four and over in its Eva Hartree Hall. And Cambridge’s TheLight Cinema is also showing Peter Rabbit (2 April)!
For more family-friendly things to do, check out our fun-finder Easter guide here.