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What’s on this week in Suffolk & Cambs: 12 – 18 Oct

Find the fun with my curated guide to hip happenings in Suffolk Cambs and beyond this week.

Gaia (Earth Artwork), The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, until 18 October 

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Fancy seeing the earth from a different perspective after months looking at the same four walls? You could either book a ticket on Branson’s Virgin Galactic moon holiday, or for something cheaper and less daring try standing in front of the world like this man next month when Gaia, an enormous and awe-inspiring spherical sculpture of our planet Earth, is installed at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds from 3 to 18 October. Gaia has recently been shown in Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan and at the Natural History Museum in London and this amazing piece of rotating art, created by UK artist Luke Jerram, is 7 metres in diameter, will give you a sense of the ‘Overview Effect’ as experienced by astronauts.

Live theatre shows, Town and Gown Cambridge, throughout October

Yes you heard right, actual live theatre shows to go along to people! This is all thanks to the brand spanking new Town & Gown Pub and Theatre venue that has just opened in Cambridge. The top floor of this fabulous new venture houses a 100-seater auditorium and while Covid means audience numbers are restricted you can still get your hands on tickets for the following events this month. This week you can see Bingo at Tiffany’s with Audrey Heartburn on 16 Oct and Cabaret Whore on 16 Oct.

CULTURE: Author events at Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge, 13 and 15 October


Heffers Bookshop in Cambridge has another stellar online line-up of literary stars to see you through October. The online talks and events start on 1 Oct and run until 29th. The events this week include Join Brian Dillon in conversation with Stuart Kelly, author and literary editor of Scotland on Sunday talking about his new book Suppose A Sentence – a series of essays asking what the sentence is today on 15 October; and Matt Forde – author, satirist and host of the award-winning ‘The Political Party with Matt Forde’ podcast talking to Alastair Campbell (former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman) on 13 Oct about his new book Politically Homeless.

FOOD & DRINK: Suffolk Farmer’s Market, 17 October, Trinity Park, Ipswich 

The Suffolk Farmer’s Market is back in the giant Cattle Sheds at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on October 17th with its usual range of stalls selling all the best local produce, hot food and handmade crafts. Full social distancing measures will be in place.

EXHIBITION: Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, until 8 Nov

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We’re rather proud of our Suffolk son, Ed Sheeran, so proud in fact that we’ve had an entire exhibition devoted to his work running for months in Ipswich to coincide with the four coming home performances he did in 2019. The exhibition features portraits by artist Colin Davidson, photography by Mark Surridge and personal items portraying the journey from Ed’s school life in Suffolk to international stardom.

EXHIBITION: The Good Companions: The many roles of our canine friends, National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket, until 1 November

Violet Munnings on Exmoor, c1924, by Sir Alfred Munnings, copyright the estate of Sir Alfred Munnings, Dedham, Essex

If you love dogs as much as we do, this will be a must-attend exhibition. The Good Companions: The Many Roles of our Canine Friends opened on 28 July and is a compelling and engaging exploration of our relationship with dogs down the centuries. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawing, sculptures, photographs, books and objects, even taxidermy of four-legged friends, all depicting our favourite furry friends. Book here.


KIDS: Brick or Treat, Legoland, Windsor, 15 Oct – 8 Nov 

I’ve run out of jokes about Brick or Treat – that’s how long this Legoland event has been running! Lots of spooky(ish) additions to the park, plus new for 2020, there’s a brand new dance extravaganza The Haunted Lighthouse Halloween Show and a new scary character, Scarecrow.

EXHIBITION: Among The Trees, The Hayward Gallery, Southbank, until 31 Oct 

From Colombian rainforests and remote Japanese islands to olive orchards in Israel and a 9,550-year-old spruce in Sweden, this mixed media exhibition explores trees relationship to humans, featuring work from 37 international artists. You’re right on the Southbank so plenty of foodie options to head to after your culture fix.

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