So as we gear up for Christmas – there’s a number of events this week to get you in the mood
On Friday 30th Trimley St. Mary – Christmas Tree Switch On at 6.30pm at the Junction of High Road and New Road, Trimley St. Mary Father Christmas and carols led by Felixstowe Harmonies. Hot chocolate and refreshments.
Admission free. Donations will be split between the Level Two Youth Project and Trimley East Neighbourhood Watch.
On Saturday 1st Felixstowe Christmas Craft Market and Lighting Up Day from 10am – 6pm
Fantastic range of gift and food stalls to browse along Hamilton Road, Lions Club food and charity stalls at the Triangle along with Santa’s Grotto, carol singing and live entertainment throughout the afternoon.
A children’s candlelight parade (starting at 1630) along Hamilton Road leads up to the Christmas lights switch on at 5pm. Admission free.
1130 Music from “Kingjay”.
1230 Santa and Rudolf arrive at Great Eastern Square, then leave at 1245.
1300 Santa arrives at the Triangle. Grotto opens.
1315 Music from “Kingjay”.
1340 Music from Bob with his guitar.
1415 Imagine Theatre Group.
1455 Felixstowe Harmonies.
1530 Hara Tribal Belly dancers.
1545 Felixstowe Schools Christmas Charity Music Project.
1620 Felixstowe Salvation Army Band.
1650 Speeches by the Mayor of Felixstowe and Lions President David Cawdron.
1700 Lights switch on.
1705 Music from “Ali Mac”.
Also on Saturday The Spa Pavilion presents Purple Zeppelin at 7.30pm
As featured in the BBC TV documentary “The Joy of the Guitar Riff”, Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest rock bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.
Purple Zeppelin are four talented and versatile musicians with decades of playing between them, comprising thousands of sessions and gigs both in the UK and overseas, selling out venues up and down the country. The band are genuine admirers of both Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and with the accent firmly on entertainment, this show promises to be a night not to be missed, complete with Ritchie Blackmore’s Lute, Jimmy Page’s twin neck Guitar and Theremin, and a very special Violin Bow Solo!
Adults £22.00. Concessions £20.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
Also on Saturday 1st is the Mayor’s Charity Christmas Concert at 7.30pm in St Johns Church
Featuring Janet Dann, Orwell Connection Choir, Felixstowe Children’s Choir and the Suffolk Over 50’s Band. Raising funds for the Mayor’s charities – The BASIC Life Charity and The Laydens Community Cafe.
Tickets £10.00, including mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls. Pre-booking essential. Available from the BASIC Life shops – Felixstowe 01394 272618 and Walton 01394 279400; The Laydens Community Cafe 01394 270225; and Felixstowe Town Hall 01394 288193.
On Sunday 2nd Music in Felixstowe present Seckford Brass and Massed Singers at 3pm in St Felix Church
Christmas concert featuring Seckford Brass, Felixstowe Community and Children’s choirs and vocal group “OCTAVE”.
Tickets £12.00, children free. Available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
Sunday 2nd December also sees Jazz at The Alex from 8:00pm — 9:30pm featuring Brazillince Admission free.
On Tuesday 4th Orwell Connection Choir present a Christmas Concert at 7.30pm at St Felix Church
An evening of songs and carols with the Orwell Connection Choir.
Admission free (donations welcome for St. Elizabeth Hospice).
On Friday 7th Variations Choir present Christmas Carols and Songs from 11am – 12pm at Great Eastern Square
Admission free. Collection for the local branch of the East Suffolk Association for the Blind.
On Friday 7th at 8pm The Spa presents Jim Davidson – On The Road Again
The people’s favourite comedian takes to ‘The Road Again’ with a brand-new show which promises to be the antidote to this ‘PC’ world we now live in.
Guaranteed to be outrageous and as truthful as ever. Over 18 strongly recommended.
Adults £26.00. Concessions £24.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Saturday 8th at 7pm The Dorian Singers Christmas Concert is Handel’s Messiah in St Andrews Church
Featuring Julie Roberts (soprano), Codrutaz Oros-Marsh (contralto), Paul Bloomfield (tenor), Mark Saberton (bass) and Alan Loader (conductor).
Tickets £15.00, under 18’s £5.00. Including refreshments. Available from The Card Centre (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 283170, or on the door on the night. In aid of The Alzheimer’s Society
Also on Saturday 8th Felixstowe Harmonies present Good Old Music Hall Days at 7.30pm at The Labour Club
A multifarious jollification of refinement, unimpeachable virtuosity, erudite and crooning presentations of ditties, reminiscences and monologues. Special guests ‘Essentially Swing’ will also be playing WW1 numbers.
Raising funds for Suffolk Night Owls. Bar open. Tickets £10.00. Pre-booking essential. 07954 465430.
Also on Saturday 8th The Spa presents The Tina Turner Experience – Simply the Best at 7.30pm
Returning to The Spa by popular demand, this fully live energetic show charts the life and career of one of the world’s iconic performers.
It’s chock full of Tina’s smash hits like “Private Dancer”, “Nutbush City Limits”, “Proud Mary”, “River Deep Mountain High”, “Let’s Stay Together” and so many more for the ultimate night out for lovers of live rock music and especially Tina Turner’s music.
Adults £24.50. Concessions £22.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
And on Sunday 9th The Spa presents The Big Band at Christmas at 3pm
Swing ‘n’ sing-along into Christmas – with the unique Five Star Swing Big Band show.
As featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre and BBC “Children in Need”. Enjoy all your favourite Christmas songs with the dynamic Big Band treatment from Glenn Miller, Sinatra and Nat King Cole – jazzing up those Jingle Bells!
Adults £22.50. Concessions £19.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
Also on Sunday 9th Felixstowe Community Strings present a Christmas Concert at 3pm at St Peter & St Paul Church
Featuring the Orwell Connection Choir and Felixstowe Children’s Choir. Refreshments available. Adults £5.00, children free. Tickets on the door. 07749 238418.