May usually heralds the start of better weather, and there’s lots going on to enjoy.
After the launch of a new Arts Centre for the Felixstowe Peninsula in the former St Mary’s Church, Trimley St Mary – Two Sisters kicks off their programme with a series of jazz evenings on the first Friday of the month.
Friday 3rd sees Jazz East presenting The Paul Higgs Quartet.
Doors & Bar open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets £10 on the door or online at ticketsource.co.uk/two-sisters-arts-centre
Also on Friday 3rd The Spa Pavilion present Navi – The King of Pop at 8:00pm
This incredible production stars the world’s leading Michael Jackson tribute artist Navi, who is joined by Jackson’s original lead guitarist Jennifer Batten.
Jennifer was Michael’s “right-hand woman” on three sell-out world tours. Navi is regarded as the world’s No.1 MJ tribute artist and was hand-picked by Michael himself as his official body double
Now, Jennifer has teamed up with Navi for an unforgettable experience – taking fans closer than ever dreamed to an original MJ concert.
Tickets £26.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Saturday 4th there is Live Music and Entertainment at The Boardwalk Café Bar featuring Barney Holmes – 9pm till late – over 21’s smart dress
Also on Saturday 4th Music in Felixstowe present The Prometheus Orchestra at 7pm in St. John’s Church
Featuring Conductor Edmond Fivet. Anna Noakes on flute. With a programme including Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Damase – Concerto for Flute and Chamber Orchestra. Mendelssohn Symphony No 4 ‘Italian’.
Suffolk artist Chris Newson will present his exhibition ‘Maestros’.
Tickets £15.00 (includes wine), under 18 £5.00, children free. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
Also on Saturday 4th The Spa present Pride of Ireland at 7.30pm
Join an all star cast of Ireland’s most talented performers including Frank McCaffrey, Kathy Durkin and David James who will be accompanied by the fabulous Keltic Storm band and world champion Keltic Fusion Irish dancers for an unmissable “Pride of Ireland” show that will take you on a journey through the decades of a globally loved culture.
Tickets £25.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Sunday 5th from 9.30pm Live Music at The Alex present Backtrackin’. A high energy mix of classic rock and vintage pop covers; including The Who, Stereophonics, Queen, Madness and, maybe, even The Osmonds!
On Monday 6th The Spa presents Les Musicals 2019 Tour at 7pm
Musical theatre’s leading men and X Factor stars – Jonathan Ansell (G4 frontman) and Rhydian Roberts have joined forces to create a dramatic and spine tingling concert. This vocally dynamic evening showcases the smash hit songs from the greatest musicals of all time, brought to you by two of the world’s finest voices.
Adults £25.00. Concessions £23.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Thursday 9th The Spa present Mark Steel – Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright at 8pm
Mark’s sell-out show ‘Who Do I Think I Am’, revealed his natural father was a world backgammon champion. Now the star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town, and newspaper columnist of the year is touring a show which is guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is.
Tickets £18.00. 14+ recommended. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Friday 10th The Spa presents Mugenkyo Drummers – Tribe at 8pm
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers are the UK’s first and only professional touring taiko group, and Europe’s most established performing company in this fast-expanding field.
Adults £24.00. Concessions £22.00 Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Saturday 11th The Spa presents Carpenters Gold at 7.30pm
Immerse yourself in an enchanting evening featuring the musical brilliance of Richard and Karen Carpenter. From Close to You, all of their chart-topping hits feature including Top of the World, We’ve Only Just Begun, Goodbye to Love, Please Mr Postman, For All We Know and Only Yesterday.
West End star and director Vikki Holland-Bowyer not only perfectly emulates Karen’s legendary rich contralto, she even gets behind the drums! Also, The Carpenters’ on stage light-hearted humour is captured perfectly as Greg Stevenson effortlessly recreates Richard’s sublime piano playing supported by a band oozing Seventies glitz.
Adults £24.00. Concessions £22.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Wednesday 15th Music in Felixstowe present Brush Up Your Shakespeare at 11.30am in The Orwell Hotel
Featuring Emily Bennett and Brian Theodore Ralph with a words and music Shakespeare compilation. Tickets £10.00, children free. Available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
On Friday 17th The Spa presents Forbidden Nights at 8pm
The boys that took Britain’s Got Talent by storm are heading back to Felixstowe by popular demand as part of their 2019 Tour!
Brace yourself for two hours of thrilling action, provocative choreography with the ultimate Forbidden strip tease (and a few men in uniform thrown in for good measure). Abandon your inhibitions at the door as the talented cast of acrobats, fire acts, aerial artists and world-renowned circus performers flip and spin across the stage in this high-octane show.
Adults £28.00. Concessions £25.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Saturday 18th Ipswich Bach Choir present The Creation by Joseph Haydn at 7.30pm in St Andrews Church
Featuring Gill Wilson (Soprano, Gabriel and Eve), Tom Stapleton (Tenor, Uriel), and Alan Loader (Bass, Raphael and Adam). Conductor is Patrick McCarthy.
Tickets £14.00 (students £5.00). Available from The Card Centre in Hamilton Road or on the door on the night
Also on Saturday 18th The Community Light Orchestra presents a Concert of Light Classics and Music from the Shows at St Johns Church at 7.30pm
Including Poet and Peasant Overture – von Suppé; The Organ Symphony – Saint-Saëns; selection from Cats – Lloyd Webber; Dance of the Hours – Ponchielli; and Les Misérables – Schönberg. With Conductor – Roger Jones. Leader – Cecilia Metherell. Featuring solo organ – Peter Crompton.
Admission free. Retiring collection in aid of the Church fabric fund.
Also on Saturday 18th The Spa present The Drifters 2019 Tour at 7.30pm
A return visit for one of the most popular and iconic bands of the 20th C. with their massive catalogue of hits from both sides of the Atlantic.
Adults £25.00. Concessions £23.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
From Thursday 23rd – Monday 27th The White Horse have a Beer and Cider Festival
The Festival begins at 5pm on Thursday and there will be live music from: Friday 24 May – Soul Riot (from 9pm). Saturday 25 May – TBC. Sunday 26 May – Buzz (from 5pm).
And also from Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th The 14th Annual Trimley Beer Festival is at Trimley Sports and Social Club
Evening entertainment: Thursday 8pm – James’ Field. Friday 9pm – Hurricane Wolves. Saturday 9pm – MJ Soul.
Saturday 12 noon – 6pm . Family Fun Day. Admission free.
Sunday 2pm – 11-m: Music on the Green with various bands and acts.
Beer Festival entry for whole weekend £5.00, including the Annual Beer Festival glass.
On Friday 24h The Spa presents Jimmy Carr – Terribly Funny
Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket.
Two shows at 7pm and 10pm. Tickets £33.50 Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Saturday 25th from 7.30pm – 10pm UpFront Productions present The Entrepreneur – You’re Dead! At Felixstowe Library
A murder mystery evening in the style of a radio production from UpFront Productions. Watch the play, interview the suspects and solve the murder before the detective reveals the culprit. There’s a prize for the winning team!
Tickets £7.00 per person, includes nibbles. Bring your own drinks and glasses.
Come as a ready-made team of 4-6 or we’ll team you up. Pre-booking essential. 01394 330850.
On Sunday 26th The Spa present Forever in Blue Jeans at 7.30pm
A perfect feast of entertainment starring Carole Gordon with terrific singers, dancers and musicians playing the best in Country Music and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Adults £24.00. Concessions £22.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Sunday 26th there’s Live Music at The Alex from 9.30pm featuring The Scarecrow Band.
On Wednesday 29th Music in Felixstowe presents Mozart’s Muses at 11.30am at The Orwell Hotel
Fiona Jessica Wilson (soprano) returns with her one-woman show, shedding light on the many female singers Mozart met, composed for and, in many cases, fell in love with. The show includes live singing, excerpts from recordings and the voices of both Leopold and Wolfgang.
Tickets £10.00, children free. Available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
On Thursday 30th The Spa presents Pop Divas Live! At 3pm
Little Mix will cast some Black Magic and Taylor Swift will Shake It Off as four enormously talented girls bring you up close and personal with the greatest female pop performers of today.
Tickets £15.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.