Categories and Listings

Area: Suffolk

Category Aldeburgh

'The Aldeburgh Literary Festival was started in 2002 by John and Mary James of The Aldeburgh Bookshop. It has featured an extraordinary variety of talks, from the local to the global, the serious to the hilarious, the scientific to the philosophical. The Festival is proud to be located in Aldeburgh at the Jubilee Hall and we are delighted that our audience fills the streets of Aldeburgh with visitors and conversation in a winter weekend. The intimate atmosphere makes it very special. We are also proud that this is a completely independent Literary Festival receiving no grants or sponsorship.' Normally held September.

'Started life as The Aldeburgh Festival Club. It was founded in 1948 , the year of the first Aldeburgh Festival and provided somewhere for Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears - together with the performers and guests, to meet in convivial surroundings ... With the passage of time, the close association with the Aldeburgh Festival diminished and after a number of years of falling membership and lower attendances at events - probably reflecting the changing demographic influences in the town, the Club members in 2014 decided to regenerate the Club and it was formally renamed The Aldeburgh Phoenix Club. Events are now held fortnightly in three different venues ... New members and guests are always made very welcome.'

Category Arts Festivals

'The Festival brings ten packed days of entertainment in venues and spaces all around the town. It allows us to see highly anticipated performances from artists of international renown alongside home-grown talent.' Normally held Mid May.

'An astronomy society based under the dark skies of the North Suffolk coast. We have been operating since Midsummer 2013 and have built up a group of likeminded members who cover various levels of competency, from absolute beginner to keen amateur, and who are all invested in the development of their astronomy knowledge and skills.'

Normally held Late June: 'The Friends of Felixstowe Book Festival is a group for those who would like to support the Festival and benefit from special offers. Membership will entitle you to early-bird booking, discounts and exclusive events'.

Category Arts Festivals

'Award-winning festival bursts with the very best from Music and the Arts; wander from Film to Music, Comedy to Literature and Theatre to Poetry in the stunning setting of Henham Park in the Suffolk countryside.' Normally held Late July.

'The National Horseracing Museum is a 5-acre site in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises three complementary attractions; National Horseracing Museum in the Trainer’s House and King’s Yard Galleries, the Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art in Palace House, and a chance to meet former racehorses in the flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses ... Make sure you find out if we have any special events, talks, or demonstrations on before your visit.'

'The Suffolk Stour was the ancient division between East Anglia and Essex but its source is in Cambridgeshire.  It is 50 miles long and winds its way through the countryside until it meets the sea at Harwich. Nayland and Wissington are two of the many settlements on its banks ... The Nayland with Wissington Conservation Society have three meetings, with specialist speakers, each year. We organise footpath walks in May and the long-established Open Gardens each June. The proceeds from this benefit various village conservation projects.'

'Our mission is to create, develop and produce a vital and dynamic programme of theatre, and other live performances and projects, for all the people of Suffolk and surrounding areas.'

'OASI is a society for people interested in astronomy. We are based at Orwell Park Observatory and Newbourne Village Hall, both situated near Ipswich, Suffolk. Members enjoy a wide range of interests in astronomy and include armchair astronomers, casual observers, and dedicated amateurs with specialist skills in visual and photographic observing, constructing telescopes, public education in astronomy and the history of astronomy.'

'Our first festival was in November 2016 and we hold them annually. We also work with local and national organisations in the arts & literary fields to support poetry in our area. We continue to be very heartened by the level of personal support and encouragement for our collaborative and volunteer led venture.' Normally held Early November.

'The Society was founded in 2003 to provide a focal point for amateur astronomers of all levels of interest and ability to meet and share their enjoyment of the night skies. Members are drawn from nearby towns and villages in the Stour Valley area and from further afield. At each meeting an illustrated talk will be given either by a society member or by a guest speaker.'

'The Association is a thriving community of over 700 beekeepers ... Its purpose is to promote good beekeeping. This involves crop pollination and the collection, sale, showing and use of honey and wax. We provide instructions and demonstrations in these subjects, leading to an understanding of these fascinating insects and how to keep them healthy. There are facilities for courses in beekeeping and nationally recognized examinations can be taken. There are also branch libraries with beekeeping books ... Regular indoor meetings are held at Kesgrave, Barsham and Bury St Edmunds with practical apiary meetings, social gatherings and events at other locations in the county during the year. Attendance at these events is open to non-members.'

Category Suffolk

'Suffolk Book League was founded in 1982 and has introduced a varied programme of novelists, historians, poets, journalists, biographers, MPs and social commentators to speak in Suffolk ... The SBL is a registered charity, the aim of which is to promote, encourage, foster or strengthen by all and every suitable means the habit of reading and the wider and more general distribution of books, by and among all people.'

Category Local Heritage

'Formed in 1993 to provide an opportunity for anyone with an interest in historic buildings, to develop and share their knowledge with like-minded individuals ... Evening meetings featuring guest lecturers are held in the autumn and winter months. We hold an annual social event with an eminent speaker at Christmas ... Evening Meetings at Haughley Barn are free to SHBG members: there is a charge of for non-members. Prior booking is not required.'

Category Suffolk

Member of the Local History Society Federations Grouping

Category Local Heritage

'The Suffolk Preservation Society (SPS) is the only countywide amenity society dedicated to protecting and promoting the special historic and landscape qualities of Suffolk ... We fight through the planning system to protect our built and natural heritage and to see that new development is sustainable, proportionate, well designed and respectful to Suffolk’s vernacular ... We encourage debate and interest in the subject of sustainable development that does not set the county in aspic but keeps Suffolk both growing AND beautiful.'

'The Forum was founded in 2008 by representatives of several Christian denominations and the Suffolk Inter-Faith Resource (SIFRE). It is supported by Churches Together in Suffolk. It meets five times a year in or near Ipswich. The Forum welcomes all who are interested in exploring Christian theological issues in an open non-partisan way.'

Category Local Heritage

'Awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon royal burial site.'  The Sutton Hoo Society organise the annual Basil Brown Lecture - plus other lectures and talks from time to time. The National Trust also have occasional talks and lectures.

Category Lowestoft

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Suffolk Grouping

Category Woodbridge

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Suffolk Grouping

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