The Cut in Halesworth has theatre, film, arts as well as a good cafe with WiFi.
HighTide is a festival for new theatre writing which takes place in Halesworth during the first two weeks of May – coinciding happily with asparagus season! It is making a real name for itself with patrons such as David Hare, Sinead Cusack and Bill Nighy.
Fisher Theatre in Bungay for a good range of theatre and arts.
Aldeburgh – take your pick from the visual arts, music, film, galleries. Aldeburgh was famously home to Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears and you can visit the Red House (you need to book ahead), find Maggi Hambling’s Scallop sculpture dedicated to the composer further up the beach and amble round the many galleries in the town showing painting and sculpture. Aldeburgh Cinema has been showing films since 1924, has a good programme and is a delight to visit.
Snape Maltings - there’s almost nothing you can’t do at Snape Maltings. Besides performances in the world class concert hall, there’s extensive shopping and good food to be had, as well as wonderful walks along the River Alde with stunning pieces of sculpture dotted around.
The Electric Picture Palace, home to the Southwold Film Society, is great fun. The cinema operates as a Film Society so you need to become a member but they do offer seasonal membership for a small fee. They are also licenced to conduct marriages should the fancy take you...
Westleton Books - this is a deservedly popular, quirky second-hand bookshop and gallery all rolled in to one.
Halesworth Arts Festival takes place in the early part of October each year and is a mix of music, visual arts, cinema and theatre.
Gig in the Park is held over the first weekend of August every year. It’s been building a fantastic following and books a mix of big name acts (Showaddywaddy, The Blockheads, The Buzzcocks, Suzi Quattro, Echo and the Bunnymen) as well as bands from Glastonbury and some more local performers.
Latitude is just four miles down the road from us, and you can enjoy a beautifully quiet cycle ride through the back roads to get there. If you fancy taking in a day pass whilst you’re staying at Ivy Grange Farm, then check their website. Latitude is generally held over a long weekend in the middle of July and gets booked up quickly!
A bit further afield - but definitely worth the trip if you are an Angie Lewin fan - is St Jude’s Gallery at Itteringham. You can buy her distinctive prints and fabric there as well as a good range of produce from the general stores that shares space with the gallery. The National Trust property Blickling Hall is just down the road, with great walking and pubs close by. You can easily spend a happy day exploring this part of north Norfolk.
If pottery if your thing, check out Mark Titchiner's work at his workshop gallery, open weekdays 9-5 and weekends by appointment (01986 785242). Mark holds two special exhibitions a year at his workshops and also runs regular ceramic courses at his Chediston Pottery.