What's on in Sudbury May 2016
27th April 2016
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Sudbury is well known for its association with art, the annual Garlanding of Thomas Gainsborough’ Statue on the Market Hill is on May 14 at 10.30am.  The Mayor and Mark Bills will kick off the day by the statue and then all will be led by the Great Waldingfield Bush Band down to the Gainsborough’s House for the festive day!  Free Guided Tours on the hour from 11am until 3pm.

Art About Town is a prelude to Suffolk Open Studios and Sudbury will be displaying art by local artists in Winch & Blatch, Art & Framing Studio and The Angel between May 13 and 28.  Another opportunity to find out more and pick up a guide for the open studios will be on May 29 when artists will be on the Market Hill showcasing their work.


St. Peter’s on the Market Hill always has a wide range of events including free lunchtime concerts every Tuesday between 12.30 and 1.30, where everyone is welcome to pop in.   St Peter’s is an excellent venue for exhibitions and between May 7 and 14 they will be an exhibition of fine art prints by Members of the Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop.


Another annual event across Suffolk is the Walking Festival and there will be four guided walks in Sudbury; England’s Silk Capital and Duelling Dragons & Other Legends on May 27, Sudbury Commons & Orchids Walk on May 28 and In Gainsborough’s Footsteps on June 5.


Whether its music, film or drama there is always something to suit everyone at the Quay Theatre; Original New Yorker Lewis Schaffer, the comedians’ comedian will be performing on Friday May 6 at 8pm.  Pay what you want at the end of the show!  There will be a live streaming from the Royal Ballet of their new production, ‘Frankenstein’ on Wednesday, May 18 and between May 25 and 28, Sudbury Musicals Society will be putting on the vibrant musical comedy, ‘They’re playing our Song’.

For a full list of all the events visit the Sudbury Tourist Information Centre located in the Sudbury Library or on the What’s On page here




Gainsborough’s House

Exhibition – The Etchings of Samuel Palmer until June 5

Garlanding & Festive Day – May 14


Quay Theatre

Aspects of Culture in Victorian Sudbury – May 1

Bar Quiz – May 4

45 Years – May 5

Lewis Schaffer – May 6

Acoustic Night –May 7

Outside Edge – May 10 to 14

Carol – May 19

Shakespeare: The Ever Living – May 20

The Searchers & Hollies Experience – May 21

Open Music Night – May 29

Lady in the Van – May 31


St Peter’s Church

Kettle & Fish – Every Thurs

Music at Lunchtime – Every Tues

Organ Concert with David Butcher – May 1

Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop Exhibition – May 7 to14

Bell Ringing Practice – May 15

Public Reading Entertainments – May 18 & 25

Celebration of Richmond Fellowship – May 20

Craft & Gift Fair – May 21

Farmer’s Market – May 27


Art About Town – May 13 to 28

The Angel

The Art Framing Centre

Winch and Blatch


Sudbury Library

Toptime – Every Tuesday

Guided Walk – May 21

Sew Crafty – May 21


The Granary Tea Room

Sudbury Boat Trips to Gt Cornard Lock – Every Sunday


Market Hill

Plant Sale – May 2

Art About Town Stall – May 28


Sudbury Open Gardens – May 1 & 2


St Gregory’s Church

French Horn Concert – May 11


AFC Sudbury

Tales of Ipswich Town from Yester Year – May 7


Stepping out in Suffolk – Health Walks

Quay Theatre – May 3, 17 & 31


Suffolk Walking Festival in Sudbury – May 27 & 28

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