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Arts and culture in Suffolk are as varied and inspiring as anywhere in the country, combining new and original theatre, dance, festivals, and numerous galleries and museums – all with a Suffolk twist.

Suffolk was the birthplace of Benjamin Britten, arguably the greatest composer of the 20th century, and as such has a rich music heritage. Britten founded Aldeburgh Music and the Aldeburgh Festival in the 1940s, and both remain cornerstones of Suffolk’s music culture.

Suffolk also has a rich fine art heritage, as the birthplace of Thomas GainsboroughJohn Constable, Alfred Munnings, and Maggi Hambling. Their legacies live on through Hambling’s controversial sculpture on Aldeburgh beach, Gainsborough House museum in Sudbury, and the landscape of Constable Country. Of the many art galleries in Suffolk, Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich is a must-visit, boasting the largest collection of Constable and Gainsborough works outside of London. Others include the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout, a diminutive gallery by the sea.

Ipswich is also home to DanceEast – the best place to see dance in the East of England – and no less than four excellent theatres. Other theatres in Suffolk include the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, a restored Regency theatre and one of the oldest three playhouses in Britain, and theatres at Lowestoft, Felixstowe, Bungay, Sudbury, and Halesworth.

There are many fantastic museums in Suffolk where you might find yourself milling flour, taking a vintage train along an old Suffolk railway, learning Anglo-Saxon crafts, or even testing your skills as a jockey.

Perhaps the most famous aspect of arts and culture in Suffolk is its sheer number of festivals, among them Latitude Festival (winner of the UK Festival Award for Best Line Up 2015), and the boundary-pushing SPILL Festival of Performance. There is a festival for everyone in Suffolk, whether you love classical music, folk, rock, jazz, art, theatre, poetry, documentaries, comedy, food, or even sea shanties!

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Lowestoft Arts Centre
Lowestoft, Suffolk
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Primadonna festival
Stowmarket, Suffolk
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John Peel Centre for Creative Arts
Church Walk, Stowmarket
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SPILL Central
1 Upper High St, Ipswich
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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout
31 Crag Path, Aldeburgh
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Aldeburgh Cinema
51 High St, Aldeburgh
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The Smoke House
South Street Studios 6 South Street, Ipswich
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Seckford Theatre
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Ipswich Film Theatre
King Street, Ipswich
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The Quay Theatre
Sudbury, Suffolk
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Philip Hodge Antiques
Weybread, Suffolk
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The Seagull
Lowestoft, Suffolk
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Royal Naval Patrol Service Museum
Lowestoft, Suffolk
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The Marina Theatre
Lowestoft, Suffolk
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Deborah Baynes Pottery Studio
Shotley, Suffolk
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Anthony Cullen Photography
Pin Mill, Ipswich
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Wattisham Airfield Museum
Wattisham, Suffolk
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Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum
Martlesham Heath, Ipswich
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Christchurch Mansion
Ipswich, Suffolk
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Ipswich Regent Theatre
3 St Helens Street, Ipswich
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DanceEast
Ipswich, Suffolk
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The Apex
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Westgate St, Bury Saint Edmunds
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Abbeygate Cinema
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
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The Hunter Gallery
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
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Moyse’s Hall Museum
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
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Woolpit and District Museum
Woolpit, Suffolk
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Elm Tree Gallery
Woolpit, Suffolk
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Ipswich Transport Museum
Ipswich, Suffolk
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West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
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Beyond the Image Photographer’s Gallery
Thornham Magna, Suffolk
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The Modern Calligraphy Company
Wingfield, Diss
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The Red Feather Club (95th BG)
Nr Eye, Suffolk
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Red Rose Chain
Birkfield Drive, Ipswich
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Holy Trinity Church Blythburgh
Halesworth, Suffolk
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Halesworth & District Museum
Halesworth, Suffolk
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The Cut
Halesworth, Suffolk
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The World Land Trust Gallery
Halesworth, Suffolk
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Alfred Corry Museum
Southwold, Suffolk
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Southwold Arts Centre
Southwold, Suffolk
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Suffolk Summer Theatres
Southwold, Suffolk
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Southwold Museum
Southwold, Suffolk
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Sailors’ Reading Room
Southwold, Suffolk
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The Amber Museum
Southwold, Suffolk
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Buckenham Galleries
Southwold, Suffolk
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Electric Picture Palace
Southwold, Suffolk
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Thorington Theatre
Thorington, Suffolk
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Dunwich Museum
Dunwich, Suffolk
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Snape Maltings
Saxmundham, Suffolk
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Long Shop Museum
Leiston, Suffolk
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The Red House
Aldeburgh, Suffolk
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The Aldeburgh Museum
Aldeburgh, Suffolk
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Thompson’s Gallery
Aldeburgh, Suffolk
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Mid Suffolk Light Railway & Museum
Wetheringsett, Suffolk
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Mechanical Music Museum and Bygones
Stowmarket, Suffolk
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Twisted Horseshoe Knives
Stowmarket, Suffolk
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Food Museum
Stowmarket, Suffolk
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The Regal Theatre
Stowmarket, Suffolk
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Lanman Museum
Framlingham, Suffolk
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Parham Airfield Museum
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Kingdom Forge
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Laxfield and District Museum
Laxfield, Suffolk
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Debach Airfield Museum
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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EJaRt Creative Gallery
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Old Jet Arts Centre
Suffolk, IP12 2TW
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The Hush House
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Bentwaters Cold War Museum
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Orford Museum
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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The Longshed
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Woodbridge Museum
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum
Woodbridge, Suffolk
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Felixstowe Museum
Felixstowe, Suffolk
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The Spa Pavilion Theatre
Felixstowe, Suffolk
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Lowestoft Maritime Museum
Lowestoft, Suffolk
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Ipswich Museum
Ipswich, Suffolk
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Ipswich Art Gallery
Ipswich, Suffolk
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Pykenham Gatehouse
Ipswich, Suffolk
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Sir John Mills Theatre
Ipswich, Suffolk
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Eastern Angles
Ipswich, Suffolk
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The New Wolsey Theatre
Ipswich, Suffolk
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HighTide
Ipswich, Suffolk
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The Town Hall Galleries
Ipswich, Suffolk
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Suffolk Craft Society
Ipswich, Suffolk
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Ipswich Town Hall Gallery
Ipswich, Suffolk
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Ipswich Corn Exchange
Ipswich, Suffolk
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Ridgewell Airfield Commemorative Museum
Halstead, Essex
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Lavenham Contemporary Gallery
Lavenham, Suffolk
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Lion House Gallery
Lavenham, Suffolk
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Sea Pictures Gallery
Clare, Suffolk
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Gainsborough’s House
Sudbury, Suffolk
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Haverhill Arts Centre
Haverhill, Suffolk
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National Horse Racing Museum
Newmarket, Suffolk
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Little Hall Lavenham
Sudbury, Suffolk
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