Ipswich is home to some of most creative, exciting and inspiring arts & culture in the East of England; with a ground-breaking dance and theatre scene, a vibrant community of illustrators and photographers and a rich heritage of landscape painters that broke the mould.


400 seat theatre and production company with a dynamic programme of drama, comedy, contemporary theatre and, of course, their famous panto!

The New Wolsey Theatre is nationally renowned for the quality and diversity of its productions, both as a sole producer, and in collaboration with a diverse range of artists and companies. With a particular reputation for their incredible musicals, often employing actor-musicians, the New Wolsey is a leading player in the development of new musicals in the UK along with regularly staging world premieres. 

New Wolsey are also the creators of PULSE Festival; a bright and inspiring annual festival of contemporary theatre from established artists and emerging talent.

Browe all upcoming shows at New Wolsey Theatre...


Home to contemporary dance and performance in the East of England and a regular host to world premieres of internationally-acclaimed choreographers and dance companies.

DanceEast is custodian and curator of the Jerwood DanceHouse, the home of dance in the East of England. Its vision is to make the East of England a place where everyone has the opportunity to engage with great dance. It's ambition is to raise aspirations and transform lives through a programme of work that champions excellence, engages the public and inspires artists.

Watch a performance at DanceEast...

Ipswich Regent

East Anglia's largest theatre, a venue for UK and European touring shows and big-name acts from across comedy, music and theatre. 

The Ipswich Regent Theatre is the biggest theatre in Ipswich with over 1,500 seats and a long history and bringing the latest entertainment to the people of Ipswich. The theatre opened in 1929 and was one of the first UK theatres to play films with sound. Now, the theatre hosts touring musicals and productions, big-name comedians and popular singers and bands along with family entertainment shows 

See what's on at the Ipswich Regent...


Grass-roots theatre company; creators of Theatre In The Forest at Jimmy's Farm and residents of The Avenue Theatre.

A beacon for the local community, Red Rose Chain creates plays and films that provoke, excite and enrich themselves and everyone around them. The company perform and produce original dramas and comedy, always with thoughtful or ridiculous story! 

Red Rose Chain love to perform and reinvent Shakespeare, especially through their Theatre In The Forest productions; a unique outdoor theatre experience in the rugged woodlands at Jimmy's Farm that is a highlight of a Suffolk summer.

Find out more about Red Rose Chain...

And don't miss...

SPILL Festivalinternational festival of contemporary arts and activism hosted by Pacitti Company in Ipswich.

The Wolsey Art Gallery: significant collection of Constable and Gainsborough paintings and drawings in Christchurch Mansion.



St Michaels Church

The only church built in the 19th Century in Ipswich town centre was St Michaels Church. Designed by E F Bishop it was first consecrated in 1881 but unfortunately destroyed by fire in 2011. it...

St Peter's by the Waterfront

The Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange hosts a range of spectacular live events and performances and most recently it has been the stage for the notorious political debate program, Question Time. Also located to the back...

The Pin Mill Studio

The Pin Mill Studio is a beautiful creative space on the banks of the River Orwell next door to the famous Butt and Oyster pub.  With a cafe overlooking the Pin Mill shoreline, a gallery...

The Smokehouse

The Smokehouse is a live music venue based at South Street Studios in Ipswich, Suffolk. Bridging the gap between local pubs and 100+ capacity performance spaces, the venue plays host to national and...

Waterfront Gallery

The Waterfront Gallery at UCS in Ipswich is an innovative and exciting contemporary exhibition space. The Gallery is located within the main UCS Waterfront Building, facing onto the idyllic Ipswich...

Waterfront Studios

  Waterfront Studios is an innovative new creative industries hub that has been developed by the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Suffolk, in partnership with Ipswich Borough...