Now Booking: Friends of Southwold Library present

Slaughter in Southwold: Southwold Library Crime Writers Festival

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June At Southwold Arts Centre, St Edmunds Hall

Authors Talks by: Val McDermid, Nicci French, Elly Griffiths, Felix Francis, Mick Herron, Kate Ellis, Martin Edwards, Jill Dawson & Mark Dawson.

Tickets £6 per talk, £18 per day or £36 for the weekend (lunches not included)

Lunches with the authors £10 - provided by Café 51 & Mark’s Fish Shop


  • “The Mystery of Mr E.” – Sophie Hannah’s Murder Mystery Musical Sat 8th June 2.30pm & 7.30pm
  • Ann Cleeves’ “Bannocks & Blood” Murder Mystery Night Friday 14th June 7.00pm
  • Fun Crime Quiz Night Saturday 15th 7.00pm
  • Whodunnit Puzzle Sheet available now - £1.  Solve the crime and you could win a £10 Book Token
  • Raffle for a Luxury Crime Related Hamper (raffle tickets available from 1st May at Southwold Library)

Book at the library, by phone 01502 722519 or on the website


David Walliams Fing Fun!

Sunday 5th May 11.30am

Find out about David Walliams’ new book

Plus games & fun – including make your own hairy Fing!

For more details contact Southwold Library 01502 722519


Peppa Pig: Stories, Food Crafts & Arts

Monday 6th May 11.00am & 2.00pm

@Southwold Boating Lake & Tearooms        

We’re having a Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Party!  Make a Peppa Party Hat and Bunting. Create (and eat) some muddy puddle cakes.  Bring your wellies and make some art!

For more details contact Southwold Library 01502 722519


Get the Aloe Glow: Find Out About the Power of Aloe

Tuesday 7th May 10.00am – 12.00noon

Come and have a chat with Philippa Salvoni about the wonderful healing power of aloe vera, the medicine plant.

Try a free shot of the best-selling aloe drink and sample some of her gorgeous all natural product range. 


Legal Matters Information & Advice: Powers of Attorney What are they and do I need one?

Friday 10th May 7.00pm @ Southwold Library

Local Solicitor Stuart Johnson, fully accredited with Solicitors for the Elderly, will advise on what a Power of Attorney is, why you might need one and how to go about setting it up.


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Celebrating 30 Years

Sunday 12th May 11.30am

“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” Story, Crafts, Games & Fun!


Suffolk Libraries Presents:

The Importance of Being Earnest

Wednesday 15th May 2.30pm & 7.30pm Southwold Arts Centre, St Edmunds Hall.  Tickets £10 (£8 for 12s and under)

Suffolk Libraries Presents are amazing performances and cultural events recorded live and screened using top quality projection equipment.

A ‘brilliantly funny’ and ‘charming’ new production of one of the funniest plays in English, Oscar Wilde’s   The Importance of Being Earnest,  filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays.  Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners.

Michael Fentiman’s ‘absolutely hilarious’ adaptation stars Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson and Jeremy Swift alongside Fiona Button, Pippa Nixon and Stella Gonet.

Tickets available from Southwold Library, Southwold Arts Centre and via


Meet the Author: Michelle Paver

Thursday 16th May 7.00pm St Peters Church, Wenhaston

Michelle Paver is a bestselling novelist & her books for adults include “Dark Matter”, “Thin Air” and her new title, “Wakenhyrst”, which will be of special interest to local readers as it is a gothic novel set in Edwardian Suffolk.  Wakenhyrst was inspired by the story of the Wenhaston Doom (a medieval painting of the Last Judgement in St Peter’s Church).  Michelle will be talking about her writing and signing copies of her books.

Tickets are £5 including a glass of wine. Available from Southwold Library 01502 722519 or


Crime  Prevention Drop in Session & Suffolk Constabulary Safe Key Scheme Information

21st May 2019 from 10.30am

Meet PC 187 Simon Green the Suffolk  Constabulary Community Engagement Officer for Halesworth, Leiston & Eye.


Legal Matters Information & Advice Drop-in: Workshop on Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney

Tuesday 21st May from 4.30pm

Free general guidance in a workshop covering the above topics - available on a first come/first serve basis.

With local Solicitor Stuart Johnson, fully accredited with Solicitors for the Elderly.


Friends of Southwold Library Fete & Plant Sale

Saturday 25th May 10.00am – 4.00pm

Fete on North Green including plants, books, crafts, cakes, tombola & games

Sunday 26th May 10.00am – 4.00pm

Plants for sale at Southwold Library

Would you be able to give us any plants?

If you think you can please contact Southwold Library, 01502 722519

All funds towards supporting Southwold Library


Bite Size Ballets : Elves and the Shoemaker

Wednesday 29th May 10.30am Southwold Arts Centre, St Edmunds Hall

This unique children’s classic story is brought to life in colourful, fun, and engaging ballet performances, curated especially with young families and pre-schoolers in mind.

A hard-working shoemaker struggles to support his family. But when he sees a poor lady in need of help, he gives her his final pair of shoes.  The next morning he awakes to find that his last piece of leather has been transformed into the most magnificent pair of magical shoes. But who has mysteriously made them?

Each story is read for the cinema audience by BBC’s Anita Rani and includes dance move demos by the professional ballet dancers for children to try.  These bite sized ballets provide the perfect way to introduce young children to the artistic beauty of ballet in a comfortable, affordable, local family friendly setting while encouraging a fun trip to the cinema and an engaging interactive experience.

Tickets are £4 per child, accompanying adults free!

Tickets available from Southwold Library, Southwold Arts Centre and


Suffolk Wildlife Trust: Marsh on the move roadshow

Friday 31st May 10.00am – 12.00pm

Marsh on the move roadshow from Carlton Marshes with their Suffolk Wildlife Trust Wild Learning Officer Katy Runacres

Information and fun with activities for the kids including: That stinks!, Poo power!, and Be a Marsh detective.


Library Book Sale

Sunday 5th May 2-3.30pm.

Fill a bag for £3.00 (Bring your own bag).

Fiction, Non-fiction and Kids’ books.


Jigsaw Club: Jigsaw Puzzle Group for Adults

First, Third & Fifth Tuesdays from 2.00pm

Come and add some pieces to the latest jigsaw

Next dates: Tuesday 7th May & Tuesday 21st May


Lego for Adults: Stress relieving, creative and fun.

First Tuesday from 7.00pm & Last Wednesday from 2.00pm

Come and build whatever you like.  Lego provided.  Refreshments available

Next date: Tuesday 7th May 7.00pm & Wednesday 29th May 2.00pm


Craft & Chat: Craft Group for Adults

Second Tuesdays from 2.00pm

Bring your knitting, sewing or any other craft.  Meet like-minded crafters.

Refreshments available.

Next date: Tuesday 14th May


Mah-jong Group Thursday 9th May 6.30pm

Can you play mah-jong?  Do you want to learn?

Come along and join the group at Southwold Library

For more details contact Southwold Library 01502 722519



Colouring for Adults: Unwind, unleash your creativity, relax & have fun.

Fourth Tuesdays from 2.00pm

Colouring sheets, pens & pencils provided (or bring your own).  Refreshments available

Next date: Tuesday 28th May


Blyth Poets “The isle is full of voices”: poetry group meeting at Southwold library

Wednesday 29th May 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Usually the last Wednesday of the month

All welcome to read or just listen.  We invite contributions of original work or well-loved poems.

There will be refreshments available.


Southwold Library Reading Group.

Thursday 6th June 6.30pm

Discussing “Slow Horses” by  Mick Herron.


Baby Bounce and Tot Rock

Tuesday & Sunday 10.30-11.00am.

Music, rhymes, singing and dancing for babies and toddlers.


Lego Club!

Sundays 12.15-1.00pm

Open to kids (and adults) of all ages

This Spring we’re building: Wonderful Wildlife

All donations of Lego welcome

Adults: Would you like to help with Lego Club?  Just ask staff


Treasure Trails: The Fun Way to Explore

You can now buy Treasure Trails treasure hunts from Southwold Library.  Follow the trails, solve the clues and see the sights. 

Pick up either the Southwold or the Suffolk Coast trails from Southwold Library today, fun for all ages.


Trading Standards & Fire Safety Information

Second Tuesday of every month 10.30am – 1.00pm

For more details ring Southwold Library 01502 722519 


Every Sunday:

Baby Bounce and Tot Rock 10.30-11.00am.  Music, rhymes, singing and dancing for babies and toddlers.

Lego Club 12.15-1.00pm.  Open to kids (and adults) of all ages.  Come and build together!


Do you want to learn to: Use a computer laptop or tablet?  Use email? Use a specific website?  Register for Gateway to Homechoice?  Operate your phone, laptop or tablet?  Use ebooks, eaudio books, emagazines or Freegal music?  Half Hour one-to-one sessions Sunday afternoons 1-4.  All abilities welcome from never having touched a computer to just needing a few pointers.  Ask at Southwold Library to book a half hour session


Charlotte Clark

Library Manager

Suffolk’s Libraries IPS Limited

Southwold Library

North Green


Suffolk IP18 6AT

Tel:   01502 722519


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