Woodbridge Library – Events in May 2022

Opening Hours:

Mon: 10am – 4pm

Tue: 9am – 7:30pm

Wed: 9am – 5:30pm

Thu: 9am – 5:30pm

Fri: 9am – 7pm

Sat: 9am – 5pm

Sun: 10am – 4pm

Please note: The library will be closed on the following date:

Monday 2nd: Bank Holiday


The Friends of Woodbridge Library

If you’re enthusiastic about libraries, would enjoy helping to organise library events and are willing to help with our fundraising activities, please ask a member of staff for more details.


Suffolk Libraries and Friends Charity Goodies

Show your support for your local library by carrying a cotton shopping bag bearing the Friends logo for £3. There is also a Friends bookmark for £1 – which is magnetic, so you won’t lose your page.

Also available is a Suffolk Libraries “I’m a Borrower” tote bags for £3.50, or for £5 you can receive both the tote bag and as much fiction as you can fit inside!


Citizens Advice – Every Monday 10am – 12pm at the library

Free, confidential and impartial advice to everybody regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or disability. No booking necessary.



Throughout May, Moving Pens Group will be exhibiting their work in the library.

“The exhibition features watercolours, drawings and prints from a locally based group who enjoy experimenting with different techniques.”


Woodbridge Writers Group – 4th and 18th May (1st and 3rd Wednesday of Every Month) 10.00am – 12.00pm

Join our friendly group for reciprocal feedback, encouragement, and support in regard to anything you’re writing or have written. A group of like-minded writers will be meeting in the Meeting Room.

For more information, E-mail:


Chess Club at Woodbridge Library Every Friday – 4:30pm

An enthusiastic chess club for anyone interested in testing their strategic skills. From first-timers to Firouzjas, all are welcome!

Please contact the library for further information (01394 330855).


‘Anyone for Bridge?’, Every Wednesday 3.45-5.15pm

A small group of bridge players gather to play and help one another to improve their game. If you would like to come along and join in, please come to the meeting room at the library and you will be very welcome.

There is a charge of £2 per person to cover room hire.


TONIC starts on Friday 29th April 10:30am – 12pm

A new seated singing group for people living with chronic pain and/or long-term health conditions, taking place every Friday. Join us for tea and a tune! This is a free activity run by CohereArts.


Sunday Book Group – 1st May 2:00pm – 3:30pm

The group meets to discuss their latest book in the meeting room at Woodbridge Library. Come along and get involved in our friendly and informal book group. All are welcome!


Pram Push and Toddle – Tuesday 3rd May 10am Elmhurst Park (meet at the bandstand)

Families and parents-to-be are invited to a sponsored pram push and toddle. The gentle walk will be followed by toddler friendly activities provided by Baby Senses plus a free tea or coffee at The Boathouse. For more information, please see


​Woodbridge Area Gamers – Saturday 7th May 1pm – 5pm

Come along to play modern strategy board games, both simple and complex, with a range provided that’s suitable for all age groups. This is an open doors group where all are welcome.


Work Well Job Club – Monday 9th May 1:30pm – 3:30pm (Every Monday of the month)

Want to improve your skills with CV’s, cover letters and job applications? Need advice for applying for work? This could be the chance to fulfil your potential! Work Well Suffolk are here every second Monday of the month, and they can help if you’re 18+, having trouble finding work, have a long-term health condition or if you have a learning disability.

Learn more about how Work Well Suffolk can help by getting in touch at


​Write Now Writing Group – Tuesday 10th May 2pm – 4pm Are you interested in writing short stories and poetry? Looking to share your work with others and get peer support, exchange ideas and more? We would be delighted for you to join us for our friendly and informal monthly writing group!

Everyone can write – all abilities are welcome. Bring your work or come along and listen to others share their words. For more information and to confirm your attendance, email


Woodbridge Writers’ Workshop – Tuesday 10th May 17:15 – 19:15

Creative poets and budding authors alike can meet up to share their ideas and gain support from fellow writers at this informal Writers’ Workshop.

All writing abilities are welcome, for more information and to confirm your attendance please contact


‘Books, Banter and Biscuits’ Book Group – Thursday 12th May 2pm – 4pm

A book group that’s open to everyone, meeting on the second Thursday of every month, where they will be discussing _The Music Shop_ by Rachel Joyce


Top Time Play Reading – Thursday 19th May 2pm – 4:30pm

A play reading group that reads all varieties and genres of plays in a shared format, taking place on the third Thursday of every month.


Rose Gan – Meet the Author – Thursday 19th May 7:30pm

Woodbridge Library hosts historical novelist Rose Gan in May. She is the author of the Penang Chronicles trilogy which charts the life and fascinating career of Woodbridge-born naval captain Francis Light.

Rose is making a special trip to the UK and is visiting Woodbridge Library on Thursday 19th May. The event will begin at 7.30pm. The seat price is £6 which includes a drink and can be purchased at Woodbridge Library. There will be plenty of time to talk to Rose and copies of her book Dragon will be on sale.


Top Time Games Club – Thursday 26th May 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Improve your vocabulary and exercise your mind muscles with Scrabble or practice strategy and balance with Dominoes.


Woven Theatre presents _Gainsborough and the Modern Woman_: A play by Peppy Barlow and Sally Wilden – Saturday 28th May 7.30pm at Woodbridge Library.

In 1760, Gainsborough painted a portrait of Ann Ford, which took his world by storm. Prepared to break the rules about how a woman should be portrayed, this painting was a cause of outrage but put a seal on Gainsborough’s growing reputation. Ann was a talented musician, determined to become an independent woman in a world where this was not accepted. Her father had her arrested twice to prevent her but she succeeded and earned a substantial amount of money. The play is about the making of this painting and the relationship between painter and subject, a very personal and exploratory process which reveals their place in history and the creation of a masterpiece. Come to the play and enter the world of Gainsborough and this extraordinary young woman.

Tickets available through


Knitting Group – Every Friday 2pm – 4pm

For all types of knitters from expert to beginners, sewing to crochet, come and share your knowledge or pick up some tips.


Realise Futures (Peer support, Walk-in Advice and Guidance Service)

This will be taking place on the first Tuesday of every month (Tuesday 3rd May), 10am – 12pm, at the library.

Book a slot via 07753 447607.


Open Space – Every Wednesday 1:30pm – 3:30pm

The aim of Open Space is to improve the wellbeing of those attending.

It consists of two-hour weekly sessions and is open to all members of the public. It is run in partnership between Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), Julian Support (which offers housing support for individuals with mental health difficulties), Suffolk Mind and Suffolk Libraries.

Our timetables of discussions and activities are built from suggestions from the group. For further information please don’t hesitate to contact Woodbridge Library on 01394 330855.



Every Wednesday _10.30-10.50am_, Baby Bounce: Soothing songs and gentle nursery rhymes for babies and their grown-ups

Every Wednesday _11.15-11.45am_, Tot Rock Rhyme and rhythm: music, songs and action rhymes for toddlers with their parents and carers.

Every Friday _10.30-11.00am,_ Story Time: Stories and more for young children accompanied by an adult.

[Note: Booking is currently unnecessary, but circumstances may change if numbers markedly increase]


Me, Myself and Baby (Stay & Play) – Friday 9:30am – 10:15am

A chance for new parents to meet and share experiences in a relaxed environment, gaining peer support.


Book & DVD Sale

Have a browse of the ex-stock books and DVDs for sale. All proceeds go to Suffolk Libraries.

Adult Fiction: 30p each or 4 for £1

Non-Fiction: _Individually Priced_

Junior Literature: 20p each

DVDs: 50p each or 3 for £1 (Box Sets £1 each)


Meeting room and display boards available for hire

Community / charity / private groups – £12 per hour (minimum booking of two hours)

Commercial / statutory groups – £18 per hour (minimum booking of two hours)

Display boards – £10 per week

Staffed table display in the main library – £10 per half day