Suffolk Festivals

Guide to Suffolk's Festivals

in date order, just click on each one for information


The 16th Aldeburgh Literary Festival, Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th March 2017, Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
Ink Festival, 21st - 23rd April 2017, New Cut, Halesworth
INTO THE WOODS Pirate's Ball, Saturday 13th May, Thorington Woods
Weird and Wonderful Wood, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May, 10.30am-5pm, Haughley Park
The Suffolk Walking Festival, 13th May-4th June 2017
East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival 2017, 14th May, Nicholas Everitt Park, Lowestoft
The 2017 Bury Festival, 19th-28th May, Locations across Bury St Edmunds
The 2017 LeeStock Festival, 27th-28th May, Melford Hall, Long Melford
The 2017 Red Rooster Festival, 1st-3rd June, Euston Hall, Suffolk
Pulse Festival. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Thursday 1 June – Saturday 10 June 2017
Alive & V Dubbin, 9th, 10th & 11th June 2017, Jimmy's Farm, Ipswich
FolkEast Festival 18th, 19th & 20th August 2017, Glemham Hall Grounds
Maui Waui Festival 2017, 25th - 27th August

The 16th Aldeburgh Literary Festival, Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th March 2017, Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
The Aldeburgh Literary Festival was started in 2002 by the John and Mary James of The Aldeburgh Bookshop. This years festival features 4 days of events. 18 talks from a range of writers and personalities including Ian McEwan, one of Britain’s most acclaimed novelists and winner of the Jerusalem Prize and the Shakespeare Prize, he has also been short-listed for the Booker Prize six times; Alastair Fothergill the award-winning director of some of the most important natural history documentaries of the last thirty years and Suffolk's very own Maggi Hambling - one of Britain's foremost figurative artists, all at the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh. Penny Graham will also be running an exhibition of her work over the weekend. Many events are already sold out already so please call to book your tickets as soon as possible.

Tel: 01728 452587
Venue Address: Jubilee Hall, Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. IP15 5BN
For more information visit 2017 Aldeburgh Literary Festival

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Ink Festival, 21st - 23rd April 2017, New Cut, Halesworth

INK is a festival which champions new writing over a weekend of quality, live back-to-back performances of short plays and films. Julia Sowerbutts Director, Founder, Email:, Web:
See The Cut, Halesworth for venue details.

INTO THE WOODS Pirate's Ball, 13th May 2017, Thorington Woods
Over 18's only Holly Hill Woods Thorington Suffolk IP17 3RB

Maui Waui sets up INTO THE WOODS once again to bring you the 3rd Pirates Party! This year they'll be sticking to the Pirate theme and want to see all the scallywags, captains and shipmates in your finest costumes! Stock up on rum and bring your shipmates. We''ll be drinking, making merriment, dancing and fooling till late! This year there's a whole new line up of live music and cabaret - The Pirate Ship Stage grows with a massive new ''Rum Cask'' sound system.
LIVE BANDS Sea's of Mirth - a salty-smelling mega unit of sea dwelling reprobates with a mighty galleon of sound landlocked in the East Midlands. Drums, retro organs, guitars, strings and bellows contribute to their invasive noises and the live shows draw you in with the aid of crowd-surfing crustaceans and a cataclysmic tug-of-war. The band feel equally at home in a vibrant, sweat-doused venue than they do on a majestic festival stage! Mr Tea & the Minions - The Minions play their own unique take on high energy Balkan party music - combining Gypsy flavoured Ska, Dub and Swing with an infusion of soulful melodies, cheeky Eastern riffs and booming beats and bass to put a smile on your face and your knees up past your ears!
DJ's - Tallulah Goodtimes, Swing Gypsy, Bedwell, Temporal, DJ YES, All The Beatz + More TBC
Tallulah Goodtimes! - We all know and love Tallulah, she is easily the best Electro Swing DJ around, producing a DJ show that is rival to none!
Bedwell - The master of Electro, praise be to the man who plays the best electro tunes to have ever been recorded, Bedwell will thump them out and finish the night off dance style!
Dancing the CAN CAN - ''Les belles danseuses'' - A group of beautiful girls performing one of the most exciting, entertaining and teasing dancing around: The Cancan.
+ Circus and Cabaret performances!

Camping & Tickets
Camping is available and highly recommended! You can bring tents, caravans or campers. But everyone staying must have a camping ticket.
£30 / person with camping (Prices now include VAT)
£25 / person entry only - No camping
Tickets are sold in advance from

Weird and Wonderful Wood, Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 May, 10.30am- 5.00pm, Haughley Park

"Wood is man's oldest natural resource... he has no older or deeper debt" Hugh Johnson. A celebration of many aspects of woodwork, showcasing the talents of specialist woodworkers, and described as "the most magical day ever, it was so inspiring and so much fun" Anna Morrell, Kent. Over 120 artists and crafts people come from all over the country. Demonstrations include carving and sculpture, fine furniture making, displays by traditional fletchers and bowyers, chainsaw carving, hurdle making, wood turning, pole lathe turning, labyrinth making, as well as traditional gypsy caravan displays. Wonderful workshops for all ages, adults and children, are free and include many exciting activities such as archery, den building, willow weaving, paper-making, pole lathe turning, gypsy flower making, withy work, scrap wood, jewellery making, clay, puppet making and tree climbing in nets. There will be a working mobile sawmill on site, so if you want to bring your own tree, it can be cut for you!
Plus an excellent selection of local food and drink (including local beers and cider) and music.

Haughley Park, Nr Wetherden, Stowmarket, IP14 3JY
Ticket Prices: Adults: £8, Concessions: £6, Children under 12: £4, Under 3: Free.

The Suffolk Walking Festival - A programme of over 100 guided walks across Suffolk between 13th May and 4th June 2017

This years marks the 10th Anniversary of the Suffolk Walking Festival and there are over 100 wonderful walks on offer, providing the opportunity to explore the diverse Suffolk countryside; stroll around medieval towns, amble along the coast or learn about history. There's a huge range with something to suit eveyone, choose from Family Walks, up to 4 mile walks, 5-10 miles, 10 miles + and the popular Challenge Walks.

To find out more and book your tickets visit Suffolk Walking Festival

East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival 2017, 14th May, Nicholas Everitt Park, Lowestoft

Boat Festival, Lowestoft, Suffolk

Dragon Boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today- as well as the most fun! Up to 10 people paddle each 30'' boat with a drummer at the front beating in time and a helm at the tail steering a straight course. No previous experience required, just plenty of team spirit!

Gable Events is proud to have once again joined with Festival charity, East Coast Hospice, to bring you the 11th East Anglian Charity Dragon Boat Festival. The Festival is open to everyone and over 40 crews are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course, watched by several thousand spectators. Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad offers a superb venue for racing and a fabulous day is guaranteed with plenty of bank-side family entertainment including funfair activities, inflatables and children's rides plus a variety of food stalls and bar.
Team entry fee applies, entry free to spectators
Tel: 01780 470718 Email:

Find out how to enter: Dragon Boat Festivals - East Anglia
Venue Address: Nocholas Eveitt Park, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk. NR33 9JR

The 2017 Bury Festival, 19th-28th May, Locations across Bury St Edmunds

The Bury Festival offers ten days of great music, theatre, film & exhibitions in 13 venues and spaces all around the town of Bury St Edmunds. It showcases artists of international renown alongside home-grown talent, there is street theatre, music, plays, walks, films, ballet and lots more. The 59 events this year include;
- Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra A special one-off performance by the ten piece band voted 'Best Latin act' by the legendary Glastonbury Festival
- Clare Teal & her Mini Big Band
- Takács Quartet Recognized as one of the world's greatest string quartets
- Aurora the only orchestra worldwide presenting whole symphonies from memory
- Rick Wakeman: Piano Portraits Currently celebrating his 50th year as a professional musician, keyboard player songwriter and broadcaster.
- Tallis Scholars masters of Renaissance vocal music under the direction of Peter Phillips, celebrating the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi.
- Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra presents its featured young artist, Savitri Grier on violin
- The Light Princess Award winning Ballet Cymru presents a brand new ballet
- Flute Fantasia with Sir James & Lady Galway One of the world’s greatest living flautists

Tickets are on sale now!
For a full list of events, dates, venues and to book tickets, please visit The 2016 Bury Festival

The 2017 LeeStock Festival, 27th to 28th May, Melford Hall

LeeStock Music Festival celebrates its 10th year in style! This years headliners include Newton Faulkner, Wheatus and Toploader plus lots of other local and national acts. Held in the grounds of Melford Hall, a National Trust property, LeeStock has donated over £100,000 to the Willow Foundation, a national charity who offer special days to seriously ill young adults.

Venue Address: Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9AA
For more information including ticket prices see LeeStock Festival 2016

Red Rooster Festival, 1st - 3rd June 2017, Euston Hall, Suffolk
Enjoy the laidback atmosphere and immerse yourself in the Deep South at Red Rooster Festival - a weekend experience of music, food and culture celebrating the very best in RnB, Americana, Blues, Soul, Roots and Country. Back for its fourth year in the beautiful surrounding park and woodlands of Euston Hall in Suffolk, this family friendly event offers free entry to kids and plenty of campfire singing, dancing and rib munching. The 2017 line up includes;
Tickets are on sale now at the incredible price of £55 + Booking Fee for the weekend, which includes 3 nights of camping and parking. Day tickets for the Saturday are £35 and include 1 night of camping and parking. As always, Kids go FREE. A variety of campervan passes are available including electrical hook ups, new for 2017. For more information and ticket booking, see

Pulse Festival, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Thursday 1 – Saturday 10 June 2017

A 10 day Festival of inspirational contemporary theatre in Ipswich. This years Pulse Festival, held at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, offers a bright and inspiring snapshot of contemporary theatre with established and emerging artists, both local and those from further afield. The 'Suitcase Prize Day' returns with a prize for the best environmentally sustainable show that can be toured on public transport. There are 49 events where you can find a story, a performer, a theme or an idea to make you laugh, make you cry or blow your mind.

Venue Address: New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2AS.
Tickets: Starting at £10, Under 26 starting at £5
Suitcase Prize Day (Sat 22 August) £15 for the whole day.
Scratch Day (Sat 22 August) £5 per session, Book all 5 sessions for £12.50.
See for show dates and times or see New Wolsey Theatre

Alive & V-Dubbin Festival, 9th, 10th & 11th June 2017, Haughley Park, Ipswich
Alive & V-Dubbin a Volkswagen festival held each year at Jimmy's Farm, Haughley Park in Suffolk. A family friendly event with something for everyone whether you camp for the weekend or visit for a day, whether you own a Volkswagen or not!

The Festival attracts visitors of all ages and offers a relaxed, chilled out weekend of live music, car and van displays, quality food and loads of activities for children. To keep the little ones busy, there are; craft activities, drumming workshops, music workshops, Bouncy Campervan, Bungee trampoline, skate ramp plus more and many are free. You can also visit Jimmy's Farm at a significantly reduced cost.

Please take a look at for more information.
Day Tickets (only available on the gate) Adult £13 Child £5, Under 3's free.
There are lots of camping options online including Glitz and Glamour Camping and a special quiet camping area.

The 2017 FolkEast Festival, 18th, 19th & 20th August, Glemham Hall

This 3 day Folk Festival set in the 300 acre estate of Glemham Hall in rural Suffolk, grows in popularity every time. Only in its sixth year, it attracts some massive names in the Folk World, with this years headliners including Folk legend & ex-Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden stepping out solo, 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees Nancy Kerr, Kris Drever & Ninebarrow. Plus a refreshingly different line-up of local and international artists and talent across six stages (including St Andrew’s Church, the open air Sunset Stage and the hidden woodland Soapbox Stage).

Folkeast is a very family friendly event and children under 11 go FREE! The whole family won't be be short of things to do with the FolkEast Art Arcade, packed dance programme, donkey rides, children’s activities, yoga, poetry, storytelling, the Eastfolk Chronicle Kinedrome (showing folk and local interest films) and tours of Glemham Hall by Major Philip Cobbold. Plus the Suffolk food fare, two authentic ‘village’ pubs serving festival ales plus possibly the smallest pub in the UK, The Halfway Inn. See you there!

Visit FolkEast Festival for more information including ticket prices.

Maui Waui Festival 2017, 25th - 27th August
Peak Hill Farm, Theberton, Suffolk IP16 4TG
Maui Waui Festival 2017

Maui Waui is a 3 day festival of international music, performance and arts. Now in it 5th year it is fast becoming one of the area most exciting festivals in East Anglia, pulling in accomplished as well as undiscovered bands and performers from all around the globe. Maui Waui focuses on an all-welcoming family feel with lots to do for children as well as adults; hosting world class bands, full circus shows in a dedicated circus tent, small upbeat bands and acoustic acts, plus cabaret and comedy. If you have not been before, come along and explore their world - you will not be disappointed! The festival has five main areas of entertainment but the Main Stage is the biggest venue at the festival and runs throughout the whole weekend, hosting anything from small local bands to huge 20 piece orchestras and world famous bands. The tent is filled with beautiful decor all handmade in the Maui Waui HQ - Velvet Drapes, Black and White Chequerboard, giant inflatables & much more. Creativity, art and extravagant decor is at the heart of Maui Waui. Months of creative work go into the event, both before the event and on site, ensuring that its 5 venues and many attractions really look the part. This attention to detail is what really sets this event apart from other small festivals, along with the colourful and vibrant folk who attend, all of which makes for an electric atmosphere on the site. The festival is proud to have a green policy; we recycle 80 % of all our rubbish on site. We use Solar energy to power our lighting around site and have ethical trading and food standards plus we ensure our food & drink vendors charge reasonable prices. Maui Waui is a feel-good-factor festival, family friendly and all welcoming. If you have never been to a Maui Waui Festival before you are in for a surprise so come along and find out what all the talk is about!
Tickets from £30 - £90, Web:

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The first Aldeburgh & Suffolk Coastal Young People’s Film Festival, 5th-19th February 2016, venues across Suffolk
17th Hundon Plough Beer Festival, Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March 2016, The Plough In Hundon

Red Lodge Beer & Music Festival, 28th-29th May, Red Lodge Millennium Centre, Bury St Edmunds
Woodbridge Drama Festival 28th May - 4th June, Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge
The Woolpit Festival, 4th June - 18th June, Woolpit Village Hall, Woolpit
The Aldeburgh Festival, 10th-26th June 2016
Stowblues Festival - Saturday 11 June, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket
Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival 12th June 2016, Market Hill Sudbury
Hacheston Flower Festival, 18 - 19 June
Stradbroke Festifull, Stradbroke, 25th - 26th June
Maverick Music Festival, 1st-3rd July 2016, Easton Farm Park
Thorpefest, 2nd July 2016, Thorpeness Country Club
Bures Music Festival, 6-10 July 2016, Bures
Latitude Festival, 14th - 17th July 2016, Henham Park
Thorpeness Festival of Golf, 20th to 22nd July - Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel
Saxmundham Music Fest, Friday 22 July to Saturday 23 July
Jimmy's Harvest Festival, 23-24 July, Jimmy's Farm
Westleton Wild Flower Festival, 29th July-1st August, St Peter's Church, Westleton
The Anchor at Walberswick's Annual Cask Ale & Oyster Festival, Sat 6th-Mon 8th August
Mendlesham Summer Festival - Sunday 14th August
Beer Festival - The Cherry Tree Inn, Woodbridge, 26th, 27th & 28th August 2016
Bradfest, Fri 26th - Sun 28th August, Withersfield
BNatural Music Festival, Sat 3rd - Sun 4th September, Bildeston
HighTide Festival, 8-18 September, Aldeburgh
The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, 25th & 26th September, Snape Maltings 2016
Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival, 29th September to 2nd October 2016
Autumn Pumpkin Festival, 8th - 9th October 2016
The Halesworth Arts Festival, 8-23 October 2016
Suffolk Libraries BookFest 21st - 30th October 2016, venues across Suffolk
Halesworth Scarecrow Festival, 22nd - 29th October 2016
SPILL Festival of Performance, Ipswich 26-30 October 2016
Lavenham Children's Festival 28-29 October 2016
Ways with Words - Literary Festival, 10-14 November, Southwold
Grand Christmas Tree Festival 1st - 7th December, Ipswich
Christmas Tree Festival 7th - 11th December, Sudbury

The first Aldeburgh & Suffolk Coastal Young People’s Film Festival, 5th-19th February 2016, venues across Suffolk

The Aldeburgh Cinema Trust has initiated and organised the first Aldeburgh and Coastal Young People’s Film Festival as part of an ongoing project to develop the provision of high quality film and creative activity offers for children, young people and their families in the Suffolk Coastal area.

The festival takes place between 5th and 19th February at a variety of venues in the region. All ages are catered for from three years upwards with a programme specially designed to be entertaining, fun and inspirational.

Programme highlights include:
• SHORTS FOR WEE ONES: 45 minutes of magical tales. Age 3+
• SHORTS FOR MIDDLE ONES: an hour of beautiful dialogue-free short films. Age 8+
• THE BIG KNIGHTS: witty and charming tale from the makers of Peppa Pig. Age 3+
• ANTBOY - REVENGE OF THE RED FURY: smart and very funny tale about a short superhero. Age 8+
• WINDSTORM: teenage girls and horses. Age 10+
• LANDFILLHARMONIC: the true story of young musicians playing instruments made from garbage. Age 10+
• SPEED SISTERS: the true story of the first ever female Middle Eastern car racing team. Shown in the presence of MARAH ZAHALQA, 24-year old Palestinian racing champion. Age 12+
• ICONIC STORIES RETOLD IN FIVE MINUTES ‘Short Film Competition’. Age 12+

Full details including specific dates and venues can be found in the festival’s printed programme which is available from Aldeburgh Cinema. A digital version is online at Aldeburgh Cinema
Call 01728 454884 or email for more information.

The Woolpit Festival, 4th - 18th June 2016
Live music performance comprising various genres from classical to swing, Jazz to Folk. For further information see Music Concerts In Suffolk

17th Hundon Plough Beer Festival, Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March 2016, The Plough In Hundon
12pm until at least 11pm all days
30+ ales and craft beers and 12 ciders. Festival theme "World Hop Tour". Open all day throughout the festival and food available all day, children welcome until 9pm. 8 live bands over 5 days, please see our website for full listings.
Festival organiser- Kate Wood
tel: 01440 786789
Venue Address: The Plough Inn, Brockley Green, Hundon, Sudbury, Suffolk. CO10 8DT

Ink Festival, 8th-10th April, The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth

Suffolk INK Festival

Ink is a three day festival in Halslesworth championing new writing. There will be quality, live back-to-back performances of stage plays, short films and kids’ theatre plus live music, cafe and bar in the Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth.

Venue address: The Cut Halesworth
Half day ticket £9/Full day £18
Concessions (Under 25) £5 half day/£9 full day
Box Office opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11.00am- 2.00pm
Visit for further information. Tel: 0845 6732 12

Red Lodge Festival, Red Lodge Millennium Centre, Bury St Edmunds 28th to 29th May
Sat 12 Noon till 01:30 hrs | Sun 12 Moon till 12 Midnight
Join us for our fourth annual Beer & Music Festival in aid of local, regional and national good causes which features two full days of live music with an array of ales and ciders from the UK and Ireland for you to enjoy. There is something for everyone and this year we have some amazing acts headlining the event with Kaiser Monkey Killers the UK's No 1 Tribute Act finishing off on the Sunday. There is also two fun packed days of activities for families including a magician, circus skills, balloon modeling, bouncy castle, face painting, crafts and disco with games plus much more. This event also provides such value for money with Adult Tickets priced at £10 (includes 4 ale/cider tokens) and Family Tickets price at £25 (incudes 8 ale/cider tokens and 8 soft drink tokens base on 2 Adulta and 2 Children). For more information please feel free to contact us on 01638 751148 or enail
Venue Address: Red Lodge Millennium Centre, Lavender Close, Red Lodge, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 8TT

Woodbridge Drama Festival, 28th May to 4th June, Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge

Woodbridge Drama Festival

Alive n Dubbin Festival, Jimmy

The Aldeburgh Festival, 10th - 26th June 2016, Aldeburgh Music

Visit Aldeburgh Music for their 2016 17-day celebration of music, with birds, circus and pianos at its heart. The 2016 Festival opens with the verve of circus artistry as the richly-hued surrealism of Rimbaud’s poetry inspires Illuminations – Struan Leslie’s newly-commissioned staging of music by Britten and others. The centrepiece is the Catalogue d’Oiseaux project, a day that brings Olivier Messiaen’s grand evocation of birdsong to life as never before. Artistic Director Pierre-Laurent Aimard not only performs the whole piece over four concerts set against stunning natural backdrops from sunrise to midnight, but also programmes a final-weekend celebration of piano playing that brings to the stage international performers and brilliant young musicians.

Stowblues Festival - Saturday 11 June, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket
A day of fantastic Americana blues music at the Museum of East Anglian Life in partnership with BBC Radio Suffolk. 2pm-10pm. Also onsite, catering from The Osier cafe and a CAMRA bar stocked to the brim with real ales, ciders, lagers and wines.
For more information see Museum of East Anglian Life

A Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival 12th June 2016, Market Hill, Sudbury
Promoting Local Produce & Local Restaurants with over 70 food stalls and cooking demonstrations throughout the day on stage.
Market Hill & St. Peter's, Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 1TL
Free admission
01787 468634

Hacheston Flower Festival, 18 - 19 June
10.00am - 17.00pm
The Street, Hacheston, IP13 0DW
"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" is the theme for this year's Flower Festival. Come and enjoy the medieval church and view the flower arrangements. The village hall, green and playground will also be used for plant sales, raffle, treasure hunt and a cafe will run all weekend with scrummy food and drink. Themed competition classes can be entered before the day.
Kaye Dawe Tel: 01728 746441 or Sarah Mackenzie Tel: 01728 748494

Maverick Festival, 1st-3rd July, Easton Farm Park

The Maverick Festival is a celebration of Americana and roots music from both sides of the Atlantic, presenting music, film & workshops and featuring over forty different artists, across five stages indoors and out. This years line up include; AMELIA WHITE, BARBARA NESBITT, DEBBIE BOND, HANNAH ALDRIDGE, HYMN FOR HER, JON LANGFORD, LOS PACAMINOS FEATURING PAUL YOUNG, LUKE WINSLOW KING, ROAMIN' JASMINE, ROBERT VINCENT, ROBYN HITCHCOCK, RYAN COOK, SAM OUTLAW, THE SULTANS OF STRING, THE HACKENSAW BOYS, WIZ JONES plus many more to be announced.

On Friday, the music begins at 5pm and runs till around 11.30pm. Saturday's programme begins at 11.00am and runs till 11.30pm and on Sunday, entertainment commences at 10.30am and runs till approximately 2.30pm.

Ticket Information:

Ranger £85.00
Weekend ticket with admission to all stages and includes up to TWO nights camping FRIDAY and SATURDAY
Wrangler £65.00 Weekend ticket with admission to all stages No Camping
Rustler £39.00 Day ticket, Saturday only
Nighthawk £25.00 Friday night only
Holy Roller £20.00 Sunday only
Tenderfoot £15.00 Children 10-15 yrs, under 10's go free

Tickets can be purchased over the phone from Ipswich Regent Theatre or visit Maverick Festival for more information.

Stradbroke Festival 25th - 26th June
10am to 5pm
Stradbroke Playing Fields,Wilby Road,Stradbroke,IP21 5JN
Annual 2 day festival with demonstrations, ponies, dogs, majorettes, magician, bouncy castles, licensed bar, hot and cold food. It's a Knockout/Wipeout on Sunday afternoon
£2.50 adults 16 and under free.

Thorpefest, 2nd July 2016, Thorpeness Country Club

Thorpefest, an exciting new summer outdoor music festival, will feature a great line-up with nearly a dozen bands performing live. Headline acts will be Coldplace, regarded as the world's leading tribute band to Coldplay, and the Take That tribute band, Rule the World, as well as local bands such as Raindance. Champagne and beer tents plus tempting food and a BBQ will be provided by the Thorpeness Dolphin Inn and White Lion Hotel providing fuel for everyone to get up and dance and enjoy themselves throughout the afternoon and evening.
Tickets: £12 per person, £8 under 12s, under 5s free; discounts for Country Club Members
Address: Thorpeness Country Club, The Benthills IP16 4NU
For details call 01728 451021 or email or visit

Bures Music Festival, 6-10 July 2016, Bures

The 20th community-led summer music event, the Bures Music Festival, takes place in the picturesque village of Bures on the Essex & Suffolk Border.
The festival sees acts from all genres, from rock to blues, pop to choral, and jazz to ska, with all proceeds going to local charities and has awarded almost £185,000 since 1997.
Sunday: The Counterfeit Beatles, The New Town Kings, LaVendore Rogue, Blue Meteors, D£Ukes, Sound Mirrors and B-fest winner 2016. £The Beatles homage plus local 9-piece ska-reggae collective promise a riotous festival finale. 12.00pm-9.00pm
Saturday: Bootleg Blondie, The Secret Police, The Turner Brothers, Ady Johnson, Broken Eyes, Hot Tramp, Vardo and the Boss and The Flat Mountain Family. Authentic Blondie and The Police tribute shows complete a day of the best local acts. 12.00pm-11.00pm
Friday: Blues & Rock Night with Dr Feelgood, Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory and Stevie Nimmo Trio. Award winning British Rock and Blues legends share Friday's spotlight with a Grammy Award Winning guitarist and his band. 6.30pm-11.00pm
Thursday: Jazznights presents Nicolas Meier, Emily Dankworth and Larraine Odell - all with The Jazznights Trio in St. Mary's Church. Doors open 6.30pm
Thursday: B-Fest. Showcase for local young musicians in the Big Top. 6.30pm-10.00pm
Wednesday: Chorus Iceni, local 40 strong ladies barbershop group from Colchester perform an emotive recital in St. Mary's Church. Doors open 6.30pm
Tickets and info:
Tickets are priced at £45 in advance for an adult 5 day pass, £25 for teens (aged 12-17 years), and children aged 11 years and under £3. A family ticket is priced at £125. Tickets also available for individual events.
Camping is £10 for a pitch which will cover 1 tent, caravan or motorhome.
The Bures Music Festival is a not-for-profit event, with all proceeds going to local charities.

Latitude Festival, 14-17th July 2016, Henham Park

The 11th edition of Suffolk's most famous music Festival see's the usual eclectic mix of music, theatre, poetry, comedy and much more. From the Obelisk Arena to the Faraway Forest you are never short of variety at Latitude. Headliners this year across the main stages include THE MACCABEES | THE NATIONAL | NEW ORDER | BEIRUT | CHVRCHES | M83 | FATHER JOHN MISTY | JOHN GRANT | THE LUMINEERS| GRIMES | OF MONSTERS AND MEN plus a huge range of other artists.

For more information including ticket prices visit Latitude Festival

Thorpeness Festival of Golf, 20th to 22nd July, Thorpness Golf Club & Hotel
Take a look at what is in store for the 2016 Festival of Golf -

3 day open competition for the Thorpeness Trophy
Golf clinics with Christine Langford (PGA pro)
Trick shot show with Kevin Carpenter
BBQ on the Meare
3 course dinner on your 2nd night with live music
Many prizes to be won

For further information please visit: Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel

Saxmundham Music Fest, Friday 22 July to Saturday 23 July
Memorial Field, B1119, Saxmundham, IP171EA
5pm-10.30pm Friday, 10am-11pm Saturday
This event is designed for the whole family. Guaranteed to be a fun filled musical package and fun day with Children's arts, fun rides, food stalls and two fully licensed Adnams bars. Music runs from morning until sunset.
Friday will comprise of a ''Back to the Roots'' theme with some laidback music including, a bit of a jam from some local ordinary folk, Rabble Chorus Choir, Country music and taking it up to a finale of a live Reggae band to take us through the years.
Saturday commences early with our local children taking to the stage showing us what musical talents they have. Throughout the day we will show you excellent local bands with a ''Showcase Finale'' performance from the fantastic ''JK as Robbie'' a Robbie Williams tribute with full 5 piece band.
Though this is a free entry event, please DO NOT bring alcohol of any kind onto the site over the two days. Conditions of our licence means security checks will be conducted and bags checked.
Tel: 07771877454 or visit for more details.

Jimmys Harvest Festival, 23-24 July, Jimmys Farm

Jimmy's Harvest Festival of Sausages & Beer is an annual celebration of great live music, delicious food, and wholesome family fun.
We will have top chefs cooking up tasty gourmet dishes on the Cookhouse Stage and lots of great local food & drink producers alongside some great art and craft stalls in our Markets.
The Chiplolata Kids Zone will full of activities for children of all ages which, in the past has played host to The Flying Seagulls, a craft camp, Peppa Pig animal petting and den building.
Our Main Stage arena will see some truly great artists taking to the stage for your entertainment. Last year we had CBeebies television stars Justin Fletcher & Mr Bloom as the opening acts each day. The Main Stage has played host to some truly memorable performances over the years from Dodgy, Matt Cardle, Athlete, Toploader, The Shires and even Chas & Dave!
2016 will see a brand new area added to the already jam packed weekend of fun. Our Science & Nature Trail will feature some great educational and seriously fun children's entertainment. Expect lots of flashes, bangs, pops and whizzes!
Tickets are on sale now!
For contact details, see Jimmys Farm

Westleton Wild Flower Festival, 29th July - 1st August

‘Fifty Years of Wild Flowers’ The Story of Westleton’s Wild Flower Festival.
In St Peter's Church plus exhibition in the village hall. 10am-6pm Fri-Sun, 10am-5pm Monday. Free entry but donations welcome.

Westleton’s wonderful Wild Flower Festival began 50 years ago. It was inspired by Jim Fisk (of Clematis fame) and Nelly Kemp, who had visited a similar festival in Norfolk. This Festival has continued since 1966 and has become a strong tradition within Westleton village life.

Each year the Festival has had a particular theme and in celebration this year the arrangements mark the many different themes of past Festivals. Great care is taken with the gathering of these wild flowers, and no threatened species are used in the displays.

Concurrent with the Wild Flower Festival the Village Hall organises an exhibition of crafts and several stalls displaying and selling hand-made items. Different artisans will be demonstrating their skills each day and examples of their work will be available to purchase or order.

Friday: ‘Crafty Mrs Fox’, Nicola Grayson will be demonstrating Needle felting and Jewellery from recycled silver.
Saturday: Ragtime Ruggers will be showing us Making rag rugs
Sunday: Sharon McMullin will be working with Stained Glass and Chrissie Davies will be displaying Woven Willow Sculpture
Monday: David Nicholls will be showing his skills as a Cutler

In addition Westleton Gardeners have been working all year to be able to offer a very wide range of garden plants for sale at their display stand in the Village Hall, and all at very reasonable prices.

Wonderful home-made refreshments will be on sale throughout each day in the Village Hall. The GRAND DRAW will take place at 4pm on Monday 1st August, with £100 first prize and many, many others!

The Anchor at Walberswick's Annual Cask Ale & Oyster Festival, Sat 6th-Mon 8th August
Saturday & Sunday 11am-11pm, Monday – ‘what’s left’ Noon to 11pm. West Mersea Oysters shucked by Bram & Richard Haward from The Company Shed, Essex 12-6pm. Speciality ‘Blythburgh Pork’ Sausages. Live Music, BBQ. - See more at: The Anchor Walberswick

Sunday 14th August - Mendlesham Summer Festival
St Mary's Church, Church Road, Mendlesham IP14 5SF 2.00-4.30pm
Come and listen to ''Mambo Chutney'' playing Jazz from around the world in our open air concert in the Churchyard at Mendlesham. This exciting band will get your toes a-tapping and will put a skip in your step. We're told that spontaneous dancing is often seen when Mambo Chutney visit, so put on your dancing shoes. Their music includes a broad range of tunes from around the world, so be prepared for a continental explosion of sound. The Beer Tent will be open selling our special Mendlesham Festival Beer, Cider, Wine and much more. Delicious Cakes and Tea/Coffee will be on sale within the church. Speciality Hotdogs will also be on sale. For Children we have a bouncy castle and games to play and Ice creams will be on sale. Celebrating our patronal festival of the Assumption, having fun & raising money for our church restoration. Open to all faiths. For more details see Festival website:

Beer Festival - The Cherry Tree Inn, Woodbridge, 26th, 27th & 28th August 2016
The Cherry Tree Inn, 73 Cumberland Street, Woodbridge, IP12 4AG
The Cherry Tree Inn Woodbridge (opposite Notcutts) will be holding their beer festival on the 26th, 27th and 28th August 2016. There will be at least 25 real ales from all across Great Britain, including Purple Moose of Porthmadog, Bude of Cornwall, Atlas of Argyll, Windsor and Eton of Windsor, Bosuns of Yorkshire and of course, our local Adnams from Southwold. Hot and cold food will be available 12.00pm - 9.00pm Friday and Saturday and 12.00pm - 8.00pm on Sunday.
Website:, Telephone: 01394 384627, Email:

Bradfest, Bradman's, Hollow Hill, Withersfield, CB9 7SH, Fri 26th - Sun 28th August 2016

Friday 26th Bavarian Night, 7.00pm - 12.00am
Saturday 27th Free Family Fun Day, 12.00pm - 5.00pm
Saturday 27th Skatonics and Local Acts, 12.00pm - 12.00am
Sunday 28th Free Family Fun Day, 12.00pm - 5.00pm
Sunday 28th Kenny Thomas and Local Acts, 12.00pm -12.00am
Entry: £15
Email:, Tel: 01440 706081

BNatural Music Festival, Sat 3rd - Sun 4th September, Bildeston
Bar open midday, Starts 1.00pm.
Market Square, Bildeston, Ipswich, IP7 7DY
Fabulous village music festival back for its sixth year. Non-stop music from bands including Polar Collective, Bijoux Toots, The Kicks, Soul Riot and many more. Bar and a variety of food stalls available.
Free Entry.

HighTide Festival, 8-18 September, Aldeburgh

Annual Arts Festival featuring ten days of the HighTide Theatre Companies latest productions as world premieres. Plus talks with world-class artists, play readings, comedy, cabaret, live music and much more. Held at venues throughout the seaside town of Aldeburgh.

For more information see HighTide Festival 2016

The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, 25th & 26th September, Snape Maltings 2016

A weekend celebration of Suffolk's thriving food & drink scene featuring over 90 food and drink producers from Suffolk and 2 cookery demonstration stages hosting visiting and local chefs. Family friendly, under 15's go free and there are free children's activities and hands on cooking workshops.

For more information, visit Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 2016

Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival, 29th September to 2nd October 2016
The Tide Mill, The Tea Hut and other venues in Woodbridge, IP12 1AA

Following on from the huge success of previous years, the fifth annual Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival is back. This Festival is a real treat for foodies. This Festival is made up of several component parts from the Shuck Shack Pop Up Restaurant in Woodbridge's famous Tide Mill to the family entertainment, live music, Shuck shellfish inspired menus around the town and this year's 'pick and cook' stalls where you can buy your produce off one stall and get it cooked for you next door!

Local Chefs Vernon Blackmore and Stephen David team up with The Crown and Simpers to bring you the 'Eating Plaice' in the grounds of The Tea Hut. Here you can feast on de-constructed moules frites, fish fresh from the Deben (maybe even caught by Award winning Harry Simper!), Bubble, Beer & Squid, Pasta and Paella while enjoying something cold from the bar.

There will be ice creams and a menu for the kids, non alcoholic and non fishy options too. 2016 is set to bring you even more to see and do with plans afoot for boat trips and the 'Pub Trawl' up and running around the town with Beer and Bar food on offer.

Keep your eye out for Shuck merch so you get a keepsake from this event, which celebrates all that is local and fresh.
Free Entry. Selected kids entertainment will be free be sure to book your little ones into a Splay Messy Play session!
Enquiries:, Tel: 01394 380536

Autumn Pumpkin Festival, Somersham - 8th - 9th October
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm and Sunday 11.30am - 4.00pm
St Mary’s Church, Somersham, Church Lane, Lower Somersham, Suffolk, IP8 4PW
A wonderful display of Pumpkins, Flowers and all things Autumnal! Refreshments and ploughmans lunches available. Free Admission.

Halesworth Arts Festival, 8th-23rd October 2016

Now in its 15th year, Halesworth Arts Festival returns again to the Cut Arts Centre, offering almost 20 different performances over 16 days including film, live music, talks opera and comedy.

For the full line-up and booking information, see Cut Arts Centre

Suffolk Libraries BookFest 21st - 30th October 2016, venues across Suffolk
Events across Suffolk, Ipswich County Library, Northgate Street, IP1 3DE

From 21st - 30th October 2016 Suffolk Libraries will be holding its second Book Festival with events in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Lavenham, Glemsford, Sudbury, Leiston, Southwold, Halesworth, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Brandon, Haverhill, Great Cornard, Beccles and Stradbroke. Bookfest sees a politician, historian, video game blogger, award-winning children's illustrator, thriller writers, novelists and a survivor from the Holocaust all speaking at events held in libraries and other venues throughout the county.
Ticket prices vary, please visit our website for full details and ticketing information

Halesworth Scarecrow Festival, 22nd - 29th October 2016
The Thoroughfare and Market Place, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8AH

Come and see the scarecrows at Halesworth's 7th annual Scarecrow Festival. There's also a Treasure Hunt through the town, with the winner getting to turn on the Christmas lights with Santa on 26 November. Entry forms from Edwards Restaurant for £1. Other special festival offers available from shops and eateries throughout the town.

SPILL Festival of Performance, Ipswich 26-30 October 2016

SPILL Festival of Performance is an international festival of live art, activism and performance presenting the work of exceptional artists from around the globe. This years theme is EN MASSE, exploring ideas of being together, as a group, all at once and will feature work from Mem Morrison, Mike Challis, Shabnam Shabazi, Shaun Caton, and Martin O’Brien working with Sheree Rose. Events take place in venues across Ipswich. There will also be special events for children during half term week including games, messy play and a performance. Tickets start at £20 for a day pass, for full line up and ticket prices, see Tickets can be booked through New Wolsey Theatre

Lavenham Children's Festival 28-29 October 2016

Introducing the first ever Lavenham Children’s Festival - two days of exciting events held in the village Hall and The Swan Hotel. Storytelling, workshops on drawing, writing and illustrating, a chance to meet some great authors, including the UK Children's Laureate and renowned illustrator, Chris Riddell. There are events from two years old upwards, and some have limited tickets so please book early.
Tickets £3-£6, please call 07582 239289 or see Lavenham Children's Literary Festival for full event details. Click here to find out more about Lavenham

Ways with Words, Southwold 10-14 November 2016

A 5 day festival of words and ideas held in St Edmunds Hall, Cumberland Road, Southwold IP18 6JW. From politicians to adventurers, this years festival hosts a range of speakers including; Reverend Richard Coles, Shirley Williams, David Owen, Roy Strong, Maggi Hambling, Ben Fogle and Nicholas Crane amongst others. Penelope Lively will be giving the talk at the literary dinner on Sunday 13 November.

Tickets range from £12 - £50 and are available from 20th September, with a second release of some tickets on October 4. If you want to book individual tickets to any events or to stay in one of the Adnams hotels - The Swan or The Crown for a festival package which includes bed and breakfast, evening meal and all the tickets to the full festival phone the box office on 01803 867373.

To find out more visit Ways with words

Grand Christmas Tree Festival 1st - 7th December, Ipswich
St. Mary-le-Tower, Tower Street, Ipswich, IP1 3BE
Join us for the 7th annual tree festival, celebrating the life of Ipswich and its communities. View over 80 decorated trees placed by businesses, charities, community groups, individuals. Relax in the Festival Cafe or join in the children's activities, there's something for everyone. A variety of concerts will occur throughout the festival, check out the website for more details. Charities that will be supported by this year's festival are Alzheimer's Society (Ipswich), Emmaus, and St. Mary-le-Tower.
Entrance is free to view the trees.
Contact: Donna Joyce, Tel: 01473 225610, Website:

Grand Christmas Tree Festival 7th - 11th December, Sudbury
10.00am to 6.00pm daily, Sunday 11th December, 10.00am to 4.00pm.
St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 2EH
Sudbury Christmas Tree Festival

2016 is the 14th year of Sudbury Rotary Club's Christmas Tree Festival. There are over 90 trees decorated by local churches, charities, schools, businesses and a few individuals, resulting in a very varied display. A large Chancel tree is a Tree of Memories, where dedications can be hung. Refreshments are available and a varied program of live musical entertainment runs throughout the Festival.
Entry: £1.00 charity donation. Email:, Web:

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