Guide to Suffolk's Festivals
in date order, just click on each one for information
2018 FESTIVALSThe 16th Aldeburgh Literary Festival, Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th March 2018, Jubilee Hall, AldeburghInk Festival, 7-8th April 2018, New Cut, HalesworthWoodbridge Mind, Body & Spirit Festival, 21-22nd April 2018, Woodbridge Community Centre
MarchThe 16th Aldeburgh Literary Festival, Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th March 2018, 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. talks from a range of writers and personalities including Penelope Lively in conversation with Alex Preston, Jeremy Greenstock in conversation with Radio 4's Nick Robinson: The Cost of War and The Adventures of Andy Kershaw: the Legendary Broadcaster and Foreign Correspondent all at the Jubilee Hall
in Aldeburgh. Elizabeth Hodder will also be running an exhibition of her work over the weekend. Award winning pastry chef Henrietta Inman will be launching her new baking book on the Saturday. Book your tickets as soon as possible, only available from the Bookshop, visit Aldebrgh Literary Festival
for full line-up, times and booking form.
Tel: 01728 452587
Venue Address: Jubilee Hall, Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. IP15 5BN
Click here for more information about Aldeburgh
AprilInk Festival, 7th - 8th April 2018, New Cut, Halesworth
INK Festival is an annual weekend festival of new short plays, musicals, radio and film. The festival also includes a growing programme of workshops and talks, as well as a children’s programme. This year introduces new genres including Musical Theatre, and ‘147’ themed play categories. Visit http://inkfestival.org/ to get involved or see the full line up for this year and purchase tickets.
See The Cut, Halesworth
for venue details.Woodbridge Mind Body Spirit Festival, Saturday 21 April to Sunday 22 April 2018, Woodbridge Community Hall
10.00am - 4.00pm
Woodbridge Community Hall, Hall Station Rd, Woodbridge, IP12 4AUE
18 years running, over 40 stands. An uplifting, enlightening weekend brought to you once again by Life Arts.
All are welcome to experience the stage performers, workshops, talks and demonstrations on offer. Come and browse the original stalls, have a reading, talk to experts in their field and enjoy a taster treatment, spoil yourself! Then treat yourself to healthy, yummy cake and home-made treats go on, you deserve it!
2018 sees the 20th anniversary of the beginning of Life Arts, so expect even bigger and better festivals this year to celebrate this momentous milestone!
£3.50, £3.00 concessions, Under 16 free
2017 FESTIVALS INTO THE WOODS Pirate's Ball, Saturday 13th May, Thorington WoodsWeird and Wonderful Wood, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May, 10.30am-5pm, Haughley ParkThe Suffolk Walking Festival, 13th May-4th June 2017East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival 2017, 14th May, Nicholas Everitt Park, LowestoftThe 2017 Bury Festival, 19th-28th May, Locations across Bury St EdmundsThe 2017 LeeStock Festival, 27th-28th May, Melford Hall, Long MelfordThe 2017 Red Rooster Festival, 1st-3rd June, Euston Hall, SuffolkHomegrown Music Festival - Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 JunePulse Festival. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Thursday 1 June – Saturday 10 June 2017The Woolpit Festival, 8th June - 17th June, Woolpit, Nr StowmarketAlive & V Dubbin, 9th, 10th & 11th June 2017, Jimmy's Farm, Ipswich The Aldeburgh Festival, 9th-25th June 2017Stowblues Festival - Saturday 10 June, Museum of East Anglian Life, StowmarketTaste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival Sunday 11th June 2017, Market Hill Sudbury Beer Festival - 16th - 18th June, The Queen, Brandeston Ipswich Jazz Festival, 23rd - 25th JuneDragonFest 2017 24th - 25th June, West Stow Anglo Saxon VillageSouthwold Arts Festival 24th June - 1st July 2017Maverick Music Festival, 30th June, 1st & 2nd July 2017, Easton Farm ParkBury Folk Festival, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds - 1st JulyBures Music Festival, 5-9 July 2017, BuresThorpefest, 8th July 2017, Thorpeness Country ClubStradisphere - Community Music Festival, Stradbroke, 7 & 8 July 2017Moet & Chandon July Festival, Newmarket Racecourses, 13-15 July 2017Latitude Festival, Henham Park, 13-16 July 2017Beer Festival - The Cherry Tree Inn, Woodbridge, 14th-16th July 2017Jimmy's Festival, 22-23 July, Jimmy's FarmThe Saxmundham Music Festival, Friday 27th to Saturday 28th July 2017, Memorial Field, SaxmundhamMekonville Music Festival 2017, Nr Stowmarket 28th-30th July 2017Real Ale & Oyster Festival 5th - 7th August The Anchor WalberswickThe Big Gig 4th - 7th August, Halesworth Town ParkAnchor Inn Nayland - Annual Beer Festival, 11th-13th August 2017FolkEast Festival, Glemham Hall, 18th, 19th & 20th August 2017Maui Waui Festival 2017, 25th - 27th AugustEddy Fest 2017, Edwardstone, 25th-28th August 2017Gin, Beer & Cider Festival, 26th - 27th August, The Waggon and Horses, SudburyBNatural FREE Music Festival, Bildeston, Nr Ipswich 2nd & 3rd SeptemberHighTide Festival, 12-17 September, AldeburghNewmarket Food & Drink Festival 16th & 17th SeptemberRNLI fundraising Beer Festival, Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, 22nd-24th September 2017The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, 23rd & 24th September, Snape Maltings 2017The Cambridgeshire Meeting Annual Beer Festival 28th - 30th SeptemberWoodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival, 29th September to 1st October 2017The Croft Fest 6th - 8th October 2017The Halesworth Arts Festival, 7-22 October 2017Long Shop Real Ale and Traditional Music Festival, Friday 20th – Saturday 21st OctoberLavenham Literary Festival 17-19 November 2017
MayINTO THE WOODS Pirate's Ball, 13th May 2017, Thorington WoodsOver 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 www.mauiwauievents.co.ukWeird 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.
center>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 FestivalEast Anglian Dragon Boat Festival 2017, 14th May, Nicholas Everitt Park, Lowestoft
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: email@example.com
Find out how to enter: Dragon Boat Festivals - East Anglia
Venue Address: Nocholas Eveitt Park, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk. NR33 9JRThe 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
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 2017 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
JuneRed 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;
JD MCPHERSON - NICK WATERHOUSE
BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES - DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD
GUADALUPE PLATA - CALE TYSON – BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS
CC SMUGGLERS - KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND THREE
THE ROCKINGBIRDS - THE ALAN TYLER SHOW – MY DARLING CLEMENTINE
DANNI NICHOLLS – GREAT SEA GOSPEL - THE WANDERING HEARTS
THE HANGING STARS - SASHA ADAMCZEWSKI - DJ78
KENTUCKY COW TIPPERS – HOT ROCK PILGRIMS plus many more!
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 www.redrooster.org.ukHomegrown Music Festival - Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June
Suffolk Academy, Church Road, Church Farm, Barrow, IP29 5AX
Fantastic family friendly Festival! 🏕️
Affordable, amazing atmosphere and totally unmissable - come check out the array of Musical Talent from over 50 bands from East Anglia!
Festival highlights include:
Silent Disco 🎧
Nap Corner 😴
Art Village 🎨
Face & Body Painting 🌈
Beauty Therapy 💅
Late Bar 🍻
Toddler Zone (with Bouncy Castles!)👶🏰
Bonfire with Open Mic 🔥🎤
Tickets £5 - £50
Visit www.homegrownfest.co.uk for tickets and infoPulse 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 www.pulseipswich.co.uk for show dates and times or see New Wolsey TheatreThe Woolpit Festival, 8th - 17th June 2017
Live music, theatre and dance performances comprising various genres from classical to swing, Jazz to Folk and much more. The Festival focuses on artists with local connections. Events are held in the Village Hall, St Mary's Church and The Institute, all situated in Woolpit. For further information tel: 01359 240 866 or email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAlive & 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 www.aliveandvdubbin.co.uk 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. Email: email@example.comThe Aldeburgh Festival, 9th - 25th June 2017, Aldeburgh Music
The 2017 Aldeburgh Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of music at Snape Maltings. Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed as it was 50 years ago plus a second Britten opera, with Opera North’s concert stagings of Billy Budd, a work never previously performed at Snape. The Festival also brings art installations, walks, incredible music, talks, performances and much more. Find out more about Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings
.Stowblues Festival - Saturday 10 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-8pm. Also available for the day will be food stalls as well as a CAMRA bar, stocked to the brim with real ales, ciders, lagers and wines. Tickets: £8 in advance, £10 on the day. Under 16's free.
For more information see Museum of East Anglian LifeA Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival Sunday 11th June 2017, Market Hill, Sudbury
10.00am-4.00pm. Promoting Local Produce & Local Restaurants with over 70 food stalls and cooking demonstrations throughout the day on stage. Free admission. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tell: 01787 468634Beer Festival 16th - 18th June
The Queen, Brandeston, The Street, Brandeston, Woodbridge, IP13 7AD
The Beer Festival will start at 6pm on Friday, 16 June and continue until Sunday whilst our Farmers Market will run on Saturday and Sunday.
There will be a Grand Draw, cocktails, BBQ, ladies accessories, games and lots more.
Email email@example.com for more information or go to the village web site www.brandeston.net.Ipswich Jazz Festival 23rd - 25th June, Various locations in Ipswich see below
The Ipswich Jazz Festival takes place over 3 days and 3 venues:23rd June
- Claude Deppa & The Clare Hirst Band, 8.00pm, Manor Ballroom, Cobbold Street, Ipswich IP4 2BP. Get your dancing shoes on for a night of lively, Township style Jazz by some great musicians. Tickets, £16 (£15 if bought in advance from New Wolsey Theatre)24 June
- John Etheridge, Vimala Rowe, Art Themen and The Chris Ingham Trio, 7pm-10:30pm. St Peter’s by the Waterfront, College, Ipswich IP1 1XF. A whole evening of music with the above plus a short opening set by Suffolk's jazz musicians of tomorrow the South Suffolk Youth Jazz Ensemble.
Tickets £18 (£17 if bought in advance from New Wolsey Theatre)Sunday 25 June
- Back To Basie. 7.45pm - 9.30pm
New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, IP1 2AS. The great, big band sounds of Back To Basie with vocalist Jacqui Hicks. In partnership with Fleece Jazz.
Directed by trumpet-player Paul Lacey, Back To Basie features London session musicians and jazz soloists all dedicated to the music of Count Basie. Straight ahead swing played with dynamics, good humour and a large dose of the blues! Launched in 2001, Back To Basie have since been presenting concerts with "accuracy and style" throughout Britain and Europe to great reviews. Featuring vocalist Jacqui Hicks - "A singer of warmth, poise and intelligence", Back To Basie has been voted Best Big Band in the British Jazz Awards six times - in seven years! Tickets from £10 from New Wolsey Theatre.
For tickets, contact: The New Wolsey Theatre DragonFest 2017 24th - 25th June, West Stow Anglo Saxon Village
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Icklingham Road, West Stow, IP28 6HG. 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm)
Dragon Festival returns to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village in 2017, celebrating all things dragon from folklore to dinosaurs across a weekend of fun activities for all the family.
Things to see:
Sir Puffalot and his fiery Dragon encounter; Wulfingas re-enactment group with stories from Arthurian legend; Dragon Wizard, Abramelin, and his books of magic; Discover the elusive West Stow wyrm and hear tales of its adventures; Amazing dragon sculptures; Meet the 'Dragon Protection League' and see their live baby dragons; Martial arts demonstration by Centreline Academy; Visit the Anglo-Saxon museum.
Things to do:
Beowulf and Grendel trail quest; Have-a-go at archery, Giant bubble sessions, Dragon nest building, LEGO brick building zone; Uncover dragon fossils & relics in the discovery zone; Face painting; Children's craft workshops; Beowulf selfie throne; Relaxing holistic treatments.
Plus a great range of delicious food and drink available throughout the day and a range of stalls selling dragon-themed accessories, collectables and merchandise.
Advance tickets: Adult £8 / Child £6 (under 5's go free!) / Family £26
On the door tickets: Adult £11 / Child £9 (under 5s go free!) / Family £35
JulySouthwold Arts Festival 24th June - 1st July 2017
The Southwold Arts Festival is an eight-day celebration of the arts – music, drama, poetry, visual art, photography, dance, talks and literature. It appeals to all ages and tastes and includes national performers as well as local celebrities; professional, well-established names as well as those starting out on their careers. Visit Southwold Arts FestivalMaverick Festival, 30th June, 1st & 2nd 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; ALBERT LEE, AMELIA CURRAN, AMY MCCARLEY, ANNIE KEATING, BJ COLE & BAND, BLACK FEATHERS, BROOKS WILLIAMS, CASE HARDIN, DEAN OWENS, DENNIS ELLSWORTH, DON GALLARDO, ERIN RAE, HANK WANGFORD, HANNAH ROSE PLATT, HENRY BROTHERS, HOT ROCK, NORTON MONEY, PEPE BELMONTE, POLICE DOG HOGAN, RAMBLIN' STEVE GARDNER and BILL STEBER, ROAMIN JASMINE, ROYAL JELLY, SIERRA HULL, SOUTHERN COMPANION, STEAMBOAT UNION, STOMPIN DAVE, TERRA LIGHTFOOT, THE BLACK SORROWS, THE DANBERRYS, THE FARGO RAILROAD CO., THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE BROTHERS HOGG, THE NEW ESSEX BLUEGRASS BAND, TOM ATTAH, TOM PARKES and the WORRY DOLLS
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:
Weekend ticket with admission to all stages and includes up to TWO nights camping FRIDAY and SATURDAYWrangler £75.00
Weekend ticket with admission to all stages No CampingRustler £45.00
Day ticket, Saturday onlyNighthawk £25.00
Friday night onlyHoly Roller £20.00
Sunday onlyTenderfoot £20.00
Children 10-15 yrs, under 10's go free
Visit Maverick Festival
to book tickets. Bury Folk Festival, Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds - 1st July
9.00am to 9.30 pm
Nowton Park Walled Garden, Bury Road, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5BD
With Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer, Emily Mae Winters, The Georgia Shackelton Trio, Morganway, Nick Dow
Music-lovers can look forward to a great day out this summer, as the 3rd Bury St Edmunds Folk Festival once again brings its own brand of magic to the town.
The one-day event will be on Saturday 1st July in the walled garden at Nowton Park, a delightful place to relax and enjoy high-quality live music. With craft stalls, children's activities, music workshops, hot food and a bar with local real ales, this promises to be a wonderful day for the whole family.
The festival is organised by Bury Folk Collective, a not-for-profit group which promotes a diverse range of excellent local folk acts at events throughout the year.
As well as the main stage acts, there will be an Acoustic Tent with beginners music workshops, informal sessions and a competition for newcomers to folk performance. This is a great space to try making music yourself in a relaxed and friendly way.
Full disabled access to site, reserved viewing area and toilet facilities.
Adult £15, Child under 16 £7.50, Child under 5 Free. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.buryfolkfestival.co.ukBures Music Festival, 5-9 July 2017, Bures
The 21st 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 over £200,000 since 1997.Line-up
Friday 7pm-11pm: Back Porch Band, Danny Bryant, King King
Saturday 11.30am-11.30pm: B-Fest category winner, Wooden Maiden, Soul Stretch Gang, Spacecake, Broken Eyes, Reno and Rome, ELO Encounter & Rhapsody
Sunday: 12-9pm: B-Fest winner, Face Furniture, Ministry of Mojo, Medicine, Anna Pancaldi, The Committed, Who’s Next, Dr and the Medics
PLUS Wednesday is Choral Night, and Thursday is Jazz night plus the Young Musicians competition (visit the website to get involved). Tickets and info:
Tickets are priced at £45 in advance for an adult 5 day pass, £20 for teens (aged 12-17 years), and children aged 11 years and under £5. A family ticket is priced at £110. Tickets also available for individual events.Camping
Camping is £15 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.
For more information and to book tickets visit: www.buresmusicfestival.comThorpefest Music Festival, Saturday 8 July, Thorpeness
Thorpeness Country Club, The Benthills, Thorpeness, IP16 4NU
Live music from local and national acts, children's entertainment, food market and bars - there's something for everyone. Under 5's are free, 5-12 £6 per child, 12+ £12 per ticket.
Email: email@example.com for tickets. Stradisphere Music Festival, 7 & 8 July, Stradbroke
Stradisphere Arena, Stradbroke Community Sports Field, Wilby Road, Stradbroke, IP21 5JN
Community Music Festival. Tickets: From £15
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information Moet & Chandon July Festival, Newmarket Racecourses, 13-15 July 2017
Newmarket Racecourses celebrates summer at its best with the Moet & Chandon July Festival. Racegoers are not only treated to world class racing but also the fabulous atmosphere and feel of a ultra-cool English garden party and an array of rich colour and style, with all the racegoers donning their finest attire.
In addition to its thrilling racecard the Moet & Chandon July Festival is renowned for its fabulous fashion and entertainment. Winners are crowned each day in The Style Awards sponsored by The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel, and receive a fantastic array of unbelievable prizes
Half an hour after the last race, the official Apres Racing after party will begin and provide the perfect end to a fantastic day. All racegoers are welcomed for FREE to dance the night away with friends and family and maybe sample a few of the delicious cocktails on offer! Acts are yet to be announced but if last year's performances from Heart FM's Mark Wright and fashionista Vogue Williams, are anything to go by then you won't be disappointed!
Tickets from £15.00. Email: email@example.com or tel 01638 675 500 (option 4)Latitude Music Festival, 13 & 16 July, Henham Park
The star studded Latitude Festival will be returning for it's 12th year this July. This is more than just a music festival. The award-winning event bursts with the best from Music and the Arts; wander from film to music, comedy to literature, theatre and poetry. All of this set in the stunning Suffolk countryside, with rolling hills, woods, a lake with deck chairs and a flock of multicoloured sheep. There's something for everyone here! For more information about the line up and ticket bookings see: Latitude FestivalBeer Festival - The Cherry Tree Inn, Woodbridge, 14th-16th July 2017
The Cherry Tree Inn, 73 Cumberland Street, Woodbridge, IP12 4AG
The Cherry Tree Inn, Woodbridges (opposite Notcutts) annual beer festival. There will be at least 20 real ales from all across Great Britain, including Hafod of Flintshire, Wibblers of Essex, Tryst of Fife, Mannings of Cheshire, Wishbone of Yorkshire and of course, our local Adnams from Southwold. Hot and cold food will be available 12:00-21:00 Friday and Saturday and 12:00-20:00 on Sunday.
Tel: 01394 384627 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Jimmys Festival, 22-23 July, Jimmys Farm
Jimmy's Festival of Food & Music is an annual celebration of great live music, delicious food, and wholesome family fun.
With great performances from Scouting For Girls, KT Tunstall, our good pal Matt Cardle and the legendary, Chas & Dave.
The Aspall Kitchen will see some truly tasty demos from River Cottage’s Gill Meller and Saturday Kitchen’s Joe Hurd.
There’s loads of entertainment for the kids too with Happy’s Circus, Science Mania, Justin Fletcher, Dick ‘n’ Dom and Mr. Bloom.
Tickets are on sale now!
For contact details, see Jimmys FarmSaxmundham Music Festival, Friday 28 July to Saturday 29 July
Friday 5pm until 10.30pm and Saturday 10am until 11pm.
Memorial Field, B1119, Saxmundham, IP17 1EA
Saxmundham's annual free Music Festival has released the line-ups for 2017. Friday 28th July sees a folksey themed evening, headed by the brilliant Aartwork. Saturday 29th features a mix of local bands and headline tribute act, Rollin Stoned.
A truly family festival with side stalls, full Adnams bar, food outlets, Laser Tag and Children's rides. Bands all day long. Come and enjoy. No dogs except assisted. No alcohol to be taken onto site.
Free EntryMekonville Music Festival 2017, Nr Stowmarket 28th-30th July 2017
Laffitts Hall, Framsden Road, Pettaugh, Stowmarket IP14 6DT
The Mekons current and original line-ups will play together for the first time this summer to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary. A unique weekend festival in rural Suffolk.
As well as an exclusive live performance from the original band line-up, the weekend has in store..
- LIVE BANDS AND ACOUSTIC ARTISTS
- SPOKEN WORD AND POETRY
- CHILDREN'S CRAFTS
- CAMPFIRE AND BARBECUE
and much, much more!
for more information including ticket booking.
AugustReal Ale & Oyster Festival 5th - 7th August The Anchor Walberswick
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August from noon to 11pm.
Live music, oysters shucked by Richard Haward from The Company Shed, BBQ of local meats, sausages, homemade burgers. 'What's Left' on Monday 7th August.
See The Anchor, Walberswick
for more information.Anchor Inn Nayland - Annual Beer Festival, 11th-13th August 2017
Growing year-on-year and hotly contested as one of Suffolk's finest, the Anchor's Beer Festival is quickly becoming the riverbank summer soiree of the year, being firmly marked in many people's diaries each and every year as 'not to be missed'. This family friendly festival is the perfect summer chill out, accompanied by live music, alfresco dining, BBQ and much more, bringing something for all to enjoy, along with free entry.
With 2017 set to be the largest accomplished by the Anchor's team in terms of local craft producer's attending, there is sure to be a cask ale and cider to tickle and tantalise any connoisseur's taste buds.
Artisan producers attending include S A Brain & Co, with their traditionally brewed The Rev. James Rye, with its dark, dry and distinctive taste, with unexpected hints of citrus and spice. Not forgetting Nethergate Brewery, along with local Colchester and Suffolk breweries supplying a varied range of pale ales, bitters and porters.
Perched on the riverbank, the Anchor has been serving the Dedham Vale for over 500 years, and continuing with its tradition has big plans in store for the year ahead, so why not come along and join in the fun! For all the latest updates on the Anchor's Beer Festival we recommend following our Facebook page for full listings and news.
Free entry, tel: 01206 262313 or email email@example.com for more information.The Big Gig 4th - 7th August, Halesworth Town Park
Friday 4 August to Sunday 6 August
The Big Gig
Halesworth Town Park, Halesworth, IP19
Geno Washington live in Halesworth Town Park!
American soul shouter Geno Washington performs with the Ram Jam Band live in Halesworth on Saturday 5th August as part of the 3 day festival of music held in the town park in Halesworth. The BIG GIG is an excellent platform to showcase some of the best in local and national talent.
Each year we build on the show and try to make it the perfect weekend for you to come down and relax, this year we are putting on a whole host of things for kids to do, there are 100's of children in the town and we would like to make the show much more welcoming and exciting for them, so bring the whole family. Children 12 or under are free! And we have circus skills, bouncy castles, family games, play area and entertainment aimed to keep the young ones busy whilst you can grab a drink and listen to some of the great music on.
Confirmed acts also include: Solko, Lee Vasey, Mista Beat, Bloodshake Chorus, More Madness, Dave Thomas Band, Fat 'n' Furious, Das Boot, Purple Lights and many, many more.
This is a community spirited event, not only with affordable tickets but a proportion of the door sales will go back into the community by supporting local music charities. The BIG GIG welcomes your support and involvement to continue to make this local festival a roaring success! Live music, food stalls, local crafts and trade stalls and much more...
Every year we give a proportion of the door profits to charity. This year we are supporting:
I Made This - http://www.imadethis.me/ - I Made This is a charity that works with young people in Norfolk and Suffolk using music and video to inspire and empower
St Elizabeth's Hospice from Ipswich will also have a stall and be raising money for their charity.
Opening times: Fri 18:00 - 23:30, Sat 12:00 - 23:30, Sun 12:00 - 23:30
The Big Gig costs just £25 in advance for the whole weekend, or day tickets available. Visit the website for more info: www.halesworthbiggig.co.uk. Tickets also from Halesworth Bookshop
Tickets: £10/£25, Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe 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 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: http://www.mauiwauievents.co.uk/buy-maui-ticketsEddy Fest 2017, Edwardstone, 25th-28th August 2017
The Edwardstone White Horse Inn, CO10 5PX
Live Music, Beer & Cider Festival. Live bands from 17:00 - 00:00 Friday, 12:00 - 00:00 Saturday, 12:00 - 00:00 Sunday & 12:00 - 17:00 Monday. Festival food available all day. Camping available, over 80 Ales 30 ciders and fun for everyone.
Free Entry. Tel 01787 211211Gin, Beer & Cider Festival, 26th - 27th August, The Waggon and Horses, Sudbury
The Waggon and Horses, Church Walk, Sudbury, CO10 1HJ
A carefully selected range of gins, real ale and ciders, something for everyone to try!
Live music from Levi & his reggae band Saturday afternoon and Stretch soul gang Sunday evening.
Our full menu will be available as well as some delicious specials
FREE EVENT. Tel: 01787 312147
SeptemberBNatural Music Festival, Bildeston, 2nd & 3rd September
Bildeston Clocktower square, Bildeston, IPSWICH, IP7 7EB
12pm-8pm (Sat) and 11am-6pm (Sun)
Lovely FREE festival, now in its 7th Year! Music in all its wonderful variety in the square all weekend, as well as local pubs and village gardens. Musical brunch on Sunday, tea-garden, cake and jazz. BNatural beer and Pimms bar open all weekend. Local vendors selling delicious, locally-sourced food. Unmissable!
Contact: Nick English email@example.com
Elaine Talbott firstname.lastname@example.orgHighTide Festival, 12-17 September, Aldeburgh
Annual Arts Festival featuring 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. New for this year, the festival are creating a temporary theatre space called The Mix, a state-of-the-art, 260 seat theatre situated on the beach, it will offer audiences a unique experience.
For more information see HighTide Festival 2017Newmarket Food & Drink Festival, part of the 32Red Open Weekend 16 & 17th September
10am - 16.30pm each day
Newmarket Town Centre, Palace Street and The Guineas Shopping Centre, Newmarket, CB8 8EP
A traditional food and drink fayre, with a truly modern offering. Featuring celebrity chefs, including Theo Randall and Sophie Grigson, on hand for demonstrations, alongside top local chefs! On top of that, see top wine writer, Oz Clarke helping visitors to distinguish plonk from pinot. Dine on delicious wares from across the region with stalls from various exhibitors, including bespoke producers, tasty deli-style exhibitors, street food vendors, delectable drinks and homewares. PLUS the first ever 'Newmarket Buskers' Competition finals will be taking place across Newmarket town centre over both days; maybe the next big singer/songwriter will be discovered?
FREE ENTRY. Email: email@example.comRNLI fundraising Beer Festival, Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, 22nd-24th September 2017
The Ferry, Felixstowe IP11 9RZ. Starting 6pm Friday, Midday Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to interesting beer, activities including live music, sailing, trawler race, duck race, Craft Stalls on Sunday, BBQ, Tombola. Starts with Fish and Chips from 6pm on Friday to raise funds for our local RNLI. Free EntryThe Cambridgeshire Meeting Annual Beer Festival 28th - 30th September
Opens 12.00 midday
The Rowley Mile, Newmarket Racecourses, Newmarket, CB8 0TG
It's not just the high quality of the horseracing that makes the three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting so special. Newmarket's fantastic Real Ale Festival, which runs throughout the meeting, showcases some of the best brews from the local area and further afield. There will be dozens of real ales and ciders for racegoers to sample in the dedicated marquee plus live music, pub games and more! From £16.20
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 2017Woodbridge Shuck Fish & Shellfish Festival, 29th September to 1st October 2017
Whisstocks Quayside, Woodbridge
The main arena is at Whisstocks Quayside where freshly cooked seafood meals will be available, along with a variety of stalls, music and children’s entertainment. Throughout the town, participating restaurants and pubs will also be serving dishes using locally caught and grown fish and shellfish, including River Deben oysters and mussels.
Friday and Saturday nights will see the very popular Shuck Shack pop-up restaurant in the Tide Mill (pre-book only).
For more info, contact: 01394 411 025 or email: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, 23rd & 24th September, Snape Maltings 2017
OCTOBERThe Croft Fest, Friday 6 October to Sunday 8 October
The Croft Campsite, The Green, Ubbeston, IP10 0HB
Eclectic mix of music, folk, soul funk, singer song writer etc. Also poetry and a Ceilidh.
See The Croft Campsite
for full information.Halesworth Arts Festival, 7th-22nd October 2017
Now in its 16th 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. This years line-up:
The Big Chris Barber Band - Chris Wood - Heath Quartet - The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch - Noriko Ogawa, piano - Cautionary Tales for Daughters - Edward Seago: lecture - Stacey Kent - The Suffolk Young Poets Parade - Halesworth Community Choir - Dodo Street Band - Kathy Lette's Girls' Night Out - Carry Akroyd - Harmoniemusik - Silent Movie: CHICAGO - Opera-lele - Julian Marc Stringle - My Family & Other Animals - My Family & Other Animals - Black is the Color of my Voice - Pasadena Roof Orchestra
For booking information, see Cut Arts CentreLong Shop Real Ale and Traditional Music Festival, Friday 20th – Saturday 21st October
Long Shop Museum, Main Street, Leiston, IP16 4ES
As British Summertime draws to a close, we will be turning up the heat with a fabulous weekend of engines in steam, an array of ales and some toe-tapping tunes to keep you entertained after hours.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale as well as showcasing some great musicians on Saturday evening to help turn the Long Shop into a veritable ‘Cathedral of Sound’.
The festival kicks off from 5pm on Friday night and the museum is open until 11pm on both evenings to give revelers a chance to sample some of the fifteen different high-quality ales, ciders and wines selected by the Ipswich branch of CAMRA. On Saturday it opens at 11am, with full day of exciting sounds, sights, tastes and smells, not least through the hiss and rumble engines in full steam.
There will be an open mic session during the day and to whet your appetite further, some scrumptious refreshments hot and cold, savoury and sweet, to keep you fortified. This will lead into one of our much loved and time honoured ‘end of season‘ events on Sunday – Final Fling, where the bar will remain open, but the steamy attractions even more plentiful, along with a range of stalls.
See Long Shop Museum
for more information.
NOVEMBERHalesworth Arts Festival, 17th-19th November 2017
The fifth Lavenham Literary Festival promises another fantastic range of speakers. There will be a speaker at The Guildhall in Lavenham in the early evening on Friday, followed by the festival dinner with best-selling author Simon Barnes at The Swan Hotel later that evening. Simon’s books on birds, nature and sport have been read by millions – and taken him all over the world.
As well as a great programme of speakers, there is a Creative Writing Course with Wild Words at The Swan Hotel during the Saturday.
Tickets for speaker sessions are now on sale, and are sold only through the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.
Call 07582 239289 or see Lavenham Literary Festival
for full event details. Click here to find out more about Lavenham
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