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
Homegrown Music Festival - Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June
Pulse Festival. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Thursday 1 June – Saturday 10 June 2017
The Woolpit Festival, 8th June - 17th June, Woolpit, Nr Stowmarket
Alive & V Dubbin, 9th, 10th & 11th June 2017, Jimmy's Farm, Ipswich
The Aldeburgh Festival, 9th-25th June 2017
Stowblues Festival - Saturday 10 June, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket
Taste 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 June
DragonFest 2017 24th - 25th June, West Stow Anglo Saxon Village
Southwold Arts Festival 24th June - 1st July 2017
Maverick Music Festival, 30th June, 1st & 2nd July 2017, Easton Farm Park
Bury Folk Festival, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds - 1st July
Bures Music Festival, 5-9 July 2017, Bures
Thorpefest, 8th July 2017, Thorpeness Country Club
Stradisphere - Community Music Festival, Stradbroke, 7 & 8 July 2017
Moet & Chandon July Festival, Newmarket Racecourses, 13-15 July 2017
Latitude Festival, Henham Park, 13-16 July 2017
Beer Festival - The Cherry Tree Inn, Woodbridge, 14th-16th July 2017
Jimmy's Festival, 22-23 July, Jimmy's Farm
Mekonville Music Festival 2017, Nr Stowmarket 28th-30th July 2017
Real Ale & Oyster Festival 5th - 7th August The Anchor Walberswick
Anchor Inn Nayland - Annual Beer Festival, 11th-13th August 2017
Maui Waui Festival 2017, 25th - 27th August
Eddy Fest 2017, Edwardstone, 25th-28th August 2017
RNLI fundraising Beer Festival, Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, 22nd-24th September 2017
The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, 23rd & 24th September, Snape Maltings 2017


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 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


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

Homegrown 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 😴
Archery 🎯
Art Village 🎨
Face & Body Painting 🌈
Beauty Therapy 💅
Late Bar 🍻
Toddler Zone (with Bouncy Castles!)👶🏰
Bonfire with Open Mic 🔥🎤
Pilates ☮️
and more!

Tickets £5 - £50
Visit for tickets and info

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

The 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:

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. Email:

The 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 Life

A 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: or tell: 01787 468634

Beer Festival 16th - 18th June
The Queen, Brandeston, The Street, Brandeston, Woodbridge, IP13 7AD
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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 for more information or go to the village web site

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


Southwold 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 Festival

Maverick Festival, 30th June, 1st & 2nd July, Easton Farm Park


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 £95.00
Weekend ticket with admission to all stages and includes up to TWO nights camping FRIDAY and SATURDAY
Wrangler £75.00 Weekend ticket with admission to all stages No Camping
Rustler £45.00 Day ticket, Saturday only
Nighthawk £25.00 Friday night only
Holy Roller £20.00 Sunday only
Tenderfoot £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
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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:

Bures 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.

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 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:

Thorpefest 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: 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 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: 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 Festival

Beer 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:

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 Farm

Mekonville 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..
and much, much more!

See for more information including ticket booking.


Real 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 for more information.

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:

Eddy 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 211211


RNLI 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 Entry

The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, 23rd & 24th September, Snape Maltings 2017

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 2017

2016 FESTIVALS---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Bradfest, Fri 26th - Sun 28th August, Withersfield
BNatural Music Festival, Sat 3rd - Sun 4th September, Bildeston
HighTide Festival, 8-18 September, Aldeburgh
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

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.

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!

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:

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

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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