Summer on The Suffolk Coast simply wouldn’t be quite the same without the annual FolkEast weekend, and it’s so much more than just a festival…
Traditionally, folk from the East would meet at harvest time for “a bit of a do”. Today it’s an opportunity to nourish our roots and restore bridges with the past!
So what’s it all about?
FolkEast is a multi-arts based festival for all good folk and their families to revel in three days of music, song and dance over eight performance stages. The extravaganza will take place in the lovely Glemham Hall Grounds from 19th – 21st August this year, hosted by the Halls owner Major Philip Hope-Cobbold. In the organisers own words, the festival provides ‘Space to breathe, room to roam, games to play and frolics to frol!’
Still baffled? In short, there’s something on offer to tempt everyone.
The headliners for FolkEast 2016 are Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band, Blowzabella and Usher's island with FolkEast patrons and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners the Young'uns appearing in the mix and with the Aldeburgh Young Musicians.
Folk legend Peter Knight is just one of the headliner’s at this year’s festival. It has been said that few fiddlers can hold a candle to the iconic Knight whose presence has enriched the British music scene for more than four decades.
Also joining the line-up will be the hugely popular John Spiers – one of the leading squeezebox players of his generation. With the final curtain falling on the mighty multiple award-winning band Bellowhead as well as the duo Spiers & Boden.
FolkEast is a chance to let your hair down and give the dance workshops a go - whether it’s tapping Morris dancing sticks or striding out to East Anglian Step Dancing. And, if that sounds a little too energetic (or you really do have two left feet), you could always sit that one out and simply enjoy being entertained by one of the organised dance displays! During the weekend the dance troupes also spill into The Lion Inn in Little Glemham, which is just a stroll away.
From singing and instrumental to poetry or art workshops…the pop-up sessions will be dotted around the site for you to choose from - There’s even a bit of social ‘knitworking’ going on for those who fancy trying their hand with needles and yarn in the Knit-in-Tent – everyone is welcome, from novice knitters to natty knitters!
Little folk will have no shortage of activities to get stuck into either – an Art Arcade, donkey rides, children’s activities, yoga, poetry, storytelling, foraging walks and talks, horse drawn carriage rides and tours of Glemham Hall by Major Philip Hope-Cobbold himself! And, the best thing is, children of 11 years and under are admitted absolutely free!
Opt to stay on the beautiful Glemham Hall site so you don’t miss out on any festivities. The community atmosphere between fellow festival goers is always at its best when sleeping under the Suffolk Coast’s stars. There’ll be lashings of locally produced food and real ales in the offing from The Cobbald Arms too so you’ll be able to recharge your batteries every once in a while before launching into another activity…
Advance weekend tickets are available price £115 (adult), £98 (full time students, senior citizens) and £65 for Youth tickets (12-17 year old) which must be purchased with an adult ticket. Family weekend tickets for two adults and two 12-17 year olds are £320. A great offer sees free admission for children aged 11 and under and optional camping is included with all weekend tickets, with a £25 charge for campervans and caravans.
Located close to the A12, the festival will also be running shuttle buses to the site from Wickham Market station.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.folkeast.co.uk