2006 marked the birth of something very special and quite extraordinary on The Suffolk Coast… Now, as we fast approach its 11th anniversary, the Latitude Festival returns even richer in its diversity of entertainment to please visitors of all ages and genres!
Henham Park near Southwold, once relatively unknown to all but local people, has now been well and truly put on the map as the venue for this incredible annual event. Thousands of festival goers will flock here from 14th -17th July this year, transforming the quiet Suffolk countryside into a hub of frenzied excitement.
The line-up this year fails to disappoint…music, comedy, dance, theatre, storytelling, workshops and so much more – It’s all there. The challenge will be squeezing in all you want to do!
Local lad Ed Sheeran (whose home town is nearby Framlingham) first took to the stage at the Festival back in 2010 in the small poetry tent. Years later, after his meteoric rise to worldwide fame, he delighted the crowds by ‘popping in’ unexpectedly to give an impromptu performance in 2015.
And, it’s not all about the adults – youngsters of all ages from tots through to teens will be absorbed in an array of activities and workshops from journeying ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ with Alice to learning to DJ!
The beauty of the Latitude Festival is that you can choose to stay just for the day or make a full weekend of it…
It’s a popular choice to pitch up a tent on site and drink in the atmosphere morning, noon and night, but if you prefer a few home comforts there’s no shortage of excellent hotels, B&B’s and self-catering cottages close by on The Suffolk Coast. Our top tip is to book up well in advance though as this weekend, is one of the busiest in the summer calendar.
Latitude has its own variety of eateries offering delicious cuisine from all corners of the globe. However if you really want to make the most of your trip to Suffolk, there’s nothing quite so satisfying as tucking into freshly cooked fish and chips by the sea. Try The Ship at Dunwich or The Westleton Crown amongst many other highly acclaimed restaurants serving mouth-watering dishes…
And, who knows, you might just end up brushing shoulders with Mr Sheeran himself on your travels!