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HighTide Festival Celebrates it's 10th Anniversary!

Internationally reknowned for discovering playwrights and producing new plays, HighTide Festival makes a welcome return to the seaside town of Aldeburgh this September.

Taking place from the 8th - 18th September, this year's festival marks 10 years in the Suffolk coastal town.To celebrate, 4 new plays have been commissioned: Anders Lustgarten's The Sugar Coated Bullet's of the Bourgeoisie;, Elinor Cook's Pilgrims; In Fidelity, written by Rob Drummond and Directed by HighTide's Artistic Director, Steven Atkinson and The Path; a promenade production of 8 short plays created especially for HighTides' 10 year anniversary.

We spoke to award-winning theatre director and producer, and Artistic Director of HighTide Festival, Steven Atkinson ahead of the festival, to find out what's in store for audiences, and why Aldeburgh is the perfect creative location...

Things to Do Events - HighTide Festival - Steven Atkinson

The Suffolk Coast: With such a wide variety of plays and talks on offer at this year, it's hard to single out any one, but what are you personally looking forward to seeing at this year's festival?

Steven Atkinson: As a massive fan of Acorn Antiques, the Face to Face interview with Celia Imrie on 11th September will be a fantastic event. Taking place at Aldeburgh Cinema on the 18th September, the interview with British Film and Television Director Tom Harper is also not to be missed. He will be joining us at the festival to talk about his recent BBC presentation of War and Peace, plus previous work including This is England and Peaky Blinders amongst others. And the all-day symposium on 14th September really is a fantastic opportunity for theatre lovers; bringing together a huge range of theatre-makers, the symposium will discuss the future of theatre and is an opportunity for theatre fans to voice their opinions and ask some of the industry's leaders their questions. 

The Suffolk Coast: What's new for this year's festival and the 10th anniversary?

SA: Brand new for the festival and unique to Aldeburgh, The Path takes audiences on a trip around the town; comprising of seven short plays which will be listed to through headsets. The plays bring to life the history of Aldeburgh, with some real-life and some imagined tales being told. It's a very interactive experience, with a surprise for audiences along the way!

TSC: What makes Aldeburgh the ideal location for such a festival?

SA: The heart of the festival is artists premiering new work; taking risks. Aldeburgh provides them with space to think of new ideas and relax, and this in turn transfers to the work that is produced. The whole festival is informal, with audiences and artists linking and being able to personally interact.

Having spent a lot of time in Aldeburgh growing up, when I visit during the festival I find that I am presented with the space to be creative; real thinking space, plus I like to walk my dog along the beach!


HighTide Festival runs from 8th to 18th September with at Aldeburgh Cinema, Jubilee Hall and locations around the town. 

For tickets, visit www.hightide.org.uk 


Things to see and do


Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand stores in Southwold and Burnham Market offer Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories and there is also a contemporary Womenswear and Accessories store in Aldeburgh.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Aldeburgh - Visitor Information

Aldeburgh - Visitor Information

Tourist Information including a range of leaflets and guides to help during your visit are available at the Aldeburgh Library.

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Aldeburgh Music

Aldeburgh Music

Snape

Aldeburgh Music is one of the leading year-round performance centres founded by British composer Benjamin Britten set in a stunning landscape on the Suffolk coast

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Wheelchair Accessible


Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Cinema: the very best of world cinema at the heart of the local community since 1919. Providing a programme of film screenings, live shows and special event;  independent, inspirational, meaningful, fun.

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Free wifi


Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Newson Garrett started malting at Snape in 1854 and the site grew to become Suffolk’s largest maltings complex. The striking complex of brick and slate buildings that he established is now Grade II listed and one of the few remaining Maltings complexes in Britain which has retained all of his buildings, spanning some 7 acres.

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Free wifi


Suffolk Summer Theatres

Suffolk Summer Theatres

With a broad mixture of comedies, thrillers and family drama; performing five shows at both St Edmund's Hall, Southwold and the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh between July to mid-September. "Classic theatre for a modern audience."

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Wheelchair Accessible


O&C Butcher

O&C Butcher

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh has changed in many ways over the last hundred years, but one business has been an ever present in the town.

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events


Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Sep 2017

Come and enjoy with the whole family this fantastic Food Festival set within the grounds of Snape Maltings, Suffolk on 23rd - 24th September 2017

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Suffolk Summer Theatres presents

Suffolk Summer Theatres presents "The Old Country" by Alan Bennett

Southwold |

Suffolk Summer Theatres presents "The Old Country" by Alan Bennett. An intense story of betrayal and retribution by one of the great playwrights of this old country.

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HighTide Festival 2016

HighTide Festival 2016

Aldeburgh | Thu 08th - Sun 18th Sep 2016

HighTide is a theatre company producing new plays in an annual festival in Aldeburgh and on tour.

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Aldeburgh Classic Boat Festival

Aldeburgh Classic Boat Festival

Aldeburgh | Sat 03rd - Sun 04th Sep 2016

Taking place on the 3rd and 4th September, Aldeburgh Classic Boat Festival is an open event for dayboats and dinghies.

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WHERE TO EAT


The White Lion Bar & Brasserie Bleue

The White Lion Bar & Brasserie Bleue

Aldeburgh

Inspired by a modern desire to return to simple, 'back to basics' food and impeccable service, offering freshly prepared dishes in contemporary surroundings. 

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Brudenell Seafood & Grill 

Brudenell Seafood & Grill

Aldeburgh

The Seafood & Grill restaurant has panoramic sea views from every table with a décor that is inspired by the vibrant colours that can be found on the Suffolk coast throughout the year.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible

where to stay


Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape

Snape Maltings is a unique set of Victorian malthouses set alongside the River Alde. There is an eclectic range of shops, galleries and eateries all on the doorstep as well as the world famous Concert Hall.

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Free wifi


Suffolk Secrets

Suffolk Secrets

Southwold

Suffolk Secrets is proud to offer the best choice of self-catering holiday cottages on The Suffolk Coast.

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Dog friendly


The Brudenell

The Brudenell

Aldeburgh

The Brudenell epitomises the perfect seaside hotel; beach chic, friendly and informal service, award-winning food and the tranquil beachfront setting all blend effortlessly with indulgence and relaxation.

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Free wifi Dog friendly