The Suffolk Coast
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What's on at FolkEast 2016

FolkEast showcases folk music and art at its best, from near and far, with an added Suffolk twist.

It’s hosted at the Great Glemham Estate and runs from 19th - 21st August 2016.

This is East Anglia’s fast-rising “new kid on the block” festival, back for a fifth year, proving why it is nothing like other music festivals.

The three day festival will return to the glorious 300-acre Suffolk estate of 16th century Glemham Hall, the home of Major Philip Hope-Cobbold.

The festival is packing a punch with no less than six 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees and three powerhouse band headliners – 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.

Things to do at FolkEast

FolkEast is very much an interactive festival with a myriad of workshops on offer. Bring your voice and instrument to the sessions that are held in and around the festival site. There are also a range of activities for those who like to do something a little bit different.   

There’s amazing musicians and artists on site who are always happy to share their skills and knowledge in a variety of workshops: music and instrument, song, dance, art and craft and creative writing.  

Bring your violin, guitar, dance shoes, paintbrushes, carving tools and your pen!

There will also be a special Gardener’s Question Time, Sessions in The Cobbold Arms and the Hop Inn and The Young Folkmoot Sessions.  Glemham Hall Tours led by the owner Phillip, sports and games, Dwile Flonking and The Annual EastFolk ‘Pygeone Plukying” Competition

Where to eat at FolkEast

FolkEast pride themselves on sourcing the food and drink as locally as possible. There is a wide range to suit all tastes and very reasonably priced so you can enjoy good food and drink to your heart’s content over the weekend.

The Imagined Suffolk Food Village brings local food producers together to bring a new take on festival fare, complementing the world food brought to you in the Food Market.

The Cobbold Arms and The Hop Inn supply a range of craft ales and beers, as well as cider, lager, wine and select spirits all sourced locally. The friendly staff know their ales well and will help find the one for you. This year The Half Way House will make its first appearance, probably the Smallest Pub in the World! (unless you know different).

The Soapbox returns with its own Rum Bar situated on the Soapbox garden.

When purchasing alcohol, please note that proof of age (for those of you who are lucky enough to maintain their youthful looks) may be asked for. Strictly 18+

Where to stay on the Suffolk Coast

For many festival goers the experience has to include camping – whatever the weather.

And all Weekend Ticket holders have that option if they wish. But if you’d prefer to slip into a nice comfortable bed… look no further.

The Suffolk Coast has a great choice of  Bed & Breakfasts, hotels, self-catering as well as camping & glamping!

What the press says about FolkEast

FolkEast is more than just a festival – it’s out to nourish our roots … to restore bridges with the past… and make them truly accessible for the future” East Anglian Daily Times

“One of the best world music, roots and folk festivals in the UK, for 2016” The Guardian

“There was nothing to top FolkEast. Suffused with good vibrations, quirky, charming, and possessed of a joie de vivre that even Sunday’s rain couldn’t dampen, this was a festival that got almost everything right.” R2 Magazine

Things to see and do


RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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Cycle Breaks

Cycle Breaks

Ipswich

Supported, gentle cycling & walking holidays along the Suffolk Coast as well as in Constable Country & The Wool Towns and Norfolk and quality bike hire too!

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FolkEast

FolkEast

Woodbridge

Growing in stature every year, East Anglia’s fast-rising FolkEast is back for the 7th time this August, proving why it is nothing like other music festivals.

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HighTide Festival 2017

HighTide Festival 2017

HighTide Festival is an annual festival of new plays on the gorgeous Suffolk Coast taking place between 12th and 17th September in Aldeburgh. Every year we present our latest productions as world premieres, surrounded by a programme of talks with world-class artists, play readings, comedy, cabaret and much more.


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Wheelchair Accessible


Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager is the perfect activity for all ages ranging from families with children to work groups.


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Dog friendly


Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years. The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170.

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Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Home to plenty of animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Dog friendly


Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe is a small and friendly canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard hire centre based on the stunning upper reaches of the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast.

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Dog friendly

events


FolkEast 2016

FolkEast 2016

Saxmundham | Fri 19th - Sun 21st Aug 2016

Folk music and art at its best, from near and far, with an added Suffolk twist, 19th - 21st August 2016, hosted at the Great Glemham Estate.

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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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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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Snape Proms 2016 - BBC Concert Ochestra I

Snape Proms 2016 - BBC Concert Ochestra I

Snape | Mon 22nd Aug 2016

Head to Snape, Suffolk and enjoy these varied scores on  22nd August 2016.

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Circus Hassani Summer Spectacular

Circus Hassani Summer Spectacular

Southwold | Tue 26th Jul - Wed 31st Aug 2016

Southwold’s favourite; Circus Hassani returns by popular demand for its third consecutive summer season to this beautiful quintessential English seaside town


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Wheelchair Accessible


Snape Proms 2016

Snape Proms 2016

Snape | Fri 29th Jul - Sun 28th Aug 2016

There is something for everyone at this years Snape Proms.  Thirty fantastic summer nights out on the Suffolk Coast - 29th July 2016 - 28th August 2016

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Jazz East @ The Alex

Jazz East @ The Alex

Felixstowe |

Jazz East has its home at The Alex Brasserie in the lovely seaside town of Felixstowe. It's a Sunday evening club that brings some of the UK's greatest jazz musicians to Felixstowe.

World class music, a great atmosphere, and free entrance - the best Sunday night out for miles around!

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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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Wickham Market's Summer Street Market

Wickham Market's Summer Street Market

Wickham Market | Wed 17th Aug 2016

Wickham Market is having a summer party with a Street Market on The Hill - admission is free and everyone is invited to come and listen to live music from 9am to 4pm

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WHERE TO EAT


The Ufford Crown

The Ufford Crown

Woodbridge

The Ufford Crown is a Michelin recommended, family run pub and restaurant in the village of Ufford, near Woodbridge, run by Polly and Max Durrant and Head Chef Will Hardiman.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

where to stay


Mollett’s Farm

Mollett’s Farm

Saxmundham

Mollett’s Farm is a family-run haven of peace and tranquility near Suffolk’s Heritage Coast. With new custom-designed holiday studios and cottages, it’s a home away from home.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Bruisyard Hall

Bruisyard Hall

Surrounded by 700 acres of grassland, farmland and woodland, Bruisyard Hall is a beautifully idyllic place to get married, host an event or enjoy a long weekend with family and friends, offering 5 star accommodation for up to 28 people.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge offers all that is great about escaping to the country, with all that is good about staying in a wonderful market town. 

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Free wifi