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