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Top 10 Festivals, Fetes and Carnivals on The Suffolk Coast

Festivals, fetes, carnivals – the stuff of a typical British summer. And being British, we don’t let the vagaries of our weather spoil these fun family events.

Here’s our roundup of the Top 10 Festivals, Fetes and Carnivals on The Suffolk Coast.


FolkEast green head

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 takes 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!’

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.

And it’s a real family event – with activities aimed at all age groups.

For more information and to book tickets, visit

2. Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival Sheep (C) Festival Republic

The 2016 Latitude Festival takes place from 14th to 17th July at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk.

Bring the whole family along to experience the UK's best festival for families, there's a host of events and activities for all age groups including theatre, music and outdoor performances in the kids area and digital and creative workshops for teens in the Inbetweeners' Area.

This year's headliners include The Macabees, The National and New Order in the Oblisk Arena and Russell Howard, Josh Widdicombe, Al Murray and Bill Bailey on the Comedy Stage.

For more information and to book tickets, visit

3. Felixstowe Carnival

Felixstowe Carnival Float - The Suffolk Coast

The Felixstowe Carnival has been running for over sixty years with many colourful and elaborate themes. And this year is no exception.

The theme is ‘Rio Carnival’, which will provide plenty of opportunities to get into a party mood or as Rio is the venue for the 2016 Summer Olympic games - a chance to wear your sports gear!

Felixstowe town centre and promenade will play host to the procession on 23rd & 24th July. The procession starts in Colneis Road from 1pm before heading down to the sea front where there’s tons of fun activities, music and entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

4. Aldeburgh Carnival

Aldeburgh Carnival Procession - The Suffolk Coast

This year sees the 74th Aldeburgh Carnival make its way through this picturesque seaside town. 

With this year’s Circus theme, the weekend of 13th-15th August will see clowns and pretend animals everywhere! The Carnival Queen has been chosen, elaborate floats and costumes are being planned, fireworks are booked and the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps is set to lead the processions.

5. Thorpeness Regatta and Fireworks


Come to Thorpeness Meare for this sailing spectacular for children and grown-ups alike on Friday 19th August from 10am.

The Meare opened in June 1913 and the first impromptu Regatta took place on the August Bank Holiday. The annual tradition continues with sailing events including canoeing and kayaking for children under sixteen years of age.

Don't miss the celebration of the summer and enjoy a live band plus BBQ and paella pans. Sit in the beautiful Meare gardens for front row seats to the magical lit boat parade at dusk and fireworks at 9pm.

6. Lowestoft Summer Festival

The Lowestoft Summer Festival is back and bigger than ever! Spread over three weekends in July, the 2016 festival will feature a range of sports, activities and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. And it's all free!

From schools sports on the beach and the Street Velodrome to food, music and art - the Lowestoft Summer Festival has something for all the family.

Lowestoft Summer Festival  - Sandcastle Record Attemptl

7. Suffolk Summer Theatre

Suffolk Summer Theatre offer professional summer repertory theatre here on the Suffolk Coast. With a broad mixture of comedies, thrillers and family drama including:

''Murder by the Book''Cash on Delivery''Don't Dress for Dinner'' The Old Country' and'The 39 Steps'

Each of the five shows will be performed in Southwold at St Edmund's Hall and the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh between July to mid-September.

8. HighTide Festival

HighTide is a theatre company producing new plays in an annual festival in Aldeburgh and on tour. The 2016 festival takes place from 8th to 18th September at locations throughout the town.

Five brand new productions will premiere in the picturesque seaside town of Aldeburgh before transferring to internationally renowned theatres across the UK. Book now to see 5 ground-breaking new plays and so much more, including:

'The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie by Anders Lustgarten'; 'Girls' by Theresa Ikoko; ;In Fidelity' by Rob Drummond; 'Pilgrims' by Elinor Cook; and 'The Path' - a special tenth anniversary production by Luke Barnes, E V Crowe, Vickie Donoghue, Thomas Eccleshare, Ella Hickson, Harry Melling and Vinay Patel.

For more information and to book tickets, visit

9. Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Courtyard - The Suffolk Coast

Come and enjoy this fantastic Food Festival set within the grounds of Snape Maltings, Suffolk on 24th and 25th September 2016

With over 90 food and drink producers from Suffolk, many from just a few miles away, all gathered to sell their produce including raw milk, organic vegetables, sourdough bread, award winning beer and spirits from sponsors Adnams, cyder from Aspall and delicious streetfood.

The Festival is truly family friendly with free tickets for under 15s. There’s also free children's activities and hands on cooking workshops.

Not only is there an amazing array of local produce but the festival also has 2 cookery demonstration stages hosting visiting and local chefs.

For more information and to book tickets, visit

10. Snape Proms

Aldeburgh Music Snape Proms 2016 - The Suffolk Coast

There is something for everyone at the Snape Proms with 30 fantastic summer nights out on the Suffolk Coast from 29th July 2016 to 28th August 2016

This year’s Proms will include everything from folk and jazz to world music, classical, comedy and poetry. Aldeburgh Music’s Snape Proms offers 31 concerts over 30 days celebrating music in all its diversity.

Prices start from just £6.50 for Prom tickets on the floor and 20 Prom tickets are always held back to sell on the day of the performance. Backstage tours will be offered at 12pm each Wednesday in August.

The Concert Hall Cafe & Restaurant will also be open so come and take the opportunity of enjoying its breathtaking view of the Alde Estuary whilst you enjoy your dinner.

For more information and to book, visit


Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival

Southwold | Thu 13th - Sun 16th Jul 2017

Save the date for 2017 Latitude Festival, which will take place from 13th to 16th July at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk.

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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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