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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 18th – 20th 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 2017 are Jon Boden, Lau, Martin Simpson, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys and Fay Hield.

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 2017 Latitude Festival takes place from 13th to 16th 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 Mumford and Sons, The 1975, Fleet Foxes and The Divine Comedy in the Obelisk Arena, Dara O' Briain and Simon Amstell on the Comedy Stage plus many more!

Voted one of the best family festivals in the UK, children love the Kids Area and Enchanted Garden, whilst teenagers can spend the weekend in the Inbetweeners Area.

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 for 2017 is ‘Seaside Traditions’, Felixstowe town centre and promenade will play host to the procession on 22nd and 23rd 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 75th Aldeburgh Carnival take place from 19th - 21st August 2017; with a procession making its way through this picturesque seaside town. The procession is made up of elaborate floats with the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps leading. Stay for the day and soak up the atmosphere in the evening as the firework spectacular takes place over the sea!

5. Thorpeness Regatta and Fireworks


Come to Thorpeness Meare for this sailing spectacular for children and grown-ups alike on Friday 25th August 2017.

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 2017 will be bigger than ever! Taking place on 22nd 23rd July, the festival will feature a range of activities and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. And it's all free!

Lowestoft Summer Festival  - Sandcastle Record Attempt

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:

Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn, Murder Weapon by Brian Clemens and Tom, Dick and Harry by Michael and Ray Cooney.

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.

For more information and to book tickets, visit

8. HighTide Festival

HighTide is a theatre company producing new plays in an annual festival in Aldeburgh and on tour. The 2017 festival takes place from 12th and 17th September at locations throughout the town.

Full festival line up will be announced in June 2017!

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 23rd and 24th September 2017.

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


There is something for everyone at the Snape Proms with 30 fantastic summer nights out on the Suffolk Coast from 1st August 2017.

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


Maverick Festival

Maverick Festival

Woodbridge | Fri 30th Jun - Sun 02nd Jul 2017

The Maverick Festival is a celebration of Americana and roots music from both sides of the Atlantic right here in Suffolk.

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Felixstowe Book Festival

Felixstowe Book Festival

Felixstowe | Sat 01st - Sun 02nd Jul 2017

Now in its fifth year, Felixstowe Book Festival, returns for another exciting weekend of events on 1st & 2nd July, 2017.

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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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Woodbridge | Fri 18th - Sun 20th Aug 2017

Folk music and art at its best, from near and far, with an added Suffolk twist. FolkEast takes place from 18th - 20th August 2017, hosted at the Great Glemham Estate.

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Maui Waui Festival

Maui Waui Festival

Saxmundham | Fri 25th - Sun 27th Aug 2017

Maui Waui is a 3 day festival of international music, performance and arts. 

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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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The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival

The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival

Framlingham | Sun 08th Oct 2017

On 8th Oct 2017 from 10am to 4pm, Framlingham hosts its annual celebration of all that is great about the British banger. 

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