The Suffolk Coast
  • TTDE - Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Workshop - (c) Gavin Butler Photography

Festivals - 'Save the Dates'

It may not feel like it right now but the lazy, hazy days of summer are edging ever closer to us, so why not brighten up the winter blues by planning which of the wonderful array of festivals and fiestas you'll take part in on the Suffolk coast this year.....

Choose between festivals of the arts, photographs, walking, sport, music, food and drink, or simply just to celebrate all that’s great about our lovely Suffolk towns!

Whether you’re planning days out with the family, short breaks or holidays on The Suffolk Coast, we’ve put together a helpful ‘save the date’ listing of what’s coming up this year so you don’t miss out on any fabulous fiestas!

7th & 8th April - Ink Festival, Halesworth

TTDA - The Cut - Ink Festival

INK Festival is an annual weekend festival of new short plays, musicals, radio and film taking place at The Cut in Halesworth. The festival includes a growing programme of workshops and talks, as well as a children’s programme.

Attended by famous names including writer/director Andie Powie, Times Journalist Libby Purves, and Richard Curtis and Emma Freud, who said: "LOVED the INK Festival. Short, brilliant performances in the coolest venue put together by the best creative team using the cream of Suffolk talent. May Halesworth be inked up forever!".

12th May – 3rd June – Suffolk Walking Festival

TTDA - Suffolk Walking Festival

Save the date for this fantastic walking festival, with a large programme of guided walks across Suffolk.

The 2018 Suffolk Walking Festival features over 120 events and promises to be the biggest and most ambitious festival to date.

There are walks for everyone including Dawn Chorus Walks, Nordic Walking, walks through Suffolk's Wool Towns and GeoCaching.

Now in its 11th year, the Walking Festival Fringe has been launched; a series of exciting and imaginative events that get you close to nature in the very heart of the countryside.

Ticket Sales will start in February with our 2018 brochure being launched in March.

8th - 24th June - Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings

TTDA - Aldeburgh Festival 2018 - John Wilson and the BBC SSO - Photo credit BBC John Wood

Aldeburgh Festival 2018 celebrates Britten and America. It also reflects 1948 – the remarkable period in post-war British history when the festival began and when so much of what we now regard to be the backbone of our cultural life was launched. In his centenary, the music of Bernstein plays a significant part in the festival which takes place at venues throughout Aldeburgh and in the stunning surroundings of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

6th - 8th July - Maverick Festival

TTDE - Maverick Festival

Established in 2008, Maverick Festival is now the UK's leading Americana event showcasing the best roots music from both sides of the Atlantic. Set amongst the restored Victorian barns and out-buildings of Easton Farm Park, nestled deep in the Suffolk countryside, the festival also hosts films, workshops and performances from over fifty different artists across six stages, indoors and out.

29th June - 1st July - Felixstowe Book Festival

TTDA - Felixstowe Book Festival - Gill Moon Photography

Now in its fifth year, Felixstowe Book Festival, returns for another exciting weekend of events. This year's line up is yet to be announced, but is due to be announced on 1st May!

12th – 15th July - Latitude Festival, Southwold

TTDE - Latitude Festival

Save the date for 2018 Latitude Festival, which will take place from 12th to 15th July at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk. This year's line up packs some punches, with Solange, The Killers and Alt-J headlining, plus The Vaccines, Jessie Ware and Rag N' Bone Man. 

As always, there's an eclectic mix of dance, comedy and music, with Harry Hill, Bridget Christie and Sadler's Wells all taking to the stage. Tickets are now on sale and more acts to be announced!

August - Snape Proms, Snape Maltings

TTDE - Snape Proms

Every Summer musicians from around the world converge on Snape for a series of outstanding concerts in one of the world’s great concert halls. From big bands and orchestras to folk groups and solo artists, there’s music for everyone at the Snape Proms.

The programme for Snape Proms will be announced in April but we will be revealing more information over the coming months!

17th – 19th August – FolkEast, Saxmundham

TTDA - FoldEast - (c) Kathy Baxendale

Folk music and art at its best, from near and far, with an added Suffolk twist, 17th - 19th August 2018, hosted at the Great Glemham Estate. Acts this year include Show of Hands with Amanda Sykes, Oysterband, Irish Mythen, Tim Edey, The Magnificent AK47 and The Gigspanner Big Band, with more acts announced soon!

Tickets are on sale now!

23rd – 24th September - Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 

TTDA - Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - (c) Gavin Butler

Come and enjoy with the whole family this fantastic Food Festival set within the grounds of Snape Maltings. 

With over 100 food and drink producers from Suffolk selling a huge range of produce including raw milk, organic vegetables, sourdough bread, award-winning beer and spirits, baked goods, meats, fish and delicious streetfood.

In addition to the amazing array of local produce the festival also has 2 cookery demonstration stages hosting visiting and local chefs. Presenters over the last few year's have included Valentine Warner, Henry Harris, Thomasina Miers, Sabrina Ghayour, Natalie Colemann and Jane Baxter to name but a few. 

2nd September - Art on the Prom, Felixstowe  

TTDE - Art on the Prom - Felixstowe

Art on the Prom is a contemporary Art Fair with over 100 professional and hobby artists displaying and selling original work on Felixstowe’s popular sea front promenade.

The art fair gives professional and hobby artists the chance to display and sell original artwork including paintings, ceramics, photography, glass, jewellery and textiles.

Aspiring artists aged 15 and over can this year take part in a Drawing Workshop led by experienced artist and teacher, Malcolm Cudmore.

14th October - The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival

TTDE- Framlingham Sausagefest

Save the date as Framlingham hosts its annual celebration of the Great Sausages that are made in East Anglia using local ingredients and some mouth-watering recipes.

During the one-day festival, Sausage makers take over the town of Framlingham, sizzling sausages for you to try. In addition to the mouth-watering array of bangers on offer, there's entertainment, free workshops and food and drink stalls for you to browse.

2nd - 4th November - Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

TTDE - Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

The Aldeburgh Poetry Festival returns this November to continue the heritage of poetry on the Suffolk Coast.

This year's festival is curated by the Poetry School and the poet Paul Stephenson. With 20 years of experience as the UK’s leading provider of poetry education, the Poetry School promises a high-quality, unique and diverse line-up of workshops, talks and educational opportunities for writers.

November - Aldeburgh Documentary Festival

TTDE - Aldeburgh Documentary Festival - Cinema

The Aldeburgh DocFest is a very special weekend in a magical place on the edge of the North Sea. DocFest is organised and delivered by the Aldeburgh Cinema Trust, a Registered Charity also responsible for the year-round operation of the Aldeburgh Cinema, a community film theatre that has shown movies consistently since 1919.

Dates are yet to be confirmed but the festival usually takes place in early November - check back later in the year for more details!

Things to see and do

Alde Valley Spring  Festival

Alde Valley Spring Festival


A four week celebration of food, farming, landscape and the arts in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley.

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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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Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival


Suffolk Food and Drink Festival celebrating amazing local producers, chefs and eating establishments. 

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Festival of Fabric III at Orwell Hotel Felixstowe

Festival of Fabric III at Orwell Hotel Felixstowe

Felixstowe | Sat 03rd Mar 2018

A one day celebration of vintage style clothes making and fashion.

Bringing together specialist traders and experts, go along to purchase, see, experience and learn about vintage style clothes making.

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Beccles Antiques Street Market

Beccles Antiques Street Market

Beccles | Sun 06th May 2018

A wide and varied selection of antiques for both the dealer and collector.

100 stalls, locally produced street food, free entry.

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The Framlingham Country Show 2018

The Framlingham Country Show 2018

Framlingham | Sat 07th - Sun 08th Apr 2018

The Event with something for everybody.

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HippieFest East 2018

HippieFest East 2018

Kessingland | Sun 09th Sep 2018

Free The Spirit!

Peace, Love, Live Music & Good Food plus Stands with Artists & Artisans showing bohemian offerings including Hippie & Ethnic Clothing, Jewellery, Natural Healing, Magikal & Faerie, Native American Storytelling and more.

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Easter Weekend at Snape Maltings

Easter Weekend at Snape Maltings

Snape | Fri 30th - Sat 31st Mar 2018

Snape Maltings Easter Weekend features two days of dramatic musical masterpieces performed by some of the country’s finest musicians, alongside a host of family-friendly activities around the site, including a special Easter Farmers' Market and Easter Egg hunt.

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A Fateful Night

A Fateful Night

Aldeburgh | Sat 14th Apr 2018

A performance recalling the tragedy that befell ‘The Aldeburgh’ lifeboat and her brave crew; through story and song, accompanied by silent footage from East Anglian film archives.

With a musical commentary of local shanties and sea songs provided by Suffolk‘s own professional group, The Rogue Shanty Buoys.

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8th Pakefield Ale Festival

8th Pakefield Ale Festival

Lowestoft | Sat 01st - Sun 02nd Sep 2018

The 8th pakefield real ale festival September 2018

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