There's a whole array of festivals on the coast throughout the year, so why not plan which ones float your boat with our great little 'save the date' reminder.....
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!
1st - 3rd November 2019 - Aldeburgh DocFest
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.
In 2019 the Festival celebrates its 25th year! For updates and the full programme, visit https://aldeburghcinema.co.uk/aldeburgh-doc-fest/
8th & 9th November 2019 - 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.
For tickets and the festival programme, visit http://www.poetryinaldeburgh.org/
17th,18th,19th April 2020 - Ink Festival, Halesworth
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!".
May 2020 - Alde Valley Spring Festival
The Alde Valley Spring Festival is a four week celebration of food, farming, landscape and the arts in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley.
Each year, the festival adopts a different theme including an exhibition of local, regional, national and international artists and makers plus a programme of Festival Talks, Farm Suppers, Open Studios and pop-up Tea Rooms.
Date to be confirmed!
9th - 31st May 2020 – Suffolk Walking Festival
Save the date for this fantastic walking festival, with a large programme of guided walks across Suffolk.
The 2020 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 13th 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 the 2020 brochure being launched in March.
12th - 28th June 2020 - Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings
21st & 22nd June 2020 - First Light Festival
First Light Festival runs continuously across the summer solstice weekend, from midday on Saturday the 21st of June, through to midday on Sunday the 22rd. On Lowestoft South Beach through changing tides, light and darkness, sun and stars - a unique shared experience with music, dance, film, talks, walks, sports and workshops as well as the best local and regional food, drinks and produce. The festival site sprawls out across the promenades and gardens to offer arts, activities and entertainment in a beautiful seaside setting.
26th - 28th June 2020 - Felixstowe Book Festival
Felixstowe Book Festival has become one of the highlights of the East Anglian arts calendar and returns for another exciting programme of events from 26th - 28th June 2020.
This year's festival programme is still to be announced, check the website for updates!
3rd - 5th July 2020 - 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.
16th - 19th July 2020 - Latitude Festival, Southwold
Save the date for 2020 Latitude Festival, which will take place from 12th to 15th July at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk. This year's line up is yet to be announced, but keep an eye on the festival's social media for big announcements coming soon!
1st - 31st August 2020 - Snape Proms, Snape Maltings
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.
Tickets are on sale now!
21st - 23rd August 2020 – FolkEast, Saxmundham
Folk music and art at its best, from near and far, with an added Suffolk twist, 21st - 23rd August 2019, hosted at the Great Glemham Estate. Acts will be announced soon, with tickets on sale in May 2020!
September 2020 - HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh
Boasting world premieres, and new work from homegrown talent, HighTide champions emerging and diverse artists, providing space for political, contemporary and provocative work.
Over five days in this stunning seaside location, HighTide will present a jam-packed programme of new and diverse theatre in some unique venues, talks by world-class artists, play readings, sets by comedy legends, sing-a-longs with cabaret stars, free late night entertainment at the Cross Keys and so much more.
Featuring high quality performances against the beautiful Aldeburgh backdrop, HighTide is the perfect cultural getaway for the weekend, or just a great night out for those closer to home.
Date to be confirmed!
3rd October 2020 - Festival of Fabric, Felixstowe
The award-winning Festival of Fabric draws together specialist traders to enable the purchase of vintage and vintage style fabric, patterns, haberdashery and sewing machines - taking place on 3rd October.
There are history of fashion lectures, sewing and millinery workshops as well as a vintage fashion exhibition.
A sumptuous and traditional afternoon tea and refreshments are available in the gracious surroundings of the venue; The Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe.
The Festival is serenaded by the beautiful sound of sweet swing music played throughout the event.
26th & 27th September 2020 - Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival
This hugely popular food festival takes place in the beautiful setting of Snape Maltings, next to the River Alde and close to the Suffolk coast, where reed-covered marshlands stretch into the distance towards Aldeburgh.
With over 100 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 and 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. Over the past few years they have had some amazing chefs come to Suffolk including; Valentine Warner, Henry Harris, Thomasina Miers, Sabrina Ghayour, Natalie Colemann, Jane Baxter to name but a few.
6th September 2020 - 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 on Sunday 6th September.
The art fair gives professional and hobby artists the chance to display and sell original artwork including paintings, ceramics, photography, glass, jewellery and textiles. The Festival also works with local schools and at the event a display of local children’s artwork is featured. A variety of bands and entertainers will be performing throughout the day to add to the enjoyment of the occasion!
October 2020 - Framlingham Sausage Festival
Framlingham hosts its annual celebration of the Great Sausages that are made in East Anglia using local ingredients and some mouth-watering recipes.
During this one-day festival, sausage makers take over the town of Framlingham, offering the finest selection of sizzling sausages for you to try. In addition to the mouth-watering array of bangers, there's entertainment, free workshops and food and drink stalls for you to browse.
Date to be confirmed!