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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!