Whether it's music, film, theatre, poetry, books, art or food you love, The Suffolk Coast is home to an impressive selection of renowned festivals.
Aldeburgh DocFest takes place every November at Aldeburgh Cinema; now in its 24th year, the festival has grown from a small weekend get-together into a nationally respected festival and a forum in which audiences have the unique ability to hear directly from the filmmakers themselves. Speakers for the 2018 festival include Journalist and Presenter Nick Robinson, author Kate Moss, war photographer Nick Conway, BBC news correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, award-winning Suffolk based photographer Bill Jackson and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield.
Staying in the town, the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival takes place every November (2nd - 4th 2018) showcasing over 100 poets, filmmakers and artists and features readings, workshops, screenings and more. Why not enjoy an extended stay and also book tickets to the Ways with Words Festival in Southwold, which often takes place the following weekend (8th - 12th 2018). The literature festival hosts speakers including lan Johnson, Blake Morrison, Sally Vickers, Caroline Slocock and Michael Buerk.
Taking place in June 2019, the Felixstowe Book Festival is one to watch and definitely check out for yourself. Last year's speakers included Sir Vince Cable, historian Martin Kemp, Jenny Murray, actor Stephen McGann and Shakespearean actor Michael Pennington. Taking place over 5 days at The Orwell Hotel, the festival also hosts a number of workshops and talks, and showcases many of Suffolk's up and coming authors.
Staying in Felixstowe, the Festival of Fabric is fast-becoming one of the must-attend events within the vintage calendar. This one-day event celebrates vintage inspired dressmaking with a great specialist market, lectures, workshops, swing music and an exhibition.
Enjoy a month-long celebration of the land at the Alde Valley Spring Festival from 27th April - 26th May 2019. Showcasing Suffolk's food, farming, landscape and the arts at White House Farm in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley. Over 40 local, regional, national and international artists and makers host events and exhibitions plus there's a fascinating a programme of Festival talks, farm suppers, open studios and pop-up tea rooms.
Later in the year, celebrate autumn at !Cornucopia! - a three-week seasonal celebration that brings together artisan crafts with seasonal foods, rural writing and the visual arts – all within a working farmed landscape. (Visit the website for 2019 dates when they are released at http://www.aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk/).
A visit to The Suffolk Coast for a weekend of culture would not be complete without catching a concert in the famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall. There's a year-round programme of music with everything from jazz and world music to classical and opera. Every year in June, the Aldeburgh Festival takes place with new music, old music, reeds, marshes, vast skies and the waves of the North Sea all culminating in a one month celebration of classical music. In August, the famous Snape Proms series gets underway; musicians from around the world converge on Snape for a series of outstanding concerts, from big bands and orchestras to folk groups and solo artists - it's an unmissable experience and the perfect way to enjoy a summer's evening.