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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.

1.FolkEast


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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 17th - 19th 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!’

This year's Festival will be packing a punch with probably its most impressive line-up to date led by two of the most enduring and legendary bands from the genre - Oysterband and Show of Hands who have an incredible eight BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards between them.

And it’s a real family event – with activities aimed at all age groups including den building, animations workshops, Saturday afternoon sports day, very small folk play area and the mud kitchen.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.folkeast.co.uk

2. Latitude Festival


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The 2018 Latitude Festival takes place from 12th to 15th 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 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.

Voted one of the best family festivals in the UK, children love the Kids Area and Enchanted Garden. Here they can learn circus skills and performance, screen printing, wildlife crafts, readings from award winning authors, archaeology and history, yoga and the Canopy Stage with a full line-up of family-friendly comedy.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.latitudefestival.com

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 2018 is ‘Pantomime', Felixstowe town centre and promenade will play host to the procession which starts in Colneis Road before heading down to the seafront where there are tonnes of fun activities, music and entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

www.felixstowecarnival.org

4. Aldeburgh Carnival

TTDE - Aldeburgh Carnival 2017

This year sees the 76th Aldeburgh Carnival take place from 18th - 20th August 2018; with a procession making its way through this picturesque seaside town.

This year's theme is 'Fly me to the Moon', 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!

www.aldeburghcarnival.com

5. Thorpeness Regatta and Fireworks

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Come to Thorpeness Meare for this sailing spectacular for children and grown-ups alike on Friday 24th August 2018. 

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. Maverick Festival

TTDE - Maverick Festival - Pop up stage

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 outbuildings 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.

This year's festival takes place from 6th - 8th July with the line up including The Danberrys, Hillfolk Noir, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Jonathan Byrd, Curse of Lono and Amelia White to name but a few. 

For full line up and more information visit maverickfestival.co.uk

7. Suffolk Summer Theatre

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Suffolk Summer Theatre offers 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 www.southwoldtheatre.org

8. Beccles Carnival

Beccles Carnival dates back to the 1900s, and is part of a whole host of events taking place on the 18th and 19th August 2018. The parade leaves Roys store at 1pm, making its way through the streets of the pretty market town.

Events across the weekend include a baby competition, fancy dress, children's races, dog show and arena displays, plus live music on Saturday evening. 

www.becclescarnival.co.uk/

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 29th and 30th September 2018.

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 www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk

10. Snape Proms

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There is something for everyone at the Snape Proms with 30 fantastic summer nights out on the Suffolk Coast from 1st August 2018.

This year’s Proms will include everything from folk and jazz to world music, classical, comedy and poetry, with 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 www.snapemaltings.co.uk/season/snape-proms/


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EVENTS

Felixstowe Book Festival 2018

Felixstowe Book Festival 2018

Felixstowe | Wed 27th Jun - Sun 01st Jul 2018

Felixstowe Book Festival has become one of the highlights of the East Anglian arts calendar and returns for another exciting programme of events from 27th June to 1st July 2018. 

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Music by the Sea Returns to Aldeburgh

Music by the Sea Returns to Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh | Sat 30th Jun 2018

Enjoy some great music and get your feet tapping at the free Music by the Sea open air charity concert, which returns to Aldeburgh on Saturday, 30th June. With a fantastic line-up of local and national artists performing live in the King’s Field from 4pm until dark, children’s entertainment, a food market and bars there’s something for everyone.

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Maverick Festival 2018

Maverick Festival 2018

Framlingham | Fri 06th - Sun 08th Jul 2018

Established in 2008, Maverick Festival is now the UK's leading Americana event showcasing the best roots music from both sides of the Atlantic.

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Alderton Fete

Alderton Fete

Woodbridge | Sat 07th Jul 2018

A Traditional village fete and Classic car display on the beautiful Suffolk Coast

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Dog friendly

Latitude Festival 2018

Latitude Festival 2018

Southwold | Thu 12th - Sun 15th Jul 2018

Save the date for 2018 Latitude Festival, which will take place from 12th to 15th July at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk.

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Sax Music Fest in Saxmunham

Sax Music Fest in Saxmunham

Saxmundham | Fri 27th - Sat 28th Jul 2018

Sax Music Fest runs from noon on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July. This will be the first year this free music festival takes place at its new location in the grounds of Saxmundham Free School.

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East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival

East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival

Oulton Broad | Sat 11th Aug 2018

Make a splash and enter the East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival today!

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FolkEast 2018

FolkEast 2018

Saxmundham | Fri 17th - Sun 19th Aug 2018

Folk music and art at its best, from near and far, with an added Suffolk twist.

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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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Festival of Fabric IV

Festival of Fabric IV

Felixstowe | Sat 06th Oct 2018

Join Felixstowe Sewing School for a day all about making frocks and fabulous finery. This one day event celebrates vintage inspired dressmaking with a great specialist market, lectures, workshops, swing music and an exhibition.

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Things to see and do

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Snape

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

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly

Suffolk Summer Theatres

Suffolk Summer Theatres

With a broad mixture of comedies, thrillers and family drama; performing five shows at both St Edmund's Hall, Southwold and the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh between July to mid-September. "Classic theatre for a modern audience."

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Wheelchair Accessible

Alde Valley Spring  Festival

Alde Valley Spring Festival

Saxmundham

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

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