• Top 10 Festivals, Fetes and Carnivals on The Suffolk Coast

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.


FolkEast green head

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

Latitude Festival Sheep (C) Festival Republic

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 carnival weekend takes place on 27th, 28th and 29th July with celebrations across all three days including a Proms Concert, the main procession and fireworks. 

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.


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!


5. Thorpeness Regatta and Fireworks


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

TTDA - Suffolk Summer Theatres

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. 


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


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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