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Suffolk Festivals – Summer 2014

There’s loads going on this summer in Suffolk and there’s something for everyone!

Woolpit Festival 2014, 5-21 June
Mill Lane, Woolpit

The 39th annual Woolpit festival features a terrific mix of entertainment this year, including Jacqui Dankworth, Rainer Hersch, The Beatles-Live and folk music from Sound Tradition and Ellie Jamison.

For more information and booking details visit: Woolpit Festival.

Alive and V-Dubbin 2014, Jimmy’s Farm, 6-8 June
Jimmy’s Farm

An awesome Volkswagen festival run by Suffolk Bugrs VW club, in its sixth year. A family-friendly, relaxed show with a fantastic atmosphere, good music, food, traders, entertainment, Loads of kids’ activities and awesome VWs!! Get your camping tickets online in advance to make a saving or pay on the gate for a day visit. Adults £8 Child 3 -16yrs £3.

Get your tickets online in advance to make a saving.
Venue Address: Jimmy’s Farm, Pannington Hall Lane, Ipswich, IP9 2AR (Follow yellow event signs. Do not go down Pannington Hall Lane).

Buxhall Flower Festival 6-8 June

Glorious Buxhall church stands like a beacon on the hill in our lovely village nestled in the Mid-Suffolk countryside outside Stowmarket. Come and visit us between 6th and 8th June to see over 20 floral displays in our Summer Flower Festival on the theme of “All Things Bright and Beautiful”.

As well as beautiful arrangements created by amateur and professional florists in the local community, there will be tea and cakes in the marquee, a raffle, and on Friday 6th, a Preview Evening with musical entertainment from the Tudor Rose Singers. What better way to while away a summer’s evening?

Preview Evening tickets cost £6.50 including refreshments from / 01449 737867, and entrance to the Festival on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th costs £2.50 for adults and £1 for children on the door. All proceeds to the fabric fund of St Mary’s Buxhall.

The Festival is open 10am-4pm, but you are always welcome to visit our historic church. To top it all, why not stay on for the traditional Buxhall Flower Service at 4pm on Sunday 8th? We look forward to welcoming you.
Email: or Tel: 01449 737867
Venue Address: Brettenham Road, Buxhall, Stowmarket, Suffolk. IP14 3DL

Barton Mills Scarecrow Festival 7-8 June

A fabulous time is to be had by all as you wander around the village looking at the large variety of scarecrows on display. An antique car display, cream teas and a Gruffalo trail plus stalls and a BBQ all add up to a great day out. For more details please see: What’s On Suffolk
Venue Address: Barton Mills is located just off the A11 near Mildenhall, Suffolk. IP28 6AP

67th Aldeburgh Music Festival, 13-29 June

Aldeburgh Festival is now one of Europe’s leading music festivals. This year the centrepiece is a rare new production of Britten’s pacifist opera, Owen Wingrave, a screening of the original BBC TV production which was filmed at Snape in 1970, and a Study Day.

This year’s festival promises to be an amazing experience, as ever. For more information please see Aldeburgh Music.

For some background information to this historic music festival please also see Aldeburgh Festival

Ip-Art Festival 2014, 20 June-13 July

Ipswich’s Ip-Art Festival includes music, film, theatre and more! For full details please see our guide to Ip-Art Festival.

Southwold Arts Festival, 28 June-5 July

This year Southwold will be holding its first ever Arts Festival. It will be a week-long celebration of the Arts including music, theatre, poetry, visual arts, photography, film, family events, talks, discussions and literature. There will be something for everyone.

Tickets are available online.

PettaFiesta, Stowmarket, 4-6 July
Laffitts Hall, Stowmarket

Pettafiesta is a small independent occasional arts festival held in a beautiful garden setting in Pettaugh. With two music stages plus film, spoken word, comedy, theatre and lots of audience participation there is plenty to keep everyone entertained.
Weekend Tickets – £40 for Adults (17 and over), £20 for 16 and under or £100 for a family ticket (covering 2 x adults and up to 3 x 16s and under).

All tickets include camping and parking. Pettaugh residents are half-price. Visit the website for more.
Contact:, 01473 892660.
Venue Address: Framsden Road, Pettaugh, Stowmarket. Suffolk IP14 6DT

Beer Festival, Cherry Tree Inn, Woodbridge, 4-6 July

Sample the delights of over 25 British real ales including the delightfully named Dancing Duck and Southwolds Adnams. The festival will run 10:30am-11.00pm. Hot and cold food will be available 12:00pm-9.00pm Friday and Saturday and 12:00pm-8.30pm on Sunday. Free admission.
Email: Tel: 01394 384627
Venue Address: 73, Cumberland Street, Woodbridge. opposite Notcutts. Suffolk. IP12 4AG

Maverick Festival, Easton Farm Park – 4-6 July
Easton Farm Park

Friday 5pm till around 11.30pm
Saturday 11.00am till 11.30pm
Sunday 10.30am till approximately 2.30pm

The UK’s number one American Roots music festival announces its return this summer!

Americana and roots music from both sides of the Atlantic with music, comedy, dance, film & workshops and featuring over forty different artists, across five stages indoors and out. Set amongst the picturesque Victorian farm buildings of Easton Park Farm, deep in the idyllic Suffolk countryside.

Visit Maverick Festival for the latest line-up and ticket information.

Venue Address: Easton Farm Park, Easton, Woodbridge, IP13 0EQ


12 to 13 July, Wicks Farm, Mendlesham
2-day family music festival with fabulous bands playing throughout including Bohemian – a tribute to Queen as the headliner on Saturday night and local band Polar Collective on Sunday. Raising money for children’s charity Action Medical Research. Camping available. Tickets – From £12.50. To book tickets please visit our website.
Venue Address: Wicks Farm, Mendlesham, Suffolk. IP14 5SX Email:

Latitude 2014, 17 – 20 July

Tickets for the ninth multi-arts festival, taking place at Suffolk’s Henham Park from Thursday, July 17 to Sunday, July 20, are now on sale.

Line up announced!
Latitude is more than just a music festival; it’s an award-winning event now in its 9th Year.
The recently announced lineup includes the talented British musician Damon Albarn who will make an exclusive festival appearance following the release of his hotly anticipated solo album ‘Everyday Robots’ in April 2014. Headlining the Obelisk Arena on Friday will be indie rockers Editors, returning at the request of the festival’s audience! Also appearing at Latitude will be Dara O’Briain and Kevin Bridges as well as many more acts from the worlds of Comedy, Theatre, Literature and Cabaret.
For more information see Latitude Festival.

Westleton Wildflower Festival Plus Village Life Exhibition, 25-28 July
10 am to 6 pm each day (5pm Monday)

Westleton Flower Show

The wildflower festival in the church has been held for nearly fifty years. A theme is chosen for each event, and this year’s theme is “Poets of The Great War”. There are a series of displays in The Village Hall showing activities in the Village and its surrounds, with different artisans displaying their skills each of the four days of the event.

The Westleton Gardeners offer a very wide range of garden plants for sale at their display stand in the Village Hall at very reasonable prices.

There will be homemade refreshments on sale throughout each day in the Village Hall and also a GRAND DRAW!

Entry is free, but donations (split between the Church and Village Hall) are most welcome.

Venue Address: St Peters Church and the Village Hall, Westleton. Suffolk IP17 3AA

Sausage and Beer Festival, Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead, Ipswich. 26-27 July

With food demonstrations from top TV Chefs, chart-topping music and over 100 different beers to tempt you, this looks to be a great day out for the whole family.

Advanced adult day ticket £12.50 Child day ticket £7.50
Phone 01473 604206
Venue Address: Jimmy’s Farm, Pannington Hall Lane, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP9 2AR

Yoxford Arts Festival, 15-17 August

A small Suffolk village festival featuring artists of international standing and also some stars of the future, world music, folk music, jazz, classical music, animation workshop for children, flute master class, literary lunch.
Venue Address: Yoxford Arts, Freedom Works, Old High Road, Yoxford, Suffolk. IP17 3HW Website

FolkEast Festival at Glemham Hall, 15-17 August

Within the stately grounds of Glemham Hall, celebrate the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music. There will be a mobile cinema, music and art workshops plus excellent locally sourced food and drink on offer within the Imagined Suffolk Food Village.

Ticket Prices: Age 10 & under free! Adult Weekend £96, Youth weekend £60 up to age 17 incl. Day tickets £38 and £22 respectively.
For further details please see FolkEast at Glemham Hall.

Ipswich Maritime Festival at Ipswich Waterfront, 15-17 August
Ipswich Waterfront

This exciting event brings together Ipswich’s Waterfront maritime past, present and future and celebrates all things nautical.
Held at Ipswich Quayside, Ipswich Docks, Ipswich Marina Port, Ipswich Waterfront over three fun-filled days.

Free Event

Fressingfield Music Festival, 23-27 September
The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul

As the Fressingfield Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, music lovers can anticipate five nights of wide-ranging, world-class classical and jazz performances at excellent value for money. Held from 23 to 27 September, the Festival’s reputation for high-quality music draws audiences from far afield. This year promises another vibrant programme, including classical violinist Tasmin Little, concert pianist Meng Yang Pan, the Choir of Norwich Cathedral, world-renowned jazz musician Brian Dee, and Baroque ensemble Badinage.
Tickets for Tasmin Little’s concert cost £20 in advance or £25 at the door; all other concerts are £14 in advance or £15 at the door. Season Tickets for all 5 concerts at £60.
Box Office: +44 (0)1379 586459
Press Office: +44 (0)20 7222 7474
Venue Address: Fressingfield, North Suffolk. IP21 5PB

Retro Dub Festival, Trinity Park, 26-29 September

VWs, Bands, Music, Camping, Food & Drinks for all to enjoy.
Weekend and day tickets available. Ticket details will be made available soon.
Contact: or visit the website.
Venue Address: Trinity Park, Ipswich. Suffolk IP3 8UH

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival – 27th September to 12th October

The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is a two-week celebration of the abundance of good local food and drink to be found in East Suffolk.

For more information please see Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival.

The Fringe event takes place on the days following the main weekend event, and features events throughout East Suffolk on farms, in the countryside, beaches, market towns and villages. Take a look here Aldeburgh Food and Drink Fringe Festival for more details.

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, 7-9 November

Snape Maltings & Aldeburgh

The UK’s ultimate poetry weekend celebrates its 26th anniversary. This is an annual celebration of national and international contemporary poetry. With over 50 events you can expect the very best of today’s poetry from every angle from workshops, discussions, readings, craft talks, close readings and performances.

Booking for the event and the full programme can be found online at The Poetry Trust.

Venue Address: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the Hoffmann Building and the Britten–Pears Building, located in the village of Snape, five miles inland from Aldeburgh, and approximately 30-40 minutes from Ipswich. Free parking is available. IP17 1SP.

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